Two men threatened, forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Aurangabad

first_imgTwo men were allegedly threatened and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Aurangabad city by some unidentified persons, the second such incident here in the last four days, the police said on Monday.The incident, which took place on Sunday night at Azad Chowk, triggered tension in the area, following which police stepped up security.A case has been registered and search is on to nab the miscreants, an official said.Shaikh Amer (24), a delivery boy with food ordering app Zomato, and his friend Shaikh Nasir (26) were waiting to hire an auto-rickshaw when four to five men in a car allegedly intercepted them, abused their religious identity and threatened to kill them if they did not say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, he said.The two men, out of fear, then chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’, the police official said, adding that later on seeing some passersby, those in the car fled.The incident was captured on a CCTV camera and the footage is being examined to identify the car, the official said, adding that it was not clear if the miscreants were armed.Commissioner of Police Chiranjeev Prasad told reporters that “a complaint has been received of two youths being intercepted and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by four to five men in a car.”last_img read more

Afghanistan A replace Australia A in tri-series in South Africa

first_imgAfghanistan will replace Australia ‘A’ in the triangular series against South Africa ‘A’ and India ‘A’ scheduled to be held in South Africa later this month.Due to the ongoing pay dispute between the players and Cricket Australia Down Under, Australia ‘A’ team had pulled out of the tour a few weeks ago.The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) accepted Cricket South Africa’s invitation to replace Australia ‘A’ in the triangular series.”We are delighted that Afghanistan have accepted our invitation and look forward to welcoming them to our country for the very first time,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.”Afghanistan were deservedly granted Full Member status at the ICC annual conference last month after showing impressive growth in recent years. They are a passionate cricket nation and I expect the Afghanistan ‘A’ team to compete strongly against our ‘A’ team and India ‘A’ in the upcoming tri-series,” said Lorgat.India ‘A’ will continue their tour after the final of the one-day series for the two four-day matches against South Africa ‘A’.last_img read more

Sakkari Beats Cornet, Clinches a Place in the Last Four at Wuhan

first_imgWUHAN, China – Greece’s Maria Sakkari got her second win over Alizé Cornet this year as she secured her semifinal spot at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, 7-6(2), 7-5, WTA reports.The World No.42 had been looking for revenge after the Greek No.1 had eliminated her from the Australian Open earlier in the year.Currently ranked No.80, Sakkari made it through qualifying to reach the main draw in Wuhan, where she has already beaten fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki and sixteenth seed Elena Vesnina, both in straight sets.She next faces Caroline Garcia..@mariasakkari clinches a gruelling 77 minute set on the tiebreak 7-6(2) #WuhanOpen! pic.twitter.com/vwrBvd8n4y— WTA (@WTA) September 28, 2017Read the full report here.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img

Roberts In Inside Sport Magazine

first_imgAustralian Men’s Open captain, Steve Roberts features in this month’s Inside Sport magazine.In the four page article, Roberts talks about everything from how he got involved in Touch Football through to his how he keeps at the top of the game as well as motivations. Be sure to pick up your copy of Inside Sport from at newsagents and supermarkets/department stores across Australia.Related LinksInside Sport Featurelast_img

4 days agoSheffield Utd manager Wilder: We want to be city’s biggest

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd manager Wilder: We want to be city’s biggestby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the club wants to dominate the city.The Blades have been impressive on their return to the Premier League, while fierce rivals Sheffield Wednesday are battling in the Championship.”I see more and more Sheffield United shirts around town,” the Blades boss said in an interview with Sky Sports.”We’ve got a fantastic opportunity, if the club gets it right, to rule the city for the next twenty, thirty years.”We want to dominate this city because that’s how we are – and the other lot are exactly the same. They might not say it – and they might say, ‘Oh, he’s talking about us again’ – but that’s how it is.”We want to be an established Premier League club, we want to dominate the city, we want Sheffield United shirts all around, we want 30,000 at every game.” last_img read more

