Shutdown in Kashmir over JKLF ban

first_imgA shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Sunday against the Centre’s ban on separatist JKLF, led by Yasin Malik.The strike call was issued by separatist amalgam, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mr. Malik, who remains behind the bar.The shutdown impacted the life in the Valley. All markets, petrol pumps and private offices remain closed. Traffic on the roads was skeletal. Train services were also suspended as a precautionary measure.The ban on JKLF comes less than a month of the ban on the socio-religious party Jamaat-e-Islami. “The Government of India’s decision of banning the JKLF is highly authoritarian, autocratic and pure political vendetta,” said a JRL spokesman. The spokesman said such moves “will neither break the resolve of people of Kashmir nor push the leadership into submission”. Former chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti termed the Centre’s decision “ironical”. “One one hand the Centre is claiming to have launched a rehabilitation scheme, by which the militants who lay down arms will be encouraged to join the mainstream and on the other hand, organisations like JeI and JKLF are banned, which have avowedly rejected violence as a method of achieving any goals and have distanced themselves from it,” said Ms. Mufti.She warned that such repressive measures will shrink the already limited space and “will only increase the level of alienation and frustration among the people”.A CPI(M) spokesman also warned that such a ban “doesn’t augur well in a democratic setup”. The decision to ban JKLF is politically motivated. Everyone has a right to dissent in a democratic system. Exclusion of the voices of dissent is against the spirit of a democratic polity,” said the spokesman in a statement.Injured soldier succumbsAn Army soldier, injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan on the Line of Control in Poonch on Saturday, auccumbed to his injuries in Sunday morning.A Jammu-based Army spokesman said Grenadier Hari Bhakar had received grave injuries during ceasefire violation in Poonch Sector. “He was evacuated to nearest Field Hospital for immediate medical treatment but succumbed to his injuries,” said the Army. Bhakar was from Rajasthan.He said Pakistan started unprovoked firing on Saturday evening and used heavy caliber weapons and rockets. “Our troops retaliated in strong measure, inflicting adequate damage and casualties to Pakistan Army,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

Mumbai’s moral police enforces regulations on behaviour of couples in public places

first_imgDon’t talk, just kiss” may well be the mantra of lovelorn couples when given half a chance alone in a city park. Not so for Mumbai’s lovers.The city’s moral police in connivance with authorities of such public spots have recently enforced regulations quite unsympathetic to Pop group Right Said Fred’s,Don’t talk, just kiss” may well be the mantra of lovelorn couples when given half a chance alone in a city park. Not so for Mumbai’s lovers.The city’s moral police in connivance with authorities of such public spots have recently enforced regulations quite unsympathetic to Pop group Right Said Fred’s naughty suggestions.At Colaba Woods & Sports Complex at Cuffe Parade, guards hold the threat of the nearby police station to duos getting closer than permissible.At the Bandstand Park in south Mumbai, the city police often make surprise checks. The Kamla Raheja Foundation’s garden at Santa Cruz likes to call itself a “family oriented” place (read “no necking please”).And Patwardhan Park at Bandra actually has a rule book regarding behaviour of couples.Looks like the already crowded sea promenades in the city will now see a steep rise in passion quotient.last_img read more

Mauro Icardi Completes PSG Loan Switch as Turbulent Spell at Inter Milan Comes to an End

first_img Icardiinter milanmauro icardiParis Saint-Germain First Published: September 3, 2019, 7:40 AM IST Paris: Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, unwanted at Inter Milan, joined Paris Saint-Germain late on Monday in a loan, “with an option to buy” the Parisian club said.Icardi was the joint top-scorer in Serie A in 2017-18 with 29 goals. But last season, he was stripped of the club captaincy amid a contract dispute and later barred from full training. He had reportedly started legal action against the club. PSG needed a striker urgently. They will probably be without their entire first-choice attack for their opening Champions League game against Real Madrid on September 18. Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani might return from injury before the second group match. Neymar, who still has not appeared for the club this season, is suspended for three European games, so would not be available even if he were in a fit state, physically and mentally, to play.While Neymar failed to get his wish and move in the transfer window, Icardi has escaped his soured relationship with Inter Milan.Media in Italy and France estimate PSG’s buy option for the 26-year-old is for 70 million euros. Icardi joined Inter in 2013 and scored 120 goals in just over 220 matches for the club before contract talks turned nasty.”Paris Saint-Germain have become an international football powerhouse, attracting some of the greatest players in recent years,” Icardi told the club website, adding: “I will give everything to help my new team.”Icardi was PSG’s second big-name signing of the day.Goalkeeper Keylor Navas joined from Real Madrid, with the French international Alphonse Areola loaned in the opposite direction.Navas, a 32-year-old Costa Rican who won the Champions League three times in Madrid, signed on a four year deal. While no fee has been confirmed, the Spanish press say it is 15 million euros ($16.5 million).Areola, 26, will take over the role of backing up the suddenly error-prone Thibaut Courtois. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Michael Clarke scores 48 in return to Sydney grade cricket

