Yashwant to visit Gujarat on Congress invitation

first_imgBJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who had recently caused a flutter by criticising the Centre for its handling of the economy, will be on a three-day tour of poll-bound Gujarat starting November 14, on an invitation from an NGO supported by the Congress party.The former Union Finance Minister would interact with the business community and deliver lectures in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat, a Congress leader said on Thursday.The events are slated to be organised by the Loksahi Bachao Andolan (Save Democracy Campaign), an NGO supported by the Congress.Economic featsMr. Sinha, whose son Jayant Sinha is a Minister in the Narendra Modi government, is likely to speak about demonetisation and the GST, the two steps being showcased as major economic achievements by the current dispensation.Former Finance Minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram had recently interacted with the traders of Rajkot on the GST and on the subject of ‘State of Economy’, though not under the banner of any political party.In a recent newspaper article, Mr. Sinha criticised the Centre and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in particular for the handling of the economy, which he said was on a “downward spiral and is poised for a hard landing”.Mr. Sinha had also written that many people in the BJP were aware of this reality, but not speaking up out of fear.last_img read more

Haryana’s Nuh bears witness to failure of first ‘mobile court’

first_imgOn the drive south from Delhi towards Alwar, a left turn at Badkali Chowk in Haryana’s Nuh brings one to the small town of Pingawan. About 7 km down the road, one encounters a black, rusted signboard that reads ‘Mobile Court, Pingawan, Mewat’ on the boundary wall of a modest building.But the place is unusually quiet for a court. A solitary watchman, who appears to be in his 60s, is seated on a half-broken chair while two children play close by. “It is a Wednesday. The court sits only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays,” the watchman says, explaining the lack of activity.The town’s residents promptly direct visitors to the building when asked about the “mobile court”, oblivious to the fact that the court, inaugurated more than a decade ago as the country’s first mobile court, officially lost its ‘mobile court’ designation more than five months ago.Set up in a bus, the court was inaugurated in August 2007 by the then Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan with the aim of making the judicial system accessible to remote and backward areas, and was slated to sit for one day each week at the four towns of Punhana, Shikrawa, Indana and Lohinga Kalan.Presided over by an Additional Civil Judge-cum-Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, it was staffed like a regular court and meant to conduct both civil and criminal cases through full-fledged trials.But just a little over a year after its inauguration, the court gave up on mobility as both the lawyers and the local judicial officers found themselves facing difficulties in operating it in a mobile form. While it was a good initiative to provide “Sasta aur Sulabh Nyay” (affordable and accessible justice) to the people of Punhana, the lack of basic infrastructure was the reason for its failure, said Ferozepur Jhirka Bar Association president Mumtaz Hussain. ‘Lacked key facilities’“Since the mobile court was held in the open at four different locations in the interior areas, it became difficult to provide facilities such as stamp vendors, typewriters, photocopiers and more importantly the treasury to collect court fees,” said Mr. Hussain. “Despite the lawyers cooperating to their full to make the experiment a success, the court had to be fixed in a building in Punhana,” he added.The court was subsequently shifted to its present building in Pingawan after a year since the Punhana building had to be vacated for the Election Commission during the 2009 election. After the District and Sessions Judge, Nuh, sought the discontinuation of the “mobile court” in 2013, the Punjab and Haryana High Court formally consented to it on July 17, 2018.However, with the court now presided over by a junior judge, litigants have to travel to the Ferozepur Jhirka court to file civil suits, defeating the purpose of door-step delivery of justice. “It was an initiative taken in haste without considering the ground realities,” said another lawyer, who did not wish to be identified. As for the ‘mobile court’ bus, it now lies parked in the Ferozepur Jhirka court campus — a testimony to the failed experiment.last_img read more

PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many while also anchoring the Bolts’ defense. He was an unstoppable force, finishing with 38 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title PLAY LIST 01:40Brownlee nails buzzer-beater as Ginebra wins title03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance03:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img “The game becomes a lot easier when you can make shots. Today we did a much better job at making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan, who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Our defense was solid just like it was in our last game. The difference was we played defense for 48 minutes instead of 44. It’s gonna be tough going forward especially with Ranidel being out but at the same time we still have guys who out there fighting and we will go to war with them,” Black added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bolts, who lost the first two games by double-digits, got a much-needed lift from veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan, who played extended minutes after starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with an injury early.Hugnatan fired 22 points, going 7-of-12 from long range and grabbed five rebounds in close to 39 minutes of play. His last 3-pointer capped a 19-4 charge by the Bolts in the final six minutes and four seconds. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Durham, the back-to-back Best Import of the conference, scored 23 points in the second half, 13 in the final frame to counter the Gin Kings’ punches.A jumper by Justin Brownlee gave Ginebra a 72-66 edge with 9:36 left but Durham quickly led Meralco back and his coast-to-coast dunk over Japeth Aguilar put the Bolts ahead, 75-74, with under seven minutes remaining.Durham continued his rampage. He scored on a reverse layup against two defenders, rejected Aguilar’s shot on the other end, blocked Brownlee then converted a three-point play for an 86-77 buffer with 2:47 to go.Meralco goes for the equalizer on Friday still at the Big Dome.Ginebra had four players in double-figures led by Brownlee’s 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference View commentslast_img read more

Leander Paes Drops Out of Top 100 in ATP Doubles Rankings for the First Time in 19 Years

first_img atp rankingsDivij SharanIndian tennisLeander Paes First Published: November 11, 2019, 5:52 PM IST New Delhi: Veteran tennis star Leander Paes on Monday dropped out of the top-100 bracket for the first time in 19 years, slipping to 101 after losing five places in the ATP doubles chart.With 856 points, Paes is now fourth-highest ranked Indian player behind Rohan Bopanna (38), Divij Sharan (46) and Purav Raja, who re-entered the top-100 by jumping eight places to 93. The last time the 46-year-old Paes was placed outside top-100 was in October 2000 when he was ranked 118.Paes, one of the finest tennis players that India has seen, dominated the doubles circuit with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi between the late 1990s and early 2000s.In August 2014, Paes had lost his place in the top-10 and in another two years time he was outside the top-50 as well.The passionate Paes, winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, has not played since US Open this year in September. He has made himself available for the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Pakistan.Meanwhile, in the singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran continues to be India’s top-ranked singles player though the Chennai left-hander dropped a rung to 95 and was followed by Sumit Nagal (127, +2), Ramkumar Ramanathan (190, +9), Sasi Kumar Mukund (250, +2) and Saketh Myneni (267, -1). 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.last_img read more

We were trying to win it, just lost time: Meg Lanning after Women’s Ashes Test ends in dull draw

first_imgWe were trying to win it, just lost time: Meg Lanning after Women’s Ashes Test ends in dull drawIt was the manner in which the Test ended in a draw that frustrated the observers and questioning the tactics of Australia.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 11:18 IST (Reuters Photo)Australia retained the urn after the only Test of the 2019’s Women’s Ashes ended in a draw on Sunday after none of the teams were able to force the pace on Day Four.After passing on the follow-on score of 271 after Australia’s first innings of 420 for 8, England declared handing the visitors with a lead of 145 and looked to move the game along, with 81 overs left in the day.Yet by Tea, Australia — who were 280 runs ahead with 41 overs remaining — didn’t give any indication that they would declare and attempt to bowl England out for the win.When the captains shook hands, Australia had motored along to 230/7, with the overall lead standing at 375.It was the manner in which the Test ended in a draw that frustrated the observers and questioning the tactics of Australia.Lanning defended the move, saying there were several considerations that went behind the decision.”We thought about (declaring) and had a good chat about what our options were, and whether we could force a result,” the ICC website quoted Lanning as saying after the match, “but we looked at how many overs were left, especially given how many wickets were falling.”Test cricket’s supposed to be hard and a tough battle, and I think that’s exactly what it was. Both teams were trying to get an advantage. I don’t think it was entirely either team’s fault where we ended up in the game.”At different points, we were trying to win it; we just lost time throughout and it got to a point where we felt we couldn’t win the game,” she added.advertisementEngland coach Mark Robinson refused to question Australia’s approach, saying they were well within their rights to try and save the Test.”We lost two sessions (to rain), which makes it really hard, doesn’t it?” he said.”They’re quite within their rights to close up shop and shut the game down and retain them. Fair play to them. We’ve got to congratulate Australia. They’ve played better cricket than us and they’re the holders of the Ashes again. To Meg, who is an outstanding leader, you say ‘well done’,” he added.Australia have shared points with England after a rain-affected Test, which leaves their overall series lead at 8-2, thanks to their 3-0 win in the ODI series that preceded.England can, at best, draw level on points with Australia from here on, and that is if they win all three matches in the upcoming T20I series beginning Friday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Women’s AshesFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Women’s Ashes TestFollow Meg Lanninglast_img read more

