Punjab rural polls: EC orders repolling in 53 booths

first_imgWhile the Punjab State Election Commission on Thursday ordered re-polling for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samitis in 53 polling booths of eight districts across the State, the Shiromani Akali Dal termed the elections as “murder of democracy”, alleging that the government machinery functioned as extension counters of the ruling Congress party during the entire poll process.‘Murder of democracy’Veteran Akali leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the way the Zila Parishad and Panchayat polls held on September 19 were rigged in Punjab, it was “a daylight murder of democracy”.“September 19, 2018 will be remembered as one of the darkest days for democracy in Punjab when the state machinery functioned as extension counters of the Congress party during the entire poll process,” alleged Mr. Badal.According to the spokesperson of the State Election Commission, re-polling has been ordered in 36 polling booths of Muktsar Sahib, 8 polling booths in Amritsar, one booth each in Moga, Fazilka and Faridkot districts and two booths each in Patiala and Bathinda and Ludhiana districts. Repolling todayVoters can recast their votes on September 21 in these polling stations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Daljeet Cheema alleged that the State government had decided to register a case against party president Sukhbir Badal as part of the political vendetta drive unleashed by it against political opponents.“Mr. Sukhbir Badal would not file for anticipatory bail in the political vendetta case registered against him. We, on our part, will not be cowed down by such tactics and will continue to fight for peace and communal harmony in Punjab,” said Mr. Majithia.The police had registered a case against Mr. Sukhbir Badal and few party workers on Wednesday for allegedly thrashing a Congress worker at Killianwali village in Muktsar district during the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls. A case under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) under the IPC was registered.last_img read more

ONE: PH’s Corminal loses by submission to Lepont

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The Malaysia-based fighter spent the next three minutes trying to escape Lepont’s mount before the French fighter choked him out with an arm triangle at the 3:16 mark.Lepont, who fought for the first time after a two year absence, immediately ran out of the cage to thank ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When you go away for two years, you miss the momentum. I missed you guys,” said an emotional Lepont, who was also moved to tears while thanking his son.Corminal, meanwhile, could only slam the canvas in frustration as he lost his second straight assignment in Asia’s top mixed martial arts promotion. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:54ONE: PH’s Corminal wary of ‘new’ Lepont02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort France’s Arnaud Lepont vs Philippines’ Richard Corminal during their ONE: Immortal Pursuit bout at Singapore Indoor Stadium. INQUIRER/Sherwin VardeleonSINGAPORE—Filipino bet Richard Corminal absorbed a first-round submission loss to the returning Arnaud Lepont in ONE: Immortal Pursuit prelims at SIngapore Indoor Stadium here.Corminal barely connected against Lepont, who managed to take the fight to the ground just 30 seconds into the fight in front of a big crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaign View commentslast_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan’s Indian Grand Prix dreams get boost

first_imgHaving declared of being assured a place for the Indian Grand Prix, Narain Karthikeyan got a shot in the arm from his team Hispania Racing on Saturday, who confirmed that he would be not only driving in India, but also be back in the cockpit during Friday’s first practice session at the September 25 Singapore Grand Prix.In a statement, Hispania said: “Karthikeyan will be back in the thick of the action as he gets behind the wheel of the HRT F111 F1 car during Friday’s first free practice session at the challenging 5.073-km Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore – the only night race on the F1 calendar. He will be driving at the inaugural Indian GP scheduled for 28- 30 October.” This has definitely been music to the ears of Karthikeyan.”I was told at the European Grand Prix that I would be driving in India.But now I have also been told I will get a chance in every race leading up to the Indian GP. I was hoping for some practice before the Indian GP, but this news is very good indeed,” the Coimbatore driver told Mail Today on Saturday.”We have a few updates in Singapore and I hope that eventually I will get to catch up with our competitors – Virgin.” When asked which circuit, apart from the Indian GP, did he look forward to driving at, the 34- year- old said: “I think the one in Japan is where I look forward to driving. I am most familiar with it and it is a challenging track.advertisement”For now, I am taking it one race at a time. The Singapore circuit will definitely be a challenge as it is new to me so I’ll have to get to grips with it fairly quickly. From what I know, it is a very demanding race physically, not only because of the temperatures and humidity but also being a high- speed street circuit it is extremely bumpy.” “Like any other street circuit, grip builds up through the weekend and car- setup will have to be constantly evolved to get the best out of it,” he said.Looking beyond the Indian GP, Karthikeyan said that he has now proved to everyone that there is still a lot of racing left in him. “I am confident that my current performances will help me in the 2012 season. There is still a lot of top level racing left in me.” HRT principal Colin Kolles commented: “It is great to have Narain back in the car as it will give him critical seat time before he drives at the Indian GP. He is the best driver to come out of the region and is undoubtedly extremely talented as he has proved through his progress this season”.With Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes also saying that there is a strong possibility of the other Indian driver – Karun Chandhok – getting a chance to drive at the Indian Grand Prix, it seems that the inaugural F1 race might actually see two Indians behind the wheels when the lights go green on October 30.last_img read more

