The very severe cyclonic storm (Titli) caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri districts of Odisha but no casualties or major damage were reported.As per IMD report, ‘Titli’ crossed north Andhra Pradesh and south coast near Palasa in Srikakulam district to the southwest of Gopalpur in Odisha between 4.30AM to 5.30AM at wee hours of Thursday. Gopalpur experienced wind of 126 kilometers per hour at 4.30AM. At 5.30 AM the wind speed went down to 102 kilometer per hour.This cyclonic storm sustained wind speed of 140-150 kilometers per hour with gusting wind of 165 kilometers per hour during landfall near Palasa.According Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) of Odisha, Bishnupad Sethi, Titli cyclone affected Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Gajapati, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts of the State. It caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in Ganjam, Gajapati and Puri districts.Some thatched or asbestos houses, street lights as well as road blockage because of falling trees was reported from parts of Ganjam district. But no injury to humans was reported till 9AM. Minor damage to power and communication has been reported from some parts of Ganjam district, official sources said.Around three lakh people were evacuated to safe places in coastal districts of Odisha for the ‘Titli’ cyclone. Around two lakh of them were of vulnerable areas of Ganjam district. One thousand one hundred and twelve relief camps were opened to shelter evacuees. They were also sheltered at 879 multipurpose cyclone shelters. In Ganjam district, 108 pregnant women were shifted to hospitals. In Jagatsinghpur district number of shifted pregnant women was 18.Odisha was well prepared to face the cyclone. As per Mr Sethi, 30 district emergency operation centers were activated to respond to untoward incidents. Three hundred power boats were kept ready with crew. All schools, colleges and anganwadi kendras in the State will remain closed till October 12.Thirteen NDRF teams were deployed in Ganjam (2 teams), Gajapati, Puri (2 teams), Kendrapada, Nayagarh, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Jajpur, Khurda and Sambalpur districts. ODRAF teams were deployed in nine districts, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Boudh, Kalahandi. Fire services teams were in high alert throughout the State.The situation is being closely monitored at different levels, said Mr Sethi.
Cut most species of flatworm in half, and you end up with two flatworms. The front half will grow a new tail and, more impressively, the back half will grow a new head—complete with a fully functioning brain. But a few species of these worms mysteriously lack this ability, at least when it comes to regrowing a head. Now, three teams of researchers have not only zeroed in on the biological reason for this limitation, they’ve also managed to restore the worms’ full regenerative abilities by manipulating a single genetic pathway.The worms in question are known as planarians. Usually about a centimeter long, they live under rocks in freshwater ecosystems such as streams and ponds. Why some planarians can so easily regenerate a head but others can’t is a question that has long puzzled scientists. “This is really just a classic problem in the field,” says Phillip Newmark, a biologist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Hoping to study possible molecular mechanisms behind the difference, he dispatched his postdoc James Sikes into the field to search for specimens of Procotyla fluviatilis, the only North American species of planarian that can’t regenerate its head. “He thought it would be easy!” remembers Sikes, who now runs his own lab at the University of San Francisco in California. After months of scouring the country for the tiny freshwater creatures, he finally tracked down a colony in southern Illinois. From there, he moved the worms to the lab and began chopping them to bits.The first step was to pinpoint where exactly P. fluviatilis’s head regeneration process went awry. Sikes and Newmark confirmed that the worms’ wounds healed properly after being cut in two and that the cells in their tail fragments were still able to divide. “What seemed to be not working was the decision that says, ‘make a head’ versus ‘make a new tail,’ ” Newmark says. That fundamental choice is governed by a molecular process known as Wnt signaling. By directing the activity of a protein called β-catenin, Wnt signaling tells developing cells what they should be when they grow up. If an amputated worm dials up Wnt signaling and produces a lot of β-catenin, it will regrow a tail. If it dials back Wnt signaling and β-catenin levels, however, it ends up growing a new head. 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If he and Sikes knocked down the amount of β-catenin in a P. fluviatilis tail fragment, maybe they could trick it into regrowing a head. And to their amazement, that’s exactly what happened. By disrupting the one gene responsible for β-catenin production, they were able to restore P. fluviatilis’s ability to regenerate a lost head. “I didn’t believe it when I saw it,” Sikes admits. “Basically you’re reversing a million years of evolution.”As it turned out, Sikes and Newmark weren’t the only scientists interested in figuring out the secrets of flatworm regeneration. At the same time that they were conducting their experiments on P. fluviatilis in Illinois, a team of scientists in Europe was manipulating Wnt signaling and rescuing head regeneration in an entirely different species of planarian called Dendrocoelum lacteum. And on the other side of the world, Japanese scientists were reaching similar conclusions about β-catenin’s role in preventing head regeneration in Phagocata kawakatsui, a distant cousin of the European and North American planarians. The results of all three experiments are published today in Nature.”There’s a European species, there’s an American species, and there’s a Japanese species. This is as broadly geographic a sample as you can possibly define, and all three laboratories independently reached the same conclusion,” says Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, a planarian biologist at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri, who was not involved in any of the studies. The teams’ complementary results show that a defect in Wnt