Three arrested for lynching of Bulandshahr man

first_imgYouth elopes with girl, relative beaten to death A day after 60-year-old Ghulam Ahmed was beaten to death in Bulandshahr for allegedly helping a relative elope with a girl from a different community, the police on Wednesday arrested three persons in connection with the incident.Those arrested are Hunny Raghav, Pulkit and Lalit but the main accused, Gavender, is still at large.The victim’s son, Vakeel Ahmad, had alleged that members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini were involved, but the police said no link to the Hindu outfit could be established during the interrogation of the arrested men. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Bulandshahr Muniraj G. said 15 teams had been formed and a manhunt launched to nab the other culprits. The police also conducted raids to trace the girl.Also Read  According to the police, 19-year-old Yusuf of Sohi village allegedly eloped with a Hindu girl of Fazalpur on April 27.The girl’s family lodged a kidnapping case against Yusuf at the Pahasu police station.Demanding to know the whereabouts of Yusuf and the girl, the assailants dragged Mr. Ahmed from his mango orchard to a secluded spot on Tuesday afternoon and beat him to death.More than 24 hours after he was lynched, tension still prevailed in the area and a huge posse of police personnel has been deployed in and around the village.Fearing further attacks, Mr Ahmed’s family is planning to leave the village for an undisclosed location. “He was killed in broad daylight. We have been receiving threats. We have decided to leave the village to a safer location,” said Mr Ahmed’s daughter-in-law Shakeela.last_img read more

West Bengal settles for Bangla as new name

first_imgA year after the West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution to change the name of the State, the Mamata Banerjee government was on Friday compelled to have one name for the State after the Centre rejected the earlier proposal of having three names in three different languages. On August 29, 2016, the Assembly had passed a resolution changing the name of West Bengal to Bengal in English, Bangla in Bengali and Bangal in Hindi.State’s Education Minister and senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chaterjee told journalists that the issue of change of name was lying with the Centre, which had raised objections about having different names in different languages.“At the Cabinet meeting held today, it was decided that that the name will be Bangla in all the languages,” Mr. Chatterjee said.While the resolution was being debated in the State Assembly in August 2016, certain members of the Opposition, including Leader of the Left Front Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty, had said that a State cannot have different names for different languages.last_img read more

J&K to shift political detenues during winter

first_imgAs the winter sets in, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is looking for another accommodation to lodge 34 political detenues, currently in the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar, as it lacks proper heating arrangements, officials said.Also read: Fear, cold and lack of work prod migrant workers to leave KashmirThe winter chill has already started taking a toll on the health of the detenues that include National Conference, People’s Democratic Party and People’s Conference leaders and prominent social activists, as well as the security personnel guarding them.They have been lodged at the hotel on the bank of the Dal Lake since August 5 when the Central government announced its decision to dilute Article 370 of the Constitution and split the State into two Union Territories.Also Read Kashmir Valley: Three months after the decision on Article 370Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1102:11  According to the officials privy to the development, Centaur Hotel, owned by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), has submitted a bill of ₹2.65 crore to the Home Department for 90 days of boarding and lodging of the detenues.The administration has, however, rejected the claims of Centaur Hotel, and argued that the facility was converted into a subsidiary jail on August 5 and therefore, only the government rates would be paid.The rates sanctioned by the administration would be around ₹800 per day as against ₹5,000 charged by the hotel, the officials said.During the winter, temperature in Srinagar dips below the freezing point.The seat of administration in the newly created Union territory has moved from Srinagar to Jammu for the winter months.The officials said steps would be taken soon to shift the detenues.The MLA hostel on Residency Road in the heart of the city could have been an alternative accommodation, but it is now occupied by former MLAs hailing from Jammu and newly elected councillors.Unwilling to dislodge the former MLAs and councillors, the administration has started looking for a state-run or private hotel for shifting the detenues, they said.They said talks are on with a private hotel in the high-security cantonment area, where some detenues, including Sajjad Lone of People’s Conference (PC), Ali Mohammad Sagar of National Conference (NC), Naem Akhtar of the PDP and former IAS officer Shah Faesal, could be accommodated. Watch | Kashmir Valley: Train services remain suspended months after dilution of Art.370 New Indian map shows UTs of J&K, Ladakhlast_img read more

