Filmmaker Ashish Avikunthak today claimed that he was denied entry into a city mall for wearing a dhoti. This was denied by the mall authorities.A Facebook post by the director, which triggered outrage in social media, said, “Denying entry into the neo-colonial clubs of Kolkata is nothing new. But today I was denied entry into the… mall because I was wearing dhoti (which I have been wearing for the last 26 years). On resisting and questioning I was told they had orders because of security reasons to prohibit entry of people in lungi and dhoti. I was later allowed in because I could argue in English and assert myself. This is unambiguously a new low for this city.”When contacted, the mall’s authorities denied the charges. They said security personnel had asked the director to wait while they went to seek the supervisor’s view. He was then allowed entry.
A leading water expert has questioned the government’s report on ‘Auditing of Irrigation Projects in Maharashtra State’ considering the lack of a ‘water budget’. Pradeep Purandare, a water expert and former professor at Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) has written to the chief auditor pointing out that, “water audit at present has become a farce in absence of water budget, measurement of water, area irrigated and other relevant parameters including water account at irrigation division.”Water auditing is being done since 2003-04 and this is the fourteenth report where analysis and evaluation of available data on 2504 projects is being conducted. “If one reads between the lines, it is crystal clear that water budget (Preliminary Irrigation Program, PIP) is not prepared in most of the projects. And wherever PIP is prepared, it is prepared mechanically to finish off an annual ritual. Instead of stating this well-known fact, the water audit report states that ‘in spite of constant persuasion the field officers have not mentioned PIP figures in WA template’,” said the letter. Mr. Purandare said the water budget is one of the most crucial parts in any irrigation project, as it plans the availability of water for a particular sector. “When the basics are not ready, how is an audit being done?” he asked.In his letter, Mr. Purandare points out that theft and unauthorised use of water is rampant in the State and if not considered in the audit it makes the report lose its credibility. “In fact, it becomes an exercise in futility because the very purpose of water audit – accounting for every drop of water – gets defeated. Moreover, it leads to manipulation of all other data,” said the letter. It has also pointed out that no water audit reports were prepared on time from 2012 to 2016.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Bucking global efforts to curtail carbon pollution, Australia’s conservative government yesterday abolished a national carbon tax that it had long opposed. The move to “ax the tax”—as Prime Minister Tony Abbott is fond of saying—makes Australia the first country in the world to abolish a functioning carbon pricing scheme.In 2009, Abbott, then leader of the opposition, dismissed climate change as “absolute crap.” The centerpiece of Australia’s Clean Energy Act passed in 2012, the carbon tax required 350 of the nation’s biggest polluters to purchase carbon credits, valued at AU$23 per ton, if they exceeded their allotted targets. At a press conference on Thursday, Abbott hailed the demise of the “useless, destructive tax.”Australian researchers have condemned the move. The tax repeal is a “dereliction of duty with respect to the rights of young people and future generations,” says energy research expert Hugh Outhred of the University of New South Wales in Sydney. “The perfect storm of stupidity,” adds Roger Jones, a specialist in climate change risk and adaptation at Victoria University in Melbourne. 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He calculates that in 2012, when the carbon price was introduced, emissions from the National Electricity Market were 95 megatons of CO2 per year. They are now running 85 megatons a year.The introduction of the carbon tax, along with Australia’s target of generating 41,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy a year by 2020, up from 21,000 in 2013, has helped increase renewable energy use and reduce the country’s heavy reliance on coal, Dargaville says. Now that progress is in jeopardy. In February, the government appointed a panel headed by Dick Warburton, the former chair of global fuel giant Caltex, to review the renewable energy target. The government has also introduced legislation to dismantle the Australian Renewable Energy Agency—an independent body established in 2012 to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy—and it is seeking to shutter the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which supports startup companies in the clean energy sector.
