MBBS IAS officer attends patients in block health centre sets an example

first_imgKolkata: In a unique gesture Akansha Vaskar, an IAS officer, has decided to examine patients at the Block Primary Health Centre (BPHC) on Saturdays.Vaskar, a 2015 batch IAS officer, is now posted as the sub-divisional officer (SDO) at Raghunathpur in Purulia. She did her MBBS from R G Kar Medical College and Hospital and had joined the block as SDO one and a half months ago. On Saturday, Vaskar reached the Santuri Block Primary Health Centre (BPHC) and started examining the patients. She examined 45 patients on that day and prescribed medicines. The doctor on duty was not present at the primary health centre. Apart from the doctor and a pharmacist, there are three health workers at the PHC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAsked about the health condition of the patients she had examined, Vaskar said: “Most of them are suffering from skin disease, which is very common in the villages as people go to the ponds for bathing. Children are found to be suffering from infection in the ears because of this age old practice.” She said she was very happy as the patients, particularly the women, had talked to her about their health-related issues in details. Vaskar said: “As the workload is less on Saturdays, I have decided to go to the Block Primary Health Centres and examine patients.” She said that she used to go to the nearby villages to examine patients, while at the Lalbahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for training. “After coming to Purulia I thought that as a doctor it is my duty to look after patients and so I decided to use the weekly off meaningfully,” she added.last_img read more

Arsenal Supports Refugee Children In Greece

first_imgArsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis presented a cheque for EUR 1.3 million to Save the Children, the club’s global charity partner, and UNICEF ahead of the Gunners’ 3-0 victory in Greece last week.The money , which will be used to support Save the Children’s work with vulnerable refugee children in Europe, was raised as part of the European Club Association’s “90 MINUTES FOR HOPE” initiative. The campaign saw the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Group Stage participants donate EUR 1 for every ticket sold from the first round of fixtures this season.Overall the initiative has raised EUR 1.3 million and the money will benefit Save the Children’s and UNICEF’s responses to the European refugee crisis. Both charities will allocate the funds to programmes across Europe, both in countries where children are on the move and in countries of final destination.Arsenal were one of the first football clubs to respond to the refugee crisis this year, raising £60,000 for Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis appeal in September by donating £1 from every match ticket sold for the home match against Stoke City.Justin Forsyth, Save the Children’s CEO, said: “These are tragic and desperate times for child refugees and their families. Thousands of children have been forced to flee their homes and make perilous and distressing journeys to reach European shores. Arsenal and The Arsenal Foundation have been fundamental in supporting our work with vulnerable and unaccompanied refugee children. Thanks to the Club’s generous support we’ve been able to provide essential supplies, protection and psychological support to give these children the critical help they need as soon as they arrive, as well as providing on-going care, shelter and education to help these children regain a degree of normality after everything they’ve been through.”The Arsenal Foundation has been supporting Save the Children as their global partner since 2011 and has raised more than £1million to support the charity’s life-saving work. Arsenal has been a committed supporter of Save the Children’s emergency response work as well as their crucial work with child refugees, donating to the charity’s Syria Crisis appeal and funding a new football programme for children who have been forced to flee their homes due to the conflict in Iraq.last_img read more

Ousted president in good health Morsi son

first_imgCAIRO (AA) – The son of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denied reports that his jailed father had collapsed in prison.“The president remains steadfast,” Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency, adding “He remains in good physical and psychological condition.”Osama slammed the “false news” circulating about his father’s health by what he described as “hostile media.” Morsi was flown to Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison Hospital on Monday after appearing in court with seven other defendants to answer charges that he had incited the murder of demonstrators last year.Osama described his father’s admission to the prison hospital as a “routine measure.”Monday’s court session was Morsi’s first public appearance since his ouster more than four months ago. Since then, he has been held at an undisclosed location by Egypt’s military-backed authorities.Trial proceedings were postponed by almost two months – they are now slated to recommence on January 8 – after defense lawyers requested more time to examine documentation related to the case.Morsi, for his part, has refused to recognize the trial’s legitimacy and has refused formal legal representation.The ousted leader told the presiding judge that he still represented “Egypt’s legitimate president.”Morsi, Egypt’s first freely-elected civilian leader, was ousted by the country’s military establishment on July 3 following protests against his presidency.last_img read more

