New Delhi: A special CBI court in Bhopal has sentenced three candidates of the Police Constable Recruitment Test (2013) to five years in prison in connection with a Vyapam related case. Naeem Ali, Ajaharuddin, and Kasim Khan had been selected through the PCRT in 2013 by using illegal means.The Central Bureau of Investigation had taken over the probe from Madhya Pradesh Police on orders from the Supreme Court and registered a case against the three. During MP Police investigation in the case, the middlemen who had helped the three pass the examination Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!had absconded. The state police filed a chargesheet in the case in April 2015. However, the CBI had traced the absconding middleman, who confessed that he had helped the accused candidates by arranging impersonators for them who sat for the examination on behalf of the accused. The probe agency could not trace the impersonators. After completing its probe, the CBI filed a chargesheet in the case in May 2017 against all the accused candidates and the three middlemen who were revealed during the investigation.
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MONTREAL – Police near Montreal are warning teens and their parents about the danger of sharing explicit images online as they probe an online sexual extortion case related to the popular game Fortnite.The Richelieu-Saint-Laurent police force reports four recent cases with the same characteristics: young males were targeted through Instagram with the perpetrator offering codes to access a higher level in Fortnite.Police say the suspects used fake avatars to successfully infiltrate groups of friends, where they made an offer through the chat feature to provide a code in exchange for images.They then threatened to share the images unless the victim sent more explicit material. The exchanges were in French, and no money was requested.Police suspect there could be other victims, and their investigation is ongoing.Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay said there is always a risk in sharing any personal information or sexually explicit images over the Internet and the blackmail can quickly escalate.
30 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will on Monday visit the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States, to open the 5th meeting of the Global Colloquium of university presidents, his spokesperson announced today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will on Monday visit the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, United States, to open the 5th meeting of the Global Colloquium of university presidents, his spokesperson announced today. The Global Colloquium is a network of international university presidents who are committed to addressing global public policy problems. Some 30 university presidents from around the world will attend Monday’s event. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Empowering Women to Change the World: What Universities and the UN Can Do.” Participants will discuss the global challenges to empowering women and girls and what universities and the United Nations can do to advance participation and leadership of women in their societies and the global community.
The truce should also be observed throughout the Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held in that same city next March, the Assembly said.The resolution asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to draw the attention of world public opinion to the contribution the Olympic Truce can make to the promotion of international understanding, peace and goodwill.In a separate measure, the Assembly welcomed widespread commitment for commemorating the International Year of Sport and Physical Education throughout 2005 and requested that the Secretary-General elaborate an action plan to expand and strengthen UN partnerships with governments, sport-related organizations and the private sector.Speaking to reporters in New York, Adolf Ogi, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said 60 countries have already marked the International Year and an equal number planned activities for the future.Pointing out that obesity and the lack of exercise that often accompanies it are gaining increasing recognition as major public health problems, Mr. Ogi called for urgent action to promote athletics in all countries. “It is important that sport gets a better understanding, that it gets value, that it has a platform that is accepted throughout the world, and that is not yet the case,” he said.
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Mr Uddin was found lying in a children’s playground in a parkCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press 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. Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence?Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting A respected imam was murdered by two Islamic State supporters who viewed his practice of using healing amulets as “black magic”, a jury has heard.Jalal Uddin, 71, was battered around the head and face with a hammer and left for dead in a children’s playground in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, after an attack borne of “hatred and intolerance”.Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, 22, and Mohammed Abdul Kadir, 24, are said to have targeted Mr Uddin when they discovered last year that he practised Ruqya healing. He told jurors: “Your task will be to determine whether that defence may be true. Our submission is that once you have heard all of the evidence, you will be sure that it is not true.”He said it was the Crown’s case that Syeedy drove Kadir to the gates of the park, knowing Kadir intended to attack Mr Uddin so as to kill him or at least cause him really serious harm.Kadir was said to have landed “repeated forceful blows”, including to his mouth and teeth, which left the victim with a depressed skull fracture. He then dashed to the exit on the other side of the park where he was picked up by Syeedy and spirited away, the court heard. Two young girls discovered the unconscious Mr Uddin at about 8.45pm and he died in hospital a short time later.Syeedy, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, denies the murder of Mr Uddin and the jury heard Kadir fled abroad soon afterwards, taking a flight from Manchester to Copenhagen in Denmark three days after the killing, followed by a connecting flight to Istanbul, Turkey.Mr Greaney said investigators had failed to trace Kadir, but Istanbul “has often been used as a staging post to Syria”Poice found Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) related material on a mobile phone taken from Syeedy’s mobile phone.Photographs of flags associated with jihad draped over road signs were also found, and an image of someone holding up a flag for “Rochdale 2 Syria” – an aid convoy in which the defendant was involved.The jury was also shown video footage of one such convoy to Syria, which was interspersed with images of Syeedy and others said to be giving an Isil salute, and a man planting an Isil flag, apparently in the UK.Mr Greaney said the material seized clearly showed that Syeedy had been “radicalised”.He said Syeedy had travelled to Syria in 2013 as part of an aid convoy and said “perhaps” his mindset changed then.Mr Uddin’s form of healing involved the use of amulets, known as taweez, that believers think can bring good fortune or ward off evil, the court heard. Mr Greaney said the practice was controversial and Isil rejected all forms of magic, believing those who practise it should be punished, often by death.Mr Greaney said that by the summer of 2015 antagonism was growing towards Mr Uddin from Syeedy and his friends, some who would meet at the Rochdale-based Dawah Centre.An associate of Syeedy later stole items connected with Mr Uddin’s Ruqya from the Jalalia Mosque and destroyed them.Over the course of August and September 2015, members of a group featuring Syeedy using the WhatsApp social media service exchanged messages that demonstrated an interest in Isil ideology, said Mr Greaney.A Facebook message from Kadir about taweez prompted someone to reply: “Muhammed said kill the magician.”The jury also heard that someone had used their mobile to film Mr Uddin when he was discovered dying and the footage had been found on Syeedy’s phone.The trial continues and is expected to last up to four weeks. Syeedy and Kadir stalked their “quiet, dignified and well-respected” victim with a campaign of surveillance before attacking the Bangladeshi national as he walked home from the mosque where he prayed on February 18.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court: “Who hated a decent man like Jalal Uddin with such virulence? The answer to that important question is to be found in the twisted ideology of Isis, sometimes known as Islamic State.”Jalal Uddin was a practitioner of a form of Islamic healing called Ruqya. Mr Uddin died after being beaten around the head and faceCredit:Anthony Moss/Cavendish Press Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting “Isis regards this practice as black magic and adheres to the view that those who engage in it deserve severe punishment, even death.”Mohammed Hussain Syeedy, the defendant, and an associate of his named Mohammed Abdul Kadir were supporters of Isis and so they subscribed to the view that those who practised Ruqya deserved such punishment.”Mr Greaney said Syeedy will claim he does not support Isis or violent extremism of any kind.
Roy of the Rovers has been relaunched for the modern age with a flash new haircut and million pound contract.But fans will be shocked to discover that the classic cartoon character, who was famously loyal to the Melchester Rovers, may leave the League Two side when the big money clubs come calling.Roy Race’s story ran from 1954 until 2001 but publisher Rebellion has overseen a redesign.The fresh-faced 16-year-old will appear in Match of the Day magazine from June 5.Melchester are long past their glory days but their prospects are enhanced by the familiar teenage prodigy. “His family and friends will no doubt keep him grounded – Roy is a part-time carer for his disabled father, himself a life-long Rovers fan. What will happen when the big clubs come calling is anyone’s guess…” It’s a different look from the magazine of yesteryearCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA 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. The creative team promise that Race’s storylines will be football-driven, suggesting a move away from memorable soap opera-style angles that included whodunnits, terrorism and shootings.Jason Kingsley, Rebellion’s chief executive, said: “Re-imagining a character as beloved as Roy Race is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often, and we’re delighted to begin the next chapter in Roy of the Rovers history.”The ‘new’ Roy Race might look different to his predecessors, but rest assured the core of the character – from his talent through to his sportsmanship and, of course, his blonde mop – remain.” The new-look Roy of the Rovers will make its debut in a serialised strip in Match of the Day magazineCredit:Match of the Day magazine/PA His first story sees the club take on rivals Tynecaster and Spanish sides Varagosa and Real Santana.Fans will recognise many names from years gone by and the writers promise plenty of nods to original players and teams .Melchester’s first team is packed with players from various cultural backgrounds, reflecting the game’s diversity.Off the pitch, the modern Roy Race is a part-time carer for his disabled father and an avid user of social media. He plays computer games and watches YouTube.Rob Power, Rebellion’s brand manager and one of the new writers, said: “There aren’t too many millionaires in League Two, which is where the mighty Melchester Rovers are currently languishing, but he’ll certainly have to deal with the pressure of being in the spotlight.
