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Punjab gearing up to check stubble burning

first_imgPunjab is gearing up to curtail stubble burning during the ensuing paddy harvesting season. The State government has asked its officials to ensure timely supply of subsidised farm equipment to the farmers or face disciplinary action. Punjab’s Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu has instructed that agriculture equipments must be delivered to the farmers before the harvesting season begins, which is usually around September-end.Pointing out that the equipment manufacturers had already signed a MOU with the Centre to provide these implements to the farmers on time, he said “if these agencies fail to honour their commitment, then they could be blacklisted”.last_img read more

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A Kardashian Helped This Indian Gay Man Come Out To His Parents on National TV

first_imgNot all reality TV is trash, you know? In a new episode of Khloe Kardashian’s television show Revenge Body, the reality star helps an Indian gay man not only lose some weight, but also come out to his parents.The man, named Mayank, revealed how he struggles with weight and body issues while also dealing with his parents who are pressuring him into marrying a woman.He said, “My parents bring up weddings and arranged marriages all the time.”Read it at Hornet Related Itemslast_img

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Nokia 6 demand crazy high, first sale gets over in a minute

first_imgWhile the consumers in India wait for Nokia’s first proper Android phones to arrive here, in China it seems people can’t get enough of the Nokia 6, a mid-range phone that the company launched a few weeks ago. In its first sale, which used the flash sale model, the phone went out of stock within a minute. Earlier, the company had reported that Nokia 6 had received over a million registrations for the sale.Also Read: Nokia 6 like Delhi 6 is all about nostalgia The Nokia 6 is a mid-range Android phone. The hardware doesn’t really stand out, but the design is good and the phone, considering that it carries the logo of Nokia, has a sort of special appeal. The phone sports a 5.5-inch screen, has Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 inside it, uses 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and has a 3000 mAh battery. The phone also has a curved 2.5D glass layer on the screen, giving it a more premium look and feel. It also has a 16-megapixel rear camera and and 8-megapixel front camera. The phone uses Nokia’s custom software, which is based on Android Nougat. Nokia 6 has been priced in China at CNY 1,699 (around Rs 17,000).Although this is the first comeback phone from Nokia, which actually is Finnish company HMD using Nokia brand, there are more phones planned. It is expected that Nokia will launch at least three phones this quarter. One of them is likely to be entry-level phone, which will sit below the Nokia 6 in the line-up, and the other one is expected to be Nokia P1 or Nokia 8, a high-end phone with camera that will use Zeiss optics. This high-end Nokia phone is also expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor Snapdragon 835.advertisementIt is expected that the Nokia 8 will be launched at the Mobile World Congress on February 26. That will be the global announcement, with the India launch expected to follow in a few weeks. At the same event, Nokia is also expected to announce the global rollout schedule for the Nokia 6, which currently is China exclusive.Also Read: Nokia P1 may be a high-end phone, this is how it may look Nokia – or should we say HMD – is treading cautiously for now in its comeback in the phone industry. Although it is now using Android, which gives it a better chance at success compared to what it had with the Windows Phone. Yet, the plan, as India Today Tech, explained earlier, is to focus on core user experience and not rush to the market with too many phones at the same time. Nokia also wants to focus on features in its phones instead of getting into an arm race with other manufacturers on hardware and specs.last_img read more

