Nanded polls: Fadnavis says Sena dancing to Cong. tune

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Shiv Sena is contesting the Nanded-Waghala polls at the behest of the Congress. Speaking in Nanded on the last day of poll campaigning, Mr. Fadnavis accused the Sena of “dancing to the tune” of State Congress president Ashok Chavan. Mr. Fadnavis said the Sena had entered the polls with the sole intention of “humiliating and defeating the BJP”.He said, “They [the Sena] are nothing but the stooges of the Congress. All these years, the Congress ruled Nanded and their leaders filled their own pockets. Now they are worried about a possible BJP win. They are using the Sena as a weapon to suppress the BJP. They will not succeed.”The Chief Minister was reacting to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s outburst against the BJP-led governments at State and Centre. The Sena president had criticised the BJP for failing to fulfil their poll promises. Mr. Thackeray mocked the BJP for allegedly seeking help after failing to find suitable candidates for the polls.Close contestThe elections are expected to be a closely fought affair with candidates from the BJP, the Congress and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the fray. the AIMIM is expected to eat into the Congress’s minority vote-share.The election has also cast a shadow on the political future of Mr. Chavan and his fiefdom, Nanded. The Congress leader was elected the chief of the State unit in 2016 after he managed to win the Nanded parliamentary seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the ‘Modi wave’. A BJP sweep in the Nanded would be a severe loss of face for Mr. Chavan and deal a big blow to the Congress’s waning presence in the State. The BJP had secured just two seats in the 2012 polls to the Nanded Municipal Corporation. In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, the Shiv Sena won 14 and AIMIM secured 10 seats. This time, the BJP has engineered a coup ahead of polls. Thirteen corporators from the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena have defected to the party. The BJP is expecting to repeat its performance in the 2017 civic polls where it swept Western Maharashtra by routing the Congress and the NCP. It emerged as the single-largest party in four crucial civic bodies: Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.The party broke the decade-long stranglehold of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and won 78 of the 128 seats in the PCMC. In the 2012 PCMC polls, the BJP had won a mere three seats. The BJP scripted the turnaround by fielding heavyweight politicians who defected from opposition parties, especially the NCP. The BJP will be hoping for similar gains in Nanded as well.last_img read more

Dues to 36 foreign companies cleared: CWG OC

first_imgThe Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Tuesday claimed that it has cleared dues amounting to Rs 111.84 crore to 36 of the 45 foreign companies involved in the Games last year.The remaining nine companies have already been paid Rs 191.11 crore and a balance amount to the tune of Rs 17.80 crore has been withheld owing to non-performance of contractual obligations, the OC, which is facing allegations of widescale corruption, said in a press release.The companies which have got their dues include eight vendors to whom payments have been made between January 24 to January 31.In addition, there are 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to whom a total travel grant to the tune of Rs 16.74 crore was payable. Out of these, the OC said, 64 CGAs have been paid Rs 14.95 crore, and the balance payment of Rs 1.79 crore to the seven remaining associations will be released by February 7.Quite a few companies from Australia and England threatened to sue the CWG organisers for non-payment of pending dues running into millions of dollars.Reports of a USD three million-plus class action emerged at a time when India’s foreign minister S M Krishna visited Australia and the issue figured prominently in Krishna’s talks with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.The claims were largely linked to the opening and closing ceremonies and Australian firms said they were upset with the OC’s refusal to settle disputes.The OC countered that most payments were complete and those awaiting disposal had to do with “under performance and contractual obligations”.Newly elected sports minister Ajay Maken then directed government nominees in the OC to thoroughly verify unpaid dues and make all the legitimate payments within 10 days.advertisementThe payment disputes lingered for more than three months after the October 3 to 14 Games. Australian firms such as Howard and Sons, Norwest and a consultant for the ceremonies had claimed that doing business in India was an arbitrary and risk-laden affair.Agency reports said events organiser Ric Birch had commissioned a law firm for a multi-million dollar lawsuit that would involve four large Australian firms including his Spectak Productions and fireworks company Howard & Sons.The companies whose payments have been withheld are Swiss Timing, Infostrada Sports, K Events SRL, Mark Fisher, Great Big Event, Spectek Production, Production Resource Group, EKS Workforce and E&Y Workforce (Consortium with EKS).last_img read more

