Anyone who has picked up gun will be eliminated, says Kashmir Corps Commander

first_imgSecurity forces eliminated Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) leadership in Jammu and Kashmir in less than 100 hours of the February 14 Pulwama car bomb blast, Lt. Gen. Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, claimed on Tuesday The 15 Corps, also called the Chinar Corps, mans the Line of Control (LoC).“We have eliminated the JeM leadership in the Valley, which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan. The type of car bomb attack that took place in Pulwama on February 14 happened after a long time in Kashmir. We will keep all options open to deal with these kind of attacks,” he said.He was speaking at a joint press conference with Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hasan in Srinagar. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Corps said the Army had leads on the type of explosives used in the Pulwama attack but refused to share the details “as investigation is under way”.Referring to the Pulwama encounter on February 18 that left five security personnel dead, Lt. Gen. Dhillon said Brigadier Hardeep Singh, who was on leave due to injury, cut short his leave voluntarily and came to the operation site and stayed there to lead his men from the front. Brigadier Singh was also wounded in the encounter.Lt. Gen. Dhillon asked the mothers of Kashmiri youth to request their sons who’ve joined terrorism to surrender and get back to mainstream. “Anyone who has picked up gun will be killed and eliminated, unless he surrenders. Our focus is clear on counter-terrorism operations. We are very clear that anyone who enters the Kashmir Valley will not go back alive,” he said.Mr. Pani said there was a significant dip in recruitment in the last three months. “The families are playing a huge role in this. We would like to urge the families and the community in curtailing recruitment.” Mr. Hasan said helpline-14411 had been helping Kashmiris across the country in wake of this attack. “A lot of Kashmiri students have approached this helpline for assistance all over the country. All Kashmiri children studying outside have been taken care of by security forces,” he said.Two non-local Jaish terrorists were killed in Pulwama on Monday and they were identified as Kamran alias Fahad and Rashid alias Gazi alias Lukaman, both from Pakistan. A local militant, Hilal Ahmad, was also killed. The Army on Tuesday said they were involved in the February 14 attack on CRPF convoy at Lethpora.last_img read more

Giannis Celebrates Birthday with Double-Double as Bucks Beat Pistons

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — After a poor third quarter cost them a nine-point halftime lead, the Milwaukee Bucks came out firing to start the fourth.The Bucks began the final period on a 14-1 run and held on for a 104-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Khris Middleton had 21 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds to help the Bucks win for the fourth time in five games. Eric Bledsoe added 22 points.GREEK FREAK BIRTHDAYAntetokounmpo celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday. He has the most points (5,364), rebounds (2,407) and assists (1,230) in Bucks history before turning 23.His 30 games of scoring at least 30 points before reaching 23 years old is second to only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 32 in franchise history.“We just stayed with it,” Middleton said. “We did a great job of holding onto the lead. We have just been grinding it out and staying with it.”Milwaukee took a 60-51 lead into halftime, but Detroit outscored the Bucks 25-16 in the third quarter to send the game to the fourth tied at 76.The Bucks took a 90-77 lead on a jumper by Malcolm Brogdon with 6:42 remaining. Including the end of the third quarter, Detroit went 7:57 without a field goal until Tobias Harris scored with 5:12 left.Andre Drummond scored 27 points with 20 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blamed the slow start to the fourth quarter on the Pistons bench players.“Our bench has not played well on this trip,” Van Gundy said. “We maybe have to change up our rotations. Our bench has been really, really good for us, but now has not been.”Reggie Jackson’s jumper pulled Detroit within 97-94, but Bledsoe tipped in his own miss to make it 99-94 with 32.1 seconds to play.“Giannis and Bledsoe made some big plays down the stretch with some offensive rebounds,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “Just the confidence that those two have in one another and in the team is great. Nobody is panicking trying to execute the play.”Milwaukee led 64-53 after an alley-oop dunk by John Henson with 9:55 left in the third quarter.The Pistons answered with a 14-2 spurt to take a 67-66 lead. Harris scored the final eight points of the run, including a 3-pointer to cap the stretch with 6:09 remaining in the third.Harris had 21 points, and Avery Bradley scored 20.“We just need to keep our head up,” Drummond said. “We can’t allow these losses to get us down. It is a long season.”TIP-INSPistons: Forward Jon Leuer was out with a left ankle sprain. … After coming off the bench Monday against San Antonio, forward Stanley Johnson returned to the starting lineup. Forward Anthony Tolliver moved to the bench.Bucks: Guard Jason Terry is expected to miss multiple weeks with a left calf strain suffered Monday against Boston. … Playing double-digit minutes for the first time since Oct. 31, guard Rashad Vaughn scored 11 points in 17 minutes.RETURNING HOMEFormer Marquette star and Wisconsin native Henry Ellenson returned to the building where he played college basketball. Ellenson has played in just nine games for Detroit this season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.UP NEXTPistons: Detroit hosts Golden State on Friday night.Bucks: Milwaukee continues a three-game homestand against Dallas on Friday night.—ANDREW GRUMAN, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sergio Agüero’s contentious penalty takes Manchester City past West Ham

