Dance Moms star Miller has cancer underwent spine surgery

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first_imgPITTSBURGH, Pa. – Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer.Doctor Hooman Melamed tells People.com she contracted what they thought was a rare spinal infection and nearly died this week.The doctor says Miller went to a California emergency room, where her condition deteriorated and she became “paralyzed from the neck down.” He says Miller underwent spinal surgery Tuesday and parts of some vertebrae were removed.It was determined Miller had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Miller is recovering and discussing treatment with her doctor.Miller ran Abby Lee Dance Company outside Pittsburgh. She was sentenced to a year in prison for hiding income from a bankruptcy judge. She transferred to a California halfway house in March and is to be released in May.Her attorney says she was “ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became.”last_img read more

Deloitte Canada names Craig Alexander as firms first chief economist

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first_imgTORONTO – Deloitte Canada has named Craig Alexander as the firm’s first chief economist.Alexander is a former chief economist for TD Bank.He has also been vice-president for economic analysis at the C.D. Howe Institute and most recently served as chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada.Deloitte Canada says Alexander will oversee and further develop the audit and consulting firm’s macroeconomic research and forecasting capability.He is expected to start work in mid-July.last_img

Research needed on impact of microplastics on BC shellfish industry study

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first_imgVICTORIA – A scientific study that found high levels of microplastics in the ocean near British Columbia’s primary shellfish farms has scientists calling for more research to assess the impact of the pollution on the industry.The study from Simon Fraser University’s department of biological sciences recommends a deeper look into the extent that shellfish ingest microbeads, microfibres and microfragments after the plastics were found near oyster farms off eastern Vancouver Island.The report, published Wednesday in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, said evidence of microplastics was found at 16 sites that were tested in the Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel areas, which are home to about 50 per cent of the province’s shellfish farms.“Our findings have shown that B.C.’s premier oyster growing region is highly contaminated with microplastics, particularly microbeads,” the 16-page report concluded. “It would be prudent to assess the degree to which oysters from the region are ingesting microplastics.”The report said sources of the microplastics in the area include the shellfish industry and possibly towns near the Comox Estuary.Assessments of the impact microplastics have on the shellfish could help the industry and protect the health of oysters, clams and mussels in Canada and worldwide, the report concluded.“People are just realizing what has happened with plastics in the ocean,” Prof. Leah Bendell, the report’s co-author, said in an interview. Bendell is an ecotoxicologist and has been studying the Baynes Sound area for 20 years.“We’re in a crisis situation where we just have to stop putting plastics in the ocean. Zero tolerance.”Bendell said annual volunteer clean-up efforts along the shoreline off Baynes Sound regularly collect up to five tonnes of plastic waste from the area’s shellfish farms, including plastic pipes, cages and ropes.A spokesman for B.C.’s shellfish industry said reducing plastic pollution should be a global goal, but B.C. oyster farms and its consumers are not under threat from microplastics.“You are much more likely to get microplastics in beer, in honey, in bottled water,” said Stephen Pocock, president of the B.C. Shellfish Growers Association.He said he supported efforts to reduce the use of microbeads including in shower gels, facial scrubs and toothpaste. Pocock, who operates a shellfish farm near Quadra Island, about 100 kilometres north of Baynes Sound, said the amounts of microplastics found in oysters appear to be minuscule.The association is expecting the release of a two-year study of microplastics and shellfish, he said.The association said the microplastics study was conducted by scientists at the University of Victoria and received funding from the group and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.Bendell said oysters and clams serve as the ocean’s filters and the effect of the increased presence of microplastics must be determined.“We’re just on the cusp of figuring out how bad this really is,” she said.last_img read more

Manitoba premier promises economic plan new cabinet committee

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first_imgWINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is setting up a new cabinet committee and a provincial office to focus on economic development.Premier Brian Pallister says the government will also create a program to help small- and medium-seized businesses develop new products.Pallister made the announcement during his annual state of the province speech to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.Pallister also says there will be changes to a program which offers tax breaks for new property developments.The announcement follows a review by two business leaders, announced at last year’s state of the province speech.Details of each initiative are expected in the coming weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The Latest US China leave future of trade talks unclear

