US preparing to withdraw over 5000 troops from Afghanistan

first_imgWashington DC: The United States is preparing to withdraw more than 5,000 of its troops from Afghanistan as part of an initial peace deal with the Taliban that would include a ceasefire and renunciation of Al-Qaeda, a media report said Thursday. The White House did not immediately respond to the news report. Later, the authorities denied any such development, saying that the presence of the US forces was “conditions-based”. Quoting an unnamed US official, The Washington Post had reported Thursday that the Trump Administration was preparing to reduce its number of troops in Afghanistan from current 14,000 to 9,000 or 8,000. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the daily, the initial agreement would require the Taliban to begin negotiating a larger peace deal directly with the Afghan government. Denying this, a Pentagon spokesman told The Washington Post that the Defence Department had not been ordered to withdraw forces from Afghanistan. A State Department spokesperson told PTI, “While the RS (resolute support) or the DoD (Department of Defence) can speak with more authority on this issue, we have not adjusted our troop levels in Afghanistan to reflect our discussions with either the Afghan government or the Taliban.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Adjustments over the years have been conditions-based. And any future reductions or withdrawal of forces will also be conditions-based,” the spokesperson added. CDR Rebecca Rebarich, DoD spokesperson, said, “The DoD has not been ordered to draw down. Our strategy in Afghanistan is conditions-based; our troops will remain in Afghanistan at appropriate levels so long as their presence is required to safeguard US interests. Such an agreement has been an effort of Special US Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad, who left Kabul for Doha, said he had a “most productive visit to Afghanistan” since he took this job as a special representative. “The US and Afghanistan have agreed on next steps. And a negotiation team and technical support group are being finalised,”he had tweeted. In Doha, Khalilzad is scheduled to hold another round of talks with the Taliban. “I’m off to Doha, with a stop in Islamabad. In Doha, if the Taliban do their part, we will do ours, and conclude the agreement we have been working on,” he said.last_img read more

Five things about Minister Chrystia Freelands foreign policy speech

first_imgOTTAWA – Remember Responsible Conviction? That was so 2016.That was the label Stephane Dion gave to Canada’s foreign policy last year when Barack Obama was in the White House and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was enjoying a full-on bromance with his like-minded counterpart.Now, it’s 2017. Donald Trump is the U.S. president and he is casting doubt on international institutions like the United Nations and NATO, he wants to tear up free trade deals central to Canada’s economic interest, he has taken the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and wants countries to spend more on their militaries to ease the U.S. burden.Canada’s new foreign policy, which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered to the House of Commons Tuesday, tried to address the new reality of the U.S. withdrawal from global leadership.Freeland didn’t replace “responsible conviction” with her own new label. She never once named Trump. But there was never any doubt that Canada has changed direction to take into account the new presidency. Here are five things that can be taken away from her lengthy speech about Canada’s 2017 foreign policy:1. History MattersIt has been written by many that in the aftermath of the Second World War, Canada got a seat at the big international tables that birthed the UN, NATO and the roots of the global financial apparatus that endures to today, namely the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization. As Freeland said: “Seventy years ago they were revolutionary. And they set the stage for the longest period of peace and prosperity in our history.” Therefore, Canada will defend their work.2. You think we’re a nation of peacekeepers? Ha!Though she noted Lester Pearson’s Nobel Peace Prize for helping invent peacekeeping back in the 1950s as well as numerous contributions to UN blue helmet missions from the Suez to Cyprus, Freeland said Canada still needs to spend “billions” on a military that can fight. That’s clearly meant to till the earth for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s defence review coming on Wednesday. Canada needs “hard power” to play its part with allies to offer a credible deterrent in world full of threats: North Korea’s dictatorship, the “monstrous extremists” of ISIL; Russian aggression in Europe. “Our ability to act against such threats alone is limited. It requires co-operation with like-minded countries.”3. Climate change, like war, is also hellFreeland called it an “existential threat” that the world needs to tackle. “Climate change is a shared menace, affecting every single person on this planet. Civil war, poverty, drought and natural disasters anywhere in the world threaten us as well — not least because these catastrophes spawn globally-destabilizing mass migrations.”4. Diversity MattersSure, there’s a lot of anxiety that too many people “have been left behind” by globalization, and more needs to be done to distribute wealth more equally. But don’t blame immigrants: “It is wrong to view the woes of our middle class as the result of fiendish behaviour by foreigners.” Moreover, Canada will stand up for the rights of women, gays and lesbians, transgendered people, racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious minorities, and indigenous people. For women in particular, that means protecting sexual reproduction and the right to safe abortion: “These rights are at the core of our foreign policy.”5. History Matters Redux: “Pretty Boy” Freeland and his brothersFreeland recalled that her great uncle Warren Freeland joined her father, John Wilbur “Pretty Boy” Freeland, and their brother, Carleton, in enlisting in the Second World. Warren didn’t make it back. They “intuitively understood the connection between their lives, and those of people they’d never met” who lived far away and spoke different languages. “Our job today is to preserve their achievement, and to build on it; to use the multilateral structures they created as the foundation for planetary accords and institutions fit for the new realities of this century.”last_img read more

