The newly inducted Ministers in Rajasthan were on Thursday allocated portfolios by Governor Kalyan Singh on the advice of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Mr. Gehlot has kept nine departments, including Finance and Home, with himself.Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot was given the portfolios of Public Works, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj. Various departments were distributed among the 13 Cabinet Ministers and 10 Ministers of State, who were sworn in here on Monday.According to the orders issued by the Cabinet Secretariat, Mr. Gehlot has been allocated Finance, Home and Justice, Excise, Planning, Policy Formulation, Personnel, General Administration and Information Technology departments and the State Bureau of Investigation.Mr. Pilot has also received the charge of Science and Technology and Statistics departments. The portfolios were distributed after several rounds of meetings in Delhi amid reported differences of opinion among the Congress leaders. Both Mr. Gehlot and Mr. Pilot met Congress president Rahul Gandhi apparently to iron out the differences.Among the Cabinet Ministers, B.D. Kalla was given Energy and Water Resources departments; Shanti Dhariwal was allotted Urban Development and Housing department; Parsadi Lal Industries department; Lal Chand Kataria Agriculture department and Raghu Sharma, Medical and Health department.Bhanwarlal Meghwal was given Social Justice department, Pramod Bhaya Mines department, Vishvendra Singh Tourism department, Harish Chudhary Revenue department, Ramesh Chand Meena Food and Civil Supplies department, Udai Lal Anjana Cooperative department, Pratap Singh Khachariawas Transport department and Saleh Mohammed Minority affairs department.Among the Ministers of State, Govind Singh Dotasara was given independent charge of Education department; Mamta Bhupesh, independent charge of Women and Child Development department; Arjun Singh Bamania, independent charge of Tribal Area development department; and Bhanwar Singh Bhati, independent charge of Higher Education department.Sukhram Bishnoi was given independent charge of Forest department; Ashok Chandna, independent charge of Sports and Youth Affairs department; Tika Ram Jully, independent charge of Labour department; Bhajan Lal Jatav, independent charge of Home Guards and Civil Defence department; Rajendra Singh Yadav, independent charge of Planning department; and Subhash Garg, independent charge of Technical Education department.Mr. Gehlot said the first meeting of the Cabinet as well as the Council of Ministers would be held on Friday, celebrated as the foundation day of the Congress, to discuss the measures for good governance.Mr. Pilot said the government would roll out a 100-day action plan and work with a “collective leadership.” He said a “balanced Cabinet” had been formed in the State, giving representation to new, young and experienced party leaders.
Mohammad Asif oversteps at Lord’sIt is international cricket’s most shameful and defining image. London-based property dealer Mazhar Majeed seated in a hotel room counting bundles of notes totalling 1,40,000. He was unaware that he was being filmed by a hidden camera and that he, and the so-called gentleman’s game, would,Mohammad Asif oversteps at Lord’sIt is international cricket’s most shameful and defining image. London-based property dealer Mazhar Majeed seated in a hotel room counting bundles of notes totalling 1,40,000. He was unaware that he was being filmed by a hidden camera and that he, and the so-called gentleman’s game, would make sensational headlines across the cricketing world within hours. The London tabloid News of the World’s sting operation on Majeed stripped the covers off a million-pound betting racket involving not just the three players at its heart-newly appointed Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and the two spearheads of the team’s pace attack, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif-but the shadowy world of cricket betting syndicates and how they operate and make “masses of money” as Majeed, 35, boasted to the undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far-eastern gambling syndicate looking to make easy money.That’s just what international cricket seems to offer in its tragic transition from the gentleman’s game to a safe harbour for crooks. Majeed’s sensational revelations have rocked the cricketing world like no other previous scandal in any sport. The expose reveals facts that will horrify millions of cricket fans around the world.Video grab of Mazhar MajeedMatch fixing or spot fixing goes on in all forms of the game-Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20s.The scam involved no less than seven players in the Pakistan team and that future games against England this summer were already earmarked for cheating.That his match fixing takes him around the world and had netted him millions.That he made $1.3 million from just one game, Pakistan versus Australia at Sydney in 2010.He had opened Swiss bank accounts for players to launder his and their illicit profits.That he was in touch with an Indian bookie and called him during the sting to ask what he would pay for fixing a match in the ongoing Pakistan series.advertisementSalman ButtThat this is the most sensational sporting scandal ever was evidenced by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif delivering three no balls exactly as Majeed had predicted, during the just concluded Lord’s Test. It must be a case of deja vu for Lord Condon, the outgoing head of the International Cricket Council’s (IIC) anti-corruption unit who had warned the game’s governing body of spot fixing “spreading like a rash” earlier this year. The former Scotland Yard commissioner, recruited to lead the unit in the wake of the Hansie Cronje match-fixing affair a decade ago, had said fixing, which exploits bets placed on short passages of play rather than match results, remained a serious threat.While the ICC has refused to comment on its ongoing investigation, it is believed that it and Scotland Yard were tipped off a month ago about match fixing in the first match of the England-Pakistan Test series at Trent Bridge.AsifIn a separate long-standing investigation, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs officers were also investigating Majeed, the kingpin of the spot fixing racket on suspicion of money laundering. Two others, a 35-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, were also arrested in connection with the money laundering case but are out on bail. Majeed, who runs a property company Bluesky Developments with a multi-million-pound portfolio, appears to have cemented his role as the players’ confidant in the financially lucrative world of sponsorship deals and marketing opportunities since Pakistan’s last tour of England in 2006.The increasingly close relationship between Majeed and the players appears to have rung alarm bells with the Pakistani authorities and at the start of the current tour the players were told they were no longer allowed to have agents in their hotel rooms. A team official claims former Test captain Shahid Afridi had also warned his teammates to stay away from Majeed.Mohammad AmirMeanwhile, public outrage at the scandal grew as fans demanded refunds for the remaining games in the series. The backlash started in Yorkshire, which is hosting a one-day match at Headingley. Other grounds staging games in the five-match series have also been affected by the scandal, and could also undermine ticket sales for the two Twenty20 internationals in Cardiff. The county’s chief executive, Stewart Regan, admitted that many will be attending reluctantly, having tried unsuccessfully to cancel their bookings in protest against Pakistan’s conduct.