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke played his first competitive match since retiring last year and survived two chances and a near run out before scoring 48 runs in a Sydney grade match on Saturday.Clarke, playing in front of around 500 people for Western Suburbs against Randwick-Petersham at a small inner-city oval, was dropped at second slip before scoring and was almost run out on returning for the second run. He was later dropped again at second slip when on 30.The 34-year-old Clarke retired after the Ashes defeat last August.He has been linked with a number of Twenty20 competitions and has refused to rule out a comeback to international play.last_img read more

Motorola Moto Z & Moto Z Force with metal body, Snapdragon 820 processor launched

first_imgMotorola, which is now a Lenovo-owned brand, on Thursday launched the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The two phones, which are the flagship Moto phones, actually replace the Moto X devices from previous years. Both phones are also remarkably different compared to their predecessors, sporting a modular design and features that are unique.”With the Moto Z and Moto Z Force we are rethinking smartphones completely differently,” Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo CEO and chairman said at the company’s Tech World in San Francisco where the two phones were launched.First the Moto Z. The Moto Z is sleeker and more beautiful of the Moto phones launched today. It has a full-metal body that is 5.2mm thin. The phone has a 5.5-inch screen with 1440p resolution, a 2600 mAh battery that last 30 hours, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, option between 32GB and 64GB internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera with IOS and F1.8 lens. It also gets water-repellent coating, microSD card support and features like NFC and fingerprint scanner.  The Moto Z Force has similar hardware but there is a bit of design change. It is 7mm thick and has a bigger 3500 mAh battery. It also has a 21-megapixel camera. Another big change between the two phones, as the moniker Force suggests, is that the Moto Z Force has a screen that is shatter-proof. It also has, according to Motorola, the “fastest turbo charging we have put in our phone” capable of providing 15-hour battery life with 15-minutes of charging.Also read: Lenovo launches Phab 2 Pro Tango with 4 cameras, 2 other Phab 2 phabletsadvertisementHello Moto ModsHowever, the most unique bit about the Moto X and the Moto Z Force is their modular design. The two devices have 16 pins on their back cover that, for now, can be used to connect three modules – a JBL module for better speakers, a battery module and the projector module. The Moto mods are one the reasons why the Moto Z is so thin.The JBL Moto Mod enhances the audio performance of the phone in a significant way. It also adds a small battery to the device, helping it enhance the battery life by up to 10 hours. The Battery Module, which is a separate standalone Moto Mod, has Incipio Offgrid battery inside it. It adds up to 22 hours of extra battery life to the phone. The projector module, meanwhile, has been named Moto Insta-Share. It can project images as well as videos on to “almost any surface” located within 70 inches from the phone.  In addition to modules, Motorola also launched Moto Shells for the Moto Z. These shells will snap to the phone to change its look and feel.Motorola says that the modules attach to Moto Z and Moto Z Force using strong magnets.Motorola is not the first company to come with a modular phone this year. LG had earlier launched the G5, a phone with modular design. Although, the Motorola’s modular design looks slightly more elegant and user-friendly.While modular phone is something that is a buzzword nowadays, the success of Moto Z or G5 etc will depend on the usefulness of modules. Motorola knows this as well as the fact that three are not going to be enough to woo consumers. So the company has also announced a scheme to woo module makers.”With the Moto Mods Developer Program, you can develop the next generation of Moto Mods. The Lenovo Capital Fund will be setting aside seed funding to spur innovation on the Moto Mods platform. It has set aside $1,000,000 for the individual or company that creates the best Moto Mods prototype by March 31, 2017,” the company said in a statement.The Moto Z will be available globally in September. For now, no prices have been announced for the phones. Also, Lenovo – read Motorola – has not clarified on the global availability of the Moto Z Force. It will available in the US as Verizon exclusive but the company hasn’t specified if the phone will also be launched in countries like India or not. When Motorota launched the Moto X Force earlier, that phone was exclusive to the US initially. However, gradually Motorola introduced it in other countries, including India, and it is possible that the company may follow the same plan for the Moto Z Force.last_img read more

UAAP women’s basketball: UST nips UE, FEU escapes UP

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas buckled down when it needed the most and overcome University of the East, 58-49, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Irebu led the way for the Golden Tigresses with 24 points and 16 rebounds as they recovered from a slow start after scoring just four points in the opening quarter.The Golden Tigresses mounted an 8-0 run that Irebu capped off for a 54-44 lead with 2:07 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“I talked to Grace that she needed to be stronger in the inside versus UE,” said UST head coach Haydee Ong whose team improved to 4-2. “They started very slow and I told the ladies during halftime that we are lacking energy.”Kikay Gandalla added 13 points and five rebounds for the Golden Tigresses while Lon Rivera had seven points and six boards. Becoming his own man P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ UST men, women teams off to unbeaten start in UAAP beach volleyball Valerie Mamaril led FEU with 14 points while Clare Castro had 12 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks as the Tamaraws improved to 4-2.The Lady Maroons stayed at the bottom of the standings with a lowly 0-6 record. LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Jearzy Ganade led the 1-5 Lady Warriors with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.In the other game, Far Eastern University escaped University of the Philippines, 73-67, at Quadricentennial Pavilion.The Lady Tamaraws held the Lady Maroons to zero points in the first quarter and even took a 26-0 lead, but UP fought back and got to within three, 62-59.Princess Jumuad’s jumper punctuated FEU’s 10-2 run in the fourth to give the Lady Tamaraws’ 72-61 lead with two minutes left to play, effectively ending UP’s rebellion.“They want to get that win the hard way. Fortunately, they were able to adjust,” said FEU head coach Bert Flores in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Guptill got to know how Dhoni felt: Fans react to New Zealand’s Super Over heartbreak in World Cup final

