Ayurveda cell to address patients grievances

first_imgKolkata: A Pharmaco vigilance cell on Ayurveda has been thrown open at the Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Drug Development (CARIDD) in the city to directly receive complaints from the patients in regard to various Ayurveda drugs.To strengthen knowledge and regular practices about the safety and efficacy of the Ayurveda medicines, the Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Studends and Youth Association(NASYA) in collaboration with the CARIDD under CCRAS, Ministry of AYUSH has come up with the unique initiative A seminar was recently organised on Pharmaco vigilance in the city by the All India Institute for Ayurveda along with NASYA and CARIDD when lot of issues relating to the standard of Ayurvedic drugs were discussed. The programme was inaugurated by Dr V Subhos, assistant director (Ayurveda), CARIDD, Kolkata, Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar, director , State Medicinal Plant Board and Dr Tapas Kumar Mondal, principal superintendent, Rajib Gandhi memorial Ayurveda College and hospital. Dr Achintya Mitra, research officer (Ayurveda), CARIDD also graced the occasion. The patients can directly visit the cell if they have any issues regarding quality of Ayurveda drugs. There are also plans to start online platform where the patients can lodge their complaints against the medicines prepared by any particular company. If the patients face any side effects after consuming such medicines they can register the complaint. The competent authorities will conduct the probe and will also examine the quality of the medicine. Dr Prasanta Kumar Sarkar delivered a lecture on “Concept and need of Pharmaco vigilance in AYUSH System” during the seminar. Dr Tripathi, professor and head, Dept of Clinical Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine also delivered his lecture on the topics —”Pharmaco vigilance of Ayurveda, Sidhha, Unani and Homeopathy medicines — program implementation, procedures and operational issues.” Dr Kesab Lal Pradhan, Vice President of NASYA, West Bengal said: “We welcome the move taken by the Union Ayush Ministry to ensure the quality of Ayurveda drugs.”last_img read more

Mahasen may affect Sri Lanka

The system could intensify by two more levels to become a very severe cyclonic storm, according to latest available forecasts. The low-pressure area over Southeast Bay of Bengal has undergone intensification twice last night to become a deep depression, just a spin away from being a tropical cyclone, the Hindu newspaper reported today.When declared one, it would be named ‘Mahasen’ (contributed by Sri Lanka) as per World Meteorology Organisation protocol. The deep depression lay 360 km southwest of Car Nicobar, 1,110 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka); 1,400 km southeast of Chennai; and 1,750 km south of Chittagong (Bangladesh) this morning. This is expected to happen by Tuesday, as per forecasts.The very severe cyclone is the farthest it can grow before being declared a class-topping ‘Category-5’ storm, or a super cyclone. But intensification to this level is not currently being forecast. According to a US Navy projection, the storm could move close in towards Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts, before re-curving on its path and heading into Myanmar-Bangladesh coast.The landfall is expected to take as late as Wednesday, allowing the storm enough staying power in the hot Bay of Bengal waters, helping it to fuel itself and gain in strength. read more

East Timor UN mission chief in Indonesia for firstever visit

Mr. Sharma started his visit with a lunch hosted by the Director-General for Multilateral Affairs, Makmur Widodo, during which the two men discussed common issues relating to East Timor and Indonesia.Afterwards, the UNMISET chief met with the Director and the Secretary General of Indonesia’s human rights commission, KPP HAM, for talks on the importance of rule of law in any society, especially developing societies, and various solutions to problems faced by nascent judicial systems.The human rights officials made a special request for Mr. Sharma to facilitate the establishment of cooperative links with appropriate institutions in East Timor both at the governmental and non-governmental levels.Mr. Sharma was scheduled to attend a dinner tonight hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirajuda and Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Bambang Yudhoyono, along with several other senior members of the Indonesian government. read more