first_img (s 46′) Match stats West Ham United 17 De Bruyne For West Ham it was a costly save. Silva, a 58th-minute replacement for Leroy Sané, had been on the pitch only a minute when he tried to get past Anderson in the penalty area. Declan Rice, who was being watched by the England manager, Gareth Southgate, was also tracking the City player and it was a questionable decision from the referee, Stuart Attwell.Silva appeared to stumble rather than actually being fouled, and the sight of him punching the air at the award of the penalty will not have lessened West Ham’s feelings of injustice. Agüero put the penalty to the left of Lukasz Fabianski and, after that, West Ham were indebted to their goalkeeper, particularly for a one-handed save from Sterling that prevented it becoming the kind of scoreline to which City are accustomed at their own ground. 9 Carroll match reports Read more (s 57′) Possession 14 Obiang Thank you for your feedback. WHU25MNC75% Lineups Share on Twitter Bernardo Silva goes down under the challenge of Felipe Anderson. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images 14 Man City Off target 1 West Ham 5 Man City On target 1 West Ham Not that City had it all their own way. Guardiola’s body language was telling at times, staring out anxiously from the dugout or moving to the edge of the pitch, arms folded or hands shoved into his pockets. He claimed afterwards he was “delighted” that his team had played “so good.” During the game, however, he looked dissatisfied and at times the crowd sounded it, too, particularly when Riyad Mahrez was straying offside or misplacing passes. This was Mahrez’s first start in a league match since 30 December and, though Sterling and Silva were entitled to a rest, it was not a good night for the club’s record signing, looking conspicuously low on confidence and substituted early in the second half.The same could be said for Samir Nasri, who was barely involved for West Ham on the night he returned to face his former club. Pellegrini replaced him with Lanzini at the break and, five minutes after the restart, the substitute set up Andy Carroll for West Ham’s first chance of the night. It was a splendid chance, too – by far the clearest opportunity until that stage. Carroll was at full stretch when he connected with Lanzini’s cross but Ederson’s flying save spared City from going behind. 13 Adrian 22 Mendy 5 Zabaleta 24 Fredericks Sadio Mané and Virgil van Dijk lead rampant Liverpool past Watford 25 75 Topics 30 Antonio 17 Hernandez Goal attempts West Ham Read more 21 Ogbonna 20 Bernardo Silva 3 Danilo Substitutes 21 Silva 49 Muric Manchester City (86 points)24 Apr Man Utd (a)28 Apr Burnley (a)4 May Leicester (h)12 May Brighton (a) Share via Email Manchester United roll on as Romelu Lukaku seizes chance at Crystal Palace 10 Aguero (s 55′) Substitutes 45 Diangana 16 Noble Fouls 2 Walker 7 Sterling Man City Corners (s 85′) 13 2 Share on Pinterest 23 Diop Pinterest Premier League Hide Facebook Quick guide Premier League title race: the remaining fixtures WHU MNC Was this helpful? 53 Johnson 2 6 26 Mahrez Share on LinkedIn 18 Nasri 8 Felipe Anderson Share on WhatsApp Twitter At this stage of the season, however, they will not mind too much that their latest victory was a more prosaic affair featuring a penalty decision that must have hurt their opponents. On the balance of play, there could be no doubt City were the superior team, particularly when Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling added some much-needed impetus during the second half. All the same their former manager, Manuel Pellegrini, could conceivably have seen his current team emerge with a battling draw but for the contentious moment just before the hour mark when Silva went down under Felipe Anderson’s largely innocuous challenge and Sergio Agüero was handed the chance to continue his scoring run.That was Agüero’s 25th goal of the season and, more importantly, it ensured City kept up the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the table. Yet it was a struggle at times for the reigning champions, epitomised by Guardiola replacing his leading scorer towards the end with a midfielder, Phil Foden, and the unusual sight of Kevin De Bruyne trying to waste a few seconds in stoppage time by running the ball towards the corner flag. (s 63′) 10 Lanzini 1 Fabianski 11 Snodgrass Liverpool (85 points)21 Apr Cardiff (a) 26 Apr Huddersfield (h)5 May Newcastle (a) 12 May Wolves (h) Show (s 76′) Manchester City 30 Otamendi 19 Sane As Pellegrini said afterwards of the penalty: “To be generous, it was a little soft. But that would be too generous. In the other box [the West Ham substitute] Manuel Lanzini had the same play but did not throw himself to the floor. If we lost this game from another action, we could accept it but it was not a penalty.”A single-goal victory, settled by a moment of controversy, was certainly not what many City fans might have anticipated when, to put it into context, Guardiola had won all six of his previous encounters against these opponents, with an aggregate score of 22-3. On that basis West Ham ought to be reasonably encouraged, particularly as Marko Arnautovic was absent with a virus and Ben Johnson was making his first Premier League start. As the cousin of Ledley King and nephew of Paul Parker, Johnson, a 19-year-old full-back, comes from a family that clearly places great importance on the art of defence, and that was probably just as well given the amount of time West Ham had to spend in retreat. 31 Ederson 8 Gundogan 47 Foden 35 Zinchenko Share on Facebook 41 Rice 4 Kompany 34 Sandler As a measure of what an unexpectedly difficult night this was for Manchester City, it was the first game all season they have failed to score two goals or more in the league at their own ground. No other side has managed that kind of record over a 15-game period in the top division since Tottenham in 1965 and, in the case of Pep Guardiola’s team, their previous assignment here was a 6-0 rampage against Chelsea. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Director Amit Sharma on Ajay Devgn’s film Maidaan: It is the golden era of Indian football, not a biopic

