first_imgMy pet dog just had puppies. When can I put them up for adoption? Ideally, you should wait a week or two after the puppies have weaned from their mothers before putting them up for adoption. Generally, dogs wean from their mothers in six weeks. So, they can be put up for adoption when they are seven or eight weeks old. Some breeds wean from their mothers at 10-12 weeks. So, ensure that whichever breed you adopt or buy, the puppy has had the necessary time with his/her mother. If you separate a puppy before they wean, they can develop behavioural and socialisation problems as well as health problems. Make sure they are already eating solid food on their own before putting your puppies up for adoption. Also Read – Feel what you fearHow do I make the separation and sending of newborn animals to their new home less stressful? Separating the newborn litter from its mother and sending it to a completely new environment can be very stressful for your pet. To reduce stress, you can allow the new owners to come and spend time with the litter before sending them to their new house. This way, the newborn animals can familiarise themselves with them and perhaps feel less scared. Never let a newborn animal be sent away before completely weaning off and learning the basic socialisation and behavioural skills from his/her mother and siblings. If you are going to send the litter for adoption, it would be better to not get too close with the animals and prevent separation anxiety and stress. As owners of the adopted animals, let the animal familiarise themselves with the surroundings and let them come to you. Don’t force yourself on the animals as this can make them more stressed and frightened. Also Read – HomecomingPeople say that puppies should not be bathed until they are three months. Why? You should only bathe puppies that are older than 12 weeks. Until they are old enough, you might have to settle cleaning your puppy with a sponge bath. Before your dog is 12 weeks old, the less water the better. How often should I clean my dog’s ears and with what? The regularity with which you clean your dog’s ears depends on your pet’s breed, coat, level of activity, age and ear wax production. We recommend that most dogs with normal ears have cleanings at least once a month. Also, keep looking for any secretions or developing wax from time to time. Use a ear cleaning solution to wipe the ear. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached a Srinagar-located asset linked to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in connection with a 14-year-old terror funding and money laundering case against him and others, the agency said Friday. The property is located in Effandi Bagh in the Rawalpora area of Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, and the central probe agency issued a provisional order to attach the asset under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The action is part of a multi-agency crackdown launched by the government against separatists and terror operatives functioning from Kashmir Valley. The ED said the asset is being “held in the name” of Shah’s wife and daughters. The seized asset is valued at Rs 25.8 lakh, the agency said. It added that Shah, currently in judicial custody, is “involved in carrying out illicit activities along with his accomplice Mohd Aslam Wani, who is an activist of banned militant organisation JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad)”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Shah was using Wani as a carrier for collecting hawala money sent by his Pakistan-based sympathisers through hawala operators…,” the agency said. Records show, the ED said, that this property has been gifted to Shah’s wife and daughters by his sisters-in-law in 2005, which was purchased in their name by his father-in-law in 1999. However, in spite of repeated opportunities given to Shah’s father-in-law and sisters-in-law they failed to justify the sources of fund to acquire the property, the agency claimed. Investigation has also revealed that Shah is the de-facto owner of the property purchased through unexplained source of fund by his father-in-law, it alleged. The ED said its probe revealed that Shah “was in touch with global terrorist Hafeez Sayeed, chief of banned outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa based in Pakistan and that he had been receiving money for carrying out separatist activities in J-K and has acquired various properties through a maze of dubious transactions”. Shah and Wani were arrested by the ED in 2017. Wani was granted bail by a court in January 2019. The case dates back to August 2005 case when the Delhi Police’s special cell arrested Wani (37), an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah. Wani was arrested allegedly with about Rs 63 lakh, received through hawala channels from the Middle East, and a large cache of ammunition on August 26, 2005. During questioning, he had told the police that Rs 50 lakh was to be delivered to Shah and Rs 10 lakh to Jaish-e-Mohammad area commander in Srinagar, Abu Baqar, and the rest was his commission. An amount of Rs 63 lakh was earlier attached by the ED. Wani, who hails from Srinagar, had also claimed that he had delivered around Rs 2.25 crore to Shah and his kin in multiple instalments over the past year and in absence of Shah he used to deliver these money to his wife Bilquees Shah, it said.last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid data showing an improvement in an important measure in foreign trade and ahead of the latest reading on the health of the Canadian economy.The loonie was up 0.33 of a cent to 92.28 cents US as Statistics Canada said the country’s current account deficit narrowed by $3.3 billion to $12.4 billion in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis. The agency said the increase was led by an improved trade in goods balance, which recorded its first surplus in more than two years.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada will releases gross domestic product data for March and the first quarter on Friday. Economists are looking for an annualized rise of 1.7 per cent for the quarter and 0.1 per cent for the month.That data is of particular concern, coming out days before the Bank of Canada releases its next interest rate announcement.Traders also considered data showing a contraction in the American economy in the first quarter.The first revision to first-quarter gross domestic product showed that GDP actually shrank at an annualized rate of one per cent in the period, largely because of severe winter weather.That was much higher than the 0.5 per cent drop that economists had expected, but they anticipate the weakness to be short-lived.On the commodity markets, July crude oil gained 86 cents to US$103.58 a barrel.August gold bullion lost $2.60 to US$1,257.10 an ounce and July copper slipped three cents to US$3.14 a pound. Loonie up, current account deficit narrows, traders look to Canadian GDP figures by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2014 6:51 am MDT read more