1200 Moroccan Fighters in Iraq and Syria the Telegraph

Rabat – It is estimated that around 1,200 Moroccans have joined extremist groups in the Middle East, according to figures reported by British newspaper the Telegraph. Morocco is ranked in the top ten countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. The countries with the most fighters in the conflict are Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Russia, and France.According to the figures gathered by the UN, the Soufan group and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, around 5,000 Tunisians are reported to be fighting in the ranks of terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, mainly the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The Soufan group, which provides strategic security intelligence services to governments and multinational organizations, said the figures may also include women and children.The report has revealed that an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters have travelled to Iraq and Syria since violence broke out in 2011. 11,000 of them are from the Asian continent.5,000 people from Europe are reported to have joined the conflict zone. Most fighters are coming from France, Germany and the United Kingdom.The top ten countries by foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria are as follow: Tunisia (5000), Saudi Arabia (2275), Jordan (2000), Russia (1700), France (1550), Turkey (1400), Morocco (1200), Lebanon (900), Germany (700) and the United Kingdom (700).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Kenya kicks off UNbacked effort to reduce vehicle emissions across East Africa

18 February 2011Kenya has officially launched its transition to low-sulphur diesel as part of a United Nations-backed effort to improve air quality and reduce vehicle emissions across East Africa. The move is part of the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, a global initiative coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote cleaner and more efficient fuels and vehicles in developing countries. Low-sulphur fuels reduce the levels of air pollutants emitted by vehicles – such as sulphur oxides, soot and smoke particles – which, among other health risks, can trigger respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and pose an increased risk of lung cancer. The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that almost 800,000 people die prematurely each year due to urban air pollution – with the majority of deaths occurring in developing countries. Supported by the Governments of the United States, the Netherlands, Canada and other partners, the clean fuels initiative focuses on three global campaigns – reducing sulphur in vehicle fuels, eliminating leaded gasoline and adopting cleaner vehicle standards and technologies.The low-sulphur diesel, which Kenya began importing in October 2010, contains only 5 per cent of the amount of sulphur in the country’s previous diesel supply, according to a news release issued today by UNEP. The cleaner fuel is available in limited stations but will soon be found in pumps nationwide. Tanzania also began introducing low sulphur diesel last month. “The partnership that is removing lead and cutting the sulphur levels of transportation fuels in Africa and beyond is among the key successes of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development with enormous benefits in terms of reduced air pollution and perhaps for the wider environment,” noted UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. UNEP’s Green Economy report, which will be launched next week at the meeting of the agency’s Governing Council in Nairobi, estimates that reducing the sulphur content of transportation fuels in sub-Saharan Africa alone with the current fleet of vehicles could save up to nearly $1 billion a year in health and related costs.Mr. Steiner said this is proof that “investing in the environment is rarely a burden but a way of intelligently and cost-effectively growing a modern, sustainable economy.”The financial benefits for Africa in a switch to low-sulphur diesel are also significant. A World Bank study shows that, when combined with cleaner vehicles, adoption of low-sulphur fuel would result in annual savings in health costs of $6 billion in sub-Saharan Africa. Between 2010 and 2020, total savings are projected to be $43 billion. Through a global network of governments, fuel companies and other groups, the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles is achieving major progress, with nearly 100 countries having already adopted plans to reduce sulphur levels in diesel. read more

Germany is Mens U20 European Champion

← Previous Story Turkish right back Celebi to RK Nexe Nasice Next Story → GOLDEN GENERATION 1996: Romania wins Youth WCh 2014! U20 Handball Fantastic sports summer in Germany! After football World Cup, German Handball population got a reason for a big celebration. Men’s U20 team won the European Championship in Austria by beating Sweden 26:24 in the final. Team led by Markus Baur showed the best form during the tournament and deserved victory and gold medal. The hero of the match was Yves Kunkel who scored 9 goals…Bronze medal was won by Spain who beat Denmark 29:27.PHOTO: OHB

