Rallies for Hanuman Jayanti in Bengal

first_imgDays after rallies were held in West Bengal to celebrate Ram Navami, both the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP held rallies for Hanuman Jayanti on Tuesday, a first for West Bengal. While Suri, the district headquarters of Birbhum was on boil over a rally organised by the BJP, TMC leaders Lakshmi Ratan Shukla and Vaishali Dalmia were also present at the Hanuman Jayanti rallies.Another important TMC leader, Sadhan Pande, was present at an event in Kolkata where a large statue of Hanuman was unveiled. In some places like Basberia in the State’s Hooghly district, TMC councillor Amit Ghosh was present at an armed rally. Meanwhile, violence was reported at the BJP rally at Suri. BJP supporters carrying saffron flags were stopped by the police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel near the Barabagan area.Senior police officers of the district said no permission had been given to hold the rally. The police said that they had to intervene when those rallying “tried to enter the more sensitive areas of the town with a mixed population”.Baton chargePolice resorted to a baton charge to control the situation, leading to chaos. TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal justified police action. “Dilip Ghosh (BJP State president) was supposed to attend this rally. He did not come himself but tried to incite the locals from Kolkata. These tactics will not work in Birbhum,” he said. Mr. Ghosh said that the permission had been cancelled at the last moment and alleged “police excesses” on the BJP supporters.last_img read more

In times of drought, no full-time Secretary, minister for agriculture in Maharashtra

first_imgThe government is yet to appoint a full-time Secretary for the agriculture department, one of the most crucial departments, as the State faces one of the worst droughts in recent times. Since the retirement of Bijay Kumar in August last year, Eknath Dawale, Secretary, Water Conservation and Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) has had additional charge of agriculture. Though there was a major bureaucratic reshuffle with the appointment of a new Chief Secretary, and Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the crucial agriculture department seems to have been overlooked. Besides a Secretary, the department also does not have a full-time minister since May 31 last year when the incumbent Pandurang Phundkar passed away. Since then Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil has had additional charge of the ministry. The buzz in political circles is about a possible Cabinet expansion after May 23 when a senior opposition leader is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and be made incharge of the agriculture ministry. Sources within the government said Mr. Dawale is being asked to focus more on agriculture department and a decision to hand over charge to him is likely to be taken soon. Apart from agriculture, the Home department too does not have a full-time secretary, At present Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar is holding additional charge along with Housing. Last week, Mumbai civic body chief Ajoy Mehta was appointed as Chief Secretary while Praveen Pardeshi, Additional Chief Secretary with the Chief Minister’s Office, replaced him. The reshuffle took place after former Chief Secretary UPS Madan abruptly opted for voluntary retirement and was later appointed advisor to Chief Minister on a one-year contract.last_img read more

PH fights for gold in men’s squash

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Grueling flight worth it for Syquia after winning gold View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side They are up against Singapore’s Benedict Chan and Pang Ka Hoa who ousted Eris Setiavan and Ade Furkon of Indonesia, 2-0.The women’s team of Jemyca Aribado, Isabelle Gotuaco and Yvonne Alyssa Dalida bagged bronze after dropping a 2-1 decision to Shiela Sivakumar, Yeong Wai Yhann and Pamela Chua of Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine squash men’s team made the finals Monday, inching closer to a first gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in recent years.The pair of Robert Andrew Garcia and Juan Rafael Yam edged Darren Rahul and ng Eain Yow of Malaysia, 2-0, to barge into the championship round which begins Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rise of the independent woman

