Lucknow: Akhilesh Yadav’s gathbandhan with BSP chief Mayawati for the Lok Sabha elections might have not got the desired result in Uttar Pradesh with the BJP sweeping the state.But the Samajwadi Party president gets full marks for trying. While forging the SP-BSP alliance in the state to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party, Yadav put ego aside, happily playing the bhatija (nephew) to Mayawati bua (aunt). His wife Dimple helped when she touched the elder politician’s feet at a public meeting. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhen reporters asked whether he would back Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati as a prime ministerial candidate, Yadav gave sufficiently vague answers to suggest that the option was open. And to accommodate another ally, the Rashtriya Lok Dal, he gave up one seat from the SP quota. All this seemed like a small price to pay for keeping the BJP at bay and for ending a bitter feud between the SP and the BSP from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav’s days as party chief. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThis fight dated back to 1995, when the BSP leader was roughed up by SP workers at a Lucknow guest house. Akhilesh Yadav had tried his hand at coalition building in Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 assembly elections as well, teaming up with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Some fondly called the two relatively young scions UP ke ladke (the UP boys) when they appeared in public wearing matching black waistcoats. It didn’t work out that time either with Yogi Adityanath, backed by Narendra Modi as PM, winning a majority in the assembly. In 2017, Akhilesh Yadav had unsuccessfully sought five more years for his government in Uttar Pradesh. In 2012, after a stint as the head of the SP’s youth wing and then the party’s UP president, he was picked by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav to become the state’s youngest ever CM at 38. In the early years of his term as SP unit chief and the CM, he struggled with his father’s legacy tackling politicians like D P Yadav, Amar Singh and Azam Khan. His uncle Shivpal Yadav brought in mafia don Mukhtar Ansari’s Quami Ekta Dal into the SP, against his will. Another uncle Ram Gopal Yadav backed him as Akhilesh Yadav tackled dissension in the party and the Yadav clan. Just ahead of the 2017 assembly polls, Akhilesh Yadav staged a coup of sorts. At an emergency convention of the party in January 2017, SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav was ousted as national president, relegated to the post of its patron . Later, the BJP was to call him Aurangzeb, recalling what one Mughal emperor did to his own father. After the coup , the two SP factions went to the Election Commission, which ruled in Akhilesh Yadav’s favour, giving his group the bicycle symbol. Born on July 1, 1973 in Etawah district’s Saifai village, Akhilesh Yadav studied at the Dholpur Military School in Rajasthan. He got his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Mysore University. This was followed by a master’s from Sydney. In 2000, he was elected to the Lok Sabha in a bye-election from Kannauj. He won again, in 2004 and 2009.
Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s first look from the upcoming film “Gulabo Sitabo” is out and he is sporting a grumpy old man’s look. In the first look doing the rounds on social media, the 76-year-old thespian is seen sporting a long beard, spectacles, a head scarf and a prosthetic nose making Big B look almost unrecognisable. “Gulabo Sitabo”, which also stars Ayushmann Khurrana, will release on April 24, 2020. The film, directed by Shoojit Sircar, will be shot on locations mostly in the old parts Lucknow. The film has been written by Juhi Chaturvedi of “Piku” fame. Gulabo Sitabo – a legendary pair of puppet sisters have been part of Uttar Pradesh’s folklore and their tales have been a part of childhood. The film, apparently, is a take-off on these two characters and is believed to be a comedy.
This week, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) hosted its Fourth Annual Blue Diamond Gala, a star-studded evening that featured an exhilarating performance by multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend.John Legend Performs At Fourth Annual Blue Diamond GalaCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Los Angeles Dodgers FoundationComedy icons Arsenio Hall and George Lopez emceed the evening, which raised over $2.2 Million and was attended by 1,700 guests.The Los Angeles Dodgers Ownership Group presented the 2018 Blue Diamond Gala. The group includes Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Todd Boehly, Robert “Bobby” Patton, Jr., and Peter Guber. Serving as this year’s event chairs were Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Terri and Eric Holoman, William McMorrow, Stephanie and Nicholas Sandler, Sarah and Kurt Rappaport, Cindy Starrett and Allan Bates, and Renata and Ken Simril.Attendees included Los Angeles Dodgers Owners Mark Walter, Todd Boehly, Robert “Bobby” Patton, Jr., and Peter Guber, Manager Dave Roberts, Coaches Brant Brown, Bob Geren, Rick Honeycutt, George Lombard, Mark Prior, Turner Ward, and Chris Woodward, and Players Scott Alexander, Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Daniel Corcino, Josh Fields, Logan Forsythe, Erik Goeddel, Yasmani Grandal, Enrique Hernandez, Rich Hill, Daniel Hudson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenley Jansen, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, Edward Paredes, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, Ross Stripling, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Chase Utley, Breyvic Valera, and Alex Wood.Additional attendees included Former Los Angeles Dodgers Nomar Garciaparra, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Fernando Valenzuela, Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, and special guests including Chrissy Teigen, Terry Crews, Lisa DeBartolo & Don Miggs, Timothy Granaderos, Josh Henderson, Carrie Ann Inaba, Greg Louganis, Loni Love, Tito Ortiz, Emily Osment, Haley Joel Osment, Chord Overstreet, Holly Robinson-Peete, Marque Richardson, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Anne Winters, as well as Austin Ekeler, Anthony Lynn, Damion & Brandi Square from the Los Angeles Chargers, and many more!LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in Sports + Recreation, Education + Literacy and Health + Wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region. By leveraging strategic partnerships, the mission is to harness the power of the Dodger brand and the passion Dodger fans have for Los Angeles into a vehicle for positive change in underserved communities. Proceeds from the Blue Diamond Gala will support the expansion of its direct programs — Dodgers Dreamfields and Dodger RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
Cara McKenna APTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations says it should be involved in developing the scope of the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and up until Thursday the Trudeau government has been shutting them out.British Columbia Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson said the AFN was not consulted at all about the national inquiry’s draft terms of reference, published by APTN Tuesday, nor was it involved in any other details including choosing commissioners.Gottfriedson leads the AFN’s portfolio on missing and murdered Indigenous women and went public with his concerns Thursday.Soon after he says he got a call from the federal government to arrange a sit-down meeting between AFN representatives and senior federal officials including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff.“It’s a huge oversight,” Gottfriedson said in an interview.“If they’re talking about a nation-to-nation and new relationship with First Nations, there should be input from native organizations. It’s not so much that we’ve been left out, but everybody’s been left in the dark.”Gottfriedson said the meeting is in the planning stages right now but he is trying to involve the AFN women’s council and plans to push the government to ensure inquiry commissioners have power to fully examine police.“We want to make sure the terms of reference are solid enough. … The intent is really about working openly and transparently. It’s really about our families,” he said.The federal government has said it’s “very close” to announcing the inquiry, which has faced delays.
Kolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized gold worth over Rs 7 crore smuggled into different parts of the city and adjoining areas since March 25. The matter was also informed to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).Acting on a tip-off, the DRI officials on Friday night raided three different places in the city and seized gold worth Rs 5.4 crore and hard cash worth Rs 75 lakh. They raided two hotels in Salt Lake and Sadar Street area respectively along with Burrabazar area and seized the gold. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSix persons have been arrested by the DRI in the case. According to the preliminary investigation, the DRI officials suspect that the accused might have smuggled the gold from neighbouring Myanmar. According to the officials, they received a tip-off regarding a gang which is actively engaged in smuggling huge quantity of foreign-origin gold to India from abroad. The officials also suspect that the huge quantity of gold was brought through the Indo-Bangladesh border. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe investigating officers are yet to ascertain where the accused had intended to the consignments. As per the specific information, the DRI sleuths chalked out an elaborate plan and carried out the operations successfully and finally arrested the carriers. All the six accused are suspected to be residents of Myanmar. They are being interrogated thoroughly. The investigating officials are trying to know the names of the others who are involved in the incident. They suspect that the accused are a part of an international smuggling gang. It may be mentioned here that in the past few days, the DRI officials have raided various parts of the state and seized gold. The Election Commission is also keeping a tab on the development as a huge amount of gold has been seized from various places in the city following the election notification. It may also be mentioned that the Siliguri unit of the DRI a couple of months ago had seized gold bars weighing over 9 kg that had been smuggled from Myanmar to India through the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur. Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the city police on Friday arrested a Howrah-based scrap iron businessman from Bhowanipore area and recovered nearly Rs 40 lakh from his possession. The CID officials are conducting a probe if the amount was meant for election use by any political party leader.
It will be a busy Wednesday at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. The Tiger-Cats are expected on the field for their first practice at 10:30 a.m at the new stadium.Construction crews this week have continued to work around the clock to finish the $145 million dollar project.The team is expected to get dressed at their main headquarters on Jarvis street and be bussed into the stadium.The team’s locker rooms, washrooms and concession stands are still under construction.Some reports say the Tim Hortons Field may only be able to accommodate 18,000 fans for Monday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts, nearly 5000 seats fewer than originally planned.The stadium was originally scheduled to open in July, but has been plagued with delays.The Tiger-Cats played their three homes at McMaster University this season. The University is not an option for Monday’s game because the McMaster Marauder’s are hosting their first game of the season.In an email to season ticket holders yesterday, the team outlined two contingency plans for Monday’s Labour Day Classic.The first is to play the game on Tuesday at the new stadium or if Tim Hortons Field still isn’t ready they will play the game Tuesday evening at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Under the plea agreement, Miodrag Jokic will be sentenced at a later session of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. The prosecutor today recommended a 10-year prison sentence, while the defence will make sentencing submissions at a later date.Mr. Jokic, a former senior officer of the Yugoslav Navy who surrendered to the Tribunal in 2001, pleaded guilty on six counts – murder, cruel treatment, attacks on civilians, devastation not justified by military necessity, unlawful attacks on civilian objects, and destruction or wilful damage to institutions dedicated to religion, charity, and education, the arts and sciences, historic monuments and works of art and science.Mr. Jokic, who was released provisionally in February 2002 on condition that he return for trial, was alleged in the first indictment to have committed murder, cruel treatment and attacks on civilians, resulting in the deaths of 43 people.
“This first joint verification mission by Sudan and South Sudan is an important first step toward implementing all security arrangements between the two countries. There’s more to do, and it is essential for long-term peace in the region that both countries build on this success,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous.The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) verified on Monday that during its mission on 23 March to Tishwin and the following day to Kiir Adem, which lies inside a 14 mile-wide strip of land known as the Mile 14 area, “there were no armed forces from either side in the area.”“Both parties have begun to withdraw from the Safety Demilitarized Border Zone, which they are obliged to complete by 5 April,” Mr. Ladsous added.UNISFA will verify the completion of the withdrawal by 12 April, according to the mission.The Security Council established UNISFA in June 2011 following an outbreak of violence after Sudanese troops took control of Abyei, displacing tens of thousands of people in the weeks before South Sudan became an independent State after seceding from Sudan. In December 2011, the 15- member Council expanded UNISFA’s mandate to include tasks to support a Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM), which consists of both sides and is tasked with monitoring the security situation in the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone. After months of delays, the Governments agreed earlier this month to activate the JBVMM and withdraw their forces from the zone. At that time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the UN’s commitment to support the operations of the JBVMM and assist the parties in the implementation of these agreements.Meanwhile, the Secretary-General has announced the appointment of Major-General Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia as the Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNISFA. Maj.-Gen. Tesfamariam succeeds Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay of Ethiopia, who completed his assignment on 24 January.
In a situation report, the World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted that as of 30 May, more than 265,000 Burundians had fled the country into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and as far away as Zambia. In all, there are 1,000 new arrivals weekly into neighbouring countries. In addition, WFP said it requires $57 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Rwanda and Uganda. The Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted in April 2016 in 18 provinces across the country concluded that about 4.6 million people are food insecure. Of these, about 590,000 are severely food insecure and require urgent emergency food assistance, WFP said. “The assessment further indicates that the socio-political crisis has aggravated an already fragile food security, nutrition, and socio-economic context in Burundi,” the agency said. WFP noted that among the drivers of food insecurity include increasing poverty levels; reduced agricultural production; El Niño phenomena associated with heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides, which resulted in displacements and destruction of crops; adoption of severe livelihood coping strategies, such as reduction of expenditure on agricultural inputs; and disruption of markets. The assessment recommends provision of short-term food assistance and farm inputs for shorter-season crops. In addition, the assessment recommends strengthening of resilience activities for vulnerable food insecure households and strengthening or expanding social protection programmes for the most vulnerable, to enable them to cope with shocks, WFP said.