first_img Next Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 17:50 IST Amit Sharma talks about his upcoming film MaidaanFilmmaker Amit Sharma said that he will not be following the usual tropes of a typical Bollywood sports drama with his upcoming movie Maidaan. The film will chronicle the golden years of Indian football and features Ajay Devgn as the legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.”It is a story of a person who has done a lot. I am not calling it a biopic, I am calling it the golden era of Indian football. The film is about that. So the challenge is how to make this in the best way,” Amit told PTI.Rahim served the Indian football team as coach and manager from 1950-1963. It was under his guidance that the Indian football team won gold at the 1962 Asian Games and he also led the team to the semi-finals of the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.#maidaankicksoff today! Devgn (@ajaydevgn) August 19, 2019Amit also said that though the film is bigger in scale, his attempt is to tell the story in a new way.”The scale is bigger, football is there, sports is there, but it won’t be going in the cliche zone. We are trying to give it a fresh perspective. That’s the challenge,” he added.Elated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on India’s legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018Amit is aware that all eyes are on him post the twin wins of his 2018 directorial Badhaai Ho at the National Films Awards. The film was also his first production.Going forward, Amit also said that it will be his endeavour to make and back films which have “amazing” stories.”I will be producing and directing more films through my banner. When you get a National Award for the first film you produce, the challenge is to make sure whatever comes out next from here should also be amazing. It can’t be that we will make anything just because Badhaai Ho was a hit. No, it doesn’t work like that. Even if I am not directing and only producing with my partners, it has to be something which is talked about,” Amit said.There were also reports that a sequel to Badhaai Ho is underway but the director says he isn’t aware of this development.”There have been no discussions from my end on this. As of now, I have not thought of any story for Badhaai Ho 2,” he added.Watch the official trailer of Badhaai Ho:ALSO READ | Maidaan: Ajay Devgn kicks off film on football coach Syed Abdul RahimALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO READ | Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?ALSO WATCH | I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay DevgnGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Ajay DevgnFollow Amit SharmaFollow Syed Abdul Rahim Director Amit Sharma on Ajay Devgn’s film Maidaan: It is the golden era of Indian football, not a biopicAmit Sharma, who is gearing up for the release of Ajay Devgn-starrer Maidaan, said that the upcoming film portrays the golden era of Indian football.advertisementlast_img read more

