Central Bureau of Investigation files FIR in Narsingh Yadav dope case

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday registered a case in the alleged dope issue of grappler wrestler Narsingh Yadav for a detailed probe.The case was registered by the CBI on the request of the Haryana government and further notification from the government of India, said a CBI officer.The CBI had taken over the case from the Haryana Police which had filed an FIR on July 27.The case has been registered under Sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.Wrestler Jitesh has been named in the FIR for allegedly spiking Yadav’s “meal or water” before the Rio Olympics, sources said.CBI spokesperson Devpreet Singh did not reveal the name of the wrestler who allegedly spiked Yadav’s meal or water but confirmed that he resided at Daryapur Kalan in Delhi.”The complainant had made allegations against the wrestler for mixing up some restricted material (narcotic) in Yadav’s meal or water to stop his participation in the Rio Olympics, for which he had qualified,” the officer told IANS.”It was further alleged that the wrestler was earlier found positive in a dope test,” the officer said.Yadav was tested positive on June 25 for a banned substance ahead of the Rio Olympics, which began from August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on September 16 referred the alleged dope case of Yadav to the CBI.After arriving from Rio de Janeiro, WFI President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh requested the Prime Minister’s Office that the probe be carried out by the country’s premier investigating agency.advertisementThe complaint was later forwarded to the CBI.last_img read more

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Premier League: Arsenal thrash 10-man Everton to pile pressure on Ronald Koeman

first_imgEverton dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League after Arsenal came from a goal down to earn an emphatic 5-2 victory at Goodison Park on Sunday, their first away win of the season.There was an air of quiet, depressed resignation throughout much of the game from the Everton fans but the now familiar boos rang out at the end and the future of Dutch coach Ronald Koeman looks precarious.”I told the players I believe in them, in their commitment. The decision is not in my hands,” Koeman said after the game.Get in!#EFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/zeDNxjrYSk- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2017″We are not in a position on the table that is good for Everton, I understand, I have been in football a long time, don’t tell me what can happen, I don’t think it’s too late.”I am responsible for this team, it’s a big result even against a team like Arsenal, we will see what happens,” he added.It all started so well for the hosts as Wayne Rooney curled a stunning 12th-minute opener into the net to give his side the lead — the strike coming almost 15 years to the day since a 16-year-old Rooney announced himself to the world with a remarkably similar goal against the same opposition.Despite trailing, Arsenal dominated from then on, mustering 17 shots on goal in the first half alone, one of which was Nacho Monreal’s equaliser from close range five minutes before the break.The Spanish fullback drilled the ball home after a Granit Xhaka shot had been parried out by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.advertisementArsenal continued on the front foot after the interval and took the lead in the 53rd minute via the head of Mesut Ozil — the German flicking in a perfectly weighted cross from the excellent Alexis Sanchez.?? @MesutOzil1088 races towards the @Arsenal fans after heading the visitors in front against Everton#EVEARS pic.twitter.com/audPcjrs4b- Premier League (@premierleague) October 22, 2017Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was dismissed 15 minutes later after collecting a second yellow card, before a goal from Alexandre Lacazette in the 74th minute and late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez, the latter a fine individual effort, either side of an Oumar Niasse consolation.Arsenal move up to fifth with the win and they will be hugely encouraged by the impressive return to fitness and form of Ozil and the way he combined with Sanchez and Lacazette.Manager Arsene Wenger said the performance had been “maybe the most complete defensively and offensively” of the season and was particularly pleased with the way his team responded to Rooney’s opener.”It was about how we responded to that — could we keep calm? We did that in a convincing way. Our passing and movement was excellent,” said the Frenchman.”It’s very difficult to single out any performances as everyone played very well. It was important to get our first win away from home.”last_img read more

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‘We are good mates’: David Warner denies talk of rift with Steve Smith

first_imgDavid Warner has stressed that he is still great friends with former Australian captain and Steve Smith as he refuted rumours of a rift between the pair in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.Warner opened up about his relation with Smith after making a return to professional cricket in Canada’s Global Twenty20 league.”Steve and me are good mates. If people hang in the hotel, they’ll see us hanging out with each other and stuff. At the end of the day, it was a big thing that happened and for us, you’ve got to handle it in your individual way and then how you handle it collectively,” Warner said here.A day after Smith made 61 on his return to cricket in the same tournament, Warner was bowled by Lasith Malinga’s second ball in a far briefer stint at the batting crease.It was Warner’s first match since he was banned alongside Smith and Cameron Bancroft by Cricket Australia in March for conspiring to scuff up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.The return ,however, just lasted just two balls as the former Australia vice-captain was dismissed for one run.Opening for the Winnipeg Hawks, Warner was clean-bowled by Lasith Malinga’s first ball of the second over.Australian Ben McDermott top-scored with 68 runs as Winnipeg scored 203-4 to beat the Montreal Tigers (157 all out in 18.5 overs) by 46 runs.Warner, a former vice-captain of the national team, added, “We haven’t really been able to catch up because he’s (Smith) been away, Cameron’s (been in Perth and I’ve been doing what I’m doing and got family at home. So it’s been hard, but this has been good, we’ve had numerous chats and I’m sure we’ll hang out plenty more, we’re in the same hotel.”advertisementCA’s ban does not extend to domestic tournaments outside Australia, which allowed Smith and Warner to play in Canada.Life, post the ball-tampering controversy and the subsequent ban, has been tough for his whole family, Warner said.”It definitely has been (tough), not just for me but for my family, obviously the fans out there that support cricket and Australian cricket, so I’m responsible for that, that’s my fault and why I’ve had some tough times,” Warner said.”But I’m an adult, I’m big, strong, I’ll move forward and keep continuing to move forward and making sure I’m doing the right things at the right times to keep playing the best cricket I can.”Reports had previously claimed that the Australian dressing room was left divided after Warner stormed out of the team’s WhatsApp group after Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit concluded he was the architect of the ball-tampering controversy.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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ICC expects India to honour members’ agreement and play Pakistan in World Cup

