first_imgAn Indian on an average spends 3.44 hours a day consuming content on TV, according to a report by Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. Only Japan and the U.S. are ahead where people watch TV for 4.34 and 4.02 hours, respectively, in a day.Read it at Bloomberg Quint Related Itemslast_img

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first_img boxingIndiaIndian BoxingJamuna Boro First Published: October 10, 2019, 8:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ulan-Ude: Indian women boxers had a fantastic day at the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships on Thursday as four of them — MC Mary Kom, Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain won their respective quarterfinal bouts and assured the nation of four medals in the event.Six-time champion Mary Kom assured herself a record-extending eighth medal at the championships after progressing to the semifinals. She defeated Ingrit Valencia Victor of Colombia with a unanimous 5:0 verdict in her last-eight match. Mary Kom, chasing her first world medal in the 51 kg division, used her experience to great advantage and defended brilliantly against the Rio Olympic bronze medallist. The judges’ points at the end stood 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 29-28 in Mary Kom’s favour.She will now face second seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday in the semifinals.After her, Manju assured India of their second medal at the event after stunning top seed Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea to make it to the semi-finals in 48 kg division.Sixth-seeded Manju, playing her first World Championships, defeated Kim by a 4-1 verdict in their last-eight match. Kim had won bronze in the 2018 edition of the world championships that was held in New Delhi.The judges’ points at the end of the quarter-final bout stood 29-28, 30-27, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 in Manju’s favour.The third medal assurance came for India as Jamuna (54 kg) got the better of Germany’s Ursula Gottlob by 4-1. The judges points for the Assam pugilist read 30-27, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28.🇮🇳’s THIRD MEDAL ASSURED! 💪👏@Jamunaboro1 did not back off from attacking and has been rewarded with her maiden medal at the #AIBAWomenWorldBoxingChampionship.WHAT A PERFORMANCE!🔥#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/laYTrN7vzx— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019Lovlina (69 kg) also maintained India’s good run at the championship as she defeated European Games Champion Karolina Koszewska of Poland by 4-1 to enter the semifinal. The judge’s points for her was 28-29, 29-28,29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. India’s Medal No.4️⃣!!!!! 🔥@LovlinaBorgohai played smartly and waited for her moments to land some effective punches as her opponent started looking tired. Lovlina thus secures her 2nd WC medal!!! Kudos champ!👏#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing pic.twitter.com/3SuPcy2hsI — Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019However, there was disappointment for Kavita Chahal who lost her quarterfinal bout to Belarus’ Kavaleva Katsiaryna 1:4 in the +81 kg weight category.Earlier in the day after entering the semis, Mary Kom had said: “I am quite happy after winning the quarterfinal. I will try my best to do better and get a gold medal.” last_img read more

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first_imgThe biggest treasure for any sportsperson is his array of medals. But what happens when someone loses his most precious assets?Well, this is exactly what happened with three-time Olympic gold medal winner and a Guinness book of World records holder, Padma Shree Balbir Singh Senior.Balbir Singh who is a renowned hockey player, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hockey India Annual Awards last year.But today, he is fighting for his own medals.A Treasure LostAlong with the blazer that he wore as the captain of the Indian Hockey team during the 1956 Olympics, Singh had given 36 national and international medals to the Sports Authority of India to be displayed at their museum in 1985.It was only in 2012, when Singh was invited to London for a felicitation programme for world’s 16 iconic Olympians that he came to know about his missing medals.Passing the BuckWhen the veteran sportsman approached SAI, he was told that all his belongings had been shifted to Patiala. However, SAI Patiala officials told him that they are not in their possession.”It feels like someone has dismembered me. It seems that some kind of conspiracy is on to erase my name from the history books. Nobody has an answer about my 36 medals, photos and blazer,” Singh told India Today.”It is very unfortunate that this is happening to us in our own country,” said Sushbir Singh, Balbir Singh’s son.Singh and his family had also approached Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh, Congress leader Ajay Maken and other top officials regarding the issue.advertisementHockey legendBalbir Senior represented team India during the London Olympics in 1948. He also played a major part in the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.The 90-year-old received the trophy for Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award along with a cheque of Rs 30 lakh last year.Who is Balbir Singh SeniorBalbir Singh was born in 1924 in PunjabHe was a field hockey player for India, who performed remarkably during the London, Helsinki and Melbourne Olympics in 1948, 1952 and 1956 respectivelyThe team had won the gold medal in all the three Olympics. In fact, he was the captain during the Melbourne OlympicsBalbir was the manager and chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team for the 1975 World Cup, which was won by IndiaDuring the London Olympics in 2012, he was honoured in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera HouseBalbir Senior was the first sportsperson to be honoured with the Padma Shri in 1957last_img read more