Humana shares soared well beyond all-time high prices Friday afternoon on speculation that the company, one of the nation’s biggest health insurers, might be up for sale.Analysts have been discussing for a few weeks the possibility that large health insurers flush with cash may be hunting for a big acquisition. Deal-friendly low interest rates and expectations for another wave of consolidation also are fueling the speculation.The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Humana is considering a sale and has received takeover interest.A Humana spokesman did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana is seen as an attractive target in part because it is the second-largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, a key source of future growth for insurers. Enrollment has already grown briskly the past several years for these privately run, federally funded versions of the Medicare program for people over age 65 and the disabled.That’s expected to continue as baby boomers become eligible for the coverage and as more companies drop retiree health benefits. The health care overhaul has chopped funding for these plans, but the worst of that has passed, and analysts see much less uncertainty in the future for the coverage.In addition, insurers are gaining a better understanding of the health care overhaul, the massive federal law that has helped provide coverage for millions. They are learning that scale matters in terms of gaining negotiating leverage for rates over care providers.“There’s got to be another wave of consolidation that occurs, and our view is that Humana would either be the first to go or be one of the first to actually make an acquisition themselves,” said Thomas Carroll, who covers the industry for the investment bank Stifel.Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said Humana makes an attractive target in a sector “ripe for consolidation.”“We think (Humana’s) Medicare Advantage business and capability makes it especially attractive to some of the largest insurers,” she wrote in a note to investors.Aside from Medicare Advantage plans, Humana Inc. also offers commercial coverage as well as insurance for military members and their families.The company’s stock rose as high as $219.79 during afternoon trading, blowing past its previous all-time high price of $183.05 in Friday afternoon trading. The shares finished with a gain of $36.24, or 20.3 per cent, to $214.65. Shares of other major insurers like Cigna Corp., Aetna Inc. and Anthem Inc. also climbed while broader indexes slipped.Managed care stocks have outpaced the market for a few years now, and the shares of several insurers have reached record high prices. Investors have been drawn by strong performances, fattened dividends and dwindling uncertainty about the overhaul’s impact on the sector. by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2015 11:49 am MDT Last Updated May 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report: Health insurer Humana considers a sale, stock soars to new highs read more

The Latest: UK lawmakers overwhelmingly back June election by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2017 7:57 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on the British prime minister’s decision to seek an early election (all times local):2:45 p.m.British lawmakers have voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a national election on June 8.The result easily surpasses the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote. There were also a number of abstentions.May says holding an election in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country “certainty and stability” as it negotiates its departure from the European Union.May is hoping to gain a bigger majority in Parliament for her Conservatives, strengthening her negotiating hand with the EU.The opposition Labour Party and Liberal Democrats say they welcome the chance to put their policies to voters, though the Scottish National Party says the election call is a cynical ploy.___1:40 p.m.Former Treasury chief George Osborne, a leader of the losing campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, says he won’t be a candidate in the June 8 elections.Osborne says he’s stepping down to focus on his new role as editor of the London Evening Standard.Since being fired by Theresa May, Osborne has earned lucrative speaking fees and taken on an advisory role for American investment giant Blackrock.___1:15 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May has formally asked lawmakers to back her call for an early election.May has told the House of Commons that holding a vote in June, rather than as scheduled in 2020, will give the country “certainty and stability” as it negotiates its departure from the European Union.May says politicians should “put our fate in the hands of the people and then let the people decide.”Lawmakers are due to vote on the motion calling for a June 8 election after a 90-minute debate Wednesday. It needs support from two-thirds of members of Parliament to pass.___12 p.m.The European Union’s executive says that Brexit negotiations will start after the snap election in Britain that the prime minister is calling for in June.Initially, EU officials had said that the talks could start in late May once a detailed negotiating mandate had been agreed among the EU’s 27 other members.European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said that “the real political negotiations on Article 50 with the U.K. will start after the elections foreseen for June 8.”The decision came after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a phone call with May following her election announcement Tuesday.