Tourism numbers are up and so are jobs in accommodation and food

first_imgOur marketing of Ireland overseas for 2014 is progressing well and the recent very successful visit of the Giro D’Italia cycle race has provided us with a major publicity boost.2013 vs 2014 Comparing the three month period from February-April we can see:Overall trips to Ireland were up by 7.5 per centGreat Britain was up by 15.2 per centMainland Europe was up by 3.1 per cent (Germany up 16.9 per cent and Spain up 11.3 per cent)North America was down by 4.6 per centVisits from the rest of the world increased by 7.0 per cent.Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn said, “Today’s figures are proof of a continued robust growth in overseas visitors and that’s good news for tourism jobs and revenue.The figures for Great Britain in particular show a remarkable jump in visitors this year and that’s proof that our new strategy to target particular segments of that market is starting to pay dividends.“Another factor at play is the improving value for money on offer in Ireland which is now enticing more British visitors and this reinforces the need for the sector to preserve its current blend of quality and good value in order to encourage even more growth”.Read: Varadkar ‘disappointed’ by Aer Lingus strike but says there are other airlines>Read: Dublin almost made the ‘Top 5 Party Cities in the World’>Read: We want to have more tourists than residents in Ireland next year> MORE OVERSEAS VISITORS are coming to Ireland and employment figures in the accommodation and food sector are up.The latest CSO figures for overseas visits to Ireland show a 7.5 per cent increase from February to April compared to the same period last year.That’s 1.6 million overseas visits to Ireland this year during the three month period to the end of April.An extra 14,000 people are also employed in the accommodation and food sector compared to this time last year.The Quarterly National Household Survey figures show that employment in the accommodation and food service activities sector was 136,400 for the first quarter of 2014 compared with 122,400 in 2013.That’s a rise of 11.4 per cent.Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar has welcomed the figures.last_img read more

The number of cases of congenital syphilis is increasing

first_imgSexually transmitted disease rates in Clark County are increasing, which is troubling enough to public health officials. But having two babies born with syphilis last year is not only troubling, it’s tragic, said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer.“That is a tragedy that we should be able to prevent,” Melnick said.After years without any cases, Clark County Public Health reported two cases on congenital syphilis in 2016. Despite the risk of stillbirth, infant death and disability, both Clark County babies appear to be in good health now, Melnick said.“We haven’t had two cases in one year going back several years,” he said. “This is unusual for us.”Syphilis is a curable sexually transmitted disease that is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Many people, however, don’t have symptoms and may not know they have the disease. Without treatment, syphilis may lead to serious health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Congenital syphilis occurs when the baby, in utero, becomes infected with the sexually transmitted disease. Women can become infected during pregnancy or before pregnancy and, left untreated, pass the disease on to the unborn baby.In infants, syphilis can be fatal. Up to 40 percent of congenital syphilis cases result in stillbirth or infant death. Congenital syphilis can also cause premature birth, low birth weight, deformed bones, blindness, deafness and brain damage that leads to developmental delays, among other problems.last_img read more

