Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit violence-hit Saharanpur

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Friday denied Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi permission to visit Saharanpur district, which has been seething under bouts of caste violence.Mr. Gandhi was scheduled to visit on Saturday.SSP Saharanpur “informed that Sri Rahul Gandhi has not been given permission to visit Saharanpur,” UP Police spokesperson Rahul Srivastava said.More details are awaited.Politicising the issueThe BJP accused the Congress leader of trying to politicise the recent violence in the West UP district.”Peace was restored in Saharanpur but the situation worsened after Mayawati’s visit. Now tragedy tourist Rahul Gandhi is preparing to visit,” said UP cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma.Mr. Sharma said there was “a conspiracy” against the Yogi government to cause disorder in West UP. “An attempt is being made to instigate the youth,” he said.last_img read more

Note ban a big scam: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a fresh attack on the Centre, terming demonetisation a big scam and said November 8 will be observed as kaala dibas (black day) to protest the unparalleled damage caused to country. She also dubbed the BJP-led Union government’s move a “draconian decision.” “The ill famed #Noteban November 8 is approaching. Demonetisation is a big scam. If through investigation is conducted, this will be proved,” Ms Banerjee said said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. She also refuted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that demonetisation is aimed at curbing black money and alleged that the real intention was to convert black money into white money. She further alleged that no black money has been recovered from foreign accounts so far.“No black money could yet be brought out from the foreign accounts. In all practical sense, it yielded big, big zero,” said Ms.Banerjee. She further alleged that demonetisation also failed to curb terrorism or boost development.Describing demonetisation as a “devil act,” she alleged that due to it the country has already suffered a loss of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) worth ₹3 lakh crore. “Crores of workers, particularly in the informal sector, lost their jobs. Farmers were left to starve. Over 100 people lost their lives,” said Ms. Banerjee.“More than 75,000 industrialists were compelled to leave India and settle abroad and become NRI because of harassment in the prevailing situation,” the Chief Minister alleged.Speaking to The Hindu senior TMC leader and State’s State’s Food and Supplies Minister, Jyotipriya Mallick said on Wednesday his party will hold “about 25,000 protest demonstrations including rallies and meeting across the State.”last_img read more

Nitish doesn’t want to be the next CM, says Kushwaha

first_imgRashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Wednesday said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not want to be the next CM of the State. Mr. Kushwaha also reiterated that he would be in the National Democratic Alliance and was ready for any sacrifice for the coalition.“Nitish Kumar doesn’t want to be the next Chief Minister of Bihar. He personally told me that how long will he hold on to the post. He wants to quit,” Mr. Kushwaha said while addressing a programme to celebrate the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, organised by the youth wing of RLSP at Patna’s Rabindra Bhawan. The Union Minister said the Chief Minister was like his elder brother and claimed that “nobody knows Nitish Kumar from a closer quarter than me”.Mr. Kushwaha’s statement, according to political analysts, was indicative of his future plans. They said the RLSP chief was a “highly ambitious man who has always had a dream to become the Chief Minister of the State”. By giving statements that Mr. Kumar does not want to be the next Chief Minister, Mr. Kushwaha may be staking his claim to the post for the next Assembly polls, they added. Bihar Assembly elections are due in November 2020.Seat-sharing issues On seat sharing among NDA partners, Mr. Kushwaha reiterated that nothing has been finalised yet. However, sources in the State BJP said that the party had categorically told the RLSP chief to “either contest from two Lok Sabha seats or leave the NDA”. Mr. Kushwaha has also been in touch with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav but party sources said that the latter is not willing to offer him more than four seats while the RLSP wants six seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections.“The RJD this time has to distribute seats among Congress, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S), rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, rebel BJP leaders Shatrughan Sinha, Kirti Jha Azad and the Left parties. We have very little scope to spare more seats for other parties,” said a senior RJD leader, adding that Mr. Kushwaha “was still welcome to our fold”.“Mr Kushwaha must be caught in a very difficult situation now. So he could be exploring his options to become the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2020,” said political analyst Ajay Kumar.last_img read more

