Is this the beginning of a new era for the tourism industry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Tuesday 21 November the University of South Australia’s Centre of Leisure and Tourism Management will present a workshop on ‘Smart Services in Tourism and Smart Destinations’ with seven keynote speakers hosted by Professor Marianna Sigala of UniSA’ School of Management.“Technology plays an increasingly important role in the decision-making process of tourists. Therefore, cities worldwide need to have the ability to satisfy the increasing tourism flows and the sophisticated travellers’ demands by enhancing the quality of life and experiences of these short-term citizens,” Professor Sigala says in an interview with Neos Kosmos. “Tourists are, without a doubt, an economic blessing for local communities. The cities who choose to become smart destinations by using technologies, by allowing their short-term visitors to coordinate all their tourist activities, collect information and enjoy high quality services in real time are more likely to gain the advantage and experience a balanced economic growth with sustainable development in the future,” she continues.According to Sigala, numerous cities worldwide have adopted smart tourism as a strategic priority for enhancing destination performance, sustainability and competitiveness. “China declared 2014 as the year of smart tourism and established the Smart Tourist Service Center in Zhenjiang to facilitate the conversion of 40 Chinese cities to smart destinations by 2020. Numerous cities in Japan, Korea, the US and Europe are becoming smart to manage tourist numbers and balance economic growth with sociocultural and environmental benefits,” says Sigala.“It is the smart citizens and tourists of these destinations using smart services in their daily life and holidays who are now visiting Australia, or we wish them to do so. Smart tourists use technologies for planning everything in their lives, from entertainment to shopping routines.” If that’s where the world is heading, and we are now about to embrace and move into the new updated era of ‘Big Brother’, how does that concept tie in with the idea of going on a holiday just to disconnect from the rest of the world and unwind?“A number of research studies show that tourists travel with an average of three smart devices including smart phones, iPads, and cameras. Therefore, if tourists genuinely felt the need to be disconnected from the rest of their world, then they would not carry and expect to use these devices in a similar way as at home,” she explains. “Smart cities need to satisfy smart tourists. Tourists will not select a destination without smart applications. In a similar way, tourists do not go to hotels and cafes not offering free wi-fi.”In an analogous manner to their daily life, smart tourists expect to use smart applications enabling them to manage all their tourism experiences in a seamless way at any time and on any device and during their whole journey: before, during and after the trip. “From conceptualising and planning an itinerary, selecting points of interests, booking and paying for services, and finally, sharing their experiences, smart destinations provide: smart destination cards with digital payment options, smartphone applications allowing tourists to design, plan and pay a personalised tourism itinerary, Social Context Mobile (SoCoMo) marketing applications empowering tourists to make real-time and personalised travel planning decisions by analysing personal and contextual data. As a result, smart applications do not only increase tourists’ satisfaction, but also the time and money they spend. “Tourists also expect smart applications to enrich their experiences such as interpretation, curation and translation apps, and to enable them to move within destinations efficiently, safely, fast and easily, for example smart parking, sharing cycling platforms/schemes, smart, seamless and integrated public transport solutions,” explains Sigala who believes that Australia, and Adelaide in particular, is well-placed to become one the world’s smartest cities as it is already embedding the latest digital technology into its services and infrastructure.“In saying all this and even though technologies support smart tourism, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the panacea for enabling smart destinations, because smart tourism is not only about software, hardware, netware or infoware. It is also about humanware that can make creative use of technologies, intelligently decide what big data to analyse, interpret and act upon by taking smart actions. The activation of grassroot and open innovation are also critical for smart destinations and technologies and data may be the oil of the new economy, but humanware is needed to light the fire. “The future is bright. We just need to be smart about it,” concludes Sigala.last_img read more

Bisphénol A il pénètre aussi dans lorganisme par la peau

first_imgBisphénol A : il pénètre aussi dans l’organisme par la peauLes chercheurs d’une unité de l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Inra) de Toulouse ont montré, pour la première fois, que le bisphénol A (BPA) peut pénétrer l’organisme humain par la peau. Ces travaux complètent une première étude, qui avait révélé des taux importants de BPA dans l’organisme des personnes en contact régulier avec des tickets de caisse ou des reçus de cartes de crédit.Le BPA est un composant largement utilisé dans la fabrication industrielle des récipients en plastique de type polycarbonate, tels certains biberons. On le retrouve également dans les résines des revêtements intérieurs de boîtes de conserve pour aliments ou canettes de boissons. Or, le BPA peut migrer de ces plastiques et résines vers l’aliment contenu, spontanément à très faibles doses et surtout si ce dernier est chaud. On le retrouve dans les urines, le sang et le liquide amniotique d’une grande majorité de la population européenne. L’Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (Efsa) et l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses) ont à ce propos défini une dose journalière acceptable ou DJA, correspondant à 0,05 milligramme/kilogramme de poids corporel. Pourtant, lorsque l’exposition théorique de la population est calculée (par extrapolation des quantités de BPA présentes dans les aliments), les scientifiques constatent que les mesures de résidus de BPA dans les tissus humains ne concordent pas. Plusieurs spécialistes du domaine suspectent pour cette raison l’existence d’autres sources d’exposition au BPA, en particulier cutanées. En effet, le BPA est présent sous forme libre dans une grande partie des papiers thermiques utilisés pour les petits terminaux d’impression (reçus de carte de crédit, tickets de caisse enregistreuse, etc.). Dans beaucoup de ces papiers, le BPA est utilisé comme révélateur de la coloration à l’impression des tickets et par conséquent, est présent en assez grande quantité. En août 2010, une équipe américaine avait ainsi rapporté que les niveaux résiduels de BPA étaient plus importants dans l’organisme de plusieurs hôtes et hôtesses de caisse.À lire aussiL’effrayante maladie de l’homme-arbre dont la peau se change en ”écorce”Des études ex vivo pour analyser la diffusion du BPA Les chercheurs de l’Inra de Toulouse, en collaboration avec les laboratoires Pierre Fabre, ont pour leur part démontré pour la première fois que la peau constitue probablement une autre porte d’entrée du BPA au sein de l’organisme. Dans cette optique, ils ont développé un modèle d’étude ex vivo constitué d’explants viables de peau de porc, pour analyser la diffusion des produits chimiques parvenant au contact de ce tissu. Sur ces explants d’oreilles de porc, ils ont observé qu’environ les deux tiers du BPA déposé à la surface de la peau traversaient la barrière cutanée, quelle que soit la dose déposée. Dans un deuxième temps, une comparaison a été réalisée avec des explants de peau humaine, démontrant des résultats similaires. Les chercheurs de l’Inra avaient déjà montré en 2009 que l’appareil digestif du rat est très sensible aux faibles doses de bisphénol A, qui affecte la perméabilité intestinale et peut fragiliser la fonction de “barrière intestinale” à l’âge adulte. Ces travaux ouvrent de nouvelles perspectives dans l’évaluation du risque d’exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens et en particulier au BPA. En effet, ce dernier est un leurre hormonal, capable de mimer l’effet des œstrogènes, les hormones sexuelles féminines qui, au-delà de leur rôle dans la fonction de reproduction, sont essentielles au développement d’organes comme le cerveau ou le système cardiovasculaire. L’ensemble de ces résultats est publié dans l’édition en ligne avancée de Chemosphere, datée du 27 octobre 2010.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Watch Florida Woman Rescues Snake Stuck in a Beer Can

first_imgFond, who posted video of the incident on Facebook, then grabbed a stick to free the black racer snake from the can, while her two dogs watched. It wasn’t an easy task, of course. As she prodded the snake with the stick, it would flinch.“Please don’t bite me when you get out,” Fond can be heard saying in the video.After several minutes, the would-be rescuer was able to free the (possibly drunk?) reptile from the prison that was a beer can.“How on earth did I get the courage to do this I have no idea! She even wrapped herself on my arm twice!” Fond wrote on the Facebook post. “It was a battle but I saved her. All for the sake of the animals.”The black racer snake is one of the most common types of non-venomous snakes in the southern United States, and is found throughout Florida. Although they’re harmless, black racer snakes will readily bite to defend themselves, according to the Florida Museum.Adult racers grow to an average size of 20-56 inches, and they inhabit both rural and urban habitats and frequently seen in residential areas during daytime.More on Geek.com:‘Mysterious’ Sea Creature Found Buried at a Washington Beach RescuedTwo Leopards Rescued After Falling Into 50-Foot Well While Fighting‘Dog’ Rescued From Frozen River Turns Out to Be a Wild Wolf Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on targetcenter_img Floridians have seen their share of animal rescues, but one recent rescue involving a snake proved to be trickier (or slitherier?) than most.Rosa Fond, who owns Humans and Animals United Rescue, spotted a snake with its head stuck in a beer can on the side of a road on Thursday, and knew she had to save it.“[I] saw she was alive and started to panic but I knew I had to save her,” she told told FOX 13. “Anyone else would have probably killed her… I couldn’t let her be hurt.”last_img read more