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 18, 2019 19:55 IST India and Pakistan are scheduled to face each other in a group match on June 16 (AP Photo)International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson on Monday said he doesn’t forsee any threat to the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup match, insisting that the two teams are bound by an ICC agreement to show up.”For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” he said when asked about the matter.There were demands that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16 in the wake of last month’s Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.Responding to the outrage, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket also wrote a letter to the ICC urging it to boycott countries from where “terrorism emanates”, but did not specifically name Pakistan.Another controversy erupted when Indian team wore camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund.Pakistan strongly objected to the gesture and and wrote to the world body, accusing India of politicising the game.The ICC, however, said the Indian team took prior permission from it and there was no political motive involved.”In this case, it was a one-off consent. It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being sympathy with the people, who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular, to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives,” Richardson said.advertisement”The ICC’s motto is clear we don’t want to mix politics with sports.”Asked about the ICC’s role in the resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, Richardson said it was completely up to the two cricketing boards.The ICC CEO said the perception about Pakistan among the rest of the world is slowly changing and the world body is supporting its member board to bring back international cricket to the nation.He also said that the successful hosting of Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches will do a world of good towards achieving the goal.Richardson also thanked foreign players, who made the trip to Pakistan for PSL.”Step-by-step, certainly Pakistan is on the right path,” he said, assuring ICC’s support to the PCB in its efforts to encourage foreign teams to visit Pakistan.Also Read | ICC rules out complacency on World Cup security after Christchurch mosque shootingsAlso Read | PCB pays USD 1.6 million to BCCI after losing case in ICC’s Dispute Resolution CommitteeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Dave RichardsonFollow ICCFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan ICC expects India to honour members’ agreement and play Pakistan in World CupThere were demands that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16 in the wake of last month’s Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.advertisementlast_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah must play and not sit at home, says Mahela Jayawardene on IPL workload

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiMarch 18, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 11:28 IST Mahela Jayawardene said Jasprit Bumrah is definitely a game changer. (Mumbai Indians Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMahela Jayawardene said best Indian players need to play before the World CupJayawardene said as long as Mumbai Indians can balance out Bumrah’s workload, it should be fineJayawardene said Bumrah is always an attacking option with his wicket-taking abilityJasprit Bumrah is already a hit after his first year at Test cricket and averages below 22 across formats with the ball. But his white ball prowess has been so outstanding, he’s tipped to be ‘the’ bowler to watch at World Cup 2019.But as Bumrah approaches his first World Cup, there are concerns around his workload with the proximity between the world event and the IPL. The World Cup begins in England only couple of weeks after the IPL final and Bumrah is Mumbai Indians’ lead bowling resource.However, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jaywardene does not think Indian cricket should be losing sleep over Bumrah’s workload.”The work load needs to be managed but at the same time they need to play good competitive cricket. I think India has managed their players well over the years giving them breaks. I think your best players need to play. They can’t stay at home and turn up and perform. It’s about that fine balance and as long as we can manage that, they will be fine,” Jayawardene told India Today.The other reason why Bumrah’s fitness remains a talking point is the potential injury risk his unorthodox action brings with it. Former India physio John Gloster undertook a research recently on Bumrah’s bowling action and the risk it may pose to his lumbar vertebrae (back). Gloster concludes Bumrah’s action by itself doesn’t ring any alarm bells.”It’s an old saying in sports medicine, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. There are marathon runners and if you saw their running technique videos, you would tell them to stop running because they may injure themselves but they are out there breaking world records. Same goes for anybody in any sport that if they don’t have an injury history, they must be doing something right,” he told India Today.advertisementThe only major injury Bumrah has had earlier in his career was a knee injury that kept him out of action for four and half months in 2014. Bumrah did miss a couple of Test matches in England but that was following an on-field injury.The other scientific parameter Gloster has based his inference on is that the sling-armed Bumrah has crossed the 25 years age threshold before which fast bowlers backs are susceptible to injury.”An individual may have an unusual action but if his workload is managed properly; his strength and stability and preparation is managed well, recovery protocols are managed properly and if he is at an age bracket where he is not at risk – above 25, than there is no reason why that individual should get more injured than anybody else with what we call a normal action. I always say this if you give the body enough time, it will adapt to anything,” he said.But despite experts allaying fears around his work load, the Indian camp would be keeping their fingers crossed with the exertion a high intensity competition like IPL throws up.”He is always an attacking option with his wicket taking ability. In the death overs, he has all the skills and he backs himself to do that. He is definitely a game changer,” Jaywardene who will be working closely with Bumrah in the IPL said.Also Watch | Yuvraj Singh joins Mumbai Indians preparatory camp ahead of IPL 2019Also Read | Why Indian Premier League 2019 will be huge for Hardik PandyaAlso Read | World Cup comes every 4 years, we play IPL every year: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Mahela JayawardeneFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow 2019 ICC World Cup Jasprit Bumrah must play and not sit at home, says Mahela Jayawardene on IPL workloadMahela Jayawardene felt that Jasprit Bumrah and other Indian players need to play good competitive cricket before the World Cup because it’s about that “fine balance” of playing and managing one’s body.advertisementlast_img read more