HC raps police for ‘brutality’ in tempo incident

first_imgVideo clips of policemen dragging and assaulting a 15-year-old boy and his father, a tempo driver, in broad daylight in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar drew the ire of the Delhi High Court, which described them as evidence of “police brutality”.“Why was the boy dragged along the street in broad daylight,” asked a Bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri after watching video footage of the Sunday incident, which has since snowballed into a political issue.“How can you [Delhi police counsel] standing for the State justify the action of the five police officers who ran after a 15-year-old boy who had been trying to take his father away,” the Bench asked.“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what more do you need? This is a case of extensive disquiet in society. How can any uniformed force do this? This would scare the citizens,” the Bench added. Independent report The court also called for an independent report on the incident from an officer of the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police within a week.The Delhi police’s counsel submitted that cross FIRs have been lodged on the complaints of the two sides and the case transferred to the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation. The counsel further said that three officers involved in the incident have been suspended. To this, the Bench said, “There are eight to nine police personnel who can be clearly seen [in the videos]… Identify the five officers who dragged the boy along the street, all the while pelting him with sticks, and those who assaulted the father.”The High Court also issued notices to the police, the Centre and the city government on a petition filed in public interest seeking a CBI probe into the incident. It posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.One of the petitioners, advocate Seema Singhal, has sought framing of appropriate guidelines for police reforms to prevent such “violent acts of police brutality and excessive force”.“A service gun was pointed towards the minor boy by these policemen threatening him with dire consequences,” her petition stated, adding that “the atrocities committed by the police amount to violation of Section 4 of the Model Code of Conduct for the police”.last_img read more

Bar Refaeli wants $10,000 donations to make sex tape

first_imgSupermodel Bar Refaeli has reportedly appealed to her fans to donate 10,000 dollars so she can make her very own sex tape. Obviously the whole thing is just a joke for a new video from comedy website FunnyOrDie.com.I know what youre thinking,?? the Mirror quoted the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model as saying in the video.Who would watch that? Im not sure myself. But maybe a small audience might want to watch me have sex. After all, Im really good at it,?? she says.In the video, she said, “Hi, my name is Bar, and Im currently working as a model and actress – you know, just to pay the bills – but I need your help to make my real dream to come true. I want to make a sex tape.??Just to be clear, this would be a tape of me having sex with some dude, in many different sex positions, for at least a few hours,?? she said.In the video, she offers some incentives if the donation is made through Kickstarter (the donations website) – for 50 dollars you get an autographed picture of her having sex, if youre into that kind of thing??, for 200 dollars you can visit the set of the sex tape if you have time?? and for 1,000 dollars, shell put you in the running to be in the film.last_img read more

22-year-old runner collapses at marathon, dies

first_imgKylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSG Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments A message seeking comment was left for race officials.Walsh University in North Canton said the Medina woman graduated this spring and had been a member of the women’s soccer team. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img CLEVELAND — A 22-year-old woman running in the Cleveland Marathon has collapsed and died.University Hospitals spokesman George Stamatis says Taylor Ceepo collapsed at Sunday’s race and was dead on arrival at the hospital. He couldn’t provide further information because of patient privacy.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cuyahoga (cy-uh-HOH’-guh) County Medical Examiner’s Office says the cause of death hasn’t been determined.The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Cristine Torek, a public relations specialist for the marathon, said Ceepo had nearly finished the race when she collapsed. The race’s estimated 15,000 runners were told they could run or walk as temperatures reached into the 80s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess last_img read more

Indian football: Brazilian star, Robinho rumoured to join East Bengal

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEast Bengal seems to be on a roll for the upcoming season of Football for them! After confirming ‘Quess’ as the sponsor and signing a contract for the next 10 years with it being worth 400 crores, they have started with heavyweight transfers.The first move was for Costa Rican defender, Johnny Acosta. He starred for Costa Rica in all the 3 group fixtures in the World Cup and played against Neymar. He was confirmed by East Bengal earlier today.Robinho playing for Brazil.Now reports are coming that the Indian side has set their sights on Robinho. The Brazilian International plays for Sivasspor in Turkey. He has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe like Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan. His price is expected to be around 16 crores.Even though he may be past his prime, he will of importance in the Indian scenario.There have also been other rumours of Sardar Azmoun of Iran being linked to the club.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: 9-year old seer Ahaan Kapadia might just become India’s version of Paul the OctopusFootball: Riyad Mahrez finally signs with Manchester Citylast_img read more