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first_imgBEIJING — The Latest on trade tensions between China and the U.S. (all times local):2:30 p.m.The United States says talks on ending a bruising trade war focused on Chinese promises to buy more American goods but gave no indication of progress on Beijing’s technology ambitions and other thorny issues.China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday the two sides would “maintain close contact.”But neither gave any indication of the next step during their 90-day cease-fire in a tariff fight that threatens to chill global economic growth. That uncertainty left Asian stock markets mixed Thursday.Share prices had risen Wednesday after President Donald Trump fueled optimism about possible progress by saying on Twitter talks were “going well!”___10:45 a.m.Most Asian markets have opened lower after China and the U.S. wrapped up trade talks without indicating if they made progress on resolving a dispute over Chinese technology policies that has the world’s two biggest economies embroiled in a bruising trade war.The talks were the first face-to-face meetings since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to suspend tariff increases during negotiations.The Chinese Ministry of Commerce issued a statement Thursday saying there were “detailed exchanges” and would “maintain close contact” but gave no details.A statement from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative didn’t characterize the tone of the talks or say what would happen next. It said U.S. negotiators would await “guidance on the next steps” after reporting back to Washington.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation looking to reopen June 1st

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first_imgDr. Helm said that the Foundation has also made a request to the provincial government for emergency funding support, and is also approaching local and regional industry and service groups. He explained that the Foundation’s goal is to raise a total of $200,000, although he said that raising $150,000 would allow the museum to open until the end of September and continue raising the remainder of the required funds in the interim.“Re-opening our museum would allow us to leverage external funds: over $300,000 is anticipated, which includes the enhancement of exhibits and educational programs,” said Dr. Helm in a release. “It will also enable us to complete a major $500,000 renovation project that will enhance our facility, through external funding from Cultural Spaces and the Northern Development Initiative Trust.”Helm said that the Foundation’s long-term goal is to continue to secure stable funding, of which he said a significant portion should come from the provincial government due to the importance of the paleontological work by done at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre, and the precedent set in other jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation is hoping it will be able to reopen its doors by June 1st after recently receiving two separate offers of $50,000 in funding.The Foundation was forced to close its doors at the end of March after it was denied an application for a $200,000 grant from the District of Tumbler Ridge earlier this year. However, a motion by Mayor Don McPherson to grant the Foundation $50,000 to open five days a week from June 1st to October 1st was approved at a District Council meeting on May 7th. Included in that motion was that District staff draw up a referendum to hear from residents about whether they would like the District to continue funding the museum going forward.Foundation spokesperson Dr. Charles Helm said that the Foundation is grateful for the funding offer from the District. He said that the Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from a private donor challenging governments and other funding sources to contribute funds to enable the museum to reopen. last_img read more

Shriners Family Day in Fort St John raises more than expected

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first_imgUp next for Shriners will be the Fort St. John Canada Day parade where they will be driving their signature “Tin Lizzies” through the city streets. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Shriners Family Day was raising money for Shriners Hospitals this past Sunday in Fort St. John.The event, which took place at Browns Socialhouse, was from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and saw all proceeds Browns made during that time go to Shriners Hospitals. $9,850 was the final tally raised for the cause, much higher than the Public Relations Associate for Shriners, Martial Pitts expected.“We would have been happy with anything.” said Pitts, “My kind of expectation or my goal was somewhere around the $7,000 mark, and we passed that by quite a lot.”last_img read more