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.Pakistan’s manager Yawar Saeed and assistant manager Shafqat Ranan (extreme right) read the tabloid at Lord’s.”The phones in the club office haven’t stopped ringing with people wanting to vent their fury and ask whether they can get refunds on the one-day internationals,” Regan said. “I’ve personally fielded several calls and we’ve had numerous enquiries about cancelling tickets. From the club’s point of view, we can’t give refunds simply because people have got a personal opinion about what’s going on, no matter how much we might agree with them.”What is shocking for the image of cricket is the money involved in mere spot fixing, and not throwing a match: 1,50,000 was paid to Majeed by the reporters posing as gamblers. He also sensationally claimed that the syndicate (the reporters) could make “absolutely millions and millions” by paying him up to 4,50,000 a time for information on matches. He excused the players’ shameful behaviour, claiming: “These poor boys are paid peanuts.”advertisementWhat Mazhar Majeed revealedMatch fixing or spot fixing goes on in all forms of the game-Tests, One Dayers and Twenty20s.He had seven Pakistani players literally in his pocket, aiding him in fixing matches.He made $1.3 million (8,37,000) from just one game-Pakistan versus Australia in the controversial Sydney Test in January 2010. That is somewhat true but for so many Test players to be in on a betting racket and Majeed boasting that he fixes matches around the world means the rot in international cricket runs deep. He also claimed to be in constant touch with an Indian bookie. Cricketers past and present have reacted with shock and horror but not with any great surprise. “Given the shift of cricket’s power base to the east, given the way cricket is placed to offer betting opportunities and that the governing body is weak, it is no surprise to me,” said Michael Atherton, former England captain.The immediate fall-out was in Pakistan. “The incident has forced Pakistanis to hang their head in shame,” said Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Adding sub-continental spice to the allegations has been the rivetting performance by Veena Malik-a Pakistani actor and former girlfriend of one of the players accused, Asif-who has turned a whistleblower.”This is a sad day for international cricket but make no mistake, we will not tolerate corruption in this great game. The ICC will investigate 82 Tests and ODIs for possible match fixing.”HAROON LORGAT, CEO, ICC She claimed that Asif had told her the Pakistani team would not win a single match on its Australian tour last year. “Asif told me he was offered $40,000 by an Indian bookie to underperform in Australia but he had demanded $2,00,000,” she said. The bookie is Delhi-based Dheeraj Dixit, a freelance photographer. Dixit has denied the allegations but he refused to speak to INDIA TODAY, claiming he had been advised by his lawyers. His sudden silence, and his well known friendship with leading cricketers across the world, have put a large question mark over his presence in London when the scandal broke.Allegations linking Pakistani cricketers to match fixing are nothing new but the video footage secretly filmed by the tabloid, brought the scandal into the homes of millions of cricket fans in Pakistan, already reeling from killer floods. Kamran Ahmed, a hospital employee, said it was unbelievable that the players had ignored the people’s attachment to them: cricket is one of the passions that unite Pakistan. The response from the government and politicians was as strong as that of the fans.advertisementHow the sting was plannedA ball by ball account of how the biggest scandal in international cricket was exposed by the News of the World tabloid.AUGUST 16: Posing as a Far-eastern syndicate, undercover reporters meet Mazhar Majeed at the Hilton in Park Lane. AUGUST 18: They meet at the Bombay Brasserie restaurant where Majeed boasts of fixing matches and how he and Pakistan players made money. Explains “spread betting”. Says Pakistan vs Australia Test at Sydneywas fixed and he made 1.3 million.AUGUST 19: He invites the reporter to join him and the players at a restaurant. He borrows a player’s jacket, and he and the reporter go and sit in a Mercedes. The reporter hands over 10,000 which he puts in the jacket pocket. Walks back to the players outside the restaurant, shows the money in the jacket. Fast bowler Wahab Riaz puts on the jacket.AUGUST 21: Majeed invites the reporter to his house in Croydon. Reveals how he launders match-fixing money through a football club he owns and claims he’s opened Swiss bank accounts for the players he “manages”. AUGUST 26: They meet at a hotel where the reporter hands over 1,40,000 in 140 bundles. Majeed counts the money and then reveals which balls would be no balls during the Lord’s Test. It happens as he predicted. This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.Kamram Akmal (left) during the Sydney Test against Australia.Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the government would take the “toughest action” against anyone found involved in wrong-doing but cautioned that authorities were keen to ensure that the sting operation was not part of a “conspiracy” to defame the country. Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani pledged any player found involved in spot fixing would be given a lifetime ban. Interior Minister Malik directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to form a special three-member investigation team that would, if required, go to London to work with the Scotland Yard to probe the scandal.But Pakistani commentators and former players said the latest scandal had occurred only because the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)-currently led by Ijaz Butt, considered close to President Asif Ali Zardari-had failed to act on earlier allegations of similar wrong-doing. Even in cases where it did take action, players were let off with a slap on the wrist.”It doesn’t leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase and make sure cricket heads in the right direction so that it helps cricket to grow across the globe.”SACHIN TENDULKAR, Cricketer Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum, a retired judge who headed the inquiry that eventually banished Saleem Malik and Ata-ur-Rahman from the game and implicated a number of other Pakistani players in match fixing, has said a “soft corner” for Wasim Akram might had influenced him while handing the former Pakistan captain his punishment. Former cricketer Masood Aamir said the manager of the team must be taken to the task as he was responsible for maintaining discipline.”The manager shouldn’t have allowed players to have links with a controversial man