first_imgA drive for good nutrition among pregnant women and children in a southern Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive.According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam.But mothers, pregnant women and children in the district, data reveal, consume only 24.3% of the total iron-folic acid tablets that the district receives and distributes. “The tablets given to these groups are often not consumed as they feel nauseated or have constipation issues. There are also myths that these tablets will kill them or make them incapable of conceiving,” District Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told The Hindu. Amla, jaggery comboTo get around the problem while launching Poshan Maah, or nutrition month, a few days ago, the district administration decided to produce roundish amla-gur candies with a dose of salt. Nutritionists involved in the campaign said amla, or gooseberry, is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, while gur, or jaggery, is rich in iron, vital vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.“The gooseberry candy is a home-made recipe, and is provided alongside iron-folic acid tablets as behavioural change in nutritious eating is a slow process. If women and children avoid the tablet, they can get the required vitamin and mineral inputs through the improvised delicacy of which ingredients are available locally,” Ms. Jalli said. The candy is cost-effective too, she said. Anganwadi workers, supervisors and mothers have been engaged to prepare and distribute the ‘laddoos’ with the ingredients given by the district authorities.“This is a novel initiative that should go a long way in checking anaemia that increases the risk during pregnancy and at childbirth, besides resulting in low birth weight and malnourished children,” Anganwadi worker Labiba Begum Barlaskar said.About 32.5% of the children aged below five in Hailakandi are underweight. The average figure for Assam is 30%.last_img read more

first_imgThe India Today Group has once again set the hallmark for investigative journalism. The group, which staunchly believes in upholding the gold standard journalism, was felicitated for its efforts at the 13th Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards.The Ramnath Goenka awards are the most reputed awards for media persons in India. The awards felicitate 29 winners in 18 categories across print, broadcast and purely-digital for outstanding work in the field. Like every year, India Today journalists featured prominently among the award winners.The guest of honour for the event, held in New Delhi, was Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.This year, two India Today journalists – Moumita Sen and Anand Patel – were awarded by Singh for exceptional journalism.India Today bags 2 awardsMaintaining its legacy of trust, integrity and excellence in journalism across platforms, the India Today Group bagged two Ramnath Goenka Awards.The first recipient was Moumita Sen, who received the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Sports (Broadcast). She has emerged as a pioneer in the field, winning the award for the second year in a row. Sen was awarded the honour for her extensive coverage of sports.Sen is an Associate Executive Producer with India Today TV. She won the Reporting from J&K category award in 2017 for Test Kashmir – a travelogue which explored the connection between Kashmir’s volatile political history and the role of education in the valley’s chant for freedom.Also bringing laurels to the group was Associate Editor Anand Patel who won the Ramnath Goenka Award 2018 for Investigative Reporting (Broadcast). Patel was awarded for exposing a stunning mismatch between retail and wholesale prices of cancer and heart medicines. Patel found how pharma firms are hand-in-glove with hospitals to fleece cancer patients. While hospitals receive a particular life-saving drug from pharma firms for a nominal cost, the former charge the patients many times that cost for the same.advertisementPatel’s expose led to the government ordering a widespread investigation into suspected overpricing of life-saving drugs.Last year, India Today received three awards – Bipasha Mukherjea’s reportage Goal Mizoram won the award in the sports category, Manogya Loiwal’s Young Minds Old Body won the top award in the Uncovering Invisible India category, and Moumita Sen’s Test Kashmir bagged the honour for Reporting from J&K category.Rajnath Singh warns against sensationalismDelivering his keynote address after presenting the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Rajnath Singh said sensationalism in journalism should be avoided as it is an insult to the profession and asked journalists not to mix ideology with the news.’Dosti na ho par bair bhee na ho’ (It is okay if there is no friendship between media and government. But there should be no enmity between the two), he said.The home minister said honest journalism gives strength to the country and strengthens democracy.”If any news is made sensational, then it is an insult to journalism. If we are in the race for sensationalism there will be no objectivity. It should be avoided,” he said.Singh said the media’s role is to act as a guardian of democracy and impartial journalism brings shine to the profession.”Media should show a mirror to power but it should have no colours…don’t mix news with ideology. It can pose a question mark on its credibility.