Video: Costa Concordia Heads for Scrapping Today

first_imgzoom The stripped Costa Concordia wreck will begin manoeuvres to exit the port of Pra’ Voltri today at 4 pm, its final destination being the Port of Genoa where it will be dismantled.The transfer has been authorized by the local authorities following the first stage of the wreck’s dismantling project that saw over 5,700 tons of materials removed from the ship, the Ship Recycling Consortium said.The approval was also dependent on weather and sea conditions, however, different weather forecasting services involved in the project have identified the best weather window this week.The material was removed so the wreck could attain the necessary draft for its 10-mile transfer, which is expected to take over 24 hours to complete.The wreck’s final journey will include exit manouvres from the Prà Voltri breakwater, navigation – expected to last about 11 hours  – and the entrance manouvres in the ex Superbacino area of the Genoa Port.The video shows some of the key highlights of the dismantling process:  Costa Concordia sank in January 2012 killing 32 people.The grounding of the cruise ship, carrying 4,252 people at the time, is believed to had been caused by the captain’s recklessness, as the ship came too close to the Giglio island where it got stuck and later collapsed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Vital broadband expansion key to development and peace UN conference told

24 May 2010The United Nations telecommunications agency opened its quadrennial development conference today, stressing that a vital expansion of broadband networks holds the key to rapid growth in productivity in developing countries and the potential to enhance global peace and justice. “Broadband will be absolutely critical for all nations in the coming decade,” UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré told the opening session of the two-week World Telecommunication Development Conference in Hyderabad, India.“Broadband networks will change the way governments offer essential services from education and health care to transportation, water and energy. By delivering efficiencies across all of these areas, broadband networks can quickly pay for themselves, creating a virtuous circle of investment, productivity and human development,” he said.“What we decide and define here over the next two weeks will shape not just the future of ICT [information and communication technology] development over the next four years, but the future shape of the very world we live in. It will change the way that social and economic development happens, and the way ICT development happens.” The conference chairman P. J. Thomas, Secretary at the Indian Department of Telecommunications, highlighted the ability of ICT to foster faster development of various social and economic sectors in any country, citing global recognition that technological progress and innovations are long-term drivers of economic growth, especially in developing countries.“ICTs lead to equal opportunities for all mankind, especially perceptible improvement for the most vulnerable parts of society in rural and remote areas, contributing to the inclusive growth of society,” he said. “It is our cherished hope that increased general awareness among the masses created by the knowledge society would bring enhanced global peace, justice and respect for each other, which are the cornerstones for the elimination of disparity and poverty worldwide.”ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer stressed that while each country has its own challenges to face, they all share the same overall goals, calling for dedicated resources to deal with connectivity in the world’s least developed countries and better targeted and more positive regulation that focuses on incentives rather than obligations.Issues to be discussed during the conference include broadband connectivity, digital broadcasting, open source software, cyber security, e-accessibility for people with disabilities, e-applications including health, human capacity building, emergency communications and ICT policy and regulation.ITU’s focus on delivering equitable and affordable broadband access to achieve a knowledge-based information society aims to promote achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which seek to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability – all by 2015.Various workshops during the two weeks will deal with a host of ambitious goals, including at connecting all schools by 2015, regulatory reform and enhancing countries’ capacity to develop or update national e-health strategic plans. read more

Timor Leste UN peacekeepers help with delivery of aid supplies to flood

Rice, cooking utensils and mosquito nets are among the items being airlifted by helicopter to Covalima district, the region hardest hit, according to a press release issued today by the mission, known as UNMIT. More than half a ton of rice has now been delivered to people in need in the past two weeks. Finn Reske-Nielsen, the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Timor-Leste, and UNMIT Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho joined senior Timorese Government officials today in a visit to Zumalai, a town in the flood zone, to meet with community leaders and others affected by the inundations. Mr. Reske-Nielsen said UNMIT would continue to help the Government – which is leading the humanitarian effort – to deliver supplies to those in need. 13 August 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste is distributing relief supplies to communities in the southwest of the small South-East Asian country that have been hit by recent floods. read more