Hey job seeker! Let me see if I can challenge your thinking a bit. Do you know how many employment web sites there are online? Take a guess. If you said ten, fifty or even a hundred, you would be wrong. Actually, you would be very wrong. According to the International Association ofEmployment Web Sites, there are 40,000 employment sites that serve job seekers, employers and recruiters worldwide. If you would like a list of most (if not all) of them, click here to see a list organized by industry and area served.With so many employment sites out there, do you think it’s possible to search them all? Pretty unlikely? Well, not so fast. Even though there are 40,000+ job boards out there, Google has done a pretty good job of indexing their jobs content. As such, if you search Google a certain way, you will be able to search a lot of those employment sites. For example, let’s say that you are looking for an accounting position. This is how you could look for that job on Google.intitle:accountant (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)At this writing, there are 1,230,000 results! Not bad and since… what? (My spider sense is telling me that you have no idea what I just did.) Hmm… Let me explain to you what I just did by breaking down the search bit by bit.intitle:accountant – Google look for web documents that have accountant in their title(intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) – Hey, Google, while you’re at it, look for the words job or jobs or careers in the title of web documents as well.(apply OR submit OR eoe) – Just before you show me anything, check those webpages for the words apply or submit or EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer). Why? Job descriptions typically say “apply for this job” or “submit your resume” or have EOE on it somewhere.Just in case the light bulb is flickering in your mind (but not quite fully lit), here are a few more examples to spark your online curiosity.I would find an accounting job in Atlanta by adding the area codes for Atlanta:(404 OR 678 OR 770 OR 912) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)This is how I would find an accounting job with great benefits:“excellent benefits” intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)This is how I would find an accounting job where I could work from home:(intitle:”work from home” OR intitle:virtual) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)Although I am using Google on these searches, these same searches can be run on Bing. I wonder how well Bing has done indexing jobs from various online job boards. For giggles, let me do a bit of a comparison to see which ones give the most results. Bing it on! Wait… have you heard of that? Hmm… I better explain that.Microsoft has been running this commercial promoting “Bing It On,” which is a blind search engine taste test (of sorts). A user enters their searches and is presented with two sets of results; one from Google and the other from Bing. However, you don’t know which search engine is giving you which set of results. You choose which set of results is superior and after five tries, you discover which search engine you chose. Supposedly, it will be Bing.We’ll see.These are the searches I am testing.intitle:accountant (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)(404 OR 678 OR 770 OR 912) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)“excellent benefits” intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)(intitle:”work from home” OR intitle:virtual) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)intitle:sales (“submit your resume” OR “to apply”) (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers)Bing it on!Unfortunately, my searches could not be compared due to technical issues with the Bing it On website. (Bummer) I tried it multiple times, but no luck there or on BlindSearch.net, which lets you do comparisons between search engines as well. There was also a site I considered called “Bing vs Google,” which did work for me. However, it was not a blind comparison, so I could not judge. Oh well.I would be interested in learning these results. Maybe you can do the comparison for me and leave your findings in the comments? I would appreciate it.
Job burnout can not only hurt your career, it can create serious medical issues if left unchecked. Yet countless employees don’t realize or ignore the signs of job burnout until it is too late.“People get this sort of ironman or woman mentality where they work really hard and refuse to say no and let stress build up,” says Todd Cipperman, founding principal of Cipperman Compliance Services, which provides outsourced compliance services to the financial services industry. “Rather than dealing with it they take dramatic actions like quitting their job.”1. Know the signsAccording to career experts, in order to prevent job burnout from manifesting you have to be able to recognize the symptoms. While people deal with stress differently there are some commonalties that should signal it’s time to make a change.For instance, Kathy Harris, managing director of recruiting firm Harris Allied, says some of the common symptoms of job burnout include the inability to concentrate or pay attention at work, losing interest in your job or not feeling engaged, and