South Korean rapper PSY performs before the inauguration ceremony of President Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)Observers say her options will be limited by the international outcry over the North’s 12 February nuclear test, which has emboldened the hawks in her ruling conservative party who oppose closer engagement.There was no immediate reaction from Pyongyang, but an editorial today in the ruling Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun carried a clear message for Park to avoid the “confrontational” policies of her predecessor Lee Myung-Bak.As South Korea’s first female president, Park leads a country that is ranked below the likes of Suriname and the United Arab Emirates in gender equality.The two-and-a-half hour inauguration ceremony, held on a chilly and cloudy morning, included a musical warm-up concert that saw Korean rapper Psy perform his global hit “Gangnam Style”. – © AFP, 2013Read: Timeline: North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests > PARK GEUN-HYE became South Korea’s first female president today, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang “abandon its nuclear ambitions” immediately.As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung-Hee, faces challenges of slowing growth and soaring welfare costs in one of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies.Taking the oath of office less than two weeks after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test, Park called on the regime in Pyongyang to “abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay” and rejoin the international community.“I will not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation,” Park said, while promising to pursue the trust-building policy with Pyongyang that she had promised in her campaign.
Father, teacher and author By Ronan Moore 74 Comments Share165 Tweet Email2 AS A TEACHER, father and aspirant politician, when I consider this week’s proposed school strike on global warming I face a dilemma: Am I letting my students down if I allow them to skip school or am I letting them down if I don’t encourage them to strike?For those who are not familiar with the planned ‘Schools Strike for Climate Action’ this Friday, it is a nationwide protest against the Government’s lack of action on climate change.Students from all over Ireland will take part in marches in Dublin and Cork as well as demonstrations outside school gates in counties from Kerry to Donegal.While there have been many days of protest across the country in recent years, from housing to health, this one is quite different.To begin with, this protest is led by secondary students and the Irish strike is part of a growing international movement.This is the latest of a series of school-student-led protests, strikes and demonstrations that began on 20 of August 2018 when 15-year old Swedish student, Greta Thunberg, decided to skip school and protest outside the Swedish parliament due to its inaction on global warming.That first Friday Thunberg spent alone with a hand-painted banner that read: ‘skolstrejk för klimatet’ : ‘school strike for climate’. On the second day, people started to join her and she hasn’t been alone since. This Friday she will be joined by students in more than 700 locations across 71 different countries.The second difference is the strength of the message that this remarkable young woman has brought forward.Thunberg’s message, which she has delivered passionately in front of audiences ranging from school children to billionaires at Davos, is emphatic, unequivocal and damning.The world, the biosphere, the planet is dying. Our house is on fire. This young lady does not mince her words, firing daggers of truth at the world’s governments and business leaders: Mar 13th 2019, 7:01 AM https://jrnl.ie/4536434 You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children.“You say you love your children above all else yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes,” she says. I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act.These are uncomfortable truths for all of us – especially coming from a child as she describes herself.But looking at the latest figures from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) we need to start listening to these kids. According to the latest IPCC climate change report, published in October 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists have warned there are only a dozen years left for global warming to be kept under 1.5C.Any further rises beyond that will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.The final reason that this protest is different and has the potential to become truly meteoric is that it contains an action that may prove especially popular with the average student – skipping school.If all this does not yet strike fear into the heart of politicians, principals or parents then they probably still don’t fully understand the power of the internet and social media.This cluster of protests is close to tipping point, close to becoming an all-encompassing international movement, that each new protester, each hashtag, each video that goes viral helps to accelerate forward.And this is where I become torn. The strikes have begun gaining momentum in other countries as a regular ‘Friday for Futures’ event. Do I want to see this happen here? Of course, I don’t want my students to begin skipping classes and falling behind. But what is the point of teaching them algebra or Shakespeare if they face a future of total climate chaos when they are older?Shouldn’t we be encouraging them to make their voices heard on such a serious issue as a route to become active citizens?The sad truth is that we actually need this push from the children to do something – because so far we really haven’t pushed ourselves.I sometimes show the 1997 Oscar-winning film ‘Good Will Hunting’ to my students.I tie in a whole host of themes into it but at the heart of my choice is that I think it is a beautiful film that resonates with young people – a story of redemption, of love, of forgiveness, and of friendship.There is a moment in the film when Matt Damon’s character’s childhood friend Chuckie tells him that his favourite part