De Villiers steers South Africa to ODI series win against England

first_imgSouth Africa captain AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 101 in his 200th one-day international to lead the hosts to a five-wicket victory over England and a 3-2 series win on Sunday.England spluttered to 236 all out in 45 overs after being sent in to bat at Newlands despite a second ODI century of his career for opener Alex Hales.South Africa slumped to 22 for 3 in reply but a magnificent fourth-wicket stand of 125 between De Villiers and Hashim Amla (59) steadied the ship and the captain was there at the end to finish it off as they reached their target with 36 balls left.De Villiers’ 24th ODI century came from 94 balls with 11 fours and a six.”I’ve been a bit off my game in the last month or so, so it’s nice to finish like that,” De Villiers said at the post-match presentation.”It’s an integral part of being a captain, you’ve got to lead from the front, you can’t just chip in with small performances.”The Proteas are the first team since Pakistan in 2005 to come back from 2-0 down in an ODI series and claim victory, and just the fourth in the history of the 50-over game.”I didn’t think we were that far off in the first two ODIs so the belief was still there, we just had to find a little bit of confidence and that’s where things turned around,” De Villiers said.Man of the Series Hales had scored half-centuries in each of the four previous matches but finally converted to three figures, to his obvious relief. His 112 came from 128 balls and included 14 fours as he showed admirable patience. The next highest score in the England innings was a brisk 29 from Ben Stokes as indifferent shot selection ensured the tourists lost wickets at regular intervals.advertisementHales put on 61 for the second wicket with Joe Root (27) and 70 for the fourth with Stokes, but there was little else of substance as captain Eoin Morgan (2) again failed to deliver.”We were outplayed here today,” Morgan said. “We did have chances in previous games to wrap up the series but we weren’t good enough.”The chances probably would have been taken if we had more experience, but we are growing and learning as a side.”last_img read more

Bayern Munich stretch winning run under Jupp Heynckes to join Borussia Dortmund on top of Bundesliga

first_imgChampions Bayern Munich continued their winning run under new coach Jupp Heynckes with a 1-0 victory at Hamburg SV on Saturday to join leaders Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.Corentin Tolisso fired in the winner in the 52nd minute after some sloppy defending from 10-man Hamburg to lift them to 20 points, level with Dortmund who let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at Eintracht Frankfurt.Bayern, who twice hit the post, found it hard going against a spirited Hamburg side but once Gideon Jung was sent off with a straight red card in the 38th minute, the visitors gradually found more space.Tolisso snatched the winner seven minutes after the restart as Heynckes, who took charge earlier this month after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, made it three wins in three games in all competitions since taking over.”You could see Hamburg were very motivated and were fighting hard,” Heynckes told reporters. “We struggled from the start and we did not keep the tempo up. We did it a bit better after the break and had a lot of chances but those must go in.”At 2-0 the game is finished. Instead we had to be nervous until the end.”Dortmund squandered a two-goal lead and have now failed to win any of their last three matches in all competitions.Midfielder Nuri Sahin took over as centre forward to slot the ball for the lead in the 19th minute.Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have added another in the 51st, but his shot from 10 metres flew over the bar.advertisementReuters Photo The 23-year-old Maximilian Philipp made amends a little later, underlining his status as one of the rising stars in German football with his fifth goal of the season.Dortmund looked on track for a comfortable win after losing to RB Leipzig last week and then going on to draw at APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League, but Frankfurt turned the game around in four minutes.Sebastien Haller converted a penalty in the 64th minute and Marius Wolf brought the hosts level when he fired in off the post in the 68th as Dortmund were left stunned by the rapid turnaround.Leipzig moved up to 19 points in third place, after edging past VfB Stuttgart 1-0.Bayer Leverkusen fell a goal behind but then scored five times with five different players in the second half to crush Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 and climb to ninth on 12 points.last_img read more

