Hardik Pandya gets support after being trolled as ‘Kaalu bhai’

first_imgThere seems be no end to controversies when it comes to Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya. Television actress Krystle D’Souza has been trolled after she shared a picture alongside Pandya on social media.One of the users even made a racist comment saying, “Kaalu bhai. Aap West indies team ke world cup squad main select kyun nahi huye?”Krystle posted the image on Instagram with a caption “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai #brotherfromanothermother”. The moment she shared the photo, a number of people trolled her for calling Hardik her brother.Krystle responded saying that the person was being “mean and obnoxious”.Actor Aparshakti Khurana told the user, identified as Sameer: “I think you should not write such comments and definitely not use such language. We all love Hardik because he is a performer. You should rather encourage the Indian team, especially before the World Cup.””That’s so well put! People are so mean and obnoxious and just because they are sitting behind a screen typing, they think they can get away with anything! I guess ignorance is bliss in this case! Their words make no difference to his superb performance… BUT thank you,” Krsytle also commented on Aparshakti’s reaction.Hardik has been facing a backlash ever since his sexist comments on a chat show “Koffee With Karan” alongside K.L. Rahul. Both cricketers had made sexist and misogynistic comments on the show which did not go down well with many people.advertisementThe two were even handed a provisional ban by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and were also fined Rs 20 lakh each.Also Read | Ashwin’s Mankading to Dhoni’s rage: Controversies that headlined IPL 2019Also Read | My daughter was sleeping when I hit my fifty: Rohit SharmaAlso Seelast_img read more

Jackie Chan to voice elderly cat in Canadian animated film Once Upon

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Producers say Chan will voice an elderly cat.The story follows a tiger, rat and dragon — representing strength, smarts and courage — as the trio sets out to solve mysteries.Toonbox Entertainment is Toronto-based while GAMA Entertainment is in Los Angeles.Chan’s previous voice work includes in “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature” and the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise. Action film star Jackie Chan, shown in a handout photo, has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.” Handout / THE CANADIAN PRESScenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Action film star Jackie Chan has signed on as an executive producer for the upcoming Canadian animated film “Once Upon a Zodiac.”Toonbox Entertainment and GAMA Entertainment say the “Rush Hour” star will also lend his voice to the film, which is currently in production in Toronto.The film features a mystical, wondrous world populated with the animals of the zodiac. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Increase in Troop Levels Would Match DOD Request under Draft Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The House Armed Services’ Military Personnel Subcommittee recommends boosting the military’s active-duty end strength by 15,600 in fiscal 2019, matching the Trump administration’s budget request from February. The subcommittee’s recommendation, contained in its mark for the FY 2019 defense authorization bill, includes the same targets by service as the administration’s proposal:Army — 4,000 (to reach an end strength of 487,500)Navy — 7,500 (335,400)Marine Corps — 100 (186,100)Air Force — 4,000 (329,100)The panel’s push to expand the armed services follows the lead of the Pentagon, which cited the need to respond to the growing threat posed by China and Russia in its budget request, reports Stars and Stripes. “Our military remains capable, but our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare — air, land, sea, space, and cyber,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday in filed remarks before a closed House panel hearing.The panel, which is scheduled to markup its section of the annual defense policy bill Thursday, also backed the administration’s request for a 2.6 percent pay raise for service members.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Zachery Laninglast_img read more

