Cong. glorifying Zakir Naik, says PM

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday alleged that the Congress praised controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, “whose words have triggered blasts in Sri Lanka killing 300 people”, and its leaders were baying for his blood in their dream.Addressing an election rally here in Madhya Pradesh, he said the Rahul Gandhi-led party has nothing but hatred for him, but he has support of the entire country.“Zakir Naik’s words have caused blasts in Sri Lanka, leaving 300 people dead. His TV channel was banned two or three days ago,” Mr. Modi said.“Who is Zakir Naik? He is the one whom (Congress veteran) Digvijaya Singh used to glorify unabashedly. You will be shocked to learn that Zakir Naik addressed Indian police officers, that too on terrorism, under the (previous) Congress dispensation,” he said.“Shame on Congress… and its vote bank politics. They are glorifying Zakir Naik and calling him an apostle of peace,” he added.Naik, a Mumbai-based televangelist accused of inciting youth for terror activities and giving inflammatory speeches, is said to be currently residing in Malaysia.Apparently referring to a reported statement of Congress leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Prime Minister said, “I heard that a Congress motormouth leader came here and said hit Modi for such a six that he lands out of the boundary dead. This was the statement of a Congress leader. Think. They have so much hatred for your Modi, so much hatred that they have started dreaming of killing Modi.”‘India batting for Modi’ “But they are forgetting that from Modi’s side, not just the people of Madhya Pradesh but of entire India are batting,” Mr. Modi said.The PM said the Congress has to now clarify its position on terrorism. “The Congress people should reveal whether they are playing for India or Pakistan,” he said.last_img read more

There are only four types of cities

first_imgAny globetrotting tourist will tell you that all cities are unique. The challenge is to figure out what they have in common. Fortunately, there’s at least one thing that is nakedly apparent for every single city: the contours of its streets as seen from outer space. A team of researchers has now taken those street maps and analyzed them as mathematical networks. It turns out that all cities can be boiled down to just four different types based on the “fingerprint” of their street networks, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface: a grid of medium-sized blocks that are mostly square or regular rectangles, a dominant fraction of small blocks with a diverse array of shapes, mostly medium-sized blocks with diverse shapes, or a mosaic of patches of mostly small squares or rectangles. For example, those who say that American and European cities tend to be “laid out differently” now have mathematical evidence. Boston’s famously confusing street map—which produces small and diversely shaped city blocks—is more like a European city’s than that of the typical gridlike U.S. city. And some of the largest cities are revealed to be a hodgepodge of different parts. The five boroughs of New York City (above) are closer matches to different cities around the world than they are to each other. Manhattan has the gridlike street layout of Brazilian cities like Campo Grande and Curitiba, while the Bronx’s streets look like those of Porto, Portugal. Brooklyn is strikingly similar to Detroit, Michigan, at least in layout. And Staten Island? It’s like walking the streets of As-Suwayda, Syria.last_img read more

Assam CM meets Rajnath

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 8 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him various issues concerning the state.During the 20 minute meeting, Sonowal briefed him about the prevailing law and order situation in Assam and steps taken to ensure peace in the Northeastern state, official sources said.Sonowal, who heads the first BJP government in Assam, assumed charge in May. Before becoming the Chief Minister, he was the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs. PTI ACB RGlast_img read more