first_imgNew Zealand’s openers Martin Guptill has had a torrid World Cup 2019 with the bat but will always be remembered for the two run-outs he was involved in.On July 11, New Zealand had defeated India to qualify in their second successive final of World Cup. Credit for that would partly go to Martin Guptill for that memorable run out of MS Dhoni in the semi-final. Dhoni’s wicket was the final nail in the coffin for India in their 240-run chase. Indian Cricket Team and the fans were left heartbroken after getting knocked out.Come July 14, Martin Guptill’s run-out in the super over restricted New Zealand to 15, thus helping England to win their maiden World Cup title on the basis of more boundaries in the final.New Zealand needed 2 runs to win the World Cup final and Guptill got run-out in his attempt of running back for the second run.This match will certainly go down as one of the best finals in the history of Cricket World Cups. Both teams played high attrition cricket on a pitch where run-making was not always easy.England’s pacers Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were brilliant upfront before Lockie Ferguson bowled a sensational final spell to produce some thrilling moments in the World Cup finale.Guptill’s dismissal in the final prompted scores of memes and attacks on social media, with MS Dhoni fans pointing out Karma’ as the main reason behind Kiwi openers run-out in the super over.advertisementButler in an interview said he is a Dhoni fan, Never thought he is this much loyal #MSDhoni #butler #Guptill pic.twitter.com/DhukOiLl45#WeAreEngland Veri (@VickyVjAddict) July 14, 2019Guptill must be feeling how Indians felt when Dhoni got run-out…..@ENGvsNZ #CWC19Final #Guptill pic.twitter.com/vovFb6pBdrNihal Chaturvedi (@nihalpandit_) July 14, 2019New Zealand WC tour in Four pics #Stokes #Guptill #cwc19 #CWC19Final #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/nonvXb7MGTMr Right (@ms_its_me) July 14, 2019Too much beauty in this picture that’s sportsmanship. Congrats England Love Newzealand, our hearts broke for you .This wasn’t win and loose match it was win and win.#CWC19Final #NZvENG #CWC19 #Guptill pic.twitter.com/OJ1dz9GbYbSayyed Adnan Seddiqi (@Dr_Shelby_) July 14, 2019Retweet this if you are feeling happy after watching this #Guptill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/w0m6PVGjvEAnkit Routray (@buntyspeaks18) July 14, 2019Karma is real#Guptill pic.twitter.com/t5n3xZMFbkANKIT Bharti (@ANKITBh94446072) July 14, 2019Also Read | India lost the least matches but England won the World CupAlso Read | England 1st country to win Cricket World Cup, Football World Cup and Rugby World CupAlso See:last_img read more

NSW State Cup

first_imgThe State Cup will see teams from 53 affiliates across NSW contest 16 divisions, including the introduction of the Mixed B division.The three day tournament is in its 33rd year and 2009 is the 21st consecutive year that it has been played in Port Macquarie. All 23 fields at the precinct will be used for the 184 teams who have entered in the event. The following divisions will be contested at the event: two divisions in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open’s divisions, as well as Men’s and Women’s 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Men’s 35’s, 45’s and 50’s and Senior Mixed. The introduction of the Mixed B division has proved popular, with 12 affiliates taking advantage of the new division. Among the most popular divisions also include the Men’s Open B Division, with 21 teams, while the Men’s 50’s division has 16 teams in the running for the title.Wests Magpies will be looking to go for back to back titles in the Men’s Open division, after their win over Hornsby in the 2008 grand final. Canterbury Bulldogs and Wests Magpies will be aiming to make it four consecutive titles in the Women’s and Mixed Open divisions respectively, having won their respective titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. The round games will be contested on Friday and Saturday, before finals commence on Sunday at 8am. The first of the grand finals will be played at 12.40pm. The Women’s Open final will be played at 1.50pm, followed by the Dash for Cash at 2.30pm. The Men’s Open final will be played at 2.40pm, with the Mixed Open final to follow at 3.30pm.Stay tuned for the next edition of the Touch Footy Show, which includes a preview of the NSW State Cup. NBN and Port Macquarie News have already started their coverage of the event. To view their stories, please click on the following links:http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/01/wests-hot-favourite-for-state-cup/http://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/state-cup-boasts-international-flavour/1695426.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquaries-state-cup-hopefuls/1695428.aspxFor more information, please visit the following websites: www.nswtouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=856&pID=14%20last_img read more