Mark Lowcock said attacks on critical civilian infrastructure like medical facilities continue to be reported with at least 28 reported attacks on health facilities since mid-February and more than 70 verified incidents since the beginning of this year.“Tens of thousands of people have also been displaced from across the war-ravaged country and many are living in overcrowded, ill-equipped shelters. There is also a severe shortage of water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as rising protection concerns,” he said.Mr. Lowcock, who is the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the 15-member Council that UN agencies and their partners are working as hard as conditions permit to provide support to people in need.Challenges range from physical security for aid workers, continued fighting, denial of access, and lack of resources.We are essentially just given crumbs – an occasional convoy here and there, often, coincidentally, shortly before our monthly briefings to you — UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock“We are essentially just given crumbs – an occasional convoy here and there, often, coincidentally, shortly before our monthly briefings to you [the Security Council members],” said the senior relief official.As such, he said: “5.6 million Syrians in acute need cannot live on crumbs.”Mr. Lowcock called on all Council Members as well as the members of the International Syria Support Group Humanitarian Task Force – the UN-backed task force created two years ago to boost aid delivery to besieged towns and war-weary civilians – to exert their individual and collective influence over the parties.He also reiterated the UN Secretary-General’s call on all parties to fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law, to ensure immediate humanitarian access and guarantee the protection of civilians, including in relation to displacements and evacuations. UN Photo/Loey FelipeMark Lowcock (on screen), Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, briefs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria.Concluding his briefing, the UN relief chief recalled Security Council resolution 2401 adopted last month – in which the Council demanded an immediate cease in hostilities and conditions that to enable humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations of those in need – and called on the UN body to make the resolution a reality for the people of Syria.“Whatever the difficulty, the United Nations and its partners, remain determined to follow through, for the sake of the Syrian people,” said Mr. Lowcock.The seemingly unending conflict in Syria has surpassed World War II in terms of duration.Since the conflict broke out in March 2011, more than 13 million Syrians remain dependent on humanitarian assistance, including 6.1 million internally displaced and over 5.5 million driven into refuge outside its borders. Furthermore, a third of houses and residences across the country and about half of all health facilities are estimated to have been destroyed.More than 2.75 million children are out of school and about two-thirds of all Syrian children have lost a loved one, had their house damaged or suffered conflict-related injuries.
Seven Brock University entries have made the first cut in a national competition that showcases science research being done across the country.Science, Action! features student-produced, 60-second videos on research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one of Brock’s major research funders. This year’s competition includes 75 entries from all over Canada.Pictured front row from left: Taylor Lidster and Jina Nanayakkara. Middle row: Sarah Henderson, Dana Harris and Zakia Dahi. Back row: Brent Thorne; Joe Viscek and Matthew Mueller.Between now and Friday, March 2, the 25-most viewed videos will make it to the next round, where a panel of judges will then select the Top 15 for prizes.Brock University’s research videos are:Cell Talk (Matthew Mueller, Biological Sciences)DNA: A Mobile Molecule (Zakia Dahi and Jina Nanayakkara, Biological Sciences)Jack Pine Growth, NT (Dana Harris, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre)Memory and Intent (Sarah Henderson, Psychology and Biological Sciences)Old Crow’s New Arctic (Brent Thorne, Earth Sciences)On the fly (Taylor Lidster, Biological Sciences)Wildfires of Yellowknife (Josef Viscek, Earth Sciences)“We’re very proud of our students’ videos in the NSERC national competition,” says Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon. “The quality and number of Brock entries attest to the talent and ambition of our students, and the central role that research plays in their education. It also indicates the strength of the research mentorship they receive from Brock faculty.”Here are more details of the videos:Cell Talk, by Matthew Mueller, says that the root cause of several diseases today is a disruption in communication between cells and examines the language that cells use to talk to one another, and how this changes in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. “It can sometimes be a challenge to share my research with others in an understandable way. For me, this competition means that more people can simply see and understand what I do at the lab and why it is important.”DNA: A Mobile Molecule, by Zakia Dahi and Jina Nanayakkara, explores how DNA sequences that move around – called jumping genes” – copy and paste themselves into different parts of our genomes. The research aims to understand how “jumping genes” have led to human variation and disease. “Highlighting our work through a short video in this competition has helped us to get our family & friends excited about what we do,” says Nanayakkara.Jack Pine Growth, NT, by Dana Harris, shows the role of weather on the production of cells (xylogenesis) of jack pine in the taiga shield of the boreal forest. The aim of this research is to better understand cell production rates of jack pine in high latitude regions of Canada and define the climate-growth relationship of this species. “Being able to share my research across Canada in a simple short 60 second video is amazing, especially to the residents of the northern regions I work in; I I have already received feedback from community members who are looking forward to hearing more about what research is taking place in these regions.”Memory and Intent, by Sarah Henderson, explores how we experience both spontaneous and intentional memories as we age. In investigating the brain activity associated with both types of recall, we are hoping to counter common stereotypes of aging by showing that some aspects of memory are preserved with age. “Having my research be a part of NSERC’s Science Action contest is hugely important to me because it will allow me to get people thinking of aging in a more positive light which has been shown to promote positive mental and physical health outcomes.”Old Crow’s New Arctic, by Brent Thorne, shows the impacts that land cover (ie vegetation, soil, and permafrost) have on lake and river water chemistry in Old Crow Flats, Yukon. This research is crucial for understanding how lake rich Arctic regions will continue to change in response to longer warming periods as well as providing key insights to the local Vuntut Gwitchin community who live off of the land. “This competition provides my research an opportunity to increase resources spent on acquiring larger datasets which ultimately provide better insight on our study region.”On the fly, by Taylor Lidster, shows how the fruit fly is used to study inflammation in the gut. The researchers use genetic techniques and microscopy to see any changes in the gut environment, good or bad. “Having my video in the top 75 is extremely exciting because I am proud of my research and I enjoy explaining it to others, making it in the top 25 would be nothing short of amazing!”Wildfires of Yellowknife, by Joe Viscek, focuses on the Yellowknife, Northwest Territories region’s increasing wildfires in recent decades. The research involves monitoring how wildfire and drought conditions may be impacting the hydrology of northern boreal lakes. “The NSERC video contest is a great opportunity for us to showcase our Brock scientific research in an informative, one-minute promo that everyone can understand and appreciate.”