Oakland Container Terminal Shuts Down

first_imgzoom The US West Coast Port of Oakland once again saw its Oakland International Container Terminal suspend yard and gate operations yesterday afternoon for the remainder of the day, after longshoremen who refused to work due to a dispute over staffing levels were dismissed, the port said in a notice. The new disruption comes a few days after the port reported a reduction in cargo backlog created by a labor contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing employers at 29 US West Coast ports. The parties signed a new labor contract back in February.Labor-management disputes created a logjam at all major West Coast ports over the last three months. The result was a coast-wide delay in releasing import containers to customers. At Oakland there was also a lag in placing loaded boxes on ships.The port planned to clear the cargo backup resulting from nine months of bargaining disputes in the next two months, but the latest disruption will only add to the existing congestion.The port saw its January cargo volumes dip by 32% compared to the same period in 2013.last_img read more

Big old BC trees produce mutations over time that could improve success

first_imgVICTORIA — Researchers collected DNA from the tops of some of Canada’s tallest trees to search for mutations that could provide evidence of how the ancient forest giants evolve to survive.It involved ascending 20 Sitka spruce trees on Vancouver Island, averaging 80 metres tall and ranging in age from 220 years to 500 years old, to reveal that the old-growth trees developed mutations to their genetic code as they grow and age.Prof. Sally Aitken, associate dean in the faculty of forestry at the University of British Columbia, said they wanted to know whether mutations that occur during growth, as opposed to those during reproduction, could add up to substantial changes for the trees.“To do that we went to some of the tallest trees in B.C.,” she said of their research in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.“We sampled the bottom of the trees and the tops of the trees and looked for places where the DNA code was different between the bottom and the top.”The results of the research appeared in the June edition of Evolution Letters, an open access, peer reviewed journal that publishes new research in evolutionary biology.Aitken said three professional tree climbers were hired to scale the spruce trees, while the researchers stayed on the ground collecting and analyzing the samples.She said the towering trees appear largely unchanged over hundreds of years of growth, but peel back bark and examine needles and the complexity begins to reveal itself.Trees have long lifespans and their evolution can’t be studied as quickly as animals, but tracking what’s called somatic mutation rates can offer evidence of their ability to thrive and survive, she said.“They’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years,” Aitken said. “They’re very successful ecologically and evolutionarily.”The research is the first evidence of the large amount of genetic variation that can accumulate in the trees over centuries, she said.Scientists have long known about mutation growth over time, but little about its frequency and contribution to genetic variation, Aitken added.“One big, old tree could have 100,000 mutations or in that order of magnitude across the whole tree.”Aitken said it doesn’t mean the trees could immediately adapt to different conditions, but it is a mechanism for them to produce genetic diversity over time.Their research may provide insights into what part the mutations could play in how trees often adapt to local climates or develop responses to bugs and pests, she said.“They are very successful and this is one of the ways that may have contributed to their long-term success over eons,” Aitken said. “What we can see here is that within an individual tree, a very large, old tree, we see diversity being generated that can then potentially contribute to evolution.”Aitken said wood is a necessary product and used worldwide, but the old-growth forests deserve more protection.“I think we should be conserving a lot of old growth, and not because of the genetic diversity in these trees per se, but because of the very important functions that these trees serve,” she said.“The ecological functions. The carbon sequestration. The habitat they produce, and they’re wonderful places.”Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Toni Collette Helps Fight Hunger

first_imgEmmy and Golden Globe-winning actress, Toni Collette, and the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, are launching a campaign this fall to help make hunger history.Award-winning actress Toni Collette has joined the fight against extreme hunger with Concern Worldwide USCredit/Copyright: Peter McCabe/ (PRNewsFoto/Concern Worldwide)“Food is such a basic, primal need,” said Ms. Collette. “I can’t believe that people die from not eating. It seems absurd that in this day and age, hunger should be an issue anywhere given we are able to help those who can’t feed themselves.”The campaign — Concern for Hunger — launched yesterday and supports Concern’s programs that treat and prevent malnutrition in 25 of the world’s poorest countries. People are invited to create their individual or team fundraising pages where they can ask their friends and family to sponsor them for skipping meals or to join them for a dinner party that raises funds to fight hunger. The fundraiser who raises the largest amount over $10,000 will have the opportunity to visit a Concern program overseas with a friend.“So often hunger feels like a problem that is so far away and you can’t have an effect, but you can,” said Ms. Collette. “If you’re able to donate even a little that eventually culminates in a lot and has a great effect on someone’s life and even in fact may save a life.”The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet a child is lost every six seconds because of causes relating to malnutrition. Concern works on the front-lines of hunger in the world’s poorest countries through programs that not only provide comprehensive treatment for malnutrition, but also eliminate the root causes of hunger through investments in agriculture and food production.“Concern for Hunger is more than a campaign—it’s a movement,” said Siobhan Walsh, Executive Director for Concern Worldwide US. “By joining us, you are making a statement that you will not sit back and let malnutrition continue to needlessly claim and destroy lives. Together, we can reach those who do not have enough to eat—and get closer to making extreme hunger history.”You can hear more from Toni Collette on why she chose to join Concern in the fight against hunger in her PSA.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Moroccos French Montana Becomes First Ambassador of I Stand With Immigrants