Crunch time for Bombardier at Thunder Bay plant as union strike deadline

Crunch time for Bombardier at Thunder Bay plant as union strike deadline looms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2014 5:03 pm MDT THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Employees at Bombardier’s (TSX: BBD.A) light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. are threatening to walk off the job today if they don’t get a new contract.Unifor, which represents the 900 workers, has set a strike deadline of 2 p.m. ET.National president Jerry Dias hopes the pending strike deadline will spark some progress today, but says the two sides were “stuck in the mud” over the weekend.Dias says Bombardier wants to make changes to pensions and benefits that are unacceptable to the employees and are similar to demands that caused a brief strike in 2011.He says the company walked away from the table on Saturday and conversations the two sides subsequently had on Sunday produced nothing of significance.A Bombardier spokesman says the company is putting all its energy into reaching a deal that will ensure it remains competitive. read more

Football Statement says Urban Meyer investigation expected to be completed in 14

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe independent group investigating the allegations against Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer should complete their investigation within 14 days, according to a statement made from the university.“A newly convened, independent working group — formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Urban Meyer — met late last week, appointed a chair, and engaged an investigative firm,” the statement said.The statement also said former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the group, and that the group “was formed to direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice, and to assist with communication to the full board on the matter.”“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” Davidson said in the statement. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”The investigative team will be led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. She is also the senior chair for the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.Meyer is being investigated for allegations that he knew about domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015 by former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.Smith was fired for the charges on July 23. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave last Wednesday. read more

Caterpillar showcases underground equipment and services at Bluefield Coal Show

first_imgAt the upcoming Bluefield Coal Show, Caterpillar and regional Cat® dealers are presenting the extensive line of Cat underground coal mining and utility machines as well as the customer support capabilities that are critical to safe and productive mining. Since the acquisition of Bucyrus and its underground coal mining product line in 2011, Caterpillar and Cat dealers have added capabilities to their already unparalleled product support systems. By retaining the expertise developed over many years and by integrating the underground equipment parts supply, maintenance services, and component and machine rebuild functions with proven Caterpillar systems, Cat dealers are setting new standards for supporting underground coal operations.The Cat underground coal mining product line includes the full spectrum of room-and-pillar machines and longwall machines as well as highwall miners. The Cat low-seam continuous miner, the CM210, will be featured in the Bluefield exhibit. The low-seam machine represents the extensive line of Cat continuous miners capable of operating in heights of 762 mm to more than 4.6 m.Representing the line of Cat scoops is the SU488 L, a battery-powered, low profile utility vehicle with 10 t capacity. The Cat utility scoop line includes battery- and diesel-powered machines ranging from 5 t to 16 t capacity, and they are proven to be among the strongest and most durable scoops available.Information also will be available about the complete Cat line of face haulers, continuous haulage systems, roof bolters, feeder breakers and LHDs—a comprehensive line of room-and-pillar mining machines. Similarly, Cat longwall mining systems—roof supports and controls, shearers, plows, armoured face conveyors and state-of-the-art drive systems—are presented.Cat belt conveyor systems and belt products for underground mines also are featured at Bluefield. Caterpillar offers versatile pre-engineered solutions, which are mobile, modular and flexible. Engineered systems—for specific coal handling needs—also are available and supported by an experienced team of engineers. Consider Caterpillar for belt drives, discharge units, take-ups, belt storage units and conveyor rolls.Additionally, the Cat highwall miner is available to mine exposed coal seams and to economically recover coal without removing the overlying overburden. A model of the HW300 Highwall Miner will be on display at Bluefield. The machine offers two electric cutter head modules—a low-seam cutter for seams 711 to 1,625 mm and a mid-seam cutter to mine seam heights from 1,372 to 3,049 mm. The self-propelled HW300 operates on benches as narrow as 18 m, and it trams easily from entry to entry.last_img read more

