Syrian refugees in Lebanon face economic hardship and food shortages – joint

“Syrian refugees are barely coping,” Amin Awad, Director of the Middle Eastern and North Africa bureau of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. “They remain extremely vulnerable and dependent on aid from the international community. Without continued support, their situation would be appalling.” The study, conducted by UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme (WFP) analyzes the situation of some 1.5 million Syrians living in Lebanon. It is the fourth of its kind and includes detailed data from visits to more than 4,500 Syrian refugee households in 26 districts throughout the country. The report found that families have exhausted their resources and are now taking on harmful or asset-depleting coping mechanisms just to survive. Since 2015, there has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of families who are moderately to severely food insecure. 71 per cent live below the poverty line and more than half of families have 5 or more people living together.AUDIO: Lisa Abou Khaled, UNHCR spokesperson in Lebanon, outlining the findings of the study. Yet, thanks to $1 billion in aid received as of November 2016, agencies were able to halt a sharper decline into poverty that was witnessed in 2014 and 2015. It also prevented further deterioration in health, education, shelter, water, hygiene, solid waste, and energy conditions. However, that $1billion is only half of the target request from a joint UN, government, and inter-agency appeal for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon is the second largest host to Syrian refugees after Turkey. Refugees live in some 2,125 communities and locations in urban and rural areas around the country, with 71 per cent living in residential buildings, 12 per cent in non-residential homes, and 17 per cent in informal settlements. The agencies also report that 42 per cent of households are experiencing one or more of the following: overcrowding, dangerous structural conditions and urgently needed repairs, and no toilet. read more

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Dwyane Wade ExWife Arrested Over Custody Dispute

In happier times, Dwayne and Siohvaughn Wade.Wade Wife Arrested – The Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday to have it heard, hours before the Heat guard was to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.Wade told The Associated Press that his sons have been with him in Miami since about 6 a.m. Sunday — “That’s what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father’s Day,” he said — and that the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki told The AP on Tuesday. Another woman at the home at the time, Nadgee Alarcon, was charged with one count of resisting arrest, Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors.Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney.“Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action,” Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. “This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.”The couple was divorced in 2010. Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. His ex-wife’s appeal of that decision was denied in December, and the couple is scheduled to return to court in September in an attempt to complete financial terms of the divorce.“The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.’s conduct,” the filing said.Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.According to the filing, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade’s sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father’s Day.Wade’s sister got no response at the home, and after “several hours,” the sheriff’s office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon “smacked him on the head,” according to court records.Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.Wade recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4. read more

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Boarding school children dominate world of work because theyre not in front

Rather than spending hours each day commuting to and from school, boarders can pass the time doing “lovely things”. “Contextual recruitment basically says when you’re looking at someone’s grades who’s applied for a job … look at them in the context of the school they went to. You can easily do this, there’s software to help you as a company,”  Ms Greening told a social mobility conference in New York. “So if you get three Bs from Eton, you’re probably not as impressive as somebody who gets three Bs from the school in a part of the country where the school [wasn’t] doing well.”Research showed disadvantaged applicants were 50 per cent more likely to be hired after contextual recruitment than otherwise, Ms Greening added, according to the TES magazine. Justine Greening quit the cabinet in January after clashing with Theresa May Mr Reader’s comments come after the former Education Secretary said that companies should discriminate against job applicants from Eton because their grades are “not as impressive” as those achieved by candidates from struggling state schools.Justine Greening,  who quit the cabinet in January after clashing with Theresa May over a review into university tuition fees and support for grammar schools, said that applying “contextual recruitment” was a far better predictor of potential than grades alone. Justine Greening quit the cabinet in January after clashing with Theresa MayCredit:Geoff Pugh He said that many boarding schools restrict social media either through controlling WiFi or limiting the apps that pupils can use.Mr Reader told how his school has banned all mobile phones for pupils aged 13 to 14 as they are “not mature enough” for the technology.“We use to get an incident a week of something unpleasant for that age group but now we’ve had nothing,” he said. “We restrict alcohol and cigarettes as a society because they are addictive so why not restrict something as addictive as a mobile phone.” He says boarding school children spend less time “hunched” over a computer or television at home Mr Reader said that another benefit of a boarding school education is the “real face-to-face, social time” rather than pupils at day schools who are used to “virtual socializing” after school and at weekends. Boarding school children dominate the world of work because they do not spend time in their bedrooms in front of screens, a leading headmaster has said.Rather than spending hours “hunched” over a computer or television at home, boarding school pupils can spend their time pursuing their passions, according to Martin Reader, headmaster of the £37,000-a-year Cranleigh School in Surrey.Addressing headteachers at the Boarding School Association’s annual conference in Brighton on Tuesday, he said: “When people question why our schools dominate the nations’ sports, creative and performing arts, the professions and politics, it is because they have had time to do those things and time with experts to coach them.“Why sit in a car or on a train or a bus for 45 minutes twice a day, or in a bedroom by yourself hunched over homework or a screen?  “You could be spending those hours rehearsing for a play, having a band practice, spending more time mastering your musical instrument or your goal shooting technique, spending more hours perfecting that painting, debating or discussing politics or science or history – whatever is your passion.” Mr Reader, who is chair of the BSA, said that while social mobility is important, businesses must be left to “make their own decisions” about who they hire and this should not be “dictated” by MPs. “It is not for Government to tell businesses who is the right person for them at the end of the day,” he said. He says boarding school children spend less time “hunched” over a computer or television at homeCredit:Barry Diomede/Alamy Stock Photo He said that he expects sixth-formers to spend 15 hours per week on extra study outside of lessons, as well as extra curricular activities. read more