deteriorating job performance. According to Amanda Augustine, the job search expert for job website TheLadders, other signs include feeling tired emotionally, mentally or physically all the time, and compulsively checking your phone or email or thinking about work. Additional indicators also include feeling bitter or angry about your job, having zero work-life balance, and seeing your health and personal life start to suffer. “We see a lot of job burnout with middle management,” says Harris. “Middle managers are pulled in 13 different directions. It’s sort of akin to working in quicksand.”2. Get the burnout in checkIdentifying the symptoms of job burnout is half the battle. Correcting the situation wins the war. According to Cipperman, employees often suffer in silence because they assume their bosses know how hard they are working and the long hours they are clocking, but in many cases the bosses don’t know what’s going on. Because of that, Cipperman says employees have to speak up and let their managers know how they are feeling. He pointed to one senior executive who instead of suffering in silence came to him and let him know that he was feeling overwhelmed, couldn’t sleep, was irritable and as a result it was hurting his quality of life. “You have to put it in context,” says Cipperman. “At the end of the day you are not saving lives, your job is not in jeopardy and you don’t work alone.”In addition to speaking up, Augustine says employees have to look for ways to reclaim their work-life balance. After all, you don’t want your job burnout to ruin your marriage or relationships outside of the office. Ways to do that, says Augustine, include making time for physical activity, knowing when to take a break, and when to block out me time. “Identify which activities out of work are most important to you and determine when you’ll need to be ‘off the grid’, whether it’s hitting up the gym during lunch or getting home in time to eat dinner with your family,” she says. “Determine the time frame you need to be ‘off the grid’ to accommodate this priority and communicate these expectations to your team.”Sometimes all it takes to get out of the burnout mode is to take a vacation. This can be particularly true of those employees who never take off out of fear things will implode when they are gone. Cipperman says taking frequent small vacations instead of one long one can go a long way in keeping your stress in check and preventing the burnout from happening. Its ok, he says, for people to also take a mental health day here or there as long as it doesn’t impact productivity. Even getting out of the office for lunch or taking a walk around the block can go a long way in reducing some of that work related stress.While quitting your job can be an extreme way to manage job burnout, in some cases it becomes a necessity, especially if your health is failing as a result of the stress. “A lot of people quit when it gets so bad it’s impacting their personal life,” says Harris. “You have to know what works for you and what doesn’t and what you need to do in order to fix the problems.”
Having an “off” day is one thing; feeling like you’re constantly churning with no end in sight can exhaust you and result in a life of misery. In an era where the lines are blurry between work and life, feeling an overwhelming drudgery for your work is unhealthy for the mind and physical being.Whether you’re stuck in a career or certain predicaments have made you lost your way, below are five strategies to consider the next time you desperately need to break out of a career funk.1. Change your environment.In the 1950s, biologist Jonas Salk was working hard to find a cure for polio. No matter how much progress he made, the dark basement in Pittsburgh that he used as his laboratory just wasn’t stimulating the breakthroughs that he needed. So, Salk traveled to Assisi, Italy and stayed in a 13th century monastery to clear his head. His calming new environment proved to be beneficial and eventually, Salk’s head cleared and polio vaccine was developed. Knowing fully well the role his environment played in his success, Salk partnered up with architect Louis Kahn in 1959 to build the scientific facility Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif. with the goal to “create a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso” that serve as a “crucible for creativity.”But Salk isn’t the only successful person to realize just how important a role our environment plays in our thought process and creative abilities. Numerous studies have found that office design directly relates to innovation. This phenomenon is even more true in the modern workplace when we have smaller spaces to work with and more technologies to distract us from our tasks.The next time you’re feeling disengaged, take a look at the space around you. Is it cluttered? Are walls and high panels blocking your access to natural light? Does your space make you feel isolated and separated from the rest of your team? Is your desk messy or neat? There are benefits to both.A 2011 study found that rounded furniture is more pleasing and inviting compared to those with straight, sharp edges. Office plants are believed to increase happiness and lower stress levels. Certain music is said to boost productivity. And feeling better about your career is sometimes just a few organizational projects away.2. Organize priorities better.When your days are long and dreary and it seems you’ll never get through that long list that needs tackling, it might be time to think about prioritizing differently. First and foremost, learn how to say “no.” Saying “yes” to everything might make everyone else happy to work with you, but it won’t get you out of your always-churning, scrambled worklife.If you haven’t started making to-do lists yet, start now. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done says if you don’t write things down, you won’t be able to know what’s most important. Why? Because your brain wasn’t made for “remembering and reminding,” he said in a video interview with Fast Company in 2008. Instead, your head is designed “for making intuitive choices about stuff.” When you don’t have tasks written down, your psyche won’t be able to prioritize effectively and you end up overcommitting to responsibilities.When you’re spread too thin because you haven’t prioritized your goals and values, it’s much harder to understand your purpose in life.3. Take up a new interest.Whatever you do, don’t let your mind get stale. It’s almost the worst thing that you can do to your career and your life, according to Robert Greene, author of the bestseller book The 48 Laws of Power. When your brain gets rigid, creative breakthroughs are almost impossible because you’re not opening up your mind to full capacity. To inspire that kind of breakthrough, you need to loosen up your brain, almost like exercising the mind. When you feel bored with the work you’re doing, spend some time taking up a new interest or delving into a new subject that has nothing to do with your work to inspire new ideas and perspective.4. Open up your mind.Delving into a new interest is great way for coming up with innovative ideas and thinking differently about your work and life. Opening up your mind can alter the structure of your brain, easing the pain of work responsibilities that have become tedious. Various studies have found that meditation and other forms of relaxation have the ability to mold your brain and create new cells and pathways. One of the more popular classes offered at Google called Search Inside Yourself focuses on what’s happening in your brain when you have different emotions, allowing you to better reflect on emotions instead of react to them. This skill is crucial to have if you are feeling overwhelmed or your work has become tiresome and dull.5. Know that you’ll never be ready — so do what makes you happy.When you think about what you want your life to look like in 20 years, what scenario would make you proud and happy? Is it a different position? Is it a new career? If this is the case, there is no better time to make your move than now. If you wait until you’re ready, it’s already too late. Think about the people who started before they were ready. Before Richard Branson became the business magnate he is today, he was a 16-year-old high school dropout looking to start a small student magazine. His small and humble recording studio became a massive record label and hundreds of companies followed shortly after.Whatever it is that you think will make you most happy, focus your energy on figuring out how to get there. Consider creating a career plan on Google Doc so that you can continuously add to this plan, look back on what you wanted five years ago, and see how far you’ve come.When work is so much a part of your life, hating the job you’re in can be hard to live with. While some feelings may come and go, if the funk you’re in seems to exist more often than not, take steps to shift your life in the direction you think will make you happiest. Remember, our careers are no longer something that most of us can leave at the office, so it’s important to identify your career funk quickly and climb out of it effectively.
Borussia Dortmund have set their asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – and a deadline for him to be sold.The Gabon ace is ready to leave Dortmund this summer and has courted interest from PSG, along with Premier League trio Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City.BILD says BVB want a decision from Aubameyang before their preseason camp, which kicks off late July.BVB chief Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed: “We are listening. When a club makes a big financial offer we will consider it.”Should an interested club offer €70 million or more, BVB will sell. Otherwise, Aubameyang will stay, with his contract running to 2020.
George Boyd is set to leave Burnley this summer.The Lancashire Evening Telegraph says Boyd hasn’t been offered an improvement on the one-year deal, with a year’s option, that was presented to him before the end of the campaign and as a result the midfielder now sees his future away from Turf Moor.The 31-year-old wanted a two-year contract to remain with the Clarets, but is now looking at options elsewhere having already rejected the offer from Burnley.It is understood that the former Hull City winger has clubs from the Premier League and the top of the Championship interested in his services, with Aston Villa and Derby County previously linked with a move.