TCI countdowns to TS force winds by Thursday everything you need to know

first_img Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, #HurricaneUpdate, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 6th, 2017 – Providenciales – It is Wednesday September 6th and by tomorrow, Thursday September 7th all of the islands of the Turks and Caicos will be experiencing super strong Category 5 Hurricane Irma and her 185mph winds.  I have aimed to put together all of the things we all need  to know at this point from government and the private sector and that includes that there is no school today, TCIG wants everyone to be hunkered down by this evening and so that means government offices will not open on Thursday; private sector operations will follow suit.Two schools in Provo are to be used as shelters, Enid Capron in Five Cays and Oseta Jolly in Blue Hills and the Community Center College in Grand Turk is the storm shelter site.  An evacuation is in effect for both Salt Cay and Middle Caicos. We are told many have left tiny Salt Cay, which was yesterday visited by the Premier, Home Affairs Minister and Health Minister. Today, there is bus and boat transportation provided by Government for Middle Caicos residents who need to leave that island.  All airports will close at 6pm today informed the TCIAA. This means domestic and international flights will cease, including Bahamasair which will run its usual Thursday flight into Nassau today. Please be at the airport early if you are scheduled for the service.When it comes to airlines flying into the United States, today is also the final day and the US State Department late yesterday issued a notice to all American Citizens to leave the TCI and The Bahamas and if you cannot or do not want to, to find a safe and secure place to ride out the storm.  Americans are advised to inform their family and friends about where they are and cautioned to protect their travel and identification documents.  The Ministry of Tourism and TCI Tourist Board agree that guests should leave today, but if not, to remain indoors during the storm and to follow the advice of officials and their hotel staff.Cruise ships were in port yesterday in Grand Turk, according to information from Tourism, but stops from today have been redirected.  The North to Middle Caicos ferry also suspends operations today by 5:30pm.  When it comes to banks, they will operate regular hours today as determined by the Bankers Association, but tomorrow and Friday all banks will be closed.  Grocery stores will also function as usual today. Some tell Magnetic Media they will remain open for as long as weather permits on Thursday but Graceway Supermarkets which means IGA, Gourmet and Smart will close at 11am on Thursday to allow its staff to go home and make final preparations or lock in to ride out the hurricane.The Premier reminded on Monday that RTC is the main voice of Government during the storm, but other stations and media houses intend to continue serving the public throughout the storm with information coming from the National Hurricane Center, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and the TCIs DDME.  The power company, FortisTCI closed its offices since yesterday and asks the public to stay away from downed power lines and to report problems to 946-4313.  You can also visit FortisTCI Facebook page for updates.The water company, Provo Water, closes its office in Grace Bay today and also gives an emergency number as 231-0705 if you see any bursts.  The Governor confirmed to Magnetic Media that the RFA Mounts Bay is in the Caribbean.  The Royal Navy vessel which is deployed to support regional countries, including UK Overseas territories in events like hurricanes is said to be “ready to provide practical and humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The public is advised to ensure you know which hurricane shelter is nearest you. There are nine shelters opened nationwide . You can view them at our site or at DDMEs Facebook page.You can also find the flood prone areas list if you want to become acquainted.  The advancements in technology have made just about everyone a reporter, but moving about the island is strongly discouraged; and this includes after the storm as well.  Sight-seeing is not wise and very dangerous.  The spread of Fake News or unverified reports is also discouraged by officials, who will today address media in a final debriefing before Hurricane Irma strikes.By Deandrea Hamilton FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police seek other alleged sexassault victims of Balboa Park street performer

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities put out a call today to any other alleged victims of a street performer accused of befriending girls at Balboa Park and then sexually assaulting them.Luis Haaz Martinez, 22, was arrested May 3 on suspicion of six criminal charges, including sexual contact with a person under age 16, according to police.Martinez, who performed as a dancer at the landmark park just north of downtown San Diego, “would approach youthful-appearing females in the area of Balboa Park after performing and convince them to walk with him to isolated areas,” Lt. Carole Beason said.“Once secluded, (Martinez) sexually assaulted his victims,” the lieutenant alleged.The purported crimes occurred last month, according to Beason, who did not disclose the number of alleged victims currently identified in the case. Martinez remains in custody at George Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa in lieu of $200,000 bail.Anyone with information about the suspect’s alleged crimes was asked to call the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210. Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom May 14, 2019 Police seek other alleged sex-assault victims of Balboa Park street performerlast_img read more

Writer who predicted end of the world backtracks claim

first_imgNASA has repeatedly said Planet X does not exist.Meade’s prediction has been dismissed by people of faith, including Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – The Christian numerologist who predicted a planet would collide with Earth on Saturday has walked back his alarming claim.David Meade said the world won’t end on Sept. 23 after all. Instead, he said, Saturday will mark the beginning of a series of catastrophic events to occur over several weeks.“The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending,” Meade said in an interview with The Washington Post. “A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”Meade had earlier said New Testament verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 indicate that recent events like the solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey are signs of the apocalypse. He also based his prediction on numerical codes found in the Bible, specifically in the Book of Revelation.The significant number is 33, according to Meade. “Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God for the Jews, was mentioned 33 times [in the Bible],” he said. “I’m talking astronomy. I’m talking the Bible … and merging the two.”Sept. 23 is also 33 days since the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.Meade has also built his theory on “Planet X,” which is also known as Nibiru. He believes the celestial body will pass Earth on Sept. 23, causing volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and earthquakes. last_img read more