(with inputs from PTI)READ | 3 India Today TV journalists get Ramnath Goenka awards for exceptional journalismWATCH | Long Story: India Today TV’s 3 best stories that won the Ramnath Goenka Awardslast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriSeabourn Ovation, the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet, has completed its final round of sea trials in the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy.The ship departed the Fincantieri shipyard on March 14 for four days at sea, where a team of officers and engineers tested the ship’s technical and mechanical systems. Now that the vessel has completed the trials, it will undergo final touches at the yard before being delivered on April 27, 2018.“We’re now weeks away from delivery, and I’m very pleased with the progress and preparedness of the ship now that sea trials are complete,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.                                                                     Image Courtesy: SeabournSeabourn Ovation will begin her maiden season with an 11-day inaugural voyage departing May 5, 2018, from Venice, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain. The ship’s naming ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11, in Valletta, Malta.It will spend the majority of its maiden season cruising the waters of Northern Europe, offering a series of seven-day Baltic and Scandinavian sailings between Copenhagen and Stockholm.Seabourn Ovation builds on the line’s Odyssey-class ships and is a sister ship to Seabourn Encore, delivered by Fincantieri at the end of 2016.The ship features 40,350 gross tons, a length of 210 metres and a width of 28 metres. It has the capacity to reach a cruising speed of 18.6 knots and carry up to just 600 guests, based on double occupancy.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Christopher Garnier told a police interrogator he heard Catherine Campbell’s final breaths, and he was haunted by “seeing her, hearing her” gasp for air as he struggled to remember details of the night she died.“I could hear her take her last breaths,” Garnier told RCMP Cpl. Jody Allison on Sept. 16, 2015, hours after the police officer’s body was found face down in thick brush near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“I don’t know how this happened… I’ve been trying to remember what happened.”The jury continued to watch the 9.5-hour-long taped interview Wednesday at Garnier’s murder trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. There’s still about an hour and 15 minutes left to watch, and the trial continues Thursday.Garnier allegedly killed the off-duty Truro, N.S., officer in a McCully Street apartment in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015, and used a wheeled compost bin to dispose of her body.For the first roughly five and a half hours of the interrogation, Garnier sat in a grey-clad room sobbing in a computer chair amidst photos of Campbell spread out on a table, telling Allison he wasn’t “supposed to say anything.”At one point, Det. Const. Michelle Dooks-Fahie enters the room and takes over the interview, speaking to Garnier in a soft voice.He repeatedly tells her “I can’t” when she asks him to tell her about what happened inside the apartment and “take responsibility.”“This is your time to show it was a mistake, that it happened so fast,” said Dooks-Fahie, sitting close to Garnier in a chair, sometimes placing her hand on his shoulder.Allison re-enters the room.He tells Garnier he was speaking with investigators and knows what Garnier had in the car when he was arrested.The jury has heard a tarp, work gloves and rope were among the items found in the car, which was spotted driving by the area where Campbell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Sept. 16, 2015. Garnier was arrested minutes later.Allison says: “Don’t tell me she was still alive when you put her in the compost bin.”“No,” Garnier replies.He breaks down and sobs into his hands as he tells the two investigators, “I’m trying to remember.”“She wasn’t moving,” Garnier said when asked by Allison how he knew Campbell was dead when she was put into the bin. “She wasn’t breathing.”Garnier said he remembered being with her in the Halifax Alehouse, where the two had met, but didn’t remember who approached who, or going back with her to the McCully apartment.He told Allison he remembers seeing Campbell bleeding from the nose.“It’s all I can think about. It’s why I haven’t got any sleep,” said Garnier, wearing a T-shirt and pants and sitting with his hands clasped together, the two officers sitting in front of him.“I remember watching it on the news … I was trying to figure out why the (expletive) I would do something like that. I would never do something like that.”Garnier repeatedly told Allison that he could not remember how Campbell’s face became bloody, but eventually said he may have hit her.“I feel like at this point I’m telling you what you want to hear,” said Garnier. “If I knew, I’d tell you. I have no reason to hold anything else back at this point.”He recalled being in the yard of the McCully Street apartment after she stopped breathing, but didn’t remember putting her body in the green bin, or walking with it through the city’s north end towards the Macdonald Bridge.But Garnier said he remembered roughly where the body was left.