OdinMonkey adds a turbocharger to Firefoxs JavaScript engine

first_imgMozilla has just finished adding a turbocharger to the Firefox JavaScript engine. It’s called OdinMonkey, and its job is to optimize asm.js — a JavaScript subset that’s a little bit like Google’s Native Client. OdinMonkey landed on the Firefox Nightly build yesterday, and it’s working on both Windows and Linux. OSX and mobile ARM builds (for Android and Firefox OS) will see the module added shortly. If everything goes to plan, Mozilla will push OdinMonkey to stable builds in about three months’ time as part of Firefox 22.Web code that’s handled by OdinMonkey is generally produced by developers using Emscripten, which is a Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) to JavaScript compiler. Native code like C/C++ goes in, JavaScript comes out — and according to developers, the code it produces was surprisingly fast even before OdinMonkey entered the picture.With OdinMonkey switched on, however, performance on Emscripten-compiled code shifts into high gear. Mozilla’s initial tests show that Firefox OdinMonkey can complete a zlib compression test three times as fast as Google Chrome can. On a skinning test, Firefox put up a time that was about 1/25th of Chrome’s. That’s especially impressive when you consider that Mozilla says OdinMonkey isn’t fully optimized yet.While Mozilla’s module works with asm.js to achieve Native Client-like results, it’s got some inherent advantages. Unlike NaCl, OdinMonkey will provide a boost to plenty of web-based apps as they exist right now. If a web app you use was compiled by its developers using Emscripten, OdinMonkey should give it a huge boost in performance. It’s also relatively easy to implement — Mozilla’s code was put together by a single contributor (Luke Wagner) in less time than it takes a Firefox release to go from Aurora to stable.last_img read more

3DS Nintendo lance la 3D sur sa console DS

first_img3DS : Nintendo lance la 3D sur sa console DSJapon – Nintendo présente sa console DS en 3D, logiquement baptisée 3DS. Un grand pas réalisé par le spécialiste des jeux vidéo.Nintendo a affirmé lancer la 3D sur sa console DS, laquelle ne nécessitera pas de lunettes spéciales. Une prouesse possible grâce à des écrans LCD 3D. De plus, la console sera équipée d’un accéléromètre et pourra vibrer pour donner davantage de sensations aux utilisateurs. La firme japonaise rendrait tous ces effets possibles grâce à un film recouvrant l’écran, capable de tromper notre œil. Des jeux pourraient prochainement voir le jour avec des créations signées par les programmateurs de la firme. Enfin, l’éternelle croix servant de paddle pourrait être transformée en joystick. Mais la Nintendo 3DS cache encore de nombreuses nouveautés que l’entreprise souhaite garder secrètes pour le moment.Le 24 mars 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La vente des tapispuzzles à nouveau suspendue pendant 1 an

first_imgLa vente des tapis-puzzles à nouveau suspendue pendant 1 anLes tapis-puzzle pour enfants ne seront plus ni vendus, ni importés pendant encore un an, selon un arrêté paru au Journal officiel, en raison de la présence de formamide, une substance chimique cancérigène. C’est en décembre 2010 que l’affaire a été révélée. Dans les tapis-puzzles, des jouets pour enfants extrêmement prisés, les autorités ont découvert la présence d’une substance chimique dangereuse pour la santé : du formamide. Celle-ci est en fait ajoutée dans les tapis constitués de grosses pièces de puzzles de couleur afin de rendre le plastique plus souple et plus agréable au toucher. À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteAlors que l’information avait créé l’inquiétude chez les parents, le secrétaire d’Etat à la consommation Frédéric Lefebvre avait décidé de suspendre la vente de ces jouets. Et ce, le temps nécessaire pour que l’Anses, autorité en matière de sécurité sanitaire, puisse réaliser des analyses et conclure sur la présence de ces molécules nocives dans les produits. En mars dernier, l’interdiction avait alors été prolongée jusqu’à mi-juillet. Vendredi, c’est donc une nouvelle prolongation de suspension de un an qui a été annoncée au Journal officiel. Néanmoins, l’arrêté précise que cette interdiction ne concerne pas les produits dont la teneur en formamide est inférieure au seuil considéré comme non dangereux et recommandés par l’Anses. C’est donc aux fabricants, aux importateurs et aux distributeurs d’apporter la preuve que la teneur de leurs tapis-puzzles ne dépasse pas les limites fixées.  Le 25 juillet 2011 à 15:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Navy SEALs explain their support for Eddie Gallagher and why he is

first_img Mike McKinnon III 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Retired Navy SEALs Robert Ekoniak and Ed Hiner served with Eddie Gallagher  and sat down with KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua on Good Morning San Diego to talk about their friend, fellow SEAL, and why they strongly believe he’s not guilty of the charges against him.RELATED STORY: Navy SEAL war crimes defense say prosecutors spied Mike McKinnon III, Posted: May 13, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Eddie Gallagher FacebookTwittercenter_img May 13, 2019 Navy SEALs explain their support for Eddie Gallagher and why he is not guilty Updated: 6:22 PMlast_img read more