first_imgThey embody a fresh promise. They possess the enviable ability to face challenges. And they have the temperament to think out-of-the-box. A sense of achievement is integral to their raison d’etre. They do not follow any hand-me-down lineage, but use their ideas and initiatives to jump to the corner office. They are on the road to achieve their goals and enjoy unabashedly what they do. This Women’s Day, we raise a toast to these eclectic bunch of talented and focussed women, who know what they want. Simply Punjabi celebrates the different hues of this smart brigade.A star for the stars: Ana Singh A costume designer whose Midas touch has transformed many a Bollywood star’s looks and destiny.With more than 900 films firmly tucked under her Swarovski belt, stylist Ana Singh has dressed the biggest stars in the film industry.The costume designer’s Midas touch has transformed many a star’s looks (think Karisma Kapoor in Raja Hindustani and Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun). In fact, her two decades in the industry have run parallel to the evolution of costuming in Hindi cinema-from Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Saajan (1991), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) and Ghulam (1998) to Yaadein (2001), Ajnabee (2001), Umrao Jaan (2006) and the most recent Veer. The first Bollywood designer to float her own design studio (1995), Singh pioneered the concept of a style consultancy for high-profile celebrities.”I am not the only creative one out here. I’m just one of them. But, yes, I’d say that my spectrum is diverse. I’ve done entertainers, realistic films and period films,” says the proud Punjabi.Bagging two national awards for costume design, for Muzaffar Ali’s Umrao Jaan and Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, Singh received The Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for her contribution to fashion research in Mission Kashmir. The creative genius is also the only designer to be conferred with Rashtriya Ekta Award (2002) for pioneering fashion in the Indian Film Industry. “If it’s about sheer numbers, it’s tough to beat my record. I’ve had my fair share of critical acclaim. It’s a wonderful feeling really. Nothing is more joyous than making your parents proud,” she gushes.A gold medalist from JJ School of Arts, Mumbai, in Textiles Culture, Design Content and Commercial Art, Singh has done a year’s training in pattern cutting and a course on nonstructured garments from Florence School of Fashion. “As India’s first Bollywood couturier, I pioneered my fraternity. But for retaining success, I need to constantly update my skills,” she adds. Five years back, she did a fabric structuring course in Florence, Italy. Now, she wants to do a refresher course in London. “I strongly believe in widening my knowledge base,” says the designer.Singh’s tryst with design began with retailing fashion through Glitterati, a fashion atelier. But destiny had bigger plans for her, “In those days, there were dresswalas but no designers. My label survived on the racks only for six months. Discouraged by the response, I designed the clothes for my first film Khatarnak (starring Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raaj). By the time that was over, I’d already begun to get good offers to design for movies.”Singh’s clothes in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, particularly, were remarkable in the way they filtered down to the streets, be it Madhuri Dixit’s red lace frock in the song Mausam ka jadu, the yellow dress of Maye ni Maye . “I’ve been doing regular western glamour for a long time, the kind I did for Pooja Bhatt, Raveena Tandon and Madhuri,” she says. But with the easy availability of luxury brands, she says it’s no more a difficult task. “So most Bollywood designers today just mix and match. But as a costumer, I want work that utilises my talent,” she says. Today she would prefer a film like Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, wherein Ajay Devgan’s costumes formed an important part of the film’s overall fabric.”Not a big fan of fashion in commercial cinema these days, Singh is gravitating toward period films. “While film costumes are a catalyst to move a film’s story forward in most films, they occupy a centrality in period films,” she reasons. Singh, who was recently in news for designing Salman Khan’s Rs 1.2 crore armour in Veer, says, “I still don’t know why such hype was created. Media made it seem like it was for one set of armour, whereas it was six sets that had to be created,” laughs the media recluse. Besides synonymying B Town fashion at its best, Singh brings her unique genius to everything she does. From churning out 11,000 clothes for the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies at New Delhi to being the official designer for Femina Miss India for five years, Singh designed the personal wardrobe for Michael Jackson when he first visited India. “I was going mad.” She says it was a huge number of clothes for both occasions and far more challenging than the several wardrobes she’s done for Miss India, Miss Universe and Miss World. “I slogged 24×7, but it was a wonderful experience,” she says.Known for her signature print dresses (Christian art line) and her Swarovski encrusted accessories, Singh’s passionate about costume jewellery, “While working for bridal costumes, I always laid great emphasis on jewellery and accessories to complete the look. Soon compliments started pouring in and I was inspired to introduce a special line of custom-made costume jewellery,” she says. Rekha once walked into her store and bought the entire range of Mughal jewellery. She has also launched a costume jewellery line called ‘Just about Jewellery’. “It’s for the people who can’t afford expensive jewellery but want to look as though they can,” laughs Singh, adding, “I use only semi-precious stones, crystals and beads set in polished or treated silver. It has an awesome effect, without hitting the purse strings.”But the couturier rues the lack of style icons in today’s Bollywood. “We are suddenly becoming too casual in our dressing. Unfortunately, in the bargain, there are no style icons. Well, you do have stylish people but no style icons.” Her personal favourites are Hrithik Roshan (“He’s fab, as of today”), Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta. “There’s going to be no Aishwarya Rai for 200 hundred years. She inspires me to go beyond myself,” says Singh.Her favourite film stylist is Patricia Field (of the famous shocking red hair) responsible for turning the HBO’s Sex and the City friends Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda into international style icons. “I love the work that Patricia did on SATC…that’s very strong styling and for that I give her a thumbs up. She proved that style can sometimes win over substance,” she says. Anaita Shroff is one of her favourite Indian designers.The design maverick’s master work includes hand-painted accessory chests in devotion to legendary painter Raja Ravi Verma. And then, there’s her passion for body art, “It’s an ancient art that has roots in the tribal areas of Mexico and Rajasthan. I first flirted with this art in 1986, when I painted a falcon on Shroff’s macho torso for a magazine cover,” shares Singh.She believes in constant evolution. “Except for some wonderful moments I spend with my husband Jaiveer Singh, my father and my beautiful puppies, I’m raring to design most of the time. I love my frenzied fashion world madly. Maybe, I was born mad. But then, it’s good. Isn’t it?” asks the designer.Favourite filmsFor Singh, realistic films-Raincoat, Khakee, to Border and Refugee-brought out the best in her. She also loved creating the Lucknawi look in Umrao Jaan.Top designsVeer: Salman Khan’s shining bronze armour was a Singh creation.Mission Kashmir: Singh received the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for her fashion research for Preity Zinta’s look.Umrao Jaan: Aishwarya Rai’s famous costume and look were made by Singh, too.Hum Aapke Hain Kaun: The purple saree worn by Madhuri Dixit became a staple in every Indian woman’s bridal trousseau. Thanks to Singh.Grooming guru: Priyanka Khosla A globetrotter who endeavours to groom the youth for a smarter India.Flying sky high is a way of life for aviation connoisseur Priyanka Khosla, Managing Director and founder of Flying Cats, country’s top-notch aviation school. “I’ve always aspired to inject a scoop of glamour in the professional lives of my students. With interaviation, retail and tourism sectors buoying, my focus has been to train smart and well-groomed students in these areas,” shares the grooming guru,” says Khosla.Also, the penetration of career opportunities from the metros to smaller cities has been Priyanka’s forte. Today, her fashion school INIFD has a global presence and is the official knowledge partner to the prestigious Lakme Fashion Week (LFW). “Our students from small towns like Moga and Ludhiana are leading the LFW and other international fashion events,” smiles Khosla.Having graduated in Applied Arts and PGD in Fashion & Interior Design, Chandigarh-based Khosla is no stranger to the world of glamour, “I was quite the girl next-door,” she says, but with a passion to dress well and look different, she signed a few commercials. She adds, “Soon I shifted to choreography and directed shows featuring Preity Zinta, Katrina Kaif, Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta, Priynaka Chopra, besides mentoring several others. However, since the lady joined her husband Anil Khosla in his fashion education business almost a decade back, she felt the need for grooming fashion students. Today, she has trained over 25,000 students across the globe.From a shy, innocent girl who spent most of her childhood in a boarding school, to becoming a successful entrepreneur, a sensuous Priyanka today looks much younger than her age and is the role model for many. While she needs her fix of Coco, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cavali and Neeta Lulla for Indian formals, the charming and affable lady drives immense inspiration from Simi Grewal and Swami Vivekananda. This diva has her kitty full with many prestigious ventures and is constantly planning newer projects.Her favourite brands She needs her fix of Coco, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Cavali and Neeta Lulla for Indian formals. She drives inspiration from Simi Grewal and Swami Vivekananda. She exercises regularly and is often mistaken as her daughter’s friend on parent-teacher meetings.Super planner: Divya Dhanda The woman who has exposed Punjab’s chi-chi set to luxury labelsShe orchestrates shopaholic dreams and makes luxury lineups come alive. As Punjabis get increasingly brand savvy and move beyond home-grown designers to embrace A-List international labels, 40-year-old Divya Dhanda is becoming a much sought after name among the region’s swish set. Organising glitzy trunk shows in cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar at frequent intervals, Dhanda has successfully brought world’s finest luxe labels at an affluent Punjabi’s doorstep.”A Punjabi’s penchant for everything lavishly flamboyant is unparalleled. Right now, with the growing international exposure and affluence, they are living it up with international luxury labels,” she says. Dhanda says many leading global luxury brand marketers have started taking our market seriously. However, Punjabis had to pack their shopping bags and head for the metros for luxury shopping earlier. Therefore, the concept of a one stop label event was guaranteed to succeed. “It’s basically about cutting down on travel time to grab global luxury,” muses a glamorous looking Dhanda, whose Trunk Shows are an amalgamation of world’s most renowned names in the luxury and fashion.Feeding the sheer love of fashion in Punjabi women since 2006, Dhanda has brought plump luxury labels Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Christie’s, Brioni, Aigner, Judith Leiber, Poleci, Just Cavalli, Kenzo and Valentino as well as Indian designers Malini Ramani, Gaurav Gupta, Shantanu-Nikhil, Mirari, Maheep Kapoor and Manish Malhotra to Punjab. “Luxury labels management is as much an art as science. The creative challenge here is to create a demand for something that is not really needed,” quips the immaculately dressed Event Coordinator.Coming from an army background, Dhanda grew up living and being schooled in various parts of the country. “This made me meet different people, make new friends and also absorb the exposure to various cities,” she says. Hence, her interpersonal skills were honed. She says she’d always been a creative child but her tryst with architecture enhanced her appreciation for the arts. She became an architect after completing her Bachelors in Architecture but could not pursue this career choice due to on-going riots at that time. The lady went on to join her husband’s bicycle business and as an export director, “My role involved travelling to various countries and exposure regarding the lack of luxury label availability in India. So, I thought of introducing luxury brands in the country,” she explains.However, organising trunk shows, store launches, art shows and promotional events for luxury brands is just one facet of this Ludhiana-based socialite’s personality. Balancing her love for luxury fashion with social responsibility; she regularly holds fund-raising events for Nirdosh School, which is run by the Inner Wheel Club. “My tryst with these kids began when I first visited a New Delhi-based NGO Akashay Paristham, and started organising fund-raising events on its lines in Ludhiana,” quips Dhanda whose multi stall exhibitions are part fundraisers for institutes looking after children with disability. The lady recently received a performance award from Inner Wheel Club at Ludhiana for contributing to NIRDOSH School for mentally challenged children.All in all, it’s been an exhilarating journey for Dhanda. Her trunk shows and exhibitions have garnered an overwhelming response. “An event is great if it makes all the people involved in it comfortable at the end of the day. It’s basically about constantly upgrading oneself, honing one’s leadership instincts to get jobs done and thinking out-of-thebox to get your brand the best possible exposure in the short span of time,” reasons Divya, who believes her greatest achievement has been putting together a consistent donation to the cause of disability in children.Having exposed Punjab’s chi-chi set to luxury labels, the lady’s herself an incorrigible branda-holic too, “I vouch for different brands for different things and occasions-while my faves are Rock and Republic, True Religion , j Brand for the wardrobe staple of Denims, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Bottega Veneta satiate my unending fascination for accessories. And of course, my all time favourite is the LBD from Dolce & Gabbana.” Swearing by hard work, discipline and the power of prayer, Dhanda’s daily routine involves around either yoga or gym during a day-break, sending kids to school, reading newspapers, taking care of her business events, social networking, reading and spending time with family. A glamorous socialite, and an ambitious entrepreneur, Dhanda is a fine cocktail of