Television Commercial set to Boost Registrations into Summer Season Competitions

first_img“All you have to do – is start.”That’s the message from Australian Men’s Open Touch Football captain, Steve Roberts, in the NRL Touch Football ‘Play our Game’ television commercial, which will be broadcast nationally on Channel Nine and Fox Sports from Sunday, 10 August 2014 and over the coming months. The theme of the 30-second commercial is ‘belief’ with Roberts relaying at his home Touch Football venue at Canterbury-Bankstown and holding a photo of himself from his junior days: “you don’t just become a great footy player overnight; but the more you play, the more you believe in yourself.” The commercial is the third in the series developed by the NRL and broadcast earlier in the year to boost participation and registrations into Rugby League and Touch Football competitions across the country. The previous ads featured NRL stars Jarryd Hayne and Jared Waerea-Hargraves outlining their motivations and backgrounds as kids joining their mates playing in junior rugby league teams as the start of their careers. The Touch Football execution developed through the alliance with the NRL features a cross-section of participants and according to TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, demonstrate their own belief and the diverse nature of the sport: with girls and boys, women and men and a junior mixed team from Touch Football affiliates including the Manly Sea Eagles, Balmain Tigers, Bankstown Jets and Hills Hornets. “We are very excited by the national release of the Touch Football commercial; shining a light on our sport across the lounge-rooms of Australia and encouraging kids and adults of all ages and sizes to play our great game over Summer in coming months,” he said. “As Steve so clearly states and others illustrate in the ad – all people literally have to do is ‘start’ and they’re away; into a lifetime of team bonding, fun, fitness and sharing great times and stories with teammates and opponents alike on and off the footy field.“We are hoping for this to be our biggest season on record with our new NRL Touch Football product brand, new alignment and approaches with our counterparts at the NRL and improved player experiences out on the park proposed now and into the future.” The commercial will be broadcast from 8 August and will run through September and October to promote recruitment and registrations into local competitions for the upcoming Touch Football summer season.A distinct call-to-action element features at the tail-end of the commercial encouraging prospective players to ‘Play our Game’ and visit the playnrl.com/Touch Football website. It’s as easy as keying in their postcode to locate their nearest competition details and registration and contact information to get involved and start playing. The National Rugby League and Touch Football Australia have launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports (Touch Football and Rugby League) are working together to create under the NRL banner the largest sporting community in the country (over 1 million participants) which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone. For all Touch Football news and information go to the TFA website at www.touchfootball.com.au or you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus) to see the latest posts and in the lead-up/countdown to new season competitions.Related Files140808_nrl_tf_tvc__play_our_game__media_release_v1_0-pdfRelated LinksNRL TV Commerciallast_img read more

Harvey Norman Special Offer

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The TomTom Spark is now available at a special price of $284 for TFA members. Train with over 500 songs and your heart rate on your wrist with the TomTom Spark Cardio and Music GPS Fitness Watch, with 3GB built in music player. For more information, please click here. To take advantage of this deal, you’ll need to use the code ‘SPARKFEB16’ to redeem (online only, not to be used with any other offer). Hurry, the offer is only valid until Monday, 22 February. Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deallast_img read more

Sweet Taste for Bee Farmers in Western Jamaica

first_img It will directly benefit 36 bee farmers who are registered members of the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative Society and 190 bee farmers from the adjoining parishes. Story Highlights The 1,500 square-foot facility was officially handed over to the cooperative society by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) during a recent ceremony held at its location at the old Rural Agricultural and Development Authority (RADA) Parish Office Complex in Lucea, Hanover. Life should get a lot sweeter for more than 200 bee farmers in the western parishes who now have access to a new $27-million state-of-the-art honey-extraction and bottling facility – the first of its kind in Jamaica.By improving market access and increasing their earnings from the sale of honey, bee farmers in Hanover and the adjoining parishes of St. James, Trelawny and Westmoreland should enhance their livelihood significantly from the use of the plant.It will directly benefit 36 bee farmers who are registered members of the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative Society and 190 bee farmers from the adjoining parishes.The 1,500 square-foot facility was officially handed over to the cooperative society by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) during a recent ceremony held at its location at the old Rural Agricultural and Development Authority (RADA) Parish Office Complex in Lucea, Hanover.It has been outfitted with modern equipment, including frame honey extractors, stainless-steel storage tanks, settling tanks and honey strainers.Expressing his gratitude for the plant on behalf of the beneficiaries, Manager of the Cooperative Society, Winfield Murray, notes that it will serve to develop the local apicultural industry in the target parishes, by equipping bee farmers with the right tools to remain sustainable.He points out that the facility will provide proper storage, supply and logistics services and reduce waste by farmers in the use of other outputs from the hives, such as beeswax, propolis (bee glue), and pollen.“This, in turn, will enable bee farmers to access local and export markets and earn greater incomes for their effort,” he says.Mr. Murray tells JIS News that he is pleased that the facility will offer packaging services for bee farmers, which will ensure that honey and its by-products are prepared according to international agro food-processing safety standards.The facility has attained Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and related international food-safety certification.In addition, a series of comprehensive agro-processing training, including food safety, sanitation standard operating procedures (SSOP) and equipment maintenance, have been conducted with select community groups.Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the facility will provide a further boost to the fast-growing beekeeping industry, which provides direct employment for 3,000 families.He notes that the opening of the facility is in keeping with the Ministry’s emphasis on moving primary production of agricultural produce along the value chain towards full commercialisation.“This is my vision, where I want to see us move from just growing the raw material and exporting it. We have to move into the value chain; that is where the money is,” he says.JSIF’s Managing Director, Omar Sweeney, explains that the construction and equipping of the facility was facilitated under the Fund’s Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Project, which has the overall objective to improve market access for micro and small rural agricultural producers.He notes that the facility also affords bee farmers greater competitiveness, attracts new buyers, and allows entry to international markets as well as the opportunity to earn additional revenues from the production of high-quality by-products.The Government, through JSIF, provided funding for the project amounting to $23.3 million, while the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative Society contributed $3.7 million. Life should get a lot sweeter for more than 200 bee farmers in the western parishes who now have access to a new $27-million state-of-the-art honey-extraction and bottling facility – the first of its kind in Jamaica.last_img read more