like Majeed, who has been claiming he is the agent of several cricketers,” he said.PAY SCALES MATTERHere is what the top players in various countries get as retainership per annum. It excludes match fees, sponsorship money or money got through domestic events like the IPL.AUSTRALIA – Rs 2.9 crENGLAND – Rs 2.9 crSOUTH AFRICA – Rs 76 lakhINDIA – Rs 60 lakhWEST INDIES – Rs 56 lakhSRI LANKA – Rs 56 lakhPAKISTAN – Rs 16 lakhBANGLADESH – Rs 8.7 lakhSource: The Daily Mail Majeed, or Mr Fixer, has a 1.8-million home in Surrey and is a familiar face at cricket grounds around the world. He bragged to the tabloid that he managed no less than 10 players and handled all their contracts, sponsorship, marketing and even claimed to “work very closely with the PCB”. He also claimed that he had been involved in fixing matches for more than two years “and we’ve made masses and masses of money”. He revealed secret signals like changing gloves or tapping the ground with the bat to indicate that a fix was on.The money for spot fixing during a match he mentioned is shocking. He claimed to charge for “brackets” or short periods of play, as much as between 50,000 and 80,000 from bookies. Twenty20 was about 4,00,000. And for merely bowling a no ball, a person could earn 10,000 on each ball. For results of a fixed match, depending on who was playing, his earnings could go as high as 3,00,000 to 450,000.More ominously for the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), he told the tabloid, “You can speak to any bookie in India and they will tell you about this information and how much they’ll pay. If you had the information and they knew that it was coming from a right source they would pay you that kind of money.””Given the shift of cricket’s power base to the East, given the way cricket is placed to offer betting opportunities and that the governing body is weak, it is unlikely that an absolute end to corruption will come any time soon.”MIKE ATHERTON, Former England Captain This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.The Indian connection apart, it is the larger ramifications that are worrying everyone connected to the game. “It doesn’t leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase,” says Sachin Tendulkar. Adds Australian captain Ricky Ponting, “The way we won the Sydney Test was one of the more satisfying moments that I’ve had on the cricket field. And now when some of these things came to light, you start to slightly doubt some of the things that have happened.”How Spot fixing is doneEarlier match fixing scandals revolved around individual players or entire teams underperforming and losing matches where the bookmaker’s odds ensured a hefty profit for illegal betting. The latest is spot bets on shorter periods of play. In bookmaker’s language, these periods are called ‘brackets’-events happening in a group of 10 overs. If players score well in the first three overs, punters would be likely to bet on that continuing for the next seven. But if the fixed players then deliberately stop scoring or slow down, anybody with advance knowledge can make a killing. The same happens with bowlers giving away runs or bowling no balls. A fixer like Majeed can prove invaluable to other betting syndicates who are involved in spread betting where wagers are staked on a range of possible outcomes. The players also have secret signals to let gambling clients know that the fix was on. In one case, as Majeed revealed, captain Salman Butt was to indicate he was going along with the scam by tapping the pitch midway with his bat during the over, as players do when flattening a bump. Majeed claimed that on results for brackets, he charges anything between 50,000 and 80,000 per bracket. For Twenty20, his rate was about 4,00,000. On just no balls, if someone knew in advance when it would be bowled, the better could earn up to 10,000 on each ball. During the second Test between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney last January, at the start of the final day Pakistan were in a dominant position but managed to lose dramatically. Majeed claimed the Sydney Test was fixed and based on the shock result in that match it seems he is not lying.Hall of InfamyThey allegedly succumbed to the fixing bug and were thrown out of the gameMOHAMMAD AZHARUDDIN, INDIABanned for life in 2000 for having links with bookiesAJAY JADEJA, INDIABanned for five years in 2000. Alleged to have links with bookies. Ban lifted in 2003.HANSIE CRONJE, SOUTH AFRICABanned for life in 2000. Found guilty of accepting money from bookmakers.HERSCHELLE GIBBS, SOUTH AFRICABanned for six months in 2000. Agreed to underperform in an ODI at Nagpur, but scrapped the deal.AJAY SHARMA, INDIABanned for life in 2000. Found guilty for associating with bookmakers.MAURICE ODUMBE, KENYABanned for five years in 2004. Alleged to have received money from bookmakers.MARLON SAMUELS, WEST INDIESBanned for two years in 2008. Received money, benefit and other rewards from bookmakers.MANOJ PRABHAKAR, INDIABanned for five years in 2000. Tried to implicate Kapil Dev but was later found guilty himself. In fact, investigations by Scotland Yard after the latest scandal broke have revealed that bookies and fixers have raked in profits running into at least 20 million just from Pakistan’s ongoing tour of England with the three players named having received close to 6 million. The ICC is investigating no less than 82 other Test matches and ODIs, including the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the Asia Cup.Just how widespread is match fixing? Cases involving players from almost every country have surfaced over the last 10 years, but the sub-continent is clearly the hub. That cricket betting was institutionalised had been exposed in a series of scandals involving Indian bookies and players. Match fixing first came to light in the mid-1980s when Sharjah started hosting what was referred as the ‘benevolent fund series’ and gangster Dawood Ibrahim made his in Dubai in January 2003. Bookies work under their patronage from Mumbai and Dubai and hire go-betweens who contact players. Spot fixing was introduced to add bookie revenue so that every ball was being bet on.The CBI sources say the role of the administrators of the cricket needs to be investigated as well. “This rot begins from the top administrators. They are aware but do not do much about it.” So far, match fixing involving Indian players has tainted former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin who was given a life ban and Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Jadeja and Ajay Sharma who were banned for five years.Indian bookies like Mukesh Gupta claimed to have many top players on his payroll. Stephen Fleming, former New Zealand captain, named sports promoter Aushim Khetarpal who had offered him 3,00,000 (Rs 2.3 crore) to join a betting syndicate. Shobhan Mehta, the big daddy of bookies in the country, was arrested in Gujarat in August this year. Maurice Odumbe, the captain of the Kenyan cricket team, admitted that he had made four trips to meet Mehta in Mumbai before the 2003 World Cup.The Hansie Cronje story exposed the depth of match fixing in 2000 when the Delhi Police tapped his phone and stumbled across the scam. Cronje later confessed to taking about $1,00,000 in bribes