a bit of everything including a whole lot of brand-bling.Her brand brigade Dhanda worked on bringing plum luxury labels like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Christie’s, Brioni, Aigner, Judith Leiber, Poleci, Just Cavalli, Kenzo and Valentino as well as Indian designers Malini Ramani, Gaurav Gupta and Shantanu and Nikhil.The transformer: Puneet Nilibar From a sports buff to a designer, fashion completes her.For most Punjabis, her name synonymies sensuous silhouettes with feminine appeal. Engaged exclusively with the designer segment and the website of Nilibar- Ludhiana’s famous boutique chain of women’s designer wear and bridal trousseau-she is responsible for the 50-year-old chain’s growing global appeal. Having grown up in a Ludhina-based business family as a sports buff who loved swimming and skating, Nilibar never thought that she’d become a fashion entrepreneur, until of course, she got married in the famous family, “As a child,I always took keen interest in dressing up myself. And I nursed a strange fascination for fashion though never thought that it would become my profession,” says Nilibar. However, she believes, it was a stroke of destiny that she got married into the Nilibar family and dived headlong into designerwear as a profession. And today she is the brain behind nilibar.com, that has made shopping accessible to Punjabis. Be it your bridal trousseau or an outfit for a party, Nilibar’s collection is just a click away.Starting out with lehengas, dupattas, pure Pashmina shawls, and other dress materials, the store chain was the first in Punjab to stock ready-to-wear besides high-end designers like Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Suneet Verma, Manish Arora, Geisha designs and many more. “Besides introducing Punjabis to the concept of designer bridalwear, ours is the first store in Punjab to have the lowest and fixed prices, and believe it or not, we have never gone on sale. We just don’t need to,” says Nilibar. So what’s more, with their customised online alterations and global home delivery? Nilibar claims her store to be the hippest ethnic wear address for NRIs. “Our online sale is four times more than our on-store sales,” says Nilibar. She has contributed significantly in the label’s rising popularity, not just in Punjab and Delhi but also among NRIs based in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya and Canada.Fashion for the lovely lady translates into something that completes her as an individual and makes her stand out, “My favorite brands are Chanel, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo,” says Nilibar. Among the Indian designers, she prefers to adorn Anamika’s clothes. “Her silhouttes occupy the maximum space in my closet,” shares the lady who cherishes her shandleir lace sari, her j brand jeans and the jamma shawl handed over to her by her granny. Though Nilibar counts creativity and persistence as the core qualities of a successful fashion designer, she exclaims that overcoming her complacency has been her biggest challenge. “My husband is the wind beneath my wings and has always been my driving force,” chirps the diva whose day begins with yoga and ends with her family and friends. A huge fan of Roxette and Lady Gaga, the fashionista loves holidaying at the lake district in the UK and the French Riveria.Her claim to fame Among the most popular destinations of ethnic wear in Punjab, Nilibar has been showcasing her new lines at A-list international events such as chairty show, The Graffiti Ball in 2008. That was when she became the talk of the town.Dessert diva: Vibha Pahwa The lady behind delicious bakes for gourmands across North India.She ate her first chocolate before she turned one, baked a chocolate cake at nine and battled troubled teens believing that there is no problem that a chocolate cake can’t fix. No wonder, dessert diva Vibha Pahwa became Punjab’s youngest chef while in her twenties. Currently based in Delhi, the business graduate and Pastry Chef from London-based Le Cordon Bleu, one of the world’s best French culinary schools, is the young lady behind vAnila, which sells artfully created, delicious bakes for gourmands across North.Hailing from Ludhiana’s famous Pahwa family of Avon Cycles, she became Punjab’s first-and only girl -to embark on a career as a pastry chef. Pahwa admits that baking for her is a genetic bug of sorts, “I grew up in Ludhiana in a big, happy joint family. My mom, aunts and older sisters would constantly be cooking and baking and that is when I started getting interested in baking. I just took it to the next level by learning it at professional schools and making a career out of it,” smiles Pahwa, a self-confessed chocoholic. She believes that it was her parents who let her nurture her dream. “I still remember how dad used to eat the hard-as-rusks cakes I baked as a child. He not just ate them, but appreciated them too,” laughs Pahwa. And it’s after her mom’s name Anila, that she has got this fabulous idea to name her brand vAnila. “Without my parents’ support I would not have developed authentic French-style patisseries for food aficionados in Punjab and Delhi,” she adds.Pahwa’s stint at popular eateries across the globe also helped her in her new venture, “I travel quite a bit. Besides acquiring the finer nuances of baking their local specialties, I’ve taken extensive sugar work classes for top chefs in London and USA,” she adds. She says “I especially learnt a lot from two awesome sugar artists, Jude and Fibian,” says the 30-year-old entrepreneur, who worked with a Mumbai-based lady Juhi before branching off on her own to set up her desserts label vanila.Pahwa insists that baking is a highly specialised art, “Not that my baking-journey was a cakewalk. Though, starting out in a highly competitive market like Delhi was exciting but also scary. I slogged day and night for three years,” says Pahwa. She says in the beginning there were dry spells and then with the response warming up suddenly, there were sleepless nights and dark circles. “But now, people know me in the market and my clients keep coming back for more. I’m getting orders from Delhi and entire Punjab and am finally happy with where I am,” shares Pahwa, whose just created a Facebook page and vAnila already has more than 1,000 fans.Often dubbed as the cake goddess who sells smiles, she is quite a pro at rustling up anything. “My USP is the sugar creations, or sugar paste and fondant work that I do for kids cakes, wedding novelty cakes and naughty cakes to designer handbags, shoe cakes and human character cakes,” chirps Pahwa, who spends long hours cooking up delicacies in her kitchen and feels amply rewarded when she sees a smile on people’s faces.Her signature dessertsNew York cheesecake, the French tea cake, pies, Arabic cakes, Choux pastry, ice cream cakes and tiramisu to delectable cup cakes, chocolate mousse or the chocolate mud cakes, luscious tarts and designer cookies.Brand Candy: Sudeepa Singh The actor and supermodel, who never wanted to sizzle the ramps.Telly buffs remember Sudeepa as the fit and fab model in Kellogg’s weight loss challenge advert, the naughty executive in the Virgin Mobile ad and the lovely face in an Aircel Digital TV ad. Hardly 23, this petite model from Amritsar has already endorsed popular brands like Images Bazaar, Tide, Mentos, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Tele-shopping; besides having appeared in ads for Santoor, LIC, Amul ice cream and Emami. Having acted in Bollywood movie Action Replay starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai, Sudeepa has played the lead in Punjabi movies Yaaran Naal Baharan with Jimmy Shergill, Juhee Babbarr and Gurpreet Ghuggi, Kabaddi and more recently in just released Ek Noor.The lovely lass was spotted by Gyan Sahay, the director of photography of the 2004 Zee Antakshari TV competition, who persuaded her to participate in an upcoming music show on Zee. “I had always been a shy, studious and introvert person and never thought in my wildest dreams that I’ll be a model and actress. I had lived in Amritsar all my life. Being a topper throughout, I had plans to join the civil services. However, after having pursued my graduation from Shahzada Nand College, Amritsar, I participated in the music contest only because the initial auditions were happening in my home town,” informs Sudeepa.Sudeepa was noticed by Gajindra Singh, during the auditions of Aantakshri, “He told me to participate in the Zee Cine Stars ki Khoj talent contest, where young, upcoming artistes battled for a title that would place them in a new show on the Hindi general entertainment channel,” informs Singh. She landed up as the first runner-up and from here began her modelling and acting journey. Later on she went on to bag Kabhi to Nazar Milao for Sony TV in 2006 and Ardhangini for Zee TV in 2007. Commercials for Virgin mobile and Aircel followed and people started calling Singh the ad queen. Having appeared in music videos for Sardool Sikander, Giipy, Ravinder Grewal and Sarabjeet Cheema, Singh is currently endorsing Karbon Phone, PC jewellers and Reid and Taylor. And yet, the Amritsar kudi remains a simple girl at heart. “I owe everything to my parents and Babaji. Being a small town girl, adjusting to Mumbai life at 18 didn’t come easy,” says Singh. In Mumbai, days as a struggling actor made her learn a lot of things.”I didn’t know where to go or whom to meet. But God has been very kind and opportunities kept coming,” says the pretty model who’s currently the hot topic of discussion at most kitty parties, “Women want me to marry their sons, brothers or whoever is eligible bachelor in their family. They keep sending a list of eligible bachelors to my family,” laughs Singh who confesses getting goose bumps on being flooded with marriage proposals every now and then.The lady describes herself as a big foodie, “Hailing from Amritsar, I can’t resist Punjabi food. But I put on weight real fast, so am constantly on the go and stick to my gymming and yoga sessions. The eldest child of her parents, Sudeepa confesses being deeply spiritual, a workaholic and addicted to Mango, Diesel and Zara; besides her Facebook account, that is flooded with friend requests.Attributing her success to reality shows, her Babaji and lots of hard work, with a little bit of luck thrown in, Sandeepa confesses having a soft corner for television industry, “I respect television from the bottom of my heart. It is giving a better future to thousands of people…and the exposure it provides these days is absolutely awesome. It is only by being a part of a reality show, Zee India’s Best, that I became what I am today. Nobody knew me but reality show gave me recognition.”In her kitty She has endorsed varous big brands like Tide, Mentos, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Tele-shopping; besides having appeared in ads for Santoor, LIC, Amul ice cream and Emami. Her recent achievement was a Aishwarya and Akshay starrer, Action Replay.Corporate trainer: Preeti Dhillon To escape the monotony of a 9-5 job, she has started her own corporate training company.This creative professional had been training entrepreneurs for nine years, when she decided to turn one herself. Having worked as the country head with the Asia’s leading education and human resource development company Global Talent Consultants, besides companies like American Express,Wiproand Hewitt Associates, 36-year-old Dhillon recently decided to set up her own training company EZnet consulting in 2010.”Though I’ve grown and learnt immensely working with these topnotch companies, I feel today’s active training firms are structured and more robotic in the delivery part. They bring light skinned people to add credentials to their workshops and create unnecessary hype,” says the Chandigarh-bred Punjabi pro with a decade’s experience in marketing communication, event and brand management and sales campaign management across multiple domains in different sectors and organisations. A vivid fan of the talent in India, Dhillon believes that Indian trainers have a better understanding of Indian culture and vast product knowledge, “As trainers, we should not just provide trainees their value for money but impart knowledge and confidence; and this is what my company aims to provide.” Dhillon feels that in today’s fast-paced competitive environment, unavailability of self tailored modules and industry specific trainings are a huge problem, “Students, executives and budding entrepreneurs identify the need of learning but can’t spare time to join any courses. Similarly, small to medium sized professional colleges and corporates have an amazing talent pool but do not have the budgets for an effective training department,” explains Dhillon, EZnet’s chief executive facilitator. That is the reason she works toward customised training modules for this segment that are cost and time-effective. Striving to develop organisations and individuals through motivational training, cultural integration, organisational designing and developing best workplace practices, EZnet consulting focuses on self-driven training practices to Punjab. “Right from the time when I mentored an OJT batch of about 40 employees for Spectramind Pvt. Ltd in 2003, I wanted to guide as many people to succeed which would lead to a bigger success of the organisation, state and eventually the country,” says Dhillon. Now she is finally at ease with that happening through EZnet. Dhillon is presently busy organising training programmes, workshops and internal sales enablement for the employees of th UK-based telecom giant.Her company’s tailor made modules have received immense positive response and now she’s busy training companies in Delhi and Amritsar. “I am currently working on collective training batches for Chandigarh,” says Dhillon. She has recently tied up with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce to impart training to professionals there. “I am excited about the fact that I will be meeting different people and it’s definitely going to be a good experience,” she adds. Dhillon has also tied up with Academy of Competence Exploration in Lucknow to train PGDMA batches with course materials that are industry specific. Having workedwith leaders like Padamshree Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Kiran Bedi, Dhillon draws inspiration from her late grandmother Dr. Prakash Kaur, the first woman minister of Punjab.She credits her exposure, however, to her childhood, “Since my father was in the army we travelled a lot and got acquainted with different cultures. During vacations at my grandmother’s home in Amritsar, there was a continuous flow of visitors from all walks of life extending support to her political career,” smiles Dhillon. All that turned her into a confident individual. Her greatest high, however, comes from training human resource and coming up with formulae she believes in.In her spare timeThe fitness buff also loves gardening, playing table tennis and practising yoga. But she strongly believes in digging deep into the logistics of training human resource and coming up with formulae she believes in.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Indian Super League 2019-20 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch ATK vs Hyderabad FC Telecast