International Champions Cup: Mo Salah scores as Liverpool beat Manchester City

first_imgIt took 52 seconds, two touches on return in red of Liverpool for Mohamed Salah to score in Liverpool’s 2-1 pre-season win over Premier League rivals Manchester City on Thursday in the 2018 International Champions Cup.The Egypt international, who was Liverpool’s top scorer last season with 44 goals in 52 appearances across all competitions, suffered a shoulder injury in the club’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in May.Salah was introduced as a second half substitute in and the 26-year-old levelled the scores almost immediately before forward Sadio Mane scored the winner, as Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hailed Salah’s impact.”He is in that moment but he has absolutely no issues… He came in and scored after pretty much 35 seconds. He had a big impact together with Sadio and Dom… played fantastic,” Klopp told reporters.New number. Same old Sadio. #LFCPreSeason #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/NOLkDBtw6PLiverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018Salah’s high-flying return allayed fears over his form following the injury, which prevented the playmaker from making an impact at the World Cup in Russia.READ – Klopp admits to pressure of winning trophies at LiverpoolKlopp also reiterated that he could not guarantee a trophy for Liverpool in the upcoming campaign.”I know that people want to hear that I tell you we can win this or that, but I have no clue if we will win something. But we will go for it with all we have,” the German boss added.READ – Alisson likely to make Liverpool debut in friendly against Napoliadvertisement”… We have to enjoy our football, otherwise it makes no sense. We cannot only go for a 1-0 here, 1-0 there – I know if you win silverware in the end then people are probably happy, but the whole year was still rubbish.”52 seconds. Second touch. Mo Salah. pic.twitter.com/tcK1rjRhIhLiverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018″It’s pre-season, it’s really not important. The game for us was very important, but it is not a sign in the direction or whatever. It’s only a game we played and a lot of good moments which we can use and a lot of bad moments we can work on. That’s all,” he said.Liverpool will continue their pre-season preparations against rivals Manchester United on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I ran with my eyes closed: Dutee after Asian Games silver

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh Jakarta, Aug 26 (PTI) Unable to stop smiling after crying for years, Dutee Chand was sprinting with her “eyes closed” until she had ushered in a new dawn, healing an old wound on the way. Dropped from India’s Commonwealth Games contingent in 2014 after being rendered ineligible to compete as a female athlete due to hyperandrogenism policy of the world athletics body (IAAF), the last four years of her life have not been easy for the 22-year-old Odisha athlete. Allowed to race again after being cleared by the Court of Arbitration (CAS), Dutee today achieved the biggest success of her career. “2014 was very a bad year for me. People said many things abut me. The same girl today came back and won a medal for the country, it is really big achievement for me,” Dutee said after winning a silver medal in the women’s 100m at the Asian Games. The desperation to achieve something big, to make up for the opportunities lost, was palpable as she spoke about her effort. “In the semifinals, the first 20 metres, I did not push much and coach pointed out that ‘you have to make a better beginning. So in the final I rushed the first 40 metres. I was running with eyes closed, whether medal comes or not, I wanted to better my timing. “When I opened my eyes, the race was over. I did not know what has happened. People said you have won a medal, but I did not believe, I did not pick flag until I saw the result on display screen.”advertisement Dutee could not stop smiling after the win. “It is my biggest medal, I am already 22 and I had never participated at Asian Games before because of hyperandrogenism. It was Olympic for me, I trained for six hours in a session for this.” Dutee had become only the third Indian to qualify for the women 100m event at the Rio Olympics. She had timed 11.69 but did not make it to the final. The Athletic Federation of India and IAAF’ faced flak for violating Dutee’s privacy and human rights. She appealed to the CAS and in July 2015, it issued a decision to suspend the hyperandrogenism regulation for female track and field sports for two years. It found that there was insufficient evidence to indicate that there is any link between enhanced androgen levels and improved athletic performance. The court gave two more years to IAAF to present convincing evidence and if it is not provided within the deadline, the regulation will be automatically revoked. Dutee’s silver came in 11.32 seconds, the same timing with which she had won gold at the National Games. However, it was slower than her own national record (11.29). “I was confused, I was not sure if I will win medal because I timed 11:43 in the semifinal, it was too much of strain for body. People assured me, saying God is with you.” PTI AT AHAHlast_img read more