Northeast BC unemployment rate fell to 56 percent last month

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first_imgNortheast B.C.’s unemployment rate remains the third-highest of any region in B.C. for the second straight month. The lowest rate of unemployment was recorded in the Lower Mainland where 4.5 percent of the labour force was without work, while the next lowest rate on Vancouver Island was 4.6 percent. The highest unemployment rate in B.C last month was recorded in the Kootenay region, which has seen its unemployment rate fall only 0.1 percent to 7.2 percent.The unemployment rate across the province fell by 0.3 percent to 4.8 percent, while the national unemployment rate went from 6.1 to 6 percent last month. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. fell for the second straight month in September, dropping to 5.6 percent.According to data released by Stats Canada on Friday, the unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. last month fell 0.4 percent from 6.0 percent in August. The region saw an estimated 400 more full-time jobs, from 33,400 to 33,800. However, the region also shed 1,000 part-time jobs, which totalled 6,300. The size of the labour force in Northeast B.C. also decreased by an estimated 900 workers.Though the unemployment rate fell last month, the region also saw a drop in the rate of employment, which fell from 72.5 to 71.6 percent. Despite this, Northeast B.C. still had the highest rate of employment out of any economic region in B.C.last_img read more

Dan Davies MLA reaction to the 2019 Budget

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first_imgTo read more about the question period on Caribou Recovery; CLICK HERETo read more about the 2019 Budget; CLICK HERE Davies goes on to express,”The life of this Budget over the next three years is going to be a cost to every British Columbian, $1200 dollars and $2500 dollars per family over the next three years, there is a direct impact coming out of your pocket and my pocket starting this year,”“We hear affordability this entire Budget and I cannot see it, I cannot see affordability for British Columbians from this Budget at all, if anything it is the exact opposite, it’s going to cost the middle class and the average person of BC way more over the next couple of years. Their plan is backwards and most of that money is coming down on the taxpayer,” shares DaviesConcerned for the people of the Region, Davies goes on to say, “When you start looking at how this will affect us, increase carbon tax, employee health tax, impacting business people, property tax, Municipalities pass that down and a decline in the resource sector, that is a lot of red flags for the people in the Northeast,”“This is what worries me, we are already seeing companies moving out of the Province and we are going to see small businesses are going to be impacted more and small businesses are the backbone of our economy and when we start taxing small businesses to the point they can’t make ends meet they will go somewhere else or they will shut down,” said Davies“That leads to the cycle of more unemployment and more issues for the economy, it’s a worrisome budget for me it’s not what is in the budget, its what isn’t in the Budget and those are growing the economy, the other side of the balance sheet,” said DaviesIn reference to the LNG being mentioned in the Budget, Davies expresses his concern, “Our party when we were in Government we worked on it for years, it is good to see it is in the Budget but let’s look at how things are rolling out. The Coastal link pipeline, there is no real pressure from Government to help resolve the issues of getting that put through. We are hopeful it will as this whole project relies upon this. I am hopeful the LNBG project will go but that’s just one project.” As the conversation took a turn towards Caribou Recovery and the recent question period at the legislature, Davie spoke more on the frustration and the impacts of not knowing.“Caribou Recovery, what does this look like for us, we don’t know, we don’t know. We are being kept in the dark, we the general public, myself included,” said Davies, “What impacts is that going to have on the resource sector, tourism sector and recreation users?” asked Davies, “We start to get worried when any use gets restricted of backcountry and BC’s land.”Davies goes on to share he just had a meeting on the Land Resource Management Plan, Davies says,”Again all of these compounding factors are coming to play here Class A parks, the TLE, the Site C land, agreements, what are the impacts going to be if you start adding these up on our resource sector. This is really concerning when you start to add these all up together and what this will look like and what it will do to our socio-economic area of the Northeast.”“It’s hugely devastating this directly impacts people as this threatens good-paying careers and jobs. There is not much of an appetite for the resource sector if we don’t have that we are going to go broke,” said Daviescenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the 2019 Budget being released, Dan Davies MLA for Peace River North shares his concerns for what he does not see in the Budget and the impact from the lack of information on the Caribou Recovery Plan.“There is lots to talk about and a lot will be talked about in the coming weeks as we debate in the legislature. The things that really stand out for me and very impactful for the folks in the Northeast and Peace country is complete lack of mention on job creation, growing the economy or revenue from the resource sector which is expected to decline by 30 percent over the next several years” said Davies“We know B.C. struggles to attract capital, it is hard to get permitted in this Province, we see time and time again. How hard it is to build in this Province and instead of the government putting things into the Budget to help attract this investment, they are basically rolling over and allowing this to happen and this will have huge consequences to the Northeast and the economy as we are a resource-based economy” shared Davies.last_img read more