Education Minister Commends NCEL

first_img “I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme.At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston.Senator Reid also commended the participants for taking this step in their careers.“I must extend my heartiest congratulations to all of you graduates who have endured the rigours of this important programme. You have been well trained and prepared for the task that is ahead of us. You have now empowered yourselves to take on leadership roles,” he said.He charged the participants to go forward with the newly acquired knowledge and skills, and to be transformational leaders.“Wherever you serve and wherever you go, you are the finest principals in Jamaica and the world,” the Minister said.For his part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, also commended the graduates.“With the changing dynamics, new paradigms and demands on the education system, teachers, and especially those that aspire to leadership, are better served when they commit themselves to a process of professional development and lifelong learning,” he said.“Experience has shown also that while many of our teachers are prepared for classroom instruction delivery, and in some cases to take on additional administrative duties, the overall responsibilities of management often prove to be demanding. I am confident that in this professional development programme, you have acquired an appreciation of the task of school leadership and management, along with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” the Permanent Secretary said.For her part, Director/Principal of NCEL, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, said the programme intersects practice and theories with the practical elements. These include personalised action plans, peer learning groups, reflective logs, teaching and creation of educational blogs. Participants also received training in public speaking, academic writing etiquette and decorum.“This exposure helps participants to challenge assumptions, build their understanding and ability to discover for themselves, make connections and create solutions.They, therefore, have these skills to build the same in their colleagues and students,” Dr. Ingleton explained.Established under the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), the NCEL seeks to develop excellence in leadership as a common denominator in schools and support institutions.The nine-month modular Aspiring Principals Programme aims to identify and prepare future school leaders. It is delivered through the UWI at both its Mona andWestern Jamaica campuses on a part time basis by way of face-to-face instruction, distance learning, coaching and mentorship.The programme provides a standard credential, the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP) to which the Ministry of Education and school Boards will refer before authorising the hiring of principals of public schools.The programme is designed to enhance key leadership competencies, such as financial acuity, community leadership, organisational leadership, transformational leadership, instructional leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, communication, collegial engagement, teamwork and fellowship, ethics and integrity, self awareness and technological skills. At a graduation ceremony on June 28, some 96 participants successfully matriculated from the programme. The ceremony was held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Kingston. Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is lauding the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) for outstanding work in preparing educators to be effective leaders, through its Aspiring Principals Programme. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Newcomers the North and Stephen Harper how federal politics mattered this week

first_imgOTTAWA – The Parliament Hill hoopla this week was all about horoscopes and Halloween costumes, with an undertone of Bill Morneau controversy for good measure.The new Governor General, former astronaut Julie Payette, made a notable debut on the federal scene on Wednesday with a speech to fellow scientists. Her mocking of climate change deniers, creationists, homeopathic medicine and horoscope believers prompted howls of protest from those who say a representative of the Queen should be seen, not heard — at least when it comes to opinions.And outrage spewed over the appearance of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons dressed as Clark Kent, complete with a stretchy Superman costume under his shirt and tie. Detractors demanded the PM get back to business, and/or also do something about the hair that made him look too much like Conservative finance critic (and Morneau nemesis) Pierre Poilievre.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer stuck closer to home in his get-up as Data from Star Trek — a hat tip to science-based evidence, his handlers say. The public reaction was . . . subdued.The week in politics was not just about indignation. Developments on immigration policy, the North and Stephen Harper will have lasting implications. Here are three ways federal politics touched us this week:MORE NEWCOMERSCanada will very gradually increase the number of immigrants it admits over the next three years.In recent history, Canada has admitted about 250,000 newcomers a year, rising to about 300,000 for the past two years. Now, the federal government aims to increase the level to 340,000 by 2020.Proponents of higher levels have long argued that Canada needs a constant influx of highly skilled immigrants to fuel prosperity for the next generation. And they were generally content with the increases and the long-term planning evident in the three-year horizon that they saw this week.But refugee advocates, who have found a strong ally in the Trudeau government in the past, were disappointed. The United Nations has repeatedly pointed out that the world is in the throes of a migrant crisis, and has lobbied wealthy countries like Canada to dramatically up their intake.However, this week’s numbers show Canada is aiming to take 43,000 refugees next year, up just 3,000 from this year. Of those, the government-assisted refugees that the UN had in mind will remain static at 7,500 people.THE NORTHEvery once in a while on a fairly regular basis, the premier of the Northwest Territories flies down to Ottawa and complains about being forgotten and neglected. This time, it was on a different scale.Bob McLeod’s trip this week aimed to raise the alarm, and show Ottawa that the North has tumbled into despair despite doing all the right things to become self-supporting.The culprit, he says, is the federal government’s decision a year ago to ban new oil and gas development in the Arctic because an oil spill would be disastrous for the region.In the name of environmental protection, McLeod argues, the ban killed off investment at a time when the Arctic is already fighting a losing battle to deal with the vast, spillover effects of environmental degradation from the south. Dwindling caribou herds, melting permafrost, erosion and forest fires are destroying a way of life.With 40 per cent of the territory’s economy depending on natural resources, the ban means “everything we have built is now in jeopardy,” McLeod said.So far, mainly silence from the federal government.HARPERFormer prime minister Stephen Harper has determinedly kept himself out of the public eye for two years now, only wading in occasionally to make a comment or two on government decisions. So last Friday night, when a note written by Harper-the-consultant to his business clients surfaced, every word was weighed heavily.The government, he wrote, was not taking Donald Trump’s threats to tear up NAFTA seriously enough. The Liberals should stop pushing their progressive agenda on labour, gender, Indigenous Peoples and environment. They should stop allying themselves with Mexico. And instead, they should figure out how to salvage what they can from the trade agreement that is central to Canada’s economic health.NAFTA-watchers have heard it all before. But because it was the former prime minister speaking this time, both the Liberals and the Conservatives were quickly on the defensive — the Liberals saying they were negotiating in Canada’s interests and would not capitulate, and the Conservatives insisting they were not trying to use Harper to disrupt a united front at the bargaining table.The next round of talks will take place in Mexico City later this month — presumably enough time for the Harper uproar to settle down.last_img read more