of the day is when he arrives at Matt’s house to pick him up for another dead-end day of menial labour.He always hopes that his friend will have packed up and gone. Gone to a better life than the one that Chuckie and his other friends are destined to fulfil.There is a part of me that has begun hoping that I will turn up one Friday morning with my Hamlet, my French Revolution and my Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore.Instead, they’ll realise that safeguarding our planet is the most important job they may ever have.They might be able to live with the consequences of skipping school – but none of us will survive the consequences of destroying our planet.Ronan Moore is a secondary school teacher, author and he will run in the local elections as a Social Democrat candidate in Co Meath. Ronan Moore 14,415 Views Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: As a teacher should I encourage my students to strike against climate change? Part of me has begun hoping that I’ll turn up one morning with my Hamlet and Sylvia Plath prepared but my students won’t be there anymore, writes Ronan Moore. 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Been wondering how to fill that large empty space in your office lobby? Look no further.Artist Costas Theoharidis is desperately seeking any interested parties who would like to display his piece of artwork, after Toyota’s headquarters in Melbourne aren’t able to keep it on display anymore. The sculpture, a steel globe measuring two metres wide, has been on display at the art space in the building’s lobby for about two months, but Costa has been told it will need to be moved in the next couple of days to make room for more artwork.A representative of the Toyota head office told Neos Kosmos that no artist’s work is permanently exhibited.“It’s one of 50 exhibited in our gallery show,” Toyota’s representative said. Each piece of artwork is exhibited for three months, after which if the artwork hasn’t been sold, it will go directly back to the artist.Now Costa is facing the prospect of destroying the artwork if he can’t find a place to house it or raise enough funds to put it in storage. “I’ve been to everyone,” he says of his desperate search to find the globe a home.“I’ve been to state government, I’ve tried to contact multinationals, airlines, we went to hotels, we went to Westfield, all the shopping centres, the buildings in the city, Federation Square. “They’re just ‘we love it, but sorry’.”Costas is at odds at what he’ll do when the deadline to remove the sculpture on March 8 comes. He spent around 15 years building the structure, precision-cutting around 750 intricately handcrafted pieces that fit within the steel work, and painting the pieces with such detail that they mirror the earth’s topography.“I wanted it in public for people to appreciate,” he says. “I built it for people to really remember that the world is a beautiful place.”He’s offering to give the artwork to an interested party for free if they would be able to display it in its full glory or, if worse comes to worse, would talk to someone who would be able to offer secure storage.The globe, weighing about 600kg, is very versatile and can be suspended or can sit in a stand.Those interested can contact Costas Theoharidis on 0419103343. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Kanakanak Hospital. (Photo by Austin Fast/KDLG)As of Tuesday, Kanakanak Hospital, which is run by the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, is no longer in immediate jeopardy with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.“Immediate jeopardy” is a CMS designation for facilities that place patients at serious risk of death or injury. If a hospital is placed in immediate jeopardy and does not remedy the situation, then it loses its Medicare and Medicaid funding.After Kanakanak Hospital was removed from immediate jeopardy status on Tuesday, BBAHC president and CEO Robert Clark said, “We are pleased that CMS has recognized the good progress underway to quickly but effectively bring the pharmacy to full compliance.”Kanakanak Hospital was first placed in immediate jeopardy on Sept. 27. After a complaint was made, a CMS investigator conducted a three-day survey and noted a wide range of serious deficiencies in the hospital’s pharmacy.The survey concluded that medications were being mishandled, that serious medication errors had occurred, and that hospital leadership was aware of a rise in medication errors and had not responded appropriately.In mid-October, the hospital submitted a corrective action plan to CMS. The plan was accepted, and the hospital had 90 days to enact the plan. But implementation was rocky.When CMS visited on Oct. 23, it extended the hospital’s immediate jeopardy status because key elements of the plan were not implemented.BBAHC said that the immediate jeopardy status was extended due to problems with staffing.It explained in a statement, “Due to the qualifications needed and BBAHC’s remote location, it has always been difficult to find the right pharmacy personnel with appropriate training and experience for the scope of services BBAHC provides. Hiring highly qualified and appropriately licensed personnel for remote, Alaska health care facilities is a lengthy process, and is challenging to complete in a matter of a few short weeks.”A former Kanakanak Hospital pharmacist who worked there at the time said that problems also included insufficient training for pharmacists.In the meantime, serious medication errors were still occurring. Dillingham resident Alannah Hurley is a caregiver for her 97-year-old grandmother. She said she has encountered numerous mistakes at the pharmacy.“Over the course of the last eight months or so, we’ve noticed multiple errors, not only in packaging, but in dosage and medications being in the wrong bottles with the wrong labeling. We’ve put in multiple complaints and have only seen those errors get worse,” said Hurley. “One hundred percent, these are life-threatening mistakes.”Hurley said some of the most serious errors occurred in October, when the pharmacy was supposed to be implementing its corrective action plan. She said she believes the medication errors began after the hospital administration fired or forced several longtime pharmacists to resign.