India in the Islamic world

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first_imgAmidst the ongoing repercussions of the punitive air strike made by the Indian Air Force to take out the training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, the address of India’s External Affairs Minister – Sushma Swaraj – at the Foreign Ministers conference of OIC at Abu Dhabi on March 1 was an event of extraordinary significance for the geopolitics of South Asia, the future of India-Pakistan relations and the so-called Islamic world itself. The Crown Prince of UAE hosting the meet had invited India’s External Affairs Minister to be the guest of honour at the inaugural day of the OIC meet and thus for the first time put the stamp of official recognition on India’s association with the Islamic block – even as India did not have an Observer’s status yet. Brief attempts made by our diplomats in the Cold War Era to secure that position on the ground that India had the second largest Muslim population in the world, had been successfully thwarted by Pakistan. But this time around, the UAE, apparently in consultation with OIC Chairman Saudi Arabia, rejected Pakistan’s objection to the very presence of India at the OIC. This resulted in Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, registering his ‘protest’ by skipping the meet and sending his juniors there to represent the country. This was a new situation that Pakistan faced – as a founder member of OIC – at a time when India had militarily challenged it on the issue of cross-border terrorism. It is enough for India, which is not an ‘Islamic’ country, that we were able to present at the OIC platform India’s stand against the new terror fomented from the soil of Pakistan in the name of religion. In her address, which was noted for its boldness and finesse, Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of terrorism upfront and pointed out how the menace was caused by ‘distortion of religion’ and emphasised how in India Muslims and non-Muslims practised their respective beliefs and lived in harmony. She specially thanked UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh but went on to name a whole lot of Muslim countries of West Asia, North Africa and South East Asia with whom India, with its resurgent economy, was developing bilateral relations. She talked of ‘indispensable strategic and security partnership and a natural economic collaboration with the Gulf countries’ but also declared that India shared ‘civilisational and cultural links with Iran’ whose partnership with India was something vital for ‘stability and prosperity in our region’. Without naming Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj called upon the world to tell the states who provided shelter and funding to the terrorists to dismantle the infrastructure of the terror outfits on their soil. She did well to counter the ‘exclusivism’ of Islamic extremists by referring to the Indian approach to religion that maintained that ‘God is one though He was described by many names’. The base of indoctrination of Mujahideen lay in the fundamentalist line of Islamic radicals and extremists that ‘there was no God save Allah’ and that the political decline of Islam was to be attributed to the ‘deviation’ of Muslims from the puritanic Islam that existed in the days of the Pious Caliphs. It is the faith-based motivation that was producing Fidayeen and it is to be seen if OIC would muster the courage to pronounce that in today’s times Jehad was not the answer to any political problem. One cannot be sanguine about this. India’s strategists have to factor in the more pronounced crosscurrents that are operating in the Islamic world at present. The US-led ‘war on terror’ targeted Islamic radicals of the Al Qaeda-Taliban combine – and later of ISIS – who all carried the legacy of the anti-West Jehad that the Ulema of the 19th century led by Abdul Wahab had conducted unsuccessfully against ‘the Western encroachment on Muslim lands’. The withdrawal of the Soviet army from Afghanistan gave the radicals a chance to establish an Islamic Emirate at Kabul in 1996 with full backing of Pakistan. Meanwhile, OIC had built an Islamic movement with large funding from Saudi Arabia that also rested on adherence to fundamentalism and aimed at countering the influence of Communism much to the delight of the US. Pakistan, a key member of OIC, housed not only the Islamic radicals of Al Qaeda and Taliban but also the Islamic extremists of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Hizbul Mujahideen and Maulana Hafiz Sayeed’s Lashkar-e-Toiba. The latter were easily available to Pakistan for being channelised by its agencies against India on the Kashmir front. When 9/11 tested Pakistan for leading the fight against Islamic radicals on its soil, it hoodwinked the US by just pretending to be active against Al Qaeda and Taliban, the same group it had put in power in Afghanistan. Before 9/11, Pakistan had no problem with radicals. It needed all militant groups as its strategic assets to run its proxy war against India. This is precisely what Pakistan is doing now. It feels encouraged by the US dependence on Pakistan’s potential to mediate with the Taliban for a negotiated settlement at Kabul. There is convergence between Saudi Arabia, UAE, and the US against Islamic radicals who considered the US their prime enemy and who were also inimical to the Saudis for the latter’s identification with the Americans. The ‘war on terror’ has thus created a division in the Muslim world because large sections of it are not ready to side with the US or condemn Islamic radicals. In India, the influential Darul Uloom Deoband known for its hold on Sunnis, claims nationalist credentials but is firmly against the West. It is in this context that India raising its voice at OIC against all groups indulging in terrorism in the name of Islam is a diplomatic success even though it is doubtful if it would give us any leverage against Pakistan on that platform. India cannot be happy with the hostile pronouncements of OIC on Kashmir – a resolution surfaced ‘condemning the atrocities and human rights violations by India’ in the state, denouncing ‘mass blindings’ inflicted by security forces on protesting youth and, what is worse, charging Indian occupation forces with ‘escalating’ ceasefire violations on the LOC. It called upon member states to contribute funds for humanitarian assistance to Kashmiri people. OIC voiced Pakistan’s line that Kashmir was the ‘core issue’ between India and Pakistan and that its resolution was a must for establishing peace in South Asia. It welcomed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s offer of talks with India. India has, in a prompt rejoinder, declared that J&K is an integral part of India and is a matter ‘strictly internal’ to India. It seems Pakistan continues to have its way against India as far as the forum of OIC is concerned. We must seek a response from Saudi Arabia, as OIC Chairman, reiterating that Pakistan must take action against terror outfits operating on its soil as was being demanded by the US as well. India has brought in clarity on Iran by not linking our approach to that country with our relations with other Muslim countries. India has to stay away from the extreme hostility that always existed between the Sunni fundamentalist states like Saudi Arabia and UAE and the Shia regime of Ayatollahs in Iran – reflecting the historical legacy of the Kharijite revolt against Caliph Ali. India has rightly dealt with every nation bilaterally regardless of the Shia-Sunni divide that prevails in the Muslim world. Incidentally, both Islamic radicals and Shia fundamentalists regard the US as their enemy for their own political and ideological reasons respectively. India’s foreign policy will have to reckon with this. Our stand is basically against injection of violence into national and international politics in the name of religion. India’s deep military strike against the JeM training camp at Balakot in Pakistan is hastening the process of the world beginning to realise the danger of faith-based terror arising from within the Islamic world. It is, therefore, a matter of great satisfaction for India that we have carried a message against this kind of violence right to the apex of the 56-member Islamic block itself. This vindicates India’s role as a frontline leader of the democratic world engaged in fighting terrorists across the Islamic spectrum as a matter of principled strategy.(The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Coal scam theory was sham… entire block allocation process was transparent