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Commonwealth Games a waste of time and money: IOA chief Narinder Batra

first_img Next Reuters MumbaiSeptember 25, 2019UPDATED: September 25, 2019 16:00 IST 2022 Commonwealth Games are to be held in Birmingham. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIOA Chief Narinder Batra has called for India to boycott CWG Games”These Games have no standard,” Batra saidThis came after shooting was excluded from the 2022 Birmingham GamesIndia should pull out of the Commonwealth Games permanently because a lack of strong competition makes participation a waste of time and money, the country’s Olympic chief Narinder Batra says.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already threatened to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England due to the exclusion of shooting which supplied 16 of India’s 66 medals at last year’s event on Australia’s Gold Coast, including seven golds.”These Games have no standard. For me, these are a waste of time and money. We win 70 medals, 100 medals at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) while at the Olympics, we get stuck at two (medals),” IOA President Batra told the Indian Express newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.”That means the level of competition isn’t high at CWG. It’s not a ranking tournament either. So why waste time? We should rather go to better competitions and prepare for the Olympics.Indian athletes managed just a silver and a bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 but finished third in the medals table at the Commonwealth Games last year.Without shooting, however, India would slip to anywhere between fifth and eighth place in 2022, according to IOA estimates.India is relentlessly putting pressure on the Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG) to get shooting back on the roster in the 2022 CWG and the country’s sports minister Kiren Rijiju has sought the intervention of the British government for its restoration.CGF chief Louise Martin is set to meet Batra in the Indian capital on Nov. 14 and the IOA will discuss the matter before that to reach a consensus.advertisement”I’m not in favour of the boycott. In sports, you never use the word boycott. My fundamental principle is either we withdraw permanently or go and compete,” Batra said.We will have an internal discussion in IOA before the meeting (with CGF) on Nov. 14. I’ll put up this suggestion in the IOA meeting and see if there is a consensus. We’ll have political decisions as well.The Commonwealth Games began in Hamilton, Canada in 1930.”The entire Middle East does not compete in CWG. The USA doesn’t either, Batra said. As a sports administrator, it is my duty to make sure India has a strong team for the 2024, 2028, 2032 Olympics. We won’t achieve that by competing at the CWG.”Also Read | Hope India’s shooting talent gets reflected at Tokyo Olympics: Kiren RijijuAlso Read | We have no space anymore: CWG chief on shooting exclusion from 2022 Games despite India threatFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Commonwealth GamesFollow Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Commonwealth Games a waste of time and money: IOA chief Narinder BatraThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already threatened to boycott the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England due to the exclusion of shooting which supplied 16 of India’s 66 medals at last year’s event.advertisementlast_img read more

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Funding To Be Delivered to Farmers

first_imgAGRICULTURE/FISHERIES Funding To Be Delivered to Farmers Nova Scotia farmers will receive an additional $2.5 million tohelp with recent income losses, Chris d’Entremont, Minister ofAgriculture and Fisheries said in the legislature today, Oct. 7. “Producers face many challenges, just look at the impact of BSE,”said Mr. d’Entremont. “This funding will help ease some of thefinancial pressures being experienced by Nova Scotia’s farmers.” The funding is part of the province’s commitment to match federalexpenditures for transition to the new Agriculture PolicyFramework (APF). He noted that Nova Scotia is one of the fewprovinces to make such a commitment. Mr. d’Entremont said direct payment is the approach requested bythe Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. Net Income Stabilization Account (NISA) program participants willreceive a direct payment by cheque by year’s end. As with lastyear, there will be an enhanced contribution for the red meatsector. Producers who are not in the NISA program can apply forthe funds by calling toll-free at 1-866-844-4BRM.last_img read more

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Democratic ethos prevailed over authoritarian mindset Modi on Emergency

first_imgNew Delhi: On the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid tributes to “all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted” it, adding that the country’s “democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset”.The Emergency refers to the period from June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had declared a state of Emergency, a political environment leading to the suspension of election and curbing civil liberties, on the nation. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceGandhi proposed the imposition of the Emergency, which agreed by then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and thereafter, the proposal was ratified by the Cabinet and simultaneously by Parliament, on the explanation that the nation was under imminent external and internal threats.”India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” Modi said in a tweet, which also included a 90 second video detailing on the various aspects of Emergency, from newspapers to justice delivery, referring it to a “dark period” that trampled over democracy. The Prime Minister in the video said: “During emergency, many top leaders were jailed… Internal vigilance is the price of liberty.”last_img read more