“Before longtime dedicated pharmacists were fired or resigned due to the toxicity of the environment out there, we never had problems like this,” said Hurley. “We had pharmacists like Evelyn Olson who cared, who worked with us to make sure that we were receiving the best care possible, people who really, really care about our people in this region.”Olson was born and raised in Dillingham. Between attending college and then pharmacy school, Olson has worked at Kanakanak Hospital in various capacities since 2005. In 2013, she became a staff pharmacist at Kanakanak Hospital, and her husband, Kane Olson, became the pharmacy director.The couple bought a house in Dillingham and planned to stay, but Evelyn said Kane was fired in Sept. 2017 and wasn’t given a reason. She resigned in January.State law requires that every pharmacy designate a pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) to ensure compliance with all regulations. Evelyn Olson said Kanakanak Hospital administration had not designated a new PIC by the required deadline in late January. Olson said she requested direction from hospital administration, but did not receive any. Unsure if it was legal to operate, she and the other pharmacists closed the pharmacy until administration identified a PIC.The pharmacy reopened hours later after hospital administration named a new pharmacist-in-charge, but Olson says the hospital took action against her.“My boss at the time and a representative of HR essentially handed me a piece of paper that accepted responsibility for the pharmacy closing … and I would be placed on immediate administrative leave without pay,” explained Olson. “So I said, ‘I’m not going to sign this.’ I wasn’t going to accept responsibility. It was up to them to work with the state to work out the new pharmacist-in-charge situation.”At least three community members wrote letters to the BBAHC board in support of Olson after she resigned, and the state Board of Pharmacy found she did not violate any statutes or regulations.Despite the rough ending, Olson praised Kanakanak Hospital medical staff and employees.She said, “I really, really love my job there. It was so important to me, as a lifelong Dillingham resident, to give back to my community, the community that always supported me through all of school, whether that be high school, undergrad or pharmacy school. So it was really important for me to return.”Both Evelyn and Kane Olson now work as pharmacists in Anchorage.After Evelyn left, at least three full-time, permanent pharmacists have left or resigned and two spots continue to be filled by temporary duty pharmacists. In October, no pharmacist working at Kanakanak Hospital had been there longer than four months.The CMS survey only illustrates deficiencies. It does not suggest possible causes. However, it does note that medication errors rose sharply in the first half of 2018.It reads, “There were 29 medication errors from January to July 2018 compared to six during this same time frame in 2017. The (Executive Committee meeting) minutes did not reflect the significance of the medication events and the lack of investigations, or action plans to be implemented.”The CMS survey also found that hospital “leadership staff” took no actions on the increase in medication errors prior to being placed on “immediate jeopardy” status.So what is next for the hospital as it works to improve patient safety and keep its CMS funding?Because CMS lifted the hospital’s immediate jeopardy status after a site visit on Tuesday, the hospital will keep its Medicare and Medicaid funding as long as it successfully completes its plan of correction.BBAHC said that plan includes working with the Indian Health Service to hire qualified pharmacists. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has also deployed a team to assist Kanakanak Hospital in training pharmacy staff and addressing deficiencies.The new deadline for BBAHC to bring the pharmacy into compliance is Jan. 11, 2019.
Anantapur: State Homeo Doctors Association general secretary Dr P Kumaraiah has cautioned the public against fake homeo doctors, who are taking gullible patients for a ride and medically mistreating the patients. Talking to The Hans India on the sidelines of an awareness programme on the efficacy of the homeo medical science while drawing a parallel with allopathy, here on Saturday, Kumaraiah stated that Homeo medical science takes a wholistic view of the patient unlike the allopathy medicine practitioners, who offer instant emergency solutions to ward off any form of sickness. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us English medicine prioritises only on suppression of symptoms of any ailment making the patient vulnerable to a return to the supressed sickness or ailment whatsoever. The homeo science deals with the root cause of the ailment while taking a comprehensive look at the disease or sickness. Homeo science applies its mind on eradication of the disease in the body and does not prioritise on giving instant succour to the patient. A supressed sickness will one day bounce back on the patient. Also Read – PV Sindhu visits Tirumala temple Advertise With Us Homeo science medical practitioner is often confused with Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), who are authorised by government only to extend first aid and refer the patient to the authorised medical practitioner, whereas the homeo doctors also study homeo medicine for five-and-a-half years on the lines of MBBS. Kumaraiah has urged the government to take steps to end the fake homeo doctors menace particularly in the rural areas. Many homeo practitioners, who were trained for 6 months in medicines administration are masquerading as doctors by establishing hospitals with a corporate look and misleading gullible patients. Kumaraiah alleged that these so-called doctors were administering overdose of medicines to patients and putting their lives to risk and danger. He called upon homeo doctors and the general public to bring to his notice on fake doctors so that he could take up the issue with the government and help end the menace.