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first_imgNew Delhi: Once tipped as the largest ever scam, the events that have unfolded in the country’s coal situation over the last 4 years have come to a point of proving that the entire coal scam theory was a sham. Last week, when a Special CBI Court acquitted the accused officials of a steel company for lack of evidence, it came as a surprise for many quarters. Almost every company that has been embroiled in the captive coal block allocation case has time and again cried that the entire process of allocation was transparent and administered by a high-level multi-department screening committee comprising of representation from various ministries of both central and state governments. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalApart from the recent case of Bajrang Ispat, and a 3-year-old acquittal order on JIPL, as many as 6 companies and its directors have been convicted. Most feel that the perception of irregularities and scam created an environment where they have been deprived of justice both at the investigation as well as judicial stages. What one needs to look into more seriously is the conviction of upright retired IAS officer like Harish Chandra Gupta, who has found tremendous support from some of the topmost serving IAS officials. As the then Coal Secretary, HC Gupta was the Chairman of the Screening Committee which made Captive Coal Block Allocations from 2006-2008. A screening committee where every case was looked into on its merits. And almost every such allocation under various stages of investigations or trial. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostInfact even at the time of deallocating the captive coal blocks, the Supreme Court was clear that the administrative machinery needs to ensure that the output of every operational coal block doesn’t get compromised. The administrative ministry failed miserably in ensuring that. The last 4 rounds of captive coal block auctions have been called off for various reasons as core infrastructure plants from steel and power sector remain hungry for optimum quantity of coal for financial and operational sustainability. A large number of such victims have already succumbing to the NPA mess. The recent acquittal and as the coal demand-supply scenario has emerged clearly shows that the coal shortage would have been much lower if all captive coal blocks had been allowed to continue by the Supreme Court. Going by Industry voices, many plants whose captive coal blocks were deallocated would not have gone through the NPA route, and have given the government healthy employment figures to talk about. Last year, none other than the Attorney General of India KK Venugopal had stated in open court that the Supreme Court was responsible for “hitting” Mining, Telecom and Coal Sectors. Even the current SBI Chairman had concurred in that Government and Judiciary were responsible for the NPA pile-up. Unfortunately, lakhs of crores of bank funds have become NPA’s and a few lakhs having lost their source of livelihood becoming collateral damage to a hypothetical and notional loss theory that got published in a CAG Report. Perhaps it’s high time that CAG audits the real loss to the nation due to the mythical coal scam.last_img read more