Frontline, Diamond S. Shipping, & Euronav Form Suezmax JV

first_imgzoom Tanker owner Euronav NV has established a joint venture with Diamond S Management LLC and Frontline Ltd focusing on chartering of Suezmax vessels.The join venture will be named Suezmax Chartering and will have a large fleet of 43 Suezmaxes, including newbuildings, operated on the spot market.“A larger fleet will provide more flexibility and more options for cargo owners, reduce voyage related expenses through optimisation of voyages and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a direct consequence of using less fuel for cargo movements,” the companies said in a joint statement.Frontline said that it would contribute 22 vessels to the joint venture, including 14 vessels on the water and 8 newbuildings as they are delivered.“I look forward to working with Diamond S. and Euronav on this important venture. We share the common goal of providing safe, timely and high quality service to our customers,” Robert Hvide Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management commented.“All three companies’ management share a similar vision in bringing greater transparency to what is a highly fragmented industrial structure,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, said.The joint venture will commence operation today from the existing offices of Euronav, Diamond S and Frontline Management AS.last_img read more

Ticks Near Shelburne Test Positive for Lyme Disease Bacteria

first_imgBlacklegged ticks collected from the Gunning Cove area, near Shelburne, have been tested and found to be infected with the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. The ticks were found as part of a provincial surveillance program by the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. “We now know the ticks in that area carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease,” said Dr. Richard Gould, medical officer of health. “We don’t know yet for certain whether blacklegged ticks have become permanently established in the Gunning Cove area, however we strongly suspect that they have.” Testing in July will confirm whether there is a permanently established blacklegged tick population in the area. “In the mean time, the public needs to be aware that these ticks are present and there is a risk for exposure to Lyme disease so that they can take appropriate precautions when working, playing or hiking in grassy or wooded areas,” Dr. Gould said. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by blacklegged ticks. An infected tick can only transmit Lyme disease once attached to the skin for about 24 hours. Lyme disease can be identified by a bull’s-eye rash and symptoms including fever, muscle aches and headaches. Later symptoms, such as facial palsy, heart problems or chronic joint problems, may also develop in people who are not treated. Lyme disease is treatable with common antibiotics. There have been 12 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the province since 2002. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection recommends that people take precautions when walking in the fields and forests in the area around Gunning Cove. These precautions include: wear a light-coloured, long-sleeved shirt, pants, and light-coloured socks so ticks are more visible, and enclosed shoes while working or playing outside or hiking in the woods; pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts; spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET; check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside or in the woods and remove the ticks. DEET should not be applied to pets. However, pets should be checked for ticks; keep grass well cut to minimize habitat for ticks on your property. There are many kinds of ticks found in Nova Scotia but Lyme disease is only transmitted by blacklegged ticks. Images of the blacklegged tick, instructions on removing ticks and general information on Lyme disease is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/ocmoh/lyme.htm . The province’s passive surveillance program encourages people who find ticks to send them to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax or to drop them off at a local Department of Natural Resources office.last_img read more

Video Features Young Mikmaq Role Models

first_imgThe province has produced an hour-long video profiling four successful young Mi’kmaq who are considered role models for Nova Scotia youth. Wabanaki People of the Dawn: Dreamcatchers, is the third in a series of videos produced by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in conjunction with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada to give Nova Scotians a better understanding of the province’s first inhabitants. “We are working to ensure that all Nova Scotians have a greater understanding of the contributions being made to the province by our Mi’kmaq residents,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jamie Muir. “This video shows how some Mi’kmaq youth have overcome difficulties and achieve remarkable results.” Dreamcatchers shows how the four overcame adversity with determination and persistence. It features profiles of Chad Denny, of Eskasoni First Nation, who was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL and now plays in the team’s farm system with the Chicago Wolves; Jesse Benjamin, a veterinarian living near Bridgewater; Bridget Stevens, a boxer living in Bedford; and Const. Troy Julien of the RCMP in Eskasoni. The first two videos of the series, along with a learning guide, were sent to schools and libraries throughout the province last year. The latest video and complimentary learning materials will be sent to schools later this spring. Dreamcatchers was shown to the public at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro and to Mi’kmaq youth at St. Francis Xavier University earlier this year. All three videos in the series were produced by John Soosaar of the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, directed by Terry Fulmer of Pine Tree Productions, and edited by Communications Nova Scotia.last_img read more