Japanese crisis highlights need for enhanced nuclear safety transparency – UN

4 April 2011The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency today called for robust safety standards and full transparency, both of which are vital for restoring public confidence in nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese power plant crisis. “The worries of millions of people throughout the world about whether nuclear energy is safe must be taken seriously,” Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told delegates gathered in Vienna for the Fifth Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety Convention.“Rigorous adherence to the most robust international safety standards and full transparency, in good times and bad, are vital for restoring and maintaining public confidence in nuclear power,” he stated.The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains “very serious,” he told the opening of the 10-day conference. The plant suffered major damage from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March and has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment ever since. “The immediate priority is to overcome the crisis and stabilize the reactors. But we must also begin the process of reflection and evaluation,” said Mr. Amano, who will be convening a high-level meeting of IAEA Member States in June to discuss the Japan crisis. He reported that, as of the end of 2010, more than 60 IAEA Member States had informed the agency that they were considering introducing nuclear power programmes. Almost all of the 29 countries which already had such programmes planned to expand them.In the light of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, some countries have announced reviews of their plans for nuclear power.However, the basic drivers behind the interest in nuclear power have not changed as a result of Fukushima. These include rising global energy demand as well as concerns about climate change, volatile fossil fuel prices and energy security.Nuclear power has contributed to expanding the supply of energy and has also reduced greenhouse gas and other emissions.“The IAEA will continue to work closely with both established users and newcomers to ensure that nuclear power is used efficiently, safely and securely, and without proliferation of nuclear weapons,” said the Director General.“In the light of the Fukushima accident, we will redouble our efforts to help newcomer countries to put an effective nuclear safety infrastructure in place well before the first reactor starts up.”Mr. Amano added that a ‘business as usual’ approach will no longer work. “It is clear that more needs to be done to strengthen the safety of nuclear power plants so that the risk of a future accident is significantly reduced.”The Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) is a legally binding international instrument borne out of the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago for which IAEA provides the secretariat. Seventy-two countries are contracting parties to the Convention, which aims to promote nuclear safety, safety culture, safety management and knowledge sharing among current and future nuclear power States. read more

General Assembly authorizes UN monitors for Fiji elections

The Assembly adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution to set up the UN Electoral Observer Mission after the Caretaker Government of Fiji requested help in a letter to the President of the General Assembly. The elections are scheduled to be held from 25 August to 1 September.In introducing the text of the resolution, Fiji’s representative described the events of May 2000, when a group of armed rebels stormed the Parliament and held the elected government hostage for 56 days. He said that following the appointment of an interim civilian government, Fiji took the initiative to allow the UN to witness its return to parliamentary democracy and that he was confident the presence of UN observers would send a very positive signal for the acceptance of the election results and the future stability of the nation.In other action this morning, the Assembly adopted a resolution on preparations for next year’s International Conference on Financing for Development, including the launch of a global public-awareness campaign with support from public and private partnerships.The Assembly also endorsed the recommendation of its budget committee to grant four countries late in paying their dues – Burundi, Comoros, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova – an exemption under Article 19 of the UN Charter, allowing them to vote in the General Assembly until 30 June 2002.According to Article 19, should a Member State fall behind in the payment of its dues by an amount equal to its assessments for the two most recent years, it will lose its right to vote in the General Assembly, unless the Assembly decides that non-payment is a consequence of factors beyond a State’s control.By adopting without a vote the draft decision on the matter, the Assembly endorsed the Fifth Committee’s finding that those countries’ failure to pay the amount necessary under Article 19 was due to conditions beyond their control. read more