signaling “seems to be a very easy way to lose head regeneration,” agrees Elly Tanaka, a biologist at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden in Germany who studies limb regeneration in vertebrates like salamanders.The next step, scientists from all the teams agree, is to figure out why these three species lost the ability to grow new heads. “Because of ‘survival of the fittest,’ one might assume that actually everything out there should be regenerating,” says Jochen Rink, a biologist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden who led the European team. Newmark concurs, “Why would you lose this ability, which seems like it would be so useful?”Reproductive differences between planarians that can regenerate their heads and those that can’t may offer some clues, Sikes suggests. When head-regenerating planarians are cut in half, their sex organs melt away and are reabsorbed into their bodies. Freed of the pressure to continually produce eggs and sperm, the flatworms likely have more energy to direct toward regeneration. Besides, they’ll have plenty of chances to reproduce once all their parts grow back.Planarians that can’t regenerate their heads, however, typically reproduce only once in their lives. “You don’t want to miss that shot,” even if you’ve just been cut in half, Sikes says. It’s possible, he speculates, that the molecular signal that directs planarians like P. fluviatilis to keep their sexual organs around after their heads are amputated may also interfere with regeneration. “It’s kind of a tradeoff between, do I want to regenerate or do I want to hang around and reproduce?” Sikes says.However these differences evolved, the Nature papers all support the idea that regeneration isn’t something that a few species independently evolved. Rather, it may be something that the rest of us have lost. The capacity crops up in nearly every phyla of life of Earth, suggesting to scientists that our common ancestor may have had regenerative abilities. Even humans can do it under the right circumstances; for example, Sikes says, children under the age of 2 can regenerate missing fingertips. So now that scientists can restore flatworms’ vanished regenerative abilities, might they be able to do the same for other kinds of animals, such as humans? “It’s a fanciful idea, but it’s now one that’s somewhat supported by the evidence in these three papers,” Sánchez says.Sikes is more cautious. “Will humans regenerate as well as the planarians? Never.” Still, he says, the new studies show that “even though an animal can’t regenerate, the underlying ability is latent. It’s in there, potentially. … It’s just a matter of figuring out how to unlock it.”
Former India captain Anil Kumble said he was not in favour of shifting the Indian Premier League (IPL) out the country.”IPL is a global brand which brings in a lot of revenue to the country. It should not be shifted,” he said on Wednesday.The legendary leg-spinner, who played in 132 Tests and 271 ODIs, led the Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the second edition of the cash-rich league in 2009.Last week, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur threatened to move the next edition of the league abroad.The IPL was twice played outside India, both in assembly election years. In 2009, it was moved to South Africa for the entire duration and in 2014, the league was shifted to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days.The ongoing ninth edition has seen many PILs being filed by various outfits. The board was forced to move 12 matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra on Bombay High Court’s directive after a PIL was filed claiming that a huge quantity of water was being used to maintain various cricket stadiums in the state.(With PTI inputs)
England pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were involved in a friendly banter on Twitter, on Friday.The banter was over The James Anderson End at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester which has been named on the English bowler Anderson.It all began with a tweet from Stephen Jones who plays for Frindsbury Cricket Club in England.A curious Jones asked on Twitter: “A question I feel needs to be answered … does @jimmy9 bowl from the James Anderson end at Old Trafford or allow @StuartBroad8 that honour?!”A question I feel needs to be answered … does @jimmy9 bowl from the James Anderson end at Old Trafford or allow @StuartBroad8 that honour?!Stephen Jones (@SPJ91) July 20, 2018To which Broad replied: “Every morning of a Test we walks in & says ‘James Anderson is going to bowl from the James Anderson End today.'”Every morning of a Test we walks in & says James Anderson is going to bowl from the James Anderson End today.Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 20, 2018Broad’s reply led to exchange of some witty tweets between both the English fast bowlers with Broad also teasing Anderson for being “Very old.”Now now Stuart. No need for that!James Anderson (@jimmy9) July 20, 2018I feel like Ive started something here. Maybe one day there will be a Stuart Broad end at Trent Bridge…Stephen Jones (@SPJ91) July 20, 2018Doubt it.James Anderson (@jimmy9) July 20, 2018You only get stands or ends named when youre VERY old…Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 20, 2018Helps if youre a one club man tooadvertisementJames Anderson (@jimmy9) July 20, 2018Jimmy has won this battle Im afraid. Sorry Broady!Stephen Jones (@SPJ91) July 20, 2018The banter ended with Jones declaring that Anderson has “won this battle.”The Pavilion End was named as The James Anderson End in August 2017 in the honour of the fast bowlerAnderson, the highest wicket-taker for England in Tests, has taken 540 wickets in 138 matches at an average of 27.23.Both Anderson and Broad have been out of action for quite a while due to injury issues but are expected to return to the England side for the five-match Test series against India that starts from August 1.The duo have recently returned to first-team action to prove their fitness.While Anderson played for Lancashire’s second XI against Nottinghamshire, Broad played in a charity match.Anderson was forced to miss domestic matches after the Test series against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury. Broad had injured his ankle in June playing for his county Nottinghamshire against Worcestershire.