Posted on December 6, 2010August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the Department of Community Medicine at Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. MHTF is supporting their project, Measuring Economic Impact of Maternal Morbidity. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: Department of Community MedicineThe productivity cost is commonly defined as the value of specific categories of one’s time that is adversely affected by ill health. In the broad term of public health, healthcare providers and health professionals’ role in providing individual health is not limited to looking only at the patient and the illness. Beyond the illness, the impact of illness on family, society and countries development should be taken into account even at individual level.The global health agenda on maternal health is primarily focused on maternal mortality. Severe maternal morbidities are also increasingly discussed- mainly in developed countries. However, the impact of common mild to moderate maternal morbidities are often neglected and rarely investigated. In developing countries with poor general health status, these conditions are usually accepted as a part of normal pregnancy.In the process of cultural adaptation of IMMPACT tool kit on productivity questionnaires for maternal health, the department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka conducted a series of focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with pregnant mothers in Anuradhapura District. This qualitative exploration to identify maternal perception on day to day activities and cost yielded a dearth of information and at the same time it showed the inability of direct adaptation of variables developed for different socio-cultural setting in a complete different country. List of household activities, occupation, type of work, household roster and, household expenses had marked differences from the original questionnaire. We had to change questions and responses accordingly. Even after several rounds of discussions new problems were continued to immerge each time we pre-tested the questionnaire. Most of the time we expected pretesting of questionnaires to take place only once. But we had to pre-test all the developed questionnaires more than once. This shows the complexity of productivity cost estimation. However the team of investigators have yet to define the point of balance in trade-off between precision of estimates and the feasibility issues.One major finding of the qualitative study was the lack of understanding of health and ill health related to pregnancy. Especially during the first trimester where non-specific mild to moderate symptoms are common, most mothers accepted it as a normal part of pregnancy. Even debilitating hyperemesis was considered as “normal”. As a result of this observation, a separate quantitative analysis on maternal and paternal knowledge on selected medical conditions complicating pregnancy was undertaken by a group of medical students, funded by the project.Even though analysis of determinant of maternal morbidities was not a part of main project, gestational diabetes, anaemia in pregnancy and post partum psychosis will be further dealt with within this project. Pregnancy induced hypertension should be in this list, but community based prevalence estimations is difficult at this stage of project. Questionnaires developed for productivity cost, household cost, anaemia in pregnancy and GDM will be available in project website for use of other interested researchers in Sri Lanka.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on August 9, 2011June 1, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Young Champion of Maternal Health Zubaida Bai has developed a birth kit that is a finalist for the INDEX: Award 2011. Zubaida’s was based in Boston during the YC program and had the opportunity to work with HealthLeads. More information on her internship is available here.Prior to the YC program, Zubaida developed the JANMA birth kit and is current working to scale up its presence:JANMA is an affordable clean birth kit intended to provide clean and sterile conditions for childbirth. It includes quality, low-cost components that provide the mother a safe, clean and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center or in a government hospital.AYZH is a social venture that has invented a US$2 solution to address this need: The JANMA – Clean Birth Kit that provides the mother a safe, clean and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home or in an institution. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating economic opportunity, and is distributed through an already established network of local pharmacies, clinics and hospitals.Making clean delivery kits available through government health clinics, markets, private pharmacies and other commercial channels will help reduce rates of infection and will substantially decrease maternal and infant mortality. AYZH has the following ambition: “No women should die giving life”.You can read more about Zubaida’s birth kit and vote here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on April 19, 2013March 13, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Our colleagues at IDEAS are currently recruiting for a student intern:IDEAS (Informed Decisions for Actions) aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice. Working in Ethiopia, North-Eastern Nigeria and the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, IDEAS uses measurement, learning and evaluation to find out what works, why and how in maternal and newborn health programmes. It is funded between 2010 and 2015 by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.Student role on the projectWithin IDEAS, students will have an opportunity to work with the Ethiopian Health Ministry on a literature review that identifies best practices in maternal and newborn health in developing countries. Students will also be involved in qualitative work relating to health systems.Required qualifications and skillsThis project would be a good match for students with basic understanding of epidemiologic and qualitative methods, and those with good writing skills. Furthermore, a strong interest in maternal and child health, developing countries and health systems would be preferred.Final product or deliverableAs a final product students will have the opportunity to produce health policy summaries for the government. Additionally, students will prepare a report of their literature review and write a blog on their experience being placed with IDEAS.Please contact Della Berhanu (Della.Berhanu@lshtm.ac.uk) for more information.