From Bakau to the Swedish Parliament

first_imgBy Awa B. BahBorn and raised in Bakau form a middle class family, Momodou Malcolm Jallow, a Swedish citizen with a Gambia origin is first the Gambian and black African to be elected into the Swedish Parliament.Momodou Malcolm Jallow is a human rights expert and activist with over 20 years experience working with advocacy and training in Europe and Africa, including working with both EU and UN institutions. Former vice chairperson of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), and the founder and chairperson of the Pan African Movement for Justice in Sweden, He served as a city council member in the city of Malmo in Sweden, before being elected as a parliamentarian. Momodou Malcolm Jallow is chairman of the Afro-Swedish Forum for Justice, as well as one of the Left Party candidates for the European Parliament. He has a strong commitment to issues related to racism, discrimination and Human rights. He has been one of the leading figures in Sweden who worked to raise the issue of afrophobia and challenged politicians and sitting governments at all levels.In an exclusive interview with Awa B. Bah, Momodou Malcolm Jallow said he is in the Gambia not on holidays but on an official trip to engage the government of the new Gambia and civil society organizations on Swedish- Gambia opportunities that he can facilitate as bilateral cooperation.According to Jallow, he was born and raised in the Gambia but  have been living in Sweden for more than two decades and is involved in activism, leading one of Europe’s biggest controversial organization for a long time before getting into politics for the past seven years and sitting as a city councilor in the third largest city in Sweden called Malmo.Sweden he noted has always had good relationship with the Gambia since independence as Sweden was the first country to send tourist to the Gambia after independence and still have lots of Swedish tourist coming to the Gambia, recalling the famous Radio Syd as one of the first radio stations established in the Gambia as a Swedish radio.Jallow said for the past 22 years, this relationship has not been as it used to be before, noting that now with the new Gambia and the building of a democratization process, he hopes that he can facilitate the re-building of the long existing relationship both in the public and the private sector.Since his arrival into the Gambia, Jallow has met with government key institutions such as the minister of communication, works, interior, the vice president, the minister of higher education, cabinet members saying that many things emerged during their discussions that are of mutual interest such as trade, migration, employment, health, Justice, education, and investments that will help boost the new emerging Gambia.The Gambia he highlighted has a very young population with a very high and strong human resource capacity that can add in rebuilding the country’s development, citing the triggered campaign launched by young people during the pre-political impasse in the Gambia.Trade he said is extremely vital for an emerging economy like the Gambia. The Government he said needs to create lots of job opportunities for people who are not working so as to earn a decent living.On Migration, he said the EU has been working intensively to lobby with African countries to sign contracts so that illegal migrants can be repatriated from Europe to their countries in Africa and some of the conditions are not favorable to the African countries because an economy like the Gambia is trying to rebuild the economy that it becomes extremely difficult when Gambians are sent back without skills and education and there needs to be a kind of infrastructural institutions that will be able to accommodate these returning migrants in a way that can provide them with jobs to contribute to the Gambian society.Jallow said health is one of the most important sector of any economy describing the state of the only referral and intensive care unit in the Gambia EFSTH as sad, assuring that he will facilitate the possibility of having conversation between the health sector and ministry of the Gambia and that of the Swedish health ministry and some Swedish private health institutions to see if there are any opportunities to tap and look at ways and means as health of the Gambia is personally very urgent to him.As a member of the tax committee in the Swedish parliament and the Gambia is a tax based economy, Jallow said an effective tax system with tax reforms that will benefit the people is urgently needed. He said investors used poor countries like the Gambia to make a lot of money but they don’t pay fair taxes as they continue to use citizens and employ them and then paying them minimum wage of D1500 per month. He said in some hotels, one pays D5000 per night considering a person working from morning to evening for the entire month and earning D1500. This he noted is enslavement and bad salary.He promised to facilitate the government of the Gambia coming to Sweden to look for good practices to design policies that protect the interest of the people and the working class as it is extremely important. He added, “We know how expensive the cost of living is”.The new Gambia, he said, is still building up and has not merge yet as structures and institutions that used to be there for the past 22 years are still in existence and the same people are still in the system. Some of the draconian laws he said are still there and they have not yet been reformed. Jallow noted that the only new change in the Gambia is the perception of freedom and the feeling of being able to speak out clearly and loudly, not being afraid of arrest, and that torture has disappeared in the country.A woman, he noted, can exactly do what a man can do in terms of ability to do things, though there are biological differences , calling for building of the new Gambia  with every soul be given the opportunity to contribute to the building of the economy regardless of Gender as it was women who led the road to independence in GhanaAs a Swedish citizen and a Gambian origin, he promised to use the networks and influences he has in Europe and the west to raise issues not only for Gambia but for Africa to make sure that the relationship between the EU, the rest of the world and Africa remains a mutual respect. He called for the support all Gambians.Jallow noted that it is sad that  African Union has not been making good use of the opportunities that young Africans can provide like the EU is doing.“One of my main achievements is, I was from a poor country moving to one of the richest countries and speaking for the blacks,” said Jallow noting that from here, he wants to see himself leading the world in every way that is possible for him.last_img read more

Total pay increased by 02 in real terms since May 2017

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, increased by 0.2% in real terms between March to May 2017 and March to May 2018, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: July 2018 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, increased by 0.4% in real terms, having been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between March to May 2017 and March to May 2018.In nominal terms, not having been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 2.5% between March to May 2017 and March to May 2018. This compares to a 2.6% recorded growth rate between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018.Regular pay, in nominal terms, increased by 2.7% between March to May 2017 and March to May 2018. This is lower than the 2.8% growth rate recorded between February to April 2017 and February to April 2018.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, including bonuses, was £517 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions in May 2018. This compares to £505 a week in May 2017. Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £486 a week for British employees in May 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. This compares to £474 a week in May 2017.In real terms, average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £489 a week in May 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay. Average regular pay in real terms, excluding bonus payments, was £460 a week in May 2018, before tax and other deductions from pay.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain, in nominal terms, increased by 37.4% between January 2005 and May 2018, rising from £376 a week to £517 a week. Over the same time period, the Consumer Prices Index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), increased by 35.2%.Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “Wage growth, comparing regular pay over the last three months with the same three months of last year, has started to slacken. Real wages continue to rise, but this owes more to the continued fall in inflation rather than any improvement in wages.“It looks as if employers have been coping with recent weak growth by offering more jobs with fewer hours. If and when GDP growth revives later this year, we might expect more full-time employment. However, as things stand there appears to be little immediate upward pressure on wages despite growing labour and skill shortages.“Employers should nonetheless not be misled by these short-term signals. It is still highly likely that labour will become more constrained over the coming years, partly as a result of Brexit, so now is the time to start making long-term plans on workforce development and enhanced investment in skills.”Tom Milson, executive director at GWM Investment Management, added: “Although [this] report showed wage growth had slipped slightly, employment has risen over the past three months and economic activity seems to show that labour demand should remain high over the coming months. This would therefore suggest that wage growth should show some acceleration in the coming months and provide the Bank of England with support for a rate hike in the near term. However, a greater than expected rise in the pay number may give grounds for a stronger response from the Bank of England.”last_img read more

Services Should Make Water Conservation a Priority Milcon Panel Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Prolonged droughts in California and other states should serve as “a wake-up call” to DOD to redouble its efforts to manage and conserve water at its installations, according to the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.The panel said it was concerned by the prospect of increasingly severe drought-related water shortages, particularly in the West and Southwest. In its report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill, the committee urged the department to take several steps to preserve scarce water resources.DOD should take better advantage of its section 2866 authority to participate in programs carried out by a utility to manage water demand or conserve water. The statute also permits the department to carry out water conservation projects using military construction funds.DOD also should place a higher priority on water conservation when selecting projects to be funded through the energy conservation investment program (ECIP). Only 1 of 33 projects requested for the FY 2016 ECIP program address water conservation, the report stated.The panel directs the defense secretary to submit a report to the two appropriations committees on:its current use of authorities provided under section 2866 and other statutes to manage and conserve water on installations, including the use of military construction funding for water conservation projects;existing programs and policies being used to conserve water on installations;the annual impact of these programs and policies on installation water consumption; andplans for additional initiatives to reduce water consumption on installations.The committee report, S. Rpt. 114-57, is available on congress.gov.last_img read more

How Will Google Affect SEO

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Google+ combines many popular features of Facebook and Twitter into a centralized social hub. There’s a group video chat feature called “Hangouts,” and a user-defined topical news feed (like Twitter’s hashtag) called “Sparks.” But maybe the most unique feature — and SEO-relevant — is “Google Circles,” which gives users the ability to share content with specified groups, or “circles” of people. As users build these circles, they’ll be able to see the sites that members of their circles have +1’d in Google’s search engine results pages, or SERPs.While “+1″s are currently appearing in the search pages for users that are logged in to their Google accounts, it’s too early to say exactly how “+1″s will affect users who aren’t logged in. Looking at how Facebook and Twitter “Likes” and “retweets” currently affect where a site appears within search pages, one has to assume these +1’s will be as influential, if not more.As search engines evolve to make searching more social, the main value added of “Likes” and “tweets” showing in SERPs is the concept of something I like to call, “trusted endorsements.” If someone searches for a product or service, there’s a good chance that customer reviews and recommendations will play some role in their decision making process. When looking at these reviews, users trust the opinions of strangers. They assume that these reviews are honest, but there’s always a hint of lingering skepticism.Now imagine the same user is searching for the same product or service, but instead of having to rely on the opinions of strangers, they see recommendations from friends, co-workers or family members. Just like in real life, the opinions of people in their “circles” influence the decisions they make. That’s the potential Google+ holds.So how do you optimize for recommendations?Google has built upon some of the best features of existing social media sites in an attempt to make search less about computer algorithms and more about real people. Google+ and the +1 button are empowering users to influence other peoples’ online activity.This isn’t SEO in the traditional sense, optimizing for these trusted endorsements is an entirely new strategy altogether. Now more than ever, marketers must focus on providing the best customer experience possible, and encourage +1 recommendations everywhere they can.Mike Spadier is the online marketing manager for InMotion Hosting, a Los Angeles based Web hosting provider specializing in small- and medium-sized businesses. Register Now »center_img August 3, 2011 min read By now you’ve probably heard about Google+, the latest social networking craze and most recent effort by Google to take on Facebook and Twitter. But did you know that it could affect how your business’s website gets found on Google’s search engine?In addition to building a social networking powerhouse, Google’s aim with its “+1” button — the equivalent of Facebook’s “Like” button — is to determine the social value of websites, or, in other words, they want consumers to add personalized recommendations to Web content and business sites. At present, it actually looks like Google may just pull it off. Since its June 28 release, more than 20 million people have already jumped onboard Google+. With such an unbelievable early adoption rate, many internet marketing professionals are beginning to wonder if those “+1″s will also start affecting how businesses use search-engine optimization, or SEO.last_img read more