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Sandvik continues evolution of exploration drill range with the DE712

first_imgSandvik has released the newest addition to its range of DE700 series surface exploration drills. The DE712 is based on the established DE710 drill, including all the necessary safety, health and environmental requirements for CE certification. “This highly productive and reliable rig offers customers peace of mind with increased safety on an already proven design”, said the announcement. Key upgrades include the rig being CE marked – meeting all requirements of the EU; it is based on the highly valued Australian guideline MDG 15 for mobile machinery for use in mines and also the ISO standard EN791 – Safety of Drill Rigs; and it has an EU Stage III CARB/EPA Tier 3 diesel engine.The rig also has a ROPS-certified operator compartment, hydraulic operated left-hand and right-hand walkways; and an EDEEP process is in place – EMERST Design Evaluation for EME Procurement. Sandvik adds: “All of the attributes that have made the DE710 the drill of choice by many contractors around the globe have been maintained in this upgrade.” These include:Depth capacity of 1,126 m (3693 ft) NPull force of 9.3 t and feed force of 5.5 tA continuous torque of 475 Nm at 1,500 rpmCompact design allowing it to fit in a standard 40 ft containerGeorge Tophinke, Sandvik Mining’s Global Exploration Equipment Manager, said: “This rig has the right balance of world class design, high quality components and robust construction to minimise downtime and risk. It is based on the reliable DE710, which has sold nearly 500 units across the globe. There are new safety features in line with Sandvik’s ongoing focus on integrating environmental, health and safety solutions into our products.” Other additional safety features include lever guards to reduce risk of accidental operation, mast access package comprising of fall arrest system and mast platform, and alarm for jack leg operation. Rig access has been improved for easier maintenance and extra guards have been fitted for safer work environment.The DE712 features a more powerful engine with power rating of 142 kW (190 hp) at 2,200 rpm. High quality pumps and motors in independent open loop circuits, and larger hydraulic valves and piping provide high energy efficiency and precise control of critical drilling functions.last_img read more

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Byrnecut wins underground mining contract at WAFs Sanbrado gold project

first_imgWest African Resources has awarded the underground mining contract for the M1 South deposit at the Sanbrado gold project in Burkina Faso to Byrnecut.The contract, worth $110 million over five years, is Byrnecut’s second in the West African country.Mobilisation activities are expected to commence in December with portal establishment planned for March.Works under the contract include underground portal establishment for M1 South, decline and level development of 7 km, ore driving of 2 km and 200,000 t, stope production of 1.3 Mt, and raise drilling and cemented rock backfill.West African Managing Director Richard Hyde said: “The underground mining contract is a key operational contract for Sanbrado and its award follows the completion of a competitive tender process and extensive due diligence process examining safety, experience and capabilities.“We are very pleased to award the underground mining contract to Byrnecut who have a long history providing underground mining services globally and have current operating experience in West Africa.”Byrnecut Group Executive Chairman Steve Coughlan said: “We are looking forward to partnering with West African on the exciting Sanbrado gold project. This project will be our second site in Burkina Faso and fifth project we have operated in the West African region.”The M1 South underground will kick-off WAF’s mining development at Sanbrado, with the underground development accessing high-grade, free-milling gold mineralisation located directly beneath the proposed M1 South open pit at approximately 120m vertical.Concurrent mining of the M1 South open pit ore from surface and underground will accelerate cash-flow over the early years of the Sanbrado mine life, the company says.last_img read more