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ISTANBUL (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – A strong second-half has lifted Russia past Greece and into the Semi-Finals.After a slow start and trailing by 10 points midway through the third quarter, Russia clicked into gear after that and recorded a 74-69 victory over Greece, whose resurgence ended after two stunning victories on the trot.Turning point: Greece had the ascendancy and led 49-39 midway through the third. However, Aleksey Shved started to find his groove and scored 7 points in Russia’s 11-2 run to close the gap late in the third. It gave them the momentum to run over the top of Greece although they needed a jumper from Dmitry Khvostov with 44 seconds left to effectively seal the result. In brave coaching, Sergey Bazarevich took out the tiring Shved with a little over 2 minutes left but the gamble paid eventual dividends.Stats-don’t-lie: Free-throws can sometimes be an underappreciated aspect of the game but Greece will rue their woeful shooting from the line. They converted just 10-of-20, while Russia made 20-of-25.Game hero: It was far from his best performance but Shved confirmed his MVP legitimacy by turning the game around in the decisive third quarter. So much is asked of Shved and he looked gassed towards the end as he started badly missing his jumpers. He was substituted out of the game down the stretch but Russia held on for the victory.They said: “Today he was struggling from the beginning. But the guys stood on his back and give him all the confidence. We kept trusting him and it’s a team win” – Russia coach Sergey Bazarevich talking about Shved’s performance after his team’s victory.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Thousands of lottery players who bought tickets for drawings that were rigged by an insider could be eligible for refunds under a tentative $4.3 million legal settlement.A judge still must approve the deal from lawyers for plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit and the Multi-State Lottery Association.The settlement announced Monday would resolve claims stemming from former association security director Eddie Tipton’s long-running jackpot-fixing scheme.Tipton installed code that allowed him to predict winning numbers for drawings on certain days.He and his associates bought winning tickets worth millions.Players who purchased tickets for drawings between 2005 and 2013 that were tainted by the scheme would be eligible.The lottery association would establish a $4.3 million fund for eligible class members, attorneys’ fees and other costs.The named plaintiff, Iowa resident Dale Culler, would receive a $20,000 incentive payment.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.The watch says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. The forecast says Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 mm or rain.See the full warning below. 10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for: Highway 97 – Pine PassConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
Jalpaiguri/Falakata (WB): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using government machinery and institutions to intimidate the opposition, questioning the removal of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary by the Election Commission. She wondered why PM Modi is not removing his own cabinet secretary or the Union home secretary, if he was so “fond of making last-minute changes”. “Why is the Centre intervening in state matters? Why was Andhra Pradesh chief secretary removed?” Banerjee, who has accused the Election Commission (EC) of working at the behest of the BJP, asked, addressing an election rally. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Why don’t you (Modi) remove your own cabinet secretary?” the CM said, claiming that she has worked with several prime ministers, but has never seen anyone as “vindictive” like Modi. The EC on Friday removed Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha from the post and appointed senior-most IAS officer L V Subrahmanyam in his place. “You have raided the family of Kamal Nath, Karnataka chief minister has been raided, Andhra Pradesh chief minister has also been raided,” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Banerjee accused the BJP-led Central government of using the income tax department and the CBI for raids and getting the institutions to do their bidding. Reacting to the poll panel’s move of removing four IPS officers in West Bengal, including Kolkata and Bidhanagar police commissioners, the West Bengal chief minister Saturday wrote a letter, protesting its decision. The letter said the removals were “unfortunate, highly arbitrary, motivated and biased” and taken at the behest of the BJP, and urged the poll panel to review its decision. Retorting to PM’s claim that the TMC chief was scared of him, Banerjee said it was actually Modi who was afraid of her, and not the other way round. “The more you try to intimidate me, the more will I roar,” she said, addressing two back-to-back rallies, a couple of hours after Modi’s speech at Cooch Behar. “Didi is not a person to be afraid of anything or anybody,” the feisty TMC supremo, who almost single-handedly brought down the CPI(M)-led Left Front