Cricket World Cup: Selection of final 15 on January 17

first_imgThe final selection of the Indian team for the Cricket World Cup 2011 starting next month will take place on January 17 in Chennai. After the disappointing Indian performance in the first ODI against South Africa, the second ODI in Wanderers on Saturday has been termed vital for the selection of the final 15 members. The preliminary squad of thirty members would be pruned as per the ICC regulations.last_img

Mitchell Starc out of India tour with stress fracture

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE starc SHARE SHARE EMAIL starc COMMENT March 10, 2017 Australia’s premier pacer Mitchell Starc was today ruled out of the remaining two Tests against India with a stress fracture in his right foot, dealing a major blow to the team’s fortunes.Starc was handy with both bat and ball in the opening two Tests, picking up five wickets besides scoring a crucial half-century on a rank turner in Pune.“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bengaluru which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped,” said team physiotherapist David Beakley.“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bengaluru this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.“Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation,” Beakley added.Starc is another player added to the injury list after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the series with a shoulder injury.Starc’s replacement has not been named yet though Jackson Bird is the reserve fast bowler in the Australian squad.“The National Selection Panel will confirm a replacement player in due course,” said Cricket Australia in a statement.The four-match series has been fiercely contested so far with India winning the second Test in Bengaluru to draw level at 1—1.The third Test in Ranchi begins on March 16. cricket × Published onlast_img read more

PGIMER organises Transplant Games-2016

first_imgChandigarh, Mar 26 (PTI) Over 300 persons including donors and beneficiaries of organ transplantation will tomorrow participate in Transplant Games-2016 organised by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), here.The games are being organised to demonstrate the success of organ transplant as well as encourage the donor ship of vital organs.The sporting arena at PGIMER will witness games like Cricket, 100m race, 400m relay race, badminton, 400m walk, Javelin and Shot-put throw and Carrom among others.”More than 300 persons who have undergone kidney, liver, heart, pancreas transplantation have already registered for the games,” said an official spokesperson of PGIMER here today.Although most athletes competing at the World Transplant Games are those who have had a successful organ transplant, PGIMER has relaxed this criteria to include organ donors as well.According to doctors at the institute, each year hundreds of people die from brain death due to head injury, brain tumor or brain hemorrhage. Since the awareness of brain death and subsequent organ donation is lacking among people, very few opt for organ donation.About 250 patients undergo renal transplantation at the Department of Renal Transplant Surgery, PGIMER every year but only 50 out of these are from brain dead donors.These games are held across the world by the World Transplant Games Federation. It has been staging sporting events for such athletes for the past 35 years in order to demonstrate the physical success of transplant surgery and to raise awareness about the need to increase organ donation.The first such games were held in India on March 28, 1981 at PGIMER and thereafter have been held in various other cities. Last such event took place at PGI in 2014. PTI CHS ARK SK SRYadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Switzerland, Brazil win as Costa Rica crash out

