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8 Ways to Start a Fight

first_imgWhat follows is not a prescription for finding your way into conflict. Instead, it’s a list of things you may now knowingly recognize as causing conflict where it isn’t necessary—and when it doesn’t serve you. Think of these as things to avoid, and this post as a strong warning.Personal Attack: Provocation. Verbal assault. Perhaps one of the best ways to start a fight is to personally attack another person. Making a personal attack on someone is almost an absolute guarantee of having someone respond in kind. Even if you’re frustrated, and even if the other person has done something you believe to be wrong, a personal attack does nothing to help the situation. It can only make things worse.Ignore Them: Another way to start a fight is to ignore someone. The fact that you are ignoring them can have the effect of causing them to try harder to get your attention. One of the ways to ensure that you get someone’s attention is to engage in conflict by saying something so rude that it commands a response.Challenge Their Significance: Disrespect them. Belittle them. There aren’t too many things that will cause a response like challenging another human being’s significance. All you need to do to manufacture conflict is to disrespect them as a human being. The more disrespect you offer, the more certain and more aggressive the response. It’s also relatively easy to get this response without meaning to, so be careful.Public Humiliation: Human beings will do all kinds of things to avoid being humiliated-including humiliating themselves. One of the responses to being publicly humiliated is to defend your dignity by attacking the person who humiliated you. It’s possible for an individual who humiliates themselves to attack another person to save face. If this seems juvenile to you, it is, but it is not limited to the young. No one wants the tribe to have a laugh at their expense or think less of them.Assume Bad Intentions: This one ties very closely to a personal attack because it’s not all that different. One of the ways that you can cause someone to feel that they must defend themselves is to accuse them of having bad intentions. There are a lot of people who believe things you don’t believe. There a lot of people who do things you don’t believe they should do. But it’s a mistake to believe that they have bad intentions and doing so can cause conflict. This is what occurs in every political argument you see on Facebook.Be Argumentative: It is impossible to argue with yourself. To argue, you need someone to assist you by participating in the argument. If you don’t want to fight, and you don’t want to argue, one way is to extract yourself from the conflict by removing yourself from the situation. To do that, all you have to do is stop, or better still, never start. Just say, “We’ll have to agree to disagree, but I respect your view on this.”Threaten: “If you don’t… I will . . . The word “if” is problematic. The “I will” that follows is even more troublesome. You are offering a threat. And when people feel they are threatened, they generally believe they must defend themselves. There is rarely ever a reason to offer a threat. If you are going to do something, you’re better off doing it than threatening it. The threat gives rise to conflict.Offer Ultimatums: The biggest problem with ultimatums is that someone can say “I accept your offer.” So, if you say something that sounds like the “if” statement above, you may find that a person accepts your offer. But you may also find that they decide to engage in conflict to make their point. Ultimatums, if they’re ever offered, should be made as a method of last resort.Conflict comes with being a human. Sometimes, it is necessary. But there is no reason to manufacture conflict where it serves no one and produces no great outcome. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Germany Mulls Easing Immigration Norms for Non-EU Skilled Workers

first_imgIn a bid to overcome the chronic shortage of skilled labor in the country, the German Cabinet is looking at a proposal to ease immigration and work permit process for skilled workers coming from outside the European Union.The German Interior, Labour and Economy ministries have agreed to recruit more foreign skilled labor to the country, Reuters reported on the basis of a paper it went through.If the recommendations mentioned in paper get the Cabinet’s approval, non-EU foreigner graduates and workers with vocational training will be allowed to come to Germany and look for a job within a certain period of time provided they fulfil the qualification and language related criteria.During the period of job search, immigrants will not be entitled to social welfare benefits. However, they will be allowed to take up jobs, for which they are overqualified, to get some money, according to the report.The paper proposes that the government will no longer insist that the companies prefer German citizens before looking at non-EU foreigners to fill vacancies. The other measures suggested in the paper are speeding up the qualification recognition procedures in Germany and a possible advertising campaign in selected countries, the news agency said.Citizens of the European Union are allowed to move freely in the bloc for labor purposes but that is not the case for workers from other nations. The new proposal may carry a positive chance for immigrant workers but its approval may turn into a sensitive issue due to the prevalence of anti-immigration sentiments in the country, where the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has managed to gather public support on the basis of its hardline policy on the issue.Germany is facing a shortage of skilled labor and young workers who would be ready to take up on-the-job training for almost three and a half years. This shortage is causing a huge gap between the demand and supply of workforce in the country. The Federal Labour Office reported a record 1.2 million vacant positions in Germany, the report added.Germany wanted to fill the gap in the workforce with the help of over a million refugees who arrived in 2015, but was unable to do so as most of them did not possess good German-language skills or were unable to prove the required qualifications.Germany already has a “blue card” system that makes the hiring of foreign academics and professionals easier for companies. The EU blue card enables third-country nationals who are university graduates or who have a comparable qualification to receive a residence title for the purpose of employment suiting their qualification. It is a residence permit which, when issued for the first time, is valid for a maximum of four years.The number of qualified Indian professionals in Germany is witnessing a rise. There were 169,602 Indians in Germany in 2017, the Ministry of External Affairs told the Lok Sabha last year.In the first half of 2016, the top five nationalities that received the EU blue cards were India with 22.1 percent, followed by China (8.7 percent), the Russian Federation (7.9 percent), Ukraine (5.3 percent) and Syria (4.7 percent), according to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Related ItemsEmploymentEuropean UnionGermanylast_img read more