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Man whos sold newspapers in Dun Laoghaire for 40 years wins fight

first_img Share2962 Tweet Email2 Man who’s sold newspapers in Dun Laoghaire for 40 years wins fight to keep doing so The owners of the shopping centre wanted to ban George Davis’ stall. 30 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3318031 Friday 31 Mar 2017, 8:34 PM By Ray Managh Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. Image: Google Maps DUN LAOGHAIRE NEWS vendor George Davis may sell newspapers at the entrance to the town’s main shopping centre for the rest of his life, a judge has declared.Judge Francis Comerford said Davis could operate on the tiled area between the public footpath and the side doors of the centre.The judge told barrister Mark O’Riordan Bl, counsel for Davis, that the centre’s owners Coltard were bound by way of a constructive trust which allowed Davis to continue his operation.Davis, of Hadleigh, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Dublin, had been resisting a bid by Coltard to have his mobile news stand banned from the entrance doors of the centre.He has been selling newspapers around the shopping centre and other areas of Dun Laoghaire for almost 40 years.Barrister Raymond Delahunt, who appeared with Baily Homan Smyth McVeigh solicitors, told the court Davis at best only had only a licence to sell papers that could be revoked at any time.Coltard claimed it had received a complaint from a shopping centre tenant about Davis’ trolley-type news stand attracting third parties, including cigarette smokers, congregating around it and causing an obstruction and potential fire risk.In court on Tuesday, Davis told the court about how one of his staff pin-pointed the whereabouts of double murderer Malcolm MacArthur before his arrest in 1982.He and Davis tipped off the gardaí that MacArthur was hiding somewhere in Dunlaoghaire.Gardai, led by Detective Sergeant John O’Mahony, who later became head of the Criminal Assets Bureau and is currently an Assistant Commissioner, set a trap for the killer and eventually traced him to and arrested him in the home of the then Attorney General Paddy Connolly who passed away in January last year.Read: A vendor who spent 40 years selling papers in Dun Laoghaire could be forced to wheel away >Read: Ireland’s first legit drone drop landed on a boat at the weekend >center_img Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. 45,469 Views Image: Google Maps Mar 31st 2017, 8:34 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Immigration sweep set for LA this weekend San Diego unclear

first_img SAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – Though federal immigration authorities are expected to begin sweeps in Southern California this weekend as part of a nationwide push to arrest undocumented immigrants named in court-ordered deportation warrants, it was unclear Friday if the operation would extend into San Diego County.Lt. Shawn Takeuchi, spokesman for the San Diego Police Department, said officials at his agency had gotten no word of out-of-the-ordinary actions planned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities in the city.“They do their thing, because they have their goals and priorities, which are different than ours,” Takeuchi said Friday.Takeuchi noted that even if they were aware of any such planned raids, personnel with his agency and other local law enforcement bodies are prohibited by state law — and, in the case of the SDPD, internal policy — from using their resources to aid in federal immigration enforcement.Officials with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department declined to disclose whether they had been told of any such immigration crackdown planned for upcoming days within their area of jurisdiction.“It would be inappropriate for the Sheriff’s Department to comment on operations conducted by other agencies,” said Lt. Justin White, media- relations director for the county agency.Likewise, ICE officials declined to confirm or deny news stories reporting that the sweep will begin Sunday in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami. None of the stories mentioned San Diego as being on the list.“Due to law enforcement sensitivities and the safety and security of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, the agency will not offer specific details related to enforcement operations,” the federal agency asserted in a prepared statement. “As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”Though ICE sought to keep its strategies for heightened enforcement under wraps, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement confirming the reported plans for an immigration sweep this weekend.“The department is aware of upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions beginning this Sunday, directed toward individuals who have been issued final deportation orders,” the LAPD stated. “These enforcement actions will include individuals residing in the Los Angeles region. The department is not participating or assisting in any of these enforcement actions.”About 140 people are being targeted in Southern California, the Los Angeles Times reported.In its statement, LAPD said its leadership had told members of the local Latino community that Los Angeles police officers would not be participating in the federal actions.“We are committed to protecting the public through meaningful relationship building and community partnerships,” the agency asserted.Before kicking off his reelection campaign, President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night that ICE agents “will begin deporting the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States … as fast as they come in.”Taking a stand against the president’s planned immigration sweep, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called the impetus for the proposed raids “cruel” and “misdirected” and said the prospect of their becoming reality was “creating unnecessary fear and anxiety.”Newsom said he wanted state residents to know “they have legal rights and protections, regardless of their immigration status.”“California is a place of refuge — that includes our schools, our courts and our hospitals and clinics,” the governor said. “We hold certain institutions sacred, and people should continue to access programs and services they need.” KUSI Newsroom, June 21, 2019 Immigration sweep set for LA this weekend, San Diego unclear KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 21, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Soy Growers Brief Congressional Staff on Soybeans Sustainability