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first_imgRavichandran Ashwin has again proved his batting credentials by scoring a crucial half-century under pressure and helping India post a first innings total of 455. Meanwhile, former India captain Sourav Ganguly speaking to India Today lauded Ashwin for his show with the bat but had a word of caution, saying he must not forget that he is a bowler first.At the end of second day’s play, India were in firm control with England reeling at 103/5, trailing by 352 runs. Ashwin not only scored a fifty, but also claimed two wickets on day two of the second Test in Vizag. (Vizag Test: Spinners put India in firm control on Day 2)Ganguly feels Ashwin’s batting has gone to another level and if he continues in this fashion it will solve lot of problem for India.ON ASHWIN’s BATTING”Ashwin’s batting has just got better and good to see his consistency in all conditions. His batting has gone to the next level and also needs to keep going on like this but back of the mind he must realise that he’s a bowler first. His batting has taken off exceptionally and going to solve lot of problem for India, Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli,” Ganguly said.ASHWIN AS ALLROUNDER”He turns up everywhere and gets runs and all of us knew about Ravichandran Ashwin the bowler but as I said his batting has gone to a new level and we are pleasanly surprised to see that. But credit has to be given how he has gone about his job in international cricket.”advertisementSAHA DOING A DHONI”The reverse flick was terrific and he has picked it from Dhoni as well. It’s not fair to compare, MS Dhoni as a batsman was far far superior but Saha keeping abilities are outstanding and he has done well for India as a batsman and a wicketkeeper,” Ganguly on Wriddhiman Saha. (Thrilling first day on field for Test debutant Jayant Yadav)INDIA AND DRS”India will get used to this technology and in the past also India have used the DRS well like the 2011 World Cup and the 2014 Champions Trophy. The technology has got better, the players are now using it properly and the results are showing. ICC wants it to happen so might as well embrace and India have done that.”ON KOHLI”There are three more Test matches to go before the year finishes and there are good wickets in Mumbai, Chennai and Mohali. So don’t write it off yet, he might add to his tally with another double hundred,” said Ganguly after Kohli missed out on a double hundred.last_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Secure Thingz launch Embedded Trust and C-TrustNext Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative T&M equipment for embedded systems Kontron announces the new Qseven-Q7AMX8X module, which is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual-core and quad-core configuration respectively, it is ideally suited as a basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. The new Qseven module is designed for use in the extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and is therefore also suitable for use in machines and devices that have to withstand harsh industrial environments. The new Qseven-Q7AMX8X will be available in three standard versions: with the QuadX+, the DualX+ and the DualX processor, up to four Cortex A35 cores, clocked up to 1.2 GHz. An additional Cortex-M4 core can be used for smaller management tasks in the system that previously required a separate controller. The new Qseven module will be on display at embedded world 2019 at Kontron’s booth.The new module in the Qseven form factor with the dimensions 70x70mm offers the possibility to operate two displays. An HDMI and a dual-channel LVDS interface are available for this purpose. The equipment also includes up to three GB LPDDR4 memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port, up to three PCI Express and five USB 2.0 ports as well as one USB 3.0 port. Between 2 and 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash memory serve as mass storage. In addition, the Qseven-Q7AMX8X module has a SDIO card slot and a serial interface. With numerous additional interfaces, the module can be used according to individual requirements, including one I2S, one I2C, one SPI, two MIPI CSI, eight GPIO and one CAN interface. Uboot serves as boot loader, a board support package for Yocto Linux is available.The Qseven-Q7AMX8X module optionally supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution powered by Wibu-Systems. A security chip from Wibu-Systems, embedded as a fixed part of the system, in combination with a software framework specially developed for this chip, prevents reverse engineering and copying attempts from the user’s own IP address as well as from a third-party software. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also allows individual application functions, e.g. for demo purposes, to be available only for a time based trial version or based on time base, by counting executions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share via Email Who can rescue the Ashes for England and be a match-winner in Perth? Ashes 2017-18 Pinterest Twitter Twelve months ago Lyon was no national treasure; instead he was on the brink of being dropped by an ailing national team. Now he is the linchpin of the side. Of Australian spinners only Shane Warne has taken more Test wickets; among Englishmen, he has waltzed past Graeme Swann, who played his last Test in Perth four years ago, and he has Derek Underwood (297) in his sights. Lyon, who has already taken 11 wickets in two Tests, now has 280 in total. In the past he might have been left out at the Waca; not any more.At the start of this century finger spinners were on the endangered species list. Australia had two brilliant wrist-spinners in Warne and Stuart MacGill; England lamented that they had no one of similar quality after experimenting hopefully with Ian Salisbury. Nasser Hussain, as England captain, always explained that he was desperate for someone “with mystery”. Instead they had to settle for the dependable rather than devastating Ashley Giles, a noble English spinner but as mysterious as fish and chips.Since then we can find numerous reasons – relating to pitches perhaps, or batting techniques – to account for the renaissance of the finger spinner, but one explanation stands clear: the evolution of the decision review system. It has changed how batsmen bat and spin bowlers