Trinamool’s Mahua Moitra declares Rs 2.64-cr assets

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first_imgKolkata: Investment banker-turned-legislator Mahua Moitra, who is a Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal’s Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency, has declared movable assets worth over Rs 2.64 crore, including bank deposits in the United Kingdom. Moitra had shown more than Rs 2.5-crore movable assets in 2016, while contesting the Assembly elections from Karimpur in Nadia district. In the latest affidavit filed before the Election Commission (EC), the 44-year-old MLA has declared Rs 5,000 cash and Rs 1.43 crore in banks deposits in India, besides a bank balance of over Rs 1.30 lakh in a branch of National Westminster Bank, commonly known as NatWest, in London. Moitra, who has worked as a Vice President of JP Morgan in the UK, possesses a 3.2 carat diamond ring worth Rs 70 lakh, 150 grams of gold valued at Rs 5 lakh, various silver items including vase, tea and dinner set and others worth Rs 5.68 lakh, and art pieces valued at Rs 25 lakh, and a car, which she bought in 2016. After leaving her cushy job, she joined politics in September 2008, when Rahul Gandhi drafted her in the Youth Congress as a state coordinator for his “Aam Aadmi Ka Sipahi” project. Two years later, she switched to the Trinamool Congress. Moitra, a graduate in economics and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, claims that she does not own any immovable property. According to her affidavit, she owes over Rs 6.71 lakh to a bank in a vehicle loan. She has also declared that there is no pending criminal case against her.last_img read more

DHFL to raise up to Rs 2,000 cr

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first_imgNew Delhi: Dewan Housing Finance Ltd (DHFL) Saturday said it will raise funds up to Rs 2,000 crore in one or more tranches. The board of the company in its meeting on Saturday approved the proposal to raise capital up to Rs 2,000 crore, DHFL said in a filing to the BSE. “The Board has constituted a sub-committee named “Special Committee for Issuance of Securities” and authorised the said Committee to decide upon various factors viz. mode, pricing, terms & conditions and other allied matters in respect of the said issuance,” DHFL added.last_img read more

Rakul wants to be part of great films irrespective of the language

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first_imgMumbai: Rakul Preet Singh, who has acted in South and few Hindi films like Yaariyan, Aiyaary, says her aim is to be part of good films irrespective of the language in which they are made. Rakul has acted mainly in Telugu and Tamil language films and has worked with biggest of the actors like Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Ram Charan and Allu Arjun. In Bollywood, is now looking forward to Ajay Devgn’s De De Pyaar De. “I want to keep doing good films. I can work 24 hours. I hope people want to see more of me as much as I want to be in films. At the end of it, all I want to have some great films to my credit, irrespective of which language it is in,” Rakul said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe 28-year-old actor said her hard work and determination has made her a saleable name in the south film industry. “As the shelf life is lesser (of heroines) so you want to push yourself more as you want to do better work. I did not become big in south just like that, I had to work towards it. “The fact that you do not get it easy makes you love and respect your work more. If I want to do a Dharma Production film, ofcourse there is a struggle to get one. There are so many people competing for it,” she added. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upAfter making her debut in Hindi cinema with Yaariyan in 2014, Rakul appeared in South films and returned to Bollywood in 2018 with Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary. The actor said she is trying to strike a balance between both the film industries. Rakul said creatively both the industries are growing and it is the best time to be working as an actor. The film directed by Akiv Ali and produced by T-series, Luv Ranjan, will hit cinema houses on May 17.last_img read more