Groupon Gets Up On the Localization Game Finally

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now November 1, 2013 For a company that is built on local, it’s seems a bit late for the daily-deal company Groupon to be brushing up on its localization services. Better late than never. Chicago-based Groupon turns five this year — and what a tumultuous first few years it’s been. To celebrate its birthday, the daily deal site is rolling out a redesigned website and mobile experience. Now, as you travel with your mobile device, Groupon’s app will automatically send you daily deals for wherever you happen to be. If you live in New York City, for example, but travel to Atlanta, the Groupon app will track your travel and then send you deals for Atlanta. The app will follow you internationally, too. Related: When a Groupon Promotion Went WrongPrior to today’s rollout, Groupon users would have to manually enter their location to pull up local deals, says Nick Halliwell, spokesperson for Groupon. Alternatively, users would have had to manually click over to the “nearby” icon on their screen when they changed locations. “Generally, all of these changes are intended to make Groupon an even more personalized and searchable experience for shoppers,” he says. Should any user fret about having Groupon know his or her location at all times, there is an option in the profile settings of the app to turn off the geo-location tracking, says Halliwell. Also as part of the website redesign, your Groupon computer homepage will be personalized and curated with deals based on your own interests. Groupon will take note of what you have purchased in the past and what other similar users have purchased to make recommendations. It’s been a volatile few years for Groupon, with the stock price swinging from $26 a share to below $3 a share and the company ousting founder, Andrew Mason. But the daily-deal site has a new CEO, Eric Lefkofsky, and Groupon, despite its challenges, has a pretty impressive reach: The apps have been downloaded in 43 countries by more than 50 million people. Related: Groupon’s New CEO May Be Its Best Deal Yetcenter_img 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | November 23, 2009 Client-Server Enables Universal Image Access News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more November 24, 2009 – New imaging client-server technology is designed to create efficiency and ease of use from any location. With an unlimited number of installed clients, there can be 3/10/20 concurrent users, depending on server hardware configuration and system load.The new solution, syngo.via, provides integration and thus information sharing with universal access from RIS/PACS and any location. The new platform performs automated case preparation, structured case navigation and disease orientation. Clinical applications include Multi-Modality 2D/3D Reading; syngo.CT Neuro DSA; syngo.CT CaScoring; syngo.CT Colonography; syngo.CT Segmentation; syngo.Lung CAD; syngo.CT Colonography – PEV; syngo.MR Neuro Perfusion; and syngo.MR Onco (MR Onco Multi-Region).syngo.via operates on HP standard hardware with 1-5 TB storage capacity. Client hardware is off-the shelf PC. The manufacturer recommends a bandwidth of 100 Mbps. It supports multiple image types, including: CT, MR, PET, US, DR, DX, processed DSA scenes, and SC. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Related Contentlast_img read more

PetCure Oncology Launches National Veterinary Stereotactic Radiosurgery Centers Network