first_imgA 90th-minute goal by Xherdan Shaqiri secured Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Serbia in a blistering-paced World Cup Group E match in Kaliningrad on Friday, putting them in a strong position to go through to the knockout round.Shaqiri latched on to a pass in his own half with Serbia’s players pushed up and carried the ball forward before slotting it past Vladimir Stojkovic.Aleksandar Mitrovic had given Serbia a dream start when he rose and headed a floating Dusan Tadic cross firmly past Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer five minutes into the game.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGESerbia dominated the first half but Switzerland stormed back after the break. Granit Xhaka equalised when he picked up a rebound outside the penalty box and rifled it home in the 52nd minute.Switzerland’s victory left the group open, with them and Brazil on four points and Serbia on three. But the Swiss face an easier task with their last match against Costa Rica, who are already out.Neymar sets record with late goalNeymar scored at 96 minute and 49 seconds as Brazil defeated Costa Rica 2-0. It is the latest recorded stoppage time goal in a World Cup since 1966.Neymar scored with practically the last kick of the match, volleying home Douglas Costa’s square ball following a quick counter-attack as Costa Rica pushed for an equaliser. It was Brazil’s second stoppage time goal in the match after Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 91st minute.Neymar’s goal was also his 56th for Brazil, which helped him overtake Romario, to become third highest goal scorer for Brazil behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).advertisementBrazil’s win over Costa Rica also meant that they have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two countries. The only loss came in a friendly back in 1960.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLECosta Rica bow out of World CupCosta Rica became the fifth team to crash out of this year’s World Cup after losing to Brazil.Before Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Peru and Morocco have been eliminated from this year’s World Cup.Musa’s record breaking brace gives Nigeria vital winAhmed Musa scored a brace to help Nigeria keep their World Cup hopes alive as the African nation beat Iceland 2-0 at the Volgograd Arena.The opening goal saw him pluck the ball out of the air with his first touch before blasting it home. The second goal came in the 75th minute, when after a break down the wing, Musa cut inside and waltzed around the goalkeeper before firing the ball into the net.Musa has now scored four World Cup goals for the African nation, at least twice as many as any other player in Nigeria’s history. He is now the third highest goal scorer for Africa in the history of the tournament behind Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (6) and Roger Milla (5) of Cameroon. Nigeria goalie Francis Uzoho also became the second youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at a World Cup at 19 years and 237 days. Li Chan-Myong at 19 years and 198 days is the youngest to keep a clean sheet. He achieved the feat for North Korea in their match against ItalyVAR’s penalty decisions continue to grab headlinesVideo Assistant Referee (VAR) yet again grabbed eyeballs when it granted Iceland a penalty during their match versus Nigeria.Finnbogason was brought down inside the box by Ebuehi in the 81st minute of the match but the referred refused to award a penalty. However, after requests, the referee asked for a review. Which made him to change his mind.World Cup 2018: We can beat Croatia to reach knockouts, says Iceland coachSigurdsson, a seasoned campaigner was up against Nigeria’s young goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. With Iceland down by two goals, it was the perfect opportunity for the tiny nation to score and then make a late charge to equalise towards the end of the game. But, the veteran failed to keep his nerves and blasted the ball over the crossbar. Sygurdsson’s penalty miss also meant that Iceland became the first team in this year’s World Cup to both save an opposition penalty and miss a penalty themselves.A separate incident also took place in the Brazil versus Costa Rica match, where Neymar was awarded a penalty after he was obstructed in the box. However, the referee decided to reverse his decision after watching the replay.last_img read more

Handscomb and Turner inspire Australia in record chase against India

first_imgShare on Messenger Read more Read more Australia produced the best one-day international chase in their history to defeat India in Chandigarh. Set a target of 359 the tourists prevailed with 13 balls to spare thanks to Peter Handscomb’s maiden century and Ashton Turner’s stunning unbeaten 84. Virat Kohli described the pitch as a belter after winning Sunday’s toss and he was proven true by a brutal 193-run opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.Dhawan (143) and Sharma (95) hammered Australia’s bowlers all over the small venue in a 125-minute onslaught, setting the platform for a total of 358 for nine that would have been bigger if not for Pat Cummins’s career-best figures of five for 70. Australia cricket team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The result levels the series at 2-2, setting up a pressure-laden decider in Delhi on Wednesday. Australia’s confidence-boosting performance will likely have far greater significance beyond the current contest.The victory has given the chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, who said last week he had “18 or 19 names” in mind for the World Cup, plenty to think about as he mulls the 15-man squad that must be submitted to tournament organisers by 23 April. Selectors must axe two batsmen in the current squad to accommodate Steve Smith and David Warner’s expected return. Khawaja now has 283 runs for the series, seven short of Kohli, and it’s hard to see how the stylish left-hander will be left out of the World Cup squad. Handscomb and Turner also showcased their credentials in astonishing style. match reports Share on Pinterest Australia had never chased down more than 334 to win a one-dayer in their history but that record was clinically smashed by Handscomb (117), Usman Khawaja (91) and Turner in the four-wicket win. Turner smacked six sixes in his 43-ball dig, completing a victory that suggests Australia’s World Cup defence is in far better shape than most pundits suggest. Handscomb and Khawaja, who posted his own maiden ODI century during the preceding game in Ranchi, put on 192 runs for the third wicket.Handscomb entered the fray in the fourth over, when Aaron Finch’s second-ball duck and Shaun Marsh’s skittled stumps reduced Australia to 12 for 2. The Victorian departed at the start of the 42nd over, guiding his team to a point where they required 88 runs from the final nine overs.Turner, who made his ODI debut in the series opener and was only called up because of Marcus Stoinis’s thumb injury, stepped up in the same finishing role he has performed for Perth Scorchers this season.A missed stumping from Rishabh Pant, which prompted the crowd to chant the name of the rested icon MS Dhoni, gave Turner a chance on 38. The West Australian took full advantage and showed remarkable composure given the scoreboard and screaming crowd, which was left shellshocked as India dropped further catches when Turner was on 74 and 80. Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardiancenter_img Share via Email Australia sport Cricket Share on Facebook Australia beat India by four wickets in fourth one-day international – as it happened Since you’re here… Delight is a cricket pitch in Beirut’s Shatila refugee camp India cricket team Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Doctor Gives Update On Former Ohio State Star’s Recent Heart Procedure