Cloth merchants observe a three-day bandh by closing their shops in protest against the implementation of GST in Ajmer on June 27, 2017.IANSThe government has notified the implementation of the central goods and services tax (C-GST) from July 1, making it clear that the rollout of the new indirect tax regime is on course, according to a report in financial daily Economic Times on Thursday.”I don’t see much of a problem. Small issues will always arise whenever you make a change of any kind. But I’m sure the system is fully geared up and the system will eventually smoothen itself out,” ET quoted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Jaitley was quoted in the report as saying that the rollout date for GST was decided by consensus by the GST Council, which comprises the Centre and the statese. “And more importantly, there is a constitutional mandate and that mandate is that on 16th of September, you will lose the right to collect existing taxes. So the alternate system has to come into place. Those who are talking in terms of deferring (GST) by six months and so on, that’s a constitutionally impermissible thing,” Jaitley said in the ET report.Asked about Trinamool and some other Opposition parties planning to boycott the midnight launch function of GST, Jaitley said that states will now notify their respective GST Acts and other provisions, including the rollout date. “We have spent so much time in building consensus and fortunately, we were able to build consensus. Therefore that spirit of consensus should be maintained by all. Even the function we are organising symbolises that larger national consensus,” ET quoted Jaitley as saying.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced on Facebook on Wednesday that her party will not attend the function “to celebrate GST, as a mark of protest”.Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party have also reportedly decided to stay away, though these parties may not call it a boycott.The government will also unveil a new simplified procedure on Thursday for exporters to ensure a smooth transition to GST.”The new procedures will be in line with the GST,” a government official told ET. Customs has already started testing new forms on its systems. Central Board of Excise and Customs has also issued a set of guidance for importers and exporters to help them transition to GST changes in GST to give relief to small vendors, ET said in its report.
Share Governor Abbott and other state officials are meeting with local leadership in towns affected by Harvey.The greatest need is to reopen schools and provide housing and debris removal to Harvey victims. Once those needs are taken care of, the state needs to focus on “bigger strategies” to prevent flooding such as new reservoirs, dams, and levies, said Governor Abbott. Texas will use money from a $19 billion federal aid package to implement those projects. The Texas congressional delegation is asking for $20 billion in additional federal funding, $10 billion of which Abbott expects to go to previously authorized Army Corp of Engineers projects. Abbott said he expects for further funding requests in the future.
The past year or so has been an interesting time for first-person shooters, the most dominant but sometimes creatively stagnant genre in video games. Between Doom, Overwatch, Splatoon, and even Plants vs. Zombie Garden Warfare 2, I’ve never seen the idea of shooting others in the face taken in such different, inspired directions. Even more traditional military and sci-fi shooters like Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, respectively, seem to be innovating within their own subgenres. Battlefield 1 is set in World War 1 and Titanfall 2 has a campaign with a talking, sword-wielding mech pet.I feared that Call of Duty, the annualized shooter juggernaut jogging in place while burning up the charts, would break this positive trend. However, after checking out this holiday’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for myself, I’m at least intrigued, even though there are no Romans.AdChoices广告For about an hour an Infinity Ward representative showed me a variety of videos, art, and sources of inspiration for the studio’s seventh Call of Duty game. Infinity Ward created the franchise and launched it to new heights with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. But staff changes have left it a very different studio, and its last game, 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, underwhelmed. So there’s pressure on Infinite Warfare, or IW7, to put Infinity Ward back above Treyarch and now Sledgehammer Games as the One True Call of Duty developer.The team stressed that despite being in the future and having heavy space elements, Infinite Warfare is not a sci-fi game. There are no aliens. Instead, it is a good vs. evil war story like Band of Brothers or Restrepo that happens to feature combat above the Earth’s atmosphere. In the future, villainous soldiers from offworld SDF mining colonies led by Kit “Jon Snow” Harington have launched an assault on the government of Earth. It’s like a violent Space Brexit. As you fight back alongside your teammates, you’ll learn what it’s like to go from grunt to commander.The first gameplay segment I saw was an attack on a festival in Geneva. SDF warships descended from space to attack the peaceful populace when the military was least expecting it. The demo showcased combat options like calling in airstrikes, hacking drones, tossing walking grenades, and partnering with your robot buddy Eth3n. But the highlight of the footage was when the player hopped in their ship and seamlessly shot off into space to attack the enemy fleet. If you saw the Infinite Warfare space combat gameplay in Sony’s E3 press conference—the gameplay audiences were shocked to discover came from Call of Duty—you’ll know what I’m talking about.Space combat in Infinite Warfare takes inspiration from both the Navy and the Air