Saving Children With Malaria in Remote Villages

first_imgDuring malaria season, children who live in remote villages are at tremendous risk. When parasites transmitted by mosquitoes swarm into the brain, the disease can kill within 24 hours.Often parents do not realize quickly enough how close a toddler is to death. More than 90 percent of malaria deaths are in children under 5 years old.Now, after 13 years of effort, a set of stopgap measures to keep youngsters alive long enough to get them to a clinic has been developed. Initial testing suggests the measures can dramatically cut death rates; in one pilot project in Zambia, they dropped by 96 percent.The most important new element is artesunate delivered as a soft rectal suppository. Artesunate is the drug that hospitals inject into children in mortal danger from malaria infections of the brain. The new version comes in a form that can be given by a village health worker or even a parent.Rectal administration gets the drug into the blood quickly and avoids the possibility that the child will vomit up the medication. Ideally, each two-dose box kills enough parasites to buy six to 12 more hours for a child to reach higher-level care.The World Health Organization endorsed the idea of artesunate suppositories in 2005, but it was not until February that a version won full WHO approval. It is made by Cipla, the Indian company that in 2001 became the first to make inexpensive generic HIV drugs for Africa.A second artesunate suppository, by another Indian company, Strides, was approved in June.Other advances that help save children with malaria include rapid diagnostic tests, training local health workers to recognize the disease and a fleet of bicycle ambulances.The test gives a diagnosis in minutes with only a finger-prick drop of blood.The ambulances are metal carts about 6 feet long and 4 feet wide that can be made in a local welding shop and attached to most bicycles. A mother and child can ride flat or sitting, and the cart can navigate dirt tracks too narrow for cars.(Motorbike ambulances have been rolled out in India for use in roadless mountain areas and cities plagued by traffic jams, but they are wider and more expensive.)The multipronged program was tested during the 2017-2018 malaria season in a Zambian district where villages could be up to 10 miles over dirt tracks from any formal medical care.It dramatically cut child mortality rates, and in April the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released a video describing the program’s success.An analysis released in August calculated that deaths were 96 percent lower than they would have been without the combination of suppositories, ambulances, test kits and extra training.(The comparison was imperfect, because the 2017-2018 season in the analysis appears to have been more severe than the previous season, and local clinics were well prepared in advance. Still, only three children died, which was far fewer than local health officials had seen before.)The pilot project was supported by Medicines for Malaria Venture, a partnership founded in 1999 to pursue new malaria drugs, and Transaid, a British charity that works to improve transportation in poor countries.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