A council bought a tent for a troubled teenage boy to live in after it failed to find him suitable accommodation, a watchdog has revealed.Cornwall Council even provided the “vulnerable” teenager, who had moved south to live with his father, with a replacement tent after the first one a social worker bought him started leaking.When he was made homeless he approached the local authority for help, but ended up living in the tent for five weeks in the summer of 2016 – followed by a period living in a static caravan.His ordeal sleeping rough only ended when he was found emaciated, and he had to be detained in a psychiatric hospital for 11 months.A damning report, which followed an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, found numerous failings in the boy’s care by the council. The inquiry suggested the council tried to place responsibility for the situation on the boy, rather than provide the right support to a vulnerable child who was suffering from drug addiction and mental ill-health.His mother, speaking under a pseudonym, told the BBC she reported the council to the watchdog. Her son, who has not been identified, had a history of cannabis use and suffered mental health problems that had seen him arrested for drug dealing. The boy also refused an offer from the council of supported accommodation 30 miles away from the area he knew, so a social worker then bought the boy a tent and helped him pitch it.The council said no other options were available because the boy did not want to go into care, and that his mother could not take him in because of a risk to the other children she fostered.Michael King, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, said: “There is a long list of failures in this case which had dreadful consequences for the boy.”But the starkest, and most worrying, element is the attitude shown towards his situation.”I would have expected an unequivocal response that it was simply wrong to accommodate the boy in this manner.”The ombudsman ordered that the council should pay the teenager £2,500 and his mother £1,500.A Cornwall Council spokesman said: “Cornwall Council accepts the report of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and findings.”There were several shortfalls in the response of the council to the situation the teenager was in between August to October 2016.”We have apologised to the teenager and to his mother for those failings.” He was not allowed to return to live with his father, and the council originally housed him in supported accommodation in another town. However, he was evicted from this placement for breaching conditions of his stay and became homeless. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
I came back home and Bernie counted the tablets and said there wasn’t enough, and sent me back for the rest.When he returned from the pharmacy, she asked him to go out to get something to eat. He got into her car, where he found a brown envelope.“At that point, Bernie just ran from the house,” he said. “I stopped. There was a commotion. Bernie grabbed the envelope.”He said he had read the top two lines of what was written on it. It was handed to him in the witness box and he was asked to read it out.“If anyone thinks I am,” he began, explaining that he couldn’t understand the next word.“Something ‘for doing this’,” he continued, saying that’s as far as he had got.He said that he tried to convince her to eat something when he returned with the food but she was tired and only had a few chips.She lay down on the couch. She was exhausted. I covered her until she fell asleep.He remained in the kitchen for the rest of the evening so he could keep an eye on both of them. He had a monitor for Emily, whom he hadn’t seen at all that day.“If I couldn’t hear the sounds, that means she’s asleep and everything’s okay,” he explained.He went to check on his partner when her sisters called to visit, but didn’t wake her.“I found her head hanging down off the couch so I picked her head up,” he recalled.He went to Emily’s room around 9pm to get her up to give her medicine and a drink.“I couldn’t hear anything,” he recalled. “I put my ear towards the pillow. I still couldn’t hear anything.Then I touched her and she was cold and I panicked and ran back to wake Bernie up. She wasn’t waking up. I rang an ambulance. I understood something had gone very wrong.He said he’d noticed that Emily had some froth on her lips so he understood she’d had a fit.Bag of stones He was asked about a bag he had given to gardaí a few days later.“I found a bag of stones, rocks from the garden in the car,” he said, identifying it in a photograph.Under cross-examination by Kenneth Fogarty SC, defending, he said he experienced shock and horror at finding Emily that night.He said there was never a suggestion of suicide from Scully. “She would never even dream about it,” he said.Having described in detail the hours it took to feed and care for Emily every day, he was asked if they had ever discussed that their lives would be better without Emily. He said they had not.“She was part of our life,” he said.“How much?” he was asked.“All of it,” he replied.He said his partner would never hurt Emily.I don’t think she saw her life without Emily. Emily was her number one priority.He said she was an easy child to love.‘Devastated’ The accused woman’s sister testified that Scully had used her expertise as a doctor to improve her child’s life.Teresa Scully told Fogarty that her sister was a pillar of strength, who had helped their mother care for her younger siblings when their father died.“All Bernie ever wanted to do was to have a little baby of her own, and there was no-one more deserving because all she had done all her life was give, give, give,” she said.She explained that the accused and her husband had gone through a number of IVF treatments, with the third resulting in the pregnancy with Emily.She just wanted that little baby so much and she was over the moon. The sun shone over her and no-one could darken her days.She said that, soon after was born, it was apparent that Emily had some difficulties and she was eventually diagnosed with microcephaly.“Her world went black and she was devastated by the news that her little baby was going to struggle in life,” she said.“Bernie’s instinct was to care,” she said. “With her love, compassion and devotion to that little baby… she decided to use her expertise as a doctor to improve her life, her outcomes.”She said she would spend up to two hours several times a day trying to feed Emily. However, at any moment, Emily could gag and all that food and nutrition would come back up.She said she went to a number of clinics in England to try to learn more.“If she came away with one little bit of information to improve Emily’s life, she’d be happy,” she said, mentioning that the pathologist had noticed no contractions of her limbs despite lack of movement.“That’s all down to Bernie,” she said.Seizures Scully said she had seen Emily have seizures when her sister and niece had gone to stay with her and her three children in England following the death of her husband. He had died in 2008 while serving in Afghanistan.“It was very frightening, very severe, very distressing for Bernie,” she said. “As a doctor, as a human being, she could never bear to see anyone hurting.”Scully said that the time leading up to Emily’s death was difficult and exhausting for her sister.“She was already sleep-deprived over many years,” she said.When asked about hearing that there would be a murder charge, she said she couldn’t see how anyone could question her sister’s care or what had happened to Emily.She had earlier told Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, that she had found a bag of wet clothing in her sister’s bedroom a few days after Emily’s death and she had handed it over to the gardaí.