Eid, a Qatar-based charity organisation possibly funded by Qatar government, has allegedly funnelled more than US$ 1 billion into Islamic terror outfits like Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood and their offshoots. The fund has been channelized to foment trouble in India too.
In an interview with our sister channel NewsX, a journalist Jordon Cope from a think-tank Middle East Forum claimed that “the Qatari government is not using charity for its diplomacy but as a facade to promote its Islamist agenda, especially for states that endorse the Salafi ideology.”
Cope claimed that while working as a scholar with the Middle East Forum he had translated Qatar government documents, which clearly showed the money trail. “These documents from the Qatari government ultimately indicated trends of using charity as a facade for financing Islamist organisations in particular those affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he further said. “I have seen reports suggesting that the Qatar Government has given terrorist organizations anything between 1.1 and 1.8 billion dollars since 2012,” he further claimed.
Al Ihsan Charitable Society, Yemen’s Rahma Charity Foundation, Al Hikma Al Yamania Charitable Society,
Jerusalem International Foundation and Ihsani Yardim Vakfiih are some of the prominent charitable organizations which, according to Cope, have received funding from Eid charity. “There were many affiliates of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula that received funding such as the Al Ihsan Charitable Society, which received about $17.8 million dollars,” he said in the interview. According to him Ahrar al-Sham was provided funding by Qatar during the Syrian civil war.
Referring to an article published by Abhinav Pandya, another Middle East Forum scholar, Cope told that about US$ 5 million was given to the Kerala-based Salafi Philanthropic Society.
Qatar’s support to the Muslim Brotherhood, a designated terror organization, is an open secret. The U.S. ally is facing investigation by federal prosecutors for terror funding after the family of slain journalist Steven Sotloff filed a law suit. Sotloff’s family has alleged that some Qatar-based organizations had transferred US$ 800,000 to an Islamic State judge for the execution of Sotloff and James Foley. The two American journalists were beheaded in Syria in 2014. Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani, the half-brother of Qatar’s ruling emir, is alleged to have provided aid to Al Nusra, a Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate.
In an article published last year in Asian Times, Cope had exposed how Eid, the state-run Qatari charity, had made 45,000 grants worth more than US$ 143 million to various charities across 70 countries, linked to various Islamic terror outfits, including Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. These organizations are spread across Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France and Germany. The founder of the Eid Charity, Abd Al-Rahman al-Nu’aym, is a designated terrorist.
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All you need to know about DevOps cost
Business organisations have advanced by leaps and bounds. Software development and management of various operations within an organisation require the adoption of a dedicated system. DevOps is one such tool or system that can be established within a business organisation. The system enables hassle-free management and completion of both developments as well as operational aspects within an organisation both the development as well as operations team can function simultaneously through the use of such a tool. There are dedicated certification courses that can help individuals obtain knowledge about DevOps.
DevOps a certification course helps in delivering all the necessary skills and knowledge that individuals require for establishing DevOps principles within an organisation. Certified institutions are engaged in making available the best learning solutions and courses that can help with the overall development of an individual. An individual can easily become a DevOps Engineer who becomes responsible for the adoption of DevOps principles.
We have provided all the necessary information that can help you understand the DevOps Certification Cost.
Certified institutes are engaged in making available best-in-class DevOps courses that can help in delivering necessary training and study materials to the students. Such institutes and organisations offer certified courses and quality information for obtaining the necessary skills and abilities.
All the necessary disciplines and principles related to DevOps can be easily understood and adopted through dedicated training and course material is delivered with efficiency. The cost associated with training differs from one institute to another. Moreover, the cost may range from 15,000 to 25,000 in India while the cost of DevOps training in the USA can range from USD 399 to 799.
Dev ops serve as the best mode of obtaining necessary skills and abilities which can benefit both an individual as well as an organisation. Apart from business organisations, the potential of technology for teacher and the importance of DevOps in learning institutions cannot be ignored altogether. Individuals can easily opt for Dev ops training and learning solutions and can get the certification which can help them in their overall professional development. Best-in-class certification solutions, courses and services are made available by the best institutes that are here to serve students with complete efficiency and effectiveness. Quality courses are made available that can prove beneficial for students and therefore help them in becoming DevOps engineers.