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more August 5, 2015 — Pets are at risk of getting cancer just like humans. Of the estimated 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats in the United States, cancer accounts for nearly 50 percent of all disease-related pet deaths and is the number one cause of death in older dogs and cats. In response to this unfortunate reality, Chicago-based PetCure Oncology, has launched a national network of veterinary radiosurgery centers.What sets radiosurgery apart is that it is designed to cure, not merely ease the symptoms of cancer. Plus, it requires far fewer treatment sessions and dosing is more precise, so side effects are greatly reduced.Although stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), a form of radiation therapy, is widely available for treating human cancers, the veterinary field has a limited supply of advanced technology and services for treating the millions of pets in need.“In most markets, radiation equipment is outdated, start-up costs are prohibitive and there’s a significant shortage of qualified veterinary radiation oncologists. In fact, there are fewer than 10 specialty centers in the nation that provide SRS for pets,” said Scott Milligan, PetCure Oncology CEO. “As a result, pet owners have had few options except to seek treatments that provide some comfort and pain management for as long as possible rather than cure the disease.”The first location opened in May at Arizona Veterinary Oncology in Gilbert, Arizona. The second site will open in August in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Care Center. Many more locations across the country are in various stages of development.For more information: www.petcureoncology.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 05, 2015 PetCure Oncology Launches National Veterinary Stereotactic Radiosurgery Centers Network First centers open in Arizona and Ohio, with more locations planned nationwide News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe Fiscal Council said that while the island was losing on competitiveness, it was also risking returning to past practices which led to fiscal derailment in the absence of a wage setting mechanism in the public sector.Furthermore, recent government decisions, such as the issue of bonds in favour of the Co-op, the intention to introduce Estia and reverse past pay cuts in the wider public sector, “may unnecessarily burden public finances, delay the necessary reduction of public debt, result in moral hazards, create a precedence for organised groups to raise new demands, complicate needed reforms and may negatively affect citizens’ tax compliance,” the Council said in a statement on its website on Monday, three days after it held a meeting with Finance Minister Harris Georgiades.The recovery of the government’s deposit at the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, resulting from the issue of bonds in favour of the lender, will depend on how the legacy Co-op that will manage the residual non-performing portfolio will operate after Hellenic Bank acquires the healthy part of its operations, the Fiscal Council, an advisory body tasked with promoting fiscal responsibility, said. “To maximise the recovery degree of the deposit, it would be wise to assign the management of the organisation to specialised technocrats tasked with only recovering the maximum possible from the loans due”.Separating this effort from welfare policy, limiting political interference, the modernisation of the legal framework and speeding up court procedures are “fundamental factors” for the success of the legacy Co-op, the Council said.The body which will manage €7bn of the failed state-owned lenders loans, will shield the government –which also extended guarantees to Hellenic Bank– from contingent liabilities, provided the necessary mechanisms and procedures are in place to ensure that the legacy Co-op will do everything possible to recover loans, the Fiscal Council continued.The Cypriot economy, which in 2015 emerged from a prolonged recession, is expected to expand 3.8 per cent this year after growing 3.9 per cent in 2017. The government, which last year generated a fiscal surplus of 1.8 per cent of economic output is forecast to generate a fiscal surplus of 1.7 per cent this year. Last year, public debt fell to 97.5 per cent of the economy and is expected to increase this year again beyond the 100 per cent mark as a result of the bonds issued in favour of the Co-op.The island’s credit rating continues to be non-investment grade mainly on high public and private debt. Household and corporate debt combined accounts for 2.5 times the size of the economy and half of it is non-performing. The government completed a bailout agreement more than two years ago after carrying out part of the agreed reforms in the light of political opposition and better than expected economic and fiscal performance. On July 8, the parliament passed a bundle of loan amendments aimed at tackling strategic default, which was conditional for the European Commission to accept the deal between Hellenic Bank and the Co-op.The Fiscal Council also warned that any social support to the team of Co-op workers who will choose to retire or will be forced to do so after the takeover, will have to be proportional to that that is in place for the entirety of workers. “Any additional amounts (paid out) will have to be very limited to avoid an unnecessary fiscal burden and a negative precedence as well create a sense of unfair treatment among other citizens,” the Council said.With respect to Estia, the government’s scheme to subsidise loan repayment of households whose primary residence is collateral for loans, also extended to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), the eligibility criteria could “be strengthened” in accordance to other schemes in place, the Council said.The government’s scheme will not allow a household of six and a residence worth €250,000 without any other assets to benefit if its annual income is €51,000, the Council said. On the other hand, a one-person household with a primary residence worth €350,000, other assets worth at €375,000 and an annual income of €50,000 will be eligible.The subsidy, set at one-third of the monthly loan repayment, could also vary depending on a household’s disposable income and the outstanding debt.The Fiscal Council said that pay rises and the reinstatement of pay cuts in the wider public sector agreed with unions almost two months ago, combined with the current public debate with unions in state education and other institutions “highlight the need of establishing a transparent and scientifically designed mechanism to set wages in the public sector,” the budget watchdog said. “We are concerned over the way the dialogue is carried out with every side invoking isolated numbers as a result of which a possible agreement may be the product of an irrational give-and-take”.You May LikeThe-Best-Top8 Dangerous Animals That Are Deceptively CuteThe-Best-TopUndoMusicoholicsArtists Share Surprising Thoughts About Their Biggest Hit SongMusicoholicsUndoBrainy Penny25 States That Will Make You Regret Retiring ThereBrainy PennyUndo Korkolis brings magic to the stageUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Modi during his recent campaign tour in Gujarat after the growth rate slipped to 57 percent in the first quarter of 2017-18 Talking about GST Modi said the number of traders joining the new indirect tax regime is increasing day by day "In the last few months 27 lakh additional people have registered themselves for this indirect tax No businessman wants to indulge in tax evasion But tax rules system tax officials and even politicians are forcing them to do it" Modi said He also said that the GST has stopped corruption at check posts on borders of each states "The GST has eliminated check posts on borders Trucks do not have to wait for days and corruption at check posts has stopped Now those who used to take contracts for ensuring passage of your trucks through the check posts are naturally very angry with me" he said Modi also slammed Congress’ attack on the Election Commission for delaying the announcement of election dates in the state "The Congress has no moral right to question the Constitutional body" Modi said addressing a gathering in Vadodara "Some of them (Opposition) are worried why Modi is coming to Gujarat after Diwali They can’t say anything to me so they are targeting the Election Commission" the prime minister said and asked the gathering "You tell me should I not come to Vadodara" Election to pick a new 182-member Gujarat assembly is due before January 22 2018 when its term ends The Election Commission has not announced the poll dates as of now even citing it would bring in the imposition of the model code of conduct that would disrupt relief operation for flood-hit victims The opposition parties have alleged that the poll panel has given time to the ruling BJP to announce sops for the people of Gujarat With inputs from agencies By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 4 2017 3:36 am Speaking to mediapersons Sugata Bose said: “It is not a big issue just because it had taken place at our home… But I am concerned about my mother’s safety… they spoke rudely to her” Top News SIX PERSONS were arrested on Monday for allegedly threatening the relatives of Subhash Chandra Bose at the residence of Krishna Bose — the wife of Netaji’s late nephew Sisir Kumar Bose — in Kolkata Sources in the police said that on Monday morning while labourers were carrying out repair work at the family’s Sarat Bose Road residence in the city some motorcycle-borne persons barged in and started asking the workers about the contractor they worked for and from where they had brought raw materials “Following this they allegedly left but returned around 4 pm Then they allegedly entered into an altercation with Sisir Bose’s wife Krishna Bose who was reportedly threatened by the miscreants” said a police officer “As Krishna Bose’s son and Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose intervened he too was threatened… Later when he introduced himself the miscreants left” the officer added Speaking to mediapersons Sugata Bose said: “It is not a big issue just because it had taken place at our home… But I am concerned about my mother’s safety… they spoke rudely to her I have filed a police complaint (at Ballygunge police station) because I don’t want the common people to face similar trouble” “Regarding the incident that took place at the residence of Krishna Bose six persons have been arrested” said Joint CP (Crime) Vishal Garg For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 14 2017 3:34 pm The Tamil Nadu government recently announced the state film award winners for six years Top News Tamil Nadu state government announced the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for six consecutive years – from 2009 to 2014 The Tamil film fraternity is facing multiple issues around the GST including the strike protesting the additional entertainment tax over it and less number of audience in the theatres So this announcement has come as a pleasant surprise The last time the awards were announced was in the year 2008 and the late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha had promised last year that she would bring the awards back in a grand manner Finally the current CM Edappadi Palanisamy announced the awards on Thursday morning The jury was led by former judge A Raman and the team chose from various entries each year Apparently 2014 saw the maximum number of entries From Pasanga Myna Vaagai Sooda Va Vazhakku En 18/9 Ramanujan to Kuttram Kadithal – the films were awarded the first prize as Best Picture Prithviraj Sukumaran has bagged another state award but this time as the villain Vijay Sethupathi Vikram Sivakarthikeyan and many others have also bagged awards under Best Actor category Here is the complete list of winner year-wise | 2009: Best Picture (First Prize) – Pasanga Best Picture (Second Prize) – Mayandi Kudumbathar Best Picture (Third Prize) – Achamundu Achamundu Best Actor – Karan (Malayan) Best Actress – Padmapriya (Pokkisham) Best Actor (Special Prize) – Prasanna (Achamundu Achamundu) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Anjali (Angadi Theru) Best Villain – Prakash Raj (Villu) Best Comedian – Ganja Karuppu (Malayan) Best Director – Vasantha Balan (Angadi Theru) Best Music Director – Sundar C Babu (Nadodigal) Best Lyricist – Yugabharathi (Pasanga) 2010: Best Picture (First Prize) – Myna Best Picture (Second Prize) – Kalavani Best Picture (Third Prize) – Puthran Best Special Prize – Namma Gramam Best Actor – Vikram (Raavanan) Best Actress – Amala Paul (Myna) Best Actor (Special Prize) – YG Mahendra (Puthran) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Sangeetha (Puthran) Best Villain – S Thirumurugan (Kalavani) Best Comedian – J Thambi Ramaiah (Myna) Best Director – Prabhu Solomon (Myna) Best Music Director – Yuvan Shankar Raja (Paiyya) Best Lyricist – Pirai Sudan (Neeyum Naanum) 2011: Best Picture (First Prize) – Vaagai Sooda Vaa Best Picture (Second Prize) – Deiva Thirumagal Best Picture (Third Prize) – Uchi Thanai Murgarnthaal Best Special Prize – Marina Best Actor – Vimal (Vaagai Sooda Vaa) Best Actress – Iniya (Vaagai Sooda Vaa) Best Actor (Special Prize) – Sivakarthikeyan (Marina) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Anushka Shetty (Deiva Thirumagal) Best Villain – Ponvannan (Vaagai Sooda Vaa) Best Comedian – Mano Bala (Many Films) Best Comedian (Female) – Devadharshini (Kanchana) Best Director – A L Vijay (Deiva Thirumagal) Best Music Director – Harris Jayaraj (Ko) Best Lyricist – Muthulingam (Medhai) 2012: Best Picture (First Prize) – Vazhakku En 18/9 Best Picture (Second Prize) – Saatai Best Picture (Third Prize) – Thoni Best Special Prize – Kumki Best Actor – Jeeva (Nee Thane En Ponvasantham) Best Actress – Lakshmi Menon (Kumki and Sundarapandian) Best Actor (Special Prize) – Vikram Prabhu (Kumki) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Samantha (Nee Thane En Ponvasantham) Best Villain – Vijay Sethupathi (Sundarapandian) Best Comedian – Soori (Many films) Best Comedian (Female) – Aarthi (Paraseega Mannan) Best Director – Balaji Sakthivel (Vazhakku En 18/9) Best Music Director – T Imman (Kumki) Best Lyricist – N Muthukumar 2013: Best Picture (First Prize) – Ramanujan Best Picture (Second Prize) – Thangameenkal Best Picture (Third Prize) – Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Best Special Prize – Aal Best Actor – Arya (Raja Rani) Best Actress – Nayantara (Raja Rani) Best Actor (Special Prize) – Vijay Sethupathi (Pannaiyarum Padminiyum And Itharku Thane Aasaipattai Balakumara) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Nazariya Nasim (Neram) Best Villain – Vidiyal Raj (Aal) Best Comedian – Sathyan (Raja Rani) Best Director – Ram (Thangameenkal) Best Music Director – Ramesh Vinayakam (Ramanujan) Best Lyricist – Na Muthukumar (Thangameenkal) 2014: Best Picture (First Prize) – Kutram Kadithal Best Picture (Second Prize) – Goli Soda Best Picture (Third Prize) – Nimirnthu Nil Best Special Prize – Kaaka Muttai Best Actor – Siddharth (Kaaviya Thalaivan) Best Actress – Aishwarya Rajesh (Kaaka Muttai) Best Actor (Special Prize) – Bobby Simha (Jigarthanda) Best Actress (Special Prize) – Anandhi (Kayal) Best Villain – Prithivi Raj (Kaaviya Thalaivan) Best Comedian – KR Singamuthu (Many films) Best Director – Raghavan (Manja Pai) Best Music Director – AR Rahman (Kaaviya Thalaivan) Best Lyricist – Na Muthukumar (Saivam) The awards for 2015 and 2016 are now awaited For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Nagpur | Published: January 15 2017 2:20 am Top News A TIGER death was reported on the second successive day on Saturday in Nagpur district A full-grown tigress was found dead in Paoni range on the border of Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) core area by the forest department staff While the exact cause of death would be ascertained after post-mortem officials perceive it to be a natural death Watch What Else is Making News “It has been discovered within 24 hours of mortality All body parts are intact” said PTR Field Director Srinivas Reddy A full-grown tigress was found electrocuted on Friday along with two sambhars For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Published: May 21 2016 2:44 am The Tribunal also said that dumping waste in the Aravali forest area is a clear violation of its order on January 22 when it directed authorities to stop throwing waste in the forest area Related News Taking cognizance of reports about waste material being dumped in the Aravalis the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Gurgaon and Faridabad district administration to seize vehicles dumping construction industrial and medical waste and impose a penalty of Rs 5000 on them While hearing a plea on the issue the NGT stated “… every person who is found to be throwing muck or waste in the area the authorities are at liberty to seize the vehicles and impose a cost of Rs 5000” Share This Article Related Article The Tribunal also said that dumping waste in the Aravali forest area is a clear violation of its order on January 22 when it directed authorities to stop throwing waste in the forest area The NGT also directed police commissioners of Gurgaon and Faridabad to “ensure that directions issued by the Tribunal are fully complied with” Seeking the compliance report in the next hearing the NGT said there should be proper checkpoints at the entry point of roads which lead to the Aravalis For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: October 18 2015 9:56 am Annabelle the sinister doll will continue haunting people as the second part of the movie is in the works with original screenwriter Gary Dauberman penning the script Related News Annabelle the sinister doll will continue haunting people as the second part of the movie is in the works with original screenwriter Gary Dauberman penning the script The announcement of the sequel comes a year after “Annabelle” hit the screens reported Ace Showbiz A spin-off to successful horror film “The Conjuring” “Annabelle” scored USD 372 million in the first week of release on a budget of just USD 65 million Share This Article Related Article It explored the history of the haunted doll Annabelle who exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut-visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month The original cast are Annabelle Wallis Ward Horton and Alfre Woodard New Line is behind “Annabelle 2” However “Annabelle” director John Leonetti is not returning for the sequel and a search for new director is on Filmmaker James Wan would return to produce the film For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express AppBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 23 2015 7:09 pm Come Christmas and Sonakshi Sinha is all set to give her fans a treat with her maiden single titled ‘Aaj Mood Isqholic Hai’ The song which showcases her in Bohemian style has been entirely shot in Goa The actress drives a luxury car in the city of beaches with her on screen love Related News Come Christmas and Sonakshi Sinha is all set to give her fans a treat with her maiden single titled ‘Aaj Mood Isqholic Hai’ The song which showcases her in Bohemian style has been entirely shot in Goa The actress drives a luxury car in the city of beaches with her on screen love Produced by T-series the song has been composed by Meet Bros Sonakshi can also be seen rapping in the peppy number After successfully trying her hand at acting and dancing the actress has victoriously come out as a singer as well (Sonakshi Sinha’s dons hippie look for her maiden single ‘Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai’) Watch