Switzerland Seferovic jeers ‘a pity’ – Petkovic Ryan Benson 09:04 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Switzerland World Cup Switzerland v Northern Ireland Northern Ireland WC Qualification Europe The striker missed a number of gilt-edged chances but his manager has now defended him, insisting supporters should learn from Northern Ireland Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic lamented fans’ treatment of striker Haris Seferovic in Sunday’s successful World Cup qualifying play-off against Northern Ireland.A goalless draw in Basle was enough to send the Swiss to Russia after a controversial 1-0 first-leg win in Belfast.Seferovic missed a number of gilt-edged chances to make the game safe and Ricardo Rodriguez had to clear a stoppage-time Jonny Evans header off the line to keep qualification safe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By that point, Seferovic had been substituted to a chorus of jeers and whistles at St Jakob-Park and the Swiss coach was frustrated by their actions.”It was a pity,” Petkovic said. “We should learn some things from the Northern Irish fans.#SUINIR pic.twitter.com/Y6hYCG6nzB— nationalteams_SFVASF (@SFV_ASF) November 12, 2017″But now I do not want to incite arguments, but to enjoy the moment that we are definitely in Russia.”Switzerland won their opening nine group games in qualifying, only for a defeat to Portugal in their final fixture to send them to the play-off.And Petkovic was delighted with the determination shown by his side to put that disappointment behind them.He said: “I am very happy with my boys. With everything they have done, not only in the game against Northern Ireland.”My team has an excellent spirit, positivity and will. They always want to achieve the highest goals.”I hope they will be even hungrier in the future. It will be a highlight for us to be present at the World Cup.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino: Will sacking me make a difference?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino was relieved to overcome Huesca.Marcelino went into the game under pressure.”Is it always the coach’s problem at Valencia in recent years?” he asked reporters, in what could be perceived as a challenge to their line of questioning.”The change of coach always changed things on the pitch?”The club will make the decisions it deems appropriate if it considers that the work of the coaching staff is not adequate, and we will accept it.”We are the same in victory and defeat, the team is not broken, it may have doubts, but it isn’t broken.”The reaction of wanting to keep going until after the ninety minutes is what it is.”If you decide to dispense with the coaching staff you should not differentiate because of a goal in injury time or not.”
MONTREAL – A former construction entrepreneur turned star whistleblower at Quebec’s corruption inquiry announced on Sunday that he’s suspending his collaboration with the province’s anti-corruption unit.Lino Zambito said he’s stepping back from his work with the unit, known as UPAC, after documents released last week fingered him as a possible suspect in an investigation into leaks to the media.At a news conference, Zambito emphatically denied being one of those responsible for leaking documents related to a UPAC probe called Machurer, which looked into suspected illegal financing within the provincial Liberal party under former leader Jean Charest.“Lino Zambito is not the suspect UPAC is looking for,” he said. “I had nothing to do with it.”Documents unsealed on Thursday reveal that the anti-corruption unit has been hunting for two years to find the sources responsible for the leaks.The documents suggest that the four people suspected to have released the information are Zambito, legislature member Guy Ouellette, former police officer Richard Despaties and officer Stephane Bonhomme.UPAC arrested Ouellette last October but released him soon after without laying charges.Zambito said Sunday that he has “never, and I mean never” had access to files relating to Machurer.He suggested UPAC’s leaders themselves could be responsible for the leaks, and called for Quebec’s public security minister to launch an independent investigation into the unit before the Quebec government adopts a bill to give it increased powers.“We must stop that UPAC, that (UPAC head Robert) Lafreniere’s clique (investigating) the leaks to the media,” he said. “You cannot investigate yourself.”Zambito is known for his testimony in 2012 at the Charbonneau inquiry, where he said construction magnates paid kickbacks to municipal political parties and to members of the Mafia in exchange for public contracts, shedding light on systemic collusion at the municipal level.He pleaded guilty to several fraud-related charges in 2015.The ex-entrepreneur said Sunday that he has since turned his life around and has been collaborating with the anti-corruption unit to help push its investigations forward.“Yes I have a past, yes I did whatever I did, I got my sentence, I did my time and I changed my life,” he said.“What’s the purpose of wanting to minimize whatever I say in those inquiries?”Zambito said he would no longer collaborate with UPAC until changes are made to its leadership.