first_imgThe Indian Super League 2019-20 will see a face-off between ATK and Hyderabad FC on Friday, October 25. The ISL 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC will be played at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. ATK, who lost their inaugural match to Kerala Blasters, will look to make things right for their side. Meanwhile, debutant Hyderabad FC, who will be playing their first-ever Indian Super League game, will eye to leave a mark. The Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC will start at 7:30 pm.Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Hyderabad coach Phil Brown said, “It’s a great game for us. Away from home, I couldn’t think of a better venue. It’s a fantastic city, Kolkata. And we are coming here to face a team that, history has proved, have played good football.” Meanwhile, ATK head coach Antonio Lopez Habas is expecting his side to earn fan’s support. “We need to earn the support of the fans. To be fair, I don’t just want to ask the fans to support us. The players on the pitch must prove it to the fans. Our chances of a win increase by 20 percent with the support of the fans. Without supporters, there is no football.”Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK Probable Line-up vs Hyderabad FC: Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Pritam Kotal, Carl McHugh, Agustin Iniguez, Prabir Das, Pronay Halder, Jayesh Rane, Edu Garcia, Michael Soosairaj, David Williams, Roy KrishnaIndian Super League 2019-20 Hyderabad FC Probable Line-up vs ATK: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Matthew Kilgallon, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Gomez, Sahil Panwar, Adil Khan, Marko Stankovic, Giles Barnes, Bobo, Marcelo Pereira, Robin SinghWhat time will the Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match start?The ISL 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm. The match between the ATK vs Hyderabad FC FC will be at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match on TV?The ATK vs Hyderabad FC can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 ATK vs Hyderabad FC match on live streaming?The live streaming of ATK vs Hyderabad FC, Indian Super league 2019-20 will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atkbengaluru fcchennaiyin fcfc goa First Published: October 25, 2019, 11:59 AM ISTlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Croatia score late to stun Spain 2-1 and win group