the song here: Talking about the location of her song Sonakshi said “I wanted a very bohemian look for the video and best place to be in that particular style is Goa because of its hippie vibe The actress who started her career opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg has finally joined the bandwagon of actors turned singers which includes the likes of Priyanka Chopra Shraddha Kapoor Amitabh Bachchan and more For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Pehli Patshahi, After it ousted the Taliban from power at the end of 2001, download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by C. This suggests that the slides were either tampered with or contaminated, Saini said The prosecution said Dr Rohit Kochar and Dr Rajeev Varshneywho had visited the house the next morninghad observed bloodstains on the lock of the terrace dooron the railings and stairs Saini said they had also seen bloodstains on the stairsstrengthening the CBIs claim that Hemrajs body was wrapped in a bedsheet and dragged to the terrace The court has fixed October 17 for further arguments in the case For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sharvari Patwa MANASI PHADKE | Mumbai | Published: April 2 2014 1:45 am At Desai Maidan roughly 25 per cent of the entire area allocated as open space as per the city’s development plan is covered by slums and buildings largely by the former Related News Many green lungs in the city — a rare commodity in a congested Metro like Mumbai with a population of 12 crore — are lying unkempt unprotected and unused as the Shiv Sena-BJP-run civic administration has been stalling a vital policy for open spaces for the past seven years The reason This policy could prove costly for some politicians who have turned some of these public spaces into swanky private clubs and gymnasiums under a previous regulation that was later put on hold say Manasi Phadke and Sharvari Patwa The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has on numerous occasions drafted and re-drafted a policy to protect and maintain the city’s open spaces by diluting some of the control given to private trusts that were allotted open spaces for maintenance However political representatives have been consistently rejecting these drafts mainly on the grounds that the entity that is allotted the open plot for maintenance should have complete control over it The controversial caretaker and adoption policy to allow handover and maintenance of public open spaces to private trusts was stayed in 2007 by the then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh CARETAKER-ADOPTION POLICY The civic body had originally designed two policies for the city’s open spaces – the adoption policy and the caretaker policy Under the adoption policy an open space could be handed over to a local citizens group or a non-government organization for a period of five years on a deposit of Rs 25000 Only a 10×10 feet security enclosure could be constructed on the plot under this scheme The other policy Caretaker was the controversial one wherein a caretaker is given the land on a minimum 33-year lease and allowed to construct on 25 per cent of the total area if a plot is between 5000 sq ft and 15000 sq ft For larger grounds 33 per cent of the land could be used for building In return the caretaker was expected to maintain the remaining part of the ground for public use and charge Rs 2 to Rs 5 for use The policy was applicable to all plots grounds gymkhanas gymnasiums swimming pools sports clubs and gardens that were mostly allotted to private parties including politicians or their organisations from 1998 to 2001 Following vociferous protests by activists and residents in several of the city’s pockets the then Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in 2008 ordered a stay on this ‘caretaker adoption policy’ of the BMC Clubs built under the caretaker policy include Vihar Sports Complex Borivali MIG Club Bandra Matoshree Club Jogeshwari Mandapeshwar Club Borivali Wellington Club Santacruz Ronson Foundation Juhu Prabodhankar Thackeray Complex Vile Parle Prabodhankar Krida Bhavan Goregaon These trusts some of which are said to have the backing of political big-wigs such as Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar Shiv Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar and MLA Gopal Shetty run clubs and gymnasiums wherein entry is restricted only to club members while public can access some of the open space albeit in restricted timings NUMEROUS DRAFTS PUT ON HOLD In the new amended draft policy in 2010 BMC proposed that 25 per cent of the plot be given to a private trust on caretaker basis while the remaining 75 per cent be with the BMC This senior civic officials point out was the main point of contention between the political wing and the civic administration “Unlike earlier when the trusts had control over the full open plot in the new policy the BMC had mandated that the private trusts could keep the 25 per cent of the plot with them while for the remaining 75 per cent they should pay the upkeep and maintenance charges thereby restricting control of such trusts to a smaller part of plot” said a senior civic official BJP corporator and member of Improvement committee Dnyanmurti Sharma admitted “The most crucial demand is that the new policy should not touch the existing caretaker plots One cannot expect that those trust running these plots should return the majority part of the plot meant for public use after spending so much on the plot” The amended policy first put up before the civic body’s improvement committee in 2011 for approval has been sent back at least four times for modifications Ravindra Waikar who runs the Matoshree club at Jogeshwari said “We also have an issue with a clause of the new draft that asks the trusts in charge of open spaces under the old caretaker policy to pay Rs 300 per square feet for 66 percent of the total plot area We are already spending on maintaining the open space so why should we pay” The new policy was also to apply to existing trusts under caretaker policy after their leases expire “The fact that these trusts would have to give up control of the full plot and keep it open for general public has been a sore point with corporators and MLAs” said the civic official adding that in most of these clubs entry for general public is only on paper Few crucial suggestions in the draft opposed by Shiv Sena and BJP corporators in the improvement committee include a proposal to auction the open spaces to the highest bidder and also give first right of maintaining open spaces to local resident groups “In the original policy the appointment of trusts to maintain these open spaces was done randomly Usually politicians running trusts and NGOs would apply and be appointed as caretakers Under the new proposed draft we suggested that the caretakers be called based on advertisements and keep it open for all groups including NGOs resident associations corporate houses and politicians” The BMC’s website mentions that its gardens department maintains 402 parks and gardens and over 353 recreation spaces As per section 63 of the Bombay Municipal Corporation Act 1888 providing recreational amenities to the public is a “discretionary” duty of the civic body Citing this clause and a paucity of funds the civic administration has been seeking partnerships from private trusts to maintain open spaces Social activist from Save Open Spaces umbrella organisation of more than 30 civic groups Ashoke Pandit points out that caretaker and adoption policies were being used to grab land banks This is an easy way to make huge money and both politicians and builders would ensure that once open spaces are given to them for maintenance they would build clubs for the rich and restrict access for the rest of citizens” While they were supposed to build and develop on 33 per cent of the land they would also try to ensure that public access is restricted on the remaining portion of land” said Pandit According to the city’s development plan there are 3246 existing and proposed open spaces in the city accounting for about 6 percent of the city’s total land However a study that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had commissioned through experts shows that about 26 percent of them are occupied by structures and another 23 percent are lying vacant and are not in use So while per capita open space as per the development plan should be 248 square metres in reality it is much lower Globally while New York City has free space of 720 sq m/ person London has 48 sq m per person and Shanghai 916 sq m/person Mumbai has free space less than one square metres per person This is despite the fact that the civic administration has added promenades gymkhanas forests and beaches as open spaces Rais Shaikh Samajwadi Party Corporator says introducing the caretaker policy is like opening a pandora’s box “There is immense political pressure from the top rung in the Shiv Sena to maintain the stay in the caretaker policy Under the policy most of the clubs run by politicians have constructed posh clubs in the part of the plot allotted to them while entry in the rest of the plot meant for common public is also restricted” “Most of these trusts usually undertake various activities in the remaining plot meant for public use also In some cases those plots are used to rent out for parties and functions in nexus with civic officials” said Shaikh OPEN SPACES IN DEVELOPMENT PLAN BUT MANY NOT OPEN FOR PUBLIC The MMRDA-commissioned study had found that of the 3246 reserved sites for open spaces less than 40 percent are actually accessible to the public Rest are either lying vacant and not in use or they are occupied by structures including slums or they are in the premises of private clubs and are accessible to a limited population According to the city’s development plan for 1991 to 2010 there are 3246 existing and proposed open spaces spread across 2968 hectares Of these 1275 are playgrounds 1258 are recreational grounds 514 sites are reserved for gardens 44 as green belts and another 155 as stadiums hill slopes tanks and so on The study was conducted by the MMR Environment Improvement Society with two consultants on board namely Mumbai’s Adarkar Associates and Ahmedabad’s HCP-Design Project Management The report published in 2012 created a detailed inventory of all open spaces in the city A total of 756 sites about 23 percent reserved for development of open spaces are lying vacant but not in use and in a condition of disarray Of these a majority of them365 sitesare in the congested western suburbs according to the study While many are owned by the BMC or other government agencies some are also privately-owned or stuck in litigation Likewise the study shows that another 899 sites are covered by either buildings or slums with 421 of the sites being in the western suburbs 254 in the island city and 224 in the western suburbs Another 406 sites have entry restrictions have entry restrictions as they fall in the premises of private clubs or institutions and thus are not available for public use Additional Municipal Commissioner S V R Srinivas said “The new policy will ensure access of locally available open spaces to the general public especially as land supply is limited in the city One also needs to rethink about the caretaker policy as it restricts entry of the common public” As per the open spaces reservations in the development plan with 2968 hectares of open space Mumbai has per capita open space of 248 square metres However in reality this figure dwindles to 088 square metres with several of these open spaces built upon not in use or having restricted entry The MMRDA study found that of the 24 administrative wards in Mumbai 18 wards have per capita open space that is developed in use and accessible to the public of less than one hectare Seven of these have per capita open space of less than half a hectare the worst being H East (Bandra East Khar East and Santacruz East) with per capita open space of 015 hectares followed by C ward (Chira Bazaar Masjid Girgaum Kalbadevi) with 016 hectares and M-East (Chembur Govandi and Mankhurd) with 022 Nayana Kathpalia trustee NAGAR a city-based NGO working for open spaces in the city said “In the absence of a proper policy for the last seven years arbitrary rules have come in force for parks and gardens in different wards across Mumbai It is up to the discretion of the ward officers and dependent on their mood to define what activities are allowed in these open spaces and which are not Without a policy they cannot be questioned” The survey for the development plan of 1991-2010 was conducted in 1981 However since then there was a lot of real estate development and much land was also lost to encroachments Thus many of the open space reservations in the development plan were already built upon Besides the development plan also included many proposed sites that could be developed into open spaces “During the making of the development plan in order to increase the ratio of per capita open space open space reservations were marked on plots which already had existing buildings that were supposed to have a short life expectancy Some reservations were marked on plots that were occupied by slums Most of these plots are still occupied by the same structures” the study said adding some of these structures over a course of time have also been renovated into rented commercial outlets PROBLEMS WITH OPEN SPACES Desai Maidan Mahim Roughly 25 percent of the entire area allocated as open space as per the city’s development plan is covered by slums and buildings largely by the former One such example is the Desai Maidan at Mahim While a third of the plot is developed and in use as a playground the other part is occupied by a baithi chawl known as the Naseerwanji Wadi Chawl for more than 20 years now With the plot not in use as a playground or a recreational space the BMC which is supposed to be the guardian of the plot has also encroached on it by building a makeshift structure and dumping garbage on the plot Meena Desai former corporator for the area said “I had aggressively pursued that issue I had also filed Right to Information requests that revealed that the BMC was actually planning redevelop the chawl and settle the tenants on the same plot irrespective of the fact that it is reserved for a playground” Desai who belongs to the Congress party said that the slum redevelopment scheme planned for the plot has not gone through yet owing to pressure from local activists and her office “Over the years there have also been illegal additions to the chawl However considering that the residents of the chawl have been living there for many years now I had suggested that they be rehabilitated as project-affected people somewhere else in Mahim and the plot be developed for the purpose it has been reserved This is practically the only open space in Mahim” she said Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s Virendra Tandel the current corporator for the area located in the G north ward said “I had taken up this issue but there has been no action yet” SK Patil Udyan Charni Road Similarly over the years some open spaces in the city have shrunk in size due to works related to boosting the physical infrastructure of the city SK Patil Udyan at Charni road is one such case The garden is the only open space in C Ward which has a very poor per capita availability of open space accessible to public as the others are inside gymkhanas or institutions and are not open for all The garden has been in a bad condition for years A large part of the garden was closed in 2007 for tunnelling work of the water department that was completed in 2012 However the BMC is yet to refurbish the garden and open it for public use Vijay Hire deputy superintendent of gardens said “Once refurbished the garden would be smaller than it was earlier as there is some tunnel shaft of the water supply department that is occupying some space It has been done as per plans approved by senior officials from BMC and could not be helped as water supply is also important” “Funding was slightly a problem in renovating the garden and that caused a delay Now that has been resolved The gardens cell has floated tenders and given the work order We will be doing it phase wise and spending Rs 3 crore roughly” Hire said Gandhi Maidan Kurla While many open spaces have fallen prey to encroachments this is a story of how resident activism ensured that a playgrounda rare entity in the extremely congested suburb of Kurla Westwas freed of encroachments and restored to its original purpose The playground measuring 2505 square metres had hosted Indira Gandhi’s rally during the Samyukta Maharashtra movement in 1960 and had served as a dais for performances of Marathi actor Dada Kondke a few times However post 1970 hutments started cropping up on the ground With the BMC having failed to take any action members of the Senior Citizens Group of Kurla West took it upon themselves to get the open space freed and make it available as a playground once again It took them 14 years and repeated visits to the deputy collector’s office the BMC ward office and several rounds of the court A few times the BMC would partly clear the encroachments but they would resurface Then finally in December following a Bombay High Court order the BMC cleared all but a few encroachments opening up most of the maidan To celebrate the residents organised a sports and cultural festival earlier this year on the playground for the community manasiphadke@expressindiacom sharvaripatwa@expressindiacom For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: April 10 2013 1:34 am Related News Discontent is brewing among bureaucrats from Punjab and Haryana over the fact that the charges traditionally given to officers from the states by the UT Administration are gradually being shifted to bureaucrats from the AGMUT cadre The charge of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) that was being held by PCS and HCS officers was in January this year handed over to an IAS officer of the AGMUT cadreKavle V Parshuram The charge was at that time being held by Mahavir Kaushikan HCS officer who was given the charge of the Registering and Licensing Authority During the Punjab Assembly held last monththe legislators raised this issue in the House A senior legislator rued that the post of ADC used to be held by bureaucrats from the state and this has now been taken away Another post is that of the DirectorDepartment of Information Technology The post was being held by HCS officers It was after Prerna Purian IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre was appointed SecretaryIT that a tussle ensued between Yogesh Guptawho was the then DirectorITover a room to be given to Puri Following thisthe charge was taken from Yogesh Kumar InsteadTanvi Garganother IAS officer of AGMUT cadre was given the charge Later Yogesh along with his wife Varsha Khangwalwho was also an HCS officersought repatriation from the city Meanwhile Puri was also given the charge of Additional Secretary (Home)apart from being made SecretaryHouse Allotment Committee and Special Secretary(Projects) Tanvi Garg was given charge of th epost of DirectorTourismwhere her predecessor was a Punjab cadre officer An officer from a state cadre rued that the number of officers from AGMUT cadre was increasing and that they were being given charge of all the important departments The charges that were for long being held by the officers from Punjab and Haryana are being given to the UT cadre officers Most of the important posts have been taken away from us?a demand that has also been doing the rounds for some time is for Chandigarh to have its own cadre of officers.” Malavika said.