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Greece World Cup Long Shot

first_imgATHENS — Group C has a favorite, Colombia, though uncertainty still hangs over its star player. And if all goes well for the South Americans, that leaves Greece, Japan, and Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast to fight for the group’s other spot in the round of 16 at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.Here are five things to know about Group C:___FALCAO: FINGERS CROSSEDAfter the draw in December, Colombia was made an early favourite to advance from Group C. But that was before Colombia striker Radamel Falcao damaged ligaments in his left knee in a French Cup game against an amateur team.The 28-year-old joined teammates in preliminary selection but coach Jose Pekerman still hasn’t got the green light from his doctors.“For Falcao, we’ll wait till the last second,” Pekerman said. “He’s a valuable player for us and we want him there … He’s done his job — everything he possibly can to recover in time.”___COFFEE GROWERSThe “Coffee Growers” from Colombia rolled through qualifying, even routing Uruguay 4-0 on their way to earning 30 points from 16 matches.Falcao sealed qualification with two late goals against Chile, coming from behind for a 3-3 home draw.Under Argentine coach Pekerman, Colombia has blossomed, rising from 35th place in the world rankings to the top five and their first World Cup in 16 years.Pekerman’s opening match is against Greece, Europe’s defensive stalwarts who conceded only four goals in 10 qualifiers.___SO LONG SANTOSGreece coach Fernando Santos will step down after the World Cup, but says he’s glad to help lift the country’s spirits after it endured four years of severe financial crisis.“The Greeks have been so warm to me, so welcoming. It feels great to give them some joy and hope that things will get better,” the Portuguese coach said.Santos has stuck with striker Kostas Mitroglou despite his troubled move to Premier League club Fulham but had to drop defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who has missed matches at Schalke for 13 months due to a knee injury.Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis remains motivator-in-chief at age 37, playing in eight qualifiers and both playoffs to reach a record 132 appearances for the national team.___DRIVING FORCEJapan will be looking for Keisuke Honda to provide a spark in Brazil, but the bleach-haired forward has had an unsettling time at AC Milan since joining this year from CSKA Moscow.Honda scored an injury-time penalty against Australia to make Japan the first team to qualify for this year’s tournament, leading coach Alberto Zaccheroni to promise that his team was ready to “surprise the world.”But Japan’s euphoria was tempered by a friendly against Cyprus this week, when the hosts only prevailed with a 1-0 win.“Winning by one goal is definitely not enough,” Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa said. “We must train hard to improve.”___DROGBA’S CHANCEDidier Drogba remains at the center of Ivory Coast’s hopes, despite turning 36 last month.The Ivorians qualified comfortably under French coach Sabri Lamouchi, and were further relieved to avoid a tough draw this time around.They faced Argentina and the Netherlands in 2006, and Brazil and Portugal at the last World Cup — finishing third both times. If Ivory Coast makes it through this year, there will be not let up in the round of 16 with the team likely to face a former World Cup winner in either Italy, England or Uruguay.“That’s what I want, for the Elephants to take on tough opponents,” Lamouchi said. “We want to raise our standards, our concentration, our determination … We are raising our game.”___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lebron Gets Lifetime Nike Deal

first_imgCLEVELAND — LeBron James has a contract with Nike that will last long after he hangs up his sneakers.The NBA megastar has signed a lifetime endorsement deal with the athletic apparel giant, a deal which extends a partnership James began with Nike before he graduated from high school.“I’m very humble, man,” James said after practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It’s been an unbelievable time for myself and my family, and I’m just grateful that Nike and Phil Knight, and everyone over there just believed in a skinny 18-year-old kid from Akron, Ohio, and I’m happy to be a part of such a great company.”Financial terms of James’ deal were not disclosed. James signed a seven-year, $90 million contract with Nike shortly before he entered the draft in 2003, skipping college to be a pro.James has had his own line of Nike shoes for years, and his new agreement could expand into his own brand.“We can confirm that we have agreed to a lifetime relationship with LeBron that provides significant value to our business, brand and shareholders,” Nike said in a statement emailed to the AP. “We have already built a strong LeBron business over the past 12 years, and we see the potential for this to continue to grow throughout his playing career and beyond.”James turns 31 on Dec. 30, but the four-time league MVP shows little signs of slowing down and could play well into this 30s.As for his business association with Nike once he’s done playing, James said he has had “a conversation” about branching off into his own brand — like Michael Jordan — under the company’s umbrella.“We’ll see when we get to that point,” said James, who has signed three contracts with Nike. “If it makes sense for both parties, then we’ll do it. If not, then we won’t. We’ve done a great job of building my brand to this point. We want to just continue it. If it makes sense for us to have a ‘Team LeBron,’ or whatever the name will be, we’ll take a look at it and we’ll go from there. It’s a partnership between us. It’s not an endorsement deal. It’s a partnership where we always come together and figure out the best way possible for both brands to be successful.”James was asked why he would sign with Nike now, years ahead of even talk of retirement. “Because I don’t want to go nowhere else,” he said. “I’m Nike and swoosh for the rest of my life.”(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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ISL clubs to release players for India camp