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Donald Trump Fires AntiUN Warmonger John Bolton

Rabat – US President Donald Trump has fired his senior national security adviser John Bolton. The adviser’s dismissal comes a year and a half after his appointment.Trump announced his decision on Tuesday, September 9. He wrote on Twitter that he informed Bolton that his services are “no longer needed” at the White House.“I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,”  Trump wrote. I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019Trump added that he will appoint a new National Security Advisor next week.The New York Times said that Trump’s move is motivated by Bolton’s confrontational view on Iran and North Korea. Meanwhile, Trump’s administration is trying to normalize diplomatic ties with the two countries.Read Also: ‘The Bolton Effect’: Will US’s ‘Impatient’ John Bolton Broker Western Sahara’s Stalemate?Bolton, on the other hand, believes that both Iran and North Korea are not “trustworthy.”“The rift between the president and his national security adviser owed as much to personality as to policy. The president never warmed to him, a dynamic that is often fatal in this White House. Mr. Bolton also clashed with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” the New York Times wrote.Trump appointed Bolton in April 2018.In addition to his stance on Iran and North Korea,  Bolton is also seen as pro-Polisario voice in the continued conflict between the separatist group and Morocco. Bolton supports self-determination and referendum for the region, which is against Morocco’s sovereignty over the region.“When I got the UN in 2005-2006 , again we tried to fix … all what we wanna do is hold a referendum  for 70,000 voters . 27 years later the status of the territory is still unresolved,” Bolton said last year at a Washington, D.C., event.Expressing frustration that the conflict has not yet ended, Bolton also criticized UN peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO.“Ladies and gentlemen, 27 years of deployment of this peacekeeping force, 27 years and it’s still there? How can you justify that? I have got to know over the years the Saharawi people, I have enormous respect for them, I have enormous respect for the government and people of Morocco and Algeria, is there not a way to resolve it?”Since his appointment, Bolton has sought to leave his personal imprimatur on the Western Sahara conflict by putting unprecedented pressure on Morocco, Algeria and the Polisario to engage in negotiations which would force a simple resolution to the complex, and long-lasting conflict. The decision of the Security Council in April, October 2018 and April 2019 to renew MINURSO’s mandate for six months only, as opposed to the historically approved one year term, was Bolton’s way of conveying his displeasure with the UN-led political process. He hoped to push the parties into showing genuine willingness to move the political process forward. Algeria has sought to benefit from Bolton’s presence at the highest level of the US administration and thwart all the progress Morocco has achieved in recent years. To garner support for its position on the conflict Algeria hired right-wing lobbyist, and Bolton’s longtime friend, David Keene.But the $30,000 a month contract that Algeria signed with Keene has failed so far to yield the expected outcome. With Bolton’s sudden departure, it remains to be seen whether Algeria will keep Keene on its payroll. read more

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UN looks to combat sexual violence in Africas Great Lakes Region

The main aim, according to the organizers of the conference, is to draw up an action plan to root out sexual violence and combat impunity for crimes against women and children across the Great Lakes Region.The conference – being held in Goma in the northeast of the DRC – will examine community sensitization for the reintegration of women and girl rape victims, including approaches to change attitudes and behaviour of young people and men.Participants are expected to discuss access to medical and psychological care and the rehabilitation of sexual violence survivors, and also access to justice and the legislative frameworks at national, regional and continental levels. The conference has been organized by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region with the support of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC). 16 June 2008Government representatives, military officials, key community representatives and women’s rights defenders from across Africa’s Great Lakes region have gathered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for a three-day conference focusing on eradicating sexual violence. read more

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British childrens author partners with UNESCO to help young people in need

23 June 2008The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is teaming up with its newly-named Artist for Peace and British writer Lauren Child to support children in need around the world. Under the partnership which will be launched on 25 June, Ms. Child – an author and illustrator of children’s books – and her publisher Hachette Children’s Books will donate the royalties from her best-selling book “That Pesky Rat” for three years to UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need. The funds will finance different UNESCO-supported projects for children in need, such as the Renacimiento Foundation for street children in Mexico City. An enhanced edition of “That Pesky Rat” to be released this month in the United Kingdom will contain stories of children in the Foundation’s care. Also part of the initiative is “My Life is a Story,” a campaign begun by Ms. Child to collect stories of children around the world who are participating in projects affiliated with UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need. Several of these writings will be made available on line at www.mylifeisastory.org. Ms. Child’s books have been translated into 30 different languages and have sold millions of copies globally. She was attracted to the quality of the projects the agency has initiated with its Programme for the Education of Children in Need, which encourage children’s artistic and cultural talents. Since it was created in 1992, UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need has formed partnerships with more than 330 innovative projects in 92 countries, helping vulnerable children gain a better future through education and job training. As an Artist for Peace, Ms. Child will join other world-renowned personalities, such as the Canadian singer Céline Dion and the Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés, who lend their voices to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. read more