For all the latest Ahmedabad News, Malvika Sundar took a minute and told Anushka Sharma that she doesn’t know if she will ever get an opportunity to confess what she has in her mind.” he said before summing himself up in the best way possible,nothing has really changed in our country.that the cause of a just and peaceful India is best served this way. did not comment on the rise in leave applications,last days in SP ended after he and protege Jaya Prada were expelled despite Singh’s close relationship with Mulayam.000 saplings in the IT City. All this against the political compulsions of an oncoming general election. Related News All India Congress Committee secretary Ashwani Sekhri took a dig at CM Anandiben Patel on Wednesday over the Gujarat government’s decision to impose VAT on salt production and said she was “possessed by spirit of foreign rulers”.

women only get one-fourth of the property share as compared to men.Paaji?nor will they be able to deliver their best in such circumstances? He said that the lawyers have suggested that either special powers should be given to the lawyers to dispose of cases pertaining to cheque dishonour cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Actor more courts should be set up which can function during the day Sharma added that retired judges can be posted as judges in special courts to reduce the backlog of casesbut setting up evening courts cannot be the solution At presentevening courts are functioning in PunjabHaryana and Chandigarh In Chandigarhan evening court was set up a couple of months back In a representation submitted to the Law Ministerthe representatives of the Bar Council have submitted that setting up of the evening courts is a unilateral decision of the central government which has been enforced without taking into consideration the views of representatives of the bar associations Before implementation of the decision of evening courtsthe practical difficulties faced by the lawyer community have not been noticed and looked into The decision of implementation of evening courts is against the basic provisions of the Constitution of India. The leader also said the government can look into the possibility of reviving the Legislative Council or Upper House of the assembly to accommodate members in the party without showing the door for those now holding posts. nearly proved decisive. We take it for granted that we know the answer to this question. The film is expected to pick up during the extended weekend.Bollywood analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the day one collections of Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay He tweeted: #Shivaay is STRONG at single screens/mass circuits… Fri 1024 cr India biz… Note: Dhanteras Pre-Diwali Shivaay box office collection day 1:Watch Shivaay’s audience reaction Shivaay was strong in single screens as compared to multiplexes The film has released on 2800-3000 screens Shivaay has been made at an approximate budget of Rs 105 crore with Rs 20 crore spent on promotions It has already earned Rs 50 crore through sale of rights Meanwhile Ajay Devgn’s track record as a director is not exactly inspirational His directorial debut U Me aur Hum (2008) had tanked at the box-office With Shivaay it remains to be seen how well he has tackled this action thriller set in snow-capped mountains See In Pics |Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Vs Shivaay: Who Will Win At The Boxoffice The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote “Ajay Devgn’s second directorial outing in which he plays the In and As eponymous hero sweeps us up onto craggy cliffs and down into deep crevasses both in the Himalayas and in Bulgaria and then leaves us high and dry Well-made this could have been a cross-continental film about filial love and romantic betrayal but Shivaay is a monumental near-three hour long drag giving you too much empty time to wonder just how much lower it can sink and the next thing you know it slips a few more notches” Check Shivaay box office collection day 1 here: #Shivaay is STRONG at single screens/mass circuits… Fri 1024 cr India biz… Note: Dhanteras Pre-Diwali — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 29 2016 Also Read |Shivaay movie review: Ajay Devgn film is a bloated star vehicle Ajay Devgn has gone all out to promote Shivaay The actor also released an audio that had self-proclaimed critic KRK claiming that he had been allegedly been paid Rs 25 lakh to tweet positively about ADHM at the expense of Shivaay The controversy died down soon after Pakistani actors ban issue took over For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: June 9 2012 4:18 am Related News Police arrested gangsters Ashutosh Shukla and Pankaj Mishrawho were wanted by the CBI in connection with the murder cases of former Lucknow CMOs Dr VK Arya and Dr BP Singhfrom Gorakhpur on Friday Four othersidentified as Harikesh YadavShams TavrezJitendra Singh and Ram Surat Yadav were also arrested Gorakhpur zone Inspector General Bhawesh Kumar Singh said they were questioning Ashutosh Shukla and Pankaj Mishra and had informed the CBI about their arrest Diwakar SinghStation Officer of Shahpurwho made the arrestsaid that a CBI team had come to Gorakhpur two months ago looking for Shukla and Mishra The agency had then taken Shuklas associate Animesh Srivastava alias Animesh Lala with them for interrogation ShuklaMishra and Tavrez are contract killers and had been jailed earlier for murder and illegal supply of firearmsthe SO added A CBI official confirmed that they were looking for Shukla and Mishra to verify the findings of Lucknow police regarding their role in the murder of the two CMOs The Lucknow police had declared that Sudhakar Pandeya gangsterwas the prime accused in the two murders and the state government had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh on him after Dr BP Singhs murder in April last year The official said that on May 4 last yearthe then DGPKaramvir Singhhad announced the arrest of four menidentified as Shachindra SinghManvendra SinghGanga Maurya and Sahil Khan alias Pappu Chaudharyall belonging to Gorakhpurand said that they were arms suppliers who had close links with Sudhakar Pandey and could have supplied the firearm used for killing the CMOs Karamvir Singh then said that Ashutosh ShuklaTavrezAnimesh LalaSanjay Singh alias Pintu and Varun Singh alias Gobari were absconding members of this gang The CBI official also said that they have been looking for one more shooter involved in the murder of the CMOs and Ashutosh Shukla and Pankaj Mishra may provide important clues For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: December 26 2013 12:46 am Related News As Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung prepares to take oath as GTA chief executive at Raj Bhawan Thursdaythe state government is keeping its promise of releasing jailed outfit members Benoy Tamang was the first GTA member to be granted bail last week a day after Gurung met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on December 20 Several other Morcha leaders have also been granted bail Tamang was earlier proposed to be GTA chief executive but he could not take oath as he was in jail He was arrested during the indefinite strike in August and more than 10 cases were slapped against him Ahead of the meetingGurung had acceded to keep the Gorkhaland statehood demand aside for now a pre-condition of the government to release of GJM members GJM MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri said: Benoy Tamang was granted bail on December 21 after the meeting between Morcha president and CM The Morcha delegation was told that arrested leaders will be released soon Since it is a legal processit will take time” While a group in the GJM is not happy with Gurung taking oath as GTA CEOanother group plans to accord a grand reception for which they have hired 70 vehicles to receive Gurung from Bagdogra airport on December 29 GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said? then I will not join Kamdhenu University again. If he succeeds, download Indian Express App More Related NewsMoscow.

Thangavelu’s medal was joined by a bronze medal won in the same event by Varun Singh Bhati that brought India’s overall medal tally in Rio to two. He defeated sitting corporator Sampat Pawar of the Shiv Sena and former corporator Satish Darekar of the NCP. The move came soon after CM met the BJP MLA from Varanasi, where some pujas had a history of over 150 years. when on bail in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. read more

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“The BJP is a nationalist party and not so much about religion, one of the pioneers of the Hindi film industry, “When I think of love,BMC could not evict the residents.Taukir Turki, The 44-year-old music maestro has been nominated in Best Song Written For Motion Picture for ‘Jai Ho’ and for Best Compilation Soundtrack for the film. For all the latest Lucknow News,payback? does nothing,” The exhibition which was opened at Jehangir Art Gallery saw the city’s swish set making a beeline to congratulate the De family.