first_imgIvan Perisic scored in the 87th minute as Croatia stunned Spain in a 2-1 comeback victory Tuesday to finish top of Group D at the European Championship.His winning goal gave Croatia its first victory over in 22 years and ended Spain’s unbeaten run at a European Championship that stretched back to 2004. Defeat means that Spain will now meet Italy in the round of 16 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Croatia will play one of the third-place teams in the northern French city of Lens.It had all started so well for Spain, when striker Alvaro Morata put his side ahead in the seventh minute, redirecting the ball into the net after a shot by midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Spain playmaker David Silva had split open the Croatia defense with a through-ball to create the chance.Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime with a nice back-heel flick that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at the near post after Perisic delivered the cross from the left. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.It proved to be a costly miss when Perisic fired in the winner with a few minutes left in the match. Perisic scored with a low left-foot shot, beating Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post to finish off a fast counter attack.Both teams had entered the match at the Stade the Boardeaux guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage. However, both teams wanted to win especially as the runner-up in the group meets Italy.advertisementCroatia’s surprise victory came despite playing without star midfielder Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic, both out with muscle injuries.Spain was at full strength despite having already qualified, playing with the same 11 that won its first two group games.The result ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten streak at the European Championship over two tournaments. It also ended the team’s run of seven straight games without conceding a goal. The last time it had conceded was in a 1-1 draw against Italy in its first match in the 2012 tournament, 734 minutes ago.Croatia hadn’t beaten Spain since a 2-0 result in friendly in Valencia in 1994. The teams had also met in the final group game at Euro 2012, when La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.last_img read more