Only 18% of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction in the UK seek treatment
Alcohol addiction is a pertinent problem in the UK. Alcoholism means being unable to control the amount of alcohol consumed by drinking compulsively and excessively.
Alcohol addiction has many risks for the individual’s mental and physical health, which is why it is so important that they seek treatment.
Unfortunately, only 18% of individuals struggling with alcohol addiction in the UK seek treatment. In this article, we will go over some reasons why people in the UK do not seek treatment for alcohol addiction, and how to seek help if you find yourself in a similar situation. There is always hope for recovery when it comes to alcohol addiction.
Through various research, we know that more than 600,000 people in the UK suffer from alcoholism. Out of this, 500,000 people have gone untreated. The main cause for this is the denial that is often tied with alcoholism.
Denial is also a symptom of alcoholism, and it comes from the shame and fear of admitting the reality of the situation.
This denial can take several forms. The first kind of denial is blame; the alcoholic blames their behaviour on external factors to justify it.
Another kind is concealing their addiction from friends and family by drinking in secret and lying. Alcoholics also tend to get defensive and dismissive about their addiction and this may come out as anger towards their family and friends.
Alcohol abuse heightens this denial because of impaired judgement and the overpowering need to continue consuming alcohol. Thus, this denial covers up the fact that alcohol abuse is a problem that needs to be fixed. Instead, it gives the individual room to continue showing these kinds of behaviours.
To understand how important it is for people struggling with alcohol addiction to seek treatment, let’s go through some of the short and long-term risks of not seeking treatment.
Although this can be overwhelming for those people that suffer from alcoholism, it can help in the future by pushing you to make lifestyle changes.
Some short-term injuries can be accidents that cause injuries and would require treatment in a hospital. Head injuries are especially common and very dangerous for those that suffer from alcohol addiction.
Other risks include being violent to other people or being the victim of violence because of the loss of senses that comes with being under the influence of alcohol.
Unprotected sex while drunk is also very common, which could lead to things like STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or unplanned pregnancies. The most common short-term risk is alcohol poisoning which is most prone to happen to those who binge drink.
Some long-term risks that come with alcohol abuse are increased risk for cancer like liver cancer, mouth cancer, breast cancer, and bowel cancer. Other than that, strokes, heart diseases, pancreatitis, and liver diseases are also very common long-term risks of alcohol abuse.
Alcoholics also tend to suffer from unemployment, homelessness, and domestic abuse. Thus, it affects the quality of the person’s life by impacting their professional and personal life. Psychological issues like depression, anxiety, and insomnia are also common for alcoholics.
The first step to treating alcohol use disorder is to accept that you need help. You should contact your friends and family and ask them to give you the support you need to prevent you from relapsing.
You can go to a general practitioner so that they can recommend a treatment plan that will work best for you. There are a considerable amount of free services made specifically to help those who suffer from alcohol abuse on the NHS as well.
Counselling is the top treatment option. Be it talking therapy one-on-one or group therapy, counselling is known to be one of the best treatments for alcoholism. Most doctors recommend a combination of the two.
One-on-one therapy is helpful for individual growth but group therapy creates a community where alcoholics feel like they are not alone and have a group of people they can relate to.
Detox Only Programmes
Another useful kind of treatment is detoxification, in which a medical professional provides a medically-assisted detox to help those with alcohol dependence withdraw safely. This form of treatment addresses the physical dependence on alcohol, but doesn’t tackle the root causes of alcohol addiction which are often linked to trauma or childhood abuse.
Two medicines help with alcoholism. The first is Librium which is given in smaller doses and helps the alcoholic deal with the withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism. This is usually only used for a short period.
The second medicine helps reduce any impulses that the alcoholic has to consume alcohol. Its name is naltrexone and it has been very useful to many alcoholics. These must be only used for up to 12 months.
While detox programmes can be cheaper alternatives to residential rehabilitation programmes, it is strongly recommended that individuals consider outpatient care or therapy once they complete their detox programme, alongside joining support groups such as AA to reduce the likelihood of relapse.
