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CM Amarinder knew of agriculture laws since Aug 2019, didn’t inform farmers: AAP


Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, January 24  

Aam Admi Party Delhi MLA and co-incharge of AAP Punjab Raghav Chaddha said on Sunday that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh knew about the farm laws and was privy to the terms of reference of the high-powered committee constitutes to make and discuss the laws in August 2019, yet he remained silent for a year and did not share the information with the state peasantry.

Chadha also said the chief minister knew about the terms of reference clearly mentioned in the office memorandum, which he claimed would mean large scale privatisation and corporatisation of agriculture in the country.

Chadha, who claimed he was sharing information received by his party through an RTI, said Punjab chief minister didn’t oppose the farm laws well in time, when they could have been withdrawn.

Speaking to the press here on Sunday, Chadha said: “Captain Amarinder Singh said he did not have any information regarding the laws and he or the state was not a member of the committee. He also said the finance minister was sent to the formal meeting because it was financial issue. But the RTI makes it clear that as per an office memorandum dated August 7, 2019, that the chief minister was the seventh member of the high powered committee of CMs constituted by the Prime Minister. He was privy to what the laws entailed since August 2019”.

Reading out from the RTI Chadha said, the Prime Minister approved the revised constitution of a High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for the ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’ on August 7, 2019.

Chadha added in the agenda of the committee, the terms of reference included key three points— Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and Facilitation Act, 2017; Agricultural Produce and Livestock, Contract farming and Services (promotion and Facilitation Act), 2018; and “to examine various provisions of the Essential Commodity Act and situations that require essential commodity act”.

He added: “The further points of the terms of reference also detailed the privatisation of agriculture”.

Chadha said: “This means Capt Amarinder Singh was aware the laws would lead to the breaking of mandis, weakening or finishing of the MSP law and largely the privatisation of agriculture. He was aware the laws would lead to hoarding and the enslavement of farmers but he chose not to speak about them for a year nor inform farmers or farmer unions”. 

“The document was given to every committee member. The AAP questions him why he chose not to tell and prevent the passing of the law? We also ask the CM to share one document with us where you opposed the terms of reference for the laws. If farmers knew the laws, the passing of them could have been stopped beforehand,” he said.

When questioned whether the AAP thinks Punjab chief minister attended the meeting on the laws, Chadha says: “We have not received the minutes of the meeting but since the chief minister was aware of the several points of the terms of the reference of the high powered committee, he clearly knew what the law entailed. And even if we suppose his finance minister attended the meeting at Delhi clearly the CM must have been intimated of what happened”.

The other chief ministers who were members of the high powered committee were then Mahrashtra chief minister Devendra Phadnavis, Haryana’s CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Tomar and Niti Ayog member Ramesh Chand, AAP said.

 

 





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Ryan Dorsey Says Son Josey, 5, Has Been ‘So Strong’ & ‘Brave’ Since Tragic Death Of Mom Naya Rivera

The late Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey says he’s so proud of their son Josey, calling their “resilient’ little boy, ‘strong, brave and so kind’ since her tragic drowning death in 2020.

Ryan Dorsey and the late Naya Rivera‘s son Josey just celebrated his first holiday season without his beloved mom, who drowned during a boating outing in July 2020. The 37-year-old actor says that his son is so “strong and brave,” in a new Instagram post showing how Ryan’s favorite NFL team the Carolina Panthers gifted five-year-old Josey with plenty of team gear for Christmas.

In the Jan. 21 IG #ThrowbackThursday share, a smiling Josey could be seen wearing a large knit cap with a big panther’s face on top. He also showed off an official “Team Member” badge on a neck lanyard. Josey sat next to a white box table with the panther’s logo on it, and a turquoise and black “Sir Purr” pillow with a panther paw print on it. A team banner with their motto “Keep Pounding” could be seen behind Josey, hanging on his bedroom wall.

“Shout to @panthers and @sirpurr for sending us some sweet holiday swag. We really appreciate it. This little boy…man…I couldn’t be any prouder of someone. At such a young age, he’s endured more than anyone should at 5 years old,” Ryan began in the caption.

“Without even fully realizing it, he lives the #keeppounding mantra every day with his resilience,” the Yellowstone star continued. He said of his son, “You’re so strong, so brave, and so kind. I will always be proud of you and we will always #keeppounding b/c that’s all we can do.”