Fusion Editorial Looks to Unionize

first_img In a memo to staff sent at the end of the day Wednesday, Fusion COO Boris Gartner and CCO Daniel Eilemberg wrote that Guild representation “would not be beneficial to you or Fusion.” This was the path taken in August when Law360 staff petitioned to unionize with The NewsGuild of New York. Employees had mandatory “captive audience meetings,” in which they were discouraged from unionizing. Despite this, Law360 staff voted 109 to 9 to unionize. Editorial workers at Fusion.net are looking to unionize. A majority of the 80-person staff has signed cards stating their intent to join the Writers Guild of America, East. “As an organization rooted in journalism, we believe in democratic choice made by a well-informed electorate…We’ll be sharing information directly with you and encouraging you to investigate and ask questions so that you have a complete picture on what Guild representation would mean,” Gartner and Eilemberg wrote in the memo. The memo states that Gartner and Eilemberg will visit the editorial office in person once the hurricane passes. Should Fusion staff successfully unionize, they will remain distinct from fellow Fusion Media Group employees in the Gizmodo Media Group — known as Gawker Media until its acquisition by Univision in August. While editorial for Fusion is based in New York, Fusion headquarters are in Miami, Florida, where preparation for the incoming Hurricane Matthew has brought business to a halt.center_img This move would affect only digital editorial employees at Fusion, a Univision digital media site which brands itself as an inclusive and diverse workplace. Other staffs within the Fusion Media Group, a network of digital brands which includes The Onion and TheRoot.com, are not involved.  However, should management challenge the union, the National Labor Relations Board will hold an official and binding vote. Univision continues to recognize the union membership of Gawker Media staff, who unionized last summer. Huffington Post, Salon, ThinkProgress and Vice are all also unionized under the Digital Writers Union, a recently launched division of WGAE.  “Fusion has produced an impressive body of work about how the right to organize is critical for American workers. It’s time we practice what we preach,” the organizing committee said in a statement. A spokesperson for the Guild said that they expect Fusion to recognize the union once they officially petition to unionize, as has been the case with the aformentioned publications.last_img read more

Feist To Release Pleasures Vegetarian Cookbook

first_img Email News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm Watch: Feist on modern music Facebook Twitter Cook Up A Delicious Vegetarian Meal With Feist feist-release-pleasures-vegetarian-cookbook Feist To Release ‘Pleasures’ Vegetarian Cookbook The 122-page book, Pleasures: The Meals Of An Album, was written in collaboration with chef Adrienne Amato, who was the chef during album’s recording sessions. Inside the cookbook, you’ll find 40 vegetarian recipes that were cultivated across 11 days during the making of the album.”We hope this book will embolden you to expand your repertoire, stock up on simple staples and invite friends into your kitchen to cook some of these meals with them,” the “1234” singer said in a statement, according to Rolling Stone.The profits from the cookbook will go toward Community Food Centres Canada, a non-profit that promotes “health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food.”Pleasures the cookbook will be available starting Dec. 11 via Feist’s web store.Solange Releases Limited Edition Cosmic Journey Merchandise Collection GRAMMY nominee preps cookbook inspired by her April 2017 LP, ‘Pleasure’Renée FabianGRAMMYs Dec 7, 2017 – 10:33 am Prepare to cook a delicious vegetarian meal brought to you from the exclusive cookbook of Feist, inspired by her 2017 album, Pleasure.last_img read more

Naogaon housewife slaughtered

first_imgA housewife was slaughtered by some assailants at her house at Post Office Para in Naogaon district town on Wednesday noon, reports UNB. The deceased is Jibonnesa Mini Chawdhury, 55, wife of former chairman of Raninagar upazila KC Mashiur Rahman Bacchu Chawdhury. Hearing scream of Mini Chawdhury from her kitchen around 11:30pm, neighbours rushed and found Mini lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit and three youths fleeing, said officer-in-charge of Naogaon sadar police station Tarikul Islam. Police recovered a pair of shoes and sharp weapons from the scene, he added. Police said the three painters who were working in the house for the last two days might have killed Mini as they went into hiding after the incident. The body was sent to morgue for autopsy and a case was filed.last_img read more