Why I ditched Walgreens for this pharmacy app

first_img Is it safe?I was nervous over using a pharmacy in an app, mostly that I would end up with the wrong medication — or even worse, fake medication. A big reason why I tried it at all was that one of my doctors introduced me to it. I was inclined to take their professional judgement as a marker of safety. Another reason I gave it a chance was because I learned Alto was born from AG Pharmacy, a local brick-and-mortar SF pharmacy that operated for around 30 years. Finally, I check my state’s licensing board to verify the company had a pharmacy license before I scheduled my first delivery.Alto is legit, but that’s not to say that every pharmacy you find online is. The FDA has a program called BeSafeRx to help you avoid pharmacy websites that are straight-up scams, and find ones that are safe.Other pharmacy apps and servicesAlto is far from the only app out there, here are a few other prescription delivery websites and apps:NowRxNimblePillPackThere are also many sites where you can order birth control and vitamins for delivery. Tags Comments Share your voice Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Caregivingcenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Get drugs delivered to your front door. Alto Buying prescription drugs online doesn’t have a good reputation. In fact, online pharmacies have raised safety concerns for as long as they’ve been around. So imagine my hesitation when a new dermatologist referred me to Alto, a full-service pharmacy in an app that delivers drugs to my front door.Despite being a millennial who will readily order food from an app, I was skeptical and untrusting of getting medications through my phone. That is, until I finally tried it. I’ve been using Alto now for a few months, and I hope to never have to go back to an in-person pharmacy ever again. Read on to find out why.Read more: Care/of, Ritual, Hum: How to pick a personalized vitamin subscriptionimg-9b102c315560-1Alto shows all of your active prescriptions, and how many refills are left. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET What is Alto?Alto’s app allows you to manage and fill your prescriptions, and then get them delivered to you. It is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles area. There are also three physical locations — one in San Francisco, Culver City and Irvine — where you can pick up medications.Alto uses machines to automate the process of filling prescriptions. The first is “Hazel,” a dispensing machine that holds 188 of the most commonly dispensed medications.The other is “Henry,” which creates plastic pill packs of multiple medications that need to be taken at the same time — similar to Amazon’s PillPack. A pharmacist verifies these two machines’ work to catch any errors.Alto stocks hundreds of medications, including specialty drugs for fertility, HIV and more.Why use a pharmacy app?Despite my ever-growing frustration with it, Walgreens has been my primary pharmacy for 10 years. The location I go to is huge, open 24 hours and always has a line at the pharmacy pick-up window. I considered switching to another IRL pharmacy, but never got around to it.Alto is the opposite experience. There’s no line, just a scheduled delivery window. Instead of standing behind someone arguing with the pharmacist about trying to get their medications with an expired prescription, I get to sit on my couch. The long and short of it is that every time I’ve used Alto, it’s been convenient and easy.Another perk is that Alto delivers a 30-day supply. Though this is changing, some pharmacy chains will only deliver a 90-day supply of medication and that often requires a new prescription from your doctor. At least, that’s what Walgreens has always told me.How does ordering medication from a pharmacy app work?With Alto, there are two ways to get started; with a new prescription or an existing one. Create an accountYour doctor can send a new prescription to Alto on your behalf, which will trigger the company to text you to sign up for an Alto account. Or, you can sign up for an account whenever you want and transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy.If you do transfer prescriptions, Alto handles a lot of the hassle. It will verify that your prescription is active and that you have refills, and will contact your doctor for you to get more refills as needed.alto-deliveryYou can pick which medications you want in each delivery. Screenshots by Sarah Mitroff/CNET Scheduled deliveriesNo matter how you get started, once you have an account, you can schedule deliveries for your medication. You can pick the date you want them to arrive, and then pick a 3-hour delivery window. The choices are usually 12 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 2 to 5 p.m. on weekends.Once you pick the prescriptions you need, you’ll see a summary of your order, with the prescription name, dosage, quantity and cost (where available). When you first start using Alto, you might not be able to see a price until the company runs it past your insurance. After that, you’ll see the copay cost from the last time you ordered the medication.During your scheduled delivery time, a delivery person shows up with your medications in a sealed box, which also includes a single wrapped salted caramel as an added treat. Walgreens just can’t match that.Read more: Peloton, Daily Burn and more: Best workout subscription appsDoes it cost more?Prices are on par with what you would pay at any other pharmacy. You can add your insurance information or a pharmacy savings card to your profile to get your copay or a discount.You can also pay full price out of pocket for medications that aren’t covered by insurance. There are no fees to use Alto, and unlike Walgreens or CVS, there’s no delivery fee. 1:40 2last_img read more