Gates Foundation grants UN refugee agency 10 million for relief work in

“These projects will help returnees and communities in South Sudan bridge the difficult gap between repatriation, reconstruction and long-term development,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said in a statement. “Equipping communities early on with basic essentials such as clean water and sanitation, schools and health care helps ensure that those who are going home can stay home.”There are still 350,000 Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries waiting to go home to the south, and an estimated 4 million internally displaced persons in Sudan itself, since a peace agreement between the Government and rebels was concluded nearly two years ago.The new grant will cover immediate needs over a 28-month period in three main sectors – basic health care, education, and water and sanitation – in Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria states as well as the Upper Nile, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.A series of community-based reintegration projects focusing on each sector will benefit 210,000 Sudanese returning refugees as well as some 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) going back to their home villages. UNHCR will work with its UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners and local communities in implementing the projects.Earlier this week heavy fighting broke out between the Sudanese armed forces and members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) near the town of Malakal in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a serious breach of the January 2005 peace agreement ending the war.That war was separate from the continuing strife in the Darfur region where more than 2 million people are estimated to have been uprooted, including 218,000 who fled into Chad. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said last week the number of people in need of aid to survive in Darfur had surged by hundreds of thousands to 4 million in the past six months.Meanwhile, the President of the UN General Assembly, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, today welcomed the Human Rights Council’s consensus decision to hold a meeting on Darfur.“Since the Human Rights Council is a subsidiary of the Assembly, the President has been following closely the work of the Council and has maintained contact with the Chairman on its work,” her spokeswoman, Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte, told a press briefing in New York. read more

Venezuelas president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup

Venezuela’s president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup by The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro has replaced the Venezuela’s longtime oil minister and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for much-needed reforms to address the country’s economic crisis.Rafael Ramirez had served as oil minister and president of the state-run oil giant PDVSA for more than a decade.Maduro made the announcement Tuesday night as part of a much-anticipated government restructuring. The president named Ramirez the new foreign minister.Ramirez will be replaced in his previous jobs by lesser-known officials. He was also forced to give up his year-old post as top economic policy maker, from which he had argued for a currency overhaul and unpopular gas price hikes to help Venezuela tackle an economic crisis marked by 60 per cent inflation. read more

UN health agency issues new guidelines for treating severe acute child malnutrition

“The guidelines are critical because many national health plans currently overlook children with severe acute malnutrition. This can be fatal. If these children don’t get the right medical and nutritional care, very often they die,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO).According to WHO, severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. It occurs when infants and children do not have adequate energy, protein and micronutrients in their diet, combined with other health problems such as recurrent infections. It is diagnosed when the circumference of the upper arm is less than 115 millimetres or when the weight for height of a child is severely reduced.The updated WHO guidelines recommend that children with severe acute malnutrition who do not have health complications that require hospitalization, receive special, high-energy food and antibiotics to treat infection. This allows them to recover at home with their families. “It’s generally better for children and better for their families if they’re treated as outpatients,” said Dr. Elizabeth Mason, Director of WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. “It can be easier for families who need to continue providing and caring for other children, and it allows vulnerable, malnourished children to stay home and avoid the risk of getting hospital infections.”The new guidelines also address how to treat children with severe acute malnutrition for HIV and offer recommendations on treating severely malnourished infants under six months.They supersede WHO’s 1999 guidelines which recommended that all severely malnourished children be hospitalized, given fortified formula milk and appropriate treatment including antibiotics. While the proactive use of antibiotics is important because the immune system of a child who is severely malnourished can virtually shut down, the new recommendation advocates this specifically for children with severe acute malnutrition – not those who are simply undernourished.“Widespread use of antibiotics among children who do not need them would increase the risk of infections becoming resistant to lifesaving antibiotics – a situation that would harm the health and survival of all children,” WHO pointed out.Another new aspect relates to the treatment of severely malnourished children with HIV. The 1999 guidelines did not recommend HIV testing of children with severe acute malnutrition. At that time, there was poor availability and little experience of treating children with antiretroviral drugs. “Circumstances today are very different,” WHO noted. “We now know that antiretrovirals significantly increase survival of children with HIV, and access to these drugs is improving.”The new guidelines recommend that children with severe acute malnutrition in countries where HIV is common be routinely tested for the virus, and those who are positive should start on antiretroviral drugs as well as special foods and antibiotics to treat their severe malnutrition.Also addressed for the first time are the needs of infants under the age of six months with severe acute malnutrition. WHO recommends that all babies under six months are exclusively breastfed for optimal nutrition and protection against infections, adding that this is particularly important for babies who are severely malnourished. “If there is no realistic prospect of a severely malnourished baby being breastfed, the family may need breast milk from another woman, e.g. a family member, a neighbour, a wet nurse or a milk bank. If this is not possible, they will need infant formula and support to prepare and use it safely,” said WHO. read more