REMEMBER THE CASTING CALL LOOKING FOR MAPLE LEAF FANS WHO WERE PLANNING

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter During a commercial break in the first intermission of TSN’s broadcast of a game against the Boston Bruins, a man named Mike appeared on screen to directly address his girlfriend Christina. Mike spoke about their relationship before getting on one knee, presenting a ring and asking Christina to marry him (while noting that most of Toronto was watching).The ad was from Peoples Jewellers – the official jeweller partner of the Maple Leafs – and its agency Juliet. The team set up a camera in the couple’s home as they watched the game and were waiting with a crew outside their door to capture the reaction – she said yes – which was quickly turned into a 30-second ad that aired during the third period of the game.Peoples has previously helped couples facilitate big-time proposals – such as at centre ice during a live game – through its partnership with the Maple Leafs, but Monday’s stunt brought it to an even larger audience. Over 737,000 people were watching the regional broadcast of the game, with hundreds of tweets and social posts from people asking if she said yes before the second ad aired.“There’s nothing quite like a good proposal story,” said John McNamara, VP of marketing at Peoples Jewellers. “And to see people take notice almost immediately, wondering if she said yes, reminds us of that. The idea of using traditional media for something as untraditional as this was exciting and had us all on our toes.”The ads came with the tagline “Love Is Worth It,” part of a platform that Peoples Jewellers – which has 150 stores across Canada and will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year – launched earlier in the fall. The hero spot features a narrator describing what is worth giving up for love, with the new tagline putting an emphasis on the emotion and relationships associated with Peoples’ jewellery than the previous, more functional tagline “Canada’s #1 Diamond Store.”By Josh Kolm | Strategy Online Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook On Oct-23-18, this casting call (click to view) went out searching for ‘a Maple Leafe Fan who was planning on proposing’.  Check out the completed commercial below.  Bravo to the team at Jigsaw Casting.PEOPLES JEWELLERS ORGANIZES AN ON-AIR PROPOSALViewers of a Toronto Maple Leafs game on Monday saw an ad that was intended for someone else, but they were welcome to watch the spectacle. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

UN report calls on countries to consider gender impact of trade policies

11 May 2011Policies aimed at expanding trade in Bhutan and promoting the Asian country’s unique goal of maximizing “gross national happiness” should be linked to strategies for educating women and enhancing their positions in society and in the economy, a new United Nations report says. Policies aimed at expanding trade in Bhutan and promoting the Asian country’s unique goal of maximizing “gross national happiness” should be linked to strategies for educating women and enhancing their positions in society and in the economy, a new United Nations report says.The study – entitled Who is benefiting from trade liberalization in Bhutan? A gender perspective – by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), is one of a series analysing the gender effects of trade in developing countries, particularly those classified as least developed countries (LDCs). The study will form the basis for discussion at an event today entitled “Making trade work for women in LDCs,” being held on the sidelines of the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference aims to devise a new strategy to help the world’s poorest countries unlock their economic potential and accelerate development.Bhutan has embarked on a development strategy aimed at maximizing gross national happiness – a distinctive concept that combines material well-being with more intangible elements of cultural, spiritual and emotional well-being.UNCTAD notes in the study that any process to spur development by linking the country more thoroughly with the global economy will not be acceptable if it leaves large segments of the population behind and if it is disassociated from traditional values and assets.UNCTAD has stressed in recent years that economic growth and increased trade have limited positive effects on people’s overall well-being if such progress is accompanied by rising income inequality, social inequality and the marginalization of vulnerable groups, including women. Since 65.4 per cent of Bhutan’s workforce – and 72.1 per cent of its female workforce – is employed in farming, special attention should be paid to the effects of trade in this part of the economy, the study says. The study recommends that Bhutan should preserve some capacity for domestic production, especially that of staple foods. It says that food security, trade liberalization and agricultural modernization should be pursued harmoniously, with strategies to meet two compelling needs: keeping prices of agriculture and food products affordable – especially for poor households – and ensuring domestic productive capacity. Other UNCTAD studies focusing on the gender effects of trade will cover Lesotho, Rwanda, Angola, Cape Verde and Uruguay.The Istanbul conference also hosted the launch this week of a policy paper calling for heightened cooperation to help developing countries, especially LDCs, improve the breadth and capacities of their economies.The launch was followed by the signing of a Swiss-funded mechanism to support such cooperation. This mechanism will be used for the first time to enable the Laos to expand tourism and to link that process to related sectors of its economy, including organic agriculture and handicrafts. read more

