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The Arizona Cardinals selected Texas AM wide rece

first_img The Arizona Cardinals selected Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk with the 47th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.At Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kirk set fire to the Arizona state records before heading off to play in college for coach Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M.With the Aggies, Kirk recorded at least 919 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons and scored 26 touchdowns, not to mention seven more scores as a return man. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound receiver enters the 2018 NFL Draft as one of the top-five players at his position in the class. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Kirk visited with Arizona in the draft process.Related LinksCardinals draft Valley’s own Kirk: Reaction to Arizona’s WR pickWR Christian Kirk says it would be ‘surreal’ to be drafted by Cardinals“Oh, without a doubt,” Kirk told NFL Network when asked if he’d like to land with the Cardinals. “I love the state of Arizona, born and raised a Valley kid. I actually had a private visit with them already. Got to to sit down with the GM, wide receiver coach, the offensive coordinator, have dinner and what not, and definitely really like their staff and what they have going on over there.“It would definitely be surreal if I could go and play there.”Kirk left Saguaro with three state titles, 6,617 total yards and a record 103 touchdowns. While he played mostly in the slot at Texas A&M, he told NFL teams during interviews he views himself as a more versatile option.He joins a wide receiver room in need of playmakers alongside the aging Larry Fitzgerald.He is familiar with the Cardinals’ All-Pro receiver — and Fitzgerald is familiar with him.“I definitely have had plenty of conversations with him and he’s definitely shown a lot of support,” Kirk said. – / 97 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Sky in Germany is to follow the example of Skys U

first_imgSky in Germany is to follow the example of Sky’s UK pay TV operation by launching a pop-up channel devoted to James Bond movies.The channel, Sky 007 HD, will air from October 5 until December 6 and will air all the James bond movies to which Sky has the rights.The marketing campaign for the channel’s run kicked off ahead with a red carpet event at the Hamburg Hotel Atlantic Kempinski, used as a location in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies, featuring guest appearances by Germany’s only ‘Bond girl’ Karin Dor (You Only Live Twice), skier Willy Bogner, who served as cameraman and stuntman in a number of Bond films, and German Bond villains Götz Otto (Tomorrow Never Dies), Claude-Oliver Rudolph (The World Is Not Enough), Michael Pink (Skyfall) and Detlef Bothe who will appear in forthcoming movie Spectre.last_img read more

Patricia Hidalgo Turner is launching kids channel

first_imgPatricia HidalgoTurner is launching kids channel Boomerang in Turkey on the D-Smart satellite service and Tivibù IPTV platform.The channel, which will launch on April 23, will bring animated shows including The Tom & Jerry Show, Scooby-Doo, Looney Tunes, Inspector Gadget, Mr Bean and Garfield to Turkish viewers. Boomerang’s Turkish debut will see the channel joining Cartoon Network in the country.Patricia Hidalgo, SVP, chief content and creative officer, kids, Turner EMEA and international kids strategy said: “The timing of this launch is significant as we continue to invest in new, original content for Boomerang and further develop the brand as our second flagship kids’ channel across the region. Turkey is a big priority market for Turner and we feel confident that, with its strong portfolio of classic animation and loveable characters, Boomerang will offer a fun, light-hearted entertainment experience for families to enjoy together.”last_img read more