Trump cancels Obama policy that allowed illegal immigrant parents stay in America

first_img Short URL Image: Susan Walsh/AP THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION announced last night that it is cancelling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States to stay in the country.The 2014 policy, known as DAPA, for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aimed to help the families of so-called “dreamer” children stay together free from the threat of deportation.It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it. The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand last year after a four-four tie vote.Set out in a memo from the administration of then-president Barack Obama, the policy said the government would defer any action against illegal immigrant parents of children who are lawful permanent residents — mainly those born in the country to parents without legal status.DAPA would have affected as many as four million people by some estimates, those with US-born children who were in the country before 2010.But the Department of Homeland Security announced it was rescinding the policy with the support of the Justice Department. DHS Secretary John Kelly explained the move saying “there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy.”It comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump. Kelly did not say whether the government has plans to replace DAPA with another measure that would allow families living in the country for decades to remain together without the threat of deportation.However, DHS said that it is leaving in place a 2012 Obama policy known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that allowed people who entered the country illegally as children to stay and study or work on two-year renewals.It aimed to allow between one and two million younger people who arrived in the country illegally to stay in school and complete their studies.© – AFP, 2017Read: London fire: ‘There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody’ Jun 16th 2017, 7:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 16 Jun 2017, 7:07 AM 19,633 Views http://jrnl.ie/3447071 By Paul Hosford Image: Susan Walsh/AP Trump cancels Obama policy that allowed illegal immigrant parents stay in America The policy aimed to keep families together. Share48 Tweet Email 37 Comments last_img read more

Sidley Austin extends paid parental leave for US associates and counsel

first_imgImage credit: Sidley AustinGlobal law firm Sidley Austin has extended its paid parental leave policy for US-based associates and counsel, providing up to 14 weeks of paid leave for male and female legal staff.The enhanced policy, effective from 1 August 2019, enables both primary and secondary caregivers to take up to 14 weeks of paid parental leave; birth mothers can also specifically receive an additional eight weeks of paid medical leave, taking their total paid leave entitlement to 22 weeks.Associates and counsel in the US are also able to utilise an extra four weeks of paid time off, in addition to parental and medical leaves. This does not prorate legal professionals’ bonus target.Associates’ bonus targets are prorated to account for leave periods.Previously, US-based legal staff could take up to 10 weeks of paid parental leave.Larry Barden (pictured), chair of the management committee at Sidley Austin, said: “The changes to our parental leave policy reflect the firm’s ongoing commitment to support our lawyers and attract the best talent.“We review our parental leave and other policies on a regular basis to ensure they align with our lawyers’ needs and make Sidley an attractive destination for the next generation of lawyers.“It is important that parental leave policies evolve to reflect societal change and we recognise that. We intend to continue to offer appealing benefits that will allow our lawyers to be their best selves, both at work and at home.”last_img read more

Thieves swap lawnmowers outside West Park home

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the man and woman who, they said, stole a lawnmower from a West Park home and switched it for another.Surveillance video captured the duo outside the house near Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Southwest 32nd Court, June 4. They are seen struggling to put the lawnmower in their car since they already had another one inside. They finally decide to take it out to accommodate the new one.Investigators said the greedy pair left the first mower, which was also stolen, outside the house, then drove away.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Coast Guard Has Assumed Responsibility For Cleanup Of Sunken Vessel In Seward

first_imgAt this time the cause of the sinking is unknown. No hazards to wildlife or further discharge have been reported. Currently, sheening can be observed 1.5 miles south from the incident site. Light sheen has also been observed in Scheffler Creek and lagoon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Coast Guard has assumed responsibility of cleanup efforts for fuel released by the fishing vessel Nordic Viking that sunk in Seward Harbor, Sunday. The Coast Guard opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and Alaska Chadux has been contracted as the Oil Spill Removal Organization, according to a release from the USCG. Capt. Sean MacKenzie, commander of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage: “The Coast Guard’s main objective is to limit environmental impacts through the containment and cleanup of the release as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are working diligently with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and contracted agencies to minimize the impact of this release.” The Nordic Viking’s hull tanks can hold 2,500 gallons of fuel but the responsible party, Larry March, estimated approximately 700 gallons were in the tanks at the time of the sinking. March contracted Storm Chasers Marine Services Inc., to salvage the 71-foot Nordic Viking. Storm Chasers divers have plugged the fuel vents.last_img read more