Ryan added, “To everyone that had a tough 2020…you will never forget it, we think about it every day and I feel for you and vibrate alongside you on that frequency…I hope you can find some way to go on with your days, to persevere – no matter how hard it is. All the love. #keeppounding.”

Ryan Dorsey has been raising his son Josey by late ex-wife Naya Rivera following her her tragic July 2020 drowning in a California lake. He says his son is so ‘brave’ and ‘resilient’ despite the devastating loss of his mom. Photo credit: MEGA/SplashNews

Naya tragically drowned while taking Josey out on a boating trip on Southern California’s Lake Piru on July 8, 2020. The pair went for a swim in the water when Sheriff’s officials believe the pontoon boat began to drift away from them. The former Glee star sacrificed her own life to save her son’s by getting him safely back aboard the boat, while she was unable to do so for herself.

After her body was found on July 13 following an extensive search of the lake, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub told reporters that “She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself.” According to little Josey via an autopsy report released on Sept. 13, Naya’s final word was a cry for “‘help as she put her arm in the air,” the report said. “She then disappeared into the water.” Since her death, Naya’s sister Nickayla has moved in with Ryan to help him raise Josey in the absence of the boy’s beloved mom.

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Bitcoin Extends Slide, Heads for Worst Week Since March 2020


Bitcoin fell heavily on Friday and was heading toward its sharpest weekly drop since last March, as worries over its technology and regulation extended a pullback from recent record highs.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency fell more than 5 percent to an almost three-week low of $28,800 (roughly Rs. 21 lakhs) in the Asia session, before steadying around $30,000 (roughly Rs. 21.8 crores). It has lost 15 percent so far this week, the biggest drop since a 33 percent fall in March.

Traders said a report posted to Twitter by BitMEX Research, suggesting that part of a Bitcoin may have been spent twice, had hurt confidence in the technology underlying the asset class and also that a pullback was overdue after a huge rally.

“You wouldn’t want to rationalise too much into a market that’s as inefficient and immature as Bitcoin, but certainly there’s a reversal in momentum,” said Kyle Rodda, an analyst at IG Markets in Melbourne, in the wake of the BitMEX report. “The herd has probably looked at this and thought it sounded scary and shocking and it’s now the time to sell.”

Bitcoin is now around 30 percent below the record high of $42,000 (roughly Rs. 30.6 lakhs) it hit two weeks ago, losing ground amid growing concerns that it is one of a number of financial market price bubbles and as cryptocurrencies catch regulators’ attention.

During a US Senate hearing on Tuesday, Janet Yellen, President Joe Biden’s pick to head the US Treasury, expressed concerns that cryptocurrencies could be used to finance illegal activities.

That followed a call last week from European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde for global regulation of bitcoin.

Still, some said the pullback comes with the territory for an asset that is some 700 percent above the 2020 low of $3,850 (roughly Rs. 2.8 lakhs) hit in March.

“It’s a highly volatile piece,” said Michael McCarthy, strategist at brokerage CMC Markets in Sydney. “It made extraordinary gains and it’s doing what bitcoin does and swinging around.”

Second-biggest cryptocurrency ethereum also dropped to a one-week low, of $1,041.22 (roughly Rs. 75,950), before recovering to steady around $1,144 (roughly Rs. 83,450).

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Consumer Confidence Index at highest level since 2017, says Dubai Economy

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Dubai: Dubai saw its Consumer Confidence Index during the last quarter of 2020 rising to the highest level since the third quarter of 2017. The Q4 2020 Index of 142 points was way above the 133 points in the same period last year and 132 points recorded in Q3 2020.

Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah, CEO of the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection Sector in Dubai Economy, said the rising consumer confidence in the emirate was primarily due to expected improvements in personal finance conditions. “During the last quarter of 2020 as many as 82 per cent consumers were positive on the state of their personal finances over the next 12 months, compared to 79 per cent in the same period last year, and optimism was particularly high among 84 per cent of UAE citizens.”