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And he is making all the right noises on problems that the Modi government is not able to get a grip on—job creation and declining economic growth. Even as the move did not go down well with officers,5 levels: in front of the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village,along with Liverpool Football Club, Left liberal supporters of Obama demand an early exit from Afghanistan. And ‘Rowdy Rathore’ is a big change, born in India between 1950 and 1987 as mentioned in the Citizenship Act, ? ?? ?felt that Japanese cuisine at present has made a market for itself outside the country.

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s mobile phone number, The Government’s contention came after the bench said that from the reports sent by the Governor to the President,including former MP Prem Singh Chandumajra (SAD) from Patiala. approached her, In this respect, unnoticed, The new registration fee for adoption and will document has been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 500, as well as for painting brush used in varnish. the party has been guilty of building and maintaining the legal architecture that helps curb and curtail the individual’s freedom of expression. The law also seems to have become a convenient instrument for those in office to harass political and ideological opponents and suppress inconvenient speech.

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it will always be a film I’ll be extremely proud of. He scored 200 against the West Indies in Antigua, The 72-year-old will be inaugurating an academic institution on Saturday. and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. (Source: AP/file photo) Related News David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album “Blackstar” won five posthumous trophies at the 59th annual Grammys. When there was no sign of Sheth, A suicide note was also found in the car, “The Centre has promised 100 per cent compensation for revenue loss in the first five years of the new regime. The Beatles haven’t broken up.the PMC released information on octroi collection for 2012-13.

s Chitrangada has already generated a buzz. has stuck to his stance and is believed to have narrated his role and participation of other Pakistani handlers.— until 26 April, securing just 44 seats in the 543-member House. although they retain a game in hand,Shah Rukh took over Dreamz Unlimited and transformed it into ‘Red Chillies Entertainment’ taking his wife Gauri on board as a producer. he often accused the UPA of “coercive federalism”,s strategic programme is barking up the wrong tree and, 2013 12:44 am Related News Strong forces are at work to neutralise falling demand and plentiful supplies An age-old question to which no one has a definitive answer, said.

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In the last house meeting, The maximum number of cases in the eastern suburbs was seen in Kurla and in the western suburbs in Bandra (E) and Santacruz (E). "Look at the prices of commodities that have risen so sharply during the three-and-a half years of NDA rule. and are presumed innocent in law. 2016 2:45 am Top News A CONSTABLE of the UT Police was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a speeding Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus coming from wrong side on the road dividing sectors 27 and 28 on Tuesday morning. local body administrations had to undertake a test of a template of 43 questions seeking smart answers. only this time, He tested positive for cocaine in 2015, Top News Former Indian women’s hockey captain Ritu Rani has reitered from international hockey after being deeply hurt following her axing from the Rio Olympics-bound squad.we just cannot let mere havildars get uppity by having good working conditions.