“I was very concerned about the wetness of the clothes,” she said.The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.Comments are closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Mother allegedly gave daughter toxic level of sedative, court hears> By Natasha Reid https://jrnl.ie/3111929 Nov 30th 2016, 8:10 PM 16,758 Views No Comments Share1 Tweet Email Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 8:10 PM Partner of GP says daughter she is accused of killing was her ‘number one priority’ Andrius Kozlovskis told the trial of his horror at finding 11-year-old Emily cold in her bed. THE PARTNER OF a woman on trial, charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter, has given evidence of his horror at finding the 11-year-old cold in her bed and being unable to wake her mother.Andrius Kozlovskis said there was never a suggestion of suicide or that their lives would be better without the child.He was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of 58-year-old Offaly GP Bernadette Scully.Scully is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore. It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on Saturday, 15 September, 2012.She has pleaded not guilty.Kozlovsksis said he lived with Scully and her daughter and had an active role in caring for Emily.He said Emily was not well and not sleeping in the weeks before her death. She’d had surgery to replace the tube through which her medicine was delivered into her stomach.“She was in constant pain and really suffering,” he said.Under pressureHe explained that Scully had also been under severe pressure in the six months before her daughter’s death.“She suffered burnout,” he said, adding that she would never just stop and mind herself.He said she’d also had surgery to check for cancer a few days before Emily’s operation. She went on call as soon as she woke up from the full anesthetic.“There was no-one to replace her,” he said.He said that Scully came to him that Saturday morning. “She was crying and said Emily wasn’t good,” he recalled.He then attended a memorial service for Scully’s nephew, who had died of sudden adult death syndrome.“Bernie was very sad she couldn’t go,” he explained.He said Scully seemed very distressed when he returned that afternoon and told him that Emily hadn’t slept and had a fit. She sent him to the pharmacy for some medicine. 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Batman: The Animated Series was often a better show when it wasn’t taking on the topics that Christopher Nolan would later put at the center of the modern bat popular consciousness: in Batman’s first episode he is fighting Man-Bat, a giant bat monster, so there isn’t a lot of time to spend episodes on a Batman or Bruce Wayne origin story. Which isn’t to say that Batman: The Animated Series had nothing to say about Bruce Wayne and Batman, it just took precious few diversions from being the Saturday morning cartoon it was meant to be. There are a few notable exceptions where the series took time away from larger plots and villain origins to spend some time pondering The Bat. Below are the essential episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that are actually about the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne.“The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne”This episode was adapted from a two-part comic book series to become a single episode of Batman: The Animated Series, but it manages to not only be a fun installment in the series but a plot that might have inspired part of Batman Forever. In a gripping opening sequence, a judge is paying blackmail money to some crooks when Batman shows up. The Judge risks her life to try an obtain a VHS tape with her name on it, but it falls into the river. Batman uses his detective skills to connect the Judge’s recent trip to a corporate relaxation retreat to her sudden blackmailing. Bruce Wayne decides to get the same treatment and shows up in the lab of Doctor Hugo Strange, who uses a device to “see” Bruce’s thoughts. Strange deduces the man in front of him is Batman, but instead of going in for the kill, he decides to auction the information off to The Joker, Two-Face and Penguin. Instead of infighting, the three villains pool their money for the proof of Batman’s secret identity only for Batman to have replaced the tape playback, making Strange look like a fool. Then it’s up to Batman, Strange, Penguin, Two-Face and Joker to brawl off the island. The funniest thing is when Strange tries to just tell the villains that Batman is Bruce Wayne and Harvey/Two-Face steps forward, refusing to believe it.“Perchance to Dream”Usually, the “it was all a dream” trope ends up being frustrating in a series where every little plot development is building to a greater point. “Perchance to Dream” isn’t anchored to any greater character mythology, but instead decides to take a trip into the “perfect life” of Bruce Wayne when Batman gets knocked in the head during the opening sequence. The only problem it that the hallucination Bruce wakes up into isn’t made by his mind, but by a dream device manufactured for the Mad Hatter. With his parents alive and his impending engagement to Selina Kyle, Bruce should be content. Instead he’s the only one in the world who has memories of the way things are supposed to be and…he can’t read. Eventually, he figures out that the inability to read text is a symptom of his dreaming and he finds and confronts the Batman of his dream world. The whole thing ends darkly when Bruce takes a dive off the bell tower to short circuit the dreaming device, and the convenient twist is that the dream machine doesn’t reveal the dream to the outside world, so no one knows Bruce Wayne is Batman.“Dreams In Darkness”Batman: The Animated Series is in an Art Deco style because it’s replicating Noir stories and the Art Deco of L.A. Noir as a genre has fused with the storytelling. “Dreams in Darkness” leans into those storytelling tropes, beginning in the middle of the story with Batman locked up in Arkham. Through gritty voice-over, Batman fills in the audience that he’s not actually mad, he’s just been exposed to the Scarecrow’s fear gas for a long period of time. We watch in flashback as Batman gets exposed, then we see how difficult it is for him to continue his detective work as he slowly starts to have visions. Although most of them are of his rogue’s gallery popping up in weird places, Bruce’s most intense vision is of his parents walking into a tunnel that becomes a giant revolver muzzle with blood pouring out of it. Although Batman fans laugh at how often we revisit the murder of the Waynes in crime alley, of course, that would be the imagery at the bottom of Batman. It turns out the Scarecrow wants to release his fear toxin into the water supply and is going to use Arkham’s water system to do it…which is part of the plot of Batman Begins. The Scarecrow is defeated here in a similar manner.“P.O.V.”Officer Renee Montoya and her rookie partner are right on time for a sting the Gotham District Attorney (not Harvey Dent) has planned when they see that their target warehouse is on fire and an out of breath Detective Bullock is panting outside. He says two of the robbers split off and there are more inside the building. Montoya and the Rookie split up; then we cut to the Gotham Police Department internal investigation into the incident. We get to hear the story from Detective Bullock, Officer Montoya, and the Rookie. Although we hear what they are saying through voice over, we get to see what actually happened while they talk and it becomes super-obvious that only Officer Montoya is telling the honest truth and understood what was going on. Even though the three officers get suspended, Montoya uses what she saw and what she heard from the other testimonials to follow the criminals from the failed sting to the docks, where they have Batman captured. With some good crane operating and some classing Batman: The Animated Series action, “P.O.V.” does the best job of encapsulating this Batman’s relationship with the police force and what they think of the vigilante in their midst.