Kolkata Test: Indian pacers create a new record in thrilling draw at Eden

first_imgIndia pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav created a new record during the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.Bhuvneshwar, Shami and Umesh picked up 17 wickets in total which is the most by Indian pacers in a Test match in India. It was also the first instance in 262 Tests when no Indian spinner managed to pick up a single wicket in a home Test.Bhuvi, in particular, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he finished with eight wickets (four wickets in each innings) in the match and deservedly bagged the man-of-the-match award. Shami picked up four wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings and two in the second while Umesh scalped two in the first and one in the final innings.Chasing 231 in the final innings, Sri Lanka held on for a thrilling draw, finishing at 75/7, with the match being called off early for the third day in succession due to bad light.Captain Virat Kohli heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar after the match.”It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. As you mentioned, conditions changed drastically into day four- five. We showed character after being on the back foot initially,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.”Bhuvneshwar has picked up pace. Bowls heavier balls than before and hits the right areas. He’s grabbing his chances and is a massive contender to start every Test match for India. He’ll do us good in overseas conditions, and not just in home conditions.advertisement”He’s going to be an important part of our plan going forward in all formats. He’s doing well in the shorter formats and now 8 wickets in this Test. Credit to him; he’s working hard and it’s paying for him,” he added.Earlier, Kohli led India’s fightback with a stunning 104* off 119 balls which included 12 boundaries and two sixes. India ended up with 352 for 8 and declared as soon as Kohli reached his 18th Test hundred with a six off Suranga Lakmal in the fag end of the second session.It was Kohli’s 50th century in international cricket and his first Test ton at the Eden Gardens.”I didn’t try to think about the situation and pressure. The shots started coming off. Luckily, they took the new ball – the old ball was soft and it wasn’t easy to get it away – and I thought I might as well go for it. If you have the intent,  luck favours you too. Little bit of luck, bit of inside edge in the seventies,” Kohli said on his hundred.In fact, so dominant was India’s pace battery that India’s star spin twin,  R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja bowled a total of 10 overs in the entire match. Ashwin was not even called on to bowl in the final innings. Imagine India trying to win a Test match on the fifth day and Ashwin not even getting an over.The next Test match will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur from November 24.last_img read more

The Warriors got first blood thanks despite an off night by Splash Brothers

first_imgDraymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Shaun Livingston scored a personal postseason best of 20 and Golden State’s bench came up big as the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday night to move three wins from a repeat title.The duo of Steph Curry and Clay Thompson scored just 20 points on 8-for-27 shooting, each knocking down a late 3-pointer.Golden State’s bench outscored the Cavs’ reserves 45-10 in the opener of this Finals rematch, which the Warriors reached even with Curry missing six games with injuries this postseason.“When you get outscored 45-10 on the bench and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road,” James said. “Don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond.”Leandro Barbosa returned from a minor back injury to shoot 5-for-5 on the way to 11 points, while 2015 Finals MVP Iguodala had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and played some stingy defense on James.James kicked off his sixth straight Finals with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, but cold-shooting Cleveland went 38.1 percent from the floor. Kyrie Irving, lost to a devastating knee injury in a Game 1 overtime defeat last year, scored 26 points, 11 on free throws.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ACT Super League Results

first_imgIt was an exciting day of finals at the Raiders Belconnen fields on Saturday, with the semi finals and grand finals of the 2012 ACT Super League series. Please see below for the results. Eagles Win Men’s Super League TitleThe Woden Eagles have claimed the ACT Men’s Super League title, defeating last year’s winners the Northern Phoenix by one touchdown. The Eagles led for the majority of the game and after leading by one touchdown at half-time were able to hold on to claim the title 8-7. Vikings Claim Women’s Super League VictoryThe Tuggeranong Vikings have come from behind to claim the 2012 ACT Super League Women’s Open title, defeating the Canberra City Bears 8-5. The Vikings trailed at half-time by one touchdown but five second half touchdowns to one saw them take away the win by three touchdowns. To see the full match reports, please visit www.acttouch.com.au. Highlights from the Super League finals have been uploaded to the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksSuper League Finalslast_img read more

Jamaicans to be Trained for Logistics Hub

first_imgThe Government is working to ensure that there is a pool of skilled local workers available to operate in the Global Logistics Hub, when it is developed. Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said that the process has already begun to secure this cohort, with a significant training initiative to begin soon.“We are about to sign a co-operation agreement with Panama and we’re going to discuss a similar arrangement with Dubai in which we propose to send some people …to begin that training exercise so that when we come on stream, hopefully on a phased basis, we will have more and more of our people trained and prepared and ready to participate,” he said.Minister Hylton was addressing a Trade and Global Logistics Hub Luncheon Forum hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Jamaica on Wednesday, April 17, at the Spanish Court Hotel.The Government’s Global Logistics Hub initiative is aimed at taking advantage of the anticipated increase in maritime activities from the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled for completion in 2015.The Minister further informed that the old Machado building at South Camp Road is being converted to facilitate all local logistics training, adding that the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is also being expanded “to respond to this (need)”.“In the final analysis, where the critical skills would come from to ‘jump start’ the process, we’re prepared to embrace that, because…a number of our people (would be) trained so that in the medium to longer-term, they would be running these operations… and that includes our Diaspora, who have signaled their willingness (to offer their services),” he said.In developing the hub, which will position the country as the world’s fourth node in the global supply and logistics chain, the Government is now moving ahead to prepare the workforce, build out the necessary infrastructure, and put in place the legislative arrangements.The key elements of the Government’s global logistics hub initiative are: development of the Caymanas Economic Zone; dredging of the Kingston Harbour; expanding the port facility at Fort Augusta and Gordon Cay; establishing a Dry Dock facility at Jackson Bay, Clarendon; establishing a transshipment commodity port facility near Yallahs, St. Thomas; and developing an air cargo and passenger facility at Vernamfield, in Clarendon.The initiative was unveiled last year and is one of the planks on which the Government intends to grow the Jamaican economy.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