Rabat – Moroccan rapper French Montana has become the first ambassador for the “I stand with Immigrants” campaign. The campaign seeks to encourage US citizens to “celebrate the monumental contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make every day.”French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated with his family to the US at the age of 13.Khabrouch has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop music. In a new video, the rapper explained the struggle migrants can face in a foreign country.“It was more of a culture shock for me. Because you know, coming from Morocco, you know you’re not speaking English,” he said.Read Also: French Montana Says He Wants To Be The “Voice of Immigrants” at VMAs“You’re trying to fit into this world that you knew nothing about Your parents don’t speak English. Your little brothers don’t speak English. You have nobody translate nothing for you.”The rapper emphasized that immigrants in the music industry  “play a big part because like I said we all come from different cultures and we all bring different sounds to the entertainment business.”In August, French Montana announced that he wants to be the “voice of migrants.” At the Video Music Awards (VMA) in New York, he said that he was “proud” to give an award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”“These nominees — and most of them are immigrants, too — are on top of the biggest movement in music,” he added. read more

Head of UN agency defending press freedom deplores killings in Brazil and

18 April 2011The head of the United Nations agency defending press freedom today condemned the recent murders of media professionals in Brazil and Iraq, stressing that these crimes must not go unpunished. Brazilian radio and television journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa was known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups and allegedly received frequent threats. The 46-year-old presented the Ação e Cidadania (Action and Citizenship) programme on TV Vitória, and also reported for the FM radio station Metropolitana.He was shot in a restaurant on 10 April in Vitória de Santo Antão in north-eastern Pernambuco state. “Journalists must be free to work without fear. The public debate to which they contribute lies at the heart of democratic governance,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She said the murder of Mr. Pedrosa is a direct attack against this debate, and against the basic human right of freedom of expression. “I condemn this killing, which must not go unpunished.” Ms. Bokova also deplored the killing of Iraqi television executive Taha Hameed and called for improved safety for journalists in the country.Mr. Hameed, the head of al-Massar TV, was driving with Iraqi human rights activist Abed Farhan Thiyab when they were shot dead in the south of Baghdad on 8 April.“By informing the public, by promoting dialogue and debate, by giving voice to the citizens of Iraq, the media play a major role in the reconstruction of the country,” said Ms. Bokova. “They must be able to work in conditions of reasonable safety and in the knowledge that crimes against them will not go unpunished.”According to the International Press Institute, Mr. Hameed is the fifth journalist to be killed in Iraq this year. read more

Registered political party renamed with GL as head

According to the Department of Elections, Professor G.L Peiris has been named Chairman of the new political party. A registered political party has been renamed with Professor G.L Peiris appointed Chairman of the political party.The Department of Elections said that ‘Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front’ led by Wimal Geeganage has been renamed as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

FAA chief says hell test Boeings MAX changes this week

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top aviation regulator says he plans to go into a flight simulator and personally test changes that Boeing is making to the grounded 737 Max.Stephen Dickson also said Monday that he expects Boeing to submit its safety analysis of changes to the plane “in the coming days.”Dickson is the new head of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will decide whether U.S. airlines can resume flying the 737 Max. The FAA grounded the Max in March after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people.Boeing hopes the plane will be back in service early in the October-through-December quarter.Dickson is a former 737 pilot and Delta Air Lines executive. He told CNBC he plans to test the Max in a simulator in Seattle this week.The Associated Press read more

UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

“Any measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognised by the international community,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.Israel reportedly made the announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.Mr. Ban understands that Israel took “a difficult step” in continuing to release Palestinian prisoners in the face of deep domestic opposition, and appreciates this gesture, said the statement. “The Secretary-General expects the parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust,” it added. Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two sides resumed negotiations this August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. read more

UN envoy urges formal launch of a national unity government in Libya

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), welcomed the statement signed by the majority members of the House of Representatives, in which they declared their approval of the Government of National Accord (GNA) proposed by the Presidency Council after months-long UN-facilitated talks.The UN envoy said that this development demonstrated the strong determination of the Libyan people and the overwhelming support by the majority of House members for the proposed new Government. He called on the House leadership to take immediate steps to formalise this endorsement. Mr. Kobler expressed concerns about many reports of intimidation and threats against House members. “This is unacceptable,” he said, stressing that parliamentarians have to decide freely, and the House leadership has the responsibility to ensure that the parliamentary process is unhindered and conducted in an environment free from threats or intimidation, according to democratic principles. UNSMIL was established in 2011 by the UN Security Council at the request of the Libyan authorities following six months of armed conflict to support the country’s new transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts. read more

Think beyond farm jobs to reach sustainable development UN agriculture chief advises

FAO/Luis TatoFAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva addressing the opening session of the regional conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture, co-organised by the Republic of Rwanda and the African Union on the 20 August, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.Mr. Graziano da Silva also encouraged youth to “think beyond farm jobs” and explore employment opportunities across the agri-food chain, such as in food processing, distribution, marketing and retail.This “new kind of rural transformation” means equipping rural areas with basic services such as education, health, electricity, internet access and so on. “These services are themselves another important source for employment, especially for women and young people,” he said. “We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” underscored José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.“They must perceive agriculture as a remunerative and profitable sector and the dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural areas play an important role in this regard,” he added.Over 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25 –mostly living in rural areas.Yet, there is a growing uncertainty over the continent’s preparedness to tap this precious resource, which requires that tens of millions of rural area jobs be created annually for the continent to harness the dividends of its youth.Mr. Graziano da Silva’s remarks came at the opening of the two-day event, which is co-organized by FAO, the Rwandan Government and the African Union (AU) to share knowledge and best practices on agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to prioritize interventions going forward.Other keynote speakers included Li Yong, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources; and Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people – UN agriculture chiefGrowing population means growing food demandsMr. Graziano da Silva noted that due to continued population growth, rapid urbanization and dietary changes accompanying rising household incomes, Africa’s food demand is projected to grow in the coming years by more than 50 per cent, providing “an invaluable and untapped potential” to address youth unemployment challenges, albeit amid numerous constraints.He pointed out that young people are usually employed on a casual or seasonal basis, with limited access to relevant education and technical training; limited access to finance, information and markets; and low involvement in decision-making processes.“These constraints become a bottleneck that also impede young people to start an agricultural business of their own. As a result, young rural people are migrating,” explained the FAO chief.Meanwhile, the World Bank expects that by 2030, African agribusinesses will create a $1 trillion market.“In the coming years, more and more of the agricultural activities and employment will require digital skills,” he stressed, calling cooperatives “the best way to provide family farmers and young professionals with technical assistance, capacity building, and access to modern technologies.” read more