More than 155 million Indians go to polls in second phase of

first_imgVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the second phase of general election in Amroha, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis Voters across swaths of southern India began queuing up early on Thursday in the second phase of a mammoth, staggered general election in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term.More than 155 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states including parts of restive Jammu and Kashmir. India’s parliament has 545 members.The focus will be on the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, where the main opposition Congress party and its allies need to win big if they hope to oust Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The BJP secured a landslide majority in the previous general election in 2014, in part by winning sweeping victories in six northern states that gave the party 70 percent of all its seats, said Neelanjan Sircar, an assistant professor at Ashoka University near the capital, New Delhi.“You can never expect you’ll do that again,” he said. “Those seats that you lose, you’ll have to make up somewhere.”Sircar also said the BJP would be looking to make gains in Karnataka.The election began last week and will end next month in a giant exercise involving almost 900 million people. Votes will be counted on May 23 and the results are expected the same day.Modi and the BJP have run an aggressive campaign, playing to their nationalist, Hindu-first base and attacking rivals they accuse of appeasing minorities.Critics say such divisive election rhetoric is a threat to India’s secular foundations.“Communal polarisation is obviously the biggest issue for me,” said Rakesh Mehar, who voted in Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru. “And the growing intolerance in the country is what worries me the most.”A firebrand Hindu ascetic from the BJP who governs northern Uttar Pradesh was banned from campaigning for a few days because of anti-Muslim comments, India’s election commission said on Monday.The Congress party is focusing on concerns about rising unemployment and agrarian distress and is staking it campaign on a promise for a generous handout to India’s poorest families.Voters in Bengaluru, once a sleepy retirement town that has been transformed into India’s technology hub, said they wanted lawmakers who would fix infrastructure problems such as traffic congestion and poor water management.“We have been voting every time expecting a change but nothing has come so far. People are talking about national issues,” said Manjunath Munirathnappa. “But only when they fix the local issues will there be progress in the nation.”WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Individuals who walk regularly have reduced risk of severe stroke

first_imgOct 12 2018Physical activity not only reduces the risk of stroke. Individuals who walk at least 30 minutes a day also have a lower risk of severe stroke, according to a new study in Neurology.”It is remarkable that even light physical activity can have such a clear link to stroke outcomes,” says Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen, professor of rehabilitation medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.The study shows no causal relationship between exercise and protection against severe stroke, but the link is still clear. Walking four hours a week results in half the risk of a stroke becoming severe compared to those who are physically inactive. The percentage of severe strokes for the two groups is three and six percent, respectively.”It’s enough if you walk for a bit more than half an hour every day, or two 15-minute walks a day, to end up in the group with reduced risk of your stroke becoming severe,” says Stibrant Sunnerhagen.Half report having exercisedThe study included 925 patients with first clinical stroke admitted to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg 2014-2016. The average age was 73 years at the time of becoming ill.For the study, the researchers have combined data from two Swedish stroke registers, which indicate stroke severity based on eye, arm and facial movements, awareness level, and speech and communication abilities. Four out of five patients (79.8 percent) in the study had a mild form of stroke.After the stroke occurrence, the patients responded to how physically active they were prior to the stroke in a standardized way. In some cases, relatives helped provide this information. Fifty-two percent indicated they had been physically inactive.Related StoriesNew method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivorsUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsInvestment in stroke prevention interventions is good for the future”From a scientific perspective, it is a limitation of the study that subjects self-reported their physical activity. Their memory may have been affected by the stroke, especially in those who suffered severe strokes,” said Stibrant Sunnerhagen.Light exercise is as good as moderate exerciseThe subjects who indicated that they were engaged in light physical activity (walking four hours or more a week) or moderate exercise (running, swimming or similar two to three hours a week) were more likely to have mild strokes rather than severe strokes. In the study, light and moderate physical activity were equally beneficial.Other factors such as age, gender, diabetes, and smoking also play a role. The study shows that when all known factors are considered, physical activity in combination with lower age accounts for approximately seven percent of the association withstroke severity.In 2016, approximately 26,500 people had a stroke in Sweden. Stroke is the most common cause of permanent bodily impairment.”Individuals having a mild stroke may stay up to a week in a hospital and can then continue their rehabilitation at home, with good potential to return to their normal life and work. After a severe stroke, hospitalization is much longer and sometimes followed by care at a nursing home,” says Stibrant Sunnerhagen. Source:https://sahlgrenska.gu.se/english/research/news-events/news-article/?languageId=100001&contentId=1586112&disableRedirect=true&returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fsahlgrenska.gu.se%2Fforskning%2Faktuellt%2Fnyhet%2F%2Fminskad-risk-for-allvarlig-stroke-for-den-som-promenerar.cid1586112last_img read more