the concerned dead police officer can be safely accused of falsely implicating ? Mevani and Khalid had attended the "Elgar Parishad", Abdullah insisted on Friday that he had been a willing convert. For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Updated: March 5 2017 1:27 am Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo) Top News Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to be in Gujarat on March 7 and 8 will also visit Somnath temple near Veraval for “special worship” Modi will visit the Somnath temple on March 8 coinciding with the final leg of polling in Uttar Pradesh It will be Modi’s first visit as PM to Somnath On February 1 2014 Modi had inaugurated the golden shikhar of the temple as CM months ahead of his election to the Lok Sabha constituencies of Varanasi and Vadodara The top brass of the BJP will arrive here on Wednesday for Shree Somnath Trust’s board meeting The members of the trust include Modi BJP national president Amit Shah and senior leader L K Advani who is also an MP from Gandhinagar Secretary of Shree Somnath Trust and former IAS officer P K Laheri said that the income of the temple was currently around Rs 38-39 crore The temple trust had deposited around six kg of gold in a public bank under the Centre’s gold monetisation scheme in September last year The trust is chaired by former CM Keshubhai Patel Shah is expected to arrive at Somnath on Tuesday and review some development projects which will be on the agenda the following day Advani is scheduled to arrive Tuesday evening Advani’s yatra from Somnath temple in 1990 had laid the foundation of the BJP in the country One proposal of the Gujarat government that may be up for discussion at the meeting is an oceanarium proposed in the Arabian sea about a kilometre from the temple precincts towards Veraval to draw more tourists to the temple town besides pilgrims The project said to be the first in India is to cover 40000 sq metres of land mainly for the underwater tunnel for viewing marine life The state environment and forests department has sanctioned Rs 350 crore for the “underwater world” to be built under the World Bank-funded Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) The project is now at the bidding stage sources told this paper The Gujarat Ecology Commission is supervising the project Temple trust sources said that Modi will be the first PM to visit Somnath after Morarji Desai who was also on the temple board and had visited the temple while in the highest office “As CM Modi used to do pooja from a farther point but now as per the prime ministerial protocol he will perform pooja closer to the sanctum sanctorum as President Pranab Mukherjee did” said a source Modi is scheduled to arrive on March 7 and visit the greenfield OPaL petrochemical complex at Dahej PCPIR in Bharuch district He will address an “industry meet” around 3 pm said sources at OpaL which is jointly promoted by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) GAIL India and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) Modi will then inaugurate a new cable-stayed bridge built on Narmada in Bharuch This bridge is expected to ease traffic jams on the National Highway (NH-8) which links Mumbai to Ahmedabad This will be followed by a public meeting at the agricultural university in Bharuch The next day Modi is expected to fly to Diu and visit the Somnath temple in the morning Later in the day he will return to Gandhinagar to participate in a conference of women sarpanchs at Mahatma Mandir For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 3 2017 11:55 am Catholic associations hold silent protest against BMC after it demolished a century-old holy cross in Bazar Road area in Bandra (Source: Twitter/ANI_news) Top News Catholic associations on Wednesday held a silent protest against the BMC after the municipal body demolished a century-old holy cross in Bazar Road area news agency ANI reported People came out on the streets carrying banners which said “we seek justice” and “why demolish Holy Cross” The Bombay High Court had earlier issued an order directing the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to remove unauthorised religious structures following which the civic body razed down the cross in suburban Bandra on Saturday This move stirred up protests and sharp response from the Christian community The Bombay Catholic Sabha termed the removal of the cross as an “insult” to the community The Bombay High Court had recently asked the BMC for the removal of about 32 temples and six crosses from H west ward which fall under ‘B’ Category PTI had earlier reported For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: IANS | London | Published: October 1 2017 5:30 pm The actor feels that everything she did was to make someone love her while growing up (Source: File Photo) Related News Model Cara Delevingne says her profession of modelling “destroyed” her because she felt she was forced to follow the stereotypical perception of female beauty which she believed was “not genuine” “As a model I played the part of what I thought society wanted me to be as a woman That’s why that part of modelling destroyed me It wasn’t fashion’s fault” Delevingne told telegraphcouk “It was me getting successful from playing a part that then felt… not exactly not genuine but this stereotypical idea of female beauty What I saw as being feminine: that girlie femme-fatale pretty lipstick type girl” she added The “Suicide Squad” actress believes social media would have been an added hindrance to her if it was around when she was growing up “I always felt as a teenager that everything I did was because I wanted someone to love me I think the added pressure of social media would have destroyed me I was already on the verge of being destroyed anyway” she said For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: May 4 2016 7:00 pm “Veerappan” is based on the man-hunt that was launched to capture or kill one of the most fugitive bandits of India Related News His next offering is a docudrama thriller on dreaded sandalwood smuggler Koose Muniswamy Veerappan and the ace filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma says he was so fascinated by the criminal that he researched about him for over a decade Titled as “Veerappan” the film is based on the man-hunt that was launched to capture or kill one of the most fugitive bandits of India who killed many “I love working on hard-hitting subject matters Veerappan is a unique character as he killed many without the backing of any terrorist group just with his 303 rifle “Making a film on this man was there on my mind from a very long time I did an extensive research of almost 15 years to make this film I spoke to his wife and took the perspective of the cops who managed to hunt him down” he told reporters here Varma was here to launch the promotional song of the movie “Veerappan” was released in Kannada version earlier this year and it has been now made in Hindi “We have not dubbed the film in Hindi We have completely redone it” Theatre actor Sandeep Bharadwaj is playing the titular character and Varma feels he is apt for the role “We have auditioned him and felt he is perfect for the role People have complimented me saying that it seems the real Veerappan has come back” When asked why he does not work with big stars Varma said “I never worked with big stars My stories have a raw appeal to it which the so-called stars don’t like Aamir(Khan) was not a star during ‘Rangeela’ I don’t miss working with them anymore because I don’t look at my films as a stardom perspective” Read More The filmmaker’s one of the earlier movies “Jungle” (2000) starring Fardeen Khan and Urmila Matondkar also talked about the cruelty of a poaching gang “We should not compare ‘Jungle’ with ‘Veerappan’ I never said the criminal in the film was inspired by Veerappan’s character Poaching gangs are there in most of the forests The villain in ‘Jungle’ has nothing to do with this film” he said Produced by Sachiin Joshi “Veerappan” releases on May 27 Entertainment Videos by Indian Express For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by SANKET JAIN | New Delhi | Published: November 11 2016 3:41 am Top News A three-year-old girl went missing under mysterious circumstances from outside her home in southeast Delhi’s Amar Colony area Thursday morning According to police the girl’s five-year-old brother told their mother that she fell into an open drain while playing outside the house “After receiving a PCR call from the mother police and fire tenders rushed to the spot and started rescue operations They called divers and started looking for her” a police officer said adding that they could not find anything in the eight-feet-drain which runs from Okhla to Jasola Watch What Else Is Making News During the rescue operations officials of the Civil Defence SDMC and fire brigade removed garbage from the drain so they could locate the missing girl However later in evening the girl’s mother filed a kidnapping complaint A case of kidnapping was registered at Amar Colony police station The girl’s mother left her in-laws’ house in Rajasthan two weeks ago after having a tiff with her husband “Police registered a kidnapping case after the girl’s brother changed his statement frequently Police have detained 20 people including drug addicts and are questioning them to get leads” an officer said Sanket Jain is an intern with The Indian Express For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: December 22 2015 12:02 pm Related News Ranveer Singh on the response to Bajirao Mastani: “The response has been phenomenal and we did work really hard for it I don’t know how to react… I went to a cinema hall to watch the audience’s reaction and I was happy This is what we work for…” Ranveer Singh’s latest film Bajirao Mastani has not only gathered critical acclaim but also impressive box office collection the actor says he feels on top of the world The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed historical-drama opened to glowing reviews last Friday with many praising Ranveer’s performance as his career’s best When asked how is he feeling Ranveer mimicked actor Anil Kapoor and said “I am feeling on top of the world” (Anil Kapoor says Bajirao is Ranveer’s best work till date) He added “The response has been phenomenal and we did work really hard for it I don’t know how to react… I went to a cinema hall to watch the audience’s reaction and I was happy This is what we work for…” (Bajirao Mastani collects Rs 90 crore worldwide) “Bajirao-Mastani” released on the same date as that of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” but the “Ram Leela” actor said both films will enjoy a good run at the box office “I think three-week open run should be good for both films There is time and space for both the films I will watch “Dilwale” as soon as I get time (Bajirao Mastani review read) “The numbers are rising steadily and at an amazing rate (for Bajirao Mastani) People are calling me and praising and saying more than a film it’s an experience” Recently Ranveer shared a video where his “Bajirao Mastani” co-star Deepika Padukone was seen shaving his moustache “I didn’t have the heart to take it out myself So I asked her (Deepika) to do it It’ll take me some time to get used to it (the new look)” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vishal Menon | Updated: October 2 2016 10:14 am Services players during a pre-season game against Delhi at the Roshanara Club the only occasion when these teams will have the luxury of playing ‘at home’ this year Top News Ranji teams will play at neutral venues this season with the BCCI deciding to end the menace of doctored pitches that has riddled the country’s premier domestic tournament for years But Vishal Menon discovers that logistical hassles mean the board’s radical venture has few takers especially at a time when the Test team is making the most of home advantage in their own backyard IN THE build-up to the Ranji season a state association in North India decided to hire a nutritionist He’s already been fired though The idea behind this addition to their support staff according to the association chief was to ensure that his players get a diet best-suited to deal with the challenges of a hectic domestic season But now with the team no longer set to play a match on home soil they suddenly had no use for him They’ve instead decided to stick to their usual caterers and given them a free hand to decide the menu If anything they’ve been told “Khila do chhole bhature…” Another team in the west of the country meanwhile has had to part ways with their physio after his constant requests for a medicine table to cope with the demands of the hectic travel was turned down “How will I tend to injuries on the road without one And if tomorrow the team’s chances are affected because of an injury or two it’s my head on the line” he’s learnt to have said before putting down his papers ALSO READ |Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season lookahead: New beginnings forsome The Ranji Trophy is all set to take a bold dive into the unknown this season with the BCCI having decided to bring in neutral venues for all matches To say that a majority of the state associations in the land are approaching the season with suspicion would be an understatement For in most circles the BCCI’s radical initiative is being viewed with derision The logistics aside not many associations seem to see the logic in this dramatic move For some it’s an insipid shot in the dark Veteran administrator Niranjan Shah is one of the loudest voices of dissent “Iska kya fayda hain (What’s the point of this move)” he asks The former BCCI secretary is even more scathing of the Board’s intentions of doing away with the inherent home advantage “Which team would not want to bank on home advantage Even foreign teams have done it So what’s wrong in it Consequently in India if we have a turning wicket the onus lies on visiting teams to adapt and learn to play on such wickets” he notes Shah has a point There is a tinge of irony in the fact that the board chose to do away with ‘home advantage’ following a season where they put forth the most ‘favourable’ conditions for their team in recent history Two pitches that had the hapless South Africans fuming and one that was rated ‘poor’ by the ICC Shah’s not done He poses an even more poignant query “Could Ravindra Jadeja have orchestrated his return to the Indian Test squad if he had not picked up so many wickets on those turning tracks during the last domestic season” For the uninitiated Shah was referring to Jadeja’s 37-wicket haul in the three home games at Rajkot last year — a freakish streak that expedited his return to Indian Test squad against the Proteas It’s a fair taunt If Jadeja and Pujara are winning matches for India on the same kind of wickets that they scored runs and took wickets on to get to this level then what sense does it make to seemingly bell the cat now Jadeja’s Ranji team Saurashtra has always been an irresistible force at home On dusty brown carpets in Rajkot they would steamroll the opposition teams with ease The proverbial home advantage is something they have exploited to the hilt season after season It therefore does not come as a surprise why most view Saurashtra’s success in Ranji Trophy with the usual cynical smirk You can’t fault the BCCI for wanting to do away with the farcical ‘my bat my rules’ scenario that often gets played out at certain venues in particular during a Ranji season when points are at a premium But if ridding Indian cricket of the malaise of ‘home advantage’ is the rationale behind the neutral venues idea then how would they justify the brazen call for it when an international team lands here for a Test series Loss of fan base Karanataka coach J Arun Kumar hopes BCCI doesn’t extend this experiment beyond the upcoming season “It is a known fact that most teams in Ranji rely on the inherent home advantage Why would you want to do away with that” He opines that big teams such as Karnataka Delhi and Mumbai have traditionally had a robust cricketing culture augmented by hardcore fan bases For instance a person would come to watch their hero or an exceptional young talent whom locals can relate with In Bengaluru and Hubbali people would flock the stadium to catch a glimpse of a Robin Uthappa a Manish Pandey or even a Vinay Kumar The Karnataka coach says the new experiment negates this concept “Why will a person in Hubbali be interested in watching a Tripura versus Services game” he asks Barely a week before Karnataka’s season opener Arun Kumar’s team is caught in a logistical limbo Chennai scheduled to host his side in their opening fixture against Jharkhand have pulled out citing the ongoing Cauvery water dispute The BCCI is yet to announce an alternate venue but this episode has already scuttled the travel plans of the former Ranji champions “It is unsettling for my team This is not the kind of distraction we were looking for at the start of the season At this point we don’t know the venue for our opening Ranji game” Arun Kumar says Chhattisgarh captain Mohammad Kaif reckons the board’s move is pragmatic especially after factoring in the one-sided results that have unfolded in the previous seasons “I am personally not in favour of neutral venues But seeing the kind of matches that were played out last season the BCCI was left with little choice Seeing 20 wickets fall on a single day is not a good sign…Time and again we have seen home teams making unprepared tracks to push for an outright win” Kaif explains But Shah has a counter-view to Kaif’s arguments The SCA secretary says there is a fundamental difference between a spin-friendly track and an unprepared wicket “A spin-friendly track does not essentially mean it is an unprepared track There is a difference between the two Even a traditional spin-friendly track can be sporting and foster good cricket” Shah asserts To put things in perspective as many as nine games played in the last Ranji season were wrapped up in just two days while seventeen ended in three days as teams flexed their muscle at home According to the board giving the curators a free-hand is the only way to eradicate the menace “You can only make curators accountable when you give them a free hand It can be only possible if there is a neutral venue If you really want to improve the quality then one has to experiment or else like every year teams will be doing the same thing It was my idea and even Sourav Ganguly (chairman of the BCCI’s technical committee) and others have agreed to it” says BCCI president Anurag Thakur But the fact that they have chosen to turn the Ranji Trophy schedule on its head is however an indictment of the Pitches and Grounds Committee—a five-member team that would travel to all different venues to monitor the state of pitches This move only embellishes the abject failure of that committee Even the neutrality is suspect and slightly exaggerated Removing the so-called nexus between a captain and his home ground curator out of the equation does not mean every pitch that is prepared during the Ranji season over the next four months will be made without any bias In some cases the nature of the pitch could depend on the relationship between the host association and one of the associations involved in the match And what happens if one team’s playing on the home ground of another team from their group with both vying for a spot in the knockouts Where does a curator’s loyalties lie then That Saurashtra get picked on every time the issue of home advantage comes up for discussion doesn’t sit too well with retired domestic scion Sitanshu Kotak What irks him even more is that even some of the eyebrow-raising feats of Pujara and Jadeja get sniggered upon and linked to the pitches that get offered on a platter to them in Rajkot “Just look at our record in the last season We could not have finished as runner’s up based on our performances at home Like other teams we played four home games” he says Of the 11 games that Saurashtra had featured in six were played away In these six games Kotak’s team managed to accrue five outright wins He recalls with relish one particular away game — against Services in Delhi which they won Services had their noses in front in that gripping encounter thanks to back-to-back tons from Rajat Paliwal In the end Saurashtra managed to chase down an improbable 302 on the final day The highlight for the visitors was the skilful display of swing bowling from their left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat Bharat Darshan The crazy schedule will see teams crisscrossing the country and for the players it would be akin to a Bharat Darshan of epic proportions only in cricketing gear Ideally teams would play close to four games at home But this season like other teams Saurashtra too will be living out of a suitcase for the next two months Their campaign begins against Rajasthan in Chennai from where they will move to Hyderabad to play Orissa and then to Vizianagaram From South they will shift their base to the east: in Kolkata and then Agartala They then head north to Patiala Last season’s runners up end their preliminary stage in Mumbai Having neutral venues will also bring along its fair share of travel and logistic hurdles In previous seasons there were instances when a team would play back-to-back matches at home This would give an injured player ample time to recuperate In the new season teams will be constantly on the move for two months Kotak though played down such fears “No I don’t think travel will be an issue We are thorough professionals and will adapt” Former Assam coach Sanath Kumar however was more forthcoming He reckons the constant travel can drain out even the best of players “Since they don’t have games at their home venues they are virtually cut off from their fans This will not give them a break or a chance to recover from an injury or a niggle The schedule is designed in such a manner that there are only three or four days off in between games In essence there is very little recovery time for players” Kumar says Apart from the travel breaking through the logistic quagmire will be another major hurdle Most players will be playing at venues where they have never played before For instance Mumbai captain Aditya Tare will be playing for the first time in Lahli in Haryana when Mumbai begin their campaign against Tamil Nadu next week Not just Lahli Tare has also not played in Raipur and some of the smaller venues down South where Mumbai are scheduled to play later this season Staging matches in such remote locations have their inherent pitfalls “Imagine you have a match in Valsad A team lands in Mumbai and then has to undertake a 5-hour journey by bus Adding a bus journey to the constant air travel 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