5 things to watch for Ohio State v San Diego State

2. Can Jordan Hall repeat his performance from last week? How does redshirt-junior Rod Smith figure into the equation?Last week Hall got the start at running back for the Buckeyes, and instead of just filling in while OSU waited for the return of suspended running backs redshirt-junior Rod Smith and senior Carlos Hyde, he put up a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns. Now, with the return of Smith, the pressure will be on Hall to repeat his performance from last week, or risk losing his spot. SDSU allowed 172 yards rushing last week against Eastern Illinois, so the opportunity could be there for Hall to impress again. 3. Will OSU’s front seven be able to contain SDSU running back Adam Muema?SDSU’s junior running back Adam Muema left the Aztecs’ 40-19 loss midway through the first half because of an ankle injury but is expected to be full-go against OSU Saturday. Muema will still be a focus of the Buckeye defense Saturday, as he finished with 1,458 yards last season to go along with 16 touchdowns. Against Buffalo, the Buckeyes only allowed 73 rushing yards, but the Bulls did not have a back of the quality of Muema. Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and company will have to slow Muema if the Buckeyes hope to continue their 13-game unbeaten streak. Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State football players warm up before a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.1. The Return of Bradley RobyEven though OSU coach Urban Meyer would not say whether Roby will start against San Diego State, it is hard to believe the redshirt junior cornerback wouldn’t see significant playing time. The presence of the preseason All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist is much-needed for a secondary that will also see the return of another starter in redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett. Roby’s ability to take the opponent’s best receiver out of the game is something the Buckeyes will need once Big Ten play starts in three weeks. It will be interesting to see how much Meyer plays him. 4. Did the Buckeyes learn their lesson after suffering cramps last week?Several key members for OSU, including starting junior quarterback Braxton Miller, left last week’s win over Buffalo at different points in the game due to cramping. With temperatures likely to be in the mid-80s again Saturday, hydration both before and during the game will be important. Meyer called the cramping “a concern” following the win, so seeing if the issue was addressed will be a storyline to watch. 5. Will the Buckeyes get complacent?After SDSU, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face California, a member of a BCS conference in the Pac-12. Although the Mountain West Conference has earned some respect over the past few years, it still does not consistently compare to the Big Ten, Pac-12 or other members of the BCS. With that in mind, the Buckeyes need to focus on the task at hand and not look ahead to next week’s clash with the Golden Bears. If OSU does not keep focused, the Aztecs could come out of the gate quickly and grab an early lead. The game could become more complicated for the Buckeyes if they have to play from behind, so they need to keep their minds on the game at hand. read more

Oxford students accused of hypocrisy after alarming lack of prominent BAME figures

Earlier this year, the Oxford student activist group Common Ground held an event titled “Decolonising the History curriculum”.The event, publicised on the History Faculty’s website, was part of a symposium which included a “de-colonial tour” of the Pitt Rivers museum.    Professors said that they had hoped students would use this question to discuss the legacy of Britons from black and ethnic backgrounds.    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. Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes But they noted:  “There were no BAME actors. No Meera Syal, no Lenny Henry (whose career has seen remarkable change), no Idris Elba.“A similar point can be made about art and literature. No mention of Benjamin Zephaniah or Chris Ofili (or again Steve McQueen) , no mention of Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy (all best sellers, all adapted for prime time television) or Monica Ali.“Popular music in these essays was invisible but it was implied it had stopped somewhere around Tommy Steele. No Reggae, no Two-Tone, no Northern Soul, no Bhangra influences, no Grime.”Examiners acknowledge that the students who are the most conscious about decolonising the curriculum may not have taken this particular paper. They say that students might object “but this wasn’t in the reading” or “this wasn’t in the lectures”, which they say is “not unfair”, but add that none of the information is hard to find.Academics also complained that a question about protectionism before and after the Wall Street Crash “inadvertently and worryingly” revealed that many history undergraduates “don’t seem to understand what the word ‘protectionism’ means”.Professors have previously used examiner reports to lament students’ “basic common sense” in essays, adding that some found it “difficult to express their thoughts in writing” and spoke as if they were a “bloke down the pub”. Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford dons bemoaned the lack of discussion of prominent BAME Britons such as Idris Elba Oxford history students have been accused of hypocrisy after they largely failed to mention any prominent black figures in their essays on post-colonialism, despite protests over Rhodes Must Fall.Professors complained that “we are supposedly in the midst of a consciousness raising era as exemplified by Rhodes Must Fall”, yet students barely mentioned anyone from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.History dons noted that the most popular exam question last year was “How useful is the term post-colonial in understanding Britain since 1947?” but scripts were “almost universally devoid of First Class quality”.The lack of BAME figures in the essays was “downright alarming”, according to the examiner reports. Professors said that students were preoccupied with the “decolonisation” narrative, and there was little discussions about how immigrants have shaped life in modern Britain.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College over his links with Britain’s colonial past.In recent years, Oxford students have become increasingly vocal about the need to “decolonise” curriculum so that it is less dominated by western, white men, and includes more female and BAME figures.   Oxford University has previously refused to give into calls from the “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes read more