first_imgA Carolina Panthers helmet sitting on the field.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: A detailed view of a Carolina Panthers helmet during pregame against the San Diego Chargers at Bank of America Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Curtis Samuel was a dynamic playmaker at Ohio State, before being a second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers. Injuries and health issues have slowed the early portion of his NFL career though.Last season, he played in nine games, missing the end of the season due to an ankle injury that required surgery.He finished with 15 catches for 115 yards, and four rushes for 64 yards for the Panthers.This afternoon, Ian Rapoport reported that Curtis Samuel had a “small procedure” to fix an irregular heartbeat.Obviously any procedure involving the heart is enough to give fans a scare.#Panthers WR Curtis Samuel had a small procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat, I’m told. Likely out this week vs. #Cowboys.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2018David J. Chao, who goes as the Pro Football Doc on Twitter and writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, says this is not anything to be concerned about.Chao, who had nearly two decades as a team doctor, says that the procedure that Samuel underwent is pretty minor and he should make a full recovery.No question the situation was treated seriously, but this probably will be a blip on the screen for Curtis Samuel and the Panthers.I have not examined Samuel nor seen his EKG, but this almost certainly was not anything life-threatening or even significant in terms of threatening his career.[…]This is typically a minor outpatient cardiac procedure in which a cannula (small tube) is inserted into the vessels.It does certainly seem likely Samuel will miss the Panthers’ season opener, but an absence beyond that should not be anticipated.As Rapoport says, the Panthers open against the Dallas Cowboys at home. There are very high expectations for second-year running back Christian McCaffrey, the team’s 2017 first-round pick, but Samuel could also develop into a huge weapon for Cam Newton and company.In his last year at Ohio State, the do-it-all Samuel picked up 1,636 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, with a strong balance between rushing and receiving. He was a First Team All-American.[San Diego Union-Tribune]last_img read more

Arctic Journey of Venta Maersk in Photos

first_imgMaersk has shared with World Maritime News some photos from Venta Maersk’s historic trip to the Arctic, and some of them are majestic.The 3,600 TEU ice-class Venta Maersk ventured into the Arctic in August this year to test out the Northern Sea Route and its freezing waters for the first time with the aim of collecting scientific data.The ship became the world’s first commercial containership to transit the route, as the lane was reserved for tankers and most recently passenger ships.The route is becoming ever more appealing to the shipping industry, as it is much shorter than the Suez Canal, especially amid the reduction of ice in the Arctic.The boxship’s journey to the Arctic was concluded on September 28, when Venta Maersk reached the port of Saint Petersburg, Russia.The journey was nothing short of an adventure, as both the ship and its 25 crew members had to endure extreme weather conditions.“Ship structure and every single machinery installations were put to the test. Extra equipment such as night vision binoculars, fuel, provisions and spare parts were stored aboard the vessel and different additional tracking and monitoring systems installed,” the company said, describing the journey.The journey was planned in close cooperation with the Nothern Sea Route Administration, ice breaker company and other Arctic vessel operators.The ship passed through Bering Strait on September 6 and the following day crossed the Arctic Circle, entering the Chukchi Sea and officially sailing in Arctic waters.Venta Mærsk adjusted its route slightly keeping further south to avoid the ice belt to the North of the East Siberian islands. Before entering the East Siberian Sea, the vessel was met by an icebreaker, which assisted it through the next section of the Northern Sea Route.The icebreaker escorted Venta Mærsk through the East Siberian Sea and the Sannikov Strait, where there is very shallow water.On 11 September, the two shipsnparted ways. Venta Mærsk entered the Laptev Sea and thereby the western part of Northern Sea Route. Staying clear of icebergs appearing in the distance, Venta Mærsk proceeded on its own and left the Northern Sea Route on September 15, Maersk said.During the journey, the aurora borealis made several appearances.“The memory that will last the longest for most of the crew will certainly be the undiluted experience of nature. Most had never seen northern lights and we had four days of perfect floor seats to this spectacular show,” Captain Søren Bruun said.“While the trial offered an exceptional opportunity to gain operational experience in a new area and to test vessel systems and crew capabilities, currently the Northern Sea Route is not seen as an alternative to the existing east-west routes at Maersk,” Maersk pointed out.As explained, new services are planned according to customers’ demand, trading patterns, and population centres.“Operations in the Arctic pose completely different demands on ships and their design. The passage is feasible for around three months during the summer, marked by a lack of obstructive ice. That said, ice conditions can vary and are in general difficult to predict. Thus, assistance by icebreakers which are around to support safe navigation all year will still be necessary,” elaborates Michael Meisel, Senior Marine Specialist and project lead of the trial. “Furthermore, we also must consider that ice-classed vessels are required to make the passage. Going forward, there will be more dependency with the Polar Code which would also mean additional investments.”Image and video courtesy: Maersklast_img read more