first_imgIndian Super League ISL clubs to release players for Indian national camp Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:27 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stephen Constantine India Nepal International Friendly 2017 AIFF Media Indian Super League India v Macao India v Myanmar Myanmar India Macao Asian Cup Qualification Better planning has ensured that Stephen Constantine will see all his players report to the national team camp on time… The Indian national team are scheduled to play two 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers before the end of the year. The first match being against Macau on October 11th followed by Myanmar tie on November 14th in Bengaluru.Stephen Constantine and his crew will assemble on September 28th in Mumbai for a camp before they head to Bengaluru a few days before the game.Indian Super League (ISL) clubs would have commenced their pre-season around the last week of September and in that case, they have been instructed to plan in a manner that the national team players are released on time for the camp in Mumbai. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The next international matchday window is from November 6th until the 14th and the ISL clubs would once again have to release the players despite the fact that the league is expected to kick-off on November 17.Club coaches need to prepare and adjust according to the international calendar however, there are no international games after November until mid-March 2018.Meanwhile, the international friendly against Palestine which was scheduled for October 2 has been cancelled. It is believed that although coach Constantine was the one who picked the opponent, he wanted to have a longer camp before the said match as most of the players are in pre-season mode.“There is no question of India shying away from playing opponents such as Palestine. In fact the opponent was chosen in consultation with the coach. However, since most players haven’t begun their pre-season, a little longer camp would have helped the coach get the players to the desired levels,” informed an All India Football Federation (AIFF) official.last_img read more

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CSSC CSIC Deny Merger Reports

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) have denied reports of a combination saying that they are not planning a merger.The companies released separate notices denying the merger talks following reports that China’s government was looking to combine the shipbuilders in an effort to create an industrial mammoth.On March 30, Bloomberg cited undisclosed sources as saying that China’s state council gave its preliminary approval to merge CSSC and CSIC.The shipbuilders informed that their parent companies have not received any written documents from the government about a merger or held talks on the matter.After the merger reports, Bloomberg informed that the shares of China CSSC Holdings jumped 10 percent in Shanghai, while CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering Group climbed 6.7 percent.CSSC and CSIC have a combined revenue of at least CNY 508 billion (USD 80.8 billion).World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Speakers Announced For Girl Up Leadership Summit

first_imgThe United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign has announced the speakers for its 5th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit, the only summit that is by girls, for girls.The Leadership Summit will bring together 275 passionate girl advocates from around the world from July 11-13, 2016 in Washington, DC.Speakers at this year’s Leadership Summit will include: • Kate Gilmore, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights • Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States • Ashley Graham, Model, Designer and Activist • Dr. Jen Welter, First Female Coach in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals • Yara Shahidi, Philanthropist, Scholar, Actress known for her role on black-ish • Kat McNamara, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role on Shadowhunters • Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks • Monique Coleman, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role in High School MusicalThis year, Girl Up Leadership Summit attendees come from 33 U.S. states and territories, and 9 countries including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. For the first two days, attendees will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, and engage in skills-based workshops. On the third day these young female leaders will put those skills into action, meeting with Members of Congress during an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.“This year’s Girl Up Leadership Summit is our biggest one yet, and I am thrilled with the lineup of speakers that our passionate girl advocates will get to hear from and learn from,” said Melissa H. Kilby, Director of Girl Up. “As the only summit that is by girls, for girls, we strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl in attendance. Hearing from powerful leaders such as Kate Gilmore and Rosie Rios, as well as peers such as Marley Dias, will help ensure every girl leaves the summit knowing she has the power and the skills to change the world.”For more information on the Leadership Summit visit GirlUp.org/Summit.last_img read more

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Cineplex signs 4DX deal to expand the technology across the country

first_imgTORONTO – Cineplex Inc. says it has signed an agreement with immersive cinema company CJ 4DPLEX Co. Ltd. to bring 4DX technology to 13 cinemas.The deal with Seoul-based CJ 4DPLEX will mark the first time Cineplex will deliver 4DX’s motion, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibration and scent features to theatre seats in markets outside of Toronto.Cineplex says it will announce cities that will receive 4DX cinemas in the coming months, but is looking at cities like Vancouver and Montreal.Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre Chinook in Calgary will be among the first of the theatres to be outfitted with the technology.The CJ 4DPLEX deal comes days after Cineplex announced it is partnering with technology company VRstudios Inc. to bring between 30 and 40 virtual reality installations to Canada.The company has recently been pushing to diversify its business beyond movie theatres in order to combat box office volatility, streaming services including Netflix and dips in audience numbers.Companies in this story: (TSX:CGX)last_img read more