Safeguarding boot code and other critical data: how little-known data protection settings in NOR Flash can help improve system reliability

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech upgrades industrial motherboards with 8th gen Intel Core processorsNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Ten This article describes a number of features of the operation of SpiFlash NOR Flash memories from Winbond which may be used to protect critical data. These protection features help designers to avoid the risk that their system will be disabled because of bit errors caused by noise, or because a host SoC mistakenly overwrites critical data. By Ken Lin, Deputy Director of Flash Memory Technical Marketing and Application Engineering, Winbond Electronics Corporation, www.winbond.comSPI NOR Flash is the electronics design engineer’s favourite memory type for low-density, high-reliability storage of application code and data in embedded systems with a storage requirement of up to 512Mbits.To facilitate broad adoption across the industry, NOR Flash memory technology follows certain standards, for instance governing the serial interface to a host microcontroller or SoC. One of these standard features is the way in which NOR Flash allows the system designer to configure protection of stored data. Protection may be applied to a specified fraction of the entire memory array in which mission-critical data is stored: most often, this is boot code, since if boot code were impaired or lost, the entire system would be disabled.Protection helps to ensure that data in protected blocks is not corrupted, for instance by noise, or mistakenly erased and overwritten by a faulty operation implemented by the host system. If an Erase or Program command specifies a memory region that contains a protected block, this command will be ignored. In other words, protected blocks are tagged as Read-only memory.The way in which the standard approach to data protection was implemented many years ago in NOR Flash has more recently, however, begun to constrain designers’ flexibility in their use of the higher-density memory devices available today. This has prompted Winbond to introduce new, proprietary extensions to the standard protection functions to give more control over the block size and the operation of the protection function. This article describes the reason for introducing these new features, and outlines their uses for system designers who use NOR Flash memory.Increase in protected block sizes When the data protection function was created many years ago, NOR Flash memory densities were much smaller than they are today. At that time, just three Block Protection (BP) bits in the Flash IC’s status register were enough to specify the portion of the total memory array that needed to be protected. In a Winbond NOR Flash memory device’s datasheet, these status register bits are shown as BP0, BP1 and BP2. These three bits give eight options for selecting the size of the protected region, from as little as 1/64th of the array to as much as ½.Fig. 1: The BPx bits in the status register of a NOR Flash device allow the user to specify the size of the protected region. (Source: Winbond W25Q128JV datasheet) So the maximum granularity available to the user is 1/64th of the total array. The problem today is that embedded systems require more storage than before, and Flash memory manufacturers have responded by providing products with larger memory capacity. The Winbond W25Q128JV, for instance, is a 128Mbit memory: a 1/64th portion is 2Mbits. But what if the system designer only needs to apply protection to boot code, and not to any other code or data? And the boot code is just 50kbits?In this case, a protected region of 2Mbits would store just 50kbits of code, and so – because the region has Program and Erase protection – most of the protected block will remain empty.Now Winbond has introduced a new feature to solve this problem: it is the ‘SEC’ status register bit shown at the far left in Figure 1. This SEC bit allows the designer to specify protection at the sector rather than the block level. As Figure 2 shows, this divides the array into portions as small as 1/4096th – 32kbits in the W25Q128JV part, for instance. This gives the designer the flexibility to protect very small pieces of critical code, such as boot code, while leaving almost all of the memory array free of Program/Erase protection and available for storage of any other code and data.Fig. 2: The SEC register bit enables protection to be specified at the sector level. (Source: Winbond W25Q128JV datasheet) Figure 2 also shows, highlighted in yellow, another feature introduced by Winbond: the TB (Top/Bottom) register bit. By default (TB=0), the allocation of block or sector protection starts at the bottom of the memory array of addresses. This is because most CPUs boot from the bottom of the array, so the protected region holding boot code should be located at the bottom for the fastest operation and the most efficient use of main memory.Intel CPUs, however, boot from the top. So with the TB bit, Winbond gives users of Intel devices the option to allocate memory addresses at the top of the array for block or sector protection, by configuring TB=1 in the status register.Applying block protection to almost an entire array In standard NOR Flash memory ICs, the option to configure blocks for Program/Erase protection starts with the smallest 1/64th increment, and enables protection for up to half of the array, as shown in Figure 2. In some applications, however, the requirement for storage of user data is nil or almost nil, and nearly all the memory array is occupied by boot and fixed application code. An example of such an application is a TV remote control: here, only a small amount of unprotected memory space is required for infrequent end-user configuration settings (for instance to pair the remote control to a new media device). Nearly all the memory space is for application code, which will not change and so benefits from Program/Erase protection.A status register bit provided by Winbond meets this application requirement. It is the Complement (CMP) bit: this reverses the protection setting asserted by the BP and SEC bits. If the BP bits are configured to protect a 1/64th portion of the memory array with the default setting of CMP=0, when CMP=1 protection will be applied to a 63/64th portion of the array, and only 1/64th will remain unprotected.Reinforced protection with hardware lock on status register settings To provide additional confidence in the protection of critical data such as boot code, a NOR Flash memory IC can apply a hardware lock to the block/sector protection firmware (register) settings. This is achieved via the WP pin (see Figure 3). The status of the WP pin is controlled with the SRP (Status Register Protect) register bit.Fig. 3: pin assignments on the W25Q128JV SOIC package, showing the Write Protect (WP) pin. (Source: W25Q128JV datasheet) Some users might be familiar with the WP pin in parallel Flash devices, which has a simple Write Protect function. The function of the WP pin in serial NOR Flash devices is different: it protects the register settings that configure the Program/Erase protection of blocks and sectors via the BP and SEC register bits. Once the BP and SEC settings are made and the WP pin is asserted (WP=Low), no change to the BP and SEC settings may be made without pulling the WP pin High.The ultimate protection of critical data Users of serial NOR Flash devices such as the Winbond SpiFlash® series of products can guarantee that protected regions will never be programmed or erased after shipment from the factory – effectively turning protected blocks into one-time programmable (OTP) memory space.This is achieved by applying a permanent lock to the block and sector protection register settings. The so called Active Permanent Lock can be applied with the SRL (Status Register Lock) register bit. This permanently, irrevocably locks the data in protected blocks. If a bug is found in protected code in future, or an important security update needs to be applied in the field, it cannot be done if the Active Permanent Lock has been implemented. This is a serious consequence, and so Winbond requires a special instruction sequence to be followed to implement Active Permanent Lock, which is only available by application to Winbond – the instructions are not listed in the datasheet.For most users, a better option is the Power Supply Lock-Down function: this has the same effect of locking the status register settings when the device is active, but each time the device is powered down the status register lock is lifted. This leaves a window open to change the register settings every time the device is powered on before the Power Supply Lock-Down is implemented again.Enhanced data protection with advanced Flash features This article has described a number of features of the operation of SpiFlash NOR Flash memories from Winbond which may be used to protect critical data. These protection features help designers to avoid the risk that their system will be disabled because of bit errors caused by noise, or because a host SoC mistakenly overwrites critical data.The range of options for protecting data, and for locking the protection settings, is not necessarily well known even by long-standing users of NOR Flash memory devices. System designers can take advantage of them to improve the reliability of their products’ field operation, simply by using the full array of register settings provided by Winbond in SpiFlash NOR Flash devices.Please contact if you have any further questions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Clement thrilled with Rangers’ survival

first_imgNPFL Clement thrilled with Enugu Rangers’ NPFL survival Kolade Oni 09:27 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bobby Clement - Enugu Rangers Sunday Braimoh/Shengolpixs NPFL Enugu Rangers Remo Stars v Enugu Rangers Remo Stars The Flying Antelopes’ forward has expressed his excitement at the confirmation of their stay in the topflight after Remo tie win Enugu Rangers’ striker, Bobby Clement his delighted that the Flying Antelopes have sealed their topflight status after their first away win against Remo Stars after a turbulent season.The Flying Antelopes’ players and officials were highly praised last season after they won the league title but the team went from good to worse barely a season thereafter as they exited the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup which they were later demoted to at the early stages and their form in the league then too was very abysmal.But Clement who made goal scoring return to the team after some time on the sideline said that their road win in Shagamu against the Sky Blue Stars has given Rangers’ players the motivational push to approach their remaining two games without the additional pressure of still being scrutinized over their status in the elite division at the end of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I am happy to return to the team with a win. I am also elated that I was able to score the two goals. It was our first away win and to be part of it is really awesome. We can now approach our final two games with more conviction that we can finish more than we are currently,” Clement told Goal.“It has been a near season to forget but we thank God that we have been able to weather the storm and are poised to end the season well above the relegation zone. We have really endured a lot of challenging circumstances but we still stand tall.“Remo gave us a tough time but we used our experience and the fact that we were aware that a win would boost our chances of remaining in the topflight to secure the three points at the end of the match.”last_img read more