28 pc polling in 8 Lok Sabha seats of MP till noon

first_imgBhopal: An average 28.01 per cent voter turnout was recorded till Sunday noon in eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an election official said. Voting was underway since 7 am in a peaceful manner in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the third phase of elections in the state, state Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said. “During mock poll conducted before the actual voting began, 30 to 40 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were changed because of some technical problems,” he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The voting figures till noon were: Morena 24.29 per cent, Bhind 21.99 per cent, Gwalior 22.96 per cent, Guna 34.11 per cent, Sagar 30.3 per cent, Vidisha 33.8 per cent, Bhopal 26.15 per cent and Rajgarh 32.39 per cent, he said. Long queues were seen at several booths across the eight constituencies, he said. In Bhopal, Congress veteran Digvijay Singh is locked in a battle with BJP candidate and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is seeking a re-election from Guna seat, where he cast his vote at a booth early in the morning. His opponent is BJP’s K P Yadav, who is contesting his first parliamentary election. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who is the sitting MP from Gwalior, is contesting from Morena seat this time. Altogether 138 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for these eight Lok Sabha seats, of which seven were won by the BJP in 2014. Total 18,141 polling booths have been set up where over 1.44 crore people, including 32,909 service voters, are eligible to exercise their franchise, the official said. Lok Sabha elections to 29 seats in the state are being held in four phases. The first (in six seats) and second phases (seven seats) were held on April 29 and May 6. Voting for the last phase in eight seats will be held on May 19 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Greater efforts needed to end female genital mutilation – UN agency

6 February 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for greater efforts to end female genital mutilation, as the agency marked the International Day against the harmful practice that three million girls and women endure each year. “Some 70 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to female genital cutting,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said in a message on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation. “While some communities have made real progress in abandoning this dangerous practice, the rights, and even the lives, of too many girls continue to be threatened,” she added.Female genital mutilation or cutting is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – undertaken for cultural or other non-medical reasons – often causing severe pain and sometimes resulting in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.Genital cutting can produce complications during child birth, increasing the chances of death or disability for both mother and child.Although this practice is in decline, it remains prevalent in many countries and often against national laws, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. In the Central African Republic (CAR), for example, about 28 per cent of women are circumcised despite a 1966 law prohibiting the tradition.Foncy Kongo, a 29-year old woman from the CAR, works with the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices (CIAF) trying to stop genital cutting in her country.As a 10-year old growing up in Bria, central CAR, Kongo was used to hearing about girls undergoing circumcision, she told UNICEF.“It is part of our traditional culture, like a rite of passage into womanhood. Most women in my family are circumcised and even in school there was peer pressure as the girls would contest their womanhood,” she said.When her turn came she ran away from home only to be dragged back to the house a few hours later. “I was scared. I’d heard of girls who died because they lost too much blood.”Kongo did not die but she experienced immense pain and urinal problems after she was circumcised.In 2008 data shows that 17 per cent of women in Bangui, the CAR capital, are circumcised and more than 71per cent of women in Haute Kotto, where Kongo grew up, are victims of the cultural practice.In February last year, 10 UN agencies banded together to pledge their support for eliminating the life-threatening practice within a generation and aiming for a major reduction in many countries by 2015, the year the Millennium Development Goals are set to be achieved. read more