bowl.Now the mode of dismissal that batsmen fear the most against finger spinners is the lbw, especially when off-spinners are bowling to left-handers or left-armers to right-handers. Two decades ago the imperfect forward defensive stroke, where the ball met the pad rather than the bat, very seldom led to an lbw dismissal. The pad was the second line of defence or, quite frequently, the first. Umpires kept their fingers down. Now there is the imperative to use the bat since this generation of umpires, having studied all those replays, is not shy of giving lbws when the batsman’s front foot is down the pitch. Australia sport By the same token the spinners are now aiming to hit that front pad. As a consequence the tendency for the finger spinner is to bowl faster. Monty Panesar at his best was a beneficiary of the new willingness to give lbws, fizzing the ball down and if the batsman misjudged the length he was in business. So too, more skilfully, was Swann, who became a great tormentor of left-handers, just like Lyon in this series. So far 10 of Lyon’s 11 victims have been left-handers, the odd man out being Chris Woakes in Brisbane, who missed a half-volley at the start of his innings.Another problem for England is that Lyon is now a damn fine bowler. In Brisbane he may have bowled a little wide to the left-handers but he rectified that in Adelaide. He can fizz the ball at close to 60mph. His control of length has been immaculate and he has managed to get the ball to dip at the end of its flight path, which is nirvana for a spinner; it means that the batsman might misjudge the length. He is turning the screw on a side under pressure.The ball is less likely to turn at the Waca, which explains the Australian plans to bolster their bowling with the inclusion of Mitchell Marsh; so it may be easier to attack Lyon successfully. So far the English right-handers have survived against him with relatively little trouble and here the boundaries are so big square of the wicket that those may sometimes be converted into twos. If the ball is not turning much it should be easier to hit him straight.Unless he is made to bowl badly he remains a trial for England’s plethora of left-handers – if only because the attempts to attack him so far, usually instigated by Moeen Ali, have failed. It will be a brave and gifted batsman who knocks The Goat off his Yuletide perch. Share on Twitter Facebook Topics Reuse this content Australia cricket team Nathan Lyon Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cricket Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook features It feels unprecedented before a big match at the Waca that batsmen should spend time fretting about playing against an off-spinner. Here the talk has always been about pace and bounce and how to counteract it. Now there is the suggestion that the pitch might not be so pacy which means spin bowling could be more important. But there is another factor: according to their spin bowling coach, John Davison, Australia have the best spin bowler in the world in their team – and England have not been playing him too well.There is even a fast-expanding fad this Christmas in Australia of putting a picture of The Goat, as Nathan Lyon is affectionately known here, on top of the Christmas tree, where the fairy or the angel usually sits. I promise I have not made this up; take a look at Cricket Australia’s website. Perhaps the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website could conjure something similar with the ghosts of Christmas past. In the season of goodwill a few images of Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in absolute harmony, hugging not headbutting, with their drinks still residing harmlessly in their glasses, might cheer everyone up. Moeen Ali of England is hit on the pads by a Nathan Lyon delivery and dismissed for lbw. 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first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo accused by Del Bosque of not acting like ‘the best’ with headline-stealing antics Chris Burton 04:52 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 260518 Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid superstar failed to score in the Champions League final but was able to dominate the post-match reaction after hinting at a transfer Cristiano Ronaldo was wrong to steal the headlines by hinting at a Real Madrid exit in the wake of their historic Champions League triumph, says Vicente del Bosque.As the Blancos toasted a third successive European crown, and a 13th in total, their Portuguese superstar was busy suggesting that a summer move away from the Spanish capital could be on the cards.Ronaldo’s post-match tease saw him refer to his time with the Blancos in the past tense, before promising more news in “the next few days”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now His comments quickly took the spotlight away from two-goal hero Gareth Bale, who had stepped off the bench to swing a meeting with Liverpool in Madrid’s favour, and win another major honour for manager Zinedine Zidane.Former Blancos boss Del Bosque believes Ronaldo acted out of line and in a manner not befitting of the supposed best player on the planet, stating in Marca: “It did not seem right to me.”Maintaining good personal relationships within a group is important and his words did not help.”The best ones have to be the most generous in relation to others.”Ronaldo appeared to backtrack on his earlier comments when telling supporters at a parade of the Champions League trophy through Madrid that he intends to see them “next year”.Cristiano Ronaldo PortugalHe is, however, likely to continue dominating headlines throughout the summer, with attention about to be shifted to international matters.Ronaldo is set to lead Euro 2016 winners Portugal in a World Cup adventure, with Del Bosque of the opinion that the Madrid talisman and his eternal rival, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, are capable of carrying their respective nations close to the ultimate prize in Russia.The man who guided Spain to global glory in 2010 added: “The national team are one of the favourites in the World Cup, as well as Portugal and Argentina, who have Cristiano and Messi.”World Cup 2018 is now a matter of weeks away, with the competition due to get underway in Moscow on June 14.last_img read more