Vintage gadgets disassembled and photographed

first_imgEven as a young geek I loved to take things apart and see if I could get them back together again. I would disassemble gadgets and lay the parts out on a workbench in a specific order so I knew how it could be reassembled. But you know, I always thought there was just something artistic and amazing about seeing all those parts laying on the table that came together to form a working object. Canadian photographer Todd McLellan must also have the same fascination that I had as a youth, because he too appreciates the beauty of disassembled items and enjoys snapping photos of them.Take, for example, his recent work where he took some vintage items you don’t see around much anymore like rotary telephones, typewriters, and flip-style clock radios, and had them all taken apart. Then he placed the parts in an aesthetic order to his liking before taking pictures of them.Now while some of you may appreciate the simplicity of the images for what they are, I also challenge you to see if you can figure out what each part does for a whole new appreciation of these retro gadgets.Read more at core77disassembly8 (550 x 738)disassembly8 (550 x 738)disassembly1disassembly2disassembly3disassembly4disassembly5disassembly6disassembly7last_img read more

Magnitude 44 earthquake strikes southwest Britain

first_img Just in: Event epicentre approx 20km NNE of Swansea, with 4.4 magnitude at a depth of 7.4km. Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every 2-3 years.— British Geological Survey (@BritGeoSurvey) February 17, 2018 Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3857545 By Hayley Halpin Source: BGS/Twitter Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 3:13 PM Short URL Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes southwest Britain The earthquake struck at 2.31pm near Swansea, Wales. 40 Comments center_img Feb 17th 2018, 3:13 PM A 4.4 MAGNITUDE earthquake has hit southwest Britain this afternoon, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.The BGS said the earthquake struck 20 kilometres outside of Swansea in southwest Wales.The epicentre was 7.4 kilometres underground.“Events of this magnitude only happen in the UK every two to three years,” the BGS said.Speaking to BBC News, Roger Musson from BGS said this has been the largest earthquake in Britain in 10 years.“This one has been felt all over Wales, most of western England, it has been felt as far east as London, and as far north as the southern edge of the lake district,” Musson said.There have been no reports of damage as a result of the earthquake so far, according to Musson. Image: Google Maps Share221 Tweet Email2 South West Police Cardiff called the earthquake “minor” and said that there “is no need to phone the emergency services unless you have something to report”.Read: Gardaí seek help finding girl who has been missing for two daysMore: ‘A standstill is completely unacceptable’: Sinn Féin to meet Varadkar and May over Stormont deadlock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34,020 Views last_img read more

Heartbreaking loss for Ada Nicodemou

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou revealed on Friday that she has lost her baby late in her pregnancy. The second son of Nicodemou, 37 and her husband, restaurateur Chrys Xipolitas, baby Harrison was stillborn at eight months on Thursday.The Home and Away actress gave a statement via Channel Seven on Thursday afternoon. “It is with great sadness that we need to share some news with you,” she said in the statement.“Our baby boy Harrison was delivered stillborn on Thursday 7 August 2014. We appreciate your love and support as we mourn the loss of our precious son. We understand we have lived some of our lives in the public eye.“But we respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult and extremely painful time so we can grieve and heal.”The couple announced the pregnancy in March this year, that came as a ‘complete surprise’ after they had struggled to conceive son Johnas, who is turning two this month.Johnas was conceived through IVF, after the couple was trying to conceive for a year prior to that. “For it to happen so quickly after we struggled for so long last time is a really nice surprise and we feel really, really lucky,” she said.Nicodemou had planned to be written out of Home and Away so she could go on maternity leave. Recently, she also spoke about her expanding family, saying, “I’m really excited for Johnas to have a little brother or sister and for us to be a complete family. It’s a really nice time and I feel really blessed to be pregnant again.“I think you’re blessed every day to have a child in your life. My son is just amazing, he’s gorgeous and I love spending time with him. You can’t imagine loving someone else just as much, but like my husband says, you just grow another heart. I’m really looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Sophie Mirabella quits politics