___11:35 a.m.The German government says that it doesn’t expect a British election in June to hold up talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union.Government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Tuesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Demmer said Wednesday: “The German government assumes that the negotiations can be continued without disruption.”Germany’s foreign minister has said he hopes that the election will lead to more clarity and predictability in the Brexit negotiations.Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said Wednesday: “We have an interest … in predictability and reliability, because we want to get this process done in the prescribed period of time and above all because we don’t need upheaval in this negotiating process — either at the beginning or the end.”___9:55 a.m.A senior European Parliament lawmaker says he hopes that British Prime Minister Theresa May, if strengthened by an election, will show readiness to compromise in Brexit talks.Elmar Brok, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats, told Germany’s ARD television Wednesday that May could derive from a new, stronger mandate an “ability to compromise.”Brok said that could help “so that we can conduct the negotiations professionally in the next 1 1/2 years to reach a sensible result that reduces the damage.”He added: “She could also become more unbending; we don’t know. I hope the former will be the case.”Brok said he expects May to win a parliamentary majority, but it’s unclear how big. He added: “If it isn’t a triumphant success, it will be to some extent a personal failure.”___9:50 a.m.Britain’s prime minister has defended her decision to seek a snap election.Theresa May told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday that an early election is in the national interest because it will strengthen the country’s position in negotiations to leave the European Union.May said that opponents were intent on “frustrating the Brexit process,” even after Parliament authorized talks with the EU.She said that “Brexit isn’t just about the letter that says we want to leave. It’s about … getting the right deal from Europe.”Parliament will vote Wednesday on holding a June 8 election. Elections are currently set for 2020, just a year after the scheduled completion of Brexit talks. An early ballot will give the next leader more time to implement Brexit before another election. read more

Brock University wants to ensure its students feel supported, no matter the time of day or month of the year.Through a new partnership with Morneau Shepell, the world’s leading international counselling organization, students will have access to personal counselling 24-7, 365 days a year.Morneau Shepell will provide personal counselling services by appointment at Brock’s Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5. Their services will be offered in addition to Brock’s own counsellors.Students can also call for personal counselling at any time, on any day throughout the year from anywhere around the globe starting this Saturday, Sept. 1. They will be connected immediately to a professional who can help.The service will also be available to Brock faculty and staff, who can call the personal counselling number if they are concerned about a student and in need of guidance on how to provide them support.The enhanced personal counselling service complements Brock’s already comprehensive offerings for students, including health and academic accommodation services, Brock’s own counsellors and health promotion.“We are excited about the new agreement with Morneau Shepell,” said Sarah Pennisi, Director of the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. “The service responds to feedback we have received from stakeholders asking for a robust response to mental health concerns.”The confidential free service aims to support students during what can be a time of tremendous stress as they learn to navigate a new school, live away from home, make new friends and manage their finances, Pennisi said.“We recognize that situations can arise at any time of the day or week, and we want students to know we’re here for them at any hour.”Students can book an appointment at any time or access crisis counselling by calling 1-833-BROCK-33 (27625). For students studying abroad, the service can be accessed from outside of North America by calling +1-416-382-3257.Students at Brock’s Hamilton Campus will also have access to in-person counselling at the Morneau Shepell office located in Hamilton.To learn more about the many mental health resources available at Brock, visit or on additional support services for students is also available at read more

first_img Credit: Heathcliff O’Malley London and Buenos Aires last year signed a deal to try to identify the soldiers, marines and airmen from the 1982 conflict, splitting the £1m cost. The unnamed graves are marked ‘Argentine Soldier Known Only By God’ The Red Cross team has called on Col Cardozo, who as a captain with the Royal Dragoon Guards in 1982 was given the job of collecting Argentine dead from across the islands’… Col Geoffrey Cardozo will this month work with a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) trying to name bodies in 123 anonymous Argentine graves. A retired Army officer who spent months collecting and burying dead Argentine forces in the aftermath of the Falklands War will return to the islands to help forensic scientists finally identify scores of bodies. Argentine military cemeterylast_img read more