Pain sensitization linked to increased risk for persistent knee pain

first_img Source:http://www.bmc.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 31 2018Becoming more sensitive to pain, or pain sensitization, is an important risk factor for developing persistent knee pain in osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new study by researchers from the Université de Montréal (UdeM) School of Rehabilitation and Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont Research Centre (CRHMR) in collaboration with researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). These findings have just been published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology.OA is a common cause of pain and altered joint function, affecting 302 million adults worldwide. It can lead to chronic disability frequently in the knee joint. Past research suggests that a number of different factors outside of structural pathology may contribute to pain experienced in patients with OA.Related StoriesAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?Arthroscopy more accurate than MRI for chondral defects of the knee, study findsYoung players may need one-year rehab time after knee surgery”Understanding the factors that contribute to the development of persistent pain is critical in improving our ability to prevent its onset and the transition to more persistent pain’, said Lisa Carlesso BSc.PT. PhD, assistant professor School of Rehabilitation UdeM and scientist CRHMR.Researchers analyzed data from a multicenter OA study that followed 852 adults (ages 50-79) with or at risk of knee OA but who were free of persistent knee pain at the beginning of the study. Sociodemographic data, pain sensitization measurements, as well as risk factors traditionally associated with knee pain such as psychological factors, widespread pain and poor sleep were collected on the participants who then were followed for development of persistent knee pain over two years.The researchers used the above risk factors and pain sensitization data to identify four distinct subgroups called pain susceptibility phenotypes (PSPs). The authors found these PSPs were primarily characterized by varying degrees of pain sensitization. The PSP with the highest degree of sensitization had the highest risk of developing persistent knee pain. Female gender, non-Caucasian race and age 65+ were significant sociodemographic predictors of being a member of the PSP with the highest degree of sensitization.The researchers believe identifying these PSPs is an important step in understanding the complex pathology of knee osteoarthritis. “Our findings suggest that therapy aimed at prevention or improvement of pain sensitization may be a novel approach to preventing persistent knee pain,” explained author Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and epidemiology at BUSM and BU School of Public Health. “Preventing pain is crucial to improving quality of life and function in patients who suffer from OA.”last_img read more

Health officers with surgical training are a safe alternative for performing Csections