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We hit terrorists in their backyard after Pulwama: Modi

first_imgGreater Noida: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India hit terrorists in their backyard after the Pulwama terror attack and accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of lacking courage to take action against Pakistan-based terror groups after 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008. Addressing a rally here, Modi said what his government did post-Pulwama has not been done in decades. “We hit terrorists in their houses. The terrorists and their masters were not expecting this kind of response. The air strikes were done at 3.30 am and Paksitan lost its sleep. They tweeted at 5 a.m. and started saying that Modi has hit us,” he said. Recalling the surgical strike of 2016 in the wake of terror attack at Uri, he said terror masterminds were accustomed to thinking that India would do nothing, but his government has “taught them a lesson”. He alleged that perception about inaction by India was due to the government that ruled India before 2014. Modi said that there was need of action after the Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people as the world community was with India. “But it needs courage. There were proofs of involvement of terror masterminds based in Pakistan. But what did India do?” he asked. Modi said the forces were ready for action but “Delhi was cold”. He said terror cannot be fought by constraining hands of defence force. Referring to the terror incidents after the Mumbai attack, Modi said these were also linked to Pakistan but the “remote-controlled” government showed inaction. “What did the then government do? They did not change the policy, but (changed) only home ministers. If they had shown the courage, given reply to terrorists in their language, terrorism would not have become such a big problem (for the country),” he said.last_img read more

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A Peruvian arrested in Casablanca Mohammed V airport for coke possession

Casablanca – The customs services at the Casablanca Mohammed V airport arrested, on Tuesday, a Peruvian national for possessing 750 g of cocaine.The customs services suspected the passenger (aged 28), who was coming from Sao Paolo, and discovered the illegal substance after searching carefully his luggage, a customs services source said.The smuggler was handed to the airport’s judiciary police for investigation.

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Morocco’s growth to reach 4.4 % in 2015: Minister

Rabat – Morocco’s economy growth rate is expected to reach 4.4 % in 2015, the minister delegate for the Budget Idriss Azami Al Idrissi said Sunday.Al Idrissi, who was speaking at meeting on “Issues and Challenges of the National Economy”, said that the targeted rate is based on an average oil price of $ 103/barrel and a 4.3 % budget deficit.In 2015, the government will focus on boosting growth and supporting private investments as well as expanding social security. Al-Idrissi also said that the 2015 draft budget bill includes new measures meant to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and promote job creation.Earlier on Friday, the Council of Government adopted the draft budget bill for 2015.According to Mustapha El Khalfi, the government spokesperson, the main aim of the 2015 draft budget is to improve competitiveness of the national economy.Under the 2015 draft finance law, a 3 billion dirhams fund for industrial development will be established and a battery of measures will be set to boost investment and improve Morocco’s attractiveness of far-reaching projects, he added read more

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Ranjan pleads not guilty in contempt of court case

The case is to be heard again on September 5th. (Colombo Gazette) Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake pleaded not guilty today in the contempt of court case filed against him.Ramanayake was accused of insulting the reputation of the judiciary and lawyers at a press conference. The Attorney General had earlier submitted a draft rule document to the Supreme Court related to the contempt of court allegations against Ramanayake.Following this, the case was heard today where Ramanayake pleaded not guilty. read more

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WestJet Air Canada post record load factor in January Porter drops

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2013 4:43 pm MDT WestJet, Air Canada post record load factor in January; Porter drops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canada’s two largest airlines reported record monthly load factors in January, demonstrating continued momentum as they start what industry observers expect will be a profitable year.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) flew with 79.4 per cent of its seats filled across its broad network, up from 79.1 per cent a year ago.The load factor increased on a 0.3 per cent increase in traffic and a 0.1 per cent drop in capacity. The traffic gains were led by a three-per-cent growth on Atlantic routes and 2.1 per cent gain in Canada.Latin America and Caribbean traffic was down nearly 10 per cent on a similar reduction in capacity. Transborder capacity growth outpaced traffic, reducing load factor by 0.8 points to 74.5 per cent.“These results underscore the effectiveness of our disciplined capacity management and award-winning product,” stated Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu.Meanwhile, WestJet Airlines also reported a record monthly load factor as the number of their passengers grew 6.4 per cent to 1.5 million.The Calgary-based airline said Tuesday that its planes flew 80.9 per cent full in the first month of the year, up one percentage point from 79.9 per cent a year ago.“Positive momentum continues into 2013 as January marks our seventh consecutive monthly load factor record,” stated WestJet president and CEO Gregg Saretsky.He added that forward bookings remain strong.Analysts monitor load factor as a measure of how much total fleet capacity is used by an airline to carry passengers.Traffic, or revenue per passenger mile, increased 7.7 per cent in January on a 6.4 per cent increase in capacity or available seat miles.WestJet (TSX:WJA) has expanded its offering this winter to sun destinations by adding service to several destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico from Toronto and Calgary.The airline will report its fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday and is expected to soon announce the schedule for its new regional service, WestJet Encore.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said WestJet’s traffic results are a clear indication of healthy air travel demand.“We also believe that WestJet’s load factor is benefiting from its charter deal with Thomas Cook,” he wrote in a report, adding that strong bookings suggest continued good traffic numbers in the coming months.Analysts expect WestJet will report 42 cents per share in adjusted profits in the fourth quarter on $856 million of revenues.Meanwhile, Porter Airlines said its load factor decreased 2.1 percentage points to 53.6 per cent in January on a 0.8 per cent increase in traffic and a 4.7 per cent growth in capacity.“These results are good for January, which is typically the slowest period of the entire calendar year,” said president and CEO Robert Deluce.He said Porter’s new leisure package division is only beginning to increase the number of passengers with trips to ski destinations in Vermont and Quebec among the most popular options.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, WestJet’s shares closed up 72 cents or 3.3 per cent to $22.55 while Air Canada’s shares were up two cents to $2.45 in Tuesday trading. read more

