• China says Sri Lanka a key component of maritime silk road

    “Sri Lanka attaches great importance to this event and will send a high-level delegation to China. Sri Lanka’s black tea, rubber, gems, textiles and other featured products will come to Shanghai, exhibiting the charm of Sri Lanka to the huge Chinese market. We believe that China-Sri Lanka traditional friendship will continue to deepen on this new platform,” the Ambassador said.In the coming 15 years, China is expected to import 24 trillion USD worth of goods. The Ambassador said CIIE will provide new opportunities for export, build new platforms for countries to share dividends of China’s development and inject new vitality to world economic growth. This is the world’s first expo themed on import and is a major policy measure of China to further open its market to the world. According to the statistics released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China’s GDP growth rate in the first half of 2018 reached 6.8%. The national economy sustained the momentum of steady and sound development with its inner stability and coordination strengthened, outstanding achievements in transformation and upgrading, new growth drivers thriving and the quality and performance improving steadily. (Colombo Gazette) China says Sri Lanka is a key component of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, with the Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City as the two flagship projects of the pragmatic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the Belt and Road Initiative.China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan said that China believes that under the guidance of the important consensuses reached by the leaders of China and Sri Lanka, the economic and trade cooperation between both countries will inject new vigor to Sri Lanka’s economic and social development, enable development achievements to better benefit the people, and let ordinary people get more sense of gain. In November this year, China will hold the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai and Sri Lanka is expected to take part in the expo. read more

  • Dieppe remembered

    Seventy-one years ago Monday, thousands of Canadian soldiers stormed the beach at Dieppe, France, in an attempt to overthrow German occupiers. Hundreds died in a tragic defeat, but their lives were not lost in vain. Lessons learned at Dieppe led to victory on D-day. Lisa Hepfner was at a remembrance ceremony with some Dieppe vets, at their own Memorial Park in Hamilton Monday morning. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

  • A day Waterford will never forget

    Evening thunderstorms are not unusual at this time of year so I didn’t think much of the jet black sky as I pulled out of the driveway at our farm on Townsend Road 12 near Cockshutt Road.It was the evening of Aug. 7, 1979, and I was heading into Simcoe to pick up a friend. As I made the road, I looked to the northwest and was surprised as the woodlot at the rear of our farm disappeared behind a solid wall of white.As I headed west, I braced for an intense downpour and that happened predictably enough. However, a few seconds in and the deluge turned to hail stones the size of golf balls. I began to panic. I was driving a late-model Grand Prix and I didn’t like the sound that was coming off the paint.By then, I was a few hundred yards from the VanDenHurk farm (the present-day Bonnieheath Estate Lavender and Winery) at the top of the hill near the Bonnieheath gravel pit. I saw their pack barn to my left and made a beeline for it. Thankfully, the main door was wide open and I got my wheels out of the weather. The VanDenHurk kids came out of the house once the storm had passed and were more than understanding about my desire to preserve my paint job.CB radio was our social media in 1979 so it didn’t take long for word to get around that Waterford, Vanessa, Kelvin and area had taken a hit. I was in Waterford soon after and was amazed by the extent of the damage. Waterford has long been famous for its tree-lined streets. Starting around Church Street and heading north, streets were virtually impassable due to the large number of uprooted trees and fallen limbs. Many parked vehicles took direct hits. As bad as the damage was south of Alice Street, Main Street north of the CN bridge was a no-go zone because so many trees, limbs and wires had fallen. The north end of Waterford incurred a great deal of serious structural damage.The twister came cloaked in a storm but there was no mistaking its intensity. Tree lines and wind breaks between Vanessa and Waterford were stripped of leaves and branches. Left behind were skeletal markers bearing silent witness to nature’s fickle, awful fury.In a final destructive act before it vanished, the tornado nearly wiped out the Crane farm in Townsend Centre about three miles north of our place. Everyone who lived through this ordeal will remember how caring strangers poured into the local area to help with the cleanup. The Mennonite community from the Elmira area was especially noteworthy for sending in gangs to comb through corn fields and pick out every last bit of debris that might damage a combine. They asked for nothing except the opportunity to help a fellow farmer in need. Those of us who saw it won’t forget it. It was a timely reminder that — where there is bad in the world — there is also good, and that it is incumbent upon the latter to persevere and outlast the former. read more