first_imgThe carbon king is dead. Long live the carbon king.Materials science may have something of a production problem on its hands, as its last Strongest Material Ever has yet to even hit the market before being outdone by carbyne, an equally impractical carbon molecule with some truly astounding physical properties.Despite being just a chain of single atoms, carbyne has twice the tensile strength of its predecessor graphene, and three times the tensile stiffness of diamond. It’s stable at room temperature and can form predictable cross-links with other strands when stored together. It is, in other words, a promising contender for the next building super-material.The name carbyne is somewhat inaccurate though, since the word technically refers to a whole class of carbon molecules. This chain is really a “Linear acetylenic carbon” molecule, just a repeating sequence of carbon atoms held together by alternating single and triple bonds. This arrangement is called a “one-dimensional” structure, since the atom-thin string can be thought of as only meaningfully existing along its length. Graphene, which tends to exist in sheets or ribbons, is a two-dimensional material, having length and width but just a single atom of thickness. An example of a three dimensional member of this series of perfect carbon molecules would be the carbon nanotube, a graphene ribbon rolled up through the third dimension.Carbyne nanoropes are one proposed form of the molecule.This research has been some time in coming, and its findings have upset some expectations within the community. Particularly, the fact that carbyne does not get caught up in any spontaneous internal reactions, balling up and becoming impossible to work with, is surprising to some. Multiple strands were even theorized to cross-link with a burst of explosive thermal energy, but this research suggests that a twisted “carbyne nanorope” consisting of two entwined molecules of carbyne would be be the material’s strongest form. Carbyne seems to be both stable and workable, and the researchers are already looking into its further properties.At present carbyne’s potential as a conductor is unknown; graphene, and its cousin the carbon nanotube, have been hailed as the next big carriers of electricity. Some have even said they will give rise to room-temperature super conductors, one of the great impediments to classical future-tech projects like cheap mag-lev trains. Carbyne has been proposed for similar applications, but calculations of its potential for such work are still ongoing.Actually, one of carbyne’s unexpected properties may give it an equally unexpected use as an energy storage medium. The researchers found that carbyne can acquire links with side chains, and have proposed that these chemical bonds could be made and broken for the storage and release of energy. This would be an incredibly compact form of energy storage, since the molecule is atomically thin, and its physical durability might allow it to break and re-form bonds many times without breaking down.Stretching or twisting carbyne changes its electronic properties as well; the researchers propose a carbyne molecule with a “molecular handle” on either end for easy grab-and-pull action to quickly change a molecule’s bandgap and conductivity. Don’t plan on doing so by hand though, since stretching carbyne will be several times harder than stretching diamond.Like all its carbon-based brethren, from graphene to buckeyballs, carbyne’s great current flaw is in the application of its great theoretical properties. Making large amounts of graphene is hard enough, just a single atom thick with a perfect lattice structure, but carbyne could be even more finicky to produce. Despite a whole industry springing up to corner the onrushing graphene market, no-one has yet figured out how to truly use the stuff.It doesn’t ultimately matter that much if carbyne can hold twice as much weight as graphene, since only the most fantastical of current ideas even come close to pushing that material’s boundaries. If carbyne does overtake its forebears as the next great wonder material, it will do so because it’s more practical to produce and work with, not because it’s the strongest metal around.In that sense carbyne is something of an unknown quantity, its synthesis still mysterious and challenging. In the coming months and even years, carbyne researchers will work on making their wonder material a solution for the real world.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle lance sa plate-forme d’applicationsÉtats-Unis – Google lance une plate-forme de téléchargement d’applications réservée aux professionnels. Plus de 120 applications sont déjà disponibles.Google compte développer davantage ses applications dans le domaine de l’entreprise. Pour cela, le géant américain a créé une plate-forme où les développeurs peuvent se connecter et vendre leurs applications, compatibles avec Google Apps, aux entreprises. Sur chaque transaction, allant d’une cinquantaine à plusieurs centaines de dollars, Google prélève 20%. Plus de 120 applications, gratuites ou payantes, sont disponibles. Elles ont été créées par des développeurs de Google ou simplement par des indépendants.Le 11 mars 2010 à 12:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLes calmars hyper-réactifs aux sons sous-marinsPrésentant ses travaux la semaine dernière à l’Ocean Sciences Meeting à Salt Lake City, un chercheur américain a mis en évidence, chez le calmar, une grande sensibilité et une grande réactivité aux sons sous-marins, notamment dans les fréquences que recouvre la pollution sonore d’origine humaine.  10 millisecondes : il n’en faut pas plus au calmar totam (Loligo pealeii) pour réagir à des sons de 50 à 300 hertz de fréquence, ou à des niveaux acoustiques de 15 à 20 décibels. Fuite, changement de couleur ou jet d’encre constituent alors sa réponse à ces agressions sonores. Une réaction de l’ordre du réflexe : lorsque les ondes de pression (dues aux bruits) font bouger l’otolithe (une structure rigide) de ses organes ‘auditifs’, appelés statocystes, cela fait vibrer des cils qui y sont rattachés, provoquant une réaction nerveuse. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est du moins ce qu’a mis en évidence Aran Mooney, chercheur à l’Institut océanographique de Woods Hole (WHOI), dans le Massachusetts. Selon les scientifiques, ce système défensif anti-prédateurs permet au céphalopode de percevoir une gamme de fréquence allant de 20 à 500 Hz. L’animal doit donc être, tout comme les baleines, gêné par les émissions sonar des sous-marins, fonctionnant entre 50 et 200 Hz, et par les diverses perturbations sonores engendrées par l’activité humaine. La prédation (repérage des proies) et l’orientation pourraient également être perturbées. C’est pour le savoir que les scientifiques poursuivent leurs recherches dans ce sens, notamment sur la seiche.Le 3 mars 2012 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Attenborough compared our attitudes toward climate change with the transformation of slavery.”There was a time in the 19th century when it was perfectly acceptable for civilised human beings to think that it was morally acceptable to actually own another human being for a slave. And somehow or other, in the space of 20 or 30 years, the public perception of that totally transformed.”In the next 30 years, as climate change further impacts the planet, it’s “going to cause social unrest, and great changes in the way that we live, and what we eat,” Attenborough said.Attenborough called out hiking prices of “extraordinarily cheap” airline tickets as being one of the consequences of climate change’s impact.He added, “If the world climate change goes on as it is we are going to be facing huge problems with immigration. Large parts of Africa will become even less inhabitable than they are now and there is going to be major upsets in the balance between our national boundaries.”Attenborough also called out Australia and the devastation of the Great Barrier Reef.”I will never forget diving on the [Great Barrier] reef about 10 years ago and suddenly seeing that instead of this multitude of wonderful forms of life, that it was stark white, it had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea.”Despite the climate issues the world faces, Attenborough remains hopeful.”People are understanding that to chuck plastic into the ocean is an insult… And for some reason or other young people understand that.”That’s a source of great hope to me.” The UK has committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But that target, according to Attenborough, “is not the way of focusing on the problem.”Attenborough did acknowledge the lively efforts young people had put in to “recognising that their world is the future.””The most encouraging thing that I see, of course, is that the electors of tomorrow are already making themselves and their voices very, very clear,” he said. “And that is a source of great comfort in a way, but also the justification, the reality, that these young people are recognising that their world is the future.” Related stories Coming face-to-face-to-face with David Attenborough in VR AI tools can help individuals tackle climate change, scientists say This photo from Greenland says everything about climate change Tags 15 Photos 6 15 creatures that could disappear with Great Barrier Reef How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future Culture David Attenborough talking at the 2019 Glastonbury Music Festival. Samir Hussein Natural historian, English broadcaster and 93-year-old national treasure David Attenborough has spoken. Whether you like his chosen topic of climate change or not, the naturalist has an effortless and coercive way with words.Speaking to a Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee meeting in London on Tuesday morning, local time, Attenborough gave evidence on the radical action required to tackle the climate crisis.”We cannot be radical enough in dealing with the issues that face us at the moment,” he said, the full talk detailed by The Guardian. “The question is: what is practically possible? How can we take the electorate with us in dealing with these things?” 6:23 Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgWarangal: If there was a concerted effort to ensure effective implementation of the Prevention of Child Marriage Act (PCMA) 2006, and the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act (CRMA) 2002, both Warangal Urban and Rural districts can be turned into child marriages free zones, Urban and Rural District Welfare Officers (DWOs) R Varalaxmi and P Sridevi said. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The DWOs, speaking at a programme – ‘Interface between youth advocates with government line departments responsible for implementation of PCMA and CRMA’ – jointly organised by the Girl Advocacy Alliance, and FMM Social Service Society here on Thursday, emphasised the need for creating legal literacy among the people. Sensitising people about the ill-effects of the social maladies arising out of PCMA and CRMA is also essential, they said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “Poverty and illiteracy are two major factors that underlie child marriages. Early marriage is a strategy among the poor as the financial burden of raising the child is passed onto the husband side. The change can be achieved by organising more awareness campaigns,” the DWOs said. Child Welfare Committee chairman Mandala Parashuramulu, members Vanam Balaraju and Konda Manjula said that those performing child marriages will be booked under Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. DCPOs (Rural and Urban) P Santhosh Kumar and G Mahender Reddy were among others who spoke.last_img read more

first_imgShahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh, Rahul Roy (right)TwitterWhile Shahid Kapoor has been much talked about for his rowdy look in Kabir Singh, veteran actor Rahul Roy’s current avatar would make you feel if he is the real-life Kabir Singh.A photo of Rahul Roy has appeared on social media that shows the Aashiqui fame actor with grey beard, and cigarette in hand. He is seen sitting outside a restaurant and smoking. Exact location is not known.Many comments came in for this photo. While some simply compared Rahul’s “then and now” photo, many others found him look like Shahid’s character in Kabir Singh. Shahid played the role of an alcohol and drug addict, and is mostly been seen smoking in the movie. He also had a full beard in the movie.Rahul, who had risen to fame, right with his debut movie Aashiqui. He had featured in many movies but he is mostly remembered for his role in the romantic film and horror drama Junoon.Meanwhile, Shahid’s Kabir Singh has already become a massive box office hit. It has crossed Rs 100 crore mark at the Indian box office and is still running strong. Directed by Sandeep Vanga, the unconventional romantic drama features Shahid as an ill-tempered surgeon, who turns alcohol and drug abuser after a heartbreak. Kiara Advani plays his lady love in the film.Although the movie received considerable amount of hate from some critics and a section of people, the film appeared to have been much loved by the majority of masses.Guess who? #bollywood #bollywoodirect— Bollywoodirect (@Bollywoodirect) June 28, 2019last_img read more