The revitalising rain

first_imgIt’s the onset of the monsoon season and with it comes the water-logging, traffic snarls, the deluge and the vehicle breakdowns. But perhaps there is more to the rainy season than we can actually think of sitting at our workstations, going through the grind, stuck in air-conditioned rooms and cubicles, doing rigorous night shifts that might help us climb up our career ladders, but will definitely deprive us of the little joys of life. Childhood used to be so much fun. With the sounds of rain pitter-patting on the window panes, the light breeze whispering tales untold, the faraway field echoing with silent footsteps, little children making paper boats that carried the message of innocent love were all part of life then. Today, on a rainy day, there’s hardly any time to pick up that favourite book we read while growing up, flipping through the pages, going back to memories of days long forgotten. There is hardly any time to play in the muddy puddles and watch the beautiful rainbows, to breathe in the fresh air, to play football for hours in the mud and dance in the rain. Now, in our relentless pursuit of aims and ambitions, we have forgotten the pure unbridled happiness that we experienced during the rains of our childhood. The stains on our uniforms, the steaming hot pakodas, those paper boats made out of school notebooks, those droplets on the tree branches are all part of the nostalgia now. It still rains, there are rainbows too and raindrops do collect on the branches as well like little white pearls, but we, as individuals, have lost our innocence and our ability to live and blossom under the natural cover. It’s the concrete jungle that has overtaken the bliss of greenery. It is the isolated, self-centred, egotistical ‘Us’ who have made not only our lives cramped and confined to our aspirations but have negatively affected the world, from a broader perspective. Pollution, food and water crisis, overpopulation, global warming, extinction of species, migration, unemployment, poverty are just a few of the major problems that stare at us today. And possibly, there is no way out for us as we have already caused irreparable damage to Mother Earth. Also Read – Securing nutritionAs we grow up, rain becomes a word that is often used pejoratively. As the sky opens up, we wear a sad look and barge out of the door for the morning commute to work. From washed-out office meetings to sodden days at the night outs, we seem to dislike the rain. But it is this rain that helps us survive. It is this rain that gives us food, helps farmers to water crops, nourishes the environment and serves as a very precious natural resource. After a scorching summer spell, rain brings in moisture and the flowers bloom, the trees grow green and the world looks refreshingly bathed. That is why we love the colour green, a colour that is fed by the rain. As fresh as the petrichor.last_img read more

Moroccos Abderrazak Hamdallah Becomes Saudi Leagues Top Scorer

Rabat – Moroccan footballer Abderrazak Hamdallah has become the leading scorer of all time in Saudi Arabia’s professional league after scoring 29 goals for Al-Nassr football club this season.The BBC reported that Hamdallah outperformed Al Ahli’s Syrian footballer Omar Al Somah, who had made 27 goals in the 2015-2016 season.The 28-year-old footballer joined Al-Nassr football club in 2018. He also played for Morocco’s under-23 football team and the national football team. Hamdallah made his debut with the Atlas Lions in a friendly against Burkina Faso in February 2012. The head coach of Morocco’s national football team, Herve Renard, had summoned Hamdallah to play with Morocco in March. The BBC said that the footballer could not accept Renard’s invitation for family reasons.Renard has commented on Hamdallah’s decision, saying that he spoke to him on the phone. “He declined for reasons you know, I had 33 other players to manage, so I turned the page.”Read also: CAN 2019: Morocco’s Atlas Lions Again in ‘Group of Death’It remains to be seen whether Renard will call Hamdallah for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which will take place in June in Egypt. read more