Growth in loans decline in loanloss reserves boost Discover Financials 4Q profit

Growth in loans, decline in loan-loss reserves boost Discover Financial’s 4Q profit LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Discover Financial Services’ net income jumped 11 per cent in the last three months of 2013, as users of its namesake credit card and other loan services stepped up borrowing and the company set aside less money to cover potential loan losses.The company said Thursday that total loans grew 5 per cent in the quarter versus the same period a year earlier. Credit card loans grew 4 per cent. Discover card sales volume rose 3 per cent during the October-December period, when customers traditionally ramp up spending for the holidays.All told, Discover’s fourth-quarter net interest income, or money earned from loans after factoring in interest expense, jumped nearly 10 per cent to $1.57 billion from $1.43 billion.In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Discover Chairman and CEO David Nelms said he anticipates a loan growth will be in the low-single-digit range for the industry this year, noting Discover’s loan growth has come from taking share from rivals.“Our strategy is to continue to grow faster than the industry,” Nelms said.Discover has been working to expand its credit card business, while also pushing further into the payments processing business and direct banking, offering personal, student and home equity loans.In the company’s payments services business, which competes with Visa and MasterCard, revenue dropped 2 per cent as transaction processing revenue declined. Dollar volume for the company’s payments business slipped 1 per cent.The latest quarter included a provision for potential loan losses of $354 million, down from $370 million a year earlier.All told, Discover said that its profit after paying preferred dividends was $588 million, or $1.23 per share, in the three months ended Nov. 30. That compares with $530 million, or $1.06 per share, a year earlier.Revenue net of interest expense grew about 6 per cent to $2.13 billion, up from $2.02 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of $1.17 per share on $2.1 billion in revenue.Discover’s board declared a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents to be paid Feb. 20 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 6. The company also will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $16.25 to certain preferred shareholders. That dividend will be paid on March 3 to shareholders of record on Feb. 14.Shares of Riverwoods, Ill.-based Discover ended regular trading down $1.26, or 2.4 per cent, at $52.40. The stock added $1.10, or 2 per cent, to $53.50 in extended trading. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2014 3:24 pm MDT In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, photo a Discover sign hangs on the door of a business in Robinson Township, Pa. Discover reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Culture Wave 2016 happening Saturday March 12

African and Caribbean culture will be celebrated through music, drama, singing and dancing on Saturday at the 10th annual Culture Wave.Presented by Brock University’s ROOTS African Caribbean Society, the event is an opportunity for people to learn about Africa and the Caribbean in an entertaining way.Organizers are expecting more than 100 people at the event, which features surprise guests and hosts.Tickets are $30 and food is included.It’s being held at Mandeville Theatre, 2 Ridley Rd., St. Catharines.. Doors open at 6 p.m.For more information visit the group’s Facebook page. read more