Unprecedented transformation of the HR industry
HR, as one of the most paper-intensive and technologically resistant industries, has undoubtedly undergone an unprecedented transformation. The HR industry has changed course and jumped on the technology bandwagon, from handing out pay slips and pink slips to building teams and organisations. HR and technology were once two words that were never used in the same sentence, but today they have integrated and taken the business world by storm.
HR has undoubtedly undergone an unprecedented transformation as one of the most paper-intensive and technologically resistant industries. The human resources industry has shifted its focus from issuing pay stubs and pink slips to forming teams and organisations. HR and technology were never used in the same sentence until recently, but they have now integrated and taken the business world by storm.
EVOLUTION OF THE HR FUNCTION
As the pandemic drove nations to lockdowns and businesses to disruption, HR was thrust to the frontline to facilitate this wave of changes. From handholding employees, as they took up remote work to embracing new technologies such as AI and automation themselves, the purview of HR widened overnight. The HR department made possible the overnight pivot to remote work, organisation-wide move to the cloud and years’ worth of digital transformation within months. As organisations’ appetite for technology grows, the demand for HR tech is building up simultaneously to catalyse change.
MASTERING REMOTE WORK MANAGEMENT
Today, an organisation’s workforce is dispersed across different geographies owing to remote work arrangements. To enable employees to carry out diverse tasks remotely, HR teams must provide them with facilitating tools and technologies. At the same time, they require the right tools and technologies to carry out HR tasks remotely. On top of that, HR teams need to maintain the organisation’s culture even when people can no longer see each other in person. Technologies such as cloud computing, unified communication tools, performance management software and video conferencing technologies help HR teams master remote work management.
BRAVING TALENT MARKET CHALLENGES
Remote work mandate meant for the talent market proliferation of job opportunities, wider talent pools and a shift to virtual hiring practices. This resulted in a surge in demand for video interviewing, virtual onboarding and AI-based technologies. In an ever-evolving talent market, a slew of challenges such as the war for talent and the ‘great resignation’ has erupted. As a result, organisations are increasingly investing in automation, AI and data analytics to optimise their hiring processes and enjoy time and cost savings. Additionally, such HR technologies enable recruiters to hire higher-quality candidates faster.
RE-ENVISIONING EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE
As the resignation pile mounts up and the stack of resumes becomes less than a handful, HR teams across the globe are racking their brains in the quest for a cure-all. Technology allows HR teams to rethink their employee experience and reinforce their talent retention strategies. From improving the employee onboarding process to supporting greater work-life balance to elevating employee wellbeing, technology is helping HR to reshape the employee experience. Consequently, investments in tools and technologies such as intelligent chatbots, video conferencing, recommended learning and development, etc., that enhance employee experience are continuously rising.
CONTINUOUS RESKILLING AND UPSKILLING
The global pandemic ushered in a period of great reshuffling, which meant new technologies, tools, innovations and even new jobs. As many jobs, skills and practices become obsolete, HR leaders must upskill and reskill their workforce to take on new responsibilities and challenges. Technologies that enable faster learning paths, interactive and engaging journeys and performance tracking saw an uptick in demand. As digital transformation becomes a permanent fixture on CEO agendas, constant reskilling and upskilling are becoming a priority for HR leaders. As a result, giving rise to persistent demand for new learning and development technologies.
Technology is enabling organisations to inch closer to the future of work and evolve with it. The coming together of HR and technology can catalyse this wave of change. By making the most of this window of opportunity, HR can evolve from an auxiliary authority to an enabling force.
Yogita Tulsiani is the MD & Co-founder of iXceed Solutions, which is a global tech-recruiter provider.
THE BOYS SEASON 3 UNLEASHES UNSEEN LEVELS OF GORE AND PROFANITY
The 2010s are widely regarded as the Marvel decade. But, a more accurate way to describe them is as ‘the superhero decade’.