CESC irons out power supply woes in city

first_imgKolkata: The devastating norwester on Tuesday evening disrupted power supply, especially in areas where the city is served by overhead wires. The impact could have been worse, as the city’s underground cables remained largely unaffected. There were, however, a number of cases where lamp posts belonging to other agencies like Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) were also affected. Amongst the affected areas were the Northern and Eastern parts of the city, including Patuli, Panchasayar, Survey Park, Lake Town, Bangur, Dum Dum, Kamarhati, Khardah, Sodepur, Howrah and Serampore. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs usual, the norwester affected electricity supply and there was a sharp surge in emergency telephone calls (1912) throughout the night. Fault report calls after the norwester rose to a record 36,000, against the average count of 4,000. CESC emergency repair services started restoration work immediately and more than 1,500 men worked throughout the night.According to a CESC spokesman, “Working on a day-and-night basis, more than 70 percent of the faults could be restored through the night and it is expected that normalcy will be restored in most cases by Wednesday afternoon.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Fortunately, there have been no major outages and all the Municipal drainage pumping stations worked smoothly at a trying time. We are keeping constant touch with the Municipalities and are ready to take every step to alleviate the suffering of citizens,” he said.Following the heavy rains, there was a noticeable fall in power demand on Wednesday, with the demand at 11.00 am being 1,428 MW, while the maximum demand met on Tuesday was 1,868 MW. More than 6,000 CESC representatives are on special alert and the CESC Disaster Management Cell will keep watch till normalcy returns.last_img read more

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first_img Posted by Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Las Vegas Travelweek Group Share Friday, March 10, 2017 center_img Up to 35% off Las Vegas with ACV until March 13 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering exclusive promotions and discounts at popular properties in Las Vegas.Until March 13 clients will receive up to 35% off; free roundtrip limousine transfers; free seat selection; and a daily, complimentary breakfast buffet for two at the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas.And until March 27, for travel until Sept. 30, ACV is offering a 10% discount on all MGM Resorts International bookings.Participating hotels include the Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, The Signature, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Majority of Americans Believe Housing Crisis Isnt Over

first_img June 3, 2014 432 Views Majority of Americans Believe Housing Crisis Isn’t Over While the housing market continues to make strides toward recovery following last decade’s crash, a new survey finds the majority of the American public still harbors doubts about whether the worst of it is truly over.In its second annual survey of housing attitudes, the MacArthur Foundation found 51 percent of American consumers still believe the country is in the midst of its housing crisis, while another 19 percent believe the worst is yet to come. Only 25 percent said they believe “the housing crisis is pretty much over.”While results in the 2014 survey were slightly more optimistic than last year, more than two in five adults believe the housing market today continues to be a serious problem.”The housing crisis that began more than five years ago has left an indelible mark on the attitudes and experiences of Americans,” said Geoffrey Garin, president of Hart Research Associates, which conducts the survey for MacArthur.At least part of that pessimism stems from challenges related to housing affordability in today’s economy, which “has driven a large share of the American people to make significant financial adjustments,” Garin said.Overall, only half of survey participants said they feel homeownership is still an “excellent” long-term investment, and just less than two-thirds feel it is less likely today for a family to build equity and wealth through homeownership than it was 20 or 30 years ago.Meanwhile, while 70 percent of non-homeowners still aspire to own a home someday, half of all adults believe homeownership is less appealing today than it used to be.Polled about their experiences, more than half of respondents said even a family earning the average income in their community would have difficulty gaining access to quality affordable housing, with that share approaching 75 percent for families living below the poverty line or young people just getting started in the labor force.Faced with these challenges, 52 percent of adults said they have had to make at least one sacrifice in the past three years to be able to cover their rent or mortgage, including taking on an additional job, cutting back on health care, or giving up their retirement savings.Given their concerns, nearly three in five respondents believe the government should be doing more to ensure there is sufficient affordable quality housing, both to rent and buy.”This survey provides insight into the substantial burden of costly and unstable housing, particularly for low and middle-income families,” said Julia M. Stasch, VP of U.S. programs at MacArthur. “It is clear that Americans believe more can and should be done to improve housing affordability for renters and owners, and that government should take action to invest in both equally.” Confidence Housing Affordability MacArthur Foundation 2014-06-03 Tory Barringercenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