“When I drove back down there I didn’t know exactly where she was,” he said, referring to the night of his arrest.He also said he didn’t recall what he did with the mattress.Garnier earlier told investigators the mattress was stained with blood. Allison drew on the back of a photo, depicting a rectangle representing the bed and a stick figure representing Campbell, her head at the foot of the bed. Garnier drew a circle to indicate where the blood was.The jury has heard that the mattress has never been recovered.Dooks-Fahie asked what was upsetting him most.“Seeing her, hearing her,” said Garnier, describing two gasps Campbell made just before she stopped breathing.Earlier in the interview, a sobbing Garnier told Allison “I’m sorry for what happened” and “I’m not a monster.”When asked what he would say to the Campbell family, Garnier replied: “I’m sorry for what happened.”He also told Allison through tears, “I never wanted anyone to die.”The 30-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body.Evidence presented at the trial has indicated Campbell was seen kissing and dancing with Garnier at the bar before leaving with him in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.Last week, the defence put forth a hypothetical scenario suggesting Campbell died during a consensual sexual encounter after encouraging Garnier to choke her.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 29, 2017 – The Prosecution will have to find stronger witnesses and better evidence in its case against Cortez Simmons as yesterday the Appeals Court gave them another chance to secure a murder conviction.In one of the most followed murder cases in recent TCI history, a verdict came from the Appeals Court that was both a sigh of relief and a victory.  Cortez Simmons won his appeal but was not acquitted, instead a retrial in the murder of Keziah Burke is ordered by the court.Simmons had been acquitted before of murder, that was in 2009 and the victim then was the first cousin of Keziah Burke.  Simmon’s defense team argued that the evidence in the Burke murder was circumstantial and refuted expert testimony and findings that the gun used in the killing of Burke, who was 25 at the time was the same gun used in a shooting at the movie cinema where Simmons was allegedly caught on CCTV with the shooters in that case.During the trial in 2015, it was revealed that Keziah Burke was gunned down in the parking lot of Uncle Dough’s Bar in Providenciales, while trying to escape – on hands and knees – being shot by the accused Cortez Simmons in the back, allegedly.  The report says the shooting unfolded in plain sight of multiple witnesses, but no one was talking.Evans Welch, attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, led the prosecution team which used as its star witness, a man who was a part of the cinema shooting, Haitian-born, Boker Odema.  Odema testified that the gun used at the Digicel Cinema, was taken from Cortez Simmons and that after the shooting then, Simmons demanded his gun back.It is said that gun, a 40 caliber weapon, was the same one which ended the life of Burke on April 13, 2013.  Our understanding is that there were as many as 20 grounds in the appeal, all of them against the trial judge – Margaret Ramsey Hale.  The conviction was deemed unsafe and was overturned in a matter of minutes.Arguments by the defense team including Alvin Garland and Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC out of Jamaica lasted longest on whether Simmons was due an acquittal or a retrial.Cortez Simmons can apply for bail and be freed until the retrial date is set. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img SBI website The State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileState Bank of India (SBI) has slashed interest rates on home loans effective from January 1, 2017, after reducing the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR) by a steep 90 basis points to 8 percent. The decision follows deposit surge after demonetisation, making the cost of funds cheaper for banks.The reduction in home loans varies for gender (lower for women) and amount. Home loans are linked to one-year MCLR and therefore new home loan borrowers can be assured of the rate for at least 12 months.Read: Realty stocks slide over possible crackdown on illegal propertiesWomenIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.60 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.65 percent.OthersIn the floating rate category, the interest rate for loans up to Rs 75 lakh is 8.65 percent per annum, while for loans above that limit, it will be 8.70 percent.The rates go up for both categories of borrowers under the bank’s Home Loan (Max Gain) Floating Rate option.Other lenders, both in the private and the public sector, are expected to announce similar reduction given the changed dynamics of deposit-credit triggered by demonetisation in November last year.”We are flush with funds and credit offtake is nil. The expectation is that it will help us in increasing the loan portfolio because, otherwise, a lot of money is going into treasuries, low-yielding instruments. As a result, if the credit offtake improves, the impact will be neutralised,” Rajnish Kumar, managing director, SBI, told BloombergQuint.The fall in lending rates is more than what was expected, according to brokerage house Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. “PSU Banks like SBI and PNB announced a cut in lending rates. Overall interest rates were