Search called off for Alaska Juris

first_imgThe search for the abandoned fishing vessel Alaska Juris has been called off.Listen nowThe unified command in charge of the search — consisting of the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Fishing Company of Alaska — in a press release say the vessel is presumed sunk in the Bering Sea in 5,400 feet of water.According to the release, the Unified Command activated the fishing vessel Alaska Endeavor, the salvage tug Resolve Pioneer, and a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft for the search.An unrecoverable diesel sheen was discovered in the search area, and is believed to have come from the Alaska Juris.The hunt for the vessel was called off after searching from July 28th through the 30th northwest of Adak and along the vessels projected drift route.last_img read more

Randhir Kapoor finally declares Rishi Kapoor is almost cancerfree now

first_imgRishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Randhir KapoorInstagramAfter maintaining suspense around Rishi Kapoor’s illness for the last few months, Randhir Kapoor has finally confirmed that the veteran actor was indeed suffering from cancer while giving an update on his current health condition.None of the member of the Kapoor family had disclosed the kind of disease Rishi Kapoor has been suffering from until filmmaker Rahul Rawail shared that Rishi Kapoor is now cancer-free on his recent Facebook post.Validating Rawail’s statement on Rishi Kapoor becoming cancer-free, Randhir Kapoor told PTI, “He is undergoing treatment, he is much better. He is almost cancer free. He will take some time to come back as he has to finish his course. He will be here in the next couple of months. Very soon.”This is time that a member of the Kapoor family has disclosed the nature of Rishi Kapoor’s illness. Earlier, Neetu Kapoor has posted a cryptic message about Rishi Kapoor’s health in her Instagram post suggesting that the veteran actor has indeed been diagnosed with cancer.A few days ago, Rishi Kapoor too had broken his silence on his current health condition and said that he is much better now and looking forward to working again.Rishi Kapoor had left to the US along with his wife Neetu Kapoor in September, last year to undergo the treatment for his cancer. Randhir Kapoor too had said that they have been doing medical tests and will update the media about Kapoor’s current health condition without revealing the nature of the disease.And now that Rishi Kapoor has finally battled the deadly disease and has been announced cancer-free, his fans along with the industry people are waiting for his return to India.last_img read more

Budget 2017 NITI Aayog not in favour of raising income tax exemption

first_imgThe National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog is not in favour of raising the income-tax (I-T) exemption limit in the upcoming budget (Budget 2017). Instead, it has expressed a view that the threshold for paying 10 per cent tax be raised from the current Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh.This, according to the NITI Aayog, is a better way of expanding tax collection and at the same time, having an equitable approach to augmenting revenues, the Business Standard reported, citing the body’s officials. Currently, those with a taxable annual income above Rs 2.5 lakh and up to Rs 5 lakh pay I-T at the rate of 10 per cent.Read: FM Arun Jaitley provides insights on income tax collection in IndiaThe other two slabs are — taxable annual income from above Rs 5 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh (tax rate is 20 per cent) and those earning above Rs 20 lakh (tax rate 30 per cent). The exemption limit was left unchanged by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in last year’s budget.A few days ago, consulting firm Deloitte released a Pre-Budget Expectations Survey Report to say that the basic I-T exemption should be increased to Rs 5 lakh per year and the ceiling for claiming deduction under Section 80C should be raised to Rs 2.5 lakh.”The increase in the slab limit will kick-start savings, which will ultimately lead to increase in investment in the system,” the report said. Demands for raising the exemption limit and extend other incentives are doing the rounds in the run-up to the budget presentation; there is a belief that such measures would stimulate the economy that has taken a hit due to the demonetisation decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on November 8, 2016.The impact of the currency ban on the economy was not reflected in the recent FY2017 GDP growth estimates released by the government. The world’s fastest-growing economy is expected to expand at 7.1 percent in 2016-17, though projections by analysts after factoring in the demonetisation impact put the growth rate below 7 per cent.”The sudden decline in money supply and a simultaneous increase in bank deposits is going to adversely impact the consumption demand in the economy in the short term. This, coupled with the adverse impact on real estate/construction and informal sectors, may lead to lowering of GDP growth,”  India Ratings had said in a note on November 11, 2016.A projection by Nomura said the growth rate in the early half of calendar year 2017 could even fall below 6 per cent, which will be a 20-year low. “Nomura’s CLI for India for early 2017 has slumped to the lowest level since the series started in 1996 and is consistent with GDP growth of below 6%. This suggests that there is downside risk to our Q1 GDP growth projection of 6.9% y-o-y; i.e., near-term growth may fall much more than expected,” the financial services group said in its note last month.Jaitley will be presenting the Union Budget for the next financial year on February 1, 2017.Earlier this week, the BJP government released the tax collection data for the April-December 2016 period. “The figures for direct tax collections up to December, 2016 show that net collections are at Rs 5.53 lakh crore, which is 12.01% more than the net collections for the corresponding period last year. This collection is 65.3% of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for FY 2016-17,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.last_img read more