Logan Stieber took home a national championship title for the second year in a row as the Ohio State wrestling team earned sixth place out of 10 teams at the NCAA Championships over the weekend. The Buckeyes, who tallied 59.5 points, finished behind Penn State (123.5), Oklahoma State (119.5), Minnesota (103), Iowa (73) and Cornell (65). The Nittany Lions’ national title is their third in a row. Redshirt sophomore Stieber, of the 133-pound weight class, was the star of the tournament for OSU. Stieber, the No. 1 seed, capped off a perfect season, 27-0, with his defeat of Iowa redshirt junior and No. 2-seeded Tony Ramos 7-4. In the pair’s last meeting at the Big Ten Championship finals on March 10, Stieber took down Ramos, 3-1, in a sudden victory. But the wins are nothing out of the ordinary: lifetime, Stieber is 5-0 against the Hawkeye. “I was able to get into my offense early and open the match up against Ramos,” Stieber said in a press release. “That was the difference this time.” Stieber’s brother, sophomore Hunter Stieber, finished third in the 141-pound class. In Hunter Stieber’s semifinals match, the No. 1 seed suffered a narrow 7-6 loss to Edinboro’s Mitchell Port before earning consecutive victories over Cornell’s Michael Nevinger (9-0) and the Citadel’s Ugi Khishignyam (12-4). Overall, Hunter Stieber finished his second All-American season with an impressive 36-1 record. Fellow two-time All-American and redshirt junior Nick Heflin finished fifth in the tournament at 174 pounds. After being defeated by Minnesota’s Logan Storley, 3-2, Heflin was sent to the fifth-place bout to face-off with Iowa’s Michael Evans. In their previous matchup on Jan. 4, Evans beat Heflin in a 9-4 sudden victory. However, the story was different this time as Heflin pinned his opponent in 2:10 to earn the win. He concluded his season with a 20-7 record. Senior Nikko Triggas (125 pounds), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157) and freshman Mark Martin (165) were all eliminated on the second day of the tournament. Redshirt junior Ian Paddock (149) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197) were eliminated on the tournament’s first day. The championships were held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
Previous research has found the average family doctor sees 41 patients each day.Such limits would mean soaring waiting times to see a GP.Currently, patients in England are waiting an average of two weeks to see a GP – a three-day increase since 2015.Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: “It’s bad enough trying to get a GP appointment at the moment and that’s if you can even get to see them in person. Other delegates suggested capping the number of patients to 25 a day.The motion – “that this meeting urges a sensible cap is agreed on the workload of a GP which can be expected to be safely delivered in a day for the safety of patients and sanity of GPs” – was overwhelmingly carried. “I’ve got a consultation with mine in three weeks’ time and that’s only on the telephone.”When will you ever get to see a GP if they only deal with 13 or 25 patients a day? It’s a ridiculous situation.”It will leave people waiting months and push more towards A&E. Some people may die before they are seen.”A limit of 13 patients a day could see this triple to six weeks, while a cap of 25 patients a day could extend waits to almost three weeks.“A sensible cap on the number of patients a GP can be expected to safely see in a day, must be introduced, taking also into account the fact that increasingly complex and intense consultations cannot be safely managed within ten minutes,” the medic said.“Did you know that in Sweden, GPs are expected to see only 13 patients in a day, with half-hourly appointments?”“The day has limited hours and only so much can be managed without compromising the safety,” he added. “Doing this together in a planned and coordinated way would enable us to look after our existing population more safely,” she said, arguing against a cap on appointment numbers.“We would apologise for being closed to registrations but state that it is because the Government has not listened to us when we have repeatedly told them that general practice is collapsing,” the GP said.“This may sound brutal but these are desperate times,” she said. “The Government won’t want a confrontation with GPs.” GPs “will go insane” unless strict limits are imposed on the number of patients they say each day, medics claim.The British Medical Association has called for a cap on the number of patients, with doctors hailing the system in Sweden where GPs see just 13 patients daily.Medics said they were too often expected to have up to 70 consultations a day – and said this was not safe for them or their patients.Dr Satash Narang, from Gwent and South Powys division, said GPs would “go insane, quit and become insolvent” if limits were not introduced.“For the sake of quality and safety of patient care and the sanity of its troops, we urge the BMA to take a fresh approach by defining and agreeing what is a safe workload,” he said. The union’s proposal did not define what that limit is.In January, a survey found GPs are dealing with up to 100 patients a day, with one in five saying they had a daily caseload of more than 50 patients.The poll of 900 GPs by Pulse magazine found GPs in the UK have an average of 41.5 patient contacts per day – including including face-to-face and telephone consultations, home visits and consultations by email. Seeing 50, 60, 70 patients a day, every day, year on year, is not safe. It’s not safe for the doctor and it’s not safe for the patientGP Dr Mary McCarthy General practice is in meltdown. We can’t go on as we areDr Jackie Applebee “General practice is in meltdown. We can’t go on as we are.” Backing the motion, GP Dr Mary McCarthy, said: “What I want people to recognise is that seeing 25 patients a day is a reasonable amount of work to do. Seeing 50, 60, 70 patients a day, every day, year on year, is not safe. It’s not safe for the doctor and it’s not safe for the patient.“I think this should be viewed like a speed limit, and I speak as someone with points on their licence. That there are occasions when you do break it, that there are obviously flu epidemics or a busy day in which you do see more. But that you do recognise that you’re working at an unsafe level. Other countries recognise this,” she said.Dr Jackie Applebee, a GP in east London, instead proposed national industrial action which would see GPs close their lists to new patients. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPAHO to lead investigation into mercury emissions at GGMCJune 6, 2018In “Business”MNR not taking mercury poisoning of GGMC employees lightly- TrotmanApril 17, 2018In “latest news”Mercury levels at GGMC have stabilised- TrotmanApril 13, 2018In “Health” The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a statement has expressed concern with what it says are the “untimely deaths” of four Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) staffers, who the party, identified as “Mr. Dwayne De Jonge (ranger), Mr. Latchman Chiti (surveyor), Mr. Leroy Green (carpenter) and Mr. Clement Proffit (lab technician).”Acting Commissioner, GGMC, Newell DennisonMoreover, the PPP said that “the deaths of these staffers, who were documented to have been affected by mercury poisoning, makes it clear that every effort must be made to ensure that working conditions are safe.”In its most recent publication, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) had said that the recent discovery that some employees of the (GGMC) are suffering the effects of exposure to mercury emission, is not being taken lightly.Moreover, it was disclosed that following the disclosure that some staff were affected, 130 employees of the GGMC and the GGB (Guyana Gold Board) were tested, while further testing will now be done by an overseas company, Kaizen Environmental Services (Guyana) Ltd.It was also established that the GGB lab responsible for the mercury poisoning was removed from the GGMC compound following protests from workers over their health concerns.While outlining the reported deaths are not a political issue, the Party said that “These four deaths, which follow each other in such a short period of time, should be a cause for serious concern. It is disturbing that the government and the GGMC have been reluctant to inform the staff and public about actions taken to ensure protection of, not only staffers, but also those in surrounding communities.”The PPP said it will support the Government of Guyana to ensure that every effort is made to guarantee the health and safety of our people, while expressing condolences to the families and co-workers of these men that died.Highlighting that the deaths of the staffers must be, supported by calls for measures to be taken to reduce the risks to other staff and residents in the neighbouring communities, the PPP is urging “immediate action by the relevant authorities, including the management of the GGMC and the Ministry of Public Health, to ensure the occupational health and safety standards are in place and the welfare of all staff and citizens are protected.”According to the PPP “the GGMC and the Ministry of Public Health must also operationalize all precautionary measures including testing and appropriate treatment of all staff, and persons in neighbouring communities, whom may have been exposed. This should be done at the cost of the GGMC. The PPP/C also supports the sourcing of specialists to respond to this matter before it becomes a bigger public health crisis.”
← Previous Story PSG Handball in Flensburg, Veszprem in Brest, Kielce to Celje Next Story → LEKAI LIKE A MOGENSEN: Telekom Veszprem win in Brest The Polish champions PGE Vive Kielce have troubles as visitors at the VELUX EHF Champions League at the start of the season. Talant Dujshebaev’s boys weren’t the team who smashed THW Kiel 11 goals difference just six days ago. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko celebrated first win in the European season after two defeats against Telekom Veszprem and Aalborg Handball.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : PGE Vive Kielce 31:27 (16:12)RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 10/1 saves, Panjtar 1/1 save; Vujović 1, Jurečič 1, Malus 3, Razgor 1, Suholežnik, Marguč 7/4, Mitrović 5, Kodrin 1, Makuc 1, Anić 3, Dujshebaev 5, Mačkovšek 2, Mlakar, Bećiri 1, Ocvirk;PGE Vive Kielce: Szmal 5 saves, Ivić 6 saves; Jurecki 2, Dujshebaev 4, Kus 1, Aguinagalde 4, Bielecki 2, Jachlewski 2, Štrlek 4, Janc 2, Lijewski, Jurkiewicz, Zorman, Mamić, Bombač, Djukić 6,
Former South Korean “comfort woman” Kil Un-ock, centre, who was forced to serve for the Japanese troops as a sexual slave during World War II, shouts slogans during a rally against the recent comment of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto in front of Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The placard at right reads: “Apologise for Japan’s aggressive history.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)WOMEN IN JAPAN’S island chain of Okinawa have demanded an apology from an outspoken Japanese politician who suggested the Japanese military’s forced prostitution of Asian women before and during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks and provide rest for soldiers who risked their lives in battle.The comments from Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto came after he said “comfort women” — who most historians agree were pressed into sexual slavery for the Japanese imperial army during World War II — served a “necessary” role by keeping soldiers in line.“Regardless of whether it is war-time or not, a view to use women as a tool (to let out sexual frustration) is intolerable,” said Masako Ishimine, a senior member of a local women’s body, quoted by the Okinawa Times, the day after Hashimoto spoke.“Does he mean women should simply take it because men work hard?”Up to 200,000 women forced into prostitutionThe outrage came on the day Okinawa marked the 41st anniversary of its reversion to Japan at the end of post-WWII US occupation and after comments on history that provoked ire in South Korea and China.Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII, according to many mainstream historians.On its surrender at the end of the war, the whole of Japan was placed under US-led allied jurisdiction.But while control of the country was handed back to a home-grown civilian government in 1952, Okinawa remained effectively US territory until 1972.‘Keystone of the Pacific’In the years since the war it has morphed into a curious mix of subtropical vacation paradise and the strategic US “keystone of the Pacific” which today is home to around half of the 47,000 US troops in Japan as part of a security treaty.The weight of hosting those servicemen is keenly felt by the island chain’s 1.3 million people, who complain of the noise and risk of accidents posed by massed US military hardware.Crimes associated with the testosterone-charged presence of thousands of young troops — including rapes and assaults — frequently test relations between US bases and their host communities.Osaka mayor Hashimoto stepped into this fray with a suggestion that servicemen be allowed to patronise legal sex businesses there to give them an outlet for frustrations that might otherwise result in violence or crime.Okinawans reacted with revulsion, saying comments like this were symptomatic of mainlanders’ view of them.Lacked ‘the sense of human rights’Shoko Toguchi, a senior member of a women’s rights group, said Hashimoto “lacked the sense of human rights and was not able to feel the pain of Okinawa’s people”, Jiji Press reported.Okinawa governor Hirokazu Nakaima told public broadcaster NHK on Wednesday that more than four decades after rule reverted to Tokyo, the islands still had more than their fair share of US troops.“I take the side of respecting the Japan-US security treaty, but I still believe the entire nation should share the burden,” he said.The anniversary also came just a week after Chinese state media published calls for a re-think of the sovereignty of the archipelago, with hints that Beijing was the rightful ruler.Beijing is aggressively pushing its case for ownership of disputed islands that are administratively part of Okinawa.The presence earlier this week of a foreign submarine — which media speculated was Chinese — off an Okinawan island further fanned fears over Beijing’s intent in the area.- © AFP, 2013Read: Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were ‘necessary’Read: Japan-China dispute islands: oil bonanza or just rocks?Photos: Stunning images of Japan 100 years ago