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Following week of bloodshed suffering of the Afghan people must end says

“The violence this week across Afghanistan underscores the urgency of ending the conflict through a negotiated settlement. The suffering of the Afghan people must end,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, who heads up the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in a statement released on Tuesday.“The Taliban-claimed attack yesterday in Kabul caused more than 100 civilian casualties. Taliban assaults in Kunduz and in Baghlan resulted in grave harm to the civilian populations. There were scores of civilian casualties,” he added.One attack occurred on an international housing complex in the capital Kabul on Monday, killing at least 16 people, according to media reports; this followed two major assaults in and around the cities of Kunduz and Baghlan over the weekend.Residents near compounds housing foreign staff are demanding international groups be moved to other locations, being that even aid organizations have been targets of deadly blasts.One local man told the Reuters news agency: “This isn’t once or twice, it’s the fourth or fifth time, all by the Taliban. A lot of my friends, a lot of my family have been wounded or killed.”Intra-Afghan negotiations, ‘the only solution’: GuterresUN Secretary-General António Guterres also condemned the spate of attacks, including the bombing in Kabul, saying in a statement that  “such indiscriminate attacks can never be justified”.”The Secretary-General believes that the only solution to the conflict in Afghanistan is through an inclusive process of intra-Afghan negotiations. He encourages all political leaders to work together during this period leading to presidential elections and stresses the urgency of ensuring security across Afghanistan.””Meaningful steps must take place now to obtain an immediate and nationwide halt to violence. The United Nations stands ready to help.” – UNAMA chief YamamotoMr. Yamamoto said that the UN “remains concerned about the harm caused to civilians by the impact of pro-Government aerial and search operations,” referring to aerial operations on 31 August in Afghanistan’s Faryab province, that left 12 civilians dead and five others injured, the majority women and children.The spasm of violence could jeopardize months of progress made on a peace deal between United States and Taliban negotiators, with the extremist group reportedly explaining that Monday’s bombing on Kabul’s Green Village, home to several international organizations, was retaliation for attacks by US-backed Government forces.With elections due to take place next month, “now is the time to seek unity and solidarity,” Mr. Yamamoto stressed, highlighting that security across the country during these times “is an urgent priority.”“As I have said repeatedly,” the UNAMA chief continued, “the ultimate objective in Afghanistan must be a negotiated intra-Afghan settlement to the conflict. Meaningful steps must take place now to obtain an immediate and nationwide halt to violence. The United Nations stands ready to help.”UNAMA has tracked nearly 100,000 civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the agency began keeping count in 2009, with 1,500 recorded in July of this year alone.Earlier this month, as Afghanistan marked 100 years of independence, Mr. Yamamoto expressed hope that September’s planned elections would give voice to the people, and act as “a real possibility for breakthroughs in peace.”Following the mass bloodshed of recent days, he called for solidarity: “I urge all parties here in Afghanistan and abroad, to seize any opportunity for peace and come together in meaningful negotiations,” the mission chief stressed. read more

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Humane milk is a myth ad relaunched after ASA rejects farmers complaints

first_imgHe added that the ruling came at a time during Brexit negotiations when the world was regularly hearing how Britain’s farming industry had impeccable animal welfare regulations.The Telegraph can reveal that the Go Vegan World group is actually a spin off from an Irish animal rights group founded by a woman who was inspired to go vegan after she adopted two lambs. Sandra Higgins, from Slane in County Meath, set it up last year, after starting a “farm sanctuary” with 100 animals – or “residents” and “non-humans”, as she calls them – in 2008.Initially, she campaigned in her home country of Ireland, but after receiving donations she has expanded her advertising campaign to other countires. Last year her organisation, a not profit company, focused on the UK launching high profile and costly campaigns in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Newcastle Upon Tyne.The group is particularly keen on targeting university campuses, bus shelters, digital billboards and taxis with their highly emotive adverts.Writing on her website, Ms Higgins, who is in her 50s and obtained a degree in psychology from the Open University, says the pressure group’s goal is “the liberation of non-humans from human suppression and to support them in whatever way possible to regain their sovereignty.”She adds that she also aims to “let the animals be the spokespersons for their rights by their strong public presence”.The group’s YouTube channel  features videos including “You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Hugged a Turkey”.Ms Higgins dedicated Go Vegan World group to the memory of Matilda, a hen that she says she rescued from a “petting farm” in 2012 and died a few years later.Other adverts in her campaigns have featured a picture of a lamb with the words “She has one precious life” or a mouse with the headline “They trust us. We betray them.”But Mr Oakes urged consumers to support farmers at this pivotal time.“Animal welfare standards in the UK’s dairy industry are the highest possible,” he said. “I am a dairy farmer and what I do all day is look after animals who in turn look after me. Their wellbeing is my priority.”The advert at the centre of the controversy explained how someone became a vegan after visiting a dairy farm. Text says calve’s mothers, “still bloody from birth”, search “frantically for their babies”.Meanwhile, the calves “fresh” from their mothers’ wombs “trembled and cried piteously, drinking milk from rubber teats on the wall instead of their mothers’ nurturing bodies.“The ASA  said that while it understood concerns that the “emotional and hard-hitting” campaign implied some dairy farms did not comply with welfare standards, it did not mislead people.Instead, it said consumers would recognise many of the comments as the pressure group’s opinions.Ms Higgins welcomed the ASA ruling as a victory for human rights, adding that “dairy is inherently inhumane”. After the publication of the advert, which also appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, the ASA received seven complaints, many from those working in the dairy industry, insisting that the advert was inaccurate and misleading.But on Wednesday, the ASA rejected the complaints claiming people would realise the comments were the pressure group’s own opinions. But Michael Oakes, the NFU’s national dairy board chairman, said he was “angry” and “disappointed” with the ruling and felt sorely let down by the ASA. A controversial animal rights advertising campaign that claims drinking milk is inhumane has been given the thumbs up by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).The move has been met with outrage by farmers who claim the advert wrongly suggests that dairy farmers have scant regard for animal welfare.The campaign, which features a picture of a cow behind barbed wire with the headline “Humane milk is a myth – don’t buy it”, was launched in February by Go Vegan World, an organisation set up in memory of a dead hen. Go Vegan World founder Sandra HigginsCredit:center_img Go Vegan World founder Sandra Higgins 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.last_img read more