Is Pakistans ISI fuelling Khalistan Referendum 2020 campaign

first_imgRepresentative Image.ReutersThe incidents of Sikh pilgrims being recruited by Pakistani intelligence agencies for pushing the pro-Khalistan movement have become a matter of concern for Indian security establishment. The issue of ISI supporting the “Referendum 2020” campaign has come to the fore a week before India meets Pakistan to discuss Kartarpur Corridor operations.While Pakistan has banned the pro-Khalistan activities, a senior Indian security official revealed that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been promoting the agenda under the guise of Sikh pilgrimage.He revealed that Indian Sikh Jathas, who visit Pakistan under the Bilateral Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines of 1974, are targeted by the separatist organisation. “Sikhs coming directly to Pakistan from Canada, UK and Germany are tutored on the so-called referendum campaign, which is largely funded by Islamabad,” he told the Hindustan Times.  Referendum2020 Official websiteThe official website of Referendum 2020 describes the movement as “a campaign to liberate Punjab, currently occupied by India.” Last year, India had announced the development of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. It will connect the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev – Darbar Sahib in Pakistan with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India.Both the countries are scheduled to meet on July 14 to discuss infrastructure, logistics along the proposed corridor.Social media and ISIIt is reported that social media has played a major role in the spread of the pro-Khalistan movement. Authorities tracking the movement have said interests have spiked after both the countries announced the opening of Kartarpur corridor in 2018. “There has been a greater focus on spreading Khalistani propaganda online,” a senior fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Sushant Sareen, told The Print. “It’s the cheapest, most cost-effective way to spread propaganda,” he added.”There are Pakistani fingerprints all over this,” said Sareen regarding the revival of the Khalistan movement through protests and petitions like Referendum 2020. “For instance, Khalistan support groups in Canada are openly supported by Pakistani diplomats who are undercover ISI agents,” reported The Print. Representative Image.ReutersIn March, a man hailing from Punjab’s Pakistan border region Fazilka was arrested by Amritsar State Special Operations Cell (SSOC) for providing information on the Indian Army units along the Indo-Pak border. The accused confessed that he passed official information to Pakistan Intelligence Operatives over WhatsApp in exchange for money.Last month, a man hailing from Punjab’s Moga district was arrested for passing military secrets to ISI. Investigation revealed that Sukhwinder Singh Sidhu reported the movement of Indian Army units to Pakistan intelligence agency while residing on the periphery of the army cantonment.Sidhu also used to propagate the referendum campaign among Sikhs in Punjab on social media platforms, HT reported. He came in contact with the ISI agents after he visited Pakistan on the occasion of Guru Parab (celebrating Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary) around four years ago.The senior officials have said that the pilgrims to Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur will be screened for security threats once the corridor opens for public. Since the pilgrims will have to return to their own country on the same day of the pilgrim, security officials consider the chances of recruitment by ISI agents to be limited, reported HT.last_img read more