Indians Among Top Recipients of EU Citizenship in 2016

first_imgEuropean Union (EU) member states granted citizenship to almost 1 million persons in 2016, of which Moroccans, Albanians and Indians were the main recipients, according to official Eurostat data.Maximum citizenship was given to people of Morocco (101,300 persons), Albania (67,500) and India (41,700). Among the 41,700 Indians, 59.1 per cent were granted a UK citizenship, while 22.9 per cent got Italian citizenship and 3.7 per cent became German citizens.India was the third main recipient of citizenships granted by EU member states in 2016, with 4.2 per cent.In the United Kingdom, 16.1 per cent of those granted citizenship were Indians, which amounted to 24,000 people. Indians seeking citizenship in the United Kingdom were not limited to England. At least 10.2 per cent (1,023 people) of those granted citizenship in Ireland were Indians.More than 50 per cent of 32,900 Pakistanis who received citizenship in the EU were granted citizenship in Britain.Moroccans, Albanians, Indians, Pakistanis, Turks, Romanians, and Ukrainians together represented about a third (33 per cent) of the total number of persons who acquired citizenship of an EU member state in 2016, which was the year of Brexit.As much as 20.9 per cent Asians received citizenship in the EU in 2016. The people who applied for citizenship not in Britain but in other EU member states can become citizens of Britain also before 2020, which is when the United Kingdom’s break from the European Union takes place.The data published by Eurostat shows that 6,555 British nationals acquired citizenship in a European Union member country in 2016, up from 2,478 in 2015. Most of them — 2,702 in total — opted for a German citizenship, followed by France (517) and Belgium (506).“We are seeing a Brexodus of people giving up their passports and rushing to take citizenship in EU countries as Brexit draws near,” Paul Butters, a spokesperson for the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign, told the Independent.“People have done this to give themselves some security. This should make David Davis ashamed that people feel they have no option but to give up their citizenship or apply to be a dual national. These people are giving up part of their identity to try to secure their future,” he added. Related ItemsBrexitCitizenshipEuropean Unionlast_img read more

Indian-Origin Businessman in UK Launches Legal Battle Against Heathrow Airport

first_imgHotel tycoon Surinder Arora is suing the Heathrow Airport over a planned multi-level car parking, The Sunday Times reported.Arora, who is based in the United Kingdom, plans to construct a 2,077-space, nine-level car park on the piece of land that he owns at Heathrow. He has issued a UK High Court claim against the airport over his plans.The airport has, however, objected to Arora’s project, with the Heathrow Airport Limited claiming that it alone is authorized to construct these spaces. Arora, on the other hand, has said that the cap of 42,000 car park space refers to the airport site as a whole, and his land is a part of this. So this gives him too the right to build car-park spaces, according to the report.Heathrow thinks that Arora should finish the process of planning before he goes to the court. “We believe this is entirely without merit and will respond accordingly,” the airport stated regarding the High Court claim filed by Arora, the report added.According to the local planning rules, a maximum of 42,000 car parking spaces are permitted at the airport. Arora was earlier permitted to build a smaller version with 1,000 spaces and five floors on the site, which opened last year.He now wishes to add another four more floors, resulting in reduction of parking charges at Heathrow, which are currently among the costliest in the world, as per the publication.The row between Heathrow and Arora is more than just about car parking. Arora is using it to bring forth a bigger fight with the airport over whether competition should be allowed, the publication reported.Arora, the founder and chairman of the Arora Group, arrived in the United Kingdom from India as a teenager. He founded the business in 1999 and runs a luxury four-star hotel at Heathrow for airline staff. His estimated net worth now is around £350 million.Arora has also been seeking the right to build a third runway at the Heathrow Airport. He is being supported by airlines including the British Airways, but Heathrow has claimed that the right to develop the runway lies with it.The plan for the third runway recently received the backing of the Cabinet. The plans for a new runway at Heathrow Airport at an expense of £14 billion could be voted on before UK parliament breaks for the summer recess, City A.M. reported. Related ItemsBritish IndianHeathrow AirportUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

India Home to Third Highest Number of Billion Dollar Startups, Reports Say

first_imgIndia now boasts of a record number of 18 unicorns, i.e. startups with a valuation of $ 1 billion or more, according to a new report.According to CB Insights, India has produced 14 unicorns in the last five years, from just three in 2013.Bloomberg Quint said India has produced more billion-dollar startups than Germany and the U.K. put together and according to a recent Nasscom study, in 2018 alone, India saw eight new unicorns including Oyo, Freshworks, Udaan, Zomato and others while U.K. and Germany have produced just four and two respectively.“The year was marked with dramatic increase in number of unicorns, resurgence in investments, and rapid growth in advanced technology in start-up ecosystem. India continues to be the 3rd largest start-up ecosystem in the world, with the overall start-up base in India expected to cross 7500, a growth of 12-15% from last year,” according to the Nasscom report.The latest unicorn to join the list of a billion-dollar list is Oyo rooms which has seen immense success expanding overseas in countries like China, U.K., and UAE. Also, Udaan, a B2B marketplace has been named as the fastest growing unicorn in the country.The study further suggested that start-up funding in 2018 has almost doubled from last year and the growth in late-stage funding has resulted in eight Indian startups becoming unicorns in 2018. India has the third largest number of startups and the third highest number of unicorn startups after the U.S. and China with 18 unicorns out of over 250 unicorns globally. Also, eight Indian startups turned unicorn in 2018 (till Sept.) has been considered as the highest addition in a single calendar year, as per the Nasscom report says.Moreover, the study has predicted that the by 2020, the Indian unicorn list will swell with the addition of more than 10 new startups. Some of them are Druva, Rivigo, Big Basket, Delivery, Mobikwik, and Practo.Considering the growth of Asian countries, the study has pointed out that China’s share of global unicorns has risen from 14 percent to 35 percent while a 30 percent increase in funding to Asia Pacific countries in the past four years has been recorded.Currently, the U.S. has over 126 unicorns, the highest in the world with China ranking second with 77 unicorns. Of these 20 received unicorn status in 2018 alone. After India’s 18 startups, U.K. ranks fourth with 15 billion-dollar startups. Related Itemslast_img read more