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AP Source Pegulas bid 14B for Buffalo Bills highest price for franchise

by John Wawrow, The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2014 6:00 pm MDT AP Source: Pegulas bid $1.4B for Buffalo Bills, highest price for franchise in NFL history ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – A person with direct knowledge of the sale process has confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula submitted an NFL-record $1.4 billion bid in reaching a tentative agreement to buy the Buffalo Bills.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Pegulas’ formal bid was not made public.Sports Business Journal first reported the Pegulas’ bid earlier in the day.The price was revealed hours after late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate announced it had reached “a definitive agreement” to sell the Bills to the Pegulas.The price eclipses the previous high of $1.1 billion set in 2009, when Stephen Ross completed his purchase of the Miami Dolphins.The Bills sale is subject NFL owners’ approval at league meetings on Oct. 8.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN envoy condemns deadly shooting attack in West Bank

“There is nothing heroic about the killing of civilians. The perpetrators of this violent act must be brought to justice,” Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement issued in Jerusalem.“In order to avoid escalation all must refrain from inflammatory statements and retaliatory action that can only further exacerbate an already tense environment.”Recent weeks have witnessed increasing tensions both in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, prompting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to urge Israelis and Palestinians to defuse tensions and prevent any escalation of the current situation on the ground.Mr. Mladenov noted that today’s tragic incident again highlights “the need for significant steps to help stabilize the situation, reverse the current negative trends and restore hope that a just and lasting negotiated two-State solution is possible.” read more

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Some 18 million newborn deaths a year in SouthEast Asia are preventable

“Scaling up interventions with good quality care around the time of childbirth and during the first days after birth can substantially prevent complications and infections in new-borns, which are the main causes of new-born deaths,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Sing stressed in Delhi, as health partners signed a pledge to reduce such deaths.The pledge calls for increasing the health workforce – doctors, nurses and specially midwives – which remains critically low in much of the region, below WHO’s target of 23 per 10,000 people, as well as mobilizing sufficient funding and accessing hitherto unreached populations. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), led by WHO, pledged to jointly support the accelerated reduction in newborn deaths by ensuring equitable access to life-saving interventions for mothers and babies.Dr. Khetrapal Singh said each preventable death should be accounted for. Countries should review maternal and newborn deaths to improve health services to prevent such deaths.New-born deaths account for more than 50 per cent of the regional mortality of children under five, and remain a major factor for South-East Asia not achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing under-five deaths by two thirds by the end of this year.The region accounts for 30 per cent of global newborn deaths with Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal as the high-burden countries.The agencies pledged to address underlying factors like health, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and highlighted the importance of investing more in early childhood development and adolescent health. Dr. Khetrapal Singh noted that the region made significant progress in reducing under-five deaths, which dropped by 64 per cent from 118 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 43 per 1,000 in 2015, but reduction in new-born deaths was slower at 55 per cent, from 53 per 1,000 to 34 per 1,000.WHO has set up a Technical Advisory Group of 12 eminent global and regional experts to support countries in South-East Asia. The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals seek to reduce new-born mortality to 12 per 1,000 live births by 2030. read more

