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

India’s youth spend more time on internet than with friends: India Today survey

first_imgIn a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a,In a fiercely competitive world, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skillsWith over 550 million Indians under 25, India is now the envy of many developed countries around the world which are facing problems arising out of aging populations. The 12-24 years age band is a tumultuous journey, synonymous with life-defining changes. In this ‘growing up’ phase, priorities metamorphose. It’s in this context that the role of leisure becomes critical.While leisure is important for all ages, its importance in the psychological, physical and intellectual development of young people is well recognised. But in the absence of any concerted initiatives like sports, cultural groups and youth camps like in many developed countries, what do India’s urban young do in their leisure time?One of Technopak’s recent studies- India Consumer Trends 2006/07 – has brought out some very interesting facts about the leisure habits of 12-24-year-olds. Leisure is fast becoming sedentary and passive. Watching television is the most prominent among leisure activities for the youth, taking up close to three hours every day.Young males may still be devoting about 40 minutes a day towards sports but females are on the playfield far less. Office-goers spend barely 15 minutes on exercise of any kind. While spending time with friends still comes up as a significant activity, its importance is reducing as gaming, Internet browsing and other ‘my time’ entertainment options become popular.’Hanging out with friends’ as an activity seems fairly prevalent among the student community but reduces once they start working, and is mostly done at a friend’s house or around parks, movie halls, malls and markets. Access to a PC and the Internet is significant. Those who have a PC, use it to play games, work on something related to academics, browse or chat online.advertisement50% of those polled have access to the Internet, either at home or through cyber cafesSocialising, normally happening on the playground, is increasingly moving to a virtual medium, as it offers ‘own-term entertainment’. So, are we breeding a generation of couch potatoes disinclined towards any physical activity? The answer lies in an acknowledgement of the environment our youth live in today. In a fiercely competitive world with importance attached to academic excellence and getting ahead, young people are using their limited leisure to build their skills.An increasing number view leisure as an unaffordable luxury that cuts into time available for tuitions and self-improvement courses. De-stressing is no longer something only corporate executives do. Home has become the mandatory place to “chill, switch off and then thrill”.The other key contributor to this is, of course, the lack of urban infrastructure that would provide the facilities for active recreation. Most neighbourhoods have the merest apology of a park. Many of the larger parks in a city are offlimits for games. Government sports facilities are few and far between. Schools too typically do not provide access to their recreation areas after school hours. So where can Indian youth build the practice of an active lifestyle?It is difficult to hypothesise how today’s youth, brought up in such an environment, will cope with the challenges of the real world and what the impact will be on Indian society. However, as a 48-year-old, what I can say, with some sadness, is that the ‘virtual’ life we are subjecting our youth to today is not a patch on the ‘normal’ life we enjoyed in our youth-a life that seemed so much fuller even with fewer means and gadgetry.While it is not feasible for the government to create large, open spaces in major cities any more, it is possible to create hundreds of natural parks-each of a few hundred hectares in size-across India that can be reserved for outdoor activities such as hiking, youth camps, sports, and will bring the young out of their bedrooms, cyber cafes, and coaching classes into a world of sunshine and stars.last_img read more

Osteotomy of the knee

first_imgDefinitionOsteotomy of the knee is surgery that involves making a cut in one of the bones in your lower leg. This can be done to relieve symptoms of arthritis.Alternative NamesProximal tibial osteotomy; Lateral closing wedge osteotomy; High tibial osteotomy; Distal femoral osteotomyDescriptionThere are two types of surgery:Tibial osteotomy is surgery done on the shin bone below the knee cap.Femoral osteotomy is surgery done on the thigh bone above the knee cap.During surgery:You will be pain-free during surgery. You may get spinal or epidural anesthesia, along with medicine to help you relax. You may also receive general anesthesia, in which you will be asleep.Your surgeon will make a 4 – 5 inch cut on the area where the osteotomy is being done.The surgeon may remove a wedge of your shinbone from underneath the healthy side of your knee. This is called a closing wedge osteotomy.The surgeon may also open a wedge on the painful side of the knee. This is called an opening wedge osteotomy.Staples, screws, or plates may be used, depending on the type of osteotomy.You may need a bone graft to fill out the wedge.In most cases, the procedure will take 1 – 1 1/2 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedOsteotomy of the knee is done to treat symptoms of knee arthritis. It is done when other treatments no longer offer relief.Arthritis most often affects the inside part of the knee. Most of the time, the outside part of the knee is not affected unless you have had a knee injury in the past.advertisementOsteotomy surgery works by shifting the weight away from the damaged part of your knee. For the surgery to be successful, the side of the knee where the weight is being shifted should have little or no arthritis.RisksThe risks for any anesthesia or surgery are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsBleedingInfectionOther risks from this surgery include:Blood clot in the legInjury to a blood vessel or nerveInfection in the knee jointKnee stiffness or a knee joint that is not well-alignedBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), and other drugs.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol — more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Smoking can slow down wound and bone healing.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureBy having an osteotomy, you may be able to delay the need for a knee replacement for up to 10 years, but still stay active.A tibial osteotomy may make you look “knock-kneed.” A femoral osteotomy may make you look “bow legged.”Outlook (Prognosis)Your doctor may fit you with a brace to limit how much youre able to move your knee during the recovery period. The brace may also help hold your knee in the correct position.You will need to use crutches for 6 weeks or more. At first, you may be asked to not place any weight on your knee. Ask your doctor when it will be OK to walk with weight on your leg that had the surgery. You will see a physical therapist to help you with an exercise program.Complete recovery may take several months to a year.ReferencesCrenshaw AH. Soft tissue procedures and corrective osteotomies about the knee. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 9.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: India prepared to take on Netherlands, says coach Harendra Singh