In a week that saw Labor harden its opposition to the Abbott government’s university funding cuts and deregulation of course fees, the political division is widening over higher education reform. Speaking last Tuesday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appealed to students direct to oppose the planned 20 per cent cuts to course funding, fee deregulation (that will see universities decide their own course fees in 2016) and an increase in student loan interest rates.“30 to 40 years ago there was an argument that it should not be about how much money your parents have, it shouldn’t be your credit card limit that determines your education,” said Mr Shorten, who has signed a pledge – joining forces with the National Union of Students – to oppose the changes.Victorian Federal Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou has backed her leader’s position, telling Neos Kosmos that fee deregulation will mean greater debt for students and introduce a serious disincentive.“Government should be about encouraging young people to get an education, it should not be about financial barriers,” she said.“I can’t believe that the Minister for Education Chris Pyne could be so shortsighted, and I question his understanding of the values of higher education.”Meanwhile Mr Pyne describes the reforms as “essential for the future prosperity of the nation”, impervious to criticisms that the Coalition’s policies will damage the prospects of a generation of young Australians.To get a sense of the views held by some of those at the sharp end of the debate, Neos Kosmos spoke to two students at the University of Melbourne. 23-year-old Yiannis Kallianis, a commerce graduate half way through his Juris Doctor postgraduate course at the Melbourne Law School, says his reaction is mixed to the competing ideologies.“There is some merit as to the goals of the reforms – including making universities and their degrees more valuable for our future careers,” says Kallianis, who believes increased competitiveness will force universities to innovate.As a student who will graduate with significant HECS debt, Kallianis says he’s “slightly sceptical and concerned about what the implications [of the reforms] could be.”Kallianis – who says the HECs system “strikes a reasonable balance between encouraging tertiary education and budgetary concerns,” welcomes the plan to assist disadvantaged students, but feels that fee deregulation will discourage enrolments.“The Government should be doing all it can to encourage more Australians to complete tertiary education,” says the former president of the the Melbourne University Greek Association,Fellow student Jiannis Tsaousis (20) has begun a Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in French at Melbourne uni, and sitting on the fence isn’t one of his extra-curricula activities.Tsaousis tells Neos Kosmos that he’s supportive of the Government’s reforms “as they pave the path for our universities to become truly world class. “Given university students earn around $1 million over their lifetime more than non-university graduates, it is only fair they contribute more,” he says.“With a shrinking tax base and an ageing population, universities cannot rely on government funding – students will need to pay more for their courses to sustain and improve the quality of our universities.”But the youthful and strident Tsaousis does have some concerns – specifically the changes to the HECS interest rate, which will be tied to the long-term government bond rate.“As the rich pay off their HECS debt faster, the poor will have to pay even more over their lifetime in interest on their HECS debt. “This is something the government should reconsider,” he says.As an existing student, the reforms won’t increase Tsaousis’ fees, but if he undertakes a post graduate course, the new system would kick in. Isn’t that a disincentive? “Individually, I will be disadvantaged,” he says, “but from a social viewpoint, this is healthy, because the reforms will correct the imbalance in several courses where there is an excess of graduates such as Law, relative to the jobs available in that industry. “Students will be ‘incentivised’ to study courses where they are likely to find a job and this can only be a good thing.”The fate of the Government’s reform package, which includes extending support to students at TAFEs, private colleges and sub-bachelor degree programs, will be decided by the Senate later this month.While Clive Palmer has said the PUP will not support the deregulation of university fees, the government need the support of at least two senators from the PUP/Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party alliance to pass the higher education package.Last week, Chris Pyne said that the fact that Mr Palmer had not said he would stand in the way of the reforms generally, was heartening ”If you haven’t said no, then we’re a long way from ending the siren, as they say,” he told reporters, before adding that he believed the Coalition and the PUP would work out a deal.Meanwhile university vice-chancellors’ worst fear is that fee deregulation will be blocked, while a 20 per cent cut in course funding remains. Another ‘national day of action’ organised by the NUS in state capitals will protest the Government’s plans on August 20. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Orthodox priest from Athens has been announced European citizen of the year, in a ceremony that took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.Having served as vicar at the Saint George Church at Akadimia Platonos in Kolonos since 1998, Father Antonios Papanikolaou witnessed children not attend school or hang out on the streets as their parents were destitute or addicted to substances.Father Antonios took initiative and started a basketball team in order to keep an eye on the children and establish a relationship with them.With the support of his wife Stamatia Georgandi and members of the wider community who empathised the priest launched Ark of the World (Kivotos tou Kosmou) a charity that helps orphan and neglected children.What started as a small organisation has evolved into one of the most important facilities in Greece, housing hundreds of children.