Stranded Antarctic passengers finally rescued from stuck ship

first_imgUpdated 3.55pmPassengers prepare to board the Chinese rescue helicopter (AP Photo/Zinhua, Zhang Jiansong) ALL 52 PASSENGERS who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on an icebound Russian research vessel in Antarctica were airlifted from the ice today in a dramatic rescue mission.A Chinese helicopter which landed on a makeshift landing pad next to the marooned ship ferried the scientists, tourists and journalists in groups of 12 to an Australian government supply ship, the Aurora Australis.The passengers had been stuck for 10 days in thick pack ice 100 nautical miles east of the French base of Dumont d’Urville after their vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became frozen in place.Three icebreaking ships had been unable to clear a path to it.“Aurora Australis has advised AMSA that the 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy are now on board,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said late today.Passengers link arms and stamp out a helicopter landing site on the ice near the trapped ship (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Photography, Andrew Peacock)Expedition leader Chris Turney expressed his “great relief” that the complex operation, which had been fraught with setbacks and challenges, finally went off without a hitch.“We’ve made it to the Aurora Australis safe and sound. A huge thanks to the Chinese and the (government’s) Australian Antarctic Division for all their hard work,” Turney tweeted.The Sydney Morning Herald, which has a reporter aboard the Aurora Australis, said many of those brought off the Russian ship were relieved, with one woman crying tears of joy.“It really has been an emotional rollercoaster,” Joanne Sim told the newspaper.Their ordeal began on December 24 when a southerly front and blizzard trapped the Shokalskiy in a dense ice field which several icebreakers — the Australis, France’s L’Astrolabe and the Chinese-flagged Xue Long — were unable to penetrate.Passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy walk around the ice (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography/Andrew Peacock)Efforts to reach the Russian vessel by sea were abandoned on Tuesday in favour of an aerial rescue using the Xue Long’s helicopter, but heavy weather and sea ice stymied efforts until late Thursday.A window of favourable weather allowed the Chinese crew to begin ferrying passengers at around 5pm Australian time (6am GMT), with groups collected from a landing pad stamped out in the ice beside the Shokalskiy and ferried to an ice floe near the Australis.The planAMSA confirmed that all passengers had reached the Australian ship at 10.16pm, some five hours after Turney first announced that the mission was underway.Though they are free from the ice the group is not expected to reach dry land for several weeks yet, with the Australis having to travel back to the southern city of Hobart via Australia’s Casey Antarctic base to refuel.The Shokalskiy’s crew of 22 will remain on board until the ice breaks up and she can sail on under her own steam. The ship is well provisioned and those on board have not been in any danger.Turney posted a number of videos documenting the rescue, including the red helicopter’s first touchdown on the landing pad, the initial group of passengers trekking across the ice and a second load taking off towards the Australis.(Video: Intrepid Science/YouTube)The initial plan had been for the helicopter to ferry the passengers back to the Xue Long, where they would board a barge to be transferred to the Aurora Australis, the Australian government’s Antarctic resupply ship.But sea ice prevented the Australis from launching its barge Thursday, forcing a rethink.LogisticsIn the end, the passengers were flown via helicopter from the stranded ship to an ice floe near the Aurora Australis, and then brought on board the Australian icebreaker in a rescue ship.AMSA had estimated the rescue would involve five trips of up to 12 passengers and another two flights for equipment and luggage.Two passengers from the whip work to place a wind indicator atop an ice feature near the trapped ship. (AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock)Passengers on the stranded ship — an eclectic mix of scientists, tourists and journalists — had been following in the footsteps of Australian Sir Douglas Mawson and his 1911-1914 expedition.The team has been carrying out the same scientific experiments that Mawson’s group conducted during their expedition, partly in an attempt to discover how quickly the Antarctic’s sea ice is disappearing.Board games, first-aid and other skills courses, movie marathons in the ship’s auditorium and walks on the ice have helped to pass the time. They even penned a theme song about their adventure and filmed themselves singing it on the top deck.Though they are in remote Antarctica the group dropped in on one of the world’s biggest New Year’s parties, broadcasting live to celebrations in New York’s Times Square from their marooned vessel.- © AFP, 2013Originally published 8.50amRead: Attempt to rescue science ship stranded in Antarctica since Christmas fails > Read: Rescuers due to reach ship stuck in Antarctic ice >last_img read more

Duke University augments rats brain with sixth sense

first_imgHow would you like the option of having a sixth sense? Well, if research being carried out at Duke University is anything to go by, one day soon you might be able to upgrade your brain with an extra sense, maybe even a few new ones.Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, neurobiology and biomedical engineer at Duke, has managed to implant microscopic electrodes into a rat’s brain that allow it to detect the otherwise invisible infrared light. The rat can’t see the light, but it can feel and touch it. As the video above shows, it does so almost as quickly as seeing actual light.Nicolelis’ experiment is thought to be the first time that a “brain-machine interface has augmented a sense” in an animal. But it didn’t just happen. The rats first had to be trained to understand the touch sensation they were feeling wasn’t actually anything physically touching them. That process took about a month, after which they interpreted the signal as a location to travel to and forage for food.The addition of this extra sense was achieved by tapping into the part of the rat’s brain that deals with processing whisker touch sensations (the cortical region). The electrodes convey touch for the infrared light as a microstimulation to the rat, but importantly, does so without overriding the natural touch information gathered by their whiskers. So this is an additional sense as no other sense is blocked to achieve it.Although the experiment is being carried out on a rat, there’s no reason this same process couldn’t be made to work on the human brain as a neuroprosthetic device. If an injury occurs that means someone loses their sight, for example, a sensor could be implanted to offer them a new form of sight.These so-called brain prosthetics may also one day offer us abilities you’d normally associate with a superhero, such as X-ray vision. But the focus will initially be on how brain sensors can be used to help with overcoming injuries.[Image credit: Animal photos]last_img read more