Two Statues Unveiled in France to Honor Indian Soldiers of WWI

first_imgTwo statues have been unveiled in France to commemorate Indian soldiers, who fought in the First World War. To mark the Armistice Day on Nov.11, a bronze statue was unveiled in the city of Laventie in France. Another statue was inaugurated on Nov.10 by Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu at Villers Guislain in France.Armistice Day is commemorated every year on Nov.11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of First World War and Germany in 1918 for the cessation of hostilities. This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.According to a PTI report, the statue is seven feet high and made of bronze. The Inter-Faith Shaheedi Commemoration Association (IFSC) has planned to unveil similar statues across France. The recently unveiled statue in Laventie is the first among the many planned.The IFSC said on its website, “This marks the commencement of our project to establish 57 such statues near all cemeteries where our Indian soldiers lie buried in France.”This site for the statue was chosen after the remains of two soldiers were identified as members of the 39th Royal Garhwal Rifles. These remains were reburied last year, the news agency reported.IFSC said that India’s role in the First World War has always been downplayed and under-documented for various reasons. It further said, “The First World War is a relatively unnoticed event in an otherwise historic timeline of Indian events. This colossal effort in the most difficult circumstance is not entirely forgotten nor actively remembered and needs to be portrayed in the correct perspective globally and in India.”Another statue, which is made to honor Indian soldiers of the First World War, is at Villers Guislain in France. It was unveiled by Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Nov.10.According to a press release by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), it is the first world war memorial constructed by the Indian government in France.Many representatives of Indian and French armed forces and locals were present at the ceremony.Addressing the gathering at the local mayor’s office, Naidu said, “The Indian memorial in Villers-Guislain would stand tall as a towering manifestation of our continuous efforts to express solidarity with France in remembering the martyrs of the First World War.”Terming the war memorial as a testimony to the bravery and sacrifices of Indian soldiers, Naidu said, “The valor of the Indian soldiers and the duty they stood for, leaving behind their kith and kin, is a memory that can never be erased. They fought for human liberty and freedom, even though it was not a war that India was involved with directly.”According to the PIB release, “Nearly 1,40,000 Indian Soldiers took part in World War 1 in France and Belgium. 9300 of them made supreme sacrifice and are buried in 168 cemeteries in France and Belgium.”The land for this memorial was given by the French government to the Indian government for building a memorial to recognize the sacrifices of Indian soldiers during the Battle of Cambrai, which was fought in 1917. Over 40,000 soldiers, including Indians, had died in that battle.On Nov.4, UK also unveiled its first statue dedicated to Indian soldiers of the First World War.  Related Itemslast_img read more