In droughthit Madagascar US donation allows UN to widen delivery of food

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will this week start distributing emergency assistance to about 100,000 people in southern Madagascar suffering from the effects of a crippling drought, following a donation from the United States.The donation of $1.4 million is being used to give out 2,000 tons of sorghum and 440 tons of lentils so that 100,000 beneficiaries can have a full family ration for two and a half months.WFP’s country director in Madagascar, Krystyna Bednarska, said the agency was extremely grateful for Washington’s swift response to an appeal by Malagasy authorities, who are trying to help an estimated 465,000 people left vulnerable across 33 districts in the south of the country.“WFP now has sufficient resources to start providing food to the most vulnerable families in the hardest-hit parts of the region,” Ms. Bednarska said.The first shipment of 950 tons of sorghum reached Madagascar on 9 January, and the remainder is expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Targeted distribution by the Government, WFP and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners is set to begin over the next few days.Since September, when it began providing special assistance in the south through food-for-work programmes, WFP has distributed 2,000 tons of food to about 66,000 people.The agency is also giving assistance in nutrition rehabilitation centres to malnourished children and pregnant and nursing women, funded in part by a €900,000 (euros) donation from France.But the agency needs another $1.1 million immediately so that it can supply an extra 1,400 tons of food aid to tens of thousands of people. 19 January 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will this week start distributing emergency assistance to about 100,000 people in southern Madagascar suffering from the effects of a crippling drought, following a donation from the United States. read more

Sudan to dominate Security Councils intensive December schedule – President

4 December 2007The Council would address the issue of Kosovo, after having received the report on negotiations on the future status of the UN-administered province. “When the time comes we will assess and decide how to go forward on process and on substance,” the President said regarding the Council’s next steps with regard to Kosovo. With just weeks remaining before the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force is due to take over from the existing AU operation in Darfur, the situation in Sudan is set to dominate the Security Council’s programme for December, its President for the month said today.Briefing reporters in New York, Ambassador Marcello Spatafora of Italy, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said the Council will be focusing on Sudan over the next several days. In particular, since the transfer of authority from AMIS, the AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur, to the hybrid force – known as UNAMID – will take place on 31 December, it will be necessary for the Council to “assess where we stand with the deployment of the force,” especially given the difficulties associated with the deployment that were cited by the UN peacekeeping chief last week, Mr. Spatafora said. Also on Sudan, the 15-member body will hear a briefing tomorrow from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo, on the Court’s activities related to Darfur. Then on Thursday, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes will brief on his nine-day trip to Africa, during which he visited Darfur, as well as Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. “Our main and first concern has to be the situation on the ground,” Mr. Spatafora said, adding that Mr. Holmes’ briefing will be crucial to “really have a first-hand assessment of where we are now in Sudan.”Sudan is on the agenda again for Friday, when Mr. Spatafora, in his capacity as chair of the Sudan sanctions committee, will brief the Council on the report of the committee’s panel of experts.Among the other African issues that will occupy the Council’s attention this month will be the situation in Somalia, which has been described by the top UN envoy in that country as “the worst crisis in Africa,” stated Mr. Spatafora. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to submit proposals to the Council for the renewal of the UN political office in Somalia, whose mandate expires at the end of this year.The Council will also discuss Guinea-Bissau, which Mr. Spatafora said “represents a crucial test case for the UN’s ability to respond to post-conflict challenges.” Discussions are expected to focus on recent developments in the country’s fight against drug trafficking, which the Council has recognized as a “most serious and imminent threat.” Turning to the Middle East, Mr. Spatafora said that the outgoing Commissioner of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) examining the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others, Serge Brammertz, will brief the Council tomorrow. The Council is also expected to hear from senior UN officials on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.On Iran, he said the Council is expected to receive the quarterly report of the Iran sanctions committee this month. Asked about the recently released United States intelligence report concluding that there has been no ongoing nuclear weapons programme in Iran since the fall of 2003, Mr. Spatafora replied: “We will see at the proper time if and how this will impact on our work.” On Myanmar, he said the Council is keeping in close contact with UN Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who just returned from the region and is planning to visit Myanmar at the end of this year or early next year. During this month the Council is expected to renew the mandates of a number of UN operations, including those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi and the Golan Heights. It is also expected to renew the chairs of the Council’s subsidiary bodies, as well as elect two members of the Peacebuilding Commission. The Council will also hold meetings on the situations in Burundi and Sierra Leone – the first two countries to be on the agenda of the Commission. In addition, it will take up the Liberian sanctions regime. read more