first_imgReutersIndian IT professionals are not just having a tough time in the US, now other countries, including the UK, Australia and Canada, are also seeking visa curbs for Indian engineers and also obscure rules that are open to interpretation by local authorities.The government has started showing signs of troubles, many of which are against the commitments given by the countries at the World Trade Organisation or in trade agreements with India. A Nasscom study has brought out that there is no match between the commitments given and the visa issued, the Times of India reported.India, however, is trying to push for a permanent trade agreement for facilitation in services. It is also seeking for liberal rules in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other countries like China, Australia and New Zealand under the regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which will make one of the world’s biggest free trade areas.But, despite the government’s effort, these countries are unwilling to ease the rules. Besides they are also seeking tax cuts for goods that are imported to India.Indian IT professionals’ future crackdownEarlier in the year, after Donald Trump stepped into power as the President of the US, his bullish comments like “Buy American, Hire American” had led to a decline in the number of Indians in the US as they have been looking to return home. For the first time in five years, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw a decline in the number of H-1B applicants.At the same time, the number of Indians in the US searching for jobs in India surged more than 10 times between December 2016 and March 2017, according to research firm Deloitte. In the last month of 2016, over 600 US-based Indians were looking for jobs in India. By the end of March 2017, the number surged to more than 7,000.Trump’s crackdown on immigration also included restrictions on H1-B visas, which India’s IT companies use to send thousands of highly-skilled workers to the US every year. This crackdown has led to an uncertain future of engineers working in the US and the potential aspirants too. Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., April 18, 2017.ReutersAt least 30,000 Indian software employees currently working in the United Kingdom (UK) will also not have their work permits renewed, according to India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies.In April, even Singapore had quietly blocked visas for Indian IT workers and Indian companies were asked to hire more local talent in Singapore. The move led to a fall of visa approvals for Indians and was in violation of the CECA trade pact.Indian IT companies like HCL, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Cognizant, Wipro, Infosys and L&T Infotech, all have operational presence in Singapore.”All Indian companies have received communication on fair consideration, which basically means hiring local people,” Nasscom’s president R Chandrashekhar had said.In recent years, Singapore has become very strict and emerged as a country to oppose foreign professionals to work in their country as local citizens’ face a tough competition. Now, more countries like Canada and Australia are planning to curb foreign workers. If the trend continues, it will be a serious threat for Indian IT professionals and will spill water in their dreams of working in foreign zones to earn more money and have more industry exposure.last_img read more

first_imgAs the race for new Team India management heats up, former India spinner Sunil Joshi has thrown in his hat for the role of a bowling coach.Joshi believes India needs a spin bowling role as the side has not had a specialist spin consultant since Anil Kumble, who was the head coach before he walked away post a rift with Virat Kohli.”Yes, I have applied (for bowling coach). After a fruitful two and a half year stint with Bangladesh, I am ready for the next challenge. India have not had a specialist spin coach for a while and hopefully that is where my expertise will be considered,” Joshi was as quoted as saying by PTI.’Indian team needs a spin bowling coach’ Indian teamGetty ImagesJoshi also said most international teams have specialist spinners in their support staff. Hence, the Indian side too needs to have one on board.”If you see, most international teams have specialists as part of their support staff. Be it a pace bowling coach or spin coach. The Indian team too needs one. It is the need of the hour, it does not matter whether it is me or someone else,” said Joshi.Joshi has been a domestic stalwart and had a decent international career. He has picked up 41 wickets in 15 Test matches and 69 wickets in 15 ODI, at an average of 36.36. In 160 first-class games, he has picked up 615 wickets at an average of 25.12. Virat Kohli (L) and Ravi Shastri (R)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images”If any team thinks that it does not need a spin coach, then the mindset is wrong. In international cricket, if you don’t mature fast enough as a spinner, you will be found out, you have to keep improving your skills and guile,” Joshi said, reiterating the role of a spin bowling coach.The left-arm spinner has coached Bangladesh, where he has worked closely with the likes of Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mossadek Hussain and Shakib Al Hasan.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Monday decided that the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are clear of any conflict and free to pick the next India head coach.last_img read more