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sophie Mirabella says she’s finished in frontline politics and will turn her focus to being a commentator, a decision made after her second consecutive defeat in the Victorian seat of Indi.The former frontbencher blamed unions, activist groups and “Melbourne-based feminists” for her loss on July 2, as independent MP Cathy McGowan recorded a 4.5 per cent swing in the regional seat.Last night however, she told Andrew Bolt on Sky News that she will remain on the conservative side but “be a commentator rather than a participant.”“I’m young. I’ve got a lot of experience, a lot of skills (…) I’ll always have an interest and I will always support good people because I think that’s important but it’s time to think of my family and to do other stuff,” Mrs Mirabella added. “When the left-wing media, and GetUp! and the unions get together with the Melbourne-based feminists to have a go at you and they’ve had a go at you, what more can they do?” “It’s about resilience. We did an analysis and we did polling, and it was in the interest of the party that I stood because it added to the vote,” she continued.“When you’re running against an independent who appears to have no political allegiances, even though they vote with the left, you really do need that experience, that corporate knowledge and that name recognition to maximise the Liberal vote.”Mrs Mirabella also used the interview to back Tony Abbott’s decision to remain in politics, saying he is a very experienced politician, making a contribution to public debate regardless of whether he is a front or backbencher. “Even in the days before Machiavelli, there’s always a competitive tension in politics,” she said.“In many ways, being on the backbench and with the status he has as a former prime minister, gives him a bigger voice.”last_img read more

Disney is Working on an Obi Wan Kenobi Star Wars Film

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target The train of new Star Wars movies every year shows no signs of slowing down. With two more episodes in the sequel trilogy plus a Han Solo-based prequel on the way, we already have plenty of Star Wars to look forward to. Now, Disney announced even more. The Hollywood Reporter reports that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works, with Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry in talks to helm the project.Daldry has some seriously great movies under his belt, including Billy Elliot and The Hours. Most recently, he directed a few episodes of Netflix’s period drama, The Crown (one of my favorite TV shows of 2016). While he’s clearly an accomplished director, nothing he’s done has been quite as big as a new Star Wars movie. But, given what he did with a story about the British royal family, a movie about an ancient religious order steeped in tradition shouldn’t be too much of a stretch. What is a Jedi movie but a costume drama with laser swords, anyway? And hey, given that all Star Wars movies take place “a long time ago,” aren’t they technically period pieces? He’ll be fine.Of course, it’s not yet known where in the timeline this Obi Wan movie will take place. The project is still in early stages, meaning it doesn’t even have a script yet. If Daldry does sign onto the project, he’ll oversee the writing of the movie alongside Lucasfilm executives. It’s also unclear whether they’ll bring back Ewan McGregor, but I guess that depends on where in the timeline this is set. If it’s about Obi Wan’s early days in the Jedi Order, set before The Phantom Menace, they’ll probably have to go with someone younger. If it takes place in between episodes three and four, McGregor absolutely deserves the chance to come back.As someone who rewatches every Star Wars movie frequently, McGregor is consistently the best part of the prequel trilogy. Despite the terrible dialog, he’s often the only one on screen who is clearly having fun. If this movie is set during Luke Skywalker’s childhood, I’d love to see what McGregor can do with the character when a good writer and director is involved.As nothing is set in stone at this point, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for more news as Disney continues hammering out the details. Considering the pace at which they’re pumping out new Star Wars movies, it shouldn’t take too long before we start to hear more.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Prenatal Pot Use on the Rise in Alaska