“I Am The Night”The episode where Batman gets depressed begins exactly where you think it would: on the anniversary of the death of the Waynes in Crime Alley. Bruce goes to lay some flowers at the site of his parent’s murder and is interrupted by some punks beating up on a street urchin we previously saw scam some “bus fare” off a Gothamite. Bruce saves the urchin and gets him to a Mission, but that makes him late for a Gotham Police Department raid on a gangster called “The Jazzman” that goes south elsewhere in the city. Seemingly because of Batman’s lateness, Commissioner Gordon is graveling injured. Even though the Jazzman is caught, Bruce Wayne goes into a deep depression, taking on both the risk of his own bodily harm and the guilt of those who get hurt because of his actions puts him in a funk even Dick Grayson can’t get him out of. The Jazzman breaks out of prison and wants to finish off Commissioner Gordon, and that eventually motivates Bruce to suit up again and fight The Jazzman before he can kill an unconscious Gordon at the hospital. After a rousing fight, the Commissioner wakes up, gives and inspiring speech and Bruce meets the street urchin from earlier in the episode and he’s doing much better. It wraps up in a neat package, but it is Bruce Wayne legitimately dealing with the pressures of being Batman.“Robin’s Reckoning (Parts 1&2)”“Robin’s Reckoning” won an Emmy and provided Robin with an origin story via flashback, allowing a college-aged Dick Grayson to previously appear on the series (eliminating the teenage version of Robin). The two-part Robin origin story show was instead split into two plots, one framing plot where Batman tries to shield Robin from the fact that his parent’s killer is back in Gotham and the flashback sequences that show us The Flying Graysons and how Dick ended up fighting crime with Bruce as Robin. After Batman seems spooked at the name of a particular gangster, we start to flash back to the night Dick’s parents were killed at the circus and Bruce Wayne took in the orphaned acrobat. The interweaving flashbacks continue as both Batman and young Dick try to track down Tony Zucco, the Graysons’ killer. Eventually, Bruce deems spending time with the kid more important, but that doesn’t stop Dick from sneaking out to find Zucco on his own. Although Zucco manages to get away, Dick saves a woman from a mugging before giving the murderer a good pursuit before he has to be rescued by Batman. This leads to Bruce revealing his secret identity to Dick and making his stay at Wayne Manor permanent. In the other story, Zucco returns to town and Batman tries to find him before Robin does. Robin takes this as Batman taking away his chance at revenge while Batman thinks he’s just protecting Robin. The Boy Wonder ends up not exacting lethal revenge on Zucco, but sends him to jail instead. This version of Bruce Wayne is almost like a selfless parent in his relationship to Dick, which can come off distant and distracted in the other versions of the duo.
Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Tags Best Buy In MacOS, developers could write extensions that interface directly with the lowest-level part of the operating system, called the kernel. Now it’s begun gradually banishing kernel extensions in favor of system extensions, which are walled off from the kernel so they don’t get low-level privileges.Catalina will be the last MacOS version that’ll run kernel extensions “without compromises,” Apple said. And in an unspecified future MacOS version, Apple will prohibit any kernel extensions whose jobs can be done with a system extension.Read-only system file partitionFile system software, which controls how data is read from and written to storage systems, is a privileged part of an operating system. MacOS Catalina gets a new restriction designed to keep malware from taking advantage of the file system.Specifically, MacOS system files are stored in a separate read-only partition. That paves the way for features that block malware from overwriting or modifying the Mac’s core software. It should also make it easier to reset a Mac the way you can an iPhone.Unfortunately, some software — especially older Unix-era programs — stores perfectly legitimate data in the system partition. Apple has some ways to mitigate the problem and improve compatibility, though. So yes, there are inconveniences. But that’s the price we all have to pay to try protect our hardware. 0 See also As with phones, you have to approve the request only once. And you can revoke permission later if you change your mind.File system protectionsMacOS Catalina also will ask your permission for apps that want access to sensitive data and file storage. Again, this is like on phones where apps need permission to reach your contacts, photos, calendar entries and reminders.For storage, apps will need permission to reach a number of folders where most of us store our data: desktop, documents, downloads, iCloud Drive, external drives, network drives and third-party cloud storage systems like Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive.Mac activation lockOn newer Macs equipped with Apple’s T2 processor, a feature called activation lock will let you be able to brick your Mac if it’s stolen or lost the same way you can disable a missing iPhone. The T2 chip is in newer Macs like the MacBook Air redesign that arrived in 2018.Apple hopes activation lock will deter thieves who’ll learn they can’t use it or install a new copy of MacOS. Still, they can sell it for spare parts, as happens with stolen smartphones.New Gatekeeper scrutinyMacOS already ships with a feature called Gatekeeper designed to keep malware off your machine. Gatekeeper checks apps today when they’re first launched, but on MacOS Catalina, it’ll keep on checking frequently.Currently, Apple has it set to check on future launches, though not every one. It’s not a computationally onerous task, so you probably won’t even notice.With MacOS Catalina and beyond, Apple is steering developers away from low-level software called kernel extensions that can give malware lots of power. Apple Apple also is making an option called notarization mandatory for developers with Catalina. Apple’s notarization process checks software for known malware, and today’s MacOS shows a yellow warning alert when you try to run non-notarized software.Ultimately, the decision to run software rests with you. “You can always choose to run any software on your system,” Apple said.Protections for low-level system softwareFor low-level software some developers write — the “drivers” used to let a device handle specific hardware like webcams or printers — Apple is steering developers toward a safer approach. See It Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Security Computers Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad reading • Here are 6 MacOS Catalina security changes coming from Apple this fall WWDC 2019 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 See It Apple says features like notarization, user data controls and Gatekeeper will improve security in MacOS Catalina. Stephen Shankland/CNET Computer