Amazon Prime Video series ‘The Boys’ is not just one of the best shows about superheroes but it also makes for a great case study in subversion of all the best-known tropes associated with the superhero genre. How many superhero shows out there are focused on exploring how toxic our obsession is with them? ‘The Boys’ does a great job of critiquing the superhero culture as perpetuated by Marvel and DC but never at the cost of entertainment. It is never preachy and always very entertaining and full of whacky ideas. ‘The Boys’ is based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. In its third season, the series spills even more blood (yes, you read it right!), unleashing hitherto unseen levels of gore, profanity, nudity and sex. Don’t believe me? Consider a scene in the season premiere wherein a superhero shrinks down and climbs inside another person’s body part and mistakenly blows it to smithereens.
The 2010s are widely regarded as the Marvel decade. But, a more accurate way to describe them is as the superhero decade. Interestingly, nobody was so sure about the future of superhero films about 10 years back. Remember, the first leg of the Spider-Man and the X-Men series had ended in 2007 and 2009, respectively. The future looked uncertain for both the franchises. The second leg of the Superman series never really got going after the mixed-bad response to the 2006 film ‘Superman Returns’. What Christopher Nolan achieved with ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008) was seen more as a personal triumph of a director’s vision than a superhero genre breakthrough. It all changed with ‘Iron Man 2’ (2010) which catapulted the Nick Fury-led S.H.I.E.L.D to instant fame—two years after it was first introduced as part of ‘Iron Man’ (2008) during a post-credits scene. Following the release of ‘Iron Man 2,’ the Walt Disney Studios agreed to pay Paramount a whopping amount for the worldwide distribution rights to ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘The Avengers.’ And the rest, as they say, is history.
Soon, Hollywood was raining superheroes. As Marvel was putting together The Avengers, DC Comics started planning their Justice League lineup. Before we knew it, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014) also came alive. The X-Men franchise too got a new lease of life with ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011). Next year, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ was released with a fresh cast and storyline. Subsequently, Zack Snyder delivered ‘Man of Steel’ (2013)—the first film of DC’s Superman reboot that was followed by the 2016 offering ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ In 2015, Marvel came out with ‘Ant-Man’ which was followed by ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ in 2018. In 2016, ‘Deadpool’ went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated film at the time. It was followed by ‘Deadpool 2’ (2018). Soon the battle for female superhero supremacy started as DC came out with the hugely successful ‘Wonder Woman’ in 2017 and Marvel responded with an even bigger success in the form of ‘Captain Marvel’ (2019). 2018 also witnessed another superhero film Venom based on a character that appeared in ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007). All this proves why the 2010s are regarded as the superhero decade.
When the Amazon Prime Video series ‘The Boys’ premiered in July 2019, it took superhero film enthusiasts by storm. For, it offered something rarely seen in the genre: superheroes, popular as celebrities, influential as politicians, and revered as Gods, abusing their powers instead of using them for good. The Boys follows the eponymous team of vigilantes as they try to expose the Seven, Vought International’s premier superhero team led by the egotistical and megalomaniacal Homelander (menacingly portrayed by Antony Starr; the character is considered to be analogous to DC›s Superman). The Seven, among others, also features Queen Maeve (essayed by Dominique McElligott with equal parts brain and brawn; the character is considered to be analogous to DC›s Wonder Woman). The Boys, on the other hand, are led by Billy Butcher (brilliantly played by the uber-cool Karl Urban), a former CIA operative who despises all individuals with superpowers.
Following the success of the first season of ‘The Boys,’ the second season proved to be bigger and grander at so many levels. Firstly, the stakes were much higher. We had a few new characters with some incredible superpowers. On one hand, we had the enigmatic Stormfront, gifted with the unique ability to manipulate electricity along with many other powers. Although she joined the Seven as its newest member, her real intentions as well as her actual origins remained unknown (she was later revealed to be the first supe in the world who was once closely associated with the Nazi Party). Then, there was a mysterious new character gifted with the power to get anyone’s head to explode at will (who is shockingly revealed to be none other than Congresswomen Victoria Neuman). The second season of ‘The Boys’ also presented Black Noir in a new light. A-Train and The Deep again had solid character arcs this season. The character of Vought CEO Stan Edgar (chillingly essayed by Giancarlo Esposito) also came to the fore. The various arcs involving Homelander, Billy Butcher, Queen Maeve, Starlight, Hughie, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk, and Kimiko also got explored well.