  • UNICEF goodwill ambassador Mia Farrow heads to Angola to spotlight challenges

    Ms. Farrow will visit a camp housing thousands of displaced civilians, a quartering area for newly de-mobilized troops and their families, HIV/AIDS prevention projects supported by UNICEF, land-mine awareness programs for children, and intensive feeding centres for malnourished youngsters.The renowned actress will also meet with government leaders and UNICEF staff who are involved in efforts to register unaccompanied children and to trace and re-unite families. The Angolan government estimates that 100,000 children have been separated from their families by war, and that as many as 700,000 children have lost at least one parent. The births of more than three quarters of Angola’s 6 million children are thought to be unregistered, leaving them without any official identification.The UNICEF Representative in Angola, Mario Ferrari, voiced hope that Ms. Farrow’s visit would highlight not only the dramatic plight facing the country’s people, but also the positive prospects for reconstruction and recovery.”Although Angola is suffering, it is also entering a time of renewal,” he said. “The world must see that Angola is no longer a doomed vessel, and that with the right assistance, the children of this country have a future.”Echoing this view, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy stressed that the international community must not avert its attention from Angola. “Mia’s visit is a way to help show the world that Angola is at peace, Angola has new hope, and that Angola not only needs but deserves our support.”Ms. Farrow has previously travelled on the agency’s behalf to Nigeria together with her 13-year-old son, Seamus, who is also accompanying her to Angola. read more