security is never done. Which is why Apple is hardening MacOS 10.15 Catalina, the operating system it plans to release this fall.At this year’s WWDC, Apple’s show to tell programmers how to build augmented reality games and move their iPad apps to the Mac, the company revealed a number of changes coming to MacOS. Some of those are under the hood, of concern to developers, but anyone with a Mac will see them, too.We’re spotlighting six of the MacOS Catalina security changes. The biggest ones you’re likely to notice are new permission requirements for apps that record the screen or keyboard or that write data onto sensitive file system areas like your documents or desktop folders.Whether you’re a developer or just an Apple customer, though, some of the changes will look familiar if you have experience with iPhones and iPads. That’s because some of the security improvements follow Apple’s general direction of bringing MacOS closer with its mobile operating systems, iOS for iPhones and its new iPadOS cousin for tablets.Good security is a challenge. Tech companies must find the right balance, locking machines down but not so hard that ordinary humans can’t use them. Newer products like the iPhone have firmer security controls built in and enforced through the App Store. But that’s harder with the Mac, with its origins as an all-purpose machine that offers owners and developers a lot of power.If you’re curious about MacOS Catalina security changes, you can find out more by checking Apple’s presentations on the new permission requests, system extensions, app notarization, and the WWDC Platforms State of the Union talk.User data controlsOn mobile phones, apps need your permission before they’re allowed to use the camera, a feature that keeps app developers from doing things like surreptitiously spying on you. Similar permissions are coming to the Mac with Catalina.Specifically, apps will have to get your permission if they’re going to record your screen or your typing. Ordinary use of the keyboard for mere typing doesn’t trigger the request, but anything like a keylogger does. Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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As the $1.6 billion accounting scandal at Toshiba Corporation gets murkier, the company’s president Hisao Tanaka may be forced to own responsibility for it and quit, according to a Japanese media outlet that cited sources close to the development. The accounting irregularities at the Tokyo-based conglomerate may also compel its former President and current Vice-Chairman Norio Sasaki to resign as board member.A decision on their resignations will be “finalized” after the submission of a report by a third-party panel appointed to investigate the accounting scandal, Kyodo News reported, citing sources.Tanaka and Sasaki reportedly exerted pressure on their subordinates to reach profit targets.But it was during Tanaka’s tenure that the company has been found to have shown “padded profits”, sources said, according to Kyodo News. Tanaka’s predecessor Sasaki was the president of the Japanese electronics maker from June 2009 to June 2013.Toshiba may have “overstated profits” by about 200 billion yen ($1.6 billion) for five financial years till March 2014. Toshiba has withdrawn its earnings estimate for the financial year ending March 2014 and also refrained from announcing dividend for the year.The company is likely to release its earnings report in August after an investigation by the third-party panel is completed.Taking stock of the situation, the Tokyo Stock Exchange is expected to put Toshiba shares as “securities on alert” to notify investors about the company’s questionable internal controlling processes, according to sources close to the matter.
Forty seven people died and over 200,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first seven months this year, the government information department quoted the Epidemiology Unit as saying on Monday.Till the end of July, a total of 234,078 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district with 7,260 cases, over 3,000 Gampaha on the outskirts of Colombo and over 2,000 in Kalutara.The Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high-risk districts, including Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara in the Western Province and Ratnapura in south central Sri Lanka.Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffered from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and reduced urinary.“All fever patients need rest and should refrain from attending work or school,” said epidemiologists. “Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) can be fatal.”Medical experts have further urged pregnant women to seek hospital admission immediately on the first day of fever.Last year, over 50 people died and over 48,000 were affected by the mosquito-borne virus in Sri Lanka, with the National Dengue Control Unit launching several programs to eradicate mosquito’s breeding grounds in several districts of the island country.
News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | November 02, 2011 Mammo Tomosynthesis 5 MP Display Improves Accuracy Related Content News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Barco’s Mammo Tomosynthesis 5 MP significantly improves accuracy of breast cancer detection with numerous capabilities that enhance the conspicuity of the subtlest details. RapidFrame technology counteracts motion blur when scrolling through a stack of images due to a high pixel refresh rate. Per Pixel Uniformity measures and adjusts the luminance of each pixel, making every pixel permanently digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM)-compliant. SmoothGray generates ultra-precise representations of grayscale images and eliminates quantization artifacts, reducing the overall noise in the images. DuraLight Nova backlight ensures a diagnostic luminance of 1,000 cd/m². The result is enhanced visual certainty for a more confident diagnosis. For more information: www.barco.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more
Perlin Networks, a scalable DAG-based distributed ledger protocol, introduced a new cross-platform WebAssembly VM named Life. This WebAssembly VM is secure, fast, written in Go and is built specifically for decentralized applications. WebAssembly is a high-level instruction set which enables developers to easily design computationally heavy programs that can securely run on web browsers at an improved speed. Apart from designing programs for the browsers, this instruction set can also be used to train ML models, host databases, or even host blogs/online retail stores 24/7. This is the reason why Perlin networks used it in their project, Life. Projects can easily run WebAssembly code anywhere by simply integrating the Life tool into their applications. Features of Life Life is Fast It uses a wide range of optimization techniques and is faster than all other WebAssembly implementations tested (go-interpreter/wagon, paritytech/wasmi). Life is Correct It implements WebAssembly execution semantics and passes most of the official test suite. Life is Secure User code executed is fully sandboxed. A WebAssembly module’s access to resources (instruction cycles, memory usage) may easily be controlled to the very finest detail. Life is Pure This VM does not rely on any native dependencies, and may easily be cross-compiled for running WebAssembly modules on practically any platform such as Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, and so on. Life is Practical One can make full use of the minimal nature of WebAssembly to write code once and run anywhere. With Life, one can completely customize how WebAssembly module imports are resolved and integrated. A complete control over the execution lifecycle of the WebAssembly modules is also possible. To know more about the WebAssembly based Life VM, visit its GitHub page. Read Next Grain: A new functional programming language that compiles to Webassembly WebAssembly comes to Qt. Now you can deploy your next Qt app in browser