first_imgSiddhartha went missing in Mangaluru on Monday night. A massive search operation is underway to locate him. Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola had initiated preliminary talks with CCD in June, to acquire a substantial stake in the coffee chain.ReutersThe shares of Café Coffee Day enterprises tanked 20 percent in the early trading session on Tuesday after its founder VG Siddhartha was reported missing. The shares touched a 52-week low of Rs 154.05, down by 19.99 percent from the previous close.There were pending sell orders of 21,24,708 shares on BSE and 85,99,029 shares on NSE, with no buyers available.Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola had initiated preliminary talks with CCD in June, to acquire a substantial stake in the coffee chain. According to Economic Times, the soft drink maker was eyeing a significant foothold in the fast-growing cafe business space as the core carbonated drinks segment is slowly losing sheen.According to multiple reports, the company’s promoter group led by Siddhartha was trying sell around 20-30 percent of his stake in the company to Coca Cola.The promoter group holds a 53.93 percent of the stake in the Coffee Day Enterprises. Of this, Siddhartha owns a 32.75 percent stake, while his wife and former Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna’s daughter Malavika Hegde held a 4.05 percent stake.The updates on the deal with Coca Cola was likely to be announced after the board meeting on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgSupporters of Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan cheer as they take to the street to celebrate after polls closed during Pakistan`s general election, in Lahore on 25 July 2018. Photo: AFPPakistan was locked in a close and tense election race on Wednesday, pitting cricket hero Imran Khan against the party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a process marred by a suicide bomb that killed 31 people near a polling station.Neither Khan nor Sharif’s party appeared likely to win a clear majority in the National Assembly, with results likely to be known by around 2:00am local time on Thursday.Early projections from four local TV channels all put Khan’s party ahead, estimating it would win between 94 and 102 of 272 elected seats available, while Sharif’s outgoing ruling party was estimated at between 40 and 58. However, those projections were based on only about 10-15 percent of votes counted.A spokeswoman for Sharif’s party said there were already “serious reservations” about the vote count after reports that soldiers stationed in polling stations had thrown out political parties’ monitors during the tabulations.The eventual outcome could lead to a weak coalition government at a time when Pakistan urgently needs to address a foreign currency crisis and may need to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a second bailout in five years.About 106 million people were registered to vote in polls that closed at 6:00pm.Khan has emerged as a slight favourite in national opinion polls, but the divisive race is likely to come down to Punjab, the country’s most populous province, where Sharif’s party has clung to its lead in recent surveys.The election will be only the second civilian transfer of power in Pakistan’s 71-year history.But campaigning has been plagued by allegations the powerful armed forces have been trying to tilt the race in Khan’s favour after falling out with the outgoing ruling party of Sharif, who was jailed on corruption charges this month.Sharif’s party had called for voting to be extended by an hour, saying people were still lining up and could be turned away without casting ballots, but election officials denied the request.About 371,000 soldiers have been stationed at polling stations across the country, nearly five times the number deployed at the last election in 2013.ANTI-CORRUPTION CRUSADERWhichever party wins, it will face a mounting and urgent in-tray, from a brewing economic crisis to worsening relations with on-off ally the United States to deepening cross-country water shortages.An anti-corruption crusader, Khan has promised an “Islamic welfare state” and cast his populist campaign as a battle to topple a predatory political elite hindering development in the impoverished mostly-Muslim nation of 208 million people, where the illiteracy rate hovers above 40 percent.”This is the most important election in Pakistan’s history,” Khan, 65, said after casting his vote in the capital, Islamabad.”I ask everyone today – be a citizen, cherish this country, worry about this country, use your vote.”Khan has staunchly denied allegations by Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party that he is getting help from the military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half of its history and still sets key security and foreign policy in the nuclear-armed nation. The army has also dismissed allegations of meddling in the election.STRUGGLE TO WINKhan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has inched ahead of PML-N in recent national polls, but even if it gets the most votes, it will likely struggle to win a majority, raising the prospect of weeks of haggling to form a messy coalition government.Such a delay could further imperil Pakistan’s economy, with a looming currency crisis expected to force the new government to turn to the IMF for Pakistan’s second bailout since 2013. PTI has not ruled out seeking succour from China, Islamabad’s closest ally.Sharif’s PML-N has sought to turn the vote into a referendum on Pakistan’s democracy, and has said it was campaigning to protect the “sanctity of the vote”, a reference to a history of political interference by the military.The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which has been overtaken by Khan’s PTI as the main challenger to PML-N, has also alleged intimidation by spy agencies.PML-N spokeswoman Maryam Aurangzeb said there had also been complaints about the vote counting.”We have serious reservations. Our political agents have been pushed out, and results are being withheld,” she told a press conference.Sharif’s PML-N has been hoping its delivery of mega infrastructure projects, especially roads and power stations that helped hugely reduce electricity blackouts, would win over.”If we get the opportunity, we will change the destiny of Pakistan,” said Shehbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz and the PML-N president, as he cast his vote in Lahore. “We will bring an end to unemployment, eradicate poverty and promote education”.PML-N’s campaign was reinvigorated by the return to Pakistan of Nawaz Sharif, 68, who was earlier this month convicted and sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison over the purchase of upscale London apartments using offshore companies in the mid-1990s. He has denied any wrongdoing.Wednesday’s voting was marred by a suicide bombing that killed 31 people near a polling station in Quetta, capital of the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.Earlier this month, a suicide bomber killed 149 people at an election rally in the town of Mastung in Baluchistan province. That attack was also claimed by Islamic State militants.last_img