in West Bengal, ending its 34-year rule, asserted. Without naming former political associate Mukul Roy, whom she addressed as a “traitor” for quitting her party to join the BJP, she accused Modi of sharing the dias at his public meeting in Cooch Behar with a person (Roy) accused in the Saradha and Narada cases. “You (Modi) have said in Cooch Behar that you will seek answers for Saradha-Narada scams… It’s your leader (Roy) who is accused in these and not the Trinamool,” she said. “Saradha scam happened during the CPI(M) rule, but you have made accusations against us (TMC) in 2014, 2016 and now again. Have you (Modi) been able to clean the Ganga at Varanasi, that you are looking at Bengal?” Banerjee asked, suggesting that BJP should try to save its citadel in Delhi. Asserting that she is not perturbed at the removal of officers in the state, she said those who are afraid of losing elections indulge in such acts. “The more they change our officers, the more we will win,” she said. Terming Modi as a “nakal chowkidar” (fake watchman), she said “chowkidar jhuta jai, chowkidar lootera hai (watchman is liar, he is a thief)”. On the Pulwama attack, the chief minister said the BJP is trying to politicise their martyrdom. She also dared the saffron party to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, asserting it will never be allowed in the state. Claiming that North Bengal was neglected before the TMC came to power, she said the BJP comes like a cuckoo bird in the spring only during the elections. “We are there with the people 365 days a year,” Banerjee said, adding she visits North Bengal every month. Accusing the BJP of engineering unrest in Darjeeling, where violent protests had jeopardised normal life, she said that those who created a rift between the people of the hills and the plains are now candidates of the saffron party. The chief minister said that before her party was voted to power in the state, 400 hundred people used to get killed in the Maoist-affected ‘Jangalmahal’ every year. “When peace prevails in the state, Modi and the BJP are trying to ignite unrest again. Where was Modi when Jangalmahal and Darjeeling were burning?” Banerjee asked, reiterating her recent jab – “Expiry Babu” – at him. Banerjee said that the PM has not given anything to Bengal. “Even the change of the state’s name has not been sanctioned by the Centre.” “We have given rice to the poor people of the state for Rs two per kg, while the Modi government’s actions caused job loss of two crore people in the country,” she alleged. She also accused the PM of allowing people who looted people’s money to flee the country. Banerjee said that the BJP government at the Centre had promised reopening of closed tea gardens in North Bengal, but has failed to do so, while she got a tea garden with 1,200 workers to start functioning again on Sunday.
For Algerians, Morocco is among the best destination for New Year’s Eve, according to Visa-Algerie.com.The travel website said that travel agencies are listing Morocco among the best New Year’s Eve destinations for Algerians.A sale manager at a travel agency said that Dubai comes first, Istanbul second, while Marrakech is the third best destinations for Algerians. The website said that the ranking for the best destinations for New Year’s Eve for Algerians internationally is: Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, and Dubai.Read Also: World Celebrities Spending New Year’s Eve in Marrakech: Who’s on the List?The North African country is also a top choice for Portuguese tourists. According to Pedro Costa Ferreira, president of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), Morocco remains one of the top vacation destinations for the festive season.Morocco’s stability and strategic location make it a favorite for international visitors. The 2019 Travel Risk Map illustrates how Morocco as a safe destination with relatively low terrorism threats, risk of natural disaster, or health issues.In the first half of 2018, tourist arrivals increased by 10 to 5.1 million tourists compared to the same period in 2017.A significant increase was seen among Italian tourists with an 18 percent increase, followed by Germans (13 percent, and French tourists 10 percent.”Spanish tourists account for 6 percent, while British tourists for 7 percent.
TOKYO — Nissan’s chief executive has criticized the Japanese automaker’s French alliance partner, Renault, for trying to block changes to strengthen governance following the arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn.Hiroto Saikawa said in a statement Monday that Nissan received a letter from Renault saying it would abstain in voting on the corporate governance measures at Nissan’s June 25 shareholders’ meeting, apparently because its views weren’t adequately reflected.Renault declined to comment.Saikawa said the proposed changes have already been discussed by Nissan’s board, including members nominated by Renault.He said: “Nissan finds Renault’s new stance on this matter most regrettable, as such a stance runs counter to the company’s efforts to improve its corporate governance.”The proposal calls for three committees to add outside directors and oversee compensation and audit.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’ll hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at a summit of nations in Japan.In an escalating trade dispute with Beijing, Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports. The goal is to pressure Beijing to stop stealing American technology, forcing U.S. businesses to hand over trade secrets and unfairly subsidizing Chinese tech companies.Trump tweeted on Tuesday that U.S. and China negotiating teams will meet prior to his meeting with the Chinese leader at the Group of 20 nations in Osaka, Japan.U.S. businesses are imploring Trump not to expand his tariffs to $300 billion in goods from China or at least spare those imports that are of key importance to their customers.The Associated Press