from gamblers since 1996. He was banned for life and the plane crash that killed him in 2002 was shrouded in mystery.The crux of the problem is that there has been a shift in cricket’s power base from countries like England and Australia to the subcontinent, where a majority of the bookies come from and where the money in the game has reached astronomical levels. Income Tax authorities in India say that an India vs Pakistan one-day international match will invite a betting business worth Rs 800 to 1,000 crore.The advent of cash-rich Twenty20 tournaments like the IPL has only led to a revival in bookie interest and corruption. One reason given for Pakistan player’s vulnerability to bribery is that they were not picked for the IPL’s last edition. Such tournaments are independent of official cricketing scrutiny by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit. An added factor is the change in betting patterns, with spot fixing taking over and being more difficult to uncover. There is also the ICC’s soft approach to allegations of corruption or match fixing and some countries like Pakistan which make a mockery of players’ bans-Shahid Afridi was reinstated as captain four days after been given a six-month ban for ball tampering.The latest scandal will, hopefully, force the ICC’s hand and encourage stricter controls on players and suspected bookies. That may just prove a blessing in disguise and save international cricket from the clutches of crooks and scamsters.with Mihir Srivastava(Aditi Khanna and Tahir Khan reported from London and Karachi respectively)This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated September 13, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy.
Panaji, Apr 28 (PTI) Goas Feni is all set to go places as the state government gets ready to amend the four-decade old Excise Act to give the traditional brew a Heritage Spirit tag.”The state government will move an amendment to the Goa Excise Duty Act, 1964, which will save Feni from being tagged as country liquor and instead would be classified as Heritage Spirit,” Commissioner of Excise, Goa, Menino DSouza said.The amendment is likely to be moved during the upcoming monsoon session of the Goa Assembly scheduled for July.The move is expected to open up markets for Feni across the country.The Feni distilling industry has been demanding removal of the country liquor tag as the brew has already won the Geographical Indication recognition.Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently announced the decision to accord Feni the status of a Heritage Spirit.”We want to place Feni alongside tequila and scotch, which was once the country liquor,” DSouza added.Feni marketing has hit a roadblock due to the country liquor label as its sale is not allowed in any other state except Daman. PTI COR NRB ARD SSB
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the RBI Assistant prelims exam 2016 admit cards on its official website, the link or which is https://www.rbi.org.in/As per report, the preliminary exam will be conducted on December 23 and 24, 2016.Steps to download the admit cards:Log on to the official website, rbi.org.inClick on “Opportunities @ RBI”Then click on, “Current Vacancies” displayed inside the yellow beltClick on the “Call Letters” linkFurther, click on the link which says “Recruitment of Assistant 2016 – Online Exam Call Letter”Enter all the required details in a prescribed formatAdmit cards will be displayedTake a printout of the same for future reference.Earlier, the notification was released to fill up 610 Assistant posts.Category-wise posts:SC: 109ST: 6OBC: 124General: 313Important note:Candidates need to carry a photocopy of a valid photo ID proof.Also, carry one ball point pen.Examination scheme:The RBI Assistant Online Examination will be conducted in two phases- Preliminary and Mains examination followed by an interviewThe Preliminary examination will be conducted for 100 marksHowever, the Mains examination will be conducted for 200 marks. RBI will conduct the Interview for 35 marks.Section-wise syllabus:Reasoning: Analytical functions, Space visualisation, Judgment, Problem solving, Discrimination, Arithmetical number series, Visual memory, Observation, Arithmetical reasoning, Relationship concepts, Differences, Analysis, Similarities, and Analogies.Quantitative Aptitude: Decimals And Fractions, Whole Numbers, Relationship Between Numbers, Ratio and Proportion, HCF and LCM, Simplification, Profit and Loss, Time And Work, Percentage, Partnership, Simple Interest, Time And Distance, Compound Interest, Permutations & Combination’s, Number Series, Probability, Approximate Values, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency.advertisementEnglish Language: Antonyms, Synonyms, General Grammar,Comprehension of a Passage, Sentence Completion, Vocabulary.General Awareness: Computer Knowledge, Banking Knowledge, Commissions, Appointments, Resignations, Sport, Science And Technology, Economy, Important Awards & Honors, Current National And International Events, Prominent Personalities, Polity.Computer Knowledge: Security Aspects for PC, PC and System Software, Operating and DOS, Introduction of Computer and History, Computer Device,Advanced Technology Regarding Computer, MS Excel, MS Word, Various Uses of Computer, The Internet Programming Language, Computer Network, Computer of Future, E-world.Selection procedure:Final selection of candidates will be done on the basis of candidate’s performance in the Online Main examination and interview taken together in the order of merit.Important dates:The examination will be held on December 23 and 24, 2016.Read: Karnataka II PUC 2017 tentative exam dates released: Check here Read: IGNOU to launch sand art certificate course Click here for examination, admission related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Top seed Roger Federer beat Germany’s Mischa Zverev 7-6(4), 6-4 to advance to the last eight of the Halle Open on Thursday as the 18-times grand slam champion sharpens his grasscourt game ahead of Wimbledon.Federer, who skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, will next play defending champion Florian Mayer who beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille in three sets.The Swiss, who lost his first comeback match in Stuttgart last week, is still lacking some game sharpness and squandered three set points at 5-4 in the first set of an entertaining serve-and-volley encounter.He persisted and carved out two more, winning the tiebreak by whipping a crosscourt backhand winner on his fourth set point.Zverev’s erratic first serve was a liability and Federer pounced again at 4-4 in the second set to break the German, whose younger brother Alexander is through to the quarter-finals, and served out the match.World number nine Kei Nishikori’s own Wimbledon preparations suffered a setback when he was forced to retire injured for the third straight time at this tournament.The third seed needed to take a medical time-out against Karen Khachanov to treat a back injury before playing on for a few points and retiring with the Russian leading 3-2 in the first set.Wimbledon, the only grand slam to be played on grass, starts on July 3.Khachanov will now play fellow Russian Andrey Rublev, who earlier beat Mikhail Youzhny.