Oklahoma State Getting Consistently Better On Offense This Year

first_imgDon’t look now but Oklahoma State has the 22nd-most efficient offense in the nation with two of the worst Big 12 defenses still on tap in Texas Tech and Oklahoma. Let’s take a look at this week’s points-per-drive numbers and how OSU has been consistently rising since conference play started.Offensive PPD screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-11-09-51-amHow about that? Oklahoma State is likely to catch Baylor and has a shot at getting over 3.0 by the end of the year which hasn’t happened since 2012 (3.01 in Monken’s last year). Kansas continues to Kansas. Tech continues to Tech, and the rest of the teams are just all right.To give you some perspective, Kansas State ranks No. 8 in the Big 12 in offensive points per drive but No. 43 nationally. That’s crazy. Now let’s look at defense.Defensive PPDscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-11-09-58-amDespite what felt like a poor showing in Manhattan, OSU remains steadfast at No. 4 in the Big 12 in points per drive on defense. West Virginia continues to do the opposite of what I thought a Dana Holgorsen-coached team would do.For perspective, Kansas State is No. 5 in the Big 12 and No. 76 in the nation. Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech are three of the 12 least efficient teams in the country on defense.OSU actually only went from 2.11 PPD allowed on defense to 2.15 after Manhattan.“We didn’t play the run as well as we’d like to for a couple of reasons,” explained Glenn Spencer on Monday. “One was just the type of game I called to stop some of that quarterback run game and all that we have to play ‘zero’ coverage, and I didn’t do that as much as I’d like.“The double move about got us one time and they busted out on a bunch route when we were in man, which kind of made me uneasy about playing more aggressive, but that being said, we still needed to force some field goals. If we’d have done that a couple more times, we’d have been in good shape.“We gave up touchdowns after long drives, which is not what we like and we got shoved around a little bit. They have a good offensive line and up front we got pushed around a little bit. A couple of times backers got hit and sometimes the secondary would come up and get hit.”To his point on long drives, OSU is No. 53 nationally on points per drive given up on 80+ yard drives.Let’s take a closer look at where OSU has come from on offense …OSU’s Consistencyscreen-shot-2016-11-08-at-11-34-19-amHere’s how many points per drive OSU was averaging for the year after each conference game.A week over week over week improvement with a mild drop after Iowa State. The Texas game really provided a boost. This also meshes well with the eye test. OSU has just felt easier on O over the last four weeks than at the beginning of the season.“I think [our confidence is] pretty high, but at the same time you have to take it one game at a time,” said Yurcich on Monday. “I know that’s cliche, but really we have to play in the moment and focus on right now. Last week is over.“The biggest thing is you get confidence with each victory and when you play better. When you improve, you get more confidence, but at the same time, you have to take one game at a time as it comes to you. You can’t look into the future, and you can’t look at the past.“You have to focus on what is going to make you better. That’s the biggest key, and that’s what we have now. Our guys really understand that process of improvement.”This chart should help.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

a month agoMan City, Chelsea in contact for Brescia whiz Sandro Tonali

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City, Chelsea in contact for Brescia whiz Sandro Tonaliby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrescia could double the price of Sandro Tonali by the end of the season.Il Mattino says Brescia president Massimo Cellino slapped a €30m price-tag on the teen over the summer.However, after a full season in Serie A, Cellino is expected to seek double that valuation next summer.Juventus, Napoli, Inter Milan, Roma, Manchester City, Chelsea and Monaco are all in contact with Cellino.It’s been suggested Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on Tonali, likening him to Andrea Pirlo, whose career he launched at AC Milan. last_img