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first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has lauded the police for complying with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) regulations and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) use of force policy, which has resulted in fewer fatal shootings.Citing INDECOM statistics, Mr. Montague said there has been a notable decline in fatal shootings by the police over the last six years.“In fact, there has been a significant reduction in fatal shootings between 2013 and 2014, with a 55 per cent reduction, and a further reduction in 2015 resulting in a 60 per cent downturn when matched against the 2013 figures,” he said.The Minister was addressing the final day of the three-day INDECOM Use of Force in Law Enforcement Conference on June 2. The forum was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Mr. Montague said that for 2014, 19 persons from the security forces were charged for murder, noting that this number fell to five in 2015.He said the figure was further reduced to four in 2016 adding that since the start of 2017, only three police officers have been charged.“Indeed, there has been a notable decline in suspicious fatal shootings by the security forces and my commendations to INDECOM and to the police,”   he said.The Minister said these and other statistics emphasised that INDECOM was enhancing the JCF’s work. This, he added, dispelled misconceptions that INDECOM was impeding the police in carrying out their duties.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague advised that the National Security and Local Government and Community Development Ministries have reached an agreement that stipulates the construction of police posts or installation of closed-circuit television systems in housing developments with over 400 units being undertaken.“So as persons make their applications to the local municipal authorities, this will now be a condition of approval,” he said.The Minister emphasised that this was necessary consequent on the number of housing developments being constructed without developers taking into account some of the critical infrastructure, such as adequate security features, that were needed.Mr. Montague said the decision was part of his Ministry’s Five-Pillar Crime Strategy regarding situational prevention. This relates to measures that reduce the opportunities for crimes through spatial intervention.The conference was staged with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, United States Embassy and United Nations office in Jamaica.The forum was staged to draft a model use of force policy for Caribbean security forces; encourage implementation or improvement of legislation and policies regarding use of force by Caribbean security forces; provide information regarding use of force in upgraded training programmes; and assist supervisors and oversight institutions in their scrutiny of the use of force. Story Highlights Mr. Montague said the decision was part of his Ministry’s Five Pillar Crime Strategy regarding situational prevention. This relates to measures that reduce the opportunities for crimes through spatial intervention. National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has lauded the police for complying with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) regulations and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) use of force policy, which has resulted in fewer fatal shootings. The Minister said these and other statistics emphasised that INDECOM was enhancing the JCF’s work. This, he added, dispelled misconceptions that INDECOM was impeding the police in carrying out their dutieslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar Monday skipped her scheduled appearance before the ED in a money laundering case probe, citing bad health, officials said.The probe involves the bank and the Videocon group. Chanda Kochhar will now be asked to depose later this week. She had not appeared before the agency even last week citing health reasons. Official sources had told PTI earlier this week that the central probe agency is now mulling to call some more bank officials to confront them with the statements made by Chanda Kochhar and obtain further leads. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) had last month questioned and recorded the statements of Chanda Kochhar and her husband Deepak Kochhar over multiple sessions. The agency is also preparing to analyse the details of assets of the Kochhars and others so that they can be provisionally attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Chanda Kochhar’s brother-in-law and Deepak’s brother, Rajiv Kochhar, has also been grilled by the ED multiple times in the case. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe Kochhar couple have been questioned in the past too at the ED’s zonal office in Mumbai after the central agency conducted raids on March 1. The searches were conducted at the premises of Chanda Kochhar, her family and Venugopal Dhoot of Videocon Group in Maharashtra’s Mumbai and Aurangabad. The ED registered a criminal case under the PMLA earlier this year against Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar, Dhoot and others to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning Rs 1,875-crore of loans by ICICI Bank to the corporate group. This action of the agency was based on an FIR registered by the CBI. The CBI has named all the three and Dhoot’s companies — Videocon International Electronics Ltd (VIEL) and Videocon Industries Limited (VIL) — in its case.