Goa: Woman who accused Monserratte of rape goes missing

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first_imgPanaji: The woman who lodged a rape case against former Goa minister and Congress’ Panaji bypoll nominee Atanasio Monserratte has gone missing from a rehabilitation facility here, police said on Monday. Verna police inspector Sandesh Chodankar said the woman, who charged Monserratte with drugging and raping her in 2016 when she was a minor, was undergoing rehabilitation at a facility in South Goa district from where she went missing on April 28. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghLast month, a missing person complaint was lodged and later on May 10, the police registered an FIR for offence of abduction against an unknown person, Chodankar said, adding that efforts were on to trace the woman. Monserratte, who is contesting the upcoming Panaji Assembly bypoll on Congress’ ticket, was booked in May 2016 for allegedly raping the woman in March that year, when she was 17 years’ old. A charge sheet was later filed against him by the police in the district court of North Goa. Auda Viegas, director of a South Goa-based NGO, said the victim was initially kept at a state-run facility for juveniles, but later shifted to a convent in South Goa as part of her rehabilitation.last_img read more

Egypt train crashes into vehicles, kills 22

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first_imgCAIRO- At least 22 people were killed in Egypt when a train crashed into a mini-bus and other vehicles south of Cairo early Monday, a health ministry official said.State television said the train crashed into three vehicles, including a mini-bus, at a crossing. “Twenty two people have been killed,” the ministry’s Ahmed al-Ansari told state television, adding the final toll was not likely to increase by much.At least 15 people were injured in the accident, police officials said, requesting anonymity because they were not authorised to make media statements. A railway official told the official MENA news agency the vehicles involvedin the accident drove past chains closing the crossing to traffic. The  police officials had said the train was carrying passengers, but the head of the Egyptian Railway Authority said it was a cargo train. Ambulances rushed to the scene to take the wounded to hospitals in the capital, police said.The accident took place days after train services resumed completely across the country, after they were halted due to unrest following the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in July.Egypt has seen several train disasters in recent years. In November 2012 47 school children died when a train crashed into their bus, and in January, 17 people died when a train transporting conscripts derailed.last_img read more

Brotherhood-linked cleric Qaradawi quits Cairo’s al-Azhar

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first_imgMuslim Brotherhood-linked theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi has resigned from the governing body of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, accusing the top Sunni seat of learning of supporting Egypt’s military-installed government.“I submit my resignation,” Qaradawi wrote on Twitter and his Facebook page on Monday, accusing the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, of “abusing the authority of the office to support the military coup.”Egyptian-born Qaradawi, who has been based in Qatar since he was stripped of his citizenship decades ago, has been an outspoken critic of the army’s July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi. The cleric, who retains huge influence through his regular appearances as a commentator on Doha-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera, issued a religious edict, or fatwa, calling on Egyptians to restore Mursi to “his legitimate post.”“We have waited for the sheikh of Al-Azhar to return to the correct path and to disassociate himself from the tyrant regime,” he said in Monday’s posting.Qaradawi, now 86, was jailed several times in the 1950s under the rule of president Gamal Abdel Nasser and left for Qatar in 1961.He returned to the land of his birth 50 years later and led mass prayers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shortly after president Hosni Mubarak was forced out in February 2011 in the face of the mass protests of the Arab Spring.last_img read more

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize consumption of marijuana