Rupee slips 17 paise to 7172 vs USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee opened on a weak note and fell 17 paise to 71.71 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday amid foreign fund outflows and cautious opening in domestic equities.At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 71.65 then fell to 71.72 against the US dollar, showing a decline of 17 paise over its previous closing.The Indian rupee on Wednesday had closed at 71.55 against the US dollar.Traders said cautious opening in domestic equities and foreign fund outflows weighed on the local unit, while weakening of the greenback vis-a-vis some currencies overseas and easing crude oil prices added support to the local unit. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMeanwhile, brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.17 per cent to USD 60.20 per barrel.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital markets, pulling out Rs 770.81 crore on Wednesday, as per provisional data.Market regulator Sebi on Wednesday simplified KYC requirements for foreign portfolio investors and permitted them to carry out off-market transfer of securities.The proposals were cleared by the Sebi’s board during its meeting here as part of efforts to simplify and expedite the registration process for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMeanwhile, the dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, was trading unchanged at 98.29.The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.56 per cent in morning trade.Domestic bourses opened on a cautious note on Thursday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 149.51 points down at 36,910.86 and Nifty lower by 42.80 points at 10,875.90.On the global front, Beijing has appealed to the US to ‘meet China halfway’ and end the tariff war. According to reports a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, expressed hope Washington can “get along us” and restore “mutually beneficial” trade.last_img read more

Charter plane with 10 people on board slides off runway in Abbotsford

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – An aircraft carrying 10 people slid off an airport runway Friday in Abbotsford, B.C.Airport general manager Parm Sidhu said officials were trying to confirm what happened but no one was seriously hurt.Two people were taken to hospital for treatment, the airport said in a news release.The airport says the King Air twin-engine aircraft slid off the runway at about 12 p.m.A snowfall warning was issued Friday for the Abbotsford-area in the Fraser Valley with 20 centimetres of snow forecast, but it’s unclear if weather was a factor in the incident.The Transportation Safety Board says it has sent a team of investigators to the airport.last_img read more

Chad Central African Republic UN envoy welcomes release of child soldiers

“I have been given assurances that parties involved in conflict have agreed to free children in both countries,” the UN’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said in a statement today. “The next challenge will be to reintegrate the children with their families and communities,” she added.In Chad the Government has agreed to let UN agencies visit army camps and training centres to verify the releases and identify children, Ms. Coomaraswamy told reporters today in New York, after completing her visit. A Government task force on reintegration of children will also be created. Ms. Coomaraswamy noted, however, that in Chad there have still not been any commitments on child recruitment by non-government armed groups who, she said, “recruit a great many children.”In Chad the UN envoy met with rebel leader Laurent Djim Wei of the Armée Populaire pour la Restauration de la Démocratie (APRD) who agreed to provide a list of all children associated with his group and to release them once the UN presents an action plan for their reintegration.“We’re very happy about this. We don’t know the exact numbers but this should happen in the near future,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said, but added that currently there are not enough resources for the effective reintegration of children into their communities. She said her office and the UN country team in Chad would now try to raise funds for the process.The UN envoy also met with Zacharia Damane, of the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour l’Unité (UFDR), an armed group in the north-east of the country, to monitor compliance with an accord signed a year ago with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government on the release of children. In the northwest of the Central African Republic (CAR) Ms. Coomaraswamy held meetings with internally displaced families.“They do not live in camps. They actually go back to the bush and the living conditions are intolerable,” she said. “They showed us the water they drink which is full of mud… We spoke with the women separately and they told us stories of sexual violence in the bush and they also told us how children were recruited and then re-recruited, if they ran away, by the non-state actors in the region.” She added that UNICEF has begun to set up makeshift schools in the bush so that children can go to classes, but stressed that there were no health centres or health facilities anywhere in the area.However, Ms. Coomaraswamy told reporters that there were some grounds for optimism in the country after efforts by the UN and the international diplomatic community to broker a peace accord. “There is a hope that by the end of this month there will be a major agreement among all the armed actors in CAR and we have been pushing all sides to include a provision for the protection of children in the peace agreement,” she said. 2 June 2008Chad has agreed to release all former child combatants held in detention, while armed rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have also committed to freeing any children in their ranks, a top United Nations envoy announced today after a six day trip to the two countries. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 36.22 points to 15,425.82, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 13.23 points to 22,399.36. The S&P 500 index was down 4.62 points to 2,503.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 32.34 points to 6,423.70.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.07 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 81.48 cents US.The November crude contract was down three cents to US$50.66 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 11 cents to US$2.98 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $24.10 to US$1,292.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down three cents to US$2.94 a pound. read more