  • Buy new or retrofit Rios autonomous trucks strategy looks set to play

    first_imgRio Tinto went into some detail on better asset utilisation in its recent investor seminar in Sydney on December 4th, which included a very interesting insight into its autonomous trucks strategy, which perhaps will mirror the strategy of all the big mining groups going forward. There are now 76 Komatsu 930E-AT 320 t trucks equipped with the Frontrunner Autonomous Haulage System in Rio’s 400-strong truck fleet in its Pilbara iron ore mines, which are an estimated 15% cheaper to run than the rest. These are located at Yandicoogina, Hope Downs 4, Nammuldi and Silvergrass.But these were all added as new autonomous trucks, with the challenge now how to get the autonomy benefits out the rest of the existing fleet, which Rio is setting out to do via retrofits of Komatsu’s AHS system on the older trucks. It would also seem to be a much cheaper option than continuing to add brand new autonomous trucks, though no doubt this will continue where it makes sense; plus it is unclear if the technology allows for mixed fleets of “new AHS” and “retrofit AHS”.Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive, Iron Ore stated: “Now that we have undertaken the first Komatsu AHS retrofit, we will increase the rate of retrofit; we will use more machine to machine control loops; and better predictive analytics to move maintenance from breakdown into the planned domain.”He added in the Q&A: “In terms of the retrofit we are very clear: first of all, we want to make sure we are extracting value out of the capital we have already installed and I’ve talked a lot about some of the work we’ve done on payload and improving utilisation and so on, and we want to make sure we do extract that first. The second point I would make is we are going to proceed in an appropriate manner. We have done the first maxi retrofit, we wanted to make sure we understood that process, and we will move forward with a retrofit strategy, but again being really clear, it is not just about retrofitting to every truck we have it’s actually got to be on a value basis.  The fleets are at different ages, they are used in different applications, we want to make sure it is focused on value, not just about fitting new toys.”Finally, he states: “And we will achieve further improvements as we replicate best practice and extend our AHS fleet – both new and retrofit. We are now successfully operating the first Komatsu AHS truck retrofit in the world, and we will fine tune the retrofit process ahead of expanding to selected fleets, based on value.”As stated, to date all the new Komatsu AHS trucks have been 930E models but in the Pilbara, Rio’s fleets include many 730E and 830E models such as at Marandoo and Brockman, so if these fleets are to go autonomous this will be new ground for Komatsu’s AHS technology, being not only retrofits but retrofits to new models. However, the learnings in retrofitting across different truck types will be very valuable as Rio Tinto looks to apply autonomy elsewhere in the world in other fleets, which of course it will.It isn’t only autonomy that is changing the way Rio’s trucks are used. By the end of October 2017, through better truck utilisation using initiatives such as fitting better tyres and lighter trays to the 830E 240 t trucks, Rio has found an extra 20 t of ore or waste per load, meaning Rio it has managed to park around 40 trucks. “By way of example, this has enabled labour savings alone of more than US$13 million. And we will achieve further improvements as we replicate best practice and extend our AHS fleet – both new and retrofit.” So while the current status is 76 out of 400, in reality it could be seen as 76 out of a total of 360 or less. Also, having parked trucks around would seem to further negate the need for brand new autonomous trucks, with a lower cost retrofitting option available.Of course retrofitting is not new in the industry. Autonomous Solutions Inc (ASI) has been applying its OEM agnostic autonomous truck retrofit solution to Anglo American’s truck fleets in South Africa and elsewhere as part of that company’s FutureSmart™ initiative. Caterpillar has developed autonomous mining truck technology for an expanded range of models, including its own range, but also other brands. In early 2017 at a Cat® MineStar™ Command for hauling demonstration at the company’s facility in Arizona, Caterpillar announced a project to adapt hardware and software for retrofitting the Komatsu 930E mining truck with Cat autonomous technology, stating: “This interoperability initiative is driven by mining companies’ goal of reducing mining costs using their existing fleets.” It seems Caterpillar knew this wave of retrofitting was on its way, though it has been successful in selling its new Cat 793F CMD autonomous trucks in the Canadian oil sands and in South America now, on top of FMG Solomon and BHP Jimblebar in Australia, bringing its AHS total to over 100 new machines. BHP having Caterpillar as a global strategic partner, is no doubt looking at the retrofit option at multiple sites.So it seems that the big show in town now for the autonomous solution providers is retrofitting; whether the system is provided by Caterpillar, Komatsu, ASI or someone else, and whatever brand of truck the autonomy retrofit is being applied to. Arguably, it is a far larger immediate market for the technology than selling new autonomous machines. And things are moving fast in this market. Hitachi has just announced very successful tests of its AHS technology at Meandu, Liebherr is working with ASI on its autonomous truck solution, and BELAZ is rolling out autonomy through partner VIST Group at OCP in Morocco and soon with SUEK at a Russian coal mine.last_img read more