Working with animals may up depression risk

first_imgWhile it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide, says a study. “People who work or volunteer with animals are often drawn to it because they see it as a personal calling. However, they are faced with animal suffering and death on a routine basis, which can lead to burnout, compassion fatigue and mental health issues,” said Angela K Fournier from Bemidji State University in the US. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainVeterinarians in particular are at high risk for death by suicide, according to a study from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, which also found that from 1979 to 2015, veterinarians died by suicide between two to 3.5 times more often than the general US population. While veterinarians who are dealing with mental health issues may exhibit symptoms common to all populations, such as sadness that interferes with daily activities or changes in appetite. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to the team of researchers, which conducted the study, increased medical errors, absenteeism, client complaints and spending too little or too much time at work are counted amongst different factors to watch for. The research team also believes that there needs to be a paradigm shift in veterinary training to better prepare veterinarians not only for the animal-related aspects of their jobs, but the human elements as well. In the course of the study, the researchers also looked at employees and volunteers in animal shelters or rescues and animal welfare and animal rights activists, who are at risk for compassion fatigue and psychological distress. And they found that over 2.4 million healthy cats and dogs are euthanised each year in the US, most often homeless animals in shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Shelter workers are then caught in a dilemma because they are charged with caring for an animal and they may ultimately end that animal’s life. Research suggests that this causes significant guilt, which can lead to depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well as greater family-work conflict and low job satisfaction. “Animal welfare agents may also hear gruesome stories of animal abuse or witness the consequences firsthand when they are rehabilitating the animals, which can cause a lot of distress and lead to compassion fatigue,” Fournier said. The study was presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.last_img read more

Penn State awaits Ohio State mens hockey in final regular season series

Junior forward Ryan Dzingel lines up for a shot against Michigan State. The teams tied, 1-1, Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternPostseason hockey is almost here, but before the Ohio State men’s hockey team (15-12-5, 5-8-5) can start packing its bags for the Big Ten tournament, it must travel to Penn State (6-24-2, 2-15-1) for the first time in program history.With two games remaining in the regular season, OSU’s first round matchup in the conference tournament is all but set. The Buckeyes are currently in fourth place, and can’t leapfrog Michigan into third, nor can they fall lower than fifth. Michigan State sits two points behind OSU, and is also locked into fourth or fifth place.In the Big Ten tournament, one of the two quarterfinal contests is between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, which means the Buckeyes and Spartans are slated to face each other Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., with their respective seeds yet to be determined.The Buckeyes will again be without senior Alex Szczechura this weekend. The forward missed both games against Minnesota last weekend after sustaining an injury against Michigan on March 2.Despite its tournament opener already being set, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the weekend’s games against the Nittany Lions are still important to his team.“We obviously know who we’re playing in the Big Ten tournament, (now) the thing that we’ve got to do is get better this weekend,” Rohlik said. “We’ve got to play the best hockey we can Friday and Saturday and try to get as many points as possible.”Things haven’t been easy for PSU in its second season as a Division I program. It enters this weekend having lost five straight, and has only won two conference games all year. But Rohlik called the poor record “deceiving,” especially considering the team still has had some notable results at home — including a 4-0 win against Michigan.The Buckeyes swept the Nittany Lions in Columbus earlier in the season, but senior defenseman Curtis Gedig said getting results on PSU’s home ice won’t be easy.“They’ve always hung in there with teams, so it’s not like we can take them lightly,” Gedig said. “They’re a hard-working team that won’t give up no matter what the score is, so it’ll be a good test for us going into the playoffs because it’ll feel like playoff hockey.”Freshman forward Nick Schilkey, who scored the clinching shootout goal against Minnesota Saturday, reiterated that this PSU team was going to give OSU all it could handle.“We know that we have to play hard and play our game,” Schilkey said. “We can’t look past them at all because if we do there’s a great chance that they’ll get the best of us, so we’ve got to stick to our game plan.”The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. read more