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman and Delaware farmer Richard Wilkins traveled to Washington this week to brief congressional staff on the basics of soybean production and how sustainability factors in to the decisions that soybean farmers make at each stage in the production process. Additionally, Wilkins spoke to the essential nature of biotechnology and how a more streamlined approvals process can help farmers be more sustainable. Both House and Senate staff brought thoughtful and informed questions, and many stayed after to speak with Wilkins about his operation, soybeans and sustainability. The briefings were funded by the United Soybean Board (USB).last_img

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Hatchet defendant gets 7 years

first_imgOne of two transient men implicated in a hatchet attack in northern Clark County in December was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.Meanwhile, prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence against his codefendant, Andre D. Kennedy, to go forward to trial and dismissed attempted murder charges against him. The 85-month sentence for Mathew M. Michaelson, 28, also resolves two other pending cases: a second-degree assault conviction of a police officer in September and a burglary conviction relating to an ATM theft in December.Initially charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection to the hatchet attack, Michaelson pleaded guilty May 27 to first-degree burglary. The charge relates to how Michaelson went to the trailer home of Gary Mathis to confront him about statements that Mathis made to police, implicating Michaelson in a car theft, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey.The morning of Dec. 14, Mathis called 911, reporting that two men had knocked at his door and then forcefully entered, attacking him with a small ax. He was rushed from his home in the 2500 block of Northeast 199th Street to a local hospital with lacerations and a concussion, according to court documents.last_img read more

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Hearsts Digital Division Partners with Pixazza to Enhance ECommerce Options

first_imgDavid Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, commented on the move to e-commerce at the Bloomberg Media Summit in March, “We have to be mindful when we look at something like the Net-A-Porter strategy. If you talk to the people at Net-A-Porter or the people at Gilt, they say they’re increasingly commerce companies moving into content, and I think what you’re going to find is content companies are going to move into commerce. It’s a service to the reader that they can just click…and be able to buy it.” Both technology and human tagging by product experts provide e-commerce options for users. The selected images are matched with similar products that are available for purchase from Hearst sponsors.Glidden Paint, seen on HouseBeautiful.com with other décor-related products, is the first product available through this campaign. Kristine Welker, chief revenue officer for Hearst Magazines Digital Media, says, “At this point, the technology is being tested extensively on Redbookmag.com and HouseBeautiful.com, and we are working to identify other partners to work with across our portfolio of sites.” Hearst Digital Media has partnered with Pixazza Inc., in hopes to enhance user engagement with interactive images that offer e-commerce options. The new initiative launches on Redbookmag.com and HouseBeautiful.com. Hearst will integrate Pixazza’s technology into its websites in advertisements, as well as select images. According to Pixazza’s website, the company assists in “use of images as real estate for brand advertising and e-commerce.” A press statement detailing the new partnership says, “When visitors browse these sites and scroll over various images, which may include anything from a swimsuit to a sofa, a card will appear with a selection of similar or complementary products. When the visitor clicks on a particular item, she is immediately able to make a purchase.”last_img read more