Polar bear hitches ride on iceberg visits coastal Newfoundland town

first_imgST. ANTHONY, N.L. – Mother Nature came through in a big way to help cap off an annual Newfoundland iceberg festival.The icebergs moved in, bringing with them a special visitor — a polar bear.After people donned costumes for the polar bear dip Sunday morning in Raleigh, N.L., a real polar bear came ashore that evening in nearby St. Lunaire-Griquet on Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula.Thresa Burden, who lives in the town, says the healthy-looking bear wandered curiously near some sheds along the shoreline.She says the bear was seen swimming towards an opening to the Atlantic Ocean and has not been spotted today, so its assumed the animal hopped back on the pack ice to continue its journey.Burden says it’s not unusual for a polar bear to come ashore in the community, but it was surprising to see one so late into spring.last_img read more

Slow start to election campaign in the Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN’s Iman Kassam has a quick profile of the candidates of the Northwest Territories federal riding.Well, two of the main three, at least.One candidate wanted nothing to do with the story.last_img

NYC agency investigating more than a dozen Kushner buildings

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City’s buildings regulator launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties Wednesday following an Associated Press report that the real estate developer routinely filed false paperwork claiming it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.The Department of Buildings is investigating possible “illegal activity” involving applications that sought permission to begin construction work at 13 of the developer’s buildings, according to public records maintained by the regulator. The AP reported Sunday that Kushner Cos. stated in more than 80 permit applications that it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings when it, in fact, had hundreds.The false filings were made while Kushner Cos. was run by Jared Kushner, now senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. The false filings were all signed by a Kushner employee, sometimes by its chief operating officer. None were signed by Jared Kushner himself.The false documents allowed the Kushner Cos. to escape extra scrutiny during construction at 34 of its buildings, many which showed a sharp decline in rent-regulated units following the work. Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group that uncovered the false filings, says that made it easier for the Kushner Cos. to harass the low-paying, rent-regulated tenants so they would leave, freeing up apartments for higher-paying tenants.The Kushner Cos. said Wednesday that it is the victim of “politically motivated attacks.” It said it values and respects its tenants and operates under “the highest legal and ethical standards.”In earlier statements the company said it outsourced preparation of its permit applications to third parties, and described the wrong information as “mistakes or typographical errors.” It also said it corrected mistakes as soon as it spotted them.The buildings department confirmed on Wednesday that its building marshal’s office had launched investigations into possible false paperwork.“Our building marshal is a key part of our Tenant Harassment Task Force,” spokesman Joseph Soldevere said. “And when they inspect a building they look into everything from the roof to the cellar to find illegal construction, and that’s what they are doing.”The agency has disciplined a contractor involved in false filings at two Kushner buildings, he said.The Kushners Cos. filed more than one permit application at many of the buildings under investigation. At least 10 of the 29 applications under investigation were filed by prior owners.On Monday, the city council launched a joint investigation with Housing Rights Initiative into the false filings.The heads of the joint investigations, Councilman Ritchie Torres, a Democrat, and Housing Rights Initiative founder Aaron Carr, said in a statement that they were encouraged by the buildings department probe, but that more needed to be done.“The predatory practices of Kushner Companies is symptomatic of a systemic failure in DOB enforcement,” it said.last_img read more