  • Our rights were breached Heres how Apple will fight the EUs €13bn

    first_img 22 Comments Apple CEO Tim Cook Source: Niall CarsonEU decisionThis all obviously contrasts with the EU Commission’s original decision, which found that Apple’s Irish subsidiaries got special treatment that amounted to state aid.Fora has previously pulled out some of the key parts of the EU’s full 130-page ruling, and you can read some of the main points here.The legal battle will now go to the EU Court of Justice. The Irish government is also appealing the ruling, and has already spent €1.8 million fighting the EU’s decision.It is expected that the legal battle could take as long as six years before a final decision is made.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Image: Niall Carson Feb 22nd 2017, 6:30 AM Short URL APPLE SAYS THAT the EU failed on a number of fronts in its investigation into its tax affairs – and that it fundamentally breached the company’s rights.Last year the EU found that Ireland provided Apple with up to €13 billion in illegal state aid and ordered the government to recoup the money.Apple always said that it planned to fight the decision, and earlier this week its appeal against the ruling was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.The document lays out the 14 pleas Apple is planning to pursue as part of its legal case. You can read the full text here, but the key points are: ‘Our rights were breached’: Here’s how Apple will fight the EU’s €13bn Irish tax ruling The tech giant has been ordered to hand over the huge sum for illegal state aid. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:30 AM Image: Niall Carsoncenter_img Take me to Fora Apple says that the European Commission “failed to recognise that the applicant’s profit-driving activities were controlled and managed in the United States. The profits from those activities were attributable to the United States, not Ireland.”It said that the commission “made fundamental errors relating to the applicant’s activities in Ireland”. It said the Irish branches carried out “only routine functions and were not involved in the development and commercialisation of Apple IP which drove profits.”It claimed that the commission’s presumptions “are contrary to the burden of proof”. Basically, Apple is arguing the EU made up its mind about the company’s Irish tax affairs without properly assessing the evidence.Apple alleged that it did not receive “selective treatment”. This is a crucial point of appeal, as much of the EU’s case hinges on the argument that Apple got a deal not available to other Irish companies.It said that the commission “violated the principles of legal certainty and non-retroactivity by ordering recovery of the alleged aid”.It claimed that the commission failed to “conduct a diligent and impartial investigation”.Interestingly, it alleged that the commission breached the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and infringed the company’s “right to good administration”. The charter guarantees ‘impartial, fair and timely treatment’.Finally, it claimed that the commission “exceeded its competence … by attempting to redesign Ireland’s corporate tax system”. By Fora Staff 11,769 Views Share39 Tweet Email1 Read: Michael O’Leary: The government should scrap one of Ireland’s ‘greatest policy catastrophes’Read: Irish users can now send money overseas using Facebook Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

  • Vers une interdiction du bisphénol A pour le conditionnement alimentaire

    first_imgVers une interdiction du bisphénol A pour le conditionnement alimentaire ?La commission des Affaires sociales de l’Assemblée nationale a voté mercredi une proposition de loi socialiste interdisant l’usage du bisphénol A dans tous les contenants alimentaires, a annoncé l’auteur de la proposition, le député PS Gérard Bapt.Le bisphénol A pourrait bien être exclu de la fabrication des plastiques dans le secteur de l’alimentation. En effet, le député PS Gérard Bapt, auteur d’une proposition de loi visant à interdire la fabrication, l’importation, l’exportation et la mise sur le marché de tout conditionnement alimentaire contenant du bisphénol A, s’est félicité du vote positif de l’Assemblée, hier. A cette occasion, la proposition n’a recueilli que des votes favorables, excepté les abstentions de députés UMP, ont indiqué des sources parlementaires à l’AFP. Toutefois, la proposition de loi doit encore être soumise aux députés dans l’hémicycle, le 6 octobre, lors d’une journée dédiée à des propositions de loi socialistes.”Je ne vois pas comment le ministre de la Santé pourra s’opposer à ce vote”, a ajouté M. Bapt. “L’absence d’opposition au sein de la commission prouve que le mouvement initié, là encore, par des lanceurs d’alerte, va se traduire par des mesures législatives”, estime-t-il.La mise en application de cette loi si elle passe bel et bien, ne se fera pas avant 2014. Ce délai est destiné à permettre “aux industriels de finir de mettre au point des substituts au bisphénol A et aux scientifiques de démontrer leur innocuité”. Un laps de temps relativement long bien que mardi, l’Agence de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation (Anses) ait publié un rapport dans lequel il est jugé nécessaire de remplacer “sans tarder” le bisphénol A, rapporte TV5monde.Réduire l’exposition au bisphénol A À lire aussiles perturbateurs endocriniens encore trop présents dans les produits de beauté”La proposition vise à ce qu’il n’y ait plus de contamination par voie alimentaire au bisphénol pour les femmes enceintes, les jeunes enfants et la population en général”, a expliqué M. Bapt. D’ici 2014, la rapporteuse de la Commission, Mme Delaunay, a affirmé avoir “rallié la majorité à la décision d’imposer que les produits alimentaires dont le contenant comporte du bisphénol A soient porteurs d’un avertissement les déconseillant aux femmes enceintes et allaitantes et aux enfants de moins de trois ans”.Dès mardi, peu après la publication du rapport de l’Anses, la ministre de l’écologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, s’était déclarée favorable à un étiquetage obligatoire “très rapidement” des produits contenant du BPA. Selon l’Anses, le bisphénol A se trouve dans “près d’une soixantaine de secteurs d’activité” (conditionnements d’aliments et boissons, jouets et articles de puériculture, tickets de caisse des supermarchés et matériel médical) et sa consommation est “en augmentation régulière”.Le 29 septembre 2011 à 11:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Battle Ground school days shifted 30 minutes later