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Cardi B Travis Scott Skrillex More Artists To Help Launch New Las

first_img Facebook News Cardi B, Travis Scott, Skrillex, More Artists To Help Launch New Las Vegas Club https://twitter.com/Palms/status/1100861155424137216 Alicia Keys and Hozier are also set to play Palms’ Pearl Theater during Kaos’ opening weekend in AprilPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 2:22 pm Las Vegas’ Palms will celebrate the opening of its Kaos dayclub and nightclub on April 5–7 with performances at Kaos nightclub featuring Travis Scott and Skrillex on April 5 and Cardi B, G-Eazy and J Balvin on April 6, and with Kaskade and Vice on April 7 at Kaos dayclub.The Palms’ opening weekend also features solo performances at its Pearl Concert Theater by Alicia Keys, Needtobreathe and Hozier on April 5–7, respectively. Last month, Las Vegas Weekly described the Palms’ work in progress on the Kaos spaces, which take over areas previously filled by the pool and by the Rain nightclub. “The opening of Kaos will be the culminating moment for the repositioning of Palms’ renovation,” said General Manager Jon Gray. “We’ve … designed a next-level space that will change the club landscape across the globe.” Email Twitter Cardi B, Travis Scott, Skrillex Launch Kaos cardi-b-travis-scott-skrillex-more-artists-help-launch-new-las-vegas-club Variety has more information, as does the Palms Kaos website about this fun weekend in April surrounded by Kaos’ lavish but not-yet-revealed interiors. The full lineup continues to be fleshed out with further announcements to follow.Cardi B, Skrillex & More Gear Up For Las Vegas Residencies At KaosRead morelast_img read more

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George RR Martin goes full mad Targaryen over Game of Thrones rumors

first_img 2 Comments MSI Wind 6:20 George R.R. Martin has set the internet alight in more ways than one. Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images The internet is ablaze with Game of Thrones rage — and George R.R. Martin is adding his own to the storm.The writer of the epic fantasy series has taken to his blog a la Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network to address rumors he has been sitting on his long-awaited next books The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.”All of a sudden this crazy story about my finishing The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring years ago is popping up everywhere,” he wrote on May 13.He cleared that up quickly, though: “The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring are not finished. Dream is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six.” Game of Thrones Rumors 38 Photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice He also addressed rumors that HBO and Game of Thrones TV series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wanted him to delay the novels.”Why would I sit for years on completed novels? … Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.”There is no “deal” to hold back on the books.”Martin’s fifth and latest book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011. He’s since released a few prequels in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, but admitted finishing The Winds of Winter has been a bit of a struggle.Game of Thrones the TV series is currently sitting on a pyre in the seven kingdoms of the internet following a mixed response to the events in episode 5 of the final season, aired Sunday on HBO. A clinical psychologist analysed why the character arc of Daenerys Targaryen did not go down well, a fate which apparently many a subtle detail had foreshadowed in previous seasons. A record number of viewers took in the spectacle of the episode, which you can relive in our recap. Or not, depending on your own reaction to the episode. Review • MSI Wind Tags TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, rankedlast_img read more

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Trendy blogger Rajni Khaitans story to succeed and conquer her goals is

first_imgRajni Khaitan’s blogging journey started when one of her friends encouraged her to start it; she always had a thing for dressing-up & getting clicked. One fine day, they finally shot a few pictures near her friend’s place & after a lot of courage Rajni finally posted it on her blog & Instagram.Rajni has completed her degree in Graphic Designing, BA(AVFX), Jewellery Designing from Sawansukha Institute of Gemology & Jewellery Designing.Rajni Khaitan learnt the true meaning of independence after doing what her heart desired. She left her 9-5 job to become a full time blogger & since then there has been no looking back for her.Initially she worked as a graphic designer for 4 years & started blogging side by side. She managed early morning shoots before office hours & weekend shoots for her blogs.Choosing blogging as her career has truly been an amazing experience for Rajni. She is doing what she loves hence she loves what she does.Interestingly, the opportunity that Rajni has gotten, fits with her wider career goal. She gets to know about new products & brands; she also makes her followers aware of these brands through her social media channels.Also, she feels that blogging has become a great profession lately, something which people never thought about earlier. Rajni believes that there are many new ways to showcase one’s talent through blogging.Additionally, Rajni has her own Social Media Marketing co. by the name ‘Look At That Design’ which deals in creative designs & social media management of brands & startups. She is also hopeful to learn more about Jewellery & blogging field apart from that.As for Rajni, she is looking forward to explore more in coming time & be her best self! She is super excited to take up challenging opportunities!IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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AL leaders themselves spill beans about convoy attack