first_img Source:https://www.ntnu.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Task sharing in Sierra Leone — teaching emergency surgery to health officers — can help improve healthcare in a country with few doctorsSierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world — for every 100,000 live births, 1360 women will die. In Norway, that number is just 5 women per 100,000 live births; in the US, it’s 14, according to the United Nations Population Fund.Why are so many women dying in Sierra Leone? The answer is simple: childbirth can be complicated and there are simply not enough health care providers to address the needs of this small West African country of 7 million people.Before the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, just 10 specialist surgeons were available in public hospitals, with about 150 doctors in total.But there is hope: a new study of more than 1200 women who had C-sections in nine Sierra Leone hospitals shows that community health officers with surgical training are a safe alternative to medical doctors when it comes to outcomes for Caesarean sections. The study was conducted between October 2016 and May 2017, and has just been published in BJS, the British Journal of Surgery.”Some of these hospitals have just one or two doctors for the whole district,” said the study’s first author Alex van Duinen, a Dutch medical doctor and PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). “Human resources are a major problem. Task sharing — teaching community health officers to provide basic lifesaving surgeries — can improve that.”Building acceptance in the medical communityVan Duinen’s research is being conducted as part of his work with a non-profit organization called CapaCare, co-founded in 2011 by Håkon Bolkan, a surgeon at St Olavs Hospital and a postdoc at NTNU.CapaCare offers a two-year training programme for selected community health officers (CHO), with the goal of teaching them to do surgeries such as Caesarean sections, appendectomies and hernia repairs.After the two years of training, graduates also spend a year as an intern at one of the main hospitals in Freetown, after which they are given the position as a surgical assistant community health officer (SACHO). To date, 31 participants have graduated from the programme, with another 33 in training.But CapaCare’s work is not as simple as just producing qualified graduates — Sierra Leone’s medical community, health care officials and the population as a whole have to have confidence that the CapaCare graduates can perform surgeries at least as well as medical doctors.This evidence has to be clear, and provide scientifically documented proof that the training works. So that’s where van Duinen’s research comes in.Prospective study with a home visitOther researchers have looked at the issue of task sharing for emergency obstetric care, mainly in East Africa, but most of these studies have been retrospective, which means that researchers essentially look for patterns in medical data that have already been collected.Nevertheless, all of these studies show that task sharing can work well in places where there are just not enough doctors to go around.On the other hand, a prospective study like that conducted by van Duinen and his colleagues is seen as much stronger support for the findings from the research.Researchers in a prospective study decide which data to include before they collect it, which ensures data quality. The Sierra Leone C-section study also included a home visit 30 days after the birth, which allowed van Duinen and his colleagues to see how mother and child were doing in the period after discharge.CapaCareRelated StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceTackling high sugar content in baby foodStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfaces”We were able to check some of the outcome data,” van Duinen said. “Home visits were one of the distinguishing factors of our study.”For example, one baby that had been recorded as a stillbirth in the hospital and one baby that had been recorded as a death were both found to be alive when the researchers did the home visits.Three of the mothers and 28 of the babies who were alive when they left the hospital also died in the month after birth, which researchers wouldn’t have discovered without this extra follow up, van Duinen said.Not inferior to doctorsWhen all the numbers were tallied, the researchers found 16 postoperative maternal deaths, 15 treated by a doctor and 1 treated by a graduate of the CapaCare programme.These numbers indicate that doctors may have worse outcomes. “Although our data suggest that patients treated by doctors and graduates were mostly similar, doctors may have treated more of the complicated patients,” van Duinen said.The difference in the mortality numbers is also due to the fact that there were 50 doctors in the study compared to 12 graduated clinical officers. These 50 doctors performed 831 C-sections that were included in the study, or two-thirds, compared to 443 performed by the graduates. Of these surgeries, 85 per cent were done as emergency surgeries.However, the mortality numbers and the number of emergency surgeries are “still very high,” van Duinen said, but there are also reasons for that.”There’s a huge disincentive for women in the districts to come into the hospital to give birth,” he said. “That’s why the outcomes are so bad.”Very often, he said, women will wait until the absolute last minute to come in for care, because it may be too costly for them to both travel and get treated at the hospital. They may also be afraid of coming to the hospital because of concern of what they might find there — it was not that long ago, for example, that Ebola ravaged the country’s health care system, during which more than 14000 people were infected and 4000 died.When the researchers analysed the numbers, they found that caesarean sections done by the graduates were not associated with higher maternal mortality 30 days after the surgery than caesarean sections performed by doctors.”The message is that there is a slight difference in the two groups, because the doctors may get the more complicated cases, but overall we see that there is non-inferiority,” van Duinen said.Kismet in the jungleJust by chance, van Duinen has worked with CapaCare since the organization first started its training programme in 2011. That’s because he was working at the time at Masanga Hospital, in Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili province, as hospital director. Masanga Hospital has been the base for CapaCare’s training in Sierra Leone.The first week he was at Masanga, van Duinen met Bolkan with the first CapaCare student who was just beginning his training.The idea of training non-doctor medical personnel to do emergency surgeries — task sharing — was already something he knew about. During his medical training in the Netherlands, he was sent to Malawi for an internship, where the practice is well established.”I saw that task sharing could actually work, and then I met Håkon, and I said, ‘Yes, of course, we have to do this! It works, I have seen it!’,” he said.last_img read more