first_imgThomas Gamelin, 38, was on parole last August when police saw him carrying a stolen television out of a Walmart, during Hurricane Harvey.A 38-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for looting a Walmart store closed during Hurricane Harvey last year.Thomas Gamelin already was on parole last August for a drug conviction when police driving by the store saw a van that appeared to have been used to smash open a door at the Walmart and then saw Gamelin carrying a television. Surveillance video also showed him taking other electronics and tobacco products from the closed store.A jury Wednesday convicted him of burglary and State District Judge Brad Hart sentenced him to 20 years.Harris County Assistant District Attorney Joshua Raygor says Gamelin saw the worst natural disaster in Houston’s history as “the perfect opportunity to take advantage and try to make a profit.”During Hurricane Harvey, local and state officials vowed to crack down on anyone who victimizes the flood victims. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgMayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake checks to see if the assembled reporters were ready for her to begin her press conference last Wednesday where she addressed speculation she will run for the U.S. Senate soon to be vacated by Barbara Mikulski. (AFRO Photo/Roberto Alejandro)Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said this week that she is still considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who announced she will retire from Congress when her term expires in 2017.Rawlings-Blake said she is considering a run, but that she first has to decide whether she can do more for Baltimore as mayor, or as part of a legislative body known mostly for its capacity for gridlock.“While I’m flattered by the mention, I know that the speculation about me as a possible successor [to Mikulski] says a lot more about the progress that we’ve been seeing in Baltimore City over the past few years, than it does about me personally,” the mayor said at her weekly press conference March 4.Reading from what appeared to be a statement prepared in anticipation of being asked about the Senate seat, the mayor spelled out the progress of the city since she took over from “the previous administration”—of Sheila Dixon, whom the mayor avoided referring to by name when asked which administration she had in mind. She placed that progress squarely under her tenure, in what sounded much like an early draft of a stump speech.“[Baltimore City’s] budget deficits have been managed, structural deficits are down, new schools and recreation centers are being built for the first time in decades, property taxes are being cut, our city is safer, and we’re creating new jobs every day,” she said. “In short, the things that we’ve been working on in Baltimore have worked.”The mayor’s comments included heavy praise for Mikulski, whom Rawlings-Blake called a “trailblazer” for women wanting to get into politics at any level.Rawlings-Blake also called what she has done in Baltimore “a model that certainly would help get things done in Washington, D.C.,” but said she still had to decide in which position she might be most effective.“I love being mayor, I love having the ability every single day when I wake up to make real change and serve the people of Baltimore, and really work hard to make people’s lives better, because there are a lot of people in Baltimore that need help and that need my help to make their lives better,” Rawlings-Blake said.“I have to think long and hard about if that’s something I’m willing to give up in order to join the partisan gridlock that we have and, from the [looks] of it will continue to have, in Washington, where every day it seems harder and harder to get common sense things done for everyday people struggling to make ends meet,” she added.The mayor said she would discuss her next steps with her family, and that she will announce her decision about whether to pursue Mikulski’s seat “very soon.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

first_img Watch Colin explain why Sixers fans should still be excited about the future, even if the Boston series has been a massive disappointment.“You add Paul George to Philadelphia, you’re going to vie for the title…You’ve got to feel really, really good if you’re a Sixers fan today.”@ColinCowherd on the Sixers’ bright future ahead— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 8, 2018 The Sixers avoided a sweep by winning Game 4 of their second round playoff series against Boston, and although he believes they’ll still lose the series, Colin thinks there are plenty of reasons for optimism in Philly.Despite trailing 3-1 in the series, the Sixers could easily be leading if not for late game mistakes stemming from their youth and inexperience.  It’s safe to assume that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will improve come playoff time next season, and for years to come.In contrast, Toronto may have to blow everything up after getting swept by the Cavs in their second round series because it’s clear they just don’t have the players to seriously contend. The trajectories of the two teams are polar opposites.The most notable hole on the Philly roster is the lack of a knockdown shooter on the wing, but Colin believes they would immediately contend for a title if they could somehow land Paul George in free agency. If George chooses L.A., as reports indicate, big time free agents will still come eventually.  Advertisementlast_img read more