Yellen Maintains Dovish Stance in Senate Testimony

first_imgYellen Maintains Dovish Stance in Senate Testimony July 15, 2014 531 Views Federal Reserve Janet Yellen Senate Banking Committee 2014-07-15 Derek Templeton in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Economists and investors on Tuesday kept one eye on the stream of earnings reports coming out and the other on the testimony of Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.Yellen gave her semi-annual Monetary Policy Report and made the case that while the economy has seen improvement, the economic recovery is still too fragile to deviate from the present course of Fed policy.”Since the February Monetary Policy Report, further important progress has been made in restoring the economy to health and in strengthening the financial system. Too many Americans remain unemployed, inflation remains below our longer-run objective, and not all of the necessary financial reform initiatives have been completed,” Yellen testified.Notably, Yellen noted the recent cooling in housing as a sign. “The housing sector, however, has shown little recent progress. While this sector has recovered notably from its earlier trough, housing activity leveled off in the wake of last year’s increase in mortgage rates, and readings this year have, overall, continued to be disappointing.”Prior to Tuesday’s testimony, it was widely speculated that the Yellen may see the signs of improvement in the economy as a reason to take a less “dovish” approach and begin to outline the conditions—and perhaps even a timeline—for the Fed to begin interest rate normalization.In light of the present conditions, it appears that interest rates will be staying at their historic lows for the time being, but proponents of a rate hike were encouraged that Yellen noted the improvement in the labor market and the need to make rate decisions based on a number of economic indicators.Another hot topic in Tuesday’s testimony was the Fed’s plan to end the third incarnation of its bond buying program, better known as Quantitative Easing, or QE3. Yellen stressed that the Fed was on track to cease acquiring additional bonds by October and that it would take a very significant change in economic outlook to reverse course.”If incoming data continue to support our expectation of ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward 2 percent, the Committee likely will make further measured reductions in the pace of asset purchases at upcoming meetings, with purchases concluding after the October meeting,” she said.Ranking Senate Republican Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) reiterated his opposition to the QE program, echoing the sentiment of many Republican lawmakers. “The quadrupling of the size of the Fed’s balance sheet that has occurred as a result of the Fed’s QE purchases of Treasury and agency-backed mortgage-backed securities is worrisome.”Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) pressed Yellen on whether there would ever be a need for the Fed to re-institute its bond purchasing program. Yellen was noncommittal, citing the need for flexibility but added that she hopes that the economy improves to the point where monetary policy can normalize.The Fed chair will testify before the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services Wednesday morning, an exchange that has the potential to be somewhat more contentious in light of the recent legislation considered by the Republican controlled committee to require more transparency from the Fed and the general distrust of the Fed in some Republican circles. If Tuesday’s testimony is any indication, it is likely that Yellen will resist the additional scrutiny that House Republicans want to place on the central bank. Sharelast_img read more