RIP Super Mario Bros Battle Royale The Final Form of Video Games

first_img Update 2: Apparently filing the serial numbers off at the last minute didn’t work because Nintendo’s legal team has officially shut down the latest version of Mario Royale. Pour one out for a real one. At least Super Mario Maker 2 is great.Update: In an effort to avoid Nintendo’s copyright lawyers, this sidescrolling battle royale now stars Infringio, a wholly original character who has nothing to do whatsoever with Mario. But the game itself remains just as fun.Super Mario Maker 2 comes out in just a few days. But it looks like the most impressive Mario fan creation we’ll see anytime soon isn’t something you can make in Nintendo’s official level editor. Instead, it’s Mario Royale, a battle royale version of the original Super Mario Bros. The creator calls it a sin, but to us this is just the inevitable final form of video games.AdChoices广告Developed by YouTuber InfernoPlus, Mario Royale is a free web browser HTML game (with controller support!) that hooks into a Java server for 75 online players to all compete for the Mario crown. And the tweaks made to the classic side scrolling formula to make it work as a battle royale are clever enough to do Miyamoto proud… as long as Nintendo doesn’t take legal action like they did against Super Mario Bros. on Commodore 64.The goal is to 1. Survive and 2. Be one of the first three Marios to make it to the finish line at Bowser’s Castle. So it’s partially a race but there’s some strategy as well, and not just avoiding pits. While you can’t interact with the blurry mess of other players on screen, enemies can. So if you kick a Koopa shell forward it may take out a player further along than you. Power ups are also limited. Whoever gets the mushroom first just robbed dozens of other players of a vital boost. And most devilishly of all, the invincibility star lets you directly eliminate all other Marios in your path.It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of battle royale games. They have this kind of casino quality that makes them addictive but also makes outcomes feel random regardless of skill. But if they must keep going I’d rather see more creative takes on the genre like this and Tetris 99 rather than another shooter that can never hope to be as popular as Fortnite. So check out Mario Royale. And here are some of our other ideas for battle royale spin-offs. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)’Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo Songs last_img read more

New York Regulator Lays Out Tweaks to Bitcoin Rules

first_img Listen Now This story originally appeared on Reuters Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator said on Thursday, after receiving a round of public comments.Start-up companies dealing in the budding technology could get a two-year partial waiver from complying with the full set of rules to help them continue their business, New York Superintendent of Financial Services Ben Lawsky said.The revised rules for obtaining the so-called BitLicense, which will be posted for a new round of comments in the coming days, would reduce the record-keeping requirements to seven years from 10 in the original proposal.Companies applying for a license also could count virtual currencies toward their capital requirements, Lawsky said.The new rules would not apply to software developers, individual users, customer loyalty programs and gift cards, currency miners, nor to merchants accepting it as a payment, Lawsky said in a speech in Washington.Unlike conventional money, bitcoin is independent of control or backing by any government – something its advocates like but that has also led to calls for more oversight and raised questions as to how to treat it for tax purposes.Bitcoin started circulating in 2009 and is accepted as payment by a small but increasing number of companies. Huge swings in its value and incidents where clients lost millions of dollars have hurt its reputation.(Reporting by Douwe Miedema; Editing by Bill Trott) 2 min read December 18, 2014last_img read more