Solari Second captain Marcelo is 100 Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid manager Santiago Solari backed the struggling Marcelo and insisted he’s a “Madridista through and through”.The Brazil international has struggled to hold on to his left-back position at Real this season following Sergio Reguilon’s strong performances.This has restricted Marcelo to just 12 appearances in La Liga this season, which has renewed talk of a possible summer transfer to Juventus to reunite with his good friend Cristiano Ronaldo.The 30-year-old did start though in Real’s first leg 1-1 draw against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey semi-final tie and helped them secure a valuable away goal.“Our second captain is a Madridista through and through, he always puts Real Madrid first and we work to give our all,” said Solari on the club website.Meanwhile, Marcelo’s fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior continues to shine at Real after another impressive performance in his Clasico debut on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old kept Gareth Bale benched and repaid Solari’s faith in him by tormenting the Barcelona defence throughout the game with his pace and dribbling skills.“I’m not surprised [about his development], I know him, and I know his way of playing football,” Solari said on Vinicius.“It’s amazing that a boy of 18 years of age is progressing the way he is. Some credit also has to go to his team-mates, who support him and allow him to play.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…As for the match itself at Camp Nou, Lucas Vazquez had given Real a sixth-minute lead before Malcom smashed in an equaliser for Barcelona to settle the game at 1-1 at Camp Nou.Solari added: “It was a beautiful game, with real quality and regular shifts in momentum. It was great to watch for all the fans of any club.“We had chances to score in both halves, with Vinicius Junior’s effort or Gareth Bale’s attempt. It’s hard to talk about justice in football.“Making comparisons is pointless. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well. It’s an open-ended result, there’s a lot of quality out on the pitch and anything can happen at any time.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.🏁 FT: @FCBarcelona 1-1 @realmadrid⚽ Malcom 57′; @Lucasvazquez91 6’#Emirates | #RMClasico pic.twitter.com/ms5nPlnPdE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Screen Time Contributing to Obesity in the Very Young Says Child Doctor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – Next time you are tempted to give your child extra time in front of a screen, don’t.  “TVs, tablets, and smart phones are no substitute for parenting, they are only tools,” says Lashan McKenzie, M.D. “A tablet never raised a child.”Dr. McKenzie is a pediatrician who spent seven years in the public health system before joining The Wellness Clinic on Collins Avenue, a team of wellness medical and lifestyle professionals headed by Arlington Lightbourne, M.D.“It was the time I spent in clinics throughout Nassau that opened my eyes to the problem of  pediatric obesity, and the major issues confronting us because of an increasingly inactive and underactive population,” said Dr. McKenzie, DM, who took up her post in the private sector last month.Her passion about getting even the youngest child engaged, outside and off electronics is matched only by the reality she has seen and treated when physical activity is superseded by sedentary.“I watched an 8-month-old get on Youtube,” she said.   “The parents thought their child was a genius.   He pressed the button, Mom put on the ‘kiddie’ show he was watching before, he repeated the action.   It was rote memory and yes, it was cute, but it was not healthy learning or development.   All it was doing was conditioning his brain to achieve the reward of praise by pushing a button,” says Dr. McKenzie, who fears what the future holds for a generation of electronically addicted children.“I know that parents mean well and they are proud when their son or daughter shows ability on electronics that many people far older than they would struggle with, but I just want to make those caring parents aware that there is a price that comes with too much screen time,” said Dr. McKenzie.One of her greatest worries is that connected with the misuse and overuse of electronics is casual, almost absent-minded eating.“Kids graze all day,” she notes.  Her recommendation – try to have at least one structured family meal a day without any screen time.   “Parents have the responsibility of being media mentors for their children.   It takes some level of commitment, but parents are the best teachers.   Make reading fun from infancy, encourage children to imagine, play board games, solve puzzles, listen to music, play an instrument, join a team, and do activities outside.”At The Wellness Clinic located south of Doctors Hospital, Dr. McKenzie said she has the support of a full team dedicated to healthy lifestyle.  Among the team are nutritionist and lifestyle coach Justice Brown, a strong support staff, a healthy cleaning service using all nature-based products and at the helm, Dr. Lightbourne who also turned to wellness after years of witnessing and treating the results of poor lifestyle choices ending in too many crises cases in the emergency room.“Wellness is not a place, it is a journey,” said Dr. Lightbourne, “and we are delighted that Dr. McKenzie who is eminently qualified to serve in the capacity of pediatric wellness specialist is joining the journey, especially as it relates to childhood obesity.   The goal is to try to save the next generation of Bahamians.   We know that goal is ambitious, but we also believe it is necessary.   Wellness is not a luxury.   We are talking about survival.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Select stocks outperform Sensex by huge margin