    first_imgThere’s been a great run in pop culture, lately, for zombies of all kinds.But, Battle Ground school leaders don’t want to see them in classrooms every day. So, they’ve agreed to push school start times back 30 minutes for the upcoming school year, the district has announced.Each school day will begin and end 30 minutes later than in 2010-11 — save for Amboy Middle and Yacolt Primary schools, where bus schedule demands will push start-and-end times back 20 minutes.A district news release on Thursday cites studies that show millions of U.S. middle- and high-school students are sleep-deprived most days.Medical research indicates that, typically, children cannot fall asleep much before 11 p.m., “and their brains remain in sleep mode until about 8 a.m., regardless of what time they go to bed.” (The district describes studies of Minneapolis, Minn.-area pupils.)What’s more, federal highway analysis shows that drowsiness and fatigue contribute to more than 100,000 traffic accidents each year, with teen drivers involved more than half the time.Combine the evidence — and search no further than neighboring Hockinson School District, where high school students don’t start first period until 9 a.m. (younger Hockinson pupils start at 8:45 a.m.) — and there’s a compelling case to start every school day a bit later, said Superintendent Shonny Bria.last_img read more

  • Nallala Bhagya Laxmi sworn in as ZP chief in Mancherial

    first_imgMancherial: Nalla Bhagya Laxmi took oath as Kotapalli Zilla Parishad chairperson at ZP office in Mancherial on Friday. Members of Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency also sworn-in on the day.ZP chairperson Bhagya Laxmi was felicitated after she took the charge at her chamber. ZP vice-chairman Bellampalli ZPTC member Tongala Satyanarayana, Jannaram ZPTC Erra Chandrasekhar, Kannepalli ZPTC Kanne Satyanarayana, Kasipeta ZPTC Palle Chandraiah, Hajipur ZPTC P Shilpa, Jaipur ZPTC Medi Sunitha, Chennur ZPTC Mote Tirupathi, Vemanapalli ZPTC Swarnalatha, Mandamarri ZPTC Ravi, Tandur ZPTC Bannaiah, Nennela ZPTC Shamala and Dandepalli ZPTC Nagamani took oath as ZP chairpersons. ZIlla Parishad CEO Narender, MLA Balka Suman, Mancherial MLA Nadipelli Diwakar Rao, Durgam Chinnaiah, former MLA Nallala Odelu and others had witnessed the swearing-in ceremony.last_img read more