LeBron’s 39 lead Cavs to OT win against Clippers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade scored 17 in the quarter, 11 on free throws, as he was able to draw fouls with drives and extra-effort plays.“He continues to play the same way and that’s what you need from vets and future Hall of Famers,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys like that who understand the game and when it gets tough, don’t panic and continue to play the same way.”UP NEXTClippers: Continue road trip on Saturday in Charlotte.Cavaliers: At Detroit on Monday. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trump welcomes college sports champions to the White House Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They made some big 3s,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “You have to give them credit. That’s why they’ve been in a lot of Finals.”The Cavs spent all night chasing the Clippers and caught them at 105-all when Love grabbed an offensive rebound and fed James, who dropped an uncontested 3-pointer with 47 seconds left.Griffin missed tough shots on consecutive possessions, giving Cleveland one last chance in regulation but James missed an off-balance left-hander just before the horn.James made a free throw to open OT — he went 1 of 5 at the line — and give Cleveland its first lead. Then, after Love made his two 3s, James sealed the Cavs’ fifth win in six games with a jumper.“Well defended,” Rivers said. “It’s LeBron James.”TIP-INSClippers: Jordan made his first eight shots, three on dunks. … G Patrick Beverely (sore right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … Rivers is “amazed” by James, who just over a month shy of his 33rd birthday, hasn’t slowed physically. “Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything,” he said. “But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it. He has both going for him. He can beat you with his brain. He can beat you with his power. It’s a daunting task when you watch him on film.”Cavaliers: PG Derrick Rose will miss at least two more weeks with a nagging left ankle injury. Rose’s ankle will be immobilized in a boot for the next week and he could undergo treatment for as many as three more weeks. … Iman Shumpert started again at point, but left in the first quarter a sore left knee and didn’t return. … G Jose Calderon played his first minutes since Nov. 1. … Working toward his return from a hip injury, G Isaiah Thomas got in two on-court workouts before the game. … Cleveland has won 33 of its last 39 home games against Western Conference teams.D-WONDERFULWade’s aggressiveness in the second quarter helped the Cavs shake off an atrocious start. Down 10 points, Cleveland chipped away and despite some defensive lapses, the Cavs somehow tied the Clippers 56-all at halftime.center_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James knows about the narrative bouncing around the NBA that Cleveland can be dethroned in the East.He’s ignoring it, and slowly changing it.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “You know I could care less what people say,” James said. “I’m so far beyond that. I don’t care what people say.”Just to make sure everyone understood him, James asked his two sons waiting for him in Cleveland’s locker room to chime in on whether he was concerned about outside voices.The boys had dad’s back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames had another of those games that he only seems capable of, scoring 39 points with 14 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Cavaliers continued to improve from a shaky start with their fourth straight win, 118-113 in overtime on Friday night over the skidding Los Angeles Clippers, who dropped their seventh in a row.Kevin Love scored 25 and drained a pair of 3-pointers in OT, when the Cavs, who didn’t take the lead until the first minute of the extra session, outscored the Clippers 13-8. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Dwyane Wade gave Cleveland a huge spark, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Cavs’ win wasn’t eye-pleasing, but it was another step in the right direction for the three-time defending conference champions, who went 3-1 on a just-completed road trip.On Thursday night, James said he watched Boston beat Golden State to improve to 14-2, a stunning start that has prompted discussion about Cleveland’s vulnerability.James dismissed any concern about the Celtics’ early burst.“I’ve got too much to worry about around here right now trying to get our ship going in the right direction,” he said.The Clippers’ ship is taking on water fast. Los Angeles has lost nine of 10 since a 4-0 start.Blake Griffin scored 23 and DeAndre Jordan had 20 points and 22 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t give up the lead until the first minute of overtime.The Clippers had chances to put the Cavs away in regulation, but they didn’t execute down the stretch and then had defensive breakdowns in overtime.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Wise Counsel | The Social Warriors

first_imgHis mother told Krishan Swarup that he was eight months old at the time of the “martial law (how many locals refer to the Partition of 1947)”. Although from school and college records, he is now 72 years old. A striking persona with his carelessly wrapped turban and walrus moustache,,His mother told Krishan Swarup that he was eight months old at the time of the “martial law (how many locals refer to the Partition of 1947)”. Although from school and college records, he is now 72 years old. A striking persona with his carelessly wrapped turban and walrus moustache, he is an easy man to talk to, what with the treasure trove of anecdotes he can recount from key moments in India’s post-Independence history.He says he was just five or six years old when Master Maadu Ram, a local Arya Samaj leader, visited his father’s simple home in Gorakhpur village. Maadu Ram, Swarup says, fascinated him with his fearless advocation of rationalism against blind faith and idol worship. “I have never since stepped inside a temple, mosque, church or gurudwara,” says the man who now devotes all his time to educating others, including young school and college students, employee unions, farmers’ collectives and even local khap panchayats (caste councils) who care to hear his unorthodox views.Starting out in student politics in the early 1970s, Swarup, then a postgraduate student of history, recalls how he was rusticated from Hisar’s Jat College in 1973, when he preferred to support a statewide school teachers’ strike instead of taking a prized opportunity to work as a stipendiary teacher. “The government was offering the jobs to break the teachers’ strike and I refused,” he says. The early influences and the heady days of student politics made for that inevitable drift to the Left (he became a card holder of the CPI(M).advertisementBut it was after 2008, when he withdrew from politics (he says, “I simply did not renew my card in 2012”) that Swarup, who is now respectfully referred to as ‘Comrade Krishan Swarup Gorakhpuria’, really came into his own.Back in Gorakhpur, he spearheaded the establishment of the Comrade Prithvi Singh Yadgaar Committee (a tribute to a local Left leader), which now has bustling premises on one edge of the village. It is among several places where he engages with youth, both of the village and from settlements nearby. Discussions range from sports, afforestation, organic and zero-budget farming to advances in science and education. The centre also serves as a sports academy, which sent as many as seven boys to the volleyball nationals this year, and a coaching centre to prepare young boys and girls for competitive examinations.And while he watches over the centre in Gorakhpur, Swarup spends the remainder of his time addressing employees’ unions, farmers and students. “This is to inform people of their rights and responsibilities,” he says. For instance, he spent weeks during a recent roadways union agitation in Haryana, talking to workers unions, advising them on how best to press for their demands. And he regularly visits government and private schools to similarly engage with students, whom he sees as the workforce of the future. “I engage in agitational and educational activity,” he chuckles. He is also head of one of the most progressive Khap panchayats in Haryana, through which he continues to wage a virtual war against female foeticide and honour killings amid Haryana’s intensely patriarchal rural society.But the comrade isn’t merely a preacher. Two of his four children are in inter-caste marriages; on his insistence, his matriculate daughter-in-law went on to graduate and to teaching in a local school; and the delight on his face while visiting his grand-daughters in Chandigarh is telling.last_img read more