TSX up as Fed minutes indicate no rush to hike rates dissension

TSX up as Fed minutes indicate no rush to hike rates, dissension on job growth by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 7:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as traders got some reassurance about interest rates from the minutes of the latest meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 84.78 points to 15,561.95. The Canadian dollar was down 0.23 a cent at 91.15 cents US as the greenback strengthened after the release of the minutes.Most U.S. markets finished higher as the minutes indicated that the U.S. central bank is in no rush to hike rates. However, they also showed greater dissension among Fed members on how fast the labour market is improving, a key element in determining when it will raise rates from near zero, where they’ve been since the financial crisis.The Dow Jones industrials gained 59.54 points to 16,979.13, the Nasdaq declined 1.03 points to 4,526.48 and the S&P 500 index climbed 4.91 points at 1,986.51.The Fed has emphasized that economic data, not the calendar, will determine when it hikes rates, generally expected around the middle of 2015.Slack in the labour market has been a particular concern, a topic that Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to address in her speech to the central bank’s economic symposium at the end of the week.“We’re looking to confirm the Fed’s accommodative stance and give us a bit of insight on how they think about the slack in the labour market,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.While U.S. job growth has been coming in at around 200,000 monthly, the participation rate has drifted down to a percentage in the lows 60s.“And, in the back of their mind, they want to play safe and make sure the U.S. is on a real sustainable footing before giving any indication that they’re going to retreat from their easy monetary policy stance,” Blais said.Traders also digested a mixed bag of data from the retail sector.Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) reported a quarterly net loss of $21.3 million, or 21 cents per share, compared with a profit of $152.8 million, or $1.50, a year ago. Same-store sales dropped 6.8 per cent, which the company attributed partly to an unseasonably cool spring. Its shares shed 12 cents to $15.95.U.S. retailer Target, which is in the midst of a costly expansion into Canada, posted adjusted earnings of 78 cents a share, a penny less than expected. Revenue came in at US$17.41 billion, higher than the US$17.38 billion that analysts expected. Its shares erased early losses to advance $1.09 to US$60.34 as Target also cut its 2014 earnings forecast to between US$3.10 and US$3.30 a share, versus the previous forecast of US$3.49.Quarterly net income at home improvement retailer Lowe’s increased 10 per cent to US$1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share, bolstered by improving weather. The performance beat analysts’ expectations, but the company lowered its full-year revenue outlook slightly. Its shares were up 80 cents at US$52.32.The metals and mining sector led advancers, up two per cent as September copper shot up nine cents to US$3.18 a pound. Some analysts attributed the jump to signs of a rebound in the U.S. housing sector, including strong data on housing starts and solid improvement in a prominent builders’ confidence survey.The energy gained 0.7 per cent with the September crude contract — which expires Wednesday — surging $1.59 to US$96.07 a barrel. The October contract climbed 59 cents to US$93.45. Prices shot up as data showed a drop in U.S. supplies of about 4.5 million barrels last week, about three times the amount that had been expected.The gold sector edged up about 0.15 per cent as December bullion dipped $1.50 to US$1,295.20 an ounce. read more

Council accused of corporate vandalism after sandstone cliffs painted wrong shade of