Calgary bobsled death inquiry recommends infrared technology safety audits

first_imgCALGARY — A judge who led an inquiry into a fatal after-hours bobsled run in 2016 says Canada Olympic Park should explore using infrared technology to help prevent similar tragedies.Provincial court Judge Margaret Keelaghan found the deaths of 17-year-old twins Evan and Jordan Caldwell were accidental and caused by blunt-force head and neck trauma.The Caldwell twins and six other young men climbed over a six foot fence at the park with plastic sleds and a plan to slide down the bobsled track.But the group didn’t know there was a barrier in place meant to divide the bobsled and luge tracks, as well as a chain strung across.Keelaghan noted park owner Winsport has already taken numerous steps to address security concerns, including improved signage, fencing and patrols.She’s recommending safety audits, posting details of penalties on no-trespassing signs, putting up more cameras and boosting training and education for staff and the public.She said Winsport should continue to look for technology to improve safety, “including the potential use of infrared technology at the top and down the track that might trip an alarm and alert security and/or activate lights.“These measures could act as a deterrent.”She thanked the boys’ parents for being in court for the inquiry in April and commended the “strength and grace” they displayed.“The young men involved in this incident were thrill-seeking youth whose ill-conceived risk-taking resulted in unspeakable tragedy,” Keelaghan wrote in her report, dated Sept. 24 and released Monday.“It is important, however, to remember that the two promising young men who passed away were bright, talented members of their community, loved by their family and their friends, who did not involve themselves with drugs or alcohol and how, before the incident occurred, had spent the evening at their church youth group.”  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Valerie Harper And Jewel Support Lung Force

first_imgAs part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Emmy-nominated actress and author Valerie Harper, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Jewel, country music singer Kellie Pickler and female NASCAR standout Mackena Bell are teaming up with the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE to raise awareness and much needed funds to help confront lung cancer in women.Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Yet, the disease is not even on women’s radar, according to the American Lung Association’s inaugural Women’s Lung Health Barometer — a survey that measured women’s awareness, knowledge and perceptions about lung cancer. When asked to identify cancers that affect women, only 1 percent cited lung cancer on a top-of-mind basis.“Despite its overwhelming impact, it is clear that too few women are aware that anyone can get lung cancer,” said Harold Wimmer, National President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association. “With greater awareness, through LUNG FORCE, we are dedicated to increasing the Lung Association’s investment in lung cancer research and are pushing to increase the investment in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health.”Launched earlier this year, LUNG FORCE, nationally presented by CVS Health, unites women against lung cancer and for lung health, encouraging them to raise their voices for change. Through nationwide efforts, LUNG FORCE is making lung cancer in women a public health priority, driving policy change and increasing research funding.
To help confront the issue of lung cancer, Valerie Harper, Jewel, Kellie Pickler and Mackena Bell are each launching their own online LUNG FORCE virtual fundraising team where people can donate and raise much needed money for lung cancer research, education and treatment. Anyone can register and fundraise for a celebrity LUNG FORCE team by visiting LUNGFORCE.org.Valerie Harper, known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, is a lung cancer survivor and LUNG FORCE champion. “As a lung cancer survivor, I am honored to serve as a passionate voice for the LUNG FORCE movement,” said Harper. “Together, we can make enormous changes in the fight against lung cancer. I welcome everyone to join LUNG FORCE Team Valerie to raise critically necessary funds for research, advocacy and education to address this pressing public health issue.”For her part, Jewel unveiled an original LUNG FORCE anthem, ‘Sing On,’ earlier this year. The song is about empowering women and is available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting LUNG FORCE and the fight against lung cancer in women. “I want women across the country to know that there is hope and that we are all raising our voices in support of their battle,” said Jewel. “I am committed to seeing LUNG FORCE succeed in the fight to save women’s lives. And I ask women to join me at LUNG FORCE Team Jewel to raise money in this fight.”Kellie Pickler has been part of LUNG FORCE from day one. Lung cancer took the woman who helped raise Kellie, her grandmother, a woman she has called her angel. “I’m raising my voice to let women know there is hope in the fight against lung cancer. Join me at LUNG FORCE Team Kellie to raise money to spread awareness of lung cancer, reduce lung cancer risks and support those affected.”And NASCAR’s Mackena Bell, one of only four women drivers is part of this fight. Mackena lost her grandfather, whom she called Papa, to lung cancer. “We are in a race for our lives. Help us win the race against lung cancer by contributing money to LUNG FORCE Team Mackena.”For many Americans, showing their support can also mean giving their time in addition to donating money. The American Lung Association hosts more than 50 health education and fundraising LUNG FORCE Walks in communities across the country. People can also show their support by visiting LUNGFORCE.org to take the LUNG FORCE pledge, lend their voice by telling their story or advocating for more research and education.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Norwich teen on target for Darts World Cup