Ride Before You Die: 3 Cycling Trips Worth Traveling For

first_img The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Photo by zychIt could be said that hardcore adventure travelers suffer from a type of sickness — a psychosis, even. Adrenaline junkies seek to scare the hell out themselves on a regular basis. Mountain climbers need to scale ever-higher, ever-more-dangerous rock faces. Hardcore cyclists are always looking for the hardest, most punishing trails to ride. On that note, here are three of the world’s most bucket-list-worthy cycling trips to complete before you die.For Nature-Lovers: Trotternish Ridge on Scotland’s Isle of SkyePhoto by Zoltan GaborYou don’t really need another reason to visit Scotland, but, if you’re a cyclist, here’s one more. Beginning and ending at the town of Portree on the Isle of Skye, a 50-mile loop traverses some of the country’s most breathtaking landscape. The deceptively simple trek takes riders around the towering ridgeline that cuts the center of the Trotternish peninsula, passing two iconic landmarks: the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr (pictured above). In just a few hours, the scenery evolves from dark volcanic rock to idyllic pastures to the edge of the Atlantic. It isn’t Europe’s most difficult cycling trip, but it’s certainly one of the prettiest. There’s a reason Ridley Scott chose to film his otherworldly Prometheus here.For Endurance Riders: India’s Leh-Manali HighwayThe Ladakh region of northern India is one of the most vast, most rugged, most remote regions in the country. Set among the cloud-swept peaks of the Himalayas, the views (and the ride itself) are literally breathtaking. The Leh-Manali Highway crosses the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates, a highly active geological area wrought with frequent tremors and, increasingly, earthquakes. For most of its near-300-mile stretch, the road is treacherous, bordering on impassable. It’s often ranked among the world’s deadliest roads. Chaotic weather, spotty or no pavement, brutal cold, sky-high altitude, and minimal civilization make for a difficult trip even in a car or truck. However, all of this attracts cyclists from around the world.For Masochists: Triple-Pass in the Italian Alps and the DolomitesPhoto by welcomiaSpanning the Dolomites and the Italian Alps are three of Europe’s most brutal and beautiful mountain passes. An impossibly long series of switchbacks climb the Mortirolo, the Gavia, and Stelvio (pictured above) passes near the border of Switzerland and Italy. It’s the sort of place that seems purpose-built for car commercials. Indeed, we ranked the Stelvio pass among our world’s best drives worth flying for. For anyone seeking a serious two-wheel challenge, there’s perhaps no better place anywhere on the continent. The Giro d’Italia (Italy’s Tour de France) first popularized the triple-pass route as a worthy cyclist destination in the mid-1900s. Adventurous bikers can start in the tiny Alpine village of Bormio in northern Italy. From there, all three passes are directly accessible. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Games Legacy Supports the Arts