“Out of my window, I could see young children, abandoned, involved with drugs and misery. I started wondering how I could help them. At first, it was a group of teenagers. I approached them and asked them to play basketball. Now, 500 children of all ages come to the Ark”. “Our door will always be open for them,” Father Antonios said in a previous interview.“I sat down to listen to the children; I accepted them just as they are. I shared their home, the square, the playing field. Through sports and championships, their positive elements came out. When someone is as desperate as they are, what can you say? That Christ saves? They could not care less”.Residents from Kolonos and neighbouring areas began to volunteer and donate to the Ark making housing and support programs possible for many kids regardless of religion and ethnicity, ensuring they stay off the streets and attend school.Even though most children are Greek, Father Antonios has struggled to convince his parish to accept migrants.“How will refugees survive if you do not train them and help them find their way? They will be forced to steal! I approached the children of immigrants and refugees because I explained to them the history of our grandfathers and fathers… We know what being a refugee means, what is racism and death. If each one did something in their neighbourhood, we would not have this huge problem with foreigners who cannot leave the country and are marginalized! So, we either lock ourselves in our homes or help them stand on their feet”.“For me, the Ark is God’s plan which pre-existed… God has blessed this task and we go on with His help,” he added, “Love devises ways and knows no borders or terms”.Another two Greek NGOs received awards, “HOPEgenesis” and “Wind of Renewal” after they were nominated by SYRIZA EP and Vice-President Dimitris Papadimoulis, Elisa Wozenberg MEP and Miltiadis Kyrkos.A total of 50 prizes were awarded to agencies and citizens from 26 EU Member States this year.
L’alcool, plus nocif que l’héroïne ou le crackSelon une étude britannique publiée aujourd’hui par la revue médicale The Lancet, l’alcool serait plus nocif que certaines drogues illégales comme l’héroïne ou le crack. Sont pris en compte ses effets sur les individus mais aussi sur l’ensemble de la société. L’étude, effectuée par la Commission scientifique indépendante sur les drogues (ISCD), estime que “les actuels systèmes de classification des drogues gardent peu de relation avec leur réelle nocivité”. Les experts ont alors utilisé leur propre système pour évaluer les substances et ont étudié la nocivité des drogues sur le corps humain (mortalité, santé détériorée, fonctions mentales affaiblies). Ils ont également pris en compte d’autres facteurs comme le coût de leur usage pour le système de santé ou le système carcéral.Concernant les effets sur la société, le système évalue les crimes, les dégâts causés à l’environnement ou encore les conflits familiaux.L’héroïne, le crack et la méthamphétamine sont les plus mortels. Mais si l’on tient compte des effets pour la société, l’alcool est le plus dangereux, suivi de l’héroïne et du crack.Selon cette nouvelle étude, l’alcool serait aussi huit fois plus nocif que l’ecstasy, qui retient l’attention de tous les médias depuis ces 20 dernières années. Le 1 novembre 2010 à 12:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WhatsApp Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Scott Fishman of ChannelGuideMagBlog.com sent along a new interview with Bubba Ray Dudley. Here are some excerpts from the interview:On what led to the Dudleys’ return to WWE:“The very first person I spoke to was Road Dogg, he was the one who reached out saying, ‘Hey Bubba, would you be interested in coming to the Royal Rumble? I told him yes. I always had a great working relationship with him in the ring and a good working relationship outside of the ring. Me and D-Von won our first WWE tag team championship from the New Age Outlaws. He got in touch with me. That’s how it all started. It was pretty funny because I think a lot of people within WWE were shocked by the reaction. I think they all thought, ‘Oh its Philly, so he’ll get a nice little reaction.’ I didn’t think they were expecting anything like that.”On how its been for him to be back in WWE:“It has been great and the locker room has been great, but the locker room was great back in the day, too, the only difference now really is the guys are much younger than me and D-Von. They’ve come up different ways in the business. Back in the Attitude Era you had guys that came up more the old school way, who were able to go out there and do what they wanted to get themselves over. This is as opposed to now where creatively WWE has much more of a presence and wants their wrestlers to do their job a certain way. As far as the locker room operates and the chemistry within the locker room, it’s phenomenal. It has been nothing but positive.”ChannelGuideMagBlog.com: Bubba Ray Dudley talks return to WWE and match at Hell in a CellRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Triple H and Stephanie on the countdown to FOX debut, New Day commentary from Tuesday Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated that he wishes to continue at Manchester United beyond the end of this seasonThe ex-United striker returned to his old club in December to replace the ousted Jose Mourinho on an interim basis.Solskjaer has since made an instant impact at Old Trafford with star players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford having benefited greatly from the managerial change.And Solskjaer again expressed an interest in landing the job permanently.“I don’t want to,” said Solskjaer on BBC, when asked if he will still depart in May.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.United’s 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday saw the Norwegian become the coach to taste victory in his four opening leagues games in charge since Sir Matt Busby in 1946.Busby then went on to lead the Red Devils to five league titles.“That will be in the books but it’s nothing I’m thinking of,” said Solskjaer on matching Busby’s records.“I’m just thinking about the next game, because if you win four you can win another four with this club. That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to.”Substitute Romelu Lukaku and Rashford were the scorers at St James’ Park on Wednesday night as United closed the gap to fourth-place Chelsea to six points in the Premier League.