first_imgOn a day of range-bound trading, stock markets saw select scrips closing with huge gains on Friday, the last trading for September. The roller-coaster ride ended with the BSE Sensex closing 38 points up at 27,865, while the NSE Nifty closed 20 points higher at 8,611.Shares of real estate, automobile and industrial companies rose sharply, aided by what analysts would call bargain-hunting, after the previous day’s crash that saw benchmark equity indices losing heavily on account of rising tensions between Indian and Pakistan.The biggest sectoral gainer on the BSE was realty that rose 3.16 per cent. Other sectoral indices such as auto, energy and industrials also gained on a day when foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,028 crore, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers worth Rs 1,560 crore.Indiabulls Real Estate gained 8.41 per cent, DLF 4.28 per cent, HDIL 2.98 per cent and Godrej Properties 2.88 per cent.Top Sensex gainers were GAIL (India), M&M, ONGC and Tata Steel, while stocks that dragged the index down included Cipla, ITC and Coal India.Ashok Leyland gained 3.65 per cent at Rs 79.60.ICICI Prudential Life Insurance gained 2.12 per cent to close at Rs 303.95, still far below the issue price of Rs 334 per equity share in the recently-concluded initial public offering.ICICI Bank ended almost flat Rs 252.30, while Ceat shares hit a fresh 52-week-high of Rs 1,331.90 before closing at Rs 1,324.10, up 7.98 per cent. Hindustan Copper ended 3.78 per cent lower at Rs 59.75.The rupee closed with a gain of 23 paise at Rs 66.62 to the US dollar.Many automobile companies will be declaring their September volume sales data on Saturday (October 1).last_img read more

Cardinals Celebrate Historic Season at Banquet

first_imgStory Links The Joseph Mittel Award: Alina Kendzior, Marcelo Acosta The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team awarded their best and brightest stars at the annual Swimming and Diving Team Awards Banquet held at the Brown Williamson Room at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Perseverance Award: Nikkos Sofianidis, Abel Aulbach, Daniel Fecteau, Molly Fears Print Friendly Version Underclassmen Unity Award: Daniel Pinto, Daniel Sos, Morgan Friesen The following athletes were given the awards at the banquet: Freshmen of the Year: Alena Kraus, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Mitchell Whyte Ralph Wright Most Memorable Performance: Mallory Comerford and the men’s 400 Free Relay team (Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna, Bartosz Pisczcorowicz. The Rick Hill Award: Mallory Comerford, Nick Albiero Cardinal Spirit Award: Lainey Visscher, T.C. Smith, Jarrett Jones The Cardinals made a historical run this season. History was made on the final night of the NCAA Championships as the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team had program-record fifth place finish on Saturday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Cardinals’ 212 points were also the most scored by a Louisville team at an NCAA Championships. Prior to this year’s NCAA Championships, the Louisville men’s top finish occurred in both 2018 and 2012 when the Cardinals placed ninth overall.The men finished second in the ACC Championships. Academic Awards: Women: Clara Baggett, Morgan Friesen, Caitlin Ahern, Rachel Howard, Sophie Cattermole; Men: Nikkos Sofianidis, Daniel Sos, Nick Albiero Most Improved Athlete: Michaela Sliney, Kaylee Wheeler, Maria Sumida, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Mitchell Whyte, Tanner Cummings Igniting Performance Award: Grace Oglesby’s 200 Fly; 800 Free Relay: Zach Harting, Nick Albiero, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Colton Paulson Relay Award: Women’s 200 Free Relay (Lainey Visscher, Mallory Comerford, Avery Braunecker, Casey Fanz) ; Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Evgenii Somov, Andrej Barna and the 200 Medley Relay: Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna. The Christine Simatacolos Cardinal Support Award: Zach Brooks The Coaches Award: Grace Oglesby, Zach Harting Following the Louisville women’s fourth place finish the 2019 NCAA Championships, the Cardinals become the first ACC program in history to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish among the top-five in the team standings at NCAAs in the same year. The women’s team finished third in the ACC Championships. The women’s NCAA week was highlighted by a pair of national championships by Mallory Comerford.   Photo Gallery last_img read more