Korean Banks Hit Hard by Shipbuilding Woes

first_imgzoom After South Korea launched a KRW 11 trillion (USD 9.5 billion) worth fund for state-run banks, the country’s lenders could need more help to absorb the enormous shipbuilding losses, Bloomberg reported.According to data provided by Bloomberg, ten of South Korea’s shipbuilders have together accumulated a debt of some USD 38.2 billion.As the country’s major shipbuilding and shipping companies embark on restructuring, the banks are forced to push the maturity of a number of unprofitable loans.The banks targeted by South Korea’s fund, which is expected to be operational by end of 2017, are Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM).However, the shipbuilders might not be the only ones to blame for the situation, as the country’s Board of Audit and Inspection yesterday released a report saying that Korea Development Bank and KEXIM also played a role in increasing the debts, the Korea Economic Daily reported.Namely, KDB, the main creditor of the financially troubled Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), reportedly failed to conduct proper inspections on DSME’s management, which contributed to an accounting fraud in the amount of some KRW 1.5 trillion (USD 1.28 billion) during the 2013-2014 period.Furthermore, KEXIM permitted Sungdong Shipbuilding to sign agreements on below-cost orders, crossing the legal limit, thereby delaying the company’s financial recovery.The country’s Big Three shipbuilders, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), have all launched self-rescue plans that include massive asset sales and workforce cuts.As a result, the government expects a 30 percent workforce drop in the shipbuilding industry by 2018 from 2015 once the restructuring process is completed. In addition, it is anticipated that the country’s shipbuilding capacity will be reduced by 20 percent.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Premier McNeil Congratulates Sidney Crosby

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil today, June 13, congratulated Pittsburgh Penguins captain and Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby on the team’s Stanley Cup victory and being named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. “Sidney Crosby showed grit, tenacity and determination in leading his team to another Stanley Cup win,” said Premier McNeil. “Whether or not you’re a Penguins fan, Nova Scotians can be proud of how Mr. Crosby carried himself and the outstanding effort he brought to the rink every night.” Mr. Crosby recorded six goals and 13 assists during Pittsburgh’s run to the NHL championship. He won rave reviews for his dominant two-way play. It’s the second Stanley Cup win for Mr. Crosby since joining the Penguins in 2005. He’s also won two Olympic gold medals. In 2009, Mr. Crosby was presented with the Order of Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

UN agencies scaling up assistance to floodaffected Pakistanis

16 September 2011United Nations agencies are scaling up their assistance to flood-affected people in Pakistan, where more than five million people are urgent need of food, shelter, safe water and access to health services. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 5.5 million people have been affected so far by the flooding, which has also resulted in over 230 deaths, damage or destruction to 1.1 million homes and inundation of 4.5 million acres of land.Elisabeth Byrs, OCHA’s spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters that resource mobilization is currently a major constraint and organizations are using contingency stocks and diverting resources from early recovery programmes to meet life-saving needs. The UN is currently finalizing its emergency response plan, to be launched early next week and reviewed against evolving needs and more in-depth evaluations in a month’s time, she added. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP), which is providing food aid to 1.4 million people still recovering from last year’s devastating floods, is increasing life-saving food assistance to parts of Sindh province that have been hit the worst by the latest floods. WFP has distributed food to 15,300 people in the most-affected districts, notably Badin, the agency’s spokesperson in Geneva, Christiane Berthiaume, told reporters. The one-month rations include high-energy biscuits and specialised nutritious food for children such as Wawa Mum, a chick-pea paste made in Pakistan. The agency is aiming to provide emergency assistance to about half a million people by the end of the month and planned to scale up deliveries to reach 2.2 million by October. In addition to food distributions, WFP is providing logistical support to the humanitarian community amid the considerable damage to infrastructure caused by heavy rains. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is rushing reproductive health supplies to Sindh given the disruption to services in various health facilities. The agency estimates that at least 1.2 million women of reproductive age are among the 5 million people affected by the heavy monsoon rains and floods. At least 115,000 are pregnant. Among the major concerns is that women who were already severely anaemic will be even more prone to complications of pregnancy and delivery, the agency said in a news release. Also, with the continuing rains and stagnating water, pregnant women and newborns living in open air are increasingly exposed to malaria and dengue.UNFPA has dispatched supplies to cover the reproductive health needs of 600,000 people for one month in Sindh, and is moving 25 mobile service units to seven of the hardest-hit districts in the province. The vehicles are equipped to provide primary health care, basic emergency obstetric care and services responding to gender-based violence.“UNFPA ensures that women are able to deliver safely even in times of disaster. While our role remains the same whether in emergency, early recovery or development, in a humanitarian crisis our work becomes even more urgent as the vulnerability of women and girls is increased,” said Rabbi Royan, the agency’s country representative in Pakistan.Tarek Jasarevic, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), told a news conference in Geneva that the agency and its partners had conducted a rapid health assessment in the 22 affected districts of Sindh to identify the health services available to the population as well as existing gaps. The assessment found that 224 out of 839 health facilities in the affected areas were inaccessible, submerged by flood water or damaged, accounting for 33 per cent of all basic health units and 11 per cent of all rural health centres. Supplies of essential medicines were adequate thanks to pre-positioned buffer stocks which had been available at very short notice. However, if these stocks were not replenished, acute shortages of vaccines, medicines and consumables would occur, Mr. Jasarevic warned.Some 2.7 million of the total number of people affected are children, including 760,000 children below the age of five, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The agency is delivering safe water, sanitation and health supplies, such as vaccines and medicines, to ward off disease. Over the coming days it will be scaling up efforts to reach much larger numbers of children in the worst-affected areas. read more