  • Celebration begins

    first_img.Ending a ‘long’ wait for a month observing fasting, the Bangladeshi Muslims start celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr once the news of sighting the moon over the sky of Dhaka on Friday evening breaks.As if every Eid is a new one, new experience and new kind of joy when the people join their near and dear ones to share everything they have in their life – foods, gifts, and Eid greetings.But the real celebration is what the people themselves can feel and try to do and their mood exposed in public places obviously shows it is Eid day. At each congregation, the devotees often cry amid joy of meeting their fellow human beings one more time.Each family is at the centre of planning celebrations but at the age of globalisation, whatever happens around them and even at distant places is part of their Eid celebration.And what is more visible these days is the digital celebration of Eid festival.Eid shopping and the rush of homebound people are two common phenomena of Eid celebrations in this part of the world. While the adults begin the day with Eid prayers, it is perhaps the children who remain at the forefront of the Eid celebration throughout the day.There is still a gulf of difference in the way of celebration in urban and rural Bangladesh. In major cities and big towns, the timing for morning prayers on the Eid day is of immense value to news coverage while in sprawling villages where thousands of city dwellers returned to celebrate Eid, see relatively relaxed attitude towards everything that is done on Eid day.Once, Eid celebration of the very, very important persons drew attention of the public, but nowadays, the people at different strata express themselves on the social media – sharing pleasantries and photographs.In a way, the message of peace and equality associated with Eid celebration is understood the way the rich approach the poor, the powerful the helpless, at least in Bangladesh context, during the Eid days.Also, a number of villages in Bangladesh follow Saudi Arabia in Eid celebrations which find media attention.Eid celebrations started early in many places from Gibraltar to Indonesia and from North America to Australia or from Scandinavia to South Africa.Today, many of the Bangladeshi Muslims have their family members, relatives and friends celebrating their Eid staying on foreign soil, which often turns into ‘little Bangladesh’.The Bangladesh people cannot also ignore the woes and agonies faced by others, such as the Rohingya Muslims who have taken shelter in Cox’s Bazar.The country’s hostile politics that often sours most aspects of the national life is put aside when it comes to this celebration.This year, an election year, the politicians themselves have made all effort to reach the doorsteps of the people during Ramadan and Eid celebrations, presumably to earn their support. In fact, Eid festival often offers them the occasion to make mass contact.Beyond politics and local affairs, another event that has this year changed the mood of the Eid festival in Bangladesh is the World Cup football.last_img read more

  • Man killed in city road crash

    first_imgProthom Alo illustrationThe helper of a truck was killed in a road accident in the city’s Rajarbagh, Dhaka early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Quashem, 35.Sub-inspector Rubel of Motijheel police station said the accident took place when a sand-laden truck collided with a lorry around 3:00am, leaving three people, including two pedestrians, injured.The injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Quashem dead around 3:45am, said inspector Bachchu Mia of the hospital police camp.last_img read more

  • Harris Sheriff And Houston Police Run Joint Operation Against Sex Trafficking Focusing

    first_img Share Twitter account @HCSOTexasHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales speaks at a press conference about a joint operation with the HPD against sex trafficking.Hundreds of sex buyers and traffickers were arrested on prostitution charges during a month-long joint operation between the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department, the HSCO announced in a joint press conference on Friday.  According to the Sheriff’s office, over 250 people have been detained by the two law enforcement departments, and most of those were sex buyers. The arrests took place during a sting that started by the end of June and ran through the end of July. The joint operation is also part of a national coalition called the National Johns Suppression Initiative that includes 37 agencies and operates in 17 states.A quarter of all national arrests in the undercover sex trade sting were made in Harris County, HSCO said. “Our aim is for Harris County and Houston to shed the dubious distinction as America’s sex trafficking capital”,  Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in the press conference. “By focusing our efforts on sex buyers who are seeking to take advantage of sex trafficking victims, we are putting these predators on notice that our community won’t tolerate their behavior.” Solicitation of prostitution warrants a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail, the HCSO said. last_img read more

  • Fracked Oil Wells Declining Faster than Drillers Might Realize Report Says

    first_img West Texas oil drillers might be over-estimating how long their wells are going to last. That’s the takeaway from a new report that says the problem could lead to higher costs for the industry in the years ahead.In the grand scheme of oil history, the fracking revolution is still pretty young. So, companies don’t know a lot about how fracked wells are going to perform over the course of decades, like they do with older wells.  Now, research firm Wood Mackenzie says it’s found that production from some West Texas wells is declining faster than drillers might realize.“The Permian is a tough basin, and as it matures, there are more and more challenges that are emerging,” says the firm’s Robert Clarke, a co-author on the new report. “And that’s to be expected.”Clarke says if this trend continues, with fracked wells delivering less than expected as they get older, companies will have to drill even more new wells to make up for the loss. That’s not expected to slow down the growth in Texas oil production, Clarke says, but it could make the whole equation more expensive. Share Listen 00:00 /00:44center_img X Bruce Gordon via FlickrOil and gas development seen in the West Texas Permian Basin. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