Glenns concealed carry bill for Guard personnel goes to governor

first_img A bill to codify the right of uniformed Michigan National Guard personnel to carry a concealed weapon on state military posts and in recruiting offices accessible to the public passed the state Senate on Thursday by a vote of 34-to-4 and is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the legislation.House Bill 4474, the bipartisan legislation introduced by former Guardsman and Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Midland, had passed the state House of Representatives 103-to-5 in June 2017 after a representative for Adjutant General Gregory Vadnais, director of the state Military and Veterans Affairs Division appointed by Snyder, testified in favor of it. Mark Sutton of the Michigan Division of the American Legion and other veterans organizations also supported the bill.Glenn introduced the legislation — with most fellow members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of both parties as cosponsors — in response to the Islamic terrorism attack in 2015 on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four unarmed U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.“Our military service men and women place themselves at higher risk of being targeted for terrorist attack just by putting on that uniform, sadly here at home as well as abroad, as we tragically learned in Chattanooga and before that, at Fort Hood,” Glenn said. “Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have a God-given right to defend themselves while training to defend us, and past, present, or future policies that would deny them that right are unconscionable and without honor.”Glenn pointed to the Pentagon’s policy under former President Barack Obama, which prohibited military personnel from carrying personal weapons to defend themselves and their families at military installations, a policy spotlighted by another Islamic terror-motivated mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, when former Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.President Trump has moved to change that policy for military personnel on military installations under federal jurisdiction.But Glenn said the welcome change in Pentagon policy would not apply to the approximately 400 full-time National Guard personnel at forty-some training and recruiting facilities under the jurisdiction of the state and of the Michigan National Guard.His legislation gives the force of law to existing Guard policy under Adj. Gen. Vadnais allowing uniformed personnel and civilians with a state Concealed Pistol License to carry a concealed personal weapon while at those facilities, which if signed by Gov. Snyder would prevent a future governor or adjutant general from arbitrarily revoking that right without legislative approval. Under the legislation, military commanders will remain free under emergency circumstances to block civilians from carrying concealed weapons at military facilities by simply blocking civilian access to such facilities altogether.Glenn, who served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard, including with the 1460th Transportation Co. headquartered in Midland, credited Michigan National Guard Legion of Merit recipient SSG Ronnie Cyrus, formerly of Midland, with helping craft the legislation. Cyrus served 23 years with the Michigan Army National Guard and is now the Veterans Transition Assistance Advisor for the State of Michigan and executive board member for the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth. Categories: Glenn News,News 22Dec Glenn’s ‘concealed carry’ bill for Guard personnel goes to governorlast_img read more

Shawn DuBravac The TV and advertising industries w

first_imgShawn DuBravacThe TV and advertising industries will start to move away from “archaic” demographic definitions, with new data due to give much deeper insights into character, according to Shawn DuBravac.Speaking on a panel session at IBC yesterday, DuBravac, who is chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association, said that in the future, data will be able to map emotional responses and drive “a greater seamless experience.”“Right now, when you sell advertising against a show, you’re basing it upon the popularity of the show, the demographics of the show – you’re using basic data,” said DuBravac.“What if you start to tie it in to other pieces of data relevant to the show? Age, gender, income, education – they’re so archaic. I think we’re going to move away from all these basic demographics and we’re going to just define people based upon their type of characteristics.”Speaking on a panel about ‘disruptive storytelling’ and wearble technology, DuBravac said that in a digital world, the basic data that defines content experiences can be “fully changed”.“Commercials will start to map to a show based upon that emotional response and where it fits in. Rather than saying ‘I want this 30 seconds’ you might say ‘that commercial fits best immediately following this piece, so we’re going to break that content here and drop the commercial in,” he said .“Everything is on the table when it comes to this, because it allows us to redefine the story-telling.Also speaking on the same panel, Gawain Morrison, the CEO and co-founder of Sensum – an emotion-based software solutions company focused on the market research and marketing industries – said that emotional mapping could fit well in the broadcasting space.While he claimed that “marketing and brands is where the money is”, Morrison said that measuring and co-opting an emotional response from the audience could add a compelling angle to performance-based shows like the X Factor, game shows and current afairs programmes.Jeorg Tewes, CEO of Avegant, a firm that specialises in near-eye video display headsets, said on the panel that while 3D technology suffered from a lack of compelling content, virtual realiity will start to take off in the coming years.Though Tewes cautioned it would not happen overnight, he said that in the next three to five years, virtual reality will take off and people “will actually consume and get that content.”He likened the transition that will take place in the coming years to the switch from SD to HD and said “I think we’re really now getting to new types of experiences… I think the whole broadcasting production industry will be hoping to drive that to the next level.”Avegant is currently in the process of refining its Glyph Alpha headset prototype, and is due to launch this wearable display to consumers this autumn.last_img read more