Building broad coalitions is key to tackling global ills Annan says in

“We live in a world marked by great progress in some areas, and great suffering in others,” the Secretary-General told an audience of some 800 people gathered for the Coalition’s weekly Saturday Morning Freedom Meeting. “Inequality within and between countries persists to a shameful degree, and if we are to create a safer, more stable world, we must close the gap between the rich and the poor.”Noting that this challenge was at the core of the United Nations work in fighting poverty, protecting children, promoting human rights, and advancing justice, Mr. Annan said that in this effort the UN was guided by the unprecedented unity of purpose expressed by the leaders of the world in the Millennium Declaration issued at the Millennium Summit two years ago. “In that Declaration, the leaders made clear that if we want peace and stability, we must also promote sustainable development and apply our efforts to reducing the hunger, disease, illiteracy and poverty that are debilitating millions” of people worldwide, he said, adding that at the heart of that document were eight Millennium Development Goals, which included combating HIV/AIDS, achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality.”I have drawn your attention to these priorities of the United Nations because I believe they concern us all – Africans, African-Americans, citizens of the world,” he said. “We cannot stand by idly and witness the destruction caused by the scourges of poverty, AIDS, conflict or intolerance. We are united by this bond – men and women, black and white, citizens’ groups and the United Nations – and I am confident that the world can be the better for it.”The Secretary-General, who was awarded the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition for Global Unity Award during his visit to the organization’s headquarters, spoke earlier in the day to a number of local business and community leaders, as well as the representatives of Chicago’s consular corps.Introducing the Secretary-General, Rev. Jackson recalled that back in 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other American civil rights leaders had attended the ceremonies marking the independence of Ghana, the home country of Mr. Annan, who was only a teenager at that time. History had come full circle, Rev. Jackson said, welcoming the Secretary-General.For his part, the Secretary-General said that Ghana’s independence movement had a strong impact on him. “You grow up believing that change is possible, peaceful change is possible,” he said, “and one should dare to make a difference and change. That’s a message I try to give young people: keep hope alive, be courageous, dare to change.” read more

Celestica ending its contract with RIM as BlackBerry maker aims to cuts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celestica ending its contract with RIM as BlackBerry maker aims to cuts costs by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 18, 2012 1:18 pm MDT High-tech company Celestica Inc. is winding down its manufacturing services for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) as the struggling BlackBerry maker looks to cut costs.Celestica Inc. (TSX:CLS) said Monday that it will cease manufacturing services for RIM over the next three to six months.RIM said it’s trying to cut costs with its suppliers.“As we outlined in our Q4 earnings call, we are making changes to our supply chain as part of wider efforts to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of RIM’s operations to help meet our strategic objectives and to deliver long-term value to our stakeholders,” the Waterloo, Ont., company said in an emailed statement.Celestica, which makes electronics components, said it has been working closely with RIM as the BlackBerry maker assesses its supply chain strategy.“Celestica has been a high-performing manufacturing supplier for RIM and will work closely with RIM throughout the transition,” the Toronto company said in a statement.Celestica could not be reached for further comment, saying more information would come when it releases second-quarter results on July 27. However, the company said that prior to any recoveries, its restructuring charges would not exceed US$35 million.Telecom analyst Anil Doradla said the decision isn’t surprising.“From RIM’s point of view, they need to streamline their manufacturing process so it’s all about cost-cutting,” said Doradla of Chicago-based William Blair & Co.“Right now, it’s all about tightening the belt and that goes all the way down to their supply chain,” Doradla said.Doradla said RIM has other component suppliers such as Florida-based Jabil Circuit and its components could be part of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones due out later this year.RIM will have a tough job attracting and keeping BlackBerry users, he said.“I’ve looked at the handset industry for over a decade and I’ve never seen any handset company recover after making a series of strategic blunders. The graveyard of the handset industry is littered with bodies who have been darlings of the Street at one time,” he said, citing Sony Ericsson, Siemens and Phillips.RIM expected its new generation of BlackBerry smartphones to be out last year and its PlayBook tablet launch also was met with lukewarm reviews when launch in April 2011.Celestica, meanwhile, reaffirmed its second-quarter financial guidance provided April 24. The company anticipates revenue to be in the range of US$1.65 billion to US$1.75 billion, with adjusted net earnings of 20 to 26 cents per share.Toronto-based Celestica supplies components and equipment in the communications, computer, telecom aerospace, defence and other markets.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Celestica shares were up 10 cents at $7.71 in early afternoon trading Monday, while RIM shares were down 25 cents at $10.92.Note to readers: This a corrected story: A previous version said Celestica’s Q2 results would be issued Friday read more