Republican introduces Worlds Greatest Healthcare Plan as politicians debate Trump proposals

first_img Trump Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images By AFP Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3279597 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,813 Views A CONGRESSIONAL PANEL in the US has been debating Republicans’ plans to kill Obamacare for over 24 hours, highlighting deep divisions over the proposed health reforms.Lawmakers from Republican President Donald Trump’s party hold a majority in both chambers of Congress, but many of those same lawmakers oppose the proposed legislation.After 18 marathon hours of debate the House Ways and Means Committee earlier today became the first panel to approve the bill that would repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama’s landmark health reforms.However, the House Energy and Commerce Committee — a separate panel that began reviewing the legislation at the same time yesterday — was still going strong a full day later, with no end in sight, but plenty of weary faces among its 55 Democrats and Republican members.“Tempers are probably fraying a little, and we’re all a little tired,” acknowledged Energy and Commerce chairman Greg Walden following testy exchanges over military veteran coverage in the proposed legislation.Republican leaders have forged ahead with their proposal despite mounting opposition from within the party, heaping pressure on Trump as he faces resistance to his top legislative priority.Trump has played down divisions, tweeting that the plan is “coming along great” and “will end in a beautiful picture“.One of the bills being looked at is the ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017′, which was introduced by Texas Representative Pete Sessions.Republicans split “House healthcare bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes,” Senator Tom Cotton tweeted earlier today, joining a host of other Senate Republicans opposed to the measure in its current form.While Republicans hold a strong majority in the House, they hold a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.“To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast,” Cotton added.Republican leaders indicate they want to pass the bill by early April.But the plan suffered a setback yesterday when several major hospitals and medical organisations — including the American Medical Association, which represents more than 200,000 doctors — opposed the Trump-supported American Health Care Act.Backers say the legislation guts Obamacare’s mandates to purchase health care and rolls back its taxes.Republican opponents, however, warn that the plan is too similar to Obamacare, and believe that it could cost even more.Democrats, who are expected to oppose the bill with near-unanimity, say it would leave millions of poor and working-class Americans without health insurance.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health planRead: New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US Short URLcenter_img 50 Comments Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 5:56 PM Republican introduces ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan’ as politicians debate Trump proposals Several major hospitals and medical organisations have opposed Trump’s plans. Mar 9th 2017, 5:56 PM Share Tweet Email Trumplast_img read more

Police Suspect arrested for Encanto burglary and sexual assault

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An alleged intruder accused of attempted rape on Friday morning inside an Encanto home was arrested Sunday, police said.Officers said they arrested William Lawrence Davis, 25, for burglary and sexual assault.The victim showed up at her neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call police shortly before 6 a.m. to report that a man had broken into her house in the 6100 block of Wunderlin Avenue and tried to rape her, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Stirk said.Details regarding the break-in were scarce, but the burglar stole the woman’s cellphone. then fled the area, Stirk said. Police: Suspect arrested for Encanto burglary and sexual assault KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 6, 2019 Updated: 1:03 PM KUSI Newsroom, May 6, 2019 Suspect has been arrested for the burglary and sexual assault which occurred on Friday, May 3rd in the Encanto community. Hard work by our officers, detectives and Crime Lab to identify and apprehend this dangerous suspect. See attached release. pic.twitter.com/n1S71plMFD— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) May 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fire on hay truck ties up Highway 14 traffic with video

first_imgA load of hay bales on a truck caught fire Tuesday afternoon in Washougal, creating a blaze that affected traffic on state Highway 14 for about five hours.“We know it started in the stack (of bales) that the driver was carrying,” said Camas-Washougal Fire Chief Nick Swinhart.Swinhart described the possibility of an exhaust pipe starting the fire as a “reasonable conclusion.”Swinhart said that truck driver Daniel Merriman, 42, of Yacolt, realized the load on his 40-foot flatbed was burning and pulled over.“He attempted to dump his load, was only partially successful, and ended up with the fire getting into the truck, consuming the truck and burning up the hay bales,” Swinhart said.The city of Washougal provided a backhoe-loader to separate the bales from the truck, a 1988 Kenworth.Leaking fuel spread into grass, causing a narrow strip about 200 feet long to burn along the westbound lane near Milepost 17.About 20 firefighters responded from Camas-Washougal, East County Fire & Rescue and the Vancouver Fire Department.No injuries were reported, but one firefighter experienced heat exhaustion during the two-hour effort, Swinhart said.Traffic was halted in both directions between 27th Street and 32nd Street while crews extinguished the fully engulfed truck, near the Pendleton Woolen Mills.Eventually, the eastbound portion of the highway was used to accommodate traffic in both directions. Eastbound traffic was using the eastbound shoulder while westbound vehicles were using the eastbound lane, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn.The westbound lane was closed from 32nd Street to 27th Street until all lanes were reopened at about 7:40 p.m., Finn said — almost five hours after the fire started.View a video of the fire on The Columbian’s YouTube Channel.last_img read more