Natasha O’Neill / The Expositor Zach VanVleit plays in two adult dart leagues and one youth one, as well as practising for about an hour every day. At age 11, Zach VanVleit of Norwich got introduced to darts by a neighbour.They continued to play together for fun until the neighbour told him about a tournament in Kitchener.“I heard about the tournament and thought, ‘Why not? It’ll be fun,’” said Zach, who is now 16 and in Grade 10 at Oxford Reformed Christian School in Mount Elgin, west of Norwich.Winning that tournament qualified Zach for provincials, where he was among the top two and qualified for Team Ontario. In May, Zach and the seven other teens on Team Ontario travelled to Saskatoon for the 2019 Youth National Darts Championship.In Saskatoon, Zach placed third in singles and first in male doubles.“It was this great big snowball effect,” said Chantal VanVleit, Zach’s mom. “It’s been quite a roller-coaster for us.”Zach also competes on the Championship Dart Circuit, where he qualified to be one of four Canadians on Team North America. In September, after competing in tournaments throughout the summer, the team will head to Gibraltar, on Spain’s south coast, for the World Cup for Darts. Thirty-two teams are competing.A fundraiser for Zach and his family will take place on June 8 at South Brant Legion in Oakland. It is an open darts tournament for all ages. Registration will start at 10:30 a.m. Organizers are expecting 80 to 100 competitors.Proceeds will help pay travel and accommodation expenses.“Initially, the fundraiser was to offset some of the funds going to Saskatchewan but now since then he’s also going to Gilbraltar. So, this is way bigger,” said Zach’s mother.“We have a Facebook page set up inviting people. At this point we are collecting donations for raffle tables.”Zach said his experience in Saskatoon was “awesome.“We did escape rooms and got to know each other first. It was more of a trip to have fun, than just darts.”Zach practises about one hour every day, in addition to playing in a youth darts league and two leagues for adults.“It’s definitely nice to play in an adult league because it gets me throwing better, because of the competition.”Zach’s mother said she wouldn’t describe the VanVleits as a “dart family.” She is still learning the sport and her husband, Neil, plays occasionally.Meantime, Zach is eager to keep improving.“I’m going to go as far as I can, keep practising every day and see what happens.” read more

Ban calls for speedy political solution to factors behind Sri Lankas civil

In a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York with the Sri Lankan Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Presidential Envoy on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Mr. Ban noted the Government’s latest efforts on accountability as well as the steady progress on resettlement issues, his spokesperson added in a note to the news media.Sri Lankan Government forces declared victory over the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009 after a conflict that had raged on and off for nearly three decades and killed thousands of people.Mr. Ban has long called for full accountability, and the UN Human Rights Council in March called on the Government to take “all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans.” A three-member panel of experts – established to advise the Secretary-General on accountability issues during the civil war – found there were credible reports that both Government forces and the LTTE committed war crimes during the final months of the conflict. read more

Ban welcomes progress made on territorial dispute between Belize and Guatemala

“He welcomes their decision to hold simultaneous referenda on 6 October 2013 to consult their populations on referring the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” the spokesperson added in a news statement. According to media reports, over the years, the long-running dispute between the two Central American countries has led to tensions.The spokesperson noted that Belize and Guatemala have requested financial support from the international community for the referenda and possible eventual legal proceedings.“The Secretary-General believes that this process is in line with the objective of pacific settlement of disputes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and merits international support,” the spokesperson added.Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies. read more