first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said on Wednesday Feni Awami League leader Azharul Haque spilled the beans on the attack on BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s motorcade, reports UNB.”The Feni district unit ruling party leader spilled the beans yesterday [Tuesday]. There’s now no doubt that Awami League MP Nizam Hazari is the mastermind of the incident. People also realised it earlier while now they [AL leaders] themselves are talking about it,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also said,”It’s now proved that Nizam Hazari carried out the attack on the BNP chairperson’s convoy as part of a plan made by the government high-ups. It’s not possible to keep the cat in the bag for a long time… It’ll surely come out of the bag.”Earlier on Tuesday, Azharul Haque, a member of the ruling party’s Feni district unit, said their party MP Nizam Uddin Hazari was behind the attack on BNP chairperson’ Khaleda Zia’s Cox’s Bazar-bound convoy last month.”The recant attack on BNP chairperson’s convoy was planned one. The vehicles of DBC, Channel i, Ekattor and Boishakhi TV, Prothom Alo and The Daily Star were damaged after targeting those selectively. Nizam Hazari did it with his cadres to take revenge for filing news reports against him,” he told a press conference at the National Press Club.On 28 October, some unruly youths attacked BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy near Mohammad Ali Bazar in Feni Sadar on her way to Cox’s Bazar to visit Rohingya camps.The attackers damaged a good number of vehicles, including microbuses of Channel i, DBC, Ekattor, and Baishakhi Television, and beat several newsmen and leaders and activists of BNP who were coming with Khaleda Zia to Cox’s Bazar.Referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment blaming BNP for the attack, Rizvi said whether Quader would not be ashamed of following Azharul’s assertion about the incident. “How the other Awami League leaders who also tried to shift the blame on BNP will hide their face now?”He also alleged that Nizam Hazari turned Feni into a sanctuary of terrorism with his cadres.last_img read more

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Sessions recuses himself from Russia probes

first_imgUS Attorny 2US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would stay out of any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose he met last year with Russia’s ambassador.Sessions, a longtime US senator who was an early and high-ranking player in President Donald Trump’s campaign before becoming the country’s top law enforcement official, announced the decision after several fellow Republicans in Congress suggested the move would be appropriate.”I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign,” Sessions told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference.Sessions said he had been weighing recusal – ruling himself out from any role in the investigations – even before the latest twist of the controversy over ties between Trump associates and Russia that has dogged the early days of the Trump presidency.The president backed Sessions, saying Democrats had politicised the issue and calling the controversy a “total witch hunt.”Sessions’ announcement did nothing to quell concerns among congressional Democrats, a number of whom called for Sessions to step down.Trump and Republicans who control Congress are trying to move past early administration missteps and focus on issues important to them, including immigration, tax cuts and repealing the Obamacare healthcare law.US intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia hacked and leaked Democratic emails during the election campaign as part of an effort to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Sessions denied he had contact with Russian officials when he was asked directly during his Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general whether he had exchanged information with Russian operatives during the election campaign.He told reporters he was “honest and correct” in his response, although he acknowledged he “should have slowed down” and mentioned he had met with the ambassador in his role as a senator.”I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” Sessions said, adding he felt he should not be involved in investigating a campaign in which he had had a role.In a statement on Thursday night, Trump said Sessions “did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional.”Sessions’ meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak were disclosed on Wednesday night by the Washington Post. Sessions received Kislyak in his Senate office in September and also met him in July at a Heritage Foundation event at the Republican National Convention that was attended by about 50 ambassadors.Trump fired national security adviser Michael Flynn last month after disclosures that Flynn had discussed US sanctions on Russia with Kislyak before Trump took office and that Flynn misled vice president Mike Pence about the conversations.The recusal means Sessions, a powerful member of Trump’s inner circle, will not be briefed on details of any probe. Should the Federal Bureau of Investigation decide to move forward with charges, Sessions would not be in a position to weigh in on whether the Department of Justice should take the case.CALLS TO RESIGNHouse of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi urged Sessions to resign and said “his narrow recusal and sorry attempt to explain away his perjury” were inadequate.Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sessions’ explanation for failing to tell the Senate about his meetings “is simply not credible.” He called on Sessions to step down and said the Justice Department should name an independent prosecutor to investigate Russian interference.Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the FBI to launch a criminal investigation into Sessions’ statements to Congress about his communication with Russian officials.Sessions is one of many “subjects” of a government investigation of any contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, two US officials familiar with the probe said.The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Sessions was not now a “target” of the probe by the FBI, the Treasury Department, the CIA and the National Security Agency.The investigation, one of the officials said, had a number of subjects because of the numerous contacts between associates of Trump, including Flynn, and the Russian Embassy in Washington as well as Russian and some Ukrainian businessmen and companies.At least two other officials in Trump’s campaign said they also spoke with the Russian ambassador at a conference on the sidelines of the July convention last July, USA Today reported on Thursday.Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also met with Kislyak in December at Trump Tower in New York, an administration official said on Thursday, confirming a report in the New Yorker.While there is nothing legally wrong with such meetings, the reported contacts raise questions about the White House’s repeated statements that it knew of no further contacts with Russian officials beyond those by Flynn.Trump has accused officials in former Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration of trying to discredit him with questions about Russia contacts. The White House dismissed the disclosure of the Sessions meetings as a partisan attack, saying his contacts with the ambassador had been as a member of the Armed Services Committee.Trump called frequently during his campaign for improved relations with Russia, drawing criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. Ties with Russia have been deeply strained in recent years over Moscow’s military interference in Ukraine, military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and President Vladimir Putin’s intolerance of political dissent.With his administration on the defensive over Russia, Trump’s enthusiasm seems to have cooled, and his top foreign policy advisers have begun talking tougher about Moscow.The Russian Embassy in Washington, shrugging off the uproar, said on Thursday it was in regular contact with “US partners.”last_img read more