Force. Infinity Ward consulted both branches for accuracy and in the story there is even some military infighting. Big ships like the Retribution, the player’s base where they take on new missions, look and behave like massive aircraft carriers by way of NASA. But dogfights in your personal spaceships resemble Ace Combat or even Star Fox‘s all-range mode. Lock onto targets and nimbly avoid enemy missiles.From what I saw, the space fights are by far the most interesting part of Infinite Warfare. Even the lengthy blast-off sections are a unique way to modulate the pace and ratchet up the tension and spectacle, while also masking load times. But that’s not the only way Call of Duty, like war, has changed. Infinity Ward showed off the new Dynamic Pain system (the only phrase more depressing than “Infinite Warfare”) that causes enemies to move and behave differently based on where and how they’ve been hurt. Players can open doors in different ways based on the potential dangers as well as their personal approach. One gameplay segment I saw was on a space station on a planetoid with a rapid day-night cycle. Players had to quickly move to stay on the dark side of the moon to avoid the burning hot sunlight. Players also shot a lot of malfunctioning robots in this station, and the section where they sprang to life almost looked like an Alien Isolation-style horror game.The game is also pretty stellar on a visual level, although I was a bit more impressed by the Modern Warfare remastered footage I also saw just because I could directly compare it to old footage.I haven’t played a Call of Duty game seriously since Black Ops II in 2012, but the space combat in Infinite Warfare alone was enough to make me want to actually get my hands on the game. I even suggested Infinity Ward greatly expand the mechanic in the sequel, like how Assassin’s Creed IV took the sailing from Assassin’s Creed III and ran with it. We’ll find out if Infinite Warfare gives Call of Duty the strength to keep marching forward or if it’s Infinity Ward’s last chance when Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launches November 6.
Not many things are built to last these days, and the world is covered in the relics of the past, broken but still standing. In Algeria, however, one of these old buildings still remains. Hammam Essalihine, or Bath of the Righteous, was constructed sometime during the reign of Roman Emperor Titus Flavius, between 79-81 AD, making the bathhouse nearly two thousand years old. Withstanding the ravages of time, wars, and even earthquakes, the ancient spa still stands as a monument to Roman era engineering.Not unlike day spas of the modern era, bathing in natural hot springs was believed to confer both relaxation and health benefits for those who partook. Taking in the hot mineral-rich water at a thermae was an important ritual for those in the middle to higher levels of Roman society.Hammam Essalhine (Aquae Flavianae) in the Aurès Mountains, Algeria. Photo by Ghezal Tarek CC BY 2.0Not only would they partake in bathing, rubbing themselves down with oils, showering, and then scraping off the grime and dirt with a tool called a strigil, but the bathhouse also served as a food hall, gymnasium, library, and community center.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAs all of these things were thought to be critical to the good health and well being of the Roman populace, the bathhouse provided all of them. They were even used in politics — if a candidate wanted to curry favor with their electorate, they would sponsor a free day at the local thermae in his name, so that all may, at least for that day, experience the wonder while thinking of him.Hammam Essalihine. Photo by BatniHammam Essalihine sports several pools, though the main two are a large rectangular one for men that is nearly 46 feet long, over 30 feet wide, and nearly 5 feet deep, and a circular one for women, which has a diameter of 26 feet and is the same depth.Even today, the site is a draw for both tourist looking to experience something akin to what the Romans did, and locals who take in the waters and discuss current events amid a relaxing environment.Thankfully for those visiting the site today, Hammam Essalihine was built on preexisting hot and cold springs that provide it with its mineral-rich waters.According to About Algeria, the water of the bathhouse-turned-modern-spa is pure and on average sits at a balmy 70°C, or 158°F. In less lucky locales, infrastructure like aqueducts and heating systems called hypocaust, pipes drawing water through tunnels filled with hot air from a furnace, would provide and heat the water for bathers.The Rectangular Pool at the Roman thermal bath Aquae Flaviane “Hammam Essalhine”, Aurès Khenchela province, Algeria. Photo by Ghezaltar CC BY 2.0The bath house is located in the El Hamma district, about six and a half miles from the capital city of Algiers.According to the BBC Magazine, the region sports many Roman-era ruins and monuments, including Kemissa, an amphitheater, a Roman army garrison, and Tipasa, a town on the coast formerly known for its fish paste.Hammam Essalhine. Photo by Ghezaltar CC BY-SA 3.0Not many bathhouses dating to the Roman era are left in the world — only six remain in Algeria, and many that remain are mere ruins, in various levels of conservation or restoration. Unlike most, Hammam Essalihine remains largely as it was and operational, though according to Bored Panda, it can be difficult to get to.Read another story from us: Ancient Roman Bathroom Discovered and it’s Covered in Dirty JokesSo if you happen to be traveling in Algeria and are looking for something that is both rife with historical interest and majorly relaxing, it would be remiss if you didn’t swing by to take in a bath at Hammam Essalihine. The bath house is open 24 hours a day and is accommodating for both men and women.