Expectations of an improvement in economic conditions in Dubai over the next 12 months also remain high among consumers as 83 per cent in general and 97 per cent among UAE nationals expressed such optimism. The positive sentiment is further reflected in 85 per cent consumers looking forward to new job opportunities over the next 12 months. Economic initiatives and growth in economic activity that followed the reopening of the markets have strengthened the optimism on jobs.

Overall, 74 per cent consumers feel the time is right to buy the things they need or want to buy, while the feeling is shared by 91 per cent of UAE nationals. Among those consumers who expect to have money left after basic expenses 43 per cent said they would spend the balance on vacations while 36 per cent plan to save it for the future. Reducing outdoor entertainment to balance expenses and income is part of the plan for 54 per cent of consumers while 53 per cent intend to cut down on buying new clothes, 48 per cent would delay technology upgrades, and 39 per cent would reduce ordering food from outside.

The Consumer Confidence Index captures a consumer’s perceptions on the economy as well as intentions and expectations of buying and saving. The study help in developing policies related to consumer protection in addition to enabling the private sector to estimate demand and develop their marketing strategies accordingly.

Dubai Economy also urged consumers to report any negative phenomena or practice that violate the precautionary guidelines against COVID-19 through the Dubai Consumer App available on Apple, Google and Huawei stores, by calling 600545555 or on the Consumerrights.ae website.

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COVID-19: France exceeds 70,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic

PARIS | France crossed the threshold of 70,000 dead from COVID-19 on Saturday since the start of the epidemic, according to figures from Public Health France.

• Read also: All developments in the COVID-19 pandemic

A total of 70,142 people have died from the disease, including 196 in the past 24 hours, the national agency said in its daily report.

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Tech News

Amazon Union Election to Start in February, First Since 2014


Amazon’s first US union election since 2014 is scheduled to begin with the mailing of ballots in early February and a vote count starting March 30, a US labor board official said in a filing on Friday.

The announcement brings employees at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, a step closer to deciding whether to join part of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). A “yes” vote would mark the first-ever for a US Amazon facility.

Unions have had greater success organizing at Amazon elsewhere, such as in France, where they precipitated a month-long closure of its warehouses last year.

As of January 7, Amazon employed almost 6,200 hourly workers at the warehouse, according to the filing. To win, the union needs a simple majority of those who submit ballots.

While Amazon had preferred in-person voting, the labor board sided with the union on a mail-in procedure “because this is the safest and most appropriate method of conducting an election in view of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the filing said.

America’s second-largest private employer after Walmart Inc, Amazon has long avoided unionization, and it has trained managers to spot organizing activity. A website, doitwithoutdues.com, warns the Bessemer employees, “Why pay almost $500 in dues? We’ve got you covered* with high wages, health care, vision, and dental benefits.”

In statements, Amazon said the website’s purpose was to educate staff about “the facts of joining a union” and that “We will continue to insist on measures for a fair election.” The company added that its rejected proposal for an in-person election would improve “associate convenience, vote fidelity, and timeliness of vote count.”

The RWDSU declined to comment.

The world’s largest online retailer has faced criticism over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting some workers to protest outside warehouses and demand their closure. Labor organizing has begun in different parts of the company.

Amazon, reporting more than 19,000 COVID-19 cases as of September, has said it increased cleaning, rolled out virus tests and temperature checks, and added other measures to protect associates.

Ballots will be mailed on February 8, the board filing said.

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Ellen DeGeneres Returns To Show For 1st Time Since Having COVID & Reveals Her 1 Intense Symptom

Back to work! One month after revealing she tested positive for COVID-19, Ellen DeGeneres returned to her talk show on Jan. 13, and updated viewers on her battle with the virus.

Ellen DeGeneres made her big return to daytime television after one month away on Jan. 13. The talk show host took a break from The Ellen DeGeneres Show after testing positive for coronavirus in December. She opened her return show by discussing the diagnosis in her opening monologue, during which she also shared the one symptom that she suffered from while battling the virus.

“For the first three days, I slept for 16 hours a day,” Ellen explained. “Then, on the fourth day, I woke up with back spasms and I thought I pulled a muscle or slept weird because I was [quarantining] in a different bed. But it just persisted, and the doctor put me on pain killers and muscle relaxers. The pain killers did not help. My back got worse. I felt like I cracked a rib. So they finally put me on a steroid pack because the other stuff wasn’t working, and the steroids worked.”