expected to move lower but the cuts seem sharper than expected,” it said in a note on Monday.Interest subvention announced by PM ModiIn his address to the nation on December 31, 2016, after the end of the 50-day deadline for returning the banned denominations (relaxed for certain categories), Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced interest subvention for home loan borrowers to spur affordable housing.”Two new middle income categories have been created under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana in urban areas. Loans of up to 9 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 4 per cent. Loans of up to 12 lakh rupees taken in 2017, will receive interest subvention of 3 per cent.”In addition to this, another scheme is being put in place for the neo middle and middle class in rural areas. Loans of up to 2 lakh rupees taken in 2017, for new housing, or extension of housing in rural areas, will receive an interest subvention of 3 per cent,” he declared.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: People’s Liberation Army joined in the revelries as the Indian Army commemorated the 72nd Independence Day at Nathula, the Indo-China border in Sikkim.To mark the occasion, a Special Border Meeting between India and China was held on Wednesday.This is being seen as a reciprocating gesture as the Indian Army had taken part in the celebrations commemorating the foundation day of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 2018.”The celebrations took place in an atmosphere of warmth and friendship with an aim of enhancing mutual trust and promoting peace and tranquility in the border areas,” stated a release from the army.Pleasantries were also exchanged in Kongra La in North Sikkim. Indian Army troops deployed in remote and high altitude areas in North Sikkim hoisted the tricolor in different forward posts to mark the occasion.”Such interactions between the two armies have resulted in enhancement of goodwill and mutual understanding between the two nations,” added the release.last_img read more

first_imgIndia has approached the US to help identify Night Vision Devices (NVD) believed to be meant for American and NATO forces recovered from inflitrating terrorists after recent encounters in J&K. Four NVDs as well as a couple of sophisticated binoculars were recovered at four places after the Army had eliminated infiltrating terrorists, official sources said.Information regarding recoveries was shared by the central security agencies with their US counterparts, who have promised help in the probe. The NVDs, recovered from near the Line of Control in North Kashmir after encounters, were dismantled to ascertain the serial numbers on the lens which were forwarded to the US authorities. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damA similar NVD was found during the July 27 Gurdaspur terror attack. The NVD with US government marking was used by the terrorists as telescope fitted on an assault rifle to help them identify their targets in dead of the night.Seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, were killed by the three terrorists before they were neutralised by Punjab Police. Upon an inquiry by India, the US had confirmed the NVD belonged to the US army which it had lost in Afghanistan in 2010.Barring its closest NATO allies, the US does not sell these NVDs to any other country. It is believed that military equipment lost by its soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are often sold in the open market, including through e-commerce websites.last_img read more

first_img Share LONDON – Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it – and could get 20 per cent off.At the moment, the price is right in Britain, where the decision to leave the European Union has led to a sharp drop in the pound. That’s proving a bonanza for luxury goods shoppers with foreign currency to spend.Amy Chang, a 30-year-old from China, snagged a Burberry trench coat this week while visiting London for her sister’s graduation.“I’ve had my eye on it for a long time and I’ve always thought it was too expensive,” she said, gazing through the Burberry window shops in New Bond Street, the heart of high-end shopping in London. “But now, coming to Britain, it’s actually much cheaper than in China, so I finally bought it.”The pound has lost almost a fifth of its value against the dollar since the June 23 referendum on EU membership because of uncertainty about Britain’s economic prospects. That means tourist dollars go farther, and visitors are rushing to buy before retailers jack up their prices.Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Co., said the bargains have had a “massive effect” on tourist spending.“They come and check out the exchange rate and what it’s going to cost them and often that will mean that they go ahead and put a second bag in,” she told the BBC. “In some cases it’s been five bags and six bags.”The U.K. is currently the cheapest place to buy luxury goods, with 64 per cent of products selling for less in Britain than in the U.S., China and France, according to a survey by the professional services firm Deloitte.