New US envoy to Sri Lanka meets President Sirisena

Ambassador Keshap is a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, and has spent much of his career focusing on South Asia, including Sri Lanka. Atul Keshap, the new U S Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, presented his credentials today to President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony in Colombo. The ceremony marks the official beginning of Keshap’s tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.Keshap conveyed best wishes from President Obama and Secretary State John Kerry to President Sirisena and assured the fullest US support to Sri Lanka’s economic development and reconciliation. He said that his country wishes to take bilateral relations with Sri Lanka to a new height. Most recently, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington DC, working closely with a strategic region of almost 1.7 billion people and over $2 trillion in economic output. His other overseas postings have included work at the U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, India; Rabat, Morocco; and Conakry, Guinea. Ambassador Keshap has expressed great enthusiasm for his new posting in Sri Lanka. “I have travelled to Sri Lanka many times in my career, and every time I have been struck by the incredible natural beauty of these islands, and tremendous hospitality and warmth of the people who live there,” he said during his official swearing in ceremony in Washington D.C. on August 9. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Stocks in for cautious week after major jobs disappointment ahead of earnings

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market could be in for further selling pressure this week after a dismal string of sessions after weak jobs data from Canada and the U.S. raised worries about economic recovery while traders braced for the start of a flood of first quarter U.S. earnings reports.The TSX tumbled 3.27 per cent last week, erasing all gains for the year to date and then some. The rot started early in the week with Chinese purchasing managers index data that failed to meet expectations, followed by other data showing slower than expected expansion in the American manufacturing and service sectors.The weak was capped by reports showing the Canadian economy shed 55,000 jobs — all full time — in March.“It’s not a surprise from that context to see the Toronto market underperforming,” said Andrew Pyle, investment adviser at ScotiaMcLeod in Peterborough, Ont.“I think it’s surprising for people to see the extent of the underperformance (where) you can wipe out the progress that you’ve made for the entire year.”And in the U.S., the economy only managed to crank out 88,000 jobs last month amid reduced expectations after payroll firm ADP had delivered a worse than expected assessment of private sector job creation.“It was very discouraging and many people were caught off guard with how bad it was,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc.The report also indicated that a non-stop rally on American markets that took the benchmark S&P 500 up more than 10 per cent since the first of the year is due for a pause.And that could come as a bit of a relief to traders worried about the pace of the strong rally on American markets, based on a steady run of positive economic news — particularly a resurgent housing sector — and continued stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve.“If you’re sitting in cash or if you’ve been scared or if you have been a typical long only investor, institutional or otherwise, you probably felt you had to hold your nose and buy stocks as the market went higher,” said Stephenson.“And now I think for many people, it’s a welcome change.”Meanwhile, aluminum giant Alcoa (NYSE:AA) kicks off the first quarter earnings season after the markets close on Monday amid expectations that the recent run of soft economic data has lowered the bar for expectations.“Analysts are starting to revise downward their forecasts numbers,” said Stephenson.“And you’re looking forward to a season coming up, the first quarter, where it looks as if it will be disappointing relative to expectations.”Alcoa is expected to produce earnings of nine cents a share, a penny less than a year ago.The company is regarded as a proxy for the economic conditions in general as its products are used in everything from appliances to aircraft to cars.Meanwhile, the glum economic data and a pause in the American stock rally could benefit the TSX in a couple of ways.“You have to have something right now to interrupt this flight of quality into the U.S. market,” said Pyle, adding that could be the weak jobs number.“Or it could be initial signs out of earnings season that begins next week that are again below expectations.”And eroding positive sentiment for New York could also benefit the TSX’s worst performer. The markets’s global gold index has tumbled 22 per cent so far this year and led declines last week.But bullion prices and gold stocks picked up Friday in the wake of the disappointing jobs data.“If there is something that could upset the applecart in New York to stop this rally, it probably would vault volatility higher and that would probably cause gold to rise and ironically again, the materials sector would pick up support from that, ” said Pyle. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2013 6:00 am MDT Stocks in for cautious week after major jobs disappointment ahead of earnings read more