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Students sent home after African bees found in school building

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBees force nursery school in Sophia to abort classesJune 9, 2015In “Business”Anna Regina Secondary school remains closed due to floodingDecember 2, 2013In “Local News”Anna Regina Multilateral School to reopen tomorrowDecember 3, 2013In “Local News” – at Anna Regina MultilateralStudents and teachers from the Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary on the Essequibo Coast were forced to vacate the school building due to the presence of the feared African bees.Students were sent home this morning (Monday) after teachers discovered that the main building was infested with African bees.The discovery was made at around 9:00 hrs today. According to a student, everyone was assembled outside of the building and asked to marked their names as being present before being sent home.“We were told that we should go home, since there are bees in the main building and we should immediately leave,” the student related.No one was bitten in the process and classes at the school are expected to resume tomorrow (Tuesday). The Agriculture Department of Region Two was asked to assist in removing the bees from the school building. (Indrawattie Natram) read more

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Smartbolt wins award

first_imgMintek has designed and developed an innovative safety monitoring device to warn of changing mine roof conditions. For the development of this innovation in mine safety, the SmartboltÔ, Mintek has won a coveted SABS 2005 Prototype Award.The Smartbolt is installed alongside conventional steel rock bolts in mine roofs for added protection and safety underground. Rock engineers can measure changes in sound velocity in the bolt, using an ultrasound monitoring device. Information can be gathered and logged quickly to determine whether any bolts have been bent, broken or overloaded. Furthermore, if a Smartbolt was located in an area that collapsed, and could be recovered, it would also be possible to determine the extent of damage from the information that was recorded earlier, prior to the rock fall.When stressed, this metastable bolt undergoes a microstructural transformation. Depending on the degree of loading, the bolt’s properties will change from non-magnetic to magnetic, resulting in a change in longitudinal sound velocity, which warns of changing mine roof conditions. The Smartbolt will enable rock engineers to anticipate and record rock movement.A portable ultrasonic (USM 25 DAC) monitoring device measures sound velocity along the length of the bolt. Its probe is applied to the head of the Smartbolt, allowing monitoring of changes in the microstructure that results from the stresses exerted on the Smartbolt by changing roof conditions.An additional attribute of the Smartbolt alloy is that its chemical composition allows it to function in mines with highly corrosive water. Also, results from the characterisation programme also show that the Smartbolt alloy has a good combination of high strength and durability. This makes it a suitable sensor candidate for extreme conditions of high tensile and shear stresses, similar to conventional roof bolts.www.mintek.co.zaThe Smartbolt is interrogated by portable ultrasonic USM 25 DAC device which measures the longitudinal sound velocity to assess any structural change. The probe is applied to the head of the bolt and the sound velocity feedback is used to assess microstructural changes that have occurred in the bolt as a result of the stress exerted on it.last_img read more

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Samsungs 4inch quantum dot display paves way for OLED successor