A council has been accused of “corporate vandalism” by a geologist after historic sandstone cliffs were painted the “wrong” shade of red. East Devon District Council carried out work to stabilise the ancient stone cliffs in Sidmouth by installing bolts set in concrete into the rockface.Contractors painted the concrete sections red – to “help it blend in with the surrounding stone”.However, the work was criticised by local residents and experts, including geologist Dr Alasdair Bruce, who described the council’s effort as “corporate vandalism”.He said: “They have sprayed most of the cliff. It’s almost like an Eric Sykes film.”I’ve seen councils do some strange things with cliffs but this clanger really is at the top of the pile.”The cliffs date back 220 million years to the Triassic period.Bill Shaw, a metal sculptor from Bideford on holiday with his wife, Peach, said: “It’s a bit weird. It just looks fake.”It’s the wrong red as well. It should be more of a terracotta colour or would be better just left as it was.”Geoff Jung, from East Devon District Council, said: “The concrete was dyed to help it blend in with the surrounding stone as opposed to leaving it as a plain concrete finish.” 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. read more

14 signs that youre probably an awkward person

first_imgIS THERE ANYONE who doesn’t think that they’re awkward?Probably not, mainly because all of these situations are painfully awkward no matter how suave you are.1. Constant, repeated, distant eye contactIt never doesn’t happen. That quick eye contact with someone across the room or on a bus, the realisation that you’ve been staring, before quickly looking away. Then you have to check that they’re not looking at you weirdly and, surprise surprise, they’re looking back and you to begin a circle of vicious awkwardness. Source: Imgur2. Being the only one to laugh at your own jokeIt’s not your fault that some people can’t see how gas you are. This doesn’t make it any less awkward when you tell what you think is a killer joke and all that you’re left with is your howling laughter among a deafening silence.It’s not nearly as painful as the follow-up reasoning of “you had to be there”, though.3. Not ‘getting it’The complete opposite of being the lone laugher. Everyone is in hysterics about something you just didn’t find that funny so you fake laugh a bit until the laughter dies down.Will they think I’ve no sense of humour?DO I have no sense of humour?4. Showing your friends YouTube videosThere is nothing icier than the awkward silence and pity laughs that come when you show your friends a YouTube video you thought was absolutely gas but they just sit there unimpressed.“It gets better,” you plead.It doesn’t get better, and you damn well know it. Source: Shutterstock5. Talking when people don’t hear youYou’re halfway through a story and the person you’re talking to keeps shouting ‘what?’ or has just stopped acknowledging your existence altogether.When do you stop? How do you stop? Should you just fade your story out and crawl off to the dark corner you belong in?6. Saying hi to someone, then meeting them againIn any situation, this is awkward. You’ve met each other in the supermarket aisle and had a little chat, said all you’ve wanted to say, pretended to feign an interest in this distant aquaintances life. Painless. But now you’ve bumped into them in the cereal aisle and the questions come flooding in.Do we stop again?Do I say hi and just walk off? But we’ve already met each other.There are no right answers, just discomfort.7. See someone you know approaching from the distanceThe etiquette here is to ignore their existence until they’re closer, but it doesn’t make the situation any pleasanter.However, what’s worse is the alternative– waving to them from far away, then just staring until they reach you.8. Having Happy Birthday sung to youWHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO DO?9. The delay on a conference call“Hel–” “Hel–” “No, you go–” “You go.” [Silence] “Well–” “OK so–” “No sorry, you go.”The three second delay of a long distance call then often results in saying stupid sentences to continue talking in a feigned effort to ease the awkwardness.10. Someone talking to you while you’re chewingThey ask you a question just as you show a fork of pasta in your mouth or take a huge gulp of a drink.Just give me ONE MINUTE. Grand, but they sit there staring at you expectantly while you finish chewing as you desperately point to your mouth or make weird, panicked eye movements in an attempt to explain your silence.11. When you keep mishearing someoneSorry? What? Sorry? I’m sorry, I can’t really hear you.12. When the friend you’re with runs into a friendWhat is there to do? What is there to say? What’s worse is if your so-called-friend fails to introduce you and you’re left standing there like the gormless clinger-on you are. Source: Shutterstock13. Avoiding people walking towards youAh, the classic. You’re approaching a stranger on the street and they decide to go the same way as you as you try to avoid them. There’s the stifled laughing, the relay of sorry, sorry, oh sorry. Source: Tumblr14. Having nothing to talk aboutSilence isn’t always golden. Source: Welovedatesh/t RedditEnda Kenny is the absolute definition of awkward>Video montage of students who think a photo is being taken is hilariously awkward>last_img read more