This Month In Metallica Baseball Carpool Karaoke Folklore

first_imgA look back at a busy month of mayhem in the world of the Bay Area metal legendsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 4:49 pm August 2017 saw GRAMMY-winners Metallica popping up all over the place, from festivals, to the baseball field to the HOV lane. Here’s a quick look back at what fans of the band might have missed:Aug. 3: Metallica frontman James Hetfield kicked off the month by celebrating his 54th birthday. iHeartRadio celebrated by compiling this list of 20 Things You Might Not Know About Birthday Boy James Hetfield.Aug. 8: Hometown heroes Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett unleashed their version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at AT&T Park in San Francisco to kick off the 5th Annual Metallica Night. https://twitter.com/Metallica/status/894762879533973505 Facebook This Month In Metallica: Baseball, Carpool Karaoke, Folklore Twitter News Aug. 10: The band played “Metal Have I Ever” with comedian Billy Eichner in the heaviest episode of “Carpool Karaoke” yet. With sing-alongs from “Enter Sandman” to Rihanna’s “Diamonds In The Sky” and “Part Of Your World” from the “The Little Mermaid,” Eichner showed a car ride with Metallica can be full of surprises.Aug. 12: Metallica delivered a blistering set as headliners on Saturday night at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.Aug. 15: News surfaced that original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s father, Ray Burton, honors his son’s legacy by donating his Metallica royalty checks to fund a music scholarship program at Cliff’s high school alma mater, proving that the legacy of Cliff Burton lives on not only in the music he made, but in his father’s generous support of music’s future.Aug. 16: Hetfield made a powerful statement of unity at a show in Edmonton. “Before we go any further, we’ve gotta make something very clear,” said Hetfield “Metallica doesn’t give a s***, all right? We don’t give a s*** about the differences, OK? We care about the similarities. So the fact that you’re here — we don’t care who you voted for, what you do or don’t eat, we don’t care what color your skin is, what you do for a job. … So for me, you are Metallica family. All are welcome. Are you with us?”Aug. 21: A new Metallica-focused podcast, aptly titled “Speak N’ Destroy,” welcomes Robb Flynn, frontman of the GRAMMY-nominated metal band Machine Head, to talk all things Mighty Met. “The ‘Kill ‘Em All for One’ tour at the Keystone, Berkeley?” Robb recalls. “That was my Ed Sullivan Beatles moment.”Aug. 23: The band released a candid behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Atlas, Rise!,” the song that became Metallica’s ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart back in February.EMBED YOUTUBE VIDEO: Aug. 25: Metallica’s WorldWired Tour led Billboard’s Hot Tours tally, proving the band’s live show remains a hot ticket over 36 years into their career.Aug. 25: The band joined Mastodon, GWAR, Portugal. The Man, and six other artists for the fourth annual Ten Bands One Cause in order raise funds for Gilda’s Club NYC, a nonprofit providing support and education programs while also fostering empowerment to cancer patients and their families. Aug. 25: Metallica’s fourth studio album, 1988’s …And Justice For All, turned 29-years-old. In an exclusive with Loudwire, the album’s mixing engineer Steve Thompson explained how the somewhat controversial sound of the project came to be.Aug. 28: In a new excerpt from Brian Slagel’s book For The Sake Of Heaviness, the Metal Blade Records founder/CEO revealed the tale of how a mere $50 in studio costs almost killed Metallica’s first recording for the label.Aug. 28: New rehearsal footage surfaced from the now-famous 59th GRAMMY Awards performance Lady Gaga, providing an inside look into a star-studded cross-genre collaboration.Watch More: Hanging Out With August Burns Red On The Set Of “Invisible Enemy”Read more This Month In Metallica month-metallica-baseball-carpool-karaoke-folklore Email last_img read more