How to Increase Your Chatbot Engagement

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. According to Chatbots Magazine, 67 percent of US millennials said they are likely to purchase products and services from brands using a chatbot. But, what happens if you have a chatbot on your site that nobody is using? If you want to see the full benefits of having a chatbot on your website, you need to get your audience comfortable talking to robots. Seems difficult doesn’t it? Well, it’s actually not that crazy of a task at all. There are a number of simple ways to get your users to start a conversation with that little box in the corner of your site. Here’s how to increase your chatbot engagement. Promote digital assistants instead of “chatbots.” Chatbots can seem very limited, like basic bots with canned responses. Because of this, users might not bother interacting with your chatbot at all; if they assume that your chatbot can only answer basic FAQs and sometimes not answer them well, what’s the point? So, if you want to increase your chatbot engagement, you need to promote your chatbot as a digital assistant instead. A digital assistant doesn’t just answer simple questions like a chatbot. Instead, it improves the entire customer experience. A digital assistant is able to help users with the onboarding process, provide actionable advice, and make helpful recommendations. This type of chatbot experience might seem complicated and costly to provide but it’s really not thanks to AI (artificial intelligence). There are a number of AI-powered chatbots on the market that are able to interpret complex language, understand the context of a conversation, predict user behavior and reply to users in a natural way. When users know that they can do more with your chatbot, they’ll be more likely to use it. Add a “human face” to your chatbot.Many users prefer speaking to a real human. In fact, according to a survey reported by eMarketer, more than eight in 10 US respondents said that even as technology improves, they will want to interact with a real person. To combat this sentiment, you can make your chatbot a little more “human-like.” Putting a face to your chatbot can make the user feel like they’re talking to a real person, even if it’s not a real human face. For instance, take a look at this example from HSBC. They created a human-like chatbot avatar for their virtual assistant. You can even name your chatbot a human name, like Julie for example, and create a chatbot personality that matches your brand in order to help users better connect to your company and feel more comfortable chatting with a robot.  Related: How AI is Changing the Face of Customer ServiceOffer personalized experiences.  Personalized experiences make consumers feel valued and important, making them more likely to return to your website again and again. According to RetailDive, 63 percent of consumers are interested in personalized recommendations and experiences. So, you should be providing personalized experiences with your chatbot. Chatbot conversations should start off by greeting the customers by name. You can make it even more personal by referring to their location by saying something like “Hey Gary, hope you’re having a great day in Houston.” But, greeting users by name isn’t enough. Take personalization even further by using historical user data such as their order history to provide them with superior customer service. For instance, think about a pizza delivery business. A pizza delivery chatbot could look at what the user orders most frequently, remember that frequent order, and offer to automatically order it for the user again. Aside from a quick repeat order, you can use user data to give more personalized product recommendations as well as offer advice based on the user’s past customer support issues. Utilize push notifications. While many users will notice your chatbot in the corner of your website, other website visitors will completely miss it — unless you utilize push notifications. A quick hello or welcome message along with a sound effect, a new message icon or a popup chatbot window, will grab the attention of your website visitors and make them aware of your chatbot. Take a look at this example from WP Engine’s website. Their chatbot alerts website visitors with a sound effect, a new message icon and they even including a typing indicator when the chatbot is writing a message — it’s like getting an instant message from a friend. A simple prompt is all some users need to encourage them to start interacting with your chatbot. You can also use your chatbot to deliver company news and product updates. Using your chatbot to deliver relevant news to users is a great way to get them used to your chatbot as a way of communicating with your company. Over to you.A chatbot is only helpful if people use it, so use these tips to encourage your website visitors to interact with your chatbot. Once users become aware of your chatbot and all it has to offer, your chatbot will become your most popular communication channel. 5 min read Register Now » August 1, 2019last_img read more

New units more tourist police announced for Cancun Hotel Zone

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — To strengthen security for the upcoming holiday season, about 30 new police members will be added to Cancun Hotel Zone police force.Approximately 30 new officers will be integrated to the the city’s Tourist Police force to help with security during the upcoming busy tourist season.Carlos Bustos Álvarez, director of the Cancun Tourist Police, said that the integration of its new members are part of the comprehensive security plan that had been announced for the hotel zone. The announcement also included 10 new patrols units that will be donated by the municipality of Benito Juárez in coming days.“Currently we have 120 police, which we will increase to 150 after a prior meeting with the director of municipal public security, Jesús Pérez Abarca, who is the one who will support us with this reinforcement,” assured Carlos Bustos.He added that the comprehensive security plan to be implemented in the hotel zone is in the authorization phase. Once in force, the new members will participate in a variety of operations including check stops and breathalyzers.He added that during the last week of December, the first phase of cameras should be in full operation, which includes 32 cameras from 80 monitoring points in the center of the hotel zone, specifically in Punta Cancún.They will be monitored in coordination with other organizations such as Civil Protection and the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone.He also announced that the corporation will receive 10 Ford Explorer Interceptor Police units from from the municipality of Benito Juárez in addition to four ATVs.“City council will provide us with new patrols that together with the new integrated members, will help the corporation comply with this plan and the upcoming events to be held in the area such as the new year or announced concerts,” he noted.Click 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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more