Universum War Front is a game you wont believe was created by

first_imgTake a quick look at the gallery of images above, and then take the time to watch the Kickstarter video below. I think you’ll agree that as a game, Universum: War Front looks stunning. But what’s incredible about this project is the fact it has been made by just one guy acting as programmer, artist, animator, and game designer.His name is Cyril Megem, and he used to be lead artist working at French publishing company Monte Christo. Last year he decided to quit and create his own game as an indie developer, with the result being Universum: War Front just over a year later. His only help has been from Brian Dinh, who recently joined the team to handle promotion and community work.Now Universum is on Kickstarter, but Cyril is only asking for $20,000 to finish it. That’s a lot less than many other games ask for on Kickstarter, and they don’t look half as good as this and have a comparably large team behind them. That fact alone will get the project lots of pledges, especially when you can secure a copy of the game for just $10.Cyril says Universum has been inspired by Warhammer, Battlefield, DOTA, and Star Wars. He describes the game as an “FPS, RTS, MOBA RPG in one Space Epic.” When playing you can switch from controlling a group of soldiers to taking control of just one. Characters are customizable, you can drive a range of vehicles, mechs, and even alien creatures. And did we mention how stunning it looks?At the time of writing the game has already reached $19,000 with 24 days still left to go, so there’s no doubt Universum: War Front is going to get funded. There’s also stretch goals taking it up as far as $500,000. I doubt it will get that high, but the $50,000 and $75,000 goals are certainly in reach if it gets some momentum behind it. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Universum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War FrontUniversum: War Frontlast_img read more

Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn

first_img By Sean Murray AT THE END of September last year, there were 6,329 children in care in Ireland. In each case before the court, a judge had to issue a care order, ruling that the State was taking the appropriate course of action.  Later, the same judges are asked to rule on whether the children should return home to their parents, or remain in care.Previously, all such court hearings were in camera (private) and the media could not attend. That rule was changed so a light could be shone on proceedings, and society could be made aware of the issues that the court deals with in relation to family breakdowns, children in care, and domestic violence.Having done so on a number of occasions last year, spent another two days in the family courts recently to report on the nature of the cases that come before it. In the third of this four part series, parents have failed to turn up to a hearing that will decide if their children will remain in care.WITH THE PARENTS absent from proceedings, a judge ruled last week that an infant would remain in foster care.Over the course of the short hearing, counsel for the parents, Tusla and the guardian ad litem – representing the interests of the child – all acquiesced to the order being extended.Missed access appointments, unsuitable living arrangements and the uncontactable parents were all cited as contributing to the decision that the child should remain in care for the time being.“Long standing concerns”The Tusla social worker told the court that both parents had missed at least half of the access appointments to see their child in recent months.On one of the occasions where both attended, there appeared to be an issue between the mother and father co-parenting, the court heard, with the father shouting at the access worker and leaving after only 15 minutes.Access was offered regularly to the parents at first, the court heard, but this was scaled down from three times a week to two due to the parents non-appearance at these appointments.There was one appointment, however, that the parents turned up a half hour early for and, due to an error by staff at the front desk, the social worker wasn’t told they had arrived.They grew frustrated and left before the social worker knew they were there.There were also a range of concerns around the parents’ living conditions, which the court heard would be completely unsuitable for a young child.The social worker offered to arrange alternative accommodation for the parents on several occasions, but this was repeatedly turned down.The court-appointed guardian agreed that the parents were extremely hard to reach, saying that they never answered phone calls and would only ever respond to a message through texting.Although there were concerns of domestic violence and alcohol abuse among the parents, it was difficult to substantiate because it was so hard to reach them, the guardian said.The guardian added that the child was now thriving in an “excellent foster home”.The judge extended the interim care order for the child, and said that the case would be heard again next month.Comments have been closed for legal reasons.Read: A day in the Family Court: Child not told when father might visit to ‘avoid disappointment’Read: Child in foster care has “serious anxiety” and worries about his mother’s welfare Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 6:15 AM No Comments Apr 20th 2017, 6:15 AM Child remains in care after parents refuse to answer phone or turn up to court hearing The family court heard that the family had living arrangements “unsuitable for a young child”. Image: Shutterstock/Tammada 22,238 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tammadalast_img read more