Head of UN independent panel urges diplomatic solution to worsening Syria conflict

In an interview with UN Radio, the chairperson of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Paulo Pinheiro, expressed concern that the conflict in Syria had deteriorated since his Commission presented its report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva last month. “The civil war is much more acute and much more serious than one month ago,” said Mr. Pinheiro, noting that children, women and the elderly were suffering disproportionately from the continuing violence. “The civilian population is paying the price of this conflict because the Government regularly bombards the neighbourhoods where the rebels are and the rebels take refuge among the civilians without distinguishing themselves from the general population,” he continued. According to the UN, an estimated 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 19 months ago. In addition, a further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighbouring countries.Mr. Pinheiro, a Brazilian diplomat who previously served as the UN Special Rapporteur for Burundi from 1995 to 1999, acknowledged the difficulties the Commission had encountered in preparing its report, including a lack of access to the embattled country for fact-finding missions. He noted, however, that the lack of an on-the-ground presence did not imply a lack of information. “It’s precisely because we don’t have access to Syria that we need to prepare our report using all the possibilities,” Mr. Pinheiro stated, adding that his commission was retrieving its information from a range of sources, such as refugees and families still inside the country as well as members of the armed forces and the opposition’s Free Syrian Army. The Commission chairperson also drew attention to the expanding list of potential war crimes committed by both sides of the conflict. At the presentation of his report to the Human Rights Council in September, Mr. Pinheiro made clear that the Commission had found reasonable grounds to believe that Government forces and members of the Government-controlled militia known as the Shabiha, had committed war crimes, gross violations against human rights and crimes against humanity.Violations conducted by Government forces include murder, summary executions, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual violence, violations of children’s rights, pillaging and destruction of civilian objects – including hospitals and schools.In a recent survey of the violence, the UN World Health Organization noted that almost 67 per cent of Syria’s public hospitals have been affected as a result of the conflict, and half of the country’s ambulances have been the subject of attack, leaving many of them out of service, according to the health agency. Mr. Pinheiro noted that armed opposition groups had also committed war crimes, including murder and torture, and were recruiting children under 18 years of age to fight or perform auxiliary roles. The Commission chairperson said that the additional element of radical Islamist groups to the fighting mix was proving to be “more scary and worrisome,” and that the jihadists were “taking advantage opportunistically of the conflict” to pursue their own agenda as well as commit abuses. But, he stressed, there was a clear disparity in terms of the intensity of human rights violations perpetrated by the Syrian Armed Forces and the opposition groups for what he described as “a simple reason” – the Government forces outnumber the rebels. Turning to the efforts for the international community to agree on a unified approach to resolving the conflict, including the deadlock in the UN Security Council, Mr. Pinheiro stated that only diplomacy would suffice in bringing the violence to an end.“It’s the responsibility of the international community. It’s the responsibility of the Security Council to find the solution,” he said. “There is no military solution for the crisis. The only solution is diplomatic and political, through a negotiation. We are repeating this as a mantra.” read more