Badly treated with nowhere to turn

first_imgEmmanuel Achiri still gets upset when talking about the case of Veronique Kandem, the African student whose controversial arrest hit the headlines in north Cyprus last September.Veronique, a student at the British Management School in north Nicosia, was arrested by police in Famagusta after she had shouted at her boss in a local pizza restaurant demanding her unpaid salary. She was charged with violent behaviour and being in north Cyprus without a valid visa.Achiri, then president of the East-Mediterranean University (EMU) Cameroonian Students Association, learning about his countrywoman’s arrest, rushed to her assistance.“By the time I saw her she had been in detention for several days without legal representation and had been told not to speak to anybody.”Achiri contacted a sympathetic lawyer in Famagusta known for offering legal advice to foreign students pro bono who took on Veronique’s case and eventually secured her release. It turned out that the owner of the restaurant owed her 7,000 Turkish lira (about 1,700 euros) and that he had been refusing for months to pay her.Moreover, her visa was valid and had not expired at the time of her arrest.The reason she was so upset, Achiri recalls, was that she needed the money to pay her tuition fees “and be in a position to apply for her visa’s renewal”.Publicity shot for the Eastern Mediterranean UniversityNow working on his PhD thesis at EMU after completing a Masters in international relations, Achiri tells the Sunday Mail that the way Veronique was treated by the Turkish Cypriot police came as no surprise to a foreign student community long accustomed to getting short shrift from the authorities when airing their grievances.“We all think twice before going to police in north Cyprus. At best they don’t want to know what we are complaining about. They say, ‘My friend, it is not our problem’. At worst, as when a foreign student has a dispute with a local person, they will arrest the student. even if he or she is in the right.”Ezinne Favour Ogwuegbe, a 21-year-old Nigerian also studying at the EMU, agrees with Achiri’s assessment. “We basically know it is better to keep away from police [here] because they are not going to listen to us,” she says.A former deputy president of the EMU Nigerian Students Association, she is finishing her primary degree, six months ahead of schedule, and is now planning for her MA.She tells the Sunday Mail of how one landlord, after forcing her and her friend to pay a whole year’s rent in advance threw them out of the apartment without refund because their other flatmates were late with their payment.She feels lucky to have a place to stay as it is a common knowledge among international students in north Cyprus that no landlord wants Nigerian tenants.“You see an ad and you call and they ask where are you from. Say you are a Nigerian and they either hang up or say ‘sorry, we don’t want Nigerians’. OK, I know some Nigerians have bad reputations but why do they generalise about all of us? This is really not fair.”But such prejudice doesn’t apply solely to Nigerians. Syrians are also viewed with disfavour on grounds that they come from a conflict zone and might therefore be prone to violence.Concern among foreign students about the high incidence of stereotyping and racial profiling in north Cyprus was made abundantly clear at a discussion panel, organised by the EMU Academic Staff Union (Dau-Sen) two weeks ago. Student bodies exchanged numerous stories of abuse, racism and discrimination.The treatment of foreign students was the topic of a recent discussion panel, organised by the EMU Academic Staff Union“If there was a list of who is most discriminated against, the Africans, Sub-Saharan students especially, would top it,” one speaker claimed.She recalled how students were once summoned to the university because jobs were available. The ensuing selection process was based on where the students came from, she claimed. “First they took all the Turkish Cypriots, then the Turks, then South-East Asians, then Arabs, then black girls and only at the end African boys.”Some of the cautionary tales cited were of the simple if ignorant variety such as unwanted touching of a student’s hair in public. Others were more unpleasant, unstated yet overt, as when some local people opt to stand on the bus rather than sit next to a black person. There was the Famagusta shopkeeper who refused to sell alcohol to an African student. Even worse, the north Nicosia gym where the owner asked African members to use only specific sets of equipment and not to mix with his local clientele.Some participants complained that African students are often relegated to menial tasks in the back of the restaurant because of a belief that “customers don’t want to be served by black people”.African females fare worst of all.“All of them face some kind of harassment,” Mine Yucel, director of the Centre for Migration, Identity and Rights Studies (CMIRS) tells the Sunday Mail. And one of the biggest problems is transportation because of the unwanted attention and danger it can expose them to. Invariably, when they get in a taxi or are forced by economic circumstances to hitchhike the first question they get from male drivers is ‘how much’.”Female students in the workplace are regularly pestered for sex by their bosses, one EMU student claimed. Girls are also targetted on social media with both Turkish Cypriot and Turkish men sending them indecent proposals.Confirming this, Ezinne Favour Ogwuegbe relates how strangers would send her pictures of their private parts or stalk her in the streets. Emmanuel Achiri cites how a female friend was forced to stop using Facebook after months of being stalked. Complaints to the police fell on deaf ears because the alleged culprit’s “father is well-known”.Achiri also speaks of the local men who drive up to harass any and all African girls going in and out of one of the EMU dormitoriesData obtained by CMIRS’s Yucel suggests that a high percentage of African female students have been raped. “Our statistics say at least one third and