first_imgIn the world of large display technology the LCD still dominates the market. Plasma has fallen by the wayside due to its high power use, where as OLED holds a lot of promise, but is expensive to make on a large scale and has a limited lifespan.With that in mind display manufacturers need an alternative in case OLED advancements don’t happen soon enough to make it a viable LCD alternative. Luckily an alternative already exists called quantum dots.Samsung is one of the first companies to experiment with this new display tech and has recently managed to produce a 4″ full-color quantum dot panel. The reason quantum dots are being used is because they are potentially a far better solution than both LCD and OLED.Quantum dots have several advantages. When compared to LCD they use a fifth of the power making them automatically a desirable successor. As for OLED comparisons, quantum dots are brighter, will eventually have a longer lifespan, and cost half as much to make. Samsung has also said the new display can work with both glass and flexible plastic. So on all fronts it’s a no-brainer to continue researching and developing the tech for use in displays.Quantum dot technology is nowhere near ready for market yet in this capacity, but this first display from Samsung certainly holds promise. LG is also working with QD Vision to produce its own quantum dot displays.We have also seen quantum dots being experimented with in a range of other devices. For example, quantum dot sensors could allow for DSLR quality cameras in smartphones, they allow for warmer light emitted from LEDs, and are being tested for improving satellites and night-vision goggles.Read more at Technology Review and Electricpig.co.ukMatthew’s OpinionWe’ve been waiting for OLED to get cheap and large for a long time, but it doesn’t seem to be happening. Sony has now pushed the size of its OLED displays to 25″, but consumers want 32+ and as big as 50″ if possible for the mainstream.If that does eventually happen it’s going to be years, not months, and prices will remain high for the foreseeable future. Quantum dot tech on the other hand just looks to be full of potential. Cheap, low power, scalable, felxible, and while it can produce large displays it’s also suitable for small cellphone screens too. What’s not to like about this tech?The only problem at the moment is that the tech is so new. We won’t see it on the market for at least 3 years meaning LCD displays will continue to dominate. That’s fine as long as improvements keep coming. The LCDs of 2011 are head and shoulders above those of even 2 years ago, and it’s not like we are suffering with the quality. We’ve never had it so good for actual screen quality in the home.last_img read more

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New Apple patent says Thunderbolt and USB 30 compatible iPhones coming

first_imgOver a month ago, Apple introduced their newest interface port, Thunderbolt. Previously called LightPeak, the interface standard was built off of DisplayPort technology and aimed to consolidate USB, display, audio and networking cables into one superport, all the while offering superior speeds to even USB 3.0.Right now, only Apple’s MacBook Pro supports Thunderbolt, but clearly they expect for the format to take off. What will help take off Thunderbolt in the long run is an in-demand gadget supporting Thunderbolt… and it’s easy to see that if Apple allowed their line-up of iDevices to sync with Thunderbolt, there’d be a very clear reason for end users to upgrade.AdChoices广告For that matter, you can say the same thing for USB 3.0? iOS device backups and syncing take a long time. So when will Apple start rolling out iPhones that will be compatible with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0? A new Apple patent may give us a hint.Apple’s patent is for a “Reduced Size Milti-Pin Male Plug Connector” and large describes a smaller 30-pin dock connector, but inside of the wording of the patent, there’s explicit mention of new support in the iPod Dock Connector for new transmission technologies.“Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards,” the patent filing read, which then goes on to cite USB 3.0 and DisplayPort as examples of these standards.Whither Thunderbolt, then? Well, this patent was filed for in 2009, while Thunderbolt was just a glimmer in Apple’s eye. However, it’s worth noting that DisplayPort is the technology on which Apple and Intel built Thunderbolt, so there’s nothing stopping Apple from using this patent to inform future iOS dock connectors that are both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible. And trust us, they will.Read more at Apple Insiderlast_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Northwest MiamiDade commercial building

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A fire broke out at a commercial building in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday night.The flames spewed a thick black smoke into the air above the building near Northwest 27th Avenue and 47th Street.No one was hurt, and the fire was brought under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon Splashes Down In Atlantic Ocean