Privatelyeducated drug dealer spared jail as lawyer claims stress of case has

first_imgDuring a plea for clemency, Murray, who is running a catering business as well as studying an events management degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, said the arrest had led her to suffer from eczema and anxiety.Defence lawyer Richard English said: “Using recreational drugs as students is not exceptional – in fact it is unexceptional. Miss Murray did not see anything morally wrong with what she did. However, she now accepts plainly that it was wrong.”The money was pooled and the drugs were shared. A prison sentence would be a punishment but it would do nothing but blight a very bright career. She is a very clever, ambitious and driven young lady.” Poppy Murray helped her younger brother run a student drug dealing ringCredit: Cavendish Press Joel MurrayCredit: Cavendish Press Joel Murray He added: “She is suffering from anxiety and she has eczema which is due to this case. She had to leave a college course at Leeds University because she was too worried to leave her house. To her credit she has continued her university course at Manchester Metropolitan University and is expected to receive a good degree in event management.”She works at a city centre hotel and I am told that she is very good at what she does. She is a very clever, ambitious and driven young lady.”She has also recently set up her own business with her friend. They cook 200 meals a week and deliver them. I am told that even though it is just in the early stages they are already making money.”According her Facebook page Poppy – who attended the £10,000 a year St Bedes Roman Catholic College, in Manchester – works with the events team at the four-star Midland Hotel in Manchester city centre.Pictures on her social media show her drinking champagne on a balcony at a city centre apartment and partying with friends at music festivals. Joel’s Facebook page shows him on a snowboarding holiday and drinking cocktails in an exclusive restaurant. He also sent a group text message to 16 friends saying he had a high purity haul of the drug adding: “Yo its Joel – some killer raw there yo”.Police arrested the pair after a raid on their suburban family semi-detached home in Middleton, Greater Manchester following a tip-off. Amphetamines were found stuffed in a freezer and the siblings’ mobile phones were examined, with one showing evidence of a £750 cocaine deal.At Minshull Street Crown Court, Joel and Poppy pleaded to supplying cocaine.But although he was locked away for seven years, his older sister, who initially claimed she did not see “anything morally wrong” with supplying “recreational” drugs to friends, got 12 months’ jail, suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Poppy Murray attended the £10,000 a year St Bedes Roman Catholic College, in ManchesterCredit: Cavendish Press The court heard the drugs raid occurred on August 27 2014 after police suspected another family member was supplying amphetamines.Tim Brennand said: “Amphetamines were seized from a freezer in the outhouse and Joel Murray’s attic bedroom was also searched. A black Nokia mobile phone was found and examined and text messages were found that were suggestive of the purchase and supply of illegal drugs. Poppy’s iPhone 5 was also seized.”Between the 22 and 26th of August, just the day before the search, text messages were sent regarding purchasing a large quantity of cocaine and offering it for sale. Another message was seen to be purchasing Benzphetamine, which can be used in the preparation and the cutting of cocaine.”This significantly demonstrates the level of organisation and significant inference on Joel to use it. On the 22nd of August there was a text detailing the purchase of half an ounce of cocaine costing £750. Nine minutes later texts were sent to 16 different people to sell quantities of high purity cocaine.”The texts read that there was ‘raw’ drugs for sale. Poppy said: ‘do you want me to ask’ and this introduced the supply of drugs to a party. It was decided how much Poppy wanted and a delivery was made to where Poppy was. There were texts also disputing how much money had been paid.”Police also found a set of electronic scales in Joel’s bedroom alongside a notepad which at the top had a list called “snowers”. There was also a list of drug buyers for cocaine and cannabis called “what we sniff”.Neither the brother nor the sister gave comment in interviews to police.Joel also pleaded guilty to possessing 2,030 MDMA tablets worth £6,090 and 606g of cannabis worth £8,480 after the drugs were found hidden in a bucket inside his wardrobe during a different police search.His lawyer Henry Blackshaw said: “The strongest mitigation for him is his age and his lack of maturity. The gravity of the offending perhaps did not give the correct connotations to him. Recreational use of of cocaine with young people is very prevalent in society now which could reduce the gravity of the situation.”He could also have been excited by the illicit use of cocaine. Through me he displays a significant degree of guilt including the situation his sister finds herself in. He is very conscious of her being here in court no small part is due to him.”Passing sentence the judge Mr Recorder Eric Lamb told Poppy: “I have been persuaded that you were pooling resources together to pay for the drugs. It was a foolish decision which you have clearly thought better of since.” Poppy Murray attended the £10,000 a year St Bedes Roman Catholic College, in Manchester A prison sentence would be a punishment but it would do nothing but blight a very bright career. She is a very clever, ambitious and driven young ladyRichard English, for the defence An undergraduate who helped her younger brother run a student drug dealing ring has been spared jail after pleading a prison term would “blight” her future career.Privately-educated Poppy Murray, 22, acted as a go-between for teenage sibling Joel, 19, who dealt “recreational” narcotics to Manchester’s party set.In one text exchange, Joel – who had harboured ambitions to join the Army – arranged for cocaine to be delivered to an event Poppy was attending after he texted her to ask, “who wants sniff”. Poppy Murraylast_img read more