Adults who were born pre-term are less likely to have a romantic relationship and experience parenthood than those born full term, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK used data from up to 4.4 million adult participants, finding that those born preterm were 28 per cent less likely to form romantic relationships and 22 per cent less likely to become parents, when compared to those born full term. The study found that adults who were born preterm had lower chances of experiencing sexual relationships, finding a romantic partner or having children at the same age as those born full term. The pre-term born adults were 3.2 times less likely to ever having sexual relations. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainClose and intimate relationships have been shown to increase happiness and well-being both physically and mentally, researchers said. Studies also show that forming those relationships is harder for pre-term born adults, as they are usually timid, socially withdrawn and low in risk-taking and fun seeking. Despite having fewer close relationships, this analysis also revealed that when preterm born adults had friends or a partner, the quality of these relationships was at least as good in preterms compared to full term born adults. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”The finding that adults who were born pre-term are less likely to have a partner, to have sex and become parents does not appear to be explained by a higher rate of disability,” said Marina Goulart de Mendonca from the University of Warwick. “Rather preterm born children have been previously found to have poorer social interactions in childhood that make it harder for them to master social transitions,” de Mendonca said. “Those caring for preterm children including parent’s health professionals and teachers should be more aware of the role of social development and social integration for pre-term children,” Professor Dieter Wolke, from the University of Warwick added. “As preterm children tend to be more timid, their peer group will help them to find romantic partners,” said Wolke.
Hajipur (Bihar): Rail traffic has been suspended on Darbhanga-Samastipur section in Bihar on account of floods, resulting in cancellation, short termination and diversion of more than a dozen trains on Sunday, the East Central Railway headquarters here said. “At bridge no. 16 near Hayaghat section in Samastipur-Darbhanga section, water level has crossed the danger mark. Hence, train movement is being suspended on this section,” ECR Chief Public Relations Officer Rajesh Kumar said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said, this has led to cancellation of four passenger trains, in addition to the Jaynagar-Patna Intercity Express. Besides, trains like Darbhanga-New Delhi Sampark Kranti Express, Raxaul-Hyderabad Express, Ahmedabad-Darbhanga Jansadharan Express, Jaynagar-Amritsar Express and Kolkata- Sitamarhi Express are being plied through alternative routes, the CPRO said. Eight mail/express trains and three passenger trains are also being short terminated, he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Hayaghat falls under Darbhanga district, which had till Saturday reported 12 casualties on account of floods and where, as per the state disaster management department, 13.85 lakh people have been hit by the calamity. This is the second instance of rail traffic being disrupted in Bihar on account of the flash floods which have been ravaging the state in the aftermath of torrential rainfall in catchment areas of Nepal earlier this month. Earlier, movement of trains on the Sitamarhi-Raxaul section had been similarly suspended on July 13 and restored on July 16.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wasn’t about to shy away from supporting his favourite Canadian hockey team on trade deadline day.Speaking to TSN’s “TradeCentre” in a video interview from Ottawa on Monday hours before the NHL trade deadline, Trudeau let it be known several times that he’s a Montreal Canadiens fan first and foremost.The six other NHL teams from Canada received only a passing mention during the three-minute interview.“This was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding year but over the past little bit (Canadiens goaltender) Carey (Price) has been hot and they’ve been doing really, really well,” said Trudeau, who spent a good chunk of his younger days in Montreal. “Whatever he’s doing, keep it up. We’ve got four great teams headed to the playoffs, at least, from Canada.“I think there’s a lot of positivity. Of course, I’m going to stay focused on how my beloved Habs are doing and keep my fingers crossed that they get to the finals.”Trudeau even took a playful shot at the Habs’ arch-rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat visiting Montreal on Saturday.“I’m still a little bitter about Saturday night, but we know the Leafs are on a good roll for people who care about them,” Trudeau said. “But I’m going to make sure we keep staying strong in Montreal.”TSN host James Duthie then asked Trudeau if there is anything the Canadian government could do to help end the country’s Stanley Cup drought. Montreal was the last team to win the NHL title in 1993.“I am very much focused on making sure the drought ends with the same team that started it all,” Trudeau said. “The last team to win were the Habs and I remember being a white water river guide in the spring of ’93 when we were celebrating that victory. I’d love to be able to celebrate another Stanley Cup victory by the Habs today as prime minister.”The Canadian Press
The Sri Lankans will not be hospitalized despite falling sick, the Indonesian media reported. A total of six Sri Lankan immigrants are on hunger strike at an Indonesian immigration detention center over poor living conditions, the Indonesian media reported today.The media reports said that the six Sri Lankans were from a group of 89 detained at the center. They were demanding their transfer from the center. Indonesian media reports said that the six Sri Lankans had fallen very ill after going without food for 3 days. The Directorate General of Immigration of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights has indicated that the demands of the 89 Sri Lankan immigrants will not be met. R Pohan, an officer at the Indonesian detention center said that the detention center is supplying meals three times a day to the Sri Lankans including those on hunger strike.“This morning, we delivered the food to them, despite their hunger strike. But we could not force them to eat, ” Pohan said.