first_imgIt has been a 43-year long wait for a World Cup trophy and India have put a good account of themselves so far. In the group stages, India put up some scintillating hockey on display but that was just the start – the knockouts start from now and every step they take on that AstroTurf will be crucial.India face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and will surely have the backing of thousands in the stands beside that blue turf on Thursday.Even though India’s performance in the World Cup so far shows otherwise, the home team have a huge task against the Netherlands. India have never defeated the mighty Dutch in the World Cup and they will be up against history on Thursday.India have played against the Netherlands six times in the World Cup and have lost five times while one ended in a draw. Manpreet Singh’s men will break a jinx if they manage to get past the Dutch.Going by the current world rankings, there’s not much to differentiate India and the Netherlands. While the Dutch are placed fourth, India are just a place below on fifth. What makes the result all the more unpredictable is the fact that India and the Netherlands last went head to head at the Champions Trophy 2018, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.The overall head-to-head record between India and the Netherlands belongs to the Dutch, where off the 105 games between the two sides, India have won 33, lost 48 and the rest have ended in draws.advertisementIndian hockey has improved quite a lot in the recent times and that is testified by the fact that since 2013, India have played the Netherlands nine times — both teams have won four games each and one has finished in a draw.India coach Harendra Singh is confident the Manpreet Singh-led Team India is “completely prepared” for the challenge.”We are prepared to solve the challenge physically and mentally. You cannot even take 25% chances in the knockout stage. You have to be prepared for the game,” Singh said.Singh did not agree that the crowd will put India under pressure. In fact he said that his boys know how to cope with the massive home support.”There is no chance that the opposition can easily be in the driving seat. The boys have tested the crowd and they know how to cope with them. The crowd have always stood with us,” Harendra said.India have made it to the semi-final of a Hockey World Cup only thrice and they last reached the last-four stage – in 1975 and then India went on to lift their only title at the major tournament. On Thursday, India will look to get a historic win against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and take another step towards the elusive title at home.India captain Manpreet Singh was not ruling out the fact the history favoured the Netherlands but he also made it a point to mention the improvement Indian hockey has seen in the past few years.”The past results matter a lot because Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.The India-Netherlands duel is expected to be a fast-paced and attacking encounter with both the teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out as winners.Both India and Netherlands have scored heavily in the pool stages. While India have scored 12 goals and conceded three, the Dutch have pumped in 18 goals and conceded five.In the likes of captain Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser, Robbert Kemperman, Thiery Brinkman, the Dutch have got plenty of experience in the midfield and their strike force.The Indians too would be relying on their strikers Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh to continue their good work.With the Kalinga Stadium expected to be packed to its full capacity, there will also be tremendous pressure on the Indian team and the Dutch will be more than happy to exploit any mistake.”This will be not be the first time. We have played in front of big crowds in pool games and in the past as well. We are used to playing in front of big crowds,” Netherlands coach Max Caldas said.advertisement”We always try to play in our own pace, whether it is fast or slow, we like to dictate. We are not concerned about India because we can’t influence what India will do.”Netherlands skipper Bakker added: “The Indian team also has lot of pressure. They need to perform in front of their home crowd. So I feel the pressure is more on the Indian team than us.”(With inputs from agencies)Also Read | Get out from here: Hockey India official insults India players at World Cuplast_img read more

WOODBURY COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES DUE SOON

first_imgA reminder that the deadline for Woodbury County property taxes is the end of September.The last day you can pay in person will be Friday, September 30th.The property tax office has moved up the street out of the County Courthouse to the Trosper Hoyt Building located at 822 Douglas Street in Room 102.Mail in payments postmarked no later than September 30st will be honored.On October 1st, a penalty of one and one half percent will apply to all unpaid taxes.You may also pay online at www.iowatreasurers.orglast_img read more