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: With an aim to promote muslin products in foreign countries in large-scale and to attract the international buyers, the state government is chalking out plans to stress more on the worldwide marketing of muslin and other products, State Finance and MSME minister Amit Mitra said.He was talking to the reporters at the sideline of ‘National Seminar on Culture & Development’ organised at a city hotel on Monday. The minister also pointed out how the international tourists have started visiting various handicraft hubs in the district giving a boost to the village economy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The state government has a plan to conduct worldwide marketing of muslin and other handicraft products, which will automatically provide a boost to the export of such items. The Biswa Bangla outlet set up at the Calcutta airport has been attracting the tourists. The foreigners who are buying the products at this outlet may feel the need of having such items in their countries and thereby contributing to the export automatically. We have specific plans to increase the export of muslin through various phases,” Mitra said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned here that the muslin products sold through Biswa Bangla outlets are in high demand. Having its origin in Dhaka, muslin fabric is the pride of Bengal, when it comes to handmade fabrics. Bengal had been one of the largest exporters of muslin sarees during pre-colonial era. Being waved into a glossy and very light fabric, it still shows the sign of royalty and luxury. After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government had taken a special initiative to organise the weavers. There are more than 300 families, who are associated with the production of muslin sarees. They have been given training by experts and a muslin hub has come up at Nadia. Muslin contains a piece of royalty that has been an age-old heritage of Bengal. While attending the programme, Mitra also said the Bengal government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UNESCO in 2013 to enhance the soft skills of the artisans. Artisans in villages have immensely benefitted from the programme. The agreement was further extended for three years in 2016. The programme has not only helped the artisans to increase their income but it has also uplifted the social conditions of people in the villages. “It all started with 3000 artisans and then the number went up to 12,000. Now, around 25,000 artisans are involved in the programme. Earlier, they used to migrate to the city from villages for job. They have now gone back to their respective villages and started their works. Those who used to earn Rs 500 per month are now getting Rs 7500. Even some of them are getting Rs 12,000 per month. Around 1.20 lakh foreign tourists have visited the hubs which have been set up in 15 districts,” Mitra said. The minister also added that six out of ten traditional items that state had applied for, have received GI certification from the Centre. They are dokra, potochitra, madurkathi, wooden mask, terracotta and chow mask. Nobody can claim that they have received GI certification for six items out of total 10 within three years of time, he said.last_img read more

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first_imgBravado Designs, a world leader in intimate apparel for nursing moms, announces the Support Her Dream Campaign – a national commitment and call-to-action to support new mothers in need.With every purchase of the NEW Bravado Dream Nursing Tank ($55 US and $60 CAD) starting February 1st through April at www.bravadodesigns.com and national and specialty retailers, Bravado will donate a nursing tank to Baby Buggy to help ensure moms in need have a successful start to their breastfeeding journey. The donation goal of 10,000 nursing tanks is valued at nearly half a million dollars and will be distributed to the organizations and communities Baby Buggy serves throughout North America.This is among the largest one-time donations of nursing intimate apparel that Bravado has made to Baby Buggy, whose partnership has spanned more than five years. Baby Buggy provides critical child gear and other new mother essentials with important family services to break the multi-generational cycle of poverty.Beverley Mitchell, actress and mother of two, was inspired when she heard about the Support Her Dream campaign.“There’s nothing more important to me than being a mother to my two children. I’ve been blessed with being able to give them everything they need from the start, but I’m very aware that many mothers don’t have the same circle of support or resources, especially when it comes to their breastfeeding journey,” says Beverley. “I was touched when I heard about the Bravado Designs Support Her Dream campaign because it gives moms the chance to directly help a mom in need. I knew right away I wanted to help raise awareness for the cause.”Eager to show her support, Beverley was the first mom to participate in the Bravado Support Her Dream campaign by tweeting a photo of her new Bravado Dream Tank to encourage other moms to help Bravado Designs reach its donation goal — “Join @bravadodesigns @loverecycled and help new moms in need. Buy a Tank, Give a Tank. www.bravadodesigns.com #supportherdream.”“Bravado Designs has always been committed to helping new mothers have a successful breastfeeding journey. The Support Her Dream campaign will give moms a chance to help a mom in need in a very direct and tangible way. We’re honored to be able to partner with Baby Buggy in our mission to help moms across North America and their babies get off to the very best and healthiest start,” said Staci Starr, Senior Marketing and Brand Strategist.Bravado Designs will roll out the Support Her Dream campaign through April with a range of activities to raise awareness across social media, retail and grassroots channels.