Twitter account shames people posting pictures of their credit cards

first_imgThe Internet is not a very safe place to be if you have no common sense and aren’t taking the appropriate precautions to protect yourself. There’s some simple rules to follow, such as always applying the latest updates to your operating system, always running the latest version of your web browser, installing a decent security suite, not clicking on suspicious links, and not posting images of your credit or debit card online.That last one should be read again, as it has come to my attention this is being done all the time.Twitter account @NeedADebitCard has been setup to shame the less intelligent among us who decide to not only take a photo of their card, but publicly post that image to their followers, or anyone who cares to check their image stream for that matter. And it’s not like this is a rare occurrence. @NeedADebitCard is posting examples on a daily basis of people doing this most stupid of acts. Sometimes it’s even multiple times a day:So what possible reason could someone have for sharing their credit card with the masses? As you’d expect, the reasons vary, but they are all as stupid as each other. One woman wanted to show the world her credit card company spelt her name wrong, another didn’t like the design on her card, and probably the most common I’ve seen is simply a tweet containing the words “My credit card:” followed by a link to the image of said card.I live in hope that the friends and followers of these people are taking appropriate action to educate them in the ways of online security and common sense. But I suspect @NeedADebitCard isn’t going to be short of image links to post any time soon.More at @NeedADebitCard, via Mashablelast_img read more

Jailbreak iOS 6 untethered du 22 décembre Fake ou pas Fake

first_imgJailbreak iOS 6 untethered du 22 décembre : Fake ou pas Fake ?Alors que les dernières rumeurs parle de la sortie d’un jailbreak total et ne nécessitant pas un démarrage avec un iPhone connecté à l’ordinateur (untethered) pour le 22 décembre, des voix s’élèvent du net pour alerter sur un faux programme : ces voix ne sont autre que celles de deux des plus grandes équipes de Jailbreaking, la Dev-Team et la Chronicle Dev Team.Le jailbreak untethered prévu pour arriver le 22 décembre prochain sera-t-il vraiment ce qu’il semblera être ?L’annonce de la venue du programme permettant de débloquer de façon permanente les eDevices sous iOS 6 s’est effectuée la semaine dernière, par le biais d’un “bidouilleur” se nommant “Dream JB”.S’autoproclamant hacker, il avait alors expliqué que son futur dispositif logiciel permettrait de débloquer les derniers produits Apple dont l’iPhone 5, l’iPad Mini, l’iPad 4 et le nouvel iPod Touch. Pour prouver ses dires, le hacker a expliqué lundi qu’il mettrait rapidement une vidéo non compressée, et donc sans traitements, prouvant ces dires. Mais face à ce tableau qui semblant un peu trop idyllique, certaines voix se sont élevées sur le Net, non pas pour protester, mais plutôt pour mettre en garde.Le Jailbreak de Dream JB, info ou intox ? Ce jailbreak peut-il être un fake ? C’est la teneur de la déclaration de la Dev Team et de la Chronic Dev Team (deux des plus influentes équipes du jailbreaking mondial), qui doute du programme selon les informations du site international Business Times. Pour elles, la nature du jailbreak est douteuse jusque dans sa forme : un fichier à ne cliquer qu’une seule fois et qui permettrait de débloquer d’une seule fois son eDevice. De façon générale, ce n’est pas comme ceci qu’un jailbreak s’applique. Il y a différente phase et différente étape. Un hacker iOS très connu et très informé dans le domaine, MuscleNerd, ainsi que d’autres pointures du bidouillage ont d’ores et déjà classé le jailbreak de Dream JB comme étant un “fake”, le faisant apparaître comme tel sur la liste des faux jailbreaks qu’ils mettent régulièrement à jour sur Internet.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Sur les Twitters des hackers du monde entier, le scepticisme est de mise ; “Ne croyez personne qui n’a jamais prouvé son travail par des œuvres solides parues auparavant” et autres “Ne désespérez pas, mais ne téléchargez rien. Un petit virus est si vite arrivé…”La palme revenant à Jeff Benjamin du site iDownloadBlog, l’homme expliquant qu’il a fallu plusieurs groupes de jailbreakers pour venir à bout d’iOS 5.1.1. Donc comment un seul homme peut avoir réussi à débloquer le dernier OS d’Apple tout seul, tout simplement. Maiscomme  l’impossible est toujours à portée de clavier, Jeff Benjamin explique que s’il se trompait, il s’excuserait de façon publique sur Internet, en soulignant le fait qu’il avait eu tort d’avoir placé le jailbreak de Dream JB dans sa liste des faux programmes.D’ici la date fatidique du 22 décembre, une chose reste sûre : le jailbreak de Dream JB n’a pas fini de faire réagir.Le 12 décembre 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