Prior to experiencing the intense back pain herself, Ellen had never heard of anyone else who had that symptom. However, as she started telling more friends about it, she found out that “several people” who she knew had also heard of back pain as a symptom of COVID. “That’s the only symptom I had,” Ellen said. “I didn’t have a headache, I didn’t have a fever, I didn’t lose my sense of taste. I started to feel better and I’m very fortunate and blessed.”

Ellen DeGeneres greets her audience during her first day back on set. (Warner Bros)

Unfortunately, she still has no idea where she contracted the virus. “I still don’t know where I got it,” Ellen admitted. “I wear a mask, I wash my hands. So it’s a mystery to me.” Ellen seemed in great spirits during the show, and of course cracked several jokes amidst the monologue, as well. She also had Dr. Sanjay Gupta on as her first guest back, along with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Ellen joined a long list of celebrities who have also tested positive for the virus. Stars like Khloe Kardashian, Kanye West, Tom Hanks and many more have also opened up about their experience with COVID. Luckily, the vaccine rollout is underway, and some celebrities have also been able to start getting it administered, which will continue over the next several months.

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Trump dad dances at Senate runoff rally to YMCA for first time since his last campaign event

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign anthem made something of a comeback Monday night as he dad danced on stage to the YMCA at the Senate runoff rally in Dalton, Georgia.

The president launched into some awkward shuffling and fist-pumping to the Village People song at the close of the last-ditch rally held to try to drum up support for the two GOP candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. 

The anthem and dance became synonymous with Trump’s rallies in the run-up to the presidential election as he made a tradition of closing out each event with a boogie.

But Monday marked the first time Trump has broken into dance on stage since the last night of his presidential campaign rally on November 2 – hours before Americans went to the polls and voted Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.

Several people took to social media to comment on the return with many quipping that Trump and his supporters must still not know ‘what the song is about’ as it is most well-known as an anthem among the LGBTQ+ community. 

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign anthem made something of a comeback Monday night as he dad danced on stage to the YMCA at the Senate runoff rally in Dalton, Georgia

The president launched into some awkward shuffling and fist-pumping to the Village People song at the close of the last-ditch rally held to try to drum up support for the two GOP candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue

The president launched into some awkward shuffling and fist-pumping to the Village People song at the close of the last-ditch rally held to try to drum up support for the two GOP candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue

The anthem and dance became synonymous with Trump's rallies in the run-up to the presidential election as he made a tradition of closing out each event with a boogie

The anthem and dance became synonymous with Trump’s rallies in the run-up to the presidential election as he made a tradition of closing out each event with a boogie

‘Am I the only one enjoying that Trump and his entire audience don’t get the YMCA reference?’ one person mocked. 

‘Apparently no one has yet told Trump supporters what YMCA is about,’ added another.

Another wrote: ‘ever wonder why Trump plays The village people after his speeches. I don’t believe for a second that Donald Trump even knows what the YMCA is. Might be a interesting deep dive.’ 

Others pointed out that the dad dancing at the end of the rally would be the last time Trump would be on stage as president at a rally.  

‘Finally, for history, here’s soon-to-be former President Trump leaving what is likely to be his last campaign rally as President to the sound of “YMCA”,’ one person wrote.  

‘Maybe the YMCA is where Trump will be staying once he leave the White House,’ another person mocked.  

‘Take back the YMCA song from Trump!’ one social media user said. 

In October, during the presidential campaign, the Village People’s lead singer Victor Willis told BBC he had asked Trump to stop playing their music and lawyers for Scorpio Music – which co-owns the copyright – threatened to take legal action against the Trump campaign.

But in November Willis said he would let Trump keep playing the song and a lawsuit wouldn’t be filed.   

Trump dancing to the YMCA at a rally at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami, Florida, on November 2

Trump dancing to the YMCA at a rally at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Miami, Florida, on November 2

Several people took to social media to comment on the return with many quipping that Trump and his supporters must still not know 'what the song is about' as it is most well-known as an anthem among the LGBTQ+ community

Several people took to social media to comment on the return with many quipping that Trump and his supporters must still not know ‘what the song is about’ as it is most well-known as an anthem among the LGBTQ+ community

Trump’s dance Monday brought an end to the rally where Republicans hoped to win over voters to take to the polls in support of Loeffler and Perdue Tuesday.    