“Bravado has been a long-time partner in our efforts to support low-income new moms and we are thrilled to be working with them again on this important campaign,” said Jessica Seinfeld, Founder and Board President of Baby Buggy. “Together, we are targeting cities with high poverty rates to help struggling moms achieve their breastfeeding and parenting goals. These nursing tanks will be a powerful tool in encouraging and supporting these moms as they strive to become the mothers many of them never had.”The New Dream Nursing Tank: Comfort Never Looked So GoodPerfect for wearing at home or on-the-go, whether you’re pregnant or nursing the new Dream Nursing Tank is the ultimate ‘nursing bra and tank in one’ providing full-length style and full-time support. It features a double layer, cotton full support built in nursing bra with removable foam inserts for discretion and shape. The straps deliver perfect support while the stretchy bottom bra band provides comfort on the inside. The full drop away bra cups provide maximum skin-to-skin contact that is so important for bonding.Outfitted with every detail to help moms feel comfortable and stylish, the hip-length tank features flirty ruching detail and under bust seaming for a flattering shape. The soft and cozy material is fitted, but not clingy so it provides a beautiful silhouette for any figure. Available in three must-have colors: platinum, black and white – the tank can be worn alone (thanks to discreet nursing clips) or as a go-to layering piece.AvailabilityBravado Dream Nursing Tank is available online starting February 1, 2016 for $55 (US) and $60 (CAD) at www.BravadoDesigns.com and at national and specialty retailers including Diapers.com, Breakout Bras.com, Figure 8 Maternity.com, Bosom Buddies, The Pump Station and in Canada at West Coast Kids and Snuggle Bugz.last_img read more

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first_imgThe charitable foundation Stop Poaching Now! presents their first annual gala, at the iconic Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood, to unite the creative community to stop the demand for ivory and other endangered animal products.Honorary Hosts include Adrien Brody (The Pianist); Ali MacGraw (Love Story); Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect); David Schwimmer (NBC’s “Friends”); Dylan McDermott (The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath); Johnny Simmons (The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects); Mario Van Peebles (Ali); Peyton List (Disney’s “Jessie”); singer Rocky Dawuni; Samuel Larsen (Fox’s “Glee”); Veronica Ferres (Hector and the Search for Happiness); and Xavier Samuel (Twilight).Stop Poaching Now! provides resources and expertise to worldwide anti- poaching organizations and individuals. At current poaching rates, rhinos in the wild will be extinct in less than 10 years! Poaching kills more than 35,000 Elephants and Rhinos each year and their horns and tusks are used and carved into ivory trinkets. Cruelly and inhumanly treated, these highly intelligent animals are killed, leaving their young abandoned and drastically diminishing their species. Their survival lies in an immediate end to the ivory trade and we have the chance to end the decades of mass slaughter and recover these precious animals.WHEN: Wednesday, May 25WHERE: Ago Restaurant 8478 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe live broadcast of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards are just a few hours away.In Winnipeg, crews have been busy setting up the big event now in its seventh year airing Friday evening on APTN. In fact, over a 1,000 man hours will have gone into it the production for the big night.Organizers say the show and talent have grown each year.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler was there Thursday to get a sneak peek into what goes into Canada’s largest Aboriginal music awards show. She quickly gets a little help from Lorne Cardinal who steals the microphone and takes APTN behind the scenes.last_img read more

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Voicing “increasing concern” at developments in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on rebels and the Congolese Government to immediately observe an effective ceasefire and cooperate with United Nations peacekeepers to achieve a separation of forces.Yesterday, the UN Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUC, said it could not confirm persistent reports of incursions by Rwandan troops into North Kivu province where they are said to be fighting alongside the rebel National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP) of General Laurent Nkunda.The continued fighting between the DRC army (FARDC) and the CNDP “add to the suffering of the civilian population and risks provoking wider conflict in the region,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.He called on all States in the region to prevent their territories and nationals from being used to aid armed groups in the eastern DRC, and urged the Governments of the DRC and Rwanda to bridge their differences by diplomatic and other peaceful means, including the DRC-Rwanda Joint Verification Mechanism.He told the two Governments “to redouble their efforts to implement the Nairobi Communiqué,” the November 2007 agreement under which they agreed to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region. “The Secretary-General stands ready to assist in this regard,” the statement added.Mr. Ban reiterated that MONUC would “act within its mandate to protect civilians threatened by armed groups, and to prevent any encroachment on the main population centres and major arterial roads.”In recent weeks UN peacekeepers backed by combat helicopters opened fire to prevent the CNDP from advancing in the direction of Goma, North Kivu’s capital.MONUC reported today that relative calm prevailed in North Kivu after UN peacekeepers mediated the return of some rebel-held areas to Government forces. Both sides assured the UN of their desire to proceed with setting up buffer zones as proposed in a disengagement plan. MONUC officials reiterated the need for additional UN troops and air assets to respond to increased insurgent activity.Hostilities have continued in eastern DRC despite stabilization in much of the rest of the vast country, which was torn by years of civil war. Last week, the DRC called for UN peacekeepers to be given a clear mandate and the resources necessary to impose peace by force if necessary. 10 October 2008Voicing “increasing concern” at developments in the border areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on rebels and the Congolese Government to immediately observe an effective ceasefire and cooperate with United Nations peacekeepers to achieve a separation of forces. read more