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The evangelical festival is due to take place 21-23 September at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens. The special guest will be Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham.However, local LGBTI people were horrified to see adverts for the festival appear on the side of buses. They made their views clear on social media. An LGBTI hotspot in the northwest of England, Blackpool has a thriving gay scene.‘As a member of the LGBT community I am really disgusted by the adverts,’ commented Kellan Martin on Blackpool Transport’s Facebook page.Why is #BlackpoolTransport supporting a #homophobic event in #Blackpool @BPL_Transport?Does #money come before #ethics?Do not the thousands of local #LGBTQ residents that use you regularly matter to you? pic.twitter.com/ucVD8V04fg— Omar Kuddus (@OmarKuddus) July 9, 2018‘Why is #BlackpoolTransport supporting a #homophobic event in #Blackpool?’ asked Omar Kuddus on Twitter. ‘Does #money come before #ethics?’Franklin Graham has consistently spoken out against LGBTI rights and same-sex marriage. In 2015, he praised Russia for the introduction of its anti-gay propaganda law. In 2016, he called for a boycott of Girl Scouts cookies in protest at the organization’s support of ‘transgender rights and homosexuality’. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride’Today, the transport company apologized and said it was pulling the adverts.‘Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double-decker buses,’ it said in a statement.‘In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the ‘Festival of Hope’ event with immediate effect. We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company.‘We work with multiple advertisers and third-parties and in no way do we endorse or support any advertisement which is placed on our vehicles.Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport said, ‘The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.’The company says buses bearing the advert will remain out of service until the posters are removed.GSN has contacted Festival of Hope for comment.See alsoThis concert promoter reveals how (and why) he got Britney to play Scarborough, Blackpool Blackpool Transport, which operates buses in the Northern England coastal town, has withdrawn adverts for the upcoming Festival of Hope. One of the adverts on the side of a Blackpool bus (Photo: @OmarKuddus | Twitter) Three hospitalized after homophobic attack in Blackpool, England Donald Trump invites Franklin Graham and other anti-gay religious leaders to speak at inauguration Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Christians fight anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin Graham despite vile backlashBlackpool Tower lit up in rainbow colors to greet anti-LGBTI preacher Franklin GrahamYou could win thousands to have your own Pride float design come to lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bus-company-blackpool-franklin-graham/
Mexico City, Mexico — For the upcoming elections, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute has signed a deal with Google to help Mexican voters.The new deal with the Internet search giant will see them provide extensive information about electoral candidates while also providing citizens with voting-related services. Google will provide online information such as the location of ballot boxes through Google Maps, candidate information, live streaming of presidential debates via YouTube and even instructions on how to vote.The National Electoral Institute (INE) says the joint deal for the 2017-2018 Federal Electoral Process is to provide information to the public and collaborate in the process of building a free and informed vote for Mexicans.INE says that having the online Google information will strengthen democracy by making the most relevant information about this year’s elections accessible by putting it in the hands of citizens through their mobile devices.INE says some of the online features will include:Useful information generated by INE about the significant moments of the electionOffer service to voters to locate their nearest ballot box via Google MapsOffer guidance on how to voteCreate reminders so that users do not forget the relevant dates of the electoral processTransmit live candidate debates through YouTubeMake public information available about the candidates and their proposalsCirculate the preliminary results of the election through PREP on election dayINE says that their collaboration with Google does not imply, in any way, the sharing or making use of personal data held by any of the parties.The President of the National Electoral Institute, Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, said that this INE-Google accompaniment is part of the logic to provide citizens with the most broad information about the electoral process.He says that the collaboration between the National Electoral Institute and Google will allow the contribution to the construction of a more informed and participatory society in the largest elections in Mexican history.There are four Mexican presidential candidates running to fill the seat for July 1. The elections will also include voting for 128 new senator positions and 500 deputies of the Lower House across Mexico.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Federal police, along with personnel from the Mexican navy, headed to the area of Punta Allen in the municipality of Tulum to inspect the finding. When they arrived, they discovered a large secured package of what turned out to be drugs. Tulum, Q.R. — Federal police were called to the small fishing village of Gustavo Rojo Gómez Monday after being notified of a large suspicious package on the beach. The package, which was torn open on one side, was secured with rope and wound in plastic. Inside, police found 42.7 kilos of cocaine. It was handed over to la Fiscalía General de la República in Playa del Carmen.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)