The focus of leaders at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., shouldn’t be to “BRAC-proof” the installation, rather they should aspire to enhance its effectiveness by working to improve performance, labor-management relations and its fiscal efficiency, Col. Jeff King, commander of the 78th Air Base Wing, said Tuesday.“That three-legged stool creates the condition where we can change the narrative from ‘BRAC-proof’ to ‘Bring the BRAC,’ because we know we are comfortable and we are ready to absorb more workload where others are not performing up to par,” King told reporters during a briefing on his first 100 days in command.To better perform its mission, the installation is hiring 200 support personnel, King said. Many of the slots will be filling positions that had remained vacant due to budget cuts, reported The Telegraph.To cut costs, the base has scaled back its recycling program in response to the lack of demand for recyclables in Middle Georgia. The base’s recycling program was costing about $200,000 per year, he said. It’s much cheaper to discard the items in the landfill.Robins now only recycles bond paper and cardboard.King also told reporters that plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins have been shelved. The firm hired to build the array failed to deliver, prompting Georgia Power to sever ties with the company, according to the story. Officials still are evaluating the best use of the 57-acre site that was cleared for the project. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Vijayawada: Minister for Tourism and Culture Avanti Srinivas stated that the government will give top priority to promote tourism in the State and as part of it, Bhavani island located in Krishna river near Vijayawada will be developed as a prominent tourist centre in the capital region of Amaravati.He said Bhavani island is a natural island and there is plenty of scope for its development. He replied to a question asked by the members in the Legislative Council on Monday. TDP member A S Ramakrishna has asked whether there is any proposal with the government to develop naturally formed Bhavani island as tourist centre and the steps being taken up by the government to attract more tourists to the island. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Replying to the question, Avanti Srinivas said mini fish aquarium will be set up and water sports will be promoted at the island to attract more tourists. Proposal is under consideration for the ropeway connecting Tadepalli to Bhavani island, he said. Srinivas further said that not only Bhavani island, but Lambasingi in Visakhapatnam district will also be developed with Rs.5 crore. He said Andhra Pradesh has the second largest seacoast in the country after Gujarat and assured the House that tourism will be developed in the state. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Member A S Ramakrishna said Dubai is developed as mega international tourist place with creation of artificial island and suggested to the state government that it should take initiative to develop tourism in the State. TDP member Y V Rajendra Prasad has asked whether there is any plan to demolish cottages and park built in Krishna river bed in Vijayawada because these structures were built against the norms of the river conservation rules. He further said that the government had demolished Praja Vedika citing that it was built against the rules of river conservation and asked whether the same rule would be applied to the structures in Vijayawada also. Advertise With Us Replying to it, the Minister said the TDP will not get political mileage by raising Praja Vedika issue. He asked the TDP members not to politicise the plans for the development of Bhavani island. BJP member Somu Veerraju has asked the government to furnish the details of the expenditure spent by the previous TDP government for conducting tourism festivals in the State. He alleged crores of rupees were spent for conducting the festivals, but infrastructure facilities were not developed in the state to promote tourism. Responding to it, the Minister said both infrastructure development and marketing are very important to promote tourism and informed the House that all types of tourism including temple, river tourism will be developed to attract more tourists to the State. Chairman of the Legislative Council Md Sharif said that he was impressed with the beauty and creative work in Bhavani island when he recently visited with his family and suggested the Minister to visit the Bhavani island with all MLCs so that they can get better ideas how to develop it as a mega tourist centre.
A knife-wielding man killed seven middle school children and injured 19 others as they returned home in northern China on Friday, authorities said, in one of the deadliest such rampages in the country in recent years.The suspect was detained and the injured children were receiving treatment, the propaganda department of Mizhi County in Shaanxi province said on its official social media account.The incident took place at around 6:10pm local time, the department said, without providing further details.The ages of the children were not given, but middle schoolers are usually between 12 and 15 years old in China.Knife attacks are not uncommon in the country.In February, a knife-wielding man with a personal grudge killed a woman and injured 12 others in a busy Beijing shopping mall — a rare act of violence in the heavily policed capital.Last year, a man armed with a kitchen knife killed two people and wounded nine others in a supermarket in the southern city of Shenzhen.And in January 2017, a man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed and wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.