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — De’Andre Hunter had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 4 Virginia beat No. 25 Wisconsin 53-46 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.Ty Jerome added 11 points for the Cavaliers (6-0), who led 33-18 after a strong first half, and then sputtered offensively as the Badgers kept pushing back. Virginia made just 2 of 16 shots out of halftime and shot 26 per cent for the second half.But the Cavs’ usual tough defence was good enough to keep the Badgers and preseason Associated Press All-American Ethan Happ at arm’s distance.Happ finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and six assists for Wisconsin (5-1), which shot 52 per cent after halftime to cut into the deficit. The Badgers got as close as five four separate times in the second half, but could never overtake the Cavaliers.NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 94, NO. 17 UCLA 78LAS VEGAS (AP) — Coby White had 19 points and eight assists, Luke Maye added 16 points and eight rebounds and won the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational.Kenny Williams scored 15 points as five Tar Heels reached double figures and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in its Las Vegas trip.Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points as he converted 7 of 10 from the field.North Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.NO. 9 MICHIGAN 83, CHATTANOOGA 55ANN Arbour, Mich. (AP) — Iggy Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 14 to lead Michigan to an easy victory.Isaiah Livers added 12 points for the Wolverines, all in the first half. Michigan (6-0) avoided a letdown in its first game back in Ann Arbor after three impressive wins away from home.The unbeaten Wolverines have won each of their games by at least 19 points. They led 42-22 at halftime in this one and held Chattanooga (2-5) to 36 per cent shooting, including an 8-of-30 showing from the field in the first half.Kevin Easley led the Mocs with 21 points.NO. 24 PURDUE 84, ROBERT MORRIS 46WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Carsen Edwards scored 19 points and Ryan Cline had 17 as Purdue routed Robert Morris.The Boilermakers (5-1) bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season Sunday night against No. 13 Virginia Tech. Edwards was 5 for 17 from the field against the Colonials, but also contributed five assists, four steals and a blocked shot.Malik Petteway led Robert Morris with 10 points. The Colonials (3-3) shot 31.5 per cent (17 for 54) from the field.The Associated Press read more

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first_imgYESTERDAY’S PUBLICATION OF the cost of water charges will have serious implications for low income households, the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned.SVP also says that government’s decision to give financial assistance via the Household Benefits Package is “an untargeted measure” and wants the government to prioritise assistance to households in receipt of fuel allowance as a more targeted measure.“Using the fuel allowance instead of the Household Package would mean that Government could target assistance directly to older people, unemployed, one parent families and people in receipt of disability allowance. If measures are required for people who are struggling then they should go to people we already know are in difficulty,” says Brendan Hennessy, SVP Social Justice Officer. Source: ThejournalHennessy says that it is also concerned with the proposed charge of €4.88 per 1,000 liters, which will be one of the highest in Europe.“This establishes a culture of high charging which could have serious implications after 2016, recognised as the end of the transitionary period. It is also represents the end of the time limit of Government’s subsidy to Irish Water.”Hennessy acknowledged that “we are now in a period of learning about water consumption”, but said that the plan must be based on a long-term strategy. Coherent, evidence based, long term solutions to addressing water affordability and the secure funding future of Irish Water need to be found.Read: Here’s how much you’ll be expected to pay for waterlast_img read more

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first_imgApparently, I am a sucker for a hilarious YouTube video. I was totally lured in by the web commercial for the Dollar Shave Club, a clever viral marketing video talking about how inexpensive their shaving equipment is. As it just so happens, I had just that week taken the $35 hit to my wallet for a new 6-pack of blades for my razor, so I went to the website to see what they had to offer.It’s an incredibly simple setup. The first month of your service with Dollar Shave club you get a handle and three heads from whichever of the three choices you pick from. There’s a two blade kit for $1/month, a four blade kit for $6/month, and a six blade kit for $9/month. If you get anything other than the $1 kit, shipping and handling is included. Since I was going to give this a try, I figured why not go all out and get the six blade kit. According to the website, you can downgrade anytime you want, and you’ll be sent a new handle that next month for free.Three heads is just about what I go through with my existing setup, so even with the most expensive kit I was saving money. What’s more is I didn’t have to remember to pick them up, they just show up right around the same time every month. So, I pulled the trigger, and about a month and a half later my first kit showed up.The package featured more of the clever humor that caught my attention in the first place, as well as the handle and three heads in a protective plastic case. Pretty much the same setup I would get from buying a kit in the store. The handle for the Executive kit has a good weight to it, and is covered in rubber grips.I decided to make the new razor work a little harder on the first shave, so I didn’t shave for a couple of days before using it. Considering this was a six blade head, I didn’t expect it would have any problems. Six blades is probably unnecessary, but I liked the design of the Executive handle more than the middle. The shave itself was pretty much exactly what you would expect from a Gillette Fusion Pro (or equivalent razor), and it cleaned out just as easily.The Dollar Shave Club razors are a pretty good deal. Not necessarily because the blades are any cheaper than you would get if you bought this same kit in bulk, but because of the automation. As a frequent forgetter of grocery lists, knowing that right around the middle of every month a new set of razors will show up without any additional effort on my end is pretty great. This isn’t even a particularly new concept, you can setup automated repeat orders of a lot of things on Amazon. In this case, it was just the right combination of marketing, ease of use, and a decent product. With that, I have a feeling I will be using Dollar Shave Club for awhile.