Kerala Tourism recently organised a press meet at The Leela Hotel, Gurgaon. P I Sheikh Pareeth, Director, Kerala Tourism and Secretary Dr G Kamala Vardhana Rao were among the guests at the event.Some of the talking points of the event included, statistics on domestic/international tourist arrival, new initiatives in God’s Own Country, progress in the Virtual world, expected growth in Tourism and Marketing plan for 2015-2016.Kerala popularly known as God’s Own Country is the perfect holiday destination of India; from picturesque landscapes, exciting getaways to rich culture and heritage the state has a lot to showcase. As a ritual, the state brings you a 360 degree preview of India’s favourite destination; the essence of the state being captured in one single event. The idea is to witness the rich culture, extravagant heritage, magnificent landscapes, cuisine, music and art all in one show.In 2014, foreign tourists’ arrival up by 7.60%, domestic tourists’ arrival up by 7.71%, and increase in foreign exchange earnings by 15.07%. With total Revenue generated at Rs 24885.44 crore.Foreign Tourist arrival to Kerala during the year 2014 is 9,23,366; which shows an increase of 7.60% over the previous year’s figure of 8,58,143.Domestic Tourist arrival to Kerala during the year 2014 is 116,95,411, an increase of 7.71% over the previous year’s figure 108,57,811. Foreign exchange earnings for the year 2014 are Rs 6,398.93 crore which recorded an increase of 15.07% over the previous year.Total Revenue (including direct & indirect) from Tourism during 2014 is Rs 24,885.44 crore, showing an increase of 12.11% over the last year’s figure.Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore more new markets like China, Sri Lanka etc. Aggressive campaigns that target potential travellers in big traditional markets for Kerala will be conducted in the United Kingdom, France and Germany through trade fairs and road shows. Leveraging the increased air connectivity, a focused Ayurveda and monsoon campaign will be conducted in the Middle East where 90% of the Diasporas are from Kerala.A comprehensive festivals and events calendar will be prepared and promoted through multiple channels, including India Tourism Offices and Indian embassies abroad. Kerala will be promoted as a major ‘Wedding and MICE destination’ through online campaigns.Kerala Tourism will also launch a new theme campaign to showcase Kerala and its unique attractions, to strengthen Kerala’s position as ‘God’s Own Country’ and to create a destination pull. Food festivals will be conducted in cities like Delhi and Mumbai to market Kerala’s authentic cuisine, one of the tourist attractions of the State. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will come up with special discounted packages during the period.Government of Kerala has rolled out a lot of initiatives till date, ‘Seaplane Project’ and ‘Project Muziris’; being the latest projects which were rolled out last year in order to enhance the travel experience and add to its array of attractions. Where the former project is aimed towards improving last mile connectivity by air to its destinations across the state, the latter is directed to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris, which makes a part of Central Kerala.For the Seaplane Project, the immediate plan is to provide service initially in the priority circuit, consisting of the three airports of Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut and the prime destinations viz. Astamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom, Bolgatty and Bekal in the state.The Marketing Initiatives for the year 2015-16 are aimed at Value of Money off season packages targeting some important cities of the country namely Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Surat.The Hop on Hop off Boats service was started as a part of Kerala Tourism’s many other initiatives in the year 2014. As part of its innovative water-based tourism facilities, the Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Ltd, under the state’s Department of Tourism, launched the Hop-on Hop-off boat service and Water Taxis, for the first time in India, in the backwaters of Kochi and in the Spice Route project of Muziris.In a short span of time, Kerala Tourism has made a mark in the Digital world. Kerala Tourism has 1.1 million plus Facebook fans, 44,400 plus Twitter followers, 6,000 plus Instagram followers, 500 plus Pinterest followers, 700 plus four-square followers; the Kerala Tourism YouTube channel has 7,189 subscribers and 8,578,373 views. More than 250+ articles on Kerala, Backwaters and Ayurveda published in guest blogs.The new website has been launched recently with a fresh look and increased accessibility with more information, 1,500 pictures and 3,000 videos.Kerala Tourism’s website, which attracts the maximum number of visitors, has been translated into various Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu, as well as foreign languages including Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Swedish.Kerala has emerged as the No. 1 travel destination of the country in Google search trends, edging out Taj Mahal. This is a testimony to the international recognition of brand Kerala.Among the cultural events, which showcases Kerala, Onam is the biggest festival of Kerala. But, there is a lot more to Onam than being just a festival. Onam reflects the faith of the people of Kerala A belief in their legendary past, religion and power of worship. It shows the high spirit of the people who go out of the way to celebrate the festival. It is also a harvest festival. Kerala tourism organises events and exhibitions to add festive mood in the state.Nishagandhi Festival, the annual festival is set to be held from January 20-26, 2016. Renowned dancers perform Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi, Modern Ballet and other folk forms. Artist and connoisseurs of dance from all over India come to enjoy this cultural treat. The festival is organised by the Kerala Tourism.Another amazing initiative in the offering is the Spice Route Revival Project. Kerala’s initiative to revive and promote the two millennia-old spice route, that links the south western coast of India up to Europe, through tourism has received a boost, with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) pledging support to the venture.Kerala Tourism has come out with a unique nature based soft adventure holidays program Natventure. The idea behind this is to use the key tourism products – Wildlife, Hill Stations, Beaches, Backwaters, etc. and engage the possibilities of adventure activities they offer. Kerala Natventure activities include Trekking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Jungle, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching, Cycling, Kayaking, Canoeing and Paragliding.Another forward initiative is the launch of the new ‘Great Backwaters’ campaign. The campaign aims at unveiling the state’s majestic backwaters as a single unique destination.A new campaign, ‘Home of Ayurveda’ was also launched to promote Ayurveda through all media. ‘Bakel’ has been introduced as a new destination in North Kerala.From a seasonal tourist place, Kerala was elevated to an all season destination through a successful Dream Season campaign launched during the off-season.