Royal brides personalized wedding touches strike a chord

first_imgWith two blockbuster British royal weddings this year and an enduring fascination with the Brits, American brides craving a regal look with personal twists can find plenty of inspiration.While royal wedding fashion will have an influence on bridal trends in the United States, American brides are continually looking for ways to personalize their wedding to reflect their own style. The royal brides, the former Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie, did just that.“Today’s bride really wants to make her wedding her own,” said Lisa Gooder, executive director of Brides. “She doesn’t want something that she’s seen other people do. She wants something that can feel personal to her.”“The royal weddings gave women examples of how to do that, and also perhaps some of the confidence to go and make this decision,” she said. “These royal trends that we saw from the weddings will be repeated, but today’s bride really wants to look unique and like herself, and the personalization elements are the takeaways she can bring to her own wedding.”Shelley Brown, fashion and beauty editor at The Knot, also noted the personal touches these royal brides incorporated into their day — their second gowns for evening that hit a fashion high note, and beauty and accessories choices that spoke to a bride looking like herself.“Both of these brides infused their classic looks with their own personality, and I think that’s a trend that will be influential,” Brown said, adding that their example shows “you can personalize even a classic wedding-day look.”Here’s a closer look at their fashion and beauty choices that might prove influential:Even before nearly 30 million people in the United States tuned in to watch Meghan marry Prince Harry in St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19, she was a fashion force, driving sales and sellouts. Since the former “Suits” actress became the Duchess of Sussex, bridal gowns inspired by her wedding dresses — the Givenchy ceremony gown with three-quarter-length sleeves and bateau neckline, and the custom, high-neck Stella McCartney number she donned for her evening reception — have turned up on the bridal runways in New York.“There were a few dresses inspired by the Givenchy dress, but the Stella McCartney dress seemed to resonate with bridal designers,” Brown said, adding that its mock turtleneck is a more unique silhouette in bridalwear. “That was a style we saw a version of in pretty much every collection.”The evening gown is a wearable look, Gooder said, which may appeal to brides jetting off to a destination wedding. “The halter neckline makes it a little bit sexy but still covered up, and that kind of chiffon fabric is always flattering and pretty,” she said.Both brides wore a second gown on their wedding day. (Eugenie wore a blush Zac Posen dress for evening.)Gooder said that’s a trend, noting that the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, changed for her evening reception in 2011. “I think that Meghan putting that out there in such a public way really made it something that every bride wants to do,” Gooder said.For her ceremony on Oct. 12, also at St. George’s, Eugenie wore a long-sleeve Peter Pilotto gown with a deep V neckline in the back, a design feature she requested to reveal her scar from childhood scoliosis surgery.“Eugenie felt her scar was an important part of her story,” Brown said. “That probably does speak to a lot of brides who don’t want to fit into a certain mould and don’t feel like they have to.”It’s the idea of being true to yourself, a theme also expressed through accessories. The duchess’ veil had hand-embroidered flowers from the Commonwealth countries, along with the California poppy to represent her home state.Eugenie made the choice to forgo a veil, possibly to showcase the back of her dress, and wore a diamond-and-emerald tiara, which stood out for the unexpected choice of the brilliant green gems, Brown said.The duchess wore minimal, natural makeup and unfussy hair on her wedding day.Said Brown, “That fact that you could see her freckles, her hair wasn’t in a perfect updo — is reflective of trends we’ve seen in bridal beauty and what we’ll see going forward.”___Lisa A. Flam is a news and lifestyles reporter in New York. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook .Lisa A. Flam, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Smriti Irani accuses Rahul of booth capturing in Amethi

first_imgAmethi (UP): More than 40 per cent people had voted in Amethi till 3 pm on Monday, officials said as acrimony marked the keenly-watched election with BJP candidate Smriti Irani alleging that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was “ensuring booth capturing”.According to officials, the turnout till 3 pm was 42.18 per cent in the constituency, long considered a Gandhi family turf. Voting began at 7 am. Officials said the maximum turnout was in the Muslim dominated Salon assembly segment which recorded 44.6 per cent polling till 3 pm. This was followed by Jagdishpur with 41 per cent. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIrani, who crisscrossed the area from early morning, visiting booths to meet party workers, accused Gandhi of capturing booths. “Alert @ECISVEEP Congress President @Rahul Gandhi ensuring booth capturing,” the Union minister said on Twitter. She also tagged a video in which an elderly women is seen alleging that her hand was forcibly put on the ‘panja’ (hand) election symbol of the Congress though she wanted to vote for the ‘kamal’ (lotus), the BJP’s symbol. There is no written complaint on the matter. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIrani also questioned the absence of the Gandhi scion from Amethi. In his stead, local Congress leaders moved around the constituency. The fierce battle between Gandhi and Irani seemed to push voters to come out to vote despite the scorching heat. Women appeared to outnumber men in the initial hours of voting. Amethi witnessed a bitter battle between the two leaders in the 2014 general elections as well. Gandhi won the seat with a reduced margin of one lakh votes compared to three lakh votes in 2009. There are five assembly segments in the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency — Amethi town, Gauriganj, Jagdishpur, Tiloi and Salon. Of the five assembly segments, four are represented by the BJP and one by the SP. Salon and Jagdishpur are reserved constituencies.last_img read more