Budget Request Will Boost Defense Cut Domestic Programs

first_img ADC AUTHOR When President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request hits Capitol Hill Monday, it will include a boost in defense spending and across-the-board cuts of about 5 percent to domestic spending, according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.“It’ll be a tough budget,” he said on Fox News Sunday.The President is expected to request $750 billion in national security spending, almost all of that to DOD.That is more than is allowed under mandatory budget caps. To reach that number, the administration will ask for an increase in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, which is exempt from caps.That approach is already getting pushback on the Hill.“No one seriously thinks that Congress would pass a defense bill with $174 billion of OCO,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said, according to Politico. “So, OK, you just kind of set that aside, and you get down to the serious discussions of what we can do to keep our readiness from sliding backwards, what we do to keep pressure on the terrorists, to deal with the Russia-China threat. That’s what the conversation will be.”Lawmakers are working on a deal that would raise or eliminate the spending caps, similar to deals they’ve reached in the past.Photo by Fox Newslast_img read more

HC asks clinic fake physician to compensate Tk 900000

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic and fake physician Razan Das of Patuakhali, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen, to pay the victim Tk 900,000 as compensation, reports UNB.A bench of justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and justice AKM Jahirul Haque passed the order after hearing a plea filed by victim Maksuda Begum seeking compensation.Of the compensation money, owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic will have to pay Tk 400,000 and Arjun Chakrabarty alias Razn Das will have to pay the rest of the money within 15 January 2018, the court said.The civil surgeon of the Patuakhali was asked to oversee the matter.The court, later, set 28 February for next hearing in the case.On 11 December, the HC sent Patuakhali fake physician Razan Das, who left gauze inside a woman’s abdomen during her cesarean surgery at a private hospital, to jail after he surrendered before it.The court also asked authorities concerned to sue owner of the Niramoy Private Clinic, nurse and assistant of the fake physician.On 16 November, the High Court directed the officer-in-charge of Baufal police station in Patuakhali to arrest the fake doctor and produce him before it within 10 December.The court also asked the Patuakhali police to take help of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) if necessary.Earlier on 23 July, the same bench summoned three people, including Patuakhali civil surgeon and gynecology department head of Barisal Medical College, in this connection.Supreme Court lawyer Md Shahid Ullah drew the attention of the HC placing a newspaper report in this regard on 22 July.On 6 November, the Patuakhali civil surgeon submitted a probe report to the court stating that Razan Das had been using fake certificate of physician. He conducted a cesarean surgery on a pregnant woman in Niramoy Private Clinic in Patuakhali and left gauze inside her abdomen in May.Victim Maksuda Begum, 25, gave birth to a baby girl but her physical condition started to deteriorate after two months.On 12 July, the doctors of Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital detected the gauze inside her abdomen and removed it by another surgery.last_img read more

Costa Rican begins influenza vaccination campaign

first_imgRelated posts:Social Security System launches anti-influenza vaccination campaign Health Ministry confirms 10 deaths caused by influenza virus Costa Rica studies longevity of its centenarian citizens French family in Costa Rica that had been quarantined for measles leaves hospital Health authorities launched Monday a vaccination campaign against the Influenza A and B viruses.The campaign will last until July 22 and will target people with diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, pregnant women, the elderly, and other people with risk factors that make them more susceptible to complications and deaths from influenza.These groups are joined by children between five and six years of age and workers who work in immigration functions at airports and border posts.The investment in the campaign is $6.7 million, and vaccinations are now available in all health facilities. The Health Ministry’s goal is to immunize 1.3 million people.“Historically the time of greatest circulation of respiratory viruses has been in the second half of the year, but in 2019 we have seen an increase in the last weeks of May and the first of June,” said Health Minister Daniel Salas. “For this reason, we ask the population to take preventive measures for these diseases: wash their hands with soap and water, cough and sneeze correctly, stay home if they are sick to avoid contagion, and heed the call of this vaccination campaign against influenza.”The Costa Rican Social Security System coordinator for the immunization program, Leandra Abarca, explained that the goal of ​​the CCSS is to reduce incidences of respiratory complications associated with flu viruses. She said that since the introduction of the vaccine, in 2004, these complications have been reduced in the national territory.Health authorities hope that this year, the response of the population to the vaccination call will exceed the results of 2018, when a protection coverage close to 92% was achieved, which was considered satisfactory by the CCSS specialists.Editor’s note: On Monday, the National Children’s Hospital confirmed two children had died of influenza. Semanario Universidad LogoThis story was originally published by Semanario Universidad. It was translated with permission by The Tico Times. Read the original report here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Visit Indonesia Tourism Office India conducts a familiarisation trip to Jakarta