possibly more have been raped.” In cases of rape by a fellow student, drugs may play a role. “Many of the victims we interview say they don’t really remember what happened to them,” says Yucel.Female foreign students also risk unwanted pregnancies (whether the result of rape or consensual relationships). Sadly, this fact of student life is reflected in the growing number of abandoned babies as well as instances of suicide. Financial hardship plays a considerable and occasionally sinister role with some female students getting involved in human egg trade and others being forced to venture into prostitution.Some female students are duped even before setting foot on the island, the unwitting victims of unscrupulous operators who seek to entrap them specifically for sex trade purposes.A recent edition of the Yeniduzen newspaper carried an interview with a Nigerian student named Glory who wanted to study in Cyprus but lacked the money for her tuition fees. Another Nigerian woman, already in Cyprus, offered to fund her provided Glory agreed to pay back double the amount advanced. A naive Glory grasped at the opportunity. The woman arranged for her student visa. On her arrival, Glory was taken aback to learn that she owed her “benefactor” 40,000 euros and would have to pay off the debt by working as a prostitute.Doctor Nesil Bayraktar at the state hospital in north Nicosia tells the Sunday Mail that she often deals with cases of female students who face deportation from the island after being diagnosed as HIV positive or infected with hepatitis B or C. She claims many have been trafficked to the island by their fellow citizens for the same purpose as Glory.Organised crime has sought to take advantage of the north’s burgeoning university populations. CMIRS director Yucel notes how older men come to the island on fake passports pretending to be students and then set up drug rings entrapping addicted or cash-strapped students to serve as dealers and distributors. Some have been known to set up online scams as well.The consensus is that most foreign students who come to north Cyprus are genuine about wanting to earn a degree, but too often ill-informed about issues of day-to-day existence on the island.An online search shows numerous ads encouraging young Africans to enrol at north Cyprus’ universities. They promise affordable tuition, cheap accommodation, jobs, free transport and free internet plus the chance to travel to other European countries. Many claim average living expenses on the island don’t exceed 50 to 100 euros per month.“These are local agents in the countries of origin,” explains Yucel.“And they are not aimed at the children of wealthy families… they target the poorest with promises that cannot be met.”Lloyd, a Zimbabwean computer engineering student at Cyprus International University (CIU) in north Nicosia, explains that many students come to island “unprepared for the reality, deceived by unscrupulous agents back home”.“Many of us come here hoping that not only will we be able to study but also earn and send money home to the family. The truth is jobs are scarce and badly paid and life is much more expensive.”Tumer Garip, deputy founding rector and registrar of the international students at the Near East University (NEU) in north Nicosia, says the university is aware of the problem and investigates any complaint against a dishonest agent.“Our policy is very strict – if it is true we stop cooperating with such agents.”But he admits it is difficult to eliminate agents from the recruitment process since most student applicants prefer to deal with a physical person rather than apply online.“Also, agents ensure that application forms are filled in correctly and that the documents students provide such as certificates and the like are genuine because we do get a lot of fake documents.”The NEU has 8,000 foreign students from 110 countries at present, he says and, yes, some do face financial problems but the university does try to assist them.“We offer many scholarships, and if students come to us with payment problems we give them extra time to pay their fees or we increase the number of instalments.”The NEU also offers students some campus job opportunities but does not encourage them to work outside as “we don’t feel that would be appropriate since strictly speaking it is not the reason they come here.”He admits that accommodation is scarce but says more dormitories are being built. He says the university works closely with the police when it comes to criminal activities involving students.The NEU values its foreign student intake and hopes more will come, he says. “They improve the quality of our university.”Gamze Atay, head of the student counselling and development office at the Cyprus International University says her office works very closely with the CIU students.“They come here with many dreams and we want them to realise them as much as possible. We do our best to assist them in their financial problems. We have a special team that helps them with any health issues.”She points out too that she has personally mediated with employers who have refused to pay students their wages.A staff of 25 at the EMU International Office is dedicated to helping students and some 50 EMU student associations deal with issues ranging from immigration to health matters and accommodation, says Murat Aktugrali, head of EMU public relations.“We go to hospital with them if needed and assist them in their contacts with police in case of traffic accidents. We also cooperate with police if there is a crime investigation,” says Aktugrali.He notes that improving foreign students’ welfare in north Cyprus is an ongoing and demanding process and that the upsurge in university student numbers (now approaching 100,000) has not made matters any easier. EMU’s academic staff, he insists, are “very sensitive to any abuse foreign students may face”.“We have been constantly working on reshaping our policies to respond at our best to any problems that arise,” he says.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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