Brock researcher on team that studies how fish keeps cool

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the … water?This is what one particular fish does when its home in tropical mangroves get “too hot for comfort,” a recent research team that included Brock biologist Glenn Tattersall has shown.Tiny, silver amphibious fish called the mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus), which look a bit like miniature sardines, were long known to jump out of the waters where they live, located in swamps from the southern United States to Brazil.Tattersall and the research team, led by biologist Patricia Wright at Guelph University, reared the mangrove rivulus fish for one year in water that was either at 25 or 30°C.Then, a webcam recorded the fish’s behaviour and body temperature as the researchers slowly raised the water temperature. The scientists were testing for two things: the temperature at which the fish would jump out of the water to avoid the heat; and whether or not being raised in different water temperatures would affect how much heat the fish could stand.The researchers found the fish jumped out of the water at around 35°C regardless of the water temperature at which they were raised.The team also wanted to know how quickly the fish’s body temperature cooled under various environmental conditions once the fish was out of the water.To do this, researchers had the fish jump onto filter papers that had varying degrees of humidity. The bodies of all fish started cooling in as little as 30 seconds and were cooler than the filter paper within one minute. The less humid the filter paper, the cooler were the fish, regardless of air temperature.“These results provide evidence of behavioural avoidance of high temperatures and the first quantification of evaporative cooling in an amphibious fish,” concludes the paper, a “flexibility that may be important for tropical amphibious fishes under increasing pressures from climatic change.”Tattersall said for the study, the fish were returned to the water so they didn’t die.“That’s the whole point of the study. If the water is too hot, they know to jump out and then they cool off since evaporation on land occurs. But they go back and forth between aquatic and terrestrial environments,” he said.He noted that Wright has studied the fish after they jump out of the water in her lab and found they can survive for 20 days out of water.The team’s research, titled “Out of the frying pan into the air—emersion behaviour and evaporative heat loss in an amphibious mangrove fish (Kryptolebias marmoratus),” was published in late October in the journal Biology Letters.Fish that can take advantage of evaporative cooling may have an evolutionary advantage over fully aquatic fish in coming years as coastal waters warm because of climate change, the researchers suggest.Mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) read more