“We need to a focus on resilience, inclusive sustainable development, and climate change adaptation,” said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at a high-level meeting at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. He called for changing the traditional response strategy from mounting a humanitarian response to each emergency, to tackling the structural causes of poverty and food insecurity.The focus of the meeting is Central America’s Dry Corridor, where El Niño has led to one of the worst droughts in decades with 3.5 million people food insecure. Of that figure, 1.6 million is moderately or severely food insecure. The situation is also putting at risk the livelihoods of millions of small-scale family farmers in the Dry Corridor, many of whom are heavily dependent on subsistence agriculture. Organized by FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), the The Dry Corridor: Impacts and Priorities for Long Term Action to Build Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition event emphasized building resilience for food security and nutrition for the most vulnerable populations in the affected countries, and included a round-table session with ministers from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. In his remarks, Mr. Graziano da Silva noted that the strategic alliance between the three Rome-based UN organizations as well as South-South cooperation efforts will be fundamental to eradicating hunger and poverty in the Dry Corridor, adding that the scale of the challenge requires the support of the entire international community. Also speaking at the event was IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze, who highlighted the importance of responding to the immediate needs of people suffering as a result of El Niño. Small-scale family farmers and rural communities are highly vulnerable to extreme weather events. Photo: WFP/Francisco Fion “Climate change will continue to exacerbate these extreme weather events. The only way to ensure future food security in the region is to invest in long-term development to help people be more resilient to shocks so that they can continue to feed their families,” he emphasized. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin highlighted that coordinated action between agencies and partners to build resilience among the vulnerable people of the Dry Corridor will save lives while working to eliminate food insecurity. “Data and experience clearly demonstrate that the costs of emergency response and rehabilitation after a disaster occurs substantially exceed the price tag for risk reduction and mitigation action taken before disaster strikes,” she said stressed the need to pre-emptively address the social, economic and environmental susceptibility of vulnerable groups. Some 10.5 million people, about 60 per cent of whom are in poverty, live in the Dry Corridor, a region characterized by extensive deforestation, soil degradation and water scarcity. The meeting concluded with a communiqué that stresses common challenges within the Dry Corridor, including adaptation of the production systems of small-scale family farmers to climate change; and expanding efforts to reduce poverty, inequality and the socio-economic and environmental vulnerability of the region.
This is a victory for the millions around the world who say our reef is not a dump.- © AFP, 2014Read: US jets drop bombs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef > Read: Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral since 1985 > Source: Shutterstock“Our strong plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is already producing positive results, creating a brighter future that Queenslanders and tourists from around the world can enjoy. This decision is also a win for logic and science rather than rhetoric and scaremongering.The reef is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, but is under pressure not only from climate change and the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish, but agricultural runoff and development linked to mining. Source: ShutterstockUNESCO raised particular concerns about the approval in December of a massive coal port expansion in the region and allowing the dumping of millions of tonnes of dredge waste within the marine park waters.Strong said the concerns were being dealt with.“We have significantly scaled back the development at Abbot Point and imposed more than 140 conditions on the project,” he said. AUSTRALIA HAS CALLED a decision by UNESCO to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef as in danger “a win for logic”, but environmentalists said it was a final warning.The UN cultural agency on Wednesday said the reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more was not done to protect it.It voiced alarm at a “serious decline in the condition” of the reef, and said “a business as usual approach to managing the property is not an option”.Australia was given until February 1 next year to submit a report on what it was doing to protect the natural wonder. The Queensland state government saw the deferral as “a tick of approval”.“I welcome this decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which gives Queensland a big tick and it gives the work we are doing a big tick,” state Environment Minister Andrew Powell said. Source: Shutterstock“We have delivered our Ports Strategy, limiting development to existing port areas for a decade, and we have outlined our plans to enshrine that commitment in legislation.”Green groups said the government was on its final warning, and had “clearly not lived up to the standards expected by the international community”.“The World Heritage Committee has resisted intense pressure from the Australian and Queensland governments to water down its decision on the reef,” said WWF-Australia reef campaigner Richard Leck, who is in Doha for the committee’s annual meeting.Instead, the committee has put Australia firmly on notice to take stronger action to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Police believe house fire that killed three people was started deliberately A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Fermanagh. Feb 27th 2018, 10:24 AM By Órla Ryan Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Share38 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 1:10 PM 3 Comments 28,717 Views Updated 1.10pm A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal house fire in Fermanagh. The PSNI said at least three people died in the fire, which they believe was started deliberately. Police were called to an address in the Molly Road area of Derrylin at around 7.20am today.The suspect was detained at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment prior to his arrest.Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “At this time we believe the fire, which has claimed at least three lives, was started deliberately. We are continuing to thoroughly examine the scene along with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.“I would renew my appeal to anyone who was in the Molly Road/Doon Road area this morning to contact police. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in, or travelling through, Derrylin prior to the time the fire broke out at approximately 7.10am.”Read: Pharmacists urge people to ensure they have ‘supply of essential medicines’ before storm hitsRead: Renewed appeal for 16-year-old who’s been missing since November http://jrnl.ie/3874283 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