first_imgEmerging Nova Scotian artists will benefit from the Canada Games legacy for years to come. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society announced today, March 21, that it will contribute $200,000 in award funding to the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and awards to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to becoming established artists in their chosen fields. “The 2011 Halifax Canada Games celebrated the drive and excellence of both young athletes and artists,” said Julia Rivard, member of the Games’ Board of Directors. “Because of this, recognizing the arts and culture was an important factor in a successful legacy of the Halifax Canada Games. The awards will ensure the spirit of the Games lives on through Nova Scotia’s next generation of great artists.” The funding will be given in two $10,000 special awards each year for the next ten years, called the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards. “The 2011 Games celebrated the best that Nova Scotia has to offer–in sport, arts, culture, and community,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “This funding, along with the infrastructure built to support the Canada Games, will create a lasting legacy for young and emerging artists.” “I cannot thank the Nova Scotia Talent Trust enough for the honour of being selected as a scholarship and award recipient. The results have been life-changing,” said Francesca Nardi of Halifax. “It gave me the opportunity to spend a month in Spain learning Flamenco from some of the best teachers in the world, which has greatly improved my skill and versatility as a dancer. I am so excited to share what I have learned with the rest of the community here.” Many of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s past recipients have gone on to successful careers in the arts at home and abroad. Past recipients include soprano Jane Archibald, actor Don Allison, filmmaker Shandi Mitchell, dancer Ian Parsons, and cellist Denise Djokic. The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is now accepting applications for the latest round of scholarships for fall/winter studies. The deadline is May 1. For more information on how to apply, visit www.nstalenttrust.ns.ca.last_img read more

Police take Rohit Shekhars wife into custody for probe

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Crime Branch on Sunday continued their questioning with Rohit Shekhar’s wife and other people in the case of ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar murder.Sources said that the crime branch team’s were scanning the call details records of several persons in the case. Apart from family members, many known persons are also on the radar of city police. The investigating agency is probing the case from all angles. Name of few persons also cropped up during questioning which is being probed. Crime Branch officials questioned Shekhar’s wife Apoorva for over eight hours, sources said. She was questioned about her entry in their Defence colony residence, her schedule –what she did during the day and why she did not find it odd when Shekhar was sleeping throughout the day, they said. Shekhar’s brother Siddharth and househelps –Martha and Golu –were also questioned since they, too, were present at his residence at the time of his death, the sources said. Delhi Police on Thursday lodged a case of murder in connection with the death of ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar. The investigating agency said that the autopsy report pointed to unnatural death caused by smothering. According to police, the case was transferred to the crime branch for further investigation. They are questioning Rohit’s family members, including his mother Ujjwala and his uncle’s son. The investigating agency will also question Rohit’s wife in the case. “We are probing whether the pillow was used for smothering when he might be sleeping,” said sources. with Agencies inputslast_img read more

EU Council Hails Moroccos Human Rights Commitments

Brussels – The Council of the European Union, which convened on Tuesday in Brussels, adopted the yearly report on the situation of human rights and democracy in the world for the year 2015, in which it hailed commitments made by Morocco in terms of human rights.The report commended the cooperation between Morocco and the European Union, applauding Morocco’s key role in the region and internationally.The EU and Morocco continued their cooperation within international bodies, mainly the council of human rights where the Kingdom has a dynamic role in promoting several initiatives related to economic, social and cultural rights, it said. It also highlighted the scope of reforms undertaken since the adoption of the 2011 constitution, mainly the organic law on regionalization, the judiciary reform, strengthening local democracy, gender equality, protecting rights of the disabled, free speech and the criminal law. The report noted also the dynamism of civil society, lauding the adoption by the Moroccan parliament of the optional protocol to the international covenant on political and civil rights and the optional protocol to the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. read more

New Mexico governor says no to highlevel nuclear waste

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s governor said Friday she’s opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the interim storage of high-level radioactive waste poses significant and unacceptable risks to residents, the environment and the region’s economy.She cited the ongoing oil boom in the Permian Basin, which spans parts of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas, as well as million-dollar dairy operations and other agricultural interests that help drive the state’s economy.Any disruption of agricultural or oil and gas activities as a result of a perceived or actual incident would be catastrophic, she said, adding that siting a storage facility near Carlsbad also could affect future investment in the area.“Establishing an interim storage facility in this region would be economic malpractice,” she wrote.Holtec International has defended its plans, citing unmet obligations by the federal government to find a permanent solution for dealing with the tons of waste building up at nuclear power plants.The company says the four-layer casks that would hold the spent fuel would be made of thick steel and lead, and transported on a designated train with guards and guns.Holtec also contends the site in New Mexico — about 35 miles (56 kilometres) from Carlsbad — is remote and geologically stable.Lujan Grisham’s stance marks a shift from the previous administration, which had indicated its support for such a project.During her last year in Congress, Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, opposed changes to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act and the possible development of a temporary storage facility in New Mexico. She was concerned that loopholes could be created and result in the waste being permanently stranded in New Mexico.The Permian Basin Petroleum Association, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association all have sent letters of concern to the governor.Several environmental groups also have protested the idea of an interim storage site for spent nuclear fuel. The groups raised their concerns during a hearing before federal regulators earlier this year.Opponents question the project’s legality, the safety of transporting high-level waste from sites scattered across the country and the potential for contamination if something were to go wrong.The governor’s letter came as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers whether to issue a 40-year license for the facility proposed by Holtec.The company has the support of Eddy and Lea County officials, who have said the project would have economic benefits for the region.Southeastern New Mexico is already home to the federal government’s only underground repository for radioactive waste remaining from years of bomb-making and nuclear research.Municipalities elsewhere in New Mexico and Texas have passed resolutions expressing concerns about an interim storage proposal in the region.Reams of documents have already been submitted to the regulatory commission, and the overall permitting process is expected to be lengthy.A Texas-based company also has applied for a license to expand its existing hazardous waste facility in Andrews County, Texas, to include an area where spent fuel could be temporarily stored.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press read more