FDA warns against using uncleared medical devices to assess or diagnose concussion

first_img Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm635720.htm Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 11 2019Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public not to use medical devices marketed to consumers that claim to help assess, diagnose or manage head injury, including concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or mild TBI. In a new safety communication, the FDA warned that such tools -; such as apps on a smartphone marketed to coaches or parents for use during sporting events -; have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy and could result in an incorrect diagnosis, potentially leading to a person with a serious head injury returning to their normal activities instead of getting medical care.To date, there are a limited number of medical devices that have been cleared or approved by the FDA to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of concussion, and all of them require an evaluation by a health care professional.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementia”I want to be clear, there are currently no devices to aid in assessing concussion that should be used by consumers on their own. Using such devices can result in an incorrect diagnosis after a head injury that could lead a person with a serious injury to return to their normal activities instead of seeking critical medical care, putting them at greater danger,” said Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Products being marketed for the assessment, diagnosis, or management of a head injury, including concussion, that have not been approved or cleared by the FDA are in violation of the law. The FDA routinely monitors the medical device market and became aware of violative products being marketed to consumers. The FDA has alerted companies to our concerns and asked them to remove such claims. We will continue to monitor the marketplace for devices making these unsubstantiated claims and are prepared to take further action if necessary.”In the safety communication issued today, the FDA explains that the products of concern include those that claim to assess and diagnose any changes in brain function by having an injured person perform tests on a smartphone or tablet-based app to determine a change in physical or mental (cognitive) status including vision, concentration, memory, balance and speech.The FDA’s recommendations for consumers, parents, caregivers and athletic coaches note that individuals should seek treatment right away from a health care professional if any head injury, including concussion, is suspected.The FDA will continue to monitor promotional materials and claims about uses of these and similar products and contact companies when we see violative practices. If the agency’s concerns are not addressed, the FDA will consider what additional actions, including potential enforcement actions, are appropriate. The FDA will continue to monitor complaints and adverse event reports from patients, caregivers, health care providers and industry.last_img read more

Facebook mulled charging for access to user data

first_img Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns Citation: Facebook mulled charging for access to user data (2018, November 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-mulled-access-user.html Such a move would have been a major shift away from the policy of not selling Facebook members’ information, which the social network has stressed in the face of criticism alleging it is more interested in making money than protecting privacy.”To be clear, Facebook has never sold anyone’s data,” director of developer platforms and programs Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said in response to an AFP inquiry.”Our APIs have always been free of charge and we have never required developers to pay for using them, either directly or by buying advertising.”The Wall Street Journal reported that internal emails indicating that Facebook mulled charging companies for access to user data were referred to in a lawsuit filed against the social network in 2015 by Six4Three, creator of a failed app called “Pikinis.”The application enabled users to find Facebook pictures of people in bathing suits, taking advantage of an API feature that let apps access the data of social network users as well as their friends.The suit accuses Facebook of abusing its power over user data. Most of the documents filed in the case have been sealed by a California judge at Facebook’s request.Some emails indicated Facebook employees discussed providing increased access of user information to advertisers in return for spending more money on the social network, according to the WSJ.”The documents Six4Three gathered for this baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context,” Papamiltiadis said.Cambridge AnalyticaFacebook early on adopted a practice of letting developers use APIs (application programming interfaces) to plug into the social network for free and connect to user data to enhance the online gathering place with games, services and more.Facebook went public on the stock market in early 2012, and subsequently considered ways it might be able to increase revenue, opting not to charge developers for access to the social network.Facebook in August said it has suspended more than 400 out of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared.Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with the app may have been used,” according to a blog post.Facebook contended that the suit by Six4Three is aimed at compelling the social network to provide the kind of access to friends’ data that was taken advantage of in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, which was working for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.Facebook has modified app data sharing policies since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.”We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends’ data with developers,” Papamiltiadis said. Facebook on Wednesday said it considered charging application makers to access data at the social network. Facebook early on adopted a practice of letting application makers plug into the social network for free and connect to user data to enhance the online gathering place with games, services and morecenter_img Explore further © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Army gears up for worsening floods in Assam

