Disruption of Christmas event in Rajasthan flayed

first_imgCivil rights groups here on Thursday flayed the disruption of Christmas celebrations in Pratapgarh allegely by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists. The activists had manhandled the participants accusing them of indulging in “forcible religious conversions.” Two of the organisers, taken to the police station for questioning, were let off late in the night.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said the incident had proved that the Hindutva forces had spread their net in Rajasthan and were working to polarise the society.last_img

NGT seeks report on steps for gharial conservation

first_imgThe National Green Tribunal has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to submit within three weeks separate progress report of the departments concerned on the steps taken according to an action plan to conserve gharial habitat along the Son river.Stating that the government had filed an additional status report instead of a progress report as directed by it, the NGT held that the status report didn’t make clear the action taken so far or what remained to be done. In an order dated July 31, 2018, the NGT had constituted a committee to prepare an action plan to check illegal mining, conserve gharials and turtles, and maintain a minimum ecological flow downstream the Ban Sagar Dam. While it was asked to frame a plan within a month of its constitution, it had to submit a report within three months. However, it submitted the report only in February this year. The petition, filed by Nityanand Mishra, flagged the declining population of gharials along a 200-km stretch of the river due to illegal sand mining. Contending that even the Forest Department and the police were unable to check it, Mr. Mishra said that according to the IUCN, their population has declined by 96-98% since 1946, despite the Centre declaring it a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Intense fishing“The increasing intensity of fishing using gill nets, and large-scale illegal and impermissible mining activity in the protected area of the Son Gharial Sanctuary along the Son river is rapidly killing many of the scarce adults and many sub-adults,” said Mr. Mishra. “Earlier there were between 400 and 600 gharials in the area and later their population went down to 18 in 2004. Now there are 45 gharials. Mafia kills gharials selectively and illegal sand mining worth ₹2 crore takes place on the riverbed every day,” Mr. Mishra told The Hindu. MCBT study The petitioner quoted a study by the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust which highlighted the excessive, irreversible loss of riverine habitat caused by the construction of the Ban Sagar Dam, changes in the river’s course, artificial embankments and large-scale illegal sand mining.last_img read more

Who will be England’s openers on Sri Lanka tour remains anyone’s guess

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.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 hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Read more Sportblog How Surrey created the best cricket production line in the world Topics Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn England cricket team Cricket England in Sri Lanka 2018 There had been the suggestion that Stuart Broad would not be selected, an unnecessary flyer which has not come to pass. Neither Broad nor Jimmy Anderson, to their credit, has been keen on the notion of resting and rotation. A player cannot know what might happen in his absence and, at their age, it sometimes helps just to keep bowling. The great West Indian Courtney Walsh, when coming towards the end of his career, never wanted to stop just in case he could not get started again. However, there must be a strong chance that Broad will not make the final XI in Galle. Instead, Anderson, England’s superlative bowler – he has the most wickets, he is the most accurate and the most skilful – may be supported by two of the pace-bowling all-rounders.Meanwhile, the two Ollies, Stone and Pope, are likely to be looking and learning in Galle but that can quickly change in Sri Lanka, an enchanting island but an extremely challenging one for visiting cricketers. Age CapsJoe Root (Yorks, capt) 27 74Moeen Ali (Worcs) 31 52Jimmy Anderson (Lancs) 36 143Jonny Bairstow (Yorks) 28 59Rory Burns (Surrey) 28 0Stuart Broad (Notts) 32 123Jos Buttler (Lancs) 28 25Sam Curran (Surrey) 20 5Joe Denly (Kent) 32 0Keaton Jennings (Lancs) 26 12Jack Leach (Somerset) 27 1Ollie Pope (Surrey) 20 2Adil Rashid (Yorks) 30 15Ben Stokes (Durham) 27 46Olly Stone (Warks) 24 0Chris Woakes (Warks) 29 26 Perhaps Ed Smith has lost his touch. Almost for the first time since he became England’s national selector in May he has announced a Test squad without surprises. Generally this is a good thing, suggesting stability, the ship on a steady course and sailing smoothly towards its destination with the usual, reliable crew. But that is not quite the case at the moment.Great sides have a rock solid opening pair and, whoever Smith and his fellow selectors picked on Friday, that was not going to be the case for England this autumn when they play three Tests in Sri Lanka in November.Surrey’s Rory Burns always looked as if he would be going and, after some gentle steering, Kent’s Joe Denly was no surprise – two batsmen uncapped at Test level, both of whom can open, though Denly has not done so for a long time. They are joined by Keaton Jennings, who bears the unfortunate tag of being one of the most unsuccessful openers in England’s history: no opening batsman has played as many as 18 innings without scoring a half-century.The selectors may well have considered the possibility of gambling with Jason Roy rather than Jennings but maybe Smith had used up his quota of wildcards when summoning Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid this summer.Like Roy, this pair of erstwhile white-ball specialists has barely been sighted in County Championship cricket over the past two years. So picking Roy might have been a punt too far, though in his solitary red-ball appearance of the 2018 season, at Taunton this past week, he batted at No 3 for Surrey, much higher than in the past.This hints that England are interested in Roy up the order; moreover anyone with Test ambitions can see where the vacancies lie. It is just possible that, if Roy bats like a minor deity in the ODI matches in Sri Lanka next month, he might be invited to stay on in this new flexible era. Share via Email Sri Lanka cricket team However, commenting on the uncapped players in the squad Smith was understandably eager to note their championship credentials: this summer Burns has 1,319 runs, far more than anyone else, at an average of 69; Olly Stone, the Warwickshire fast bowler, has 37 wickets at 12 apiece; and Smith described Denly as “one of the leading players in county cricket”.Denly’s figures are not that compelling. He has 798 runs at an average of 36 in Division Two but, to put that in context, Kent have had an abnormal number of low-scoring matches and they have won the vast majority of them. Also intriguing is that Denly has taken 20 first-class wickets this summer at 18 apiece with his leg-breaks. It is unlikely that these will have a major impact in Sri Lanka but his wrist-spinners can be expected to be better than Dawid Malan’s. Joe Root and Trevor Bayliss would be daft not to have him bowling in the nets at every available opportunity in Sri Lanka to see whether he might be an occasional asset in a Test (it is permissible to clutch at such straws seven weeks before the first Test starts).Choosing this squad is an easier undertaking than picking England’s best XI when they get to Galle, which is traditionally a haven for Sri Lanka spinners – Muttiah Muralitharan took 111 of his 800 wickets there at 18 apiece in 15 matches and Rangana Herath has already taken 99, with more on the horizon in November. But the alternatives available to Root and Bayliss may now be anticipated.It is probable that Burns will play and they will have to choose between Jennings and Denly as his partner, with Moeen Ali pencilled in to bat at No 3. Down the order, if they are minded to play all three spinners in Galle, it will probably be a choice between Sam Curran and