Despite attending to back the candidates in Tuesday’s election, Trump spent much of the rally focusing on his own loss in the White House race.  

‘Hello Georgia. By the way there’s no way we lost Georgia. That was a rigged election. But we’re still fighting it. And you’ll see what’s going to happen. We’ll talk about it,’ Trump claimed. 

He later added: ‘You know I’ve had two elections, I’ve won both of them, it’s amazing. And I actually did much better in the second one.’ 

Three vote counts show Joe Biden won Georgia by more than 12,000 votes. And nationwide, Biden won 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.  

Trump then demanded Vice President Mike Pence ‘come through for us’ when he is set to announce President-elect Joe Biden the election winner at a Congressional session on January 6.  

‘I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. He’s a great guy,’ Trump said. 

‘Of course if he doesn’t come through I won’t like him quite as much.’   

Also at the event, Loeffler reinforced her claims earlier in the day that she would join 12 other GOP senators in challenging the Electoral College count. 

‘On January 6, I will object to the Electoral College vote,’ she said to the crowd.   

Perdue was absent from the event as he is in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 through a staffer.   

Trump's dance Monday brought an end to the rally where Republicans hoped to win over voters to take to the polls in support of Loeffler and Perdue Tuesday

Trump’s dance Monday brought an end to the rally where Republicans hoped to win over voters to take to the polls in support of Loeffler and Perdue Tuesday 

Despite attending to back the candidates in Tuesday's election, Trump spent much of the rally focusing on his own loss in the White House race

Despite attending to back the candidates in Tuesday’s election, Trump spent much of the rally focusing on his own loss in the White House race 

Trump’s trip to the Peach State came hours after President-elect Joe Biden held a rival campaign event in Atlanta Monday afternoon to try to give a final campaign boost to Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. 

Biden told the crowd that a Democratic-controlled Senate would push through changes such as the raising of the COVID stimulus checks from $600 to $2,000 that Senate Republicans have stopped.

‘If you’re like millions of Americans all across this country, you need the money. You need the help and you need it now. Now, look, Georgia, there’s no one in America with more power to make that happen than you,’ the President-elect told the crowd. 

‘The power is literally in your hands. By electing Jon and the reverend, you can break the gridlock that has gripped Washington,’ he added. 

The two Georgia Senate seats are still up for grabs after candidates on neither side of the political line managed to secure the 50 percent threshold to secure a seat on November 3. 

This means that on January 5, Perdue goes head-to-head with Democrat opponent Jon Ossoff and Loeffler with Democrat Raphael Warnock.

The outcome will ultimately decide which party takes control of the Senate. 

If the two Democrats win, the party will hold a 50-50 split meaning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris then has the deciding vote on matters. 

If one or both of the Republicans win they will take control, likely making it difficult for the Biden administration to pass policies through the Senate.      

Trump has repeatedly undermined the race and at the weekend tweeted that it was ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’.

But hours later he vowed to attend the event and tweeted urging people to vote. 

The two Georgia Senate seats are still up for grabs after candidates on neither side of the political line managed to secure the 50 percent threshold to secure a seat on November 3. Loeffler and Trump at Monday's rally

The two Georgia Senate seats are still up for grabs after candidates on neither side of the political line managed to secure the 50 percent threshold to secure a seat on November 3. Loeffler and Trump at Monday’s rally 

Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia after the rally. Trump's presence at the event was cast in doubt in the wake of the leak of his phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia after the rally. Trump’s presence at the event was cast in doubt in the wake of the leak of his phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

His presence at the event was cast in more doubt Monday in the wake of the leak of his phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, appearing to show the president desperately trying to pressure the official to ‘find’ votes to turn the state red.

Raffensperger leaked Saturday’s phone call and the conversation was first released by the Washington Post Sunday.  

‘All I want to do is this: I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have,’ Trump said on the call. 

‘There’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.’

Several officials are calling for criminal action to be taken against the president over the call while Republicans have voiced concerns that his actions may have scuppered his own party’s chances of taking the Senate.  