first_img Next Army gears up for worsening floods in Assam A reserve of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns have been kept on stand by, in view of the worsening flood situation in the Eastern region.advertisement Manjeet Singh Negi New DelhiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 17:20 IST Army has alerted flood relief columns to be prepared for deployment on short noticeA reserve of 95 flood relief columns along with additional 31 columns have been kept on stand by, in view of the worsening flood situation in the Eastern region.Lieutenant General MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command, took stock of the situation and assured a quick response by the Army on being requisitioned for deployment on flood relief tasks.The Army is closely monitoring the flood situation in close coordination with civil administration in flood-prone areas. There are 152 monitoring stations which will ensure timely warning of an impending crisis due to floods.Army has alerted flood relief columns to be prepared for deployment on short notice. Mock drills conducted by the nominated army units in the run-up to the monsoon will ensure seamless integration of all elements and their synergized application in support of the populace.Floodwaters in Assam rose overnight with the Brahmaputra River, which flows down from the Himalayas into Bangladesh, and its tributaries still in spate. Most of the Kaziranga National Park, home to the rare one-horned rhino, was underwater, authorities in Assam said, adding that four people drowned on Monday.The flood situation has turned very critical with 31 of the 32 districts affected, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told reporters. We are working on a war footing to deal with the flood situation.Assam, known for its tea industry, is hit by seasonal flooding each year, and the state and federal governments have spent millions of rupees on flood control.Army and paramilitary personnel have been deployed across the state for rescue and relief operations and makeshift shelter camps have been set up, while the airforce is on standby.ALSO READ: Nearly 70 lakh affected in floods in Bihar, northeast India; toll mounts to 44ALSO WATCH: Assam flood death toll reaches 11, Barpeta worst affected districtFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

Focus will be on unemployment job creation Rahul

first_imgRahul Gandhi SHARE SHARE EMAIL Congress President Rahul Gandhi and TNCC president KS Alagiri, at a press conference in Chennai on Wednesday   –  Bijoy Ghosh Indian National Congress Published on March 13, 2019 state politics Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a ‘flop show’ when it comes to job creation and not addressing the issue of unemployment. Make in India and Start up India are fake statements. Unemployment is highest in the last 45 years, and this will be huge issue in the coming elections, said Congress President Rahul Gandhi.The party’s focus in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections will be on employment, farmers, and a happy, prosperous and united India, said Gandhi, who was in the city en route to Nagercoil to address a public rally.Economic growth is directly related to the mood of the country. This is something fundamental that the BJP and Modi do not understand. When the country is divided and fighting, States have acrimonious relationships; ‘how can we expect solid economic growth.’’ The first thing the Congress will do (when it comes to power) is bring harmony to the country, he told the media.Job creation will happen through small and medium businesses by transforming them into large businesses. “We will open the banks to these businesses,” he said.Currently, job creators are under assault and attacked by demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is extremely complicated, and allows a significant amount of ‘rent-seeking’ with Income Tax and other departments having oppressive roles. “We will simplify their lives. We have a phenomenal idea in the election manifesto of making entrepreneurship easy, simple and possible,” he said, adding that the Congress will simply the GST and also lower the tax, if possible.The economy needs to be put on track, and the Congress has a ‘revolutionary’ idea called the Minimum Basic Income guarantee. “I am confident that we will be able to implement it when we come to power. After 2019, there will be nobody in India below the minimum income line; everybody will be brought into that line by a direct cash deposit into their bank accounts,” he said.Gandhi said Modi is turning the demographic dividend into a disaster. There has to be a movement towards unification and building bridges by conversation.Lashing out at Modi for not having an open conversation, Gandhi said, “Don’t have a conversation with me, speak to the press. Have the guts to meet the press and talk to 3,000 students. . Every other Opposition leader is holding a press conference, but Modi is not facing the press, “ he said.On the Rafale controversy, Gandhi said, “we are not questioning the capability of the aircraft but only saying that ‘Modi and Anil Ambani have stolen ₹30,000 crore from the Air Force,” and that there should be an investigation. There will be an investigation and that at the end of it, “Modi and Anil Ambani will be convicted,” he said.The Congress has firmed up alliances in a number of States, including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. Alliance talks in Bihar have practically concluded and are in the final stages in J&K. It is the BJP that does not have alliances,” he said.center_img Slams the BJP for not addressing the issue politics COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE BJPlast_img read more