Vetavision simulation models provide handson learning experience

Carolyn Cartwright, left, demonstrates the use of Hallie, a dog simulation model, to third-year veterinary student Ashley L’Hirondelle. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Squeezing a toy car out of a length of tube sock is not typically something veterinarians have to grapple with, but it is a situation grounded in reality.It’s one of the simulated procedures budding young veterinarians can suit up and try out on model animals at this year’s Vetavision, a student-run open house held by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.“One of our models is a surgery scenario geared for kids. It’s a big stuffed animal and we put action figures and little trucks and things in the simulated intestine,” said Carolyn Cartwright, a registered veterinary technician and manager of the BJ Hudges Centre for Clinical Learning.“So they have to gown up and put on gloves and a cap and mask and find what they feel inside of a sock and pull it out.” Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Watch dogs walk on an underwater treadmill at Vetavision Novel U of S dachshund gait research has broader implications for rehab medicine Calving simulator challenges misconceptions, prepares vet students Carolyn Cartwright, left, demonstrates the use of Agnes, a calving simulator, to third year veterinary student Mattie Smith. Third-year veterinary student Ashley L’Hirondelle was among a group setting up to welcome the public Thursday afternoon. The event is just as exciting for students as it is for attendees, she said.“It’s a family-friendly event, so I really like seeing all of the little kids getting excited to see the animals and to get dressed up. In addition to showcasing all of the different disciplines and all of the animals we get to work with, it’s also really important for public education.”amshort@postmedia.comRelated Held every two years, Vetavision opens the college for two days to allow the public to see some of the work done there.That includes the BJ Hughes Centre, which houses some of the clinical simulation models that serve as a valuable learning tool for veterinary students.“Whether it’s the veterinary students or the general public, having realistic or anatomically correct models gives you a true learning experience,” Cartwright said. “They can actually learn all of that on a model in a safe environment before they have to worry about holding that wiggly puppy. It cements that learning.”For this year’s event, taking place Friday and Saturday, the models available to the public range from a stuffed dog to a lifelike calving model named Agnes that even has ‘milkable’ udders.“With Agnes, people can actually go in and palpate, or feel, how that calf would be normally, or maybe abnormally, coming,” Cartwright said. “So it gives them a realistic experience they wouldn’t get with a live cow. You wouldn’t have a live cow being palpated multiple times by hundreds of people.”Other models available to try out are Hallie, a dog with speakers to simulate a heartbeat and breathing to check on with a stethoscope, and other dogs in need of some chest compressions or a bandage. read more

Rates drop Thursday for NW Natural gas

first_imgPortland – NW Natural customers will pay about 7 percent less for their natural gas starting Thursday.The typical residential customer who uses 57 therms per month will save about $3.81 per month, according to a news release from the company.The decrease is due to the Purchased Gas Adjustment recently approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.Commercial customers will save about 7.7 percent, or pay $16 less for those using an average of 244 therms per month.Actual savings may vary.NW Natural serves about 2 million people in Oregon and Southwest Washington.last_img read more

Everton apologize for breaching PL rules

first_imgEverton Football Club have apologized for breaking Premier League rules regarding the signing of young players to club academies.The Toffees were fined £500,000 and banned from signing young registered academy players in England for the next two years after they were found guilty of inducements to players and their families.A club statement said, according to talkSPORT:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everton has worked alongside the Premier League over recent weeks to conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations relating to our Academy’s operational methods in some areas of player recruitment.”“In short, we are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club. Accordingly, we have accepted the penalties imposed on us by the Premier League and have given them our strongest apologies.”“We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”last_img read more