Michigan Lifts 10Year Ban Against Chris Webber and Two

The University of Michigan and Chris Webber can officially reconnect after a 10-year ban was lifted by the NCAA on Wednesday. The ban was also lifted for Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock.The NCAA forced Michigan to cut all ties from the three former Wolverines and the late Robert Traylor for a decade following a federal investigation. The investigation revealed that that deceased booster Ed Martin gave them more that $600,000 when they were student athletes.But now the option to renew the relationship with school is up to Webber, Taylor and Bullock. However, the Michigan has to be willing to want to reconnect as well.“I’ve never met any of those guys, and I am looking forward to meeting them,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday night. “If any of those guys are interested in meeting with me, that would be great.”Fellow Fab Five member Jalen Rose told the Detroit News that he has seen a line drawn that if Webber does not apologize then they will punish the rest of the members of the Fab Five. But Rose said it is not on Weber to issue an apology to Michigan in order to receive recognition for success that the group achieve, the university can do that despite what Webber decides to do.“This morning, I felt really good about the dissociation being over and having the opportunity to reunite with the University of Michigan,” Taylor told The AP on Wednesday. “I’m excited to talk to Mr. Brandon and coach (John) Beilein. While I had some success in the NBA, there was a void in my life because of the circumstances.”Martin, who died in February 2003, plead guilty to conspiracy to laundering money, saying that he used gambling money and combined other funds in loans to Webber, other players and their families.“Ed was made out to be something he wasn’t, he wasn’t a booster who steered you to a school or guy who preyed on kids,” Taylor said. “He was just a great guy in Detroit, who helped out anybody playing ball of any kind in the city.”With the ban lifted, Webber can possibly reunite with his fellow Fab Five members to see their 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners go back up in the rafters, if Michigan chooses to do so.Rose, Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson attended the NCAA final in Atlanta last month. However, Webber chose to sit in a suite to watch the game.“You can’t think of Michigan without thinking of us,” Webber said in a 2007 interview with the AP. read more

Oxford professor resigns over claims university donor is a Donald Trump supporter

first_imgAn Oxford professor has resigned from his role over claims one of the university’s wealthy donors is a supporter of Donald Trump.Swedish academic Bo Rothstein, who was Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, alleged the school’s namesake had made a substantial donation to the Trump campaign.USSR-born Sir Leonard Blavatnik, who is Britain’s richest man, provided £75m of financial backing to Oxford University to build the school.Professor Rothstein said in a resignation letter: “As I see it, Donald Trump’s policies are also antithetical to the goal of the Blavatnik School of Government, which aims to improve the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, so that citizens can enjoy more secure and more fulfilled lives.” 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. A spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said: “Neither Mr. Blavatnik nor his company, Access Industries, have ever donated to President Trump or his campaign. “Access Industries made a donation to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a joint Congressional committee that has been responsible for organizing the inauguration ceremonies of every U.S. president since 1901 and which helps to organize public and private events during the week leading up to the Inauguration. Sir Leonard Blavatnik funded a new school of government in OxfordCredit: Valery Levitin/Kommersant Sir Leonard Blavatnik  The Blavatnik School building in Oxford The Blavatnik School building in OxfordCredit:Stephen Sykes /Alamy Mr Blavatnik was named Britain’s richest man in 2015 and according to this year’s Sunday Times rich list, his £15.9bn fortune puts him second only to the joint wealth of brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja.The industrialist built his wealth through his company Access Industries and now counts Warner Music Group as part of his empire.His donation to Oxford University was criticised at the time as a sign of the university “selling its reputation and prestige to Putin’s associates” in a letter to the Guardian coordinated by Ilya  Zaslavskiy, an employee of a Russian oil company and Oxford graduate who ran Moscow’s Oxford alumni association. The university said it was “unclear” why Prof. Rothstein would resign over any political donations made by Sir Leonard, given he had made no attempt to influence the school’s academic agenda. “The types of events that the Presidential Inaugural Committee plans and supports include public concerts, fireworks, lunches, dinners, the inauguration ceremony, and the inaugural parade.”A spokesman for Oxford University said: “Professor Rothstein is a distinguished researcher and scholar in the field of Government, and the School is sorry to have received his resignation. However, we are unclear why he has resigned over political donations made by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, which are completely unconnected to the Blavatnik School of Government.”As an American citizen, Sir Leonard is entitled to make donations and give support to whichever politicians he chooses. The School would never try to influence the political preferences of its donors or to comment upon them. The School’s mission is to promote good government, not any particular programme for governing.”Conversely, Sir Leonard has never attempted to influence the School’s academic agenda, or who we hire or with whom we work.” The Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford The letter seen by the Guardian added: “Mr Blavatnik’s decision to support Donald Trump makes it impossible for me to continue at the Blavatnik School of Government.”But a spokesman for Mr Blavatnik said neither he nor his company Access Industries had never donated to President Trump or his campaign.Mr Blavatnik has made donations to politicians from both US parties according to records, from former Vice President Joe Biden to Republican senator Ben Sasse. The Blavatnik School of Government in OxfordCredit:Iwan Baanlast_img read more