  • Raising national awareness over childhood cancer

    first_imgThe joy reflecting on Iqbal’s face belied the braveheart’s ongoing fight with blood cancer. As the seven-year-old played with a balloon, Rajasthan Health Minister Rajendra Rathore inquired from his parents about his treatment here.Giving Iqbal company are Rakesh, 6, and Ankit, 4, who too are also undergoing treatment for blood cancer. “We were also given school bags,” said Rakesh. The three children, along with many others, came together at the public forum organised by an NGO to mark the joining of hands with the state government to spread awareness on childhood cancer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Iqbal’s father, Sikandar, a resident of Pali district, said he and many others like him who have been getting their children treated for cancer in Jaipur are enthused by the event. “We all have now come together as a community. Earlier, we were working in isolation,” he said, pointing to the help by NGO Cankids Kidscan.The public forum was held in mid-September to mark the arrival of the ‘CanKids 4th Car Rally — Change for Childhood Cancer in Rajasthan’ in Jaipur as a part of an initiative to spread awareness and join hands with the state government to open a cancer awareness unit for patients and their family members at Sawai Man Singh Hospital here.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe rallyists mostly consisted of drivers who either overcame cancer or those who have joined hands with Cankids Kidscan — a national society to raise awareness and funds for fighting cancer among kids. “The 1,700-km rally also touched cities like Ajmer and Udaipur and villages around them,” said Hodgkins survivor and Cankids advocacy officer Kapil Chawla. Cankids volunteer and National Girl Childhood Cancer Ambassador Ritu Bhalla, 24, a two-time child cancer survivor herself, also took part in the rally and shared her experience of overcoming the disease. “Some people were struck by disbelief when I told them that I have overcome cancer twice and am working normally now,” Bhalla said on returning to Delhi after the four-day rally with 30 participants.Before reaching Jaipur, volunteers of the NGO, along with the rallyists, stopped over at Mayo College Girls School in Ajmer for an awareness event. Ashwin Khandke, a corporate honcho and rally participant who lost his wife to cancer a few weeks before the event, addressed the school students, including his own daughter Sunetra, about how courage and hope were the key to fighting the disease. “Do not let fear overcome you,” said Khandke at the school’s auditorium where the students, from both Mayo Girls and Mayo Boys, were moved to give a standing ovation to the Khandke family, and others in the rally, who are symbols of bravery and courage as they have fought the dreaded disease.last_img read more

  • Costa Rica labor minister resigns over hiring of family member

    first_imgRelated posts:Lawmakers threaten to filibuster animal welfare bill with more than 200 motions Costa Rica winds down humanitarian mission for Cuban migrants with presidential send-off Solís’ approval rating at record low President Solís to discuss migration, green energy with US Vice President Joe Biden Labor Minister Víctor Morales resigned Tuesday amid growing criticism over the hiring of his niece for a job at the ministry, a violation of a code of ethics that he helped promote.“I’m leaving in order to protect a clean record,” Morales said, acknowledging that Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís was not satisfied with the removal of Morales’ niece, Yulianna Alfaro Morales, from a job as receptionist at the ministry, which she started last week.The now ex-minister denied that the hiring was an act of corruption.But a ministry code of ethics that Morales adopted last year states that he would not use public office to “procure special services, appointments or any other personal benefit” in favor of family members or friends.The daily La Nación first reported on the scandal on Monday.Morales said he had discussed the matter with President Solís, who currently is on a trip to New York to participate in a United Nations forum. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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