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first_imgFez- Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the use of marijuana. The Uruguayan Senate voted on Tuesday on bill that legalizes marijuana. In accordance with the newly approved law, adult are allowed to consume marijuana under the government’s control. The bill was passed by a vote of 16 to 13.It is “historic day,” Senator Alberto Couriel, a member of the ruling Broad Front left-wing coalition, was quoted as by RT TV as saying.The bill enjoyed the support of the country’s president, Jose Mujica, and an important segments of society. The argument put forth by the Uruguayan President to convince its detractors of the righteousness of his approach was that this law would help the country reduce the danger of drug trafficking. “We are asking the world to help us with this experience, which will allow the adoption of a social and political experiment to face a serious problem – drug trafficking,” he had said in an interview with a Brazilian newspaper.  “The effects of drug trafficking are worse than those of the drugs themselves,” he added.The bill also will allow license-holding users to plant marijuana at home.But the bill goes against international the United Nations’ 1961 Convention on Narcotic Drugs, ratified by Uruguay in 1975.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed.last_img read more

Woolwich Killer brother claims murder of soldier Lee Rigby was “inevitable”

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first_imgBy Kevin KriedemannDOHA – The brother of Michael Adebolajo speaks about the motivation, ideology and politics behind the fatal attack on British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London. Jeremiah Adebolajo says Woolwich attack justification was “obvious” and Predicts another Woolwich type attack due to British Foreign Policy, according to Al Jazeera.Jeremiah Adebolajo, whose brother Michael Adebolajo has been convicted of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby, tells Al Jazeera’s Investigations Unit that the Woolwich attack was “inevitable” and its justification is “obvious.”After his initial shock at seeing his brother on TV in May, Jeremiah, 26, said he recognised the motivation behind the attack. “The events to me were inevitable. There was eventually going to be another attack which mentioned foreign policy as its justification.”Jeremiah, a Muslim, claimed his brother’s actions were a direct blowback from the West’s war on terror. He likened the killing of Lee Rigby to US drone strikes on Muslim countries, claiming it was an act of war.Accepting that the public will label his brother a violent man, he argued the same questions should be asked of the British armed forces: “I would say, was Lee Rigby a violent individual? Are other British soldiers, who go to Afghanistan and Iraq and kill, violent individuals?” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera.In 2010, before being returned to the UK, Michael was arrested by Kenya police over his alleged plans to travel to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab. Jeremiah believes the British security services were aware of the alleged mistreatment of his brother by Kenyan police: “They were complicit in allowing him to be interrogated with the means of interrogation that the Kenyans chose. Questions are to be asked about why they allowed the Kenyans to torture a British citizen.”Jeremiah says he was approached by the MI5 officer assigned to Michael. He claims the security services were “putting a lot of pressure” on Michael and were “really disrupting his life” right up to “a few months before” the Woolwich attack.Jeremiah predicts another attack like Woolwich will take place again due to the actions of British Foreign policy: “I suggest that it won’t be the last, simply because of the tactics of the British secret service and foreign policy… for every violent action is a violent reaction.”The interview screens on Al Jazeera today, Thursday 19 December, at 20:00G, and on Friday, 20 December at 07:30G and 16:30G.last_img read more

Over a thousand Athletes to Participate in the 29th Marathon des…

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first_imgRabat-Over a thousand Athletes to Participate in the 29th Marathon des Sables.The marathon organizing committee reported that over 1,079 athletes representing approximately 45 countries will take part in the 29th annual “marathon des sables,” which will take place from April 4th to 14th in southern Morocco.Gathering the biggest athletes in the world, the 29th “le Marathon des Sables”, or Marathon of the Sands will attract more than one thousand competitors to the Moroccan Sahara.  According to Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, the participants in the marathon will represent various age brackets, from 16 to 76, and diverse professions, including doctors, professional athletes, business managers, students, and retirees.Marathon manager Patrick Bauer said that the 29th marathon will feature “the participation of 165 women”.Enjoying the diversity of the Moroccan landscape, the athletes will run in 250 km in six stages through the most beautiful Moroccan topography, including mountains, oases and desert.This event aims to highlight the beauty and natural wealth of southern Morocco for thousands of runners and millions of T.V. viewers worldwide.Edited by Jessica Rohan © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more