Specialty Cocktails for National Tequila Day

first_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes With July coming to an end, it’s crazy to think that the summer is almost half-over. But, with the recent rash of heat and summer storms all over the country, it’s easy to believe. This is the part of the summer where it seems like everyone is on vacation. If you happen to be one of the unlucky stiffs slogging through the season without a solid break in the action, we’ve got something for you to look forward to: Friday is National Tequila Day.A lot of people are wary of tequila, but we here at The Manual love it, whether it is served straight up, on the rocks with a little salt and lime, or as part of a delicious cocktail. In fact, tequila cocktails are this particular writer’s favorite kind of cocktail.So, in order to celebrate National Tequila Day, we would like to present you with a list of specialty tequila cocktails from some of the country’s leading mixologists. We have recipes from Miami, New York and Los Angeles that you can try your hand at making in the comfort of your very own him. Or, if you live in one of those three cities, you can get your ass over to some of these very fine establishments and enjoy National Tequila Day with a next level drink (or two).New York CityEXTRA FANCYDrink: “Peach Colored Glasses” by Meaghan MontaganoIngredients:5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach.75 oz. spiced honey syrup.5 oz. lemon juice.5 oz. peach pureeSparkling brut roseShake DeLeòn Tequila, Grand Marnier, syrup, lemon and peach puree over ice and top with a splash of sparkling brut rose.PALM COURT AT THE PLAZA HOTELDrink: “Lost Horizon” by James MeniteIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. Perfect Puree papaya puree1 whole egg.5 oz. simple syrup2 dashes Regan’s Orange BittersFreshly grated nutmeg5 dried cranberries and orange peelIn a Koriko shaker, shake 1 whole egg for 1 minute vigorously to emulsify. Add ice and all other ingredients, incorporate with a second shake, then double strain ingredients into a chilled Coupe. Add 5 dried cranberries and orange peel for garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy deliciousness.Los AngelesSASSAFRAS SALOONDrink: “La Cafina” by Karen GrillIngredients:5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila.5 oz. La Nina Primario.75 oz. pineapple chili shrib.5 oz. line juiceShaved cinnamonAdd all ingredients but cinnamon to shaker tin and shake vigorously over ice. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Shave cinnamon over top and garnish with pineapple wedge and jalapeno slice.BARTONI’SDrink: “Summer of Love” by Aidan DemarestIngredients:1 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila.25 oz. Smith and Cross Rum.75 oz. Sherry.5 oz. Velvet Falernum.75 oz. lime juice.5 oz. passion fruit syrupShake all ingredients and pour into a frosted mug over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.TOCA MADERADrink: “Agave Por Vida” by Juan MartinezIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum TequilaFresh Watermelon.5 oz. watermelon mint shrub.5 oz. sweetened ginger juice1 oz. lime juiceTamarind CandyBuild cocktail in tin, throw two pieces of watermelon into tin and muddle. Add lime juice, ginger juice, watermelon- mint shrub and DeLeòn Platinum. Shake and pour into Cantarito (clay cup). Top off with more fresh ice and garnish with mint sprig and tamarind candy.MiamiREGENT COCKTAIL CLUBDrink: “Cobbleone” by Richie PetronziIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. lemon juice1 oz. agave syrup.5 oz Amontillado Sherry.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez SherryAdd all ingredients to a cocktail shaker except for the Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Shake well and pour into a double old fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice and float Pedro Ximenez Sherry on top. Garnish with blackberries and raspberries. 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenderslast_img read more

Healthy Sexuality Resource Available for Youth

first_imgSex? — A Healthy Sexuality Resource, is now available to helpyoung Nova Scotians make informed decisions about relationshipsand sex. The 117-page book includes such topics as relationships,decision making, sexual assault, sexually transmitted infectionsand contraception. “The intention of this resource is to provide factual, easy-to-understand information to help youth make safe, healthy choices,”said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “The statisticsclearly told us that we needed to do more to help youth makeinformed decisions.” Sex? — A Healthy Sexuality Resource, was developed by a workinggroup made up of staff of the Office of Health Promotion anddepartments of Health and Education, district Public HealthServices and a plain language writer. Other contributing membersof the working group included youth representatives, MetroPlanned Parenthood and Dalhousie Family Medicine. More than 500 youth were consulted to find out what they wantedand needed to know and to review a draft of the resource. Theresource was also reviewed by parents and teachers in rural andurban areas throughout the province. Bev Mullin is a parent and the president of the Nova ScotiaFederation of Home and School Associations. She said that whileparents are the first and most important resource for youth onmatters of sexuality and sexual health, this resource will help. “As parents, we must take the opportunity to read this book,learn the pressures our children encounter in their everydaylives, and teach them about healthy sexuality,” she said. The resource was also reviewed by national and provincial expertsin the field of sexual health and sex education. “What makes this document unique is the author’s ability tocontinually emphasize the message that all individuals must carefor themselves, must make choices for themselves and besupportive of individual choices,” said Dr. Joan Wenning, apediatric and adolescent gynaecologist from the IWK HealthCentre. “The resource not only provides factual information, italso focuses on the importance of helping young people developgood communication and assertiveness skills which will translateinto healthier relationships.” All the information in the resource is currently availablethrough more than 30 pamphlets and other assorted print materialsused by public health staff. This resource combines all thatinformation in one place, and presents it in a way that isaccessible to youth and in a format that engages them. The resource will be available free to all Nova Scotians aged 12to 17. Public Health Services will work with six of the sevenEnglish school boards to develop individual plans to distributeit to youth in grades 7 to 12, starting in September. Youth whoaren’t able to receive it through schools can get it from PublicHealth Services and their community partners. The Acadian schoolboard will decide on distribution after reviewing a translatedversion. The resource will be available to private and FirstNations schools who wish to assist local Public Health with itsdistribution. Parents will have an opportunity to view the resource at theirlocal library, public health office, their child’s school or onthe Office of Health Promotion’s website. The resource can alsobe purchased through Nova Scotia Government Publications for$12.95 plus tax and shipping. The resource can be found on the Office of Health Promotionwebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/healthysexuality.html under reportsand publications.last_img read more

SLFP not informed of any member joining a new party

“We cannot act on what we see in the media. If they formally inform us then we will be able to announce our stand on them,” he said. Dissanayake said that the SLFP has had talks with the political parties in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and they have agreed to contest the next election together. He also said that talks are being held with some political parties which are not part of the UPFA and they hope to reach an agreement soon. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it has not been formally informed of any member joining a new party.SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that while there have been reports in the media stating that some SLFP opposition members are to form a new party, such a decision has not been formally communicated to the SLFP. read more