first_img Share NASA TV Screenshot by NPRThe Crew Dragon landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning, with a splashdown at 8:45 a.m. ET, as scheduled. The uncrewed craft had been on a test flight in which it docked with the International Space Station.Updated at 10 a.m. ET The SpaceX Crew Dragon hit its splashdown time of 8:45 a.m. ET right on target Friday, landing in the Atlantic Ocean after undocking from the International Space Station and re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.The successful test and splashdown is “an amazing achievement in American history,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who called the SpaceX flight the “dawning of a new era in American human space flight.”The splashdown was closely monitored at SpaceX’s mission control in Hawthorne, Calif., where parachute deployments and other developments brought whoops of celebration. The yells then turned into roars of cheering applause after Crew Dragon finally hit the water safely and well within sight of its recovery boats off the Florida coast.The Atlantic Ocean landing is the first in nearly 50 years for a capsule that was designed for humans, NASA says. The last such incident: the Apollo 9 splashdown on March 13, 1969.Successful splashdown of the #CrewDragon right on time at 8:45 a.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/0qHhHzD4Js— NASA Commercial Crew (@Commercial_Crew) March 8, 2019Here’s NASA’s order of events for Friday’s deorbit:Around 7:45 a.m. ET: Crew Dragon separates from its trunk, “whose exterior contains a solar array that provided power to Dragon and a radiator to reject heat,” NASA says.7:52 a.m. ET: Crew Dragon begins a deorbit burn that will last 15 minutes and 25 seconds, putting the craft on its final re-entry path;Around 8:41 a.m. ET: Drogue parachutes deploy, followed within 1 minute by four main chutes.8:45 a.m. ET: Splashdown in the Atlantic, some 200 miles off the Florida coast. SpaceX’s recovery ship Go Searcher will then return Crew Dragon to Port Canaveral, Fla.The splashdown was the final test on this mission for Crew Dragon, during a flight test for a capsule that could become the first U.S. craft to carry astronauts into space since the shuttle program was phased out in 2011.NASA TV / Screenshot by NPRThe Crew Dragon capsule was fished out of the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast shortly before 10 a.m. ET Friday, with its surface bearing the scorch marks of its fiery re-entry.About an hour after it landed, recovery crews fished the Crew Dragon capsule out of the ocean, using a crane to place it on the “nest” — its resting spot on the aft deck of the Go Searcher recovery ship. In contrast to the pristine white hull seen in earlier phases of its mission, the vehicle now bears long scorch marks from its fiery re-entry to Earth’s atmosphere.“We have a lovely toasted marshmallow sitting in the nest of our recovery ship,” said SpaceX Program Reliability Engineer Kate Tice.NASA’s live video feed allowed space fans to follow the craft’s descent.The SpaceX craft did not carry a crew on this demonstration flight, which began on March 2 with a launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Instead, it carried a sensor-laden test dummy named Ripley — named for Sigourney Weaver’s character in the Alien films. The dummy is part of the test to make sure the capsule is suitable for humans during space travel.“We measure the responses on the human body, obviously, and measure the environment,” SpaceX Vice President of Mission Assurance Hans Koenigsmann said before the launch. “We want to make sure that everything is perfect.”A piloted flight test of the Crew Dragon could happen as soon as July, when it will carry NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.Describing the re-entry process, Behnken said Friday on NASA TV that it is a memorable and emotional experience, both because it signals the end of a mammoth undertaking and for its physical qualities.“You actually see the light from the atmosphere, as it heats up the external portions of the space craft. You see some orange lights flickering, the plasma kind of go past the windows.”On the Crew Dragon, he noted, “the windows will be down near our feet on this vehicle. That’ll be our closest view out the window. It’s definitely something that we’ll be able to see, and know the outside of the vehicle is going through something pretty severe — and we’ll be hoping it takes care of us as it takes us through entry.”Beautiful view of the @SpaceX #CrewDragon as it successfully undocked from the International Space Station pic.twitter.com/ycnkagpJbx— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) March 8, 2019Crew Dragon also took a cargo of about 400 pounds into orbit. When the capsule returns, it will bring back a trove of scientific samples from research projects, along with other equipment.The SpaceX capsule passed a crucial test on March 3, when the commercial spacecraft docked at the International Space Station. Its hatch was then opened by astronaut David Saint-Jacques and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, who entered the capsule to perform tests.The SpaceX Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, in which it collaborates with private companies to develop new options for human space travel — and end U.S. reliance on Russian space vehicles to get astronauts into orbit.In addition to founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Boeing is preparing an uncrewed test flight of its Starliner craft for possible launch next month, with a crewed mission possible in August.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Cox Cable Testing Gamer Network Service to Reduce Lag

first_img Popular on Variety Inside the Slow Death of Cable TV The $15 a month service includes access for two computer users and requires Cox Internet Preferred 100 Internet service or above.In the terms of service on the website, Cox notes that membership to the Cox Elite Gamer Service permits users to route their game activity for select games through a dedicated gaming network.“The service does not include the provision of any other service, such as cable television service, high-speed internet service or digital voice service, all of which have separate terms of service and policies,” according to the site.The service lists specific games that Cox says will be supported by the service, including “Fortnite,” “Overwatch,” and “Apex Legends.” That list of games may change at any time, according to the site.The service also includes a dashboard that lets users access real-time and historical information on their connection health. Net neutrality rules voted down by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 led many to believe that “fast lane” and “slow lane” internet was likely to surface. The idea is that internet providers could decide to charge companies like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube for better access to their customers. This appears to take that idea and turn it on its head, charging customers to have faster access to play games. Amazon Prime Video Added to Cox’s Contour Service (EXCLUSIVE) Related UPDATED: Cox Cable is testing a new “Elite Gamer Service” that is designed to speed up connections between gamers and games, but which the company says doesn’t prioritize internet use.The service began testing in Arizona this week and Cox tells Variety it plans to run the test for about three weeks. The $15 a month service only works with Windows PCs.“Elite Gamer Service” is actually a repackaging of WTFast’s own gaming service which is advertised as a technology that essentially finds the fastest route between a gamer and the game they’re playing.A Cox spokesperson said that the service is not a “fast lane” service and that it doesn’t do anything to the Cox network, but instead relies entirely on the WTFast technology to smooth out connections.Cox Elite Gamer “automatically finds a faster path for your PC game data, reducing the lag, ping spikes, and jitter that stand in the way of winning,” according to the official site for the service. The site also notes that compared to standard Cox Internet, users will experience up to 34% less lag, 55% fewer ping spikes, and 45% less jitter. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The Associated Press in 2017 reached out to a number of internet providers — including Cox — to see if they were considering paid priority. At the time, Cox said it wasn’t.Reached for comment Thursday, a Cox representative reiterated that the company has no plans to pursue “fast lane” internet and noted that this service would not run afoul of any net neutrality rules.Correction: Variety initially erroneously reported that Cox Elite Gamer Service was a form of “fast lane” service, when it actually doesn’t prioritize internet access. We have updated the story to reflect that and add more context.last_img read more

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