Largest Spanish Agricultural company to Move Its Production to Morocco

Rabat – The Almeria-based cooperative Murgiverde, one of the largest Spanish agricultural companies in terms of turnover, has planned to move to Morocco in search of lower labor costs, according the Spanish News Agency EFE.Manuel Galdeano, the president of Murgiverde, said that some vegetables, like green beans, are no longer being harvested in Almeria or have been reduced to insignificant volumes.The same source added that the Spanish growers have decided to produce tomatoes in Morocco to benefit from the country’s “cheap labor force”, given the fact that tomato growing requires a large number of workers. The president of the Spanish cooperative said that in the case of tomatoes, competition from Morocco “has increased noticeably”, especially since the introduction of the new entry prices for imports.He added that the Almerian grown tomatoes are facing fierce competition as imports from Morocco have grown increasingly higher.Another reason behind the decision of the Almeria-based cooperative is to enjoy the abundance of water in certain regions of Morocco.“Morocco is a country that, in some agricultural areas, has even greater water availability than Almeria”, Galdeano said.Galdeano admitted that the tomato growing conditions in Almeria are not favorable for good production, stating “Here we are not constructing the necessary infrastructure and rains are more scarce every year”.Faced with increasing competition from Morocco, Galdeano said his cooperative has to show “a commitment to innovation, quality and service” in order to cover the expensive labor costs in Almeria, otherwise, “we will face great difficulties in the future”.Morocco is known internationally as one of the largest exporters of tomatoes.Tomatoes constitute one of Morocco’s main fresh agricultural product exports and are a key revenue earner.In recent years, Morocco has exported an average of 414,277 tonnes of tomatoes annually, accounting for 33% of production.Europe remains the kingdom’s primary trading partner in this sector, absorbing about 350,000 tonnes of the crop annually. read more

Globalization must become a winwin process Jamaica tells General Assembly

Globalization must be transformed from a process that creates winners and losers into one that benefits all countries and regions, Jamaican Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh told the General Assembly today.Speaking at the annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Baugh stressed that more needs to be done by nations rich and poor if the world is to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.Official development assistance (ODA) should be increased, debt relief widened, private capital flows encouraged and the global trading system reformed, he said, calling for a “global partnership for development” between the North and the South.“We must recognize that progress and upliftment of the poor benefits all of us,” he said. “It can mean the difference between conflict and stability, between hope and despair.”He warned that the processes of globalization and economic liberalization have exposed many poor and vulnerable nations to external economic forces over which they have little control. “We should refuse to accept that globalization creates winners and losers. What we should strive for is a win-win and inclusive process in which the benefits and opportunities are more widely enjoyed across countries and regions.”Patrick Pillay, Foreign Minister of Seychelles, echoed those remarks in his address to the high-level debate.“Globalization has the potential to advance human development throughout the world. But this is not automatic. For globalization has also increased our vulnerability, insecurity and the possibility of marginalization,” he said.Mr. Pillay said small island developing States (SIDS) deserved special treatment in multilateral trade negotiations because of their specific structural handicaps, adding that the effects of climate change were leaving those countries ever more vulnerable to economic shocks and problems.Grenada’s Foreign Minister Elvin Nimrod also called for SIDS to receive special treatment given their combination of economic and environmental vulnerability.He said the UN system, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) need to draw up “a new set of metrics, a new set of rules and a new level of support” to assist these nations.S. R. Insanally, Guyana’s Foreign Minister, expressed dismay that many industrialized countries were practising “misguided ‘beggar thy neighbour’ policies which effectively preclude developing countries from satisfying the aspirations of their peoples to a better life.”The Foreign Minister said such nations continue to advance the thesis that free trade will guarantee prosperity for all. “The reality is that most countries, such as my own, simply cannot compete successfully in fully liberalized markets unless they are assisted in making a gradual transition. Instead of assistance, however, some of the preferences which we have enjoyed hitherto in some markets are being summarily withdrawn.”Mr. Insanally said this indicated how critical it is that the Doha round of global trade negotiations produce a solution that pays due regard to the development challenges facing small and poor States. 2 October 2007Globalization must be transformed from a process that creates winners and losers into one that benefits all countries and regions, Jamaican Foreign Minister Kenneth Baugh told the General Assembly today. read more