Hamilton Police arrest man carrying a loaded handgun

A Hamilton man is facing numerous charges after police found a loaded handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition in his possession.Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a bar near Barton St. East and Gage Ave. North after receiving reports about a man carrying a gun.Police located the man and could see what they believed was a firearm concealed on his body. As he was arrested, the man admitted to police he was in possession of a loaded handgun.Cliffe Marston, 19, is facing several charges including carrying concealed weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine. read more

Ottawa fines two cargo ships for speeding in right whale protection zone

The federal government is fining two cargo ships for allegedly breaking new speed limits introduced in an attempt to prevent endangered right whales from being struck by boats.On Friday, Transport Canada handed penalties of $7,800 each to the Americaborg, a Dutch container ship, and the Atlantic Spirit, a bulk carrier registered in Hong Kong.Ottawa brought in new measures earlier this month that expanded a slowdown zone in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and required vessels in one shipping lane to reduce their speed to 10 knots when a North Atlantic right whale is spotted in the area.Transport Canada says other efforts include closing more fisheries and increasing aerial surveillance, with five aircraft tracking the marine mammals daily.Since early June, eight right whales have died in Canadian waters, the worst death toll since 2017 when there were 12 confirmed deaths in Canadian waters and five in the United States. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Tuesday only one death has been reported since the “aggressive” new measures came into effect on July 8 to protect the planet’s 400 remaining right whales.Instead of heading to their traditional summer foraging grounds in the Bay of Fundy and the Roseway Basin off southwestern Nova Scotia, the population has shifted to a more northerly destination — right into the busy shipping lanes of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.The Canadian Press read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,304.05, up 154.26 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Up four cents, or 2.41 per cent, to $1.70 on 7.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down 26 cents, or 1.07 per cent, to $24.12 on 7.1 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 33 cents, or 5.92 per cent, to $5.90 on 6.1 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down 11 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $4.62 on 4.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 11 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $7.80 on 4.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down three cents, or 0.14 per cent, to $22.18 on 4.4 million shares.Companies in the news:CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX:TRST). Down 10 cents or 3.6 per cent to $2.69. The Ontario government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer is returning all products from CannTrust Holdings Inc. — valued at roughly $2.9-million — because they do not conform with the terms of its supply deal with the beleaguered cannabis company. CannTrust said Monday the Ontario Cannabis Store has determined that some of the products it sold to the crown corporation were “non-conforming” under the terms of its master cannabis supply agreement.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Up 45 cents or 5.13 per cent to $9.22. Shares in Husky Energy Inc. increased after an RBC Dominion Securities analyst suggested its low share price makes this a good time for the company to be taken private. In a report over the weekend, analyst Greg Pardy suggests that Husky’s near-15-year-low share prices make privatization attractive for the entities controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing which own 69.5 per cent of the equity. He says going private would allow Husky to capture much of the gap between its market value and base net asset value of $19.53 per share.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Up 71 cents or 7.57 per cent to $10.09. The Hudson’s Bay Co. insiders who want to take Canada’s oldest retailer private face a new obstacle after an investment firm snapped up about one tenth of the company’s outstanding shares. The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. announced Monday it acquired nearly 18.5 million of the retailer’s shares — about a 10.05 per cent stake in the company — for $187 million as a result of its tender offer made in late July in an effort to oppose a privatization bid led by HBC chairman Richard Baker. A Catalyst spokesperson declined to disclose how big a stake it now holds in HBC.Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Down nine cents to $16.54. The head of Quebec telecommunications giant Quebecor Inc. is dangling a potential offer for Transat A.T. if the tour operator’s shareholders or regulatory authorities block Air Canada’s $720-million offer. Pierre Karl Peladeau, who says he owns about 1.6 per cent of the outstanding shares of Air Transat’s parent company, says he plans to vote against the $18 per share offer by Canada’s largest airline, saying it is “contrary to the public interest.” Peladeau says in a news release that the deal goes against “the best interests of (Transat AT), its employees, Quebec consumers and the Quebec economy.” read more

Ohio State players upset over loss of Sprinkle confident in defense without

Tracy Sprinkle (93) lays on the field with a leg injury. He left the game following his injury during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWith one shove from a Bowling Green offensive lineman, the season of Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle took an abrupt turn on Saturday afternoon. The shove sent Sprinkle backwards, causing his right knee to buckle awkwardly inward.OSU coach Urban Meyer shared the news that many Buckeye fans feared while watching the starting defensive tackle off the field. The training staff that helped Sprinkle off the field told the coach that the injury was with his patella tendon.“It’s a surgery and a season-ending is what I’ve been told. We’ll update further as we know more,” Meyer said. “And that’s the worst part of this darned game is when a guy gets hurt, especially a guy like that who has committed so much to this team and program. Our prayers are with Tracy.”Few comeback stories are as unique as that of Sprinkle. After being dismissed from the team for off-the-field issues, Sprinkle earned his way back to the Scarlet and Gray and earned the trust of Meyer.Many held high expectations for the Elyria, Ohio, native. The OSU coaching staff spoke volumes about Sprinkle during spring drills, and ultimately rewarded his hard work with a starting role.The comradery the Buckeyes have keeps the team close, and results in a universal feeling of sorrow throughout the entire program when a player is injured. Fellow OSU defensive linemen were pleased by how the team performed on Saturday, but felt a certain level of remorse for what their teammate had went through.“He’s everything. When we think of Rushmen, ‘How She ‘Gon Eat,’ everything. That’s Tracy,” junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “I hate to see him go down, but I know he will still be there in spirit and he’s going to bounce back. He will definitely bounce back.”The replacement for Sprinkle, redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, did not record any tackles against Bowling Green. Jones is a former three-star prospect according to 247Sports, and will most likely be moved into the second defensive tackle position, with junior Michael Hill moving over to take over up to fill the hole left by Sprinkle.The depth of the team that Meyer has talked about for the past few months will likely be put to the test following the injury to Sprinkle. Currently on the depth chart, the Buckeyes have three defensive tackles other than Sprinkle. According to the roster, there are eight total players at the position.Replacing a starter is never an easy task for any team, but redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard knows the team is up to the challenge.“We can’t really replace a guy like Tracy, but young guys and other guys like ends gotta step up and improve their game and pick up what he left behind. But, he’s still going to be there for us,” Hubbard said. “We’ll see if we move guys around, but I’m confident in Dre’Mont Jones and Davon (Hamilton) all them to help us.”Hamilton, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio, took advantage of his playing time, picking up a share of a sack with Holmes.Any changes Meyer and the rest of the OSU coaching staff make are expected to be announced later in the week.The Buckeyes will be put to the test, minus Sprinkle, on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. against Tulsa in Ohio Stadium. read more