La télémédecine officialisée en France

first_imgLa télémédecine officialisée en FranceConsulter un patient par écrans interposés, surveiller un malade ou solliciter l’avis à distance d’un spécialiste qui ne peut pas être physiquement présent. Tous ces actes, déjà effectués par de nombreux professionnels de santé, sont enfin légalisés en France.  Avec le développement spectaculaire des outils de télécommunication et des technologies, la médecine à distance est de plus en plus pratiquée. Pourtant, malgré le nombre croissant de praticiens qui s’intéressent à ce concept, ces actes n’avaient pas encore été encadrés par des dispositions législatives. Jusqu’à la semaine dernière où un décret a été publié au journal officiel.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Plusieurs établissements témoignent du succès de la télémédecine en France : le Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Caen utilise la visioconférence et téléexpertise (se faire conseiller à distance) depuis près de 10 ans, l’Hôpital européen Georges Pompidou à Paris a vu ces pratiques apparaître en 2006 au service des urgences. Le CHU de Toulouse, lui, compte parmi son équipe Louis Lareng, directeur de l’Institut européen de Télémédecine depuis 1989. Interrogé par Maxisciences, ce professeur se dit “satisfait” du décret paru le 19 octobre dernier. “Il précise des choses, notamment une définition claire de la télémédecine, ce qui n’avait pas encore été fait”. Mais c’est surtout l’évocation d’une  volonté d’”organisation” en France dans ce domaine qui attire son attention. Louis Lareng espère voir se multiplier les conventions entre les différents praticiens et réseaux déjà existants, comme celui qu’il dirige à Toulouse. Son souhait : voir la télémédecine se répandre dans toutes les régions et même assister à la création d’un réseau national.Une meilleure couverture médicale dans les zones isolées Ordinateur, connexion Internet haut-débit et webcam, font partie de son quotidien. Concrètement, il fait des téléconsultations : “le patient et son médecin se retrouvent en visio-conférence avec un spécialiste qui saura mieux le conseiller que son généraliste sur un point précis”. L’enseignement à distance est aussi de plus en plus commun chez ces professionnels de la santé. Il n’y a quasiment “plus de déplacements pour les professeurs ou élèves” là où ces réseaux de télémédecine existent.L’intérêt c’est que cela “permet une expertise immédiate sur un cas sensible”, explique le professeur. “On peut répondre à une question tout de suite”. Si aucune technologie ne saurait remplacer la relation humaine, il s’agit pour les praticiens de faire face à de nombreux besoins : améliorer l’accès au soin de santé spécialisé, décloisonner les médecins de campagne et les agences régionales de santé. Le décret précise d’ailleurs vouloir “assurer une meilleure couverture médicale dans les zones isolées”. Selon la loi ces actes doivent être réalisés “dans des conditions garantissant l’authentification des professionnels de santé qui interviennent, l’identification du patient, la formation ou la préparation du patient” à l’utilisation de ce type de dispositif. Celui-ci peut même exprimer son consentement par voie électronique.Aujourd’hui, le matériel et les réseaux sont surtout financés grâce à des subventions aux niveaux régional et national. Louis Lareng espère que cet aspect sera étudié de plus près dans le futur. “On a de plus en plus de difficultés, il faudrait prendre le temps d’en parler avec les différents acteurs”, conclut-il.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 18:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

DAversa hoping for a Juve off day

first_imgParma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”last_img read more

Balloons camera bursting with birdseye images video

first_imgA traveler that lost its way Sunday is back, thanks to three guys who navigated a rock slide and some bear poop to rescue it.… And now it is sharing some great photos of its trip.Those panoramic images of the Northwest skyline documented the path of an unmanned balloon cluster that was launched north of Battle Ground.The Sunday flight, designed to set the stage for Joe Barbera’s manned lawn chair flight on June 21, ended in western Skamania County.The balloon cluster’s 11-pound payload operated pretty well, said James Sutherland, who was in charge of tracking the flight path.“We lost tracking for the last few minutes of the flight,” Sutherland said.On Tuesday, they were able check photos from the onboard camera to see what went wrong with the locator signal.But the launch team only has those photos because Justin Allen, his cousin Josh Allen and their friend Gene Carlin were driving around Sunday afternoon on a back country road.“We had stopped to look off a cliff and this balloon came floating by, just above us,” Justin Allen said. “We thought, ‘That was cool!’”They watched as the balloon cluster and its payload gradually descended into a ravine.“It ended up down a huge rock slide, tangled in some trees,” the Yacolt resident said. “Gene was wondering if it could be from Japan,” and he talked the Allens into checking it out.“We had to crawl down a gully — there was baby bear poop and mama bear poop — and through a boulder slide,” Justin Allen said.last_img read more