MIZUNO STARS in race for medals at Qatar 2015

mizuno handball starsQatar 2015Qatar handball The 24th Men’s World Handball Championship in Qatar began two days ago, providing already an amazing experience for all the handball fans across the globe by 24 best teams in this moment. Among them, some of the biggest names are going for the best possible results with new MIZUNO shoes, the brand name, more and more popular in handball community.Viran Morros, Cristian Ugalde, Jorge Maqueda Pena, Gedeon Guardiola and Raul Entrerrios from Spain are the members of MIZUNO family, as well as four players from the golden French generation (Kentin Mahe, Cedric Sorhaindo, Kevynn Nyokas, Guillaume Joli). The same shoes in action you will see in the matches of Denmark (Lasse Svan Hansen, Jesper Noddesbo and Bo Spelerberg) and Croatia (Manuel Štrlek, Ivan Ninčević, Marko Kopljar, Jakov Gojun, Željko Musa, Igor Vori, Damir Bičanić, Ivan Čupić, Luka Stepančić, Filip Ivić and Zlatko Horvat).The top scorer after two rounds of the Qatar 2015, Slovenian right wing Dragan Gajić flying on Mizuno same as his compatriots Jure Dolenec and Sebastian Skube.In the opening match between Iceland and Sweden, handball world have seen a lot of Mizuno power – Jesper Nielsen, Patrik Fahlgren, Niclas Barud and Anton Halén had much more reasons for satisfaction in 24:16 victory over Alexander Petersson, Robert Gunnarsson, Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Runar Karason, Ásgeir Örn Hallgrímsson and Sverre Jakobsson.To get the latest updates on Mizuno players during the World Championships in Qatar, log on to their facebook page www.facebook.com/MizunoHandballor twitter https://twitter.com/MizunoHandball“ ← Previous Story Qatar 2015 (Day 3): No surprises in Group A and B Next Story → Slovenian flying lefthander Dragan Gajic leads TOP scorers after 15 goals against Belarus read more

9 parks and trailheads stay open this month

first_imgNine regional parks and trailhead parking lots in Clark County will remain open for daytime use this month, and possibly year-round for the next two years under the proposed budget.They include Lewisville, Lucia Falls, Moulton Falls, Daybreak, Vancouver Lake, Frenchman’s Bar and Lacamas Lake regional parks and the Hantwick Road and Frenchman’s Bar trail parking lots. Due to budget problems, the parking lots were closed in January and February of this year, said a bulletin.last_img

The Wilmington Insider For June 4 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Monday, June 4, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain. Areas of fog after 9am. High near 53. East wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: The WHS Band’s Annual BBQ Banquet takes place at 6pm in Wilmington High’s Cafeteria. …. The WHS CATS will hold its monthly meeting at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room.At The Library: Wilmington Community Playgroup at 9:30am. Barstool Sports Jerry Thornton talks Patriots at 2:30pm. Community Roundtable at 6:15pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Blood Pressure at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Wii Bowling at 12:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]Go Wildcats!: The WHS Girls Tennis battle Wayland at 4pm at Wilmington High in first-round state tournament action.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For November 5, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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first_img January 2, 2015 — Noninvasive brain scans, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), have led to basic science discoveries about the human brain, but they’ve had only limited impacts on people’s day-to-day lives. A review article published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Cell Press journal Neuron, however, highlights a number of recent studies showing that brain imaging can help predict an individual’s future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors and response to drug or behavioral treatments. The technology may offer opportunities to personalize educational and clinical practices.John Gabrieli, M.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and his colleagues describe the predictive power of brain imaging across a variety of different future behaviors, including: infants’ later performance in reading; students’ later performance in math; criminals’ likelihood of becoming repeat offenders; adolescents’ future drug and alcohol use; and addicts’ likelihood of relapse.”Presently, we often wait for failure, in school or in mental health, to prompt attempts to help, but by then a lot of harm has occurred,” says Gabrieli. “If we can use neuroimaging to identify individuals at high risk for future failure, we may be able to help those individuals avoid such failure altogether.”The authors also point to the clear ethical and societal issues that are raised by studies attempting to predict individuals’ behavior. “We will need to make sure that knowledge of future behavior is used to personalize educational and medical practices, and not be used to limit support for individuals at higher risk of failure,” says Gabrieli. “For example, rather than simply identifying individuals to be more or less likely to succeed in a program of education, such information could be used to promote differentiated education for those less likely to succeed with the standard education program.”For more information: www.cell.com/neuron FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Feature | January 02, 2015 Brain Imaging May Help Predict Future Behavior Journal article posits MRI can bring greater insight into future learning, criminality and substance abuse Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read morelast_img read more