first_imgAbout 1 in 14 Alaska women are using marijuana while pregnant and that ratio appears to be going up. That’s based on the state’s pregnancy risk monitoring survey which is a randomized mail and phone questionnaire hundreds of new moms complete a year.Listen now:The survey offers a glimpse into the lives of Alaska women who consume pot while pregnant. For instance, we know that these women tend to be younger, under 24. Kathy Perham-Hester coordinates the survey.“It would tend to be an Alaska Native woman versus women of other races. There’s a higher proportion of women who have had at least part of their prenatal care paid for by Medicaid. So they might be lower income.”She says that data also points to where these women live.“Proportionally more in the northern region of the state and the southeast region of the state.”PRAMS, or the pregnancy risk assessment monitoring system, has been surveying women in Alaska since the 1990s. Forty other states also have similar programs. It’s funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data is from 2002 to 2011. Over that span, the percentage of women who consumed pot during pregnancy more than doubled. But one question it didn’t include was “why?”“You know, we did not ask any question like that. So no, I’d have to say I’m not aware of that.”A young Juneau mother teases her baby: “You want to be interviewed?” she jokes.We’re withholding her name because she fears she could lose her job this summer working in the tourism industry. She’s 26, married and the mother of a baby boy.“Everybody comments on his alertness and how he just smiles and laughs. He’s only two months old but he’s very smart. I mean sure, everybody says that about their baby,” she laughs.During her pregnancy, Juneau mom smoked pot about two times a week. She says she didn’t experience any nausea while she was expecting. But she did have painful cramps.“So I would smoke to get rid of those cause you can’t really take any other medication for it, which worked for me because my cramps would diminish enough, I could go swimming or I could go on walk.”She says she didn’t really start smoking pot until she was in college. And now smoking it recreationally is more conducive to her lifestyle.“I enjoy marijuana a lot more than alcohol. Like don’t get me wrong, a cold beer on a great sunny day like today is amazing. Especially if you can be on top of a mountain. Nothing beats that. But I’m kind of done binge drinking and partying hard on the weekends.”Instead, Juneau mom likes to do yoga…high. She’s interested in living a “healthy lifestyle” and doesn’t smoke tobacco. She pays for private health insurance and enjoys spending time outdoors. She says before getting pregnant, she used cannabis medically to soothe her fibromyalgia.“Smoking marijuana like, really helped me get over that hump because I didn’t have to be on Xanax and Cymbalta all those crazy mind-altering drugs. So that’s kind of when I really started.”But smoking pot prenatally, wasn’t a decision she says she came to lightly. She did her own online research. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recently issued a fact sheet on marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, outlining some of the risks.Dr. Jay Butler is the chief medical officer for the department.“Well, there’s a lot that we don’t know about marijuana in terms of harms or possible benefits. But right now I think the data points to harms.”He says THC, the active ingredient in marijuana can enter the bloodstream of a developing fetus or nursing infant.“There are a number of epidemiological studies that suggest that exposure to marijuana early in life, particularly heavy use may affect brain development and intellect. Is it proof of causation? Not necessarily. But I think the data are strong enough that there’s reason to be concerned.”But our young mother wasn’t convinced.“So to me the data wasn’t really solid,” she said. “It didn’t provide enough evidence to really go with that.”Juneau mom says before she made the decision to smoke pot while pregnant, she needed advice from one more person.“I asked my mom. And she actually admitted that she did while she was pregnant with me and my siblings. So that kind of made it a little bit more OK after my own research I had done. I could talk to her about it and she told me her experience. And I was like, ‘well I came out normal,’ at least I think. So it can’t be terrible.”If a medical expert feels like a child has been born drug-affected, an investigation could be launched by the Office of Children’s Services. Juneau mom thinks that’s why more women don’t talk about it…because they’re afraid.“You hid when you smoked or you kept it private. So why would you ever want to speak about it to someone who might blow the whistle on you?”Since she started breastfeeding, she says she’s stopped smoking pot regularly for now. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says, with changing attitudes toward marijuana, there are concerns the number of women smoking pot while pregnant could continue to go up.last_img read more