AUSTRALIA HAS BEGUN constructing a huge cat-free zone in the desert so it can reintroduce native animals that have been pushed to the brink of extinction by the feral predator.Conservationists said work was underway on a fence in the country’s harsh centre northwest of Alice Springs that will eventually enclose an area of 69,000 hectares (170,500 acres), with hundreds of feral cats trapped and culled.The project, run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), will reintroduce from islands and protected pockets of Australia at least 10 threatened species. In some cases it will double populations that have dwindled to the hundreds.“Basically, anything that is a small-to-medium-sized mammal, particularly in inland and central Australia, has crashed dramatically,” AWC chief executive Atticus Fleming told AFP.“The early explorers, what they saw if they moved through the landscape was the Australian bush alive with small animals.“What feral cats and foxes, in particular, have done is robbed the country of our native wildlife so that much of inland central Australia is now a marsupial ghost town.”Mammal extinctionFeral cats, considered the main culprit behind Australia’s high rate of mammal extinction, number in their millions across the country. Some kill up to seven animals every night.They have wiped out populations since being introduced by Europeans who settled Australia two centuries ago.Up to 400 will be killed “humanely” after the first phase of fencing is completed early next year, with the first lot of endangered animals, including the numbat — a banded anteater — and the black-footed rock-wallaby, reintegrated in 2019.Other animals to be given a new home include the western quoll (a carnivorous marsupial), the brush-tailed bettong (sometimes known as rat-kangaroos) and the bilby (rabbit-bandicoots).“It is a choice between cats or bilbies and we are for the bilbies,” Fleming added.“What this all adds up to is, in three or four years you will be able to go out to this place and visiting this area will be like stepping back in time.“You will see the Australian bush as it was a couple of hundred years ago. It will be alive with these native mammals that were there until the cats removed them.”ACW hope that a network of cat-free enclosures will be built in the future while science continues its quest to find the “achilles heel” of the feral cat. Efforts to cull or sterilise them have so far failed to slow the pest.“If we don’t build these large cat-free areas now, more animals will go extinct, it is as simple as that,” Fleming said.© – AFP, 2017Read: Heroin-like venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief Image: DPA/PA Images 28,209 Views Jun 18th 2017, 5:00 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3447493 23 Comments Image: DPA/PA Images Share26 Tweet Email7 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 5:00 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Australia is building a massive cat-proof fence in the desert “The early explorers, what they saw if they moved through the landscape was the Australian bush alive with small animals.”
Paris Plage : le développement durable à l’honneur pour l’édition 2010Paris, France – Depuis le 20 juillet et jusqu’au 20 août, les voies sur berges, l’hôtel de ville, le bassin de la Villette ainsi que la pelouse de Reuilly accueillent la neuvième édition de Paris Plage. Une édition placée sous le signe du développement durable.Pendant un mois, un air de station balnéaire règnera sur les berges de Seine entre l’hôtel de ville et le bassin de la Villette dans le XIXe arrondissement de Paris. Comme pour l’édition précédente, le développement durable est cette année à l’honneur : sable recyclé, installations pérennisées, bâches transformables, consommation d’eau contrôlée automatiquement… Il s’agira également de sensibiliser le public aux gestes quotidiens en faveur de la protection de l’environnement. Les visiteurs seront ainsi incités à procéder au tri sélectif et à utiliser des gobelets consignés, mais aussi à emprunter les transports verts pour se rendre à Paris Plage.Du mardi au dimanche, pendant toute la journée sur la voie Georges-Pompidou et à La Villette, des animations autour du tri et du recyclage seront organisées. Les intéressés seront invités à participer à un jeu géant sur les consignes de tri, ou à un atelier de fabrication de papier recyclé.Alors que la mairie de Paris se félicite d’avoir réalisé une économie de 300.000 euros pour cette neuvième édition, les nombreuses activités proposées à Paris Plage cette année sont toujours aussi nombreuses et variées : pétanque, basket, escrime, fitness, danse, pédalo, jeux d’eau, spectacles, kayak ou encore les sphères volantes qui avaient rencontré un immense succès en 2009.La plage urbaine recouverte de quelque 2.000 tonnes de sable est installée jusqu’au 20 août, et est accessible tous les jours entre 8 heures et minuit. Le 24 juillet 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Debra Lepak was still wearing her work clothes when she attended a Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program clinic in April.A percentage of her wages were being garnished from every paycheck to pay more than $3,000 in medical bills. She lives month-to-month, so the small cuts to her income were proving to be a big challenge.Vancouver attorney Eli Marchbanks guided Lepak through the court process, jotting notes on a yellow legal pad as she asked questions about how to recover the money. She had filed a motion arguing she was improperly served by a collections company, which prompted a review of the case. Marchbanks told her that making the company work was the best move; time is money, and the court’s default judgment was not legitimate, he said.“I’m glad I came in and I’m glad you’re here to help,” Lepak said. “When I got the answer from those guys, it was great.”Marchbanks is among 98 attorneys volunteering their time to help clients who can’t afford to hire a lawyer for debt-related court matters. He spends three hours each month helping people at the clinic in the program’s offices, located in the basement of an old building on Main Street in downtown Vancouver.“People generally understand the gist of their legal defense. What’s impossible for them, and understandably, are the court procedures. I think that’s the chief problem,” Marchbanks said.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two dozen Cuban migrants arrived in Elliot Key, just north of Key Largo, Saturday.The group of migrants were taken to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Dania Beach.Officials are still processing the group. Under the “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” policy, the migrants are allowed to stay in the country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Dogs, cats, birds and even a hedgehog put on their best costumes at the Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade in Key West.The Florida Keys News Bureau shared adorable video of the pets dressed up for the event, Wednesday night.The theme of this year’s wacky costume challenge: “Oh … The Games We Play!”Proceeds from the masquerade will benefit the Lower Keys Friends of Animals shelter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