La Station spatiale internationale est victime dune fuite dammoniac

first_imgLa Station spatiale internationale est victime d’une fuite d’ammoniacJeudi, l’équipage de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) a constaté que de l’ammoniac s’échappait d’un des systèmes de refroidissement de l’engin. Les astronautes Chris Cassidy et Tom Marshburn préparent actuellement une sortie pour en savoir plus.C’est en jetant un coup d’oeil hors de la Station spatiale internationale que le problème a été détecté. Jeudi, l’équipage a en effet constaté que des petits flocons blancs flottaient dans l’espace à proximité de la station au niveau de la poutre P6. Une observation qui les a rapidement poussés à utiliser les caméras externes afin de mieux observer ces flocons. Ils ont ainsi pu confirmer qu’il s’agissait bien comme ils le craignaient, d’une fuite d’ammoniac. Cette fuite proviendrait d’un des systèmes de refroidissement qui permettent de réduire la température au niveau des circuits fournissant de l’électricité aux réseaux de la station. Or, avec des données fournies par les équipes au sol, l’équipage a confirmé que le taux de perte d’ammoniac dans cette zone avait augmenté au cours des dernières heures. Jeudi, le commandant Chris Hadfield a jugé sur Twitter que la “situation était sérieuse”, ajoutant qu’il devait en apprendre plus au sujet de cette fuite.Quelques heures plus tard, la NASA a cependant expliqué que si la situation était sérieuse, elle ne présentait pas de danger pour les six spationautes à bord de l’ISS. D’ailleurs, ce n’est pas la première fois que ceci se produirait et le système concerné aurait déjà montré un dysfonctionnement en novembre 2012. Des dires confirmés à Ria Novosti par Alexeï Krasnov, directeur des programmes de vols pilotés de l’Agence spatiale russe.Une sortie extravéhiculaire en préparation À lire aussiLune, cigarette électronique et intelligence artificielle, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 3 Septembre”La fuite d’ammoniaque a été détectée dans un système refroidissement du segment américain de la station. Cette défaillance n’est pas critique”, car “le segment russe et les autres parties de l’ISS fonctionnent normalement. Et ce n’est pas la première panne de ce genre”, a déclaré le directeur. D’après Ria Novosti, le précédent incident aurait été résolu en isolant le secteur endommagé et en utilisant un circuit de refroidissement tenu en réserve.Aujourd’hui, les équipes de la NASA ont donc annoncé qu’une sortie extravéhiculaire était prévue pour en savoir plus sur la fuite et tenter de la colmater. Ce sont les astronautes Chris Cassidy et Tom Mashburn qui s’en chargeront dès demain et sont actuellement en train de préparer leurs combinaisons et le sas. Selon le site Spaceflight101, la sortie EVA devrait durer au moins six heures.  “Toute l’équipe marche comme sur des roulettes, prête pour demain. Je suis tellement fière d’être le commandant de cet équipage. Des personnes tellement géniales, douées et drôles”, a commenté Chris Hadfield. Actuellement, l’ISS abrite six spationautes : Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Chris Cassidy et les Russes Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov et Alexandre Missourkine. Trois d’entre eux doivent quitter la station la semaine prochaine. Le 10 mai 2013 à 16:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Muellers testimony poses risk for Trump but also Democrats

first_imgWASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all.The special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have waited for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness about President Donald Trump’s response to the Russia investigation and whether anything should be done about it.The political stakes are high for the president, but also for congressional Democrats.Democrats are counting on Americans hearing what most have not likely read in Mueller’s 448-page report. Yet there’s a real possibility Mueller not bring clarity.As the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee ready to gavel in Wednesday, the buttoned-down prosecutor who was once envisioned as a trusted last word may leave more questions than answers.last_img read more

Oil Slides below 84 as Saudi Arabia Lowers Price for US

first_imgBrent crude oil fell below $84 a barrel on Tuesday, extending losses to a fourth consecutive session after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States.The world’s top exporter increased its December sales prices, relative to benchmarks, to Asia and Europe on Monday, but lowered prices to the United States, a smaller export market. Front-month Brent crude LCOc1 was down $1.25 at $83.53 a barrel by 0915 GMT. Brent dropped $1.08 on Monday, after falling sharply on the news from Saudi Arabia.US light crude CLc1 was down $1.15 at $77.63 a barrel. It touched a session low of $77.20, its weakest since October 2011, as its discount to Brent hovered around $6.”This is mixed news, and the fact that the positive angle has not made an impact shows that market sentiment is very negative at the moment,” said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.Daniel Ang of Phillip Futures said in a note that the move “signalled Saudi Arabia’s intention to fight for US market share and could even show its intention to squeeze US shale producers”.But analysts at JBC Energy wrote that the pricing reflected market fundamentals and did not have a political motive.”We would strongly advocate against interpreting every month’s OSP publication in the context of ‘price war’ and ‘market share battle’ stories,” they said in a note.The absence of signs that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could curb output in a well supplied market also continued to weigh on sentiment.The oil cartel will meet on Nov. 27 in Vienna to discuss its oil output targets for next year.Members Venezuela and Ecuador are working on a joint proposal to defend oil prices, but the United Arab Emirates oil minister said the group is “not panicking.” OPEC’s secretary general last week said the production next year would not vary much from 2014, and members Iran and Kuwait have said a cut in output at the next meeting was unlikely. “The market sentiment will stay negative until OPEC appears to be unified,” said Commerzbank’s Weinberg. “Everybody is blaming each other but nobody is willing to cut.”There is a growing lobby in the United States to lift a 40-year ban on US crude exports which if successful could ease a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin. A stronger dollar was also weighing on oil prices, making the commodity more expensive for buyers using other currencies. The dollar touched a four-year high on Monday, before slipping back slightly on Tuesday.last_img read more