Haiti UNconstructed temporary Parliament handed over to head of Senate

Edmond Mulet, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Haiti, handed the keys to the building – an initiative of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – to the President of the Senate, Kelly Bastien, in the capital, Port-au-Prince, yesterday. The new facility will enable the new session of Parliament to reopen on 27 April.The temporary parliament offices are made up of five air-conditioned units, including chambers for both houses of Parliament, offices for Government officials, rooms for parliamentary committees and offices for presidents of both houses. MINUSTAH allocated nearly $700,000 for the construction of the block.Mr. Mulet urged the newly-elected members of Parliament to use their session productively and show commitment to strengthening the rule of law. He encouraged them to “be creative” and find solutions to Haiti’s economic, social and political problems, while helping to revitalize and modernize existing laws.He called upon them to “exercise self-denial [as] demanded by the difficult circumstances” and act with a “sense of reconciliation so that beyond the differences, the common good of this nation, proud and courageous triumphs.”Mr. Bastien thanked MINUSTAH for the initiative and praised the “effective support that the mission has provided to the Parliament.” The gesture was an indication that the mission’s tasks are not limited to providing security. The mission is also playing a role in capacity-building, he added.“I want to thank the mission and the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti for their dynamism and their constant willingness to help find solutions,” said Mr. Bastien.Since 2007, MINUSTAH’s Parliament Support Unit of the Civil Affairs Section has provided technical assistance to facilitate Haiti’s legislative agenda and helped with logistical support in organizing conferences and training. 21 April 2011The United Nations envoy for Haiti has handed over to the president of the country’s senate a prefabricated building that will temporarily house the Parliament until the one destroyed by the earthquake in January last year is rebuilt. read more

Maithripala Indian fishermen hold talks

President Maithripala Sirisena said that he had also urged the Sri Lankan authorities to ensure talks aimed at reaching a solution over the issue continue, the President’s office said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena and representatives from Indian fishermen associations held talks today on the fishing dispute involving Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen.The President had told the Indians that he would like to see the issue resolved through negotiations and also ensure that the dispute does not harm Indo-Lanka ties. read more

UN agency sets up regional Asian networks to better fight deadly bird

“National borders cannot stop the disease from spreading,” warned Joseph Domenech, Chief of the FAO Animal Health Service. “Only regional cooperation is likely to achieve success.” The Southeast Asia network, covering Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, East Timor and Viet Nam, was launched at a three-day regional meeting of veterinary officers and laboratory experts that ended in Bangkok today. Two similar networks for South and East Asia will follow soon.FAO is providing $1.2 million for the creation of these subregional platforms, which will offer training and information exchange for national laboratories and surveillance teams from 23 Asian countries, bringing together affected and non-affected countries to better coordinate the control and prevention of bird flu. “Our aim is to improve the quality of diagnosis and epidemiological data,” Mr. Domenech said. “This will help countries to judge the effectiveness of their control campaigns, identify weaknesses or share success stories. Therefore, the region will be in a much better position to respond to the avian influenza threat.” Earlier this month China, Thailand and Viet Nam reported new outbreaks in chickens of the H5N1 bird flu virus that at the beginning of the year killed at least 22 people and led to the deaths or culling of 100 million birds in nine countries across Southern and Eastern Asia. The network for South Asia will include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In East Asia, China, Japan, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and the Republic of Korea will participate. read more