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Demonstrations continue at Khaledas Gulshan office

first_imgBNP supporters of deprived candidates demonstrate at BNP chairperson`s Gulshan office on Sunday. Photo: Shamsur RahmanA section of BNP activists, failing to secure nomination for the elections, started demonstrating at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Sunday morning.“The demonstration will not yield any results,” an unidentified person announced from inside the office.Supporters of some BNP leaders who did not get party nomination to contest upcoming polls on Saturday evening attacked party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office and staged demonstrations there, reports UNB.Several hundred supporters of BNP international affairs secretary ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon (Chandpur-1), Taimur Alam Khandaker (Narayanganj-1) and Selimuzzamn Selim (Gopalganj-1) gathered in front of Khaleda’s office around 5:30pm and started demonstrating there.They chanted slogans against BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for ‘depriving’ their leaders of nomination.The protesters demanded the party review its decision and nominate their respective leaders as candidates.They even tried to break down the two gates of the office.They also hurled stones at the office, damaging its windows.Fakhrul, BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Nazrul Islam Khan and some other party leaders were in the office during the demonstration.Earlier in the day, Ehsanul Haque Milon’s supporters kept BNP central office under lock and key for nearly an hour protesting the party’s decision not to select him as its candidate for Chandpur-1 seat.The protesters unlocked the BNP central office’s main gate around 2:15pm giving the party high-command a 12-hour deadline to review the decision on the party’s final candidate for Chandpur-1 constituency.last_img
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These MultiFlavored Potato Chips Arent Really RainbowColored

first_imgStay on target Looking at this colorful, rainbow bag of chips, you’d think the delicious potato snacks inside would be red, orange, yellow, blue, etc. in keeping with the theme of the bag. But alas that isn’t the case. These chips, native to discount Don Quijote stores in Japan, are only rainbow-colored on the outside. But that doesn’t keep them from being interesting and awesome on the inside, right?Don Quijote has had a special partnership with Japan’s biggest potato chip company, Calbee, ever since five years ago in 2013. The store has sold lots of different limited edition snacks like Butter shrimp crackers, Shrimp with Rich Mayonnaise chips, and Scallops with Soy Sauce. These Rainbow Potato Chips are the latest flavor, with a gorgeous bag and colorful advertisement, but plain-looking chips underneath it all.Luckily, the chips taste anything but plain, with a special broth with seven different ingredients, including shrimp, clams, oysters, scallops, shiitake mushrooms, kelp, and bonito. The “rainbow” of different colors gives the chips their unique flavor, so if you’re curious, that’s where the color part plays into things. According to Don Quijote and Calbee, it’s a flavor that “everyone” can enjoy, but personally I think it sounds pretty disgusting and fishy.AdChoices广告But you might not! I’m a bigger fan of the bag than I would be of the actual chips, but maybe that’s just how most people would be. I would have preferred a bunch of colorful chips like that strange Heinz ketchup that launched in colors like purple, blue, and green a while back. It tasted like ketchup (a little bit off, to be fair) but it was a lot more fun because it was colorful. That’s probably how these chips are, right? You have to get them only in Japan, or be lucky enough to nab them on eBay. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img read more