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Teachers given projects based on racist stereotypes study finds

first_imgTeachers from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are being given projects rooted in stereotypes rather than reflecting their personal strengths, a survey of BME (black and minority ethnic) staff has found.Evidence from more than 1,000 teachers in England found additional workloads included black teachers being asked to lead their school’s Black History Month activities, instead of being put in charge of intellectual teacher and learning responsibility (TLR) roles.Some also claimed the bosses relied on stereotypes as an excuse to hand BME teachers classes with the “most challenging behaviour”.The survey, for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) by race equality think tank Runnymede Trust, found 32% of male and 27% of female teachers did not feel staff were comfortable talking about race or sexism.Respondents said structural barriers such as racism – including assumptions about capability based on racial and ethnic stereotypes – were everyday experiences for BME teachers.In particular, BME teachers spoke about an invisible glass ceiling and a widespread perception among senior leadership teams (SLT) that BME teachers “have a certain level and don’t go beyond it”.One primary school teacher of Caribbean origin said: “You can bring experiences of your own culture, get children to ask questions about culture, to lead on faith and Black History month.”(But) having to deal with difficult conversations, you become the mentor for BME, given classes with the most challenging behaviour. It’s the result of stereotypical assumptions.”Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary, said: “Racism is not discussed enough in schools, even at a time when intolerance is increasing within society. “These findings remind us that it is a defining feature of BME teachers’ lives and deeply affects the experience of young black people. It is urgent we open up conversations about racism in staff rooms, in classrooms and in the curriculum.”Children come to school in a world that is not equal. BME teachers and pupils face racism in the streets, in popular culture and in employment.”Strategies to better use the potential of schools and colleges to reduce racism are urgently needed. The NUT will be using the good practice identified in schools via this research to develop practical tools for schools to challenge the effects of racism.”Dr Zubaida Haque, research associate at the Runnymede Trust, said: “Government and school leaders should be concerned that over 60% of black and ethnic minority teachers are thinking of leaving the teaching profession.”Our survey found that BME teachers were not only overwhelmed with the mountain of paperwork but they are also beaten down by the everyday ‘micro-aggressions’ in the staff room and the low expectations and support by senior staff in their schools.”This has led to BME teachers feeling undervalued, isolated and disillusioned with their careers.”The NUT’s annual conference is being held in Cardiff over the Easter weekend. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Army is in danger of being reduced to a mere gendarmerie former

first_imgHe said: “The problem comes – and we saw this in 2010 when the defence budget was reduced by seven per cent – that the Government, perhaps not unreasonably, decided to prioritise the big equipment programmes over manpower. The 65,000-ton carrier, capable of carrying up to 40 aircrafts,is due to be ready for its first deployment in 2021, 11 years after the defence review which axed Britain’s old carriers and their Harrier jets.In what will be seen as a veiled attack on HMS Elizabeth, General Lord Dannatt, who was Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009, and prior to that Commander in Chief Land Command, said that problems arise when the Government prioritise “big equipment programmes” over manpower. HMS Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier British army soldiers in Iraq The army is in danger of being reduced to a mere “gendarmerie”, a former army chief has warned, as he says that the emphasis spending on “big ticket machinery” has led to a squeeze on manpower.  General Lord Richard Dannatt, a former Chief of the General Staff, said that “any thought of Britain being taken seriously in the world after Brexit would disappear” if forces are cut any further.His comments come as HMS Elizabeth – the largest and most powerful warship ever built for the Royal Navy –  prepares to begin sea trials this summer before it completes its first voyage to its home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in autumn.   Speaking at Chalke Valley History Festival, he said that further cuts to the armed forces would mean that  “the Americans would give up on us as a useful ally”, and the army would to be comparable to an armed unit within a civilian police force. HMS Elizabeth Aircraft Carriercenter_img The Americans would give up on us as a useful ally. And frankly, any thought of Britain being taken seriously in the world after Brexit would disappearGeneral Lord Richard Dannatt “If that exercise was to be repeated and the priority was to go to big ticket equipment like aircraft carriers and fast jets, the squeeze would once again come on manpower.”  General Lord Dannatt, who was speaking about his new book Boots on the Ground: Britain and her army since 1945, said: “The professional view and the widespread view is that an army by design, below the strength of what we currently have, would frankly reduce the army to nothing more than a gendarmerie. “The Americans would give up on us as a useful ally. And frankly, any thought of Britain being taken seriously in the world after Brexit would disappear”.Asked whether he believed rumours that the army could be cut further, to 66,0000, he said: “I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen…Our military capability  is really important  combined with our soft power ability to have influence over the world. If it was to become a serious debating point of reducing to 65 or 66,000, I think we would need to resist that.” British army soldiers in IraqCredit:ATEF HASSAN “Where is most of the man power in the armed forced? It’s in the army. And that was what led to the army being reduced from 102,000 to 82,000. And now it’s been reduced to 79,000 at the present time.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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