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?For example, the Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, a canvas handbag emblazoned with the iconic LV monogram, sells for the equivalent of $837 in the U.K. and $1,117 in China, Deloitte found.And wanna be shoppers – particularly those from the Far East – are rushing to London before retailers adjust prices to offset the pound’s decline. Visit Britain, the national tourism agency, says flight-reservation data shows bookings from China to Britain are up 24 per cent for the last three months of the year compared with the same period in 2015.Chinese visitors, many of whom are interested in the craftsmanship and authenticity of U.K. brands, like the boutique aspect of London shops but are also attracted to the new outlet areas such as Hackney Walk in London and Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.“The luxury market is one of the most competitive – if not the most competitive in the world,” said Anusha Couttigane, an analyst at Kantar Retail. “The fact that the pound has seen such massive devaluation has made retail a far more attractive market for consumers who had been priced out of the market previously. It’s created a boon, a much needed boon, for British businesses.”In addition, many products that are available in Britain haven’t been shipped out internationally yet, adding style tourists to the mix of those just interested in a bargain, Couttigane said.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerBurberry said this week that sales at British shops open for at least a year rose more than 30 per cent in the three months to Sept. 30. Bag sales were particularly strong, especially those of the equestrian inspired Bridle Bag. Though on sale in Britain, it is not yet widely available globally, Couttigane said.“We’re seeing that spike in interest of people who can’t buy the Bridle Bags in their home markets but they really want to get hold of it,” Couttigane said.And it’s not just bags. Perfume, clothes and cosmetics are also big on tourist shopping lists, according to a survey by the consumer research group Mintel.Joanne Milner, chief executive of Garrard _ the jewelers that made Princess Diana’s famous engagement ring _ said the number of Chinese shoppers visiting its website has grown by 75 per cent since the Brexit vote. The firm’s shop at Harrods has seen a 1,000 per cent increase.“It’s not just Garrard that is seeing it, it is London as a whole,” Milner said. “The thought is that in the long-term it will be good for British business, particularly London being the destination in Europe for luxury – whereas in the past it has vied with Paris for that position.”Luxury shoppers love that bit of cache. So if you can show off that label, or demonstrate a connection to royalty, so much the better. And better yet, they like something to put the haul into.“Chinese people love handbags” Chang said. Posted by Luxury for less: Tourists are winners in pound’s drop Monday, October 24, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> The Canadian Press last_img read more

first_img CALGARY — To celebrate its deep Canadian roots and its successful launch of Dreamliners, WestJet has unveiled enhanced service offerings and products across its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 767 and 737 transatlantic service.Tailored to showcase its authentic Canadian story, the elevated amenities are expected to roll out across the WestJet fleet throughout 2019 and 2020.“Our guests are going to love our uniquely Canadian products and we are proud to showcase our like-minded partners who share our passion for thoughtful, quality products created in Canada,” said Louis Saint-Cyr, WestJet’s Vice-President, Guest Experience. “WestJet continues our global transformation and these elevated products and services complement the award-winning onboard experience we are known for.”Here is an overview of WestJet’s new amenities:Easy Listening While BoardingFor the first time in Canadian music history, guests will hear a soundtrack of soulful music onboard an aircraft from Canadian Juno award-winning recording artist Sean Jones. During boarding, guests are treated to original music and classic covers of Canadian artists like The Band, Sarah McLachlan and The Guess Who, all of whom Jones drew inspiration from his album, The Boarding Sessions. Plus, guests can watch the story behind the making of his album onboard WestJet’s Dreamliners.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckNew Business Cabin Amenity KitsBusiness cabin guests departing on European-bound transatlantic flights will receive tan-coloured amenity kits designed by Montreal’s Matt & Nat, while those departing to Canada will receive navy-coloured kits. These kits feature organic skincare products from Toronto’s Province Apothecary that use ingredients sourced from provinces across Canada.Rocky Mountain Soap KitsGuests flying on select flights in WestJet’s Premium cabin will receive Rocky Mountain Soap Company kits that feature handmade products for healthy and beautiful skin. Products include foaming hand wash, hand cream and refreshing wellness sprays, all available throughout most of the airline’s Premium and Economy cabins.WestJet recently celebrated the launch of its third transatlantic Dreamliner flightearlier this month, between Calgary and Dublin. It also launched 787-0 flights between Calgary-Paris and Calgary-London (Gatwick). Tags: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, WestJet Friday, June 14, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> WestJet rolls out Canadian-made amenities following Dreamliner launchcenter_img Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more