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To ace your PhD program interviews prepare to answer—and ask—these key questions

first_imgGrad school interviews—in which aspiring graduate students meet with prospective advisers, colleagues, and other students—are opportunities to connect, engage in scientific conversations, and get a hands-on feel for the graduate programs and broader communities. To make the most of them, you need to prepare in advance so that you can confidently and thoughtfully answer questions from faculty and department members who are deciding whether they want to invite you to join them. You should also ask your own questions to figure out whether the program is right for you. You’ve made it to the last step of the Ph.D. application process: the interview. Congratulations! But amid the excitement and butterflies, don’t neglect the crucial next step: preparation. To get you started, here are 10 common questions to prepare for. Read the whole story: Sciencelast_img read more

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Bringing back the days of poetry and literature

first_imgKnown for its literary activities, Jash-e-adab is back this year with some new additions. In a three-day event at IGNCA, the festival will cover almost each art form. One can witness classical singers like Pt. Chhanulal Misra, ghazal maestros like Hussein Brothers, and qawwali artists Sabri Brothers perform at the event. Shahrukh Khan will also be there to attend the festival as a panelist. The event will also see renowned personalities from theatre like Nadira Babbar, Piyush Misra, Anusha Rizvi, Hemant Pandey and others sharing their thoughts with the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe sixth edition of the poetry festival will be inaugurated by Union Culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma at IGNCA, New Delhi on October 27. The evening will see Prof. Ashok Chakradhar and Dr Sachchidanand Joshi share their thoughts on art and culture, followed by a classical singing of pt. Chhanu Lal Misra. Eminent writers and critique from Hindi and Urdu language like Gopal Das Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Mannu Bhadari, Gopichand Narang will also grace the occasion. Keeping younger generation in mind, radio jockeys like RJ Naved, RJ Sayema, and lyricists Manoj Muntashir, and director Manoj Pandey will also be participating in the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival that began humbly in 2012 with a few panel discussions followed by a poetry recital has come long since. This year, it will see book fair with all major publishers in the region participating and a food court to keep you rejuvenated throughout the day.Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, a poet and founding General Secretary of the jashn-e-adab feels that it is very important to bring younger generation close to the tradition and heritage of our country, and art and literature is the best way to do it. “Our generation needs to be taught how this country has offered co-existence to various religions and faiths,” he said. On day 2 i.e. October 28, there will be 26 different sessions that will cover cinema, theatre, poetry, film screening, mushaira and much more. While Piyush Misra will take the stage for ‘ye adakari nahi hai’, Rj Sayema will engage the audience with ‘afsana padh rahi hoon’. The day will also see meaningful discussions on Faiz, modern Urdu poetry, art and commerce, ghazal singing, kathak dance etc. The day will also see award ceremony where eminent personalities like Gopichand Narang, Piyush Misra, Ram Darash Misra, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan will be felicitated for their work in their respective fields. The day will come to an end with a grand mushaira/kavi sammelan where poets from both Hindi and Urdu languages like Gopal Sad Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Khusbir Singh Shad Farhat Ehsas, G.S Aulakh and others will share the stage.Day three will again see 26 different sessions ranging from discussions on theatre by Nadira Babbar, play ‘lal quile ka aakhri mushaira by perrot troupe, film screening, poetry in films, dastangoi, sufi singing, classical dance etc. Festival will close with some soulful qawwali by the Sabri Brothers.last_img read more

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Two arrested in Kolkata for harassing assaulting girls

first_imgKolkata: Two youths have been arrested for allegedly harassing and physically assaulting two girls here, police said on Wednesday. “Two youths, named Evan Chauhan and Zulfikar Khan, both residents of Beniapukur area, were arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly harassing two young girls near the Pavlov Hospital on the night before,” an officer from Topsia police station said. According to police, both youths, riding a two-wheeler allegedly passed lewd comments to two girls passing by in the Beniapukur area at around 11 p.m. on Monday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata When the girls protested, the youths followed them and attacked them, taking advantage of the deserted roads. “The two accused fled the spot when the girls cried for help. One of the victims took note of their two-wheeler’s number and registered a complaint at our police station. Accordingly, the youths were arrested from their residences yesterday (Tuesday) and their scooty has been seized,” the officer said. Both the accused were produced in court on Wednesday. A number of incidents of harassment and attack of girls in the late hours have recently come to light. Former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta was chased and harassed by a gang of reckless bikers while travelling in an app-based cab at night last month. Seven youths were arrested in that case.last_img read more

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