Condylome acuminé plan papuleux traitement de quoi sagitil

first_imgCondylome : acuminé, plan, papuleux, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les condylomes, ou verrues génitales, sont des lésions cutanées bénignes au niveau des organes génitaux causées par le papillomavirus. Définition : qu’est ce qu’un condylome ?Les condylomes, ou verrues génitales, sont des lésions cutanées bénignes au niveau des organes génitaux. Ils sont causés par le papillomavirus ou papilloma virus humain (HPV). Il s’agit de l’infection sexuellement transmissible (IST) la plus courante après la chlamydia. Environ 30 millions de personnes seraient porteuses du virus. Les condylomes apparaissent principalement lors du début de l’activité sexuelle. Types de condylomeOn distingue trois types de condylomes. – Condylomes acuminés : Ce sont des lésions bourgeonnantes situées au niveau de la vulve, de l’anus ou du pénis. On parle alors de “crête de coq”. Il s’agit de petites masses légèrement rosâtres ou blanchâtres. – Condylomes papuleux : Ce sont des papules (bouton sec sans liquide) de la couleur de la peau ou légèrement rosées. En cas de profusion, on parle de papulose bowénoïde. – Condylomes plans : Ces verrues sont le plus souvent invisibles à l’œil nu mais peuvent apparaître sous la forme de taches rouges ou rosées. Elles sont redoutées car les risques de contamination sont très élevés. Les condylomes plans peuvent être à l’origine d’un cancer du col de l’utérus.  Transmission des condylomesLes papillomavirus humains, responsables des condylomes, sont très contagieux. Ils se transmettent lors des rapports sexuels par contact direct. Une transmission indirecte par du linge ou du matériel contaminés est également possible. En effet, le virus est relativement résistant aux conditions environnementales.Traitement des condylomesLes condylomes peuvent être traités à l’aide de crèmes et de produits à appliquer localement pendant plusieurs semaines comme la podophyllotoxine. Attention, il est important de bien suivre la prescription du médecin car il s’agit d’un produit extrêmement irritant. Si le traitement médical ne suffit pas à faire partir les condylomes, des traitements chirurgicaux sont possibles. La cryothérapie consiste à brûler la verrue par le froid par application d’azote liquide. Plusieurs séances sont nécessaires pour éradiquer les lésions. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Les condylomes peuvent également être carbonisés à l’aide d’un laser CO2 ou par électrocoagulation au bistouri électrique. Ces deux méthodes nécessitent une anesthésie locale ou générale selon les cas. A noter qu’il est impératif de toujours utiliser un préservatif lors des rapports toute la durée du traitement afin de limiter les risques de contamination. Chez la femme, un frottis de contrôle régulier est conseillé. Le 12 février 2016 à 08:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shoddy Security On This Wifi Vibrator Could Make Your Privates Very Public

first_img Most cybersecurity research that involves penetration testing doesn’t actually focus on things that are commonly used for actual, ya know… penetration. But this is 2017, and sometimes it totally does.What exactly is the device that’s perched on the model’s hand up there? It’s the Svakom Siime Eye, and the name ought to give you some idea about its advanced functionality. But just in case you’re still in the dark, it’s sort of like a dashcam. Except that it’s meant to look inside vaginas, not out windshields.The Siime Eye is a Wifi-enabled vibrator, purpose-built for giving interested onlookers a truly up-close look at the user’s private parts. It retails for about $249, and despite the fact that it’s small enough to fit inside ladybits it’s got a fairly large attack surface.PenTest Partners decided to check out a Siime Eye in the wake of the dildo data harvesting scandal that made headlines last year. Their researchers found numerous problems with the default setup of this vibrator, too, from a hard-coded IP address and root password to a default Wifi key of 88888888.Anybody within range could easily gain access to the camera’s stream, and if that’s not creepy enough, PenTest also discovered that some of the surveillance cam code that ships with the Siime Eye could allow an attacker to save images to a remote directory. They can even send a text or Skype notification when motion is detected.Just to make things a little creepier still, consider the fact that most users aren’t going to bother changing the AP name. That means it’s trivially easy to use a web-based scanning tool to see where a Siime Eye might be in use. The little red dot on the map is one active vibe that PenTest spotted… along with 101 others.The situation might not be as dire as PenTest made it out to be, however. The Internet of Dongs weighed in with their analysis, and their thoughts may put your mind at ease if you or someone you enjoy watching bought a Siime Eye.The most important thing to consider is likely the range of the Wifi signal. It’s likely not packing a very powerful radio like an actual wireless access point would, so someone wanting to snoop would likely have to be so close that you’d have other more serious concerns. Like how they managed to sneak into your closet/under the bed or how long they’ve been hiding in the bushes waiting for the vibe to get switched on.While the sloppy code is definitely concerning, IoD notes that since the Siime acts as an AP and not a client, it’s not able to send any data directly via the Internet by default. As for the hard-coded encryption key, Siime does alert users to change the defaults when they first launch the companion app.If you’re so eager to take your spycam vibe for a test ride that you can’t be bothered to change the defaults, well… you need to re-examine your own attention to security before you complain about the company that made your uberdildo. Stay on target These Panty Pillowcases from Japan are More Useful Than You’d ThinkNokia Dumb Phone Emerges as Smart Vibrator last_img read more