first_imgVisit Indonesia Tourism Office, India in association with PACTO & Marriott Hotels hosted ‘Singapore Airlines Award Function’ at the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place followed by a familiarisation trip to Jakarta from August 7 to 11, 2015. Singapore Airlines felicitated their top performing agents at the event. There were 10 travel agents from Mumbai and 11 travel agents from Delhi who participated in the familiarisation trip to gain a firsthand experience of Jakarta and Bandung. The delegation stayed at the JW Marriott and the Ritz Carlton hotels. The objective of the trip was to promote the island as a ‘must-experience’ destination both for pleasure on one hand as well as for holding conferences, meetings, corporate and incentive travel events of any scale or scope on the other.The group arrived at Jakarta from Delhi and Mumbai by Singapore Airlines and toured leading hotels namely Gran Melia, Manhattan, Sheraton Bandung, Ibis Trans Studio hotel, Aston Braga Hotel, Grand Sahid Jaya, Jakarta along with Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott during their five-day visit. They experienced and enjoyed shopping for batik and garment at Ciputra Mall and city tour and shopping at Bandung. They visited Padasuka Village for experiencing Saung Angklung Udjo (SAU), a one-stop cultural workshop, which consists of a performance venue, bamboo handicraft centre, and bamboo instrument workshop. Apart from being a cultural workshop, the group also enjoyed the Mini Indonesia Park, a park that exhibits Indonesia’s 32 provinces’ traditional houses, built in original size, with their various unique architectural-design as well as art and handicrafts. Indonesia has a lot to offer to the foodaholics. The team enjoyed the authentic Indonesian dishes at various restaurants like dinner at Queens Restaurant, Kampung Daun restaurant and many more. The dinner at Kampung Daun was hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia.Shelly Chandhok, Country Manager, VITO India, who was leading the FAM trip said, India being a top-of-the-table market for Indonesia in terms of tourist arrivals, we, at VITO, are looking at high-end luxury, weddings, MICE segments from the Indian market. Our focus is on promoting the other islands like Jakarta, Bandung, Batam, Yogyakarta, Lombok and other unexplored islands, etc. along with Bali.last_img read more

Fannie Mae Appoints EVP General Counsel

first_imgFannie Mae Appoints EVP, General Counsel October 22, 2014 443 Views in Headlines, News, Secondary Market Former OneWest Bank vice chairman Brian P. Brooks is joining Fannie Mae as EVP, general counsel, and corporate secretary, according to an announcement from the company.Brooks has more than two decades of legal and business experience, also serving as chief legal officer for OneWest. In his dual roles there, he advised executive management and the board of directors on all key legal, risk, and strategic issues. He also developed and implemented strategies to manage litigation and government inquiries and led the bank’s compliance with regulatory orders on mortgage servicing and foreclosures.Prior to his tenure at OneWest, Brooks was a managing partner at O’Melveny & Myers, a global law firm, where he led an office of more than 150 attorneys and played a role in creating the banking industry’s response to the recent foreclosure crisis.”Brian has an impressive background in business and law, and is deeply credentialed in financial services and housing finance,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, Fannie Mae’s president and CEO. “Brian is an outstanding complement to our leadership team as we focus on supporting the economic recovery, improving our company, and building a sustainable housing finance system.”Brooks’ appointment is effective November 10.center_img Fannie Mae Movers & Shakers 2014-10-22 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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Optimization strategy of Shanghai dragon of four point on plastic website

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