In the new season also, we are presented with a very interesting mix of the old and the new characters. After his wife Becca’s death, Butcher is more obsessed than ever with killing Homelander (an increasingly menacing and creepy-looking Antony Starr). When Queen Maeve tells him about a past supe known as ‘Soldier Boy,’ Butcher leads an investigation to uncover the truth about his mysterious death. Maeve also gives him a few vials of a new serum developed by Vought that gives normal people superpowers for 24 hours. Given his intense hatred for all things supe, will he be able to wield it in order to take the fight to expose Vought?
‘The Boys’ has thus far lived up to its promise of being an irreverent, unapologetically sharp-witted, and no-holds-barred flip on the superhero genre. The third season takes us to ever darker places and the end doesn’t seem nigh.
LEGACY WASTE CONTINUES TO BRING EMBARRASSMENT TO HARYANA
Finding the working of authorities unsatisfactory in Haryana, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Haryana government to clear legacy waste in several districts which continues to bring the state embarrassment along with health hazards. In wake of the prevailing scenario, bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also directed the state government to constitute a committee to ensure removal of waste from the concerned sites but even after the issuance of a certain set of guidelines, the things remains unchanged which is a matter of serious concern requiring the state government to come up with requisite steps.Thus, the disposal of the legacy waste (old waste) seems an uphill task for Haryana as the State Government has requested the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for exemption in time limit, stating that due to some reasons, timely disposal of the waste couldn’t take place. The NGT has made it clear several times that breach of norms with regard to Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 and non-compliance is most likely subject to penalty. While pertaining to the issue, Kamal Gupta, who holds the portfolio of Urban Local Body Minister said that the process for the disposal of the garbage has been initiated but it is likely to take time as the same requires a sizable chunk of resources.In this regard, according to a report submitted to the NGO by the state government , 40 lakh metric tonnes waste has been processed so far which is 52 percent of the pending waste. According to reports of last year, a total of 71.68 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste was lying at several dumping sites in municipalities in Haryana.
Opposition roars over law and order issue during budget session
On the first day of Bhagwant Mann Government’s first budget session, tributes were paid to many late personalitieas including Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. After 13 minutes, the proceedings of the house were adjourned till 2 pm.
Congress MLA Pratap Singh Bajwa brought an adjournment motion on law and order which was rejected by the speaker. Congress leader Pratap Bajwa raised question on law and order and asked how law and order situation could be ignored by the ruling government. There was a ruckus in the House demanding a discussion on law and order. Raja Warring of Congress, Ashwani Sharma of BJP, and Akali members agitated against the government. Congress members staged a walkout.All the opposition members who reached the Well started shouting slogans against the Speaker. The speaker appealed to all the members to sit. During this, Bajwa said that his life is in danger, the CM has also told that his life is in danger, and the video has gone viral. Why is there no debate in the House on such a serious issue?
The speaker said to keep their point during the discussion on the address. After this, all Congress members including BJP and SAD staged a walkout from the house. The discussion on the Governor’s address has begun in the House. MLA Aman Arora said that most of the promises were fulfilled in three months.
On the first day of the budget session of the 16th Punjab Legislative Assembly, the House paid tributes to former ministers Hardeepinder Singh Badal and Jathedar Tota Singh, besides former MLAs Sukhdev Singh Sukhladhi and Shingara Ram Sahungara. The House also paid tribute to freedom fighters Tara Singh, Swaran Singh, Karora Singh, and Sukhraj Singh Sandhanwalia, who played an important role in freeing the country from the clutches of British imperialism.
The House also paid tribute to mountaineer Gurcharan Singh Bhangu Arjuna Awardee, who successfully scaled the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, in 1965.
Tributes were also paid to the great athlete Hari Chand Arjuna Awardee, who brought laurels to the country in the field of athletics. Tributes were also paid to famous Punjabi singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu (Sidhu Moosewala), who made a name for himself in the field of music and entertainment.
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