Mahindra elevates Pawan Goenka to MD Anand Mahindra is now executive chairman

first_imgMahindra and Mahindra Limited (M&M) on Friday announced that Pawan Goenka, currently executive director of the company, has been elevated to managing director while Anand Mahindra, currently the chairman and managing director, will be executive chairman.Goenka will continue to report to Anand Mahindra and the company’s board.”This is in line with the practice followed by companies across the Mahindra Group, where the position of Managing Director or CEO is distinct from that of the Chairman,” M&M said in a statement.Anand Mahindra described Goenka’s elevation as a “fitting recognition” of his experience and domain knowledge.Goenka joined M&M in 1993, after working for General Motors Corp in Detroit, US, for 14 years, and was instrumental in growing the R&D capability of Mahindra and launch of the Scorpio SUV.The company posted a standalone net profit of Rs 1,163 crore for the September quarter (Q2), up 27 percent from Rs 915.3 crore in the corresponding period last year. Sales rose 15 percent to Rs 11,363 crore from Rs 9,838.41 crore, YoY.M&M said that good rainfall this monsoon and pay bonanza to government employees and pensioners augur well for the economy in general and the auto industry in particular.”After two years of sub-par rainfall, this year’s monsoon has been abundant and well spread which will help revive farm income and push up private consumption. The Seventh Pay Commission and the OROP scheme award has put money in the pockets of government employees and pensioners which will further help demand,” it said in another statement.”The lag effects of interest rate cuts by the RBI along with the increased transmission of lower interest rates will also be supportive of consumption. All of these bode well for broad-based consumption led growth in the coming quarters,” the company added.The share price of M&M closed 6.02 percent lower at Rs 1,241.85 on the BSE on Friday. The BSE Sensex ended 2.54 percent lower at 26,818.last_img read more

Samsung Just Announced a New Metal Galaxy Phone Thats Thinner Than the

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Samsung just unveiled its newest smartphone, the Galaxy A7, which is its thinnest phone to date.The 6.3mm Galaxy A7 is also thinner than the iPhone 6, which measures 6.9mm, and the device comes with metal edges just like the other phones Samsung has announced in recent months.As a point of comparison, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 measures about 8.1mm, which is almost two full millimeters thicker than the new A7. The Galaxy A7 is a higher-end version of the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 phones Samsung announced in October. The A7 has a larger 5.5-inch screen, making it about the same size as the Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 6 Plus. It comes with a 13-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front camera like the Galaxy A5, too.It’ll be available in black, white, and gold when it launches, but Samsung hasn’t specified exactly when it will be released.There’s also no word on how much it will cost, although the company says it will be “competitive.” We’ve been hearing rumors about the Galaxy A7 for months, but Samsung hasn’t confirmed any information about the device until now. It’s the fourth phone in Samsung’s line of A-series smartphones with chamfered metal edges similar to those of the iPhone 5 and 5s.Galaxy A7Image credit: SamsungSamsung first introduced this design element with its Galaxy Alpha in August, but a report from the Korean news source ET News suggests it may discontinue that device in favor of its new Galaxy A3, A5, and A7 phones.There’s a chance the A7 will be released in select markets at first, such as China or South Korea, but we won’t know for sure until Samsung makes more announcements about availability.  This story originally appeared on Business Insider January 12, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Lightning conductors installed in RoosboomLightning conductors installed in Roosboom

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite uThukela District Municipality Deputy Mayor NW Sibiya has welcomed the installation of lightning conductors in Roosboom.This area is one of the most prone to lightning strikes and natural disasters.“Lightning is a big threat to our communities, especially in this district. As government, we have gone to great lengths to ensure that public facilities and schools have lightning conductors installed so we can protect our learners and members of the public,” said the deputy mayor.This is in response to a string of lightning strikes which have destroyed property in Roosboom in recent weeks.According to the deputy mayor, the installation of lightning conductors is crucial for the protection of rural communities which have borne the brunt of extreme weather conditions across the province.The installation of lightning conductors is specifically targeted at rural communities and the municipality is ensuring that public spaces such as community halls, clinics and schools have lightning conductors installed, especially in high-risk areas.uThukela District also provided temporary shelter to the families affected by this phenomenon in the area. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there!last_img read more