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s been leaked, teased, accused of being a copy of its predecessor, and celebrated as the likely champion of the mobile ecosystem for 2013. Samsung has finally unveiled the next in their line of globally available smartphones, the Galaxy S4. Times Square lit up in anticipation of Samsung’s event, and despite LG’s shenanigans earlier in the day it felt like the world stood still as JK Shin and crew took to the stage to unveil their new flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S4 is finally here, and while it may look almost exactly like last years model, the two phones couldn’t be more different. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is just barely lighter (130g), thinner (7.9mm), and possibly even shinier than the Galaxy S3, but what is underneath that Gorilla Glass 3 and textured casing is entirely deserving of the praise it will undoubtedly display. Much like the previous generation, Samsung has created what is essentially two phones here. There’s the Exynos based Octo-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Snapdragon based Quad Core 1.9GHz processor. These two chipsets are expected to behave differently, but performance is supposed to be similar for most tasks between two chipsets. Regardless of which processor your carrier wind up with, your Galaxy S4 will also be packing 2GB of RAM and either 16, 32, or 64GB of storage depending on which model you purchase. Both the 2600mAh battery and the microSD slot are accessible though the removable rear panel, and the microSD slot can support up to 64GB. On the other side of that removable panel you’ll find a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution at 441ppi, coming out just under the HTC One’s 468ppi at 4.7-inches. This display is a world first, and Samsung is very proud of what this display is capable of. With the increasing focus on the quality of smartphone cameras, Samsung pulled out the stops an was sure to show off their new toys. The 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are certainly the high end of what is now considered pretty standard fare, but the software that drives this technology is brand new. Samsung is placing a premium on the ability to use both cameras at once, allowing you to record and share both the experience you are recording and your own experience at the same time. Whether you are video chatting, taking a photo, or recording video, you’ll be able to use both cameras simultaneously. The front camera alone also gets some special treatment, being capable of 1080p video at 30FPS.It wouldn’t be a Samsung phone if it weren’t packed full of TouchWiz flavored Android. The Galaxy S4 comes with Android 4.2.2 on board, making it the most up to date Android phone that isn’t a Nexus, but still packed with the latest from Samsung. Samsung has made the Galaxy S4 highly user focused, right down to the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the screen for use with gloves on. The Samsung Air Gesture, Smart Pause, and Smart Scroll features all focus on the ability to use the phone without touching it. You can look away to pause a video, wave your hand over the screen to scroll, and preview the next image or email with out placing your fingers on the screen. Samsung’s use of MHL 2, Bluetooth 4, and NFC technologies are all making comebacks with screen mirroring and smart sharing tools. On top of all of these new features Samsung has managed to maintain a user interface that Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note owners will recognize and understand with ease. Samsung is making the Galaxy S4 available in Black Mist and White Frost on all four of the major US carriers as well as most of the major international carriers. Samsung plans to announce availability per carrier, with pre orders to be made available through their partners. We’ll be offering you our hands on impressions of the phone as soon as possible, but it is clear that Samsung has put their best foot forward for this launch, and the Galaxy S4 will be a main contender throughout the year.last_img read more

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first_img Short URL Image: tree image via Shutterstock By Michelle Hennessy Image: tree image via Shutterstock Two men arrested over €5 million land and forestry fraud Gardaí said a significant amount of money held in Irish banks has been frozen. 5 Comments 23,403 Views Feb 7th 2017, 7:33 AM Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 7:33 AM Updated 8amTWO MEN HAVE been arrested over investment fraud offences and money laundering offences involving up to €5 million.The alleged fraud relates to an investment scheme in which the same plot of land was sold to multiple people and false documents were provided to investors. Sources say investors outside Ireland handed over tens of thousands of euro for the plots.Both men, who are in their 40s, were arrested yesterday in Dublin and Wicklow and are currently detained at Dun Laoghaire and Bray garda stations. The man held in Bray is due to appear before Dun Laoghaire District court this morning charged in connection with the investigation.As part of this investigation the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau has frozen a significant amount of money held in Irish banks.Gardaí say investigations are continuing.Comments have been closed as one of the men is due before the courts. Read: Dublin man who fraudulently obtained mortgage on his parents’ house avoids jail> Share8 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3226544 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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