Democrats reportedly hold an edge in early, in-person voting in the run-off races with Fox News reporting that 2.8 million Georgians have already cast ballots and participation has so far been higher in Democratic Congressional districts.   

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Ciara celebrates shedding two stones since giving birth with sultry selfie

Ciara has shown off her weight loss with a sultry selfie to highlight losing 28 pounds (two stone) since giving birth in July 2020.

The 35-year-old singer welcomed her third child last summer and has since embarked on a weight loss journey that culminated in her revealing pic, which she posted to Instagram on Monday.

Ciara opened up about her diet program and how becoming a Weight Watchers ambassador in September last year, has helped her but she says she has not reached her weight goal just yet.

The songstress is eyeing up shedding another 20 pounds before she is happy with her weight situation.

Ciara shares sultry selfie after shedding two stones

Writing on Instagram, Ciara shared: “Super Proud of where I am starting off 2021! Down 28 pounds thanks to @WW!! This journey has been easy, stress free and fun!

“Especially juggling mommy life, work life, exercise, etc! The WW app has been a game changer! 20 more lbs to go!”

Ciara also shared a stunning selfie in which the pink-haired singer wore a white teddy top, which accentuated her cleavage, as she showed fans her stunning transformation.

She had shared the news that she had become a Weight Watchers ambassador, just three months after welcoming her baby son, Win.

Ciara is full of happiness in her Christmas family portrait

Ciara wrote on Instagram: “Good morning! I am so excited to share some amazing news with you all.

“I’ve been sharing my meals and I’ve been sharing my fitness journey post baby and I’m so excited to share that I am officially with the WW family.

“That’s right, I’m ready to level up my eating habits and commit to making a lifestyle.”

Weight Watchers president and CEO, Mindy Grossman, praised the singer after the announcement.

In a statement, she said: “Ciara has an extraordinary ability to motivate others through her experiences and wellness journey on WW.

“Her commitment to herself and her passion to make an impact is inspiring and I look forward to watching her journey unfold.”

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Saira Khan hints she’s been inundated with job offers since quitting Loose Women

Saira Khan’s future is looking bright after the former Loose Women star quit her role on the daytime show over the weekend.

The 50-year-old TV regular decided it was time to leave the ITV series after spending five years on the panel, making her announcement after taking inspiration from co-star Andrea McLean, who told fans she was leaving the show in recent months.

Fortunately, Saira says she has been flooded with plenty of job offers since she stepped down from the panel alongside her fellow co-stars.

Taking to her Instagram Story during a live workout with her followers on Monday, Saira hinted that she has moved onto something new already.

Saira Khan has stepped down from Loose Women

She explained: “It was time to go after five years on Loose Women, and you know when you just know it’s the right time to take that plunge and focus on other things looking for new adventures.

“You just have to do it, you can’t think ahead what if, what maybe. Believe in yourself, believe in your ability, believe in your own karma you created.”

She urged her fans to be real, adding: “Be honest, be authentic, you have to take your time.”

She wrote in her column ‘The pandemic ‘certainly made me assess my priorities, values and how I want to move forward with my life'”

“I’ve done five years on Loose Women – I had a great time but it is time to move on”, Saira continued, adding that the reason she changed her mind is down to reflecting on her life at 50 and spending time with her family.

She concluded: “All those things have really come together, you have to jump and make things happen.”

After quitting the show, Saira wrote in her column for The Mirror, the pandemic “certainly made me assess my priorities, values and how I want to move forward with my life.”

It was a difficult decision for the TV star but she said she wants to focus on pursuing other projects.

She has been a regular on the panel

This includes turning her attention to her own skincare business Saira Skin.

She has since inspired others who weren’t getting satisfaction from their jobs to try something new.

She explained: “It was a difficult decision, but when you feel there is nothing left to share on a show that is all about sharing, it’s time to bow out.

“I think I’ve shown everyone I’m an opinionated, strong woman, but now I want to focus on pursuing other media projects, running my skincare business, Saira Skin, and developing my love for wellness.

Saira is moving on with better things

“Others too have found that Covid has given them the kick they needed to quit jobs that don’t bring them satisfaction, and to try something new.”

Saira shot to fame as a contestant on The Apprentice.

She’s built up a high-flying presenting career on TV in the entertainment spheres.

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