ALM Media announced today that it has re-launched its “Law.com” domain to include the all of the organization’s 18 legal brands in one interconnected platform.According to a company statement, the unified CMS uses an audience-first approach, allowing users to reach their desired brand, while being exposed to the B2B legal, finance, and insurance industry publisher’s other titles.“This is a significant milestone in our transformation journey – the evolution of the platform upon which our ALM network of legal publications resides,” said Jay Kirsch, ALM’s president of media, in a company statement. “Having a single, unified CMS and platform will allow ALM to substantially reduce its technical debt – ultimately that will translate into improved time-to-market with new features and innovations.”Under the re-launch, Law.com will be organized by topics, areas of law and industries from across ALM’s legal brands, such as American Lawyer, Legal Week, and National Law Journal. The redesign will highlight “big stories of the moment,” as well as recent coverage across brands. Users will also receive custom news alerts, as well as previews of suggested or relevant content and information about ALM’s other sister publications. In addition to enhancing audience experience, the newly-designed platform also seeks to simplify the process for ALM’s advertisers in reaching their targeted audiences.“We have a new way for advertisers to reach the legal communities we’ve built, while achieving tighter alignment of their brands and messaging with our trusted content,” said Richard Caruso, vice president & general manager of legal media in a statement. “On this new platform, advertisers can continue to buy based on a specific legal publication and its audience, and now will have the option to reach target audiences across all of our legal brands through an exclusive topic-ownership model, in a way that no other media company can deliver.”The content on the platform will remain as it was formerly, simply reorganized for online and mobile user experience. Additionally, ALM has enhanced its search engine within the site, pulling from keywords related to a user’s search query.By early 2018, Law.com will include ALM’s legal international brands, Legal Week and China Law & Practice, as well as the company’s other titles in the benefits, consulting, financial services, property and casualty insurance, and real estate industries.
Crowley Marine Services will be turning over its contract to provide oil tanker escorts and spill response and prevention in Prince William Sound next year to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest. (Photo: Eric Keto/APRN)Next year, a whole new fleet of tugboats and barges will arrive in Prince William Sound with a big responsibility: to prevent another oil spill like the Exxon Valdez in 1989.Listen nowBut vessels aren’t the only new element arriving next year. At a meeting held last week, the official citizens’ oil spill watchdog group for Prince William Sound raised concerns about how new crews manning the vessels will be trained.Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore will soon replace Crowley Marine Services as the contractor providing the tugboats, equipment and people ensuring oil tankers move through Prince William Sound safely.Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, which operates the trans-Alaska pipeline and opted to make the switch to Edison Chouest last year, has already faced pointed questions. Those questions came from state regulators and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, a watchdog group created by Congress in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill. Earlier this year, the council commissioned a report that raised concerns about the vessels’ design.At the Whittier meeting, council members who visited Louisiana to see the new tugs being built said they were impressed.“I’m not putting on my Edison Chouest hat now, but I do believe these are going to be some good boats,” Jim Herbert said. Herbert sits on the council’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Committee.But Brooke Taylor, a spokeswoman for the council, said they’re still waiting on more testing and modeling to see if all their concerns can be put to rest.Beyond how the tugboats are built, Taylor said a big focus going forward will be making sure new crews are properly trained.“That questionable factor is always going to be people,” Taylor said. “If they’re not properly trained, if they are not accustomed to a new environment, then you’re going to have a weak link in the system and that’s where most accidents are going to be triggered from.”But what does proper training look like? Last week, the board discussed a report it commissioned concluding that new crews and equipment should be put to the test in “90th percentile conditions.” In Prince William Sound, the report said that means 22-knot winds and/or 12-foot seas.The council hasn’t officially decided to back the report’s conclusions. But in 2003, it took the position that if it’s unsafe to train in weather conditions past a certain extreme, Alyeska shouldn’t operate in those conditions. During last week’s meeting, council member Amanda Bauer said she stands by that position.“I don’t feel personally it’s too much to ask if you’re going to make your money in it, then you need to prove that you can prevent it,” Bauer said.But Mike Day with Alyeska, who is managing the transition, said training in the more extreme conditions outlined in the report isn’t a good idea because it could put crews at risk.“We believe that it’s not critical or necessary to train in storms in order to be prepared to operate in storms,” Day said. “We believe we’ve proven that we can do training in — certainly not calm conditions but somewhere in the middle…where folks are comfortable and not put at undue risk, where they develop the skills and the procedures and the techniques and the process to perform these tasks in much worse conditions.”New tugboats are expected to arrive in Prince William Sound in early 2018. Training for new crew members is expected to begin as early as next month.
The money received from the Red Cross Society of China and British Red Cross will gradually be disbursed among the affected people. Vast areas of the country have been witnessing series of floods since March resulting in crop destruction and food shortage. “We believe that with joint efforts of Bangladesh government and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, the disaster-affected people will be able to overcome the difficulty and get back to normal life,” the Embassy said in a press statement. Mozaharul Huq said the BDRCS always stands beside the affected people for their welfare and cash disbursement activities for the most affected people have started. The Chinese side said they are willing to provide assistance for relief work according to Bangladesh’s needs and demands. The Chinese government expressed sincere condolence and sympathy to all affected families. According to BDRCS Disaster Response Department, cash support distribution among the affected people in Sunamganj has started with the support received from the Swiss Red Cross. .The Red Cross Society of China has donated $100000 to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to support the flood-affected people, reports news agency UNB.Charge d’affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Chen Wei formally handed over the cheque to BDRCS secretary general BMM Mozaharul Huq at a function at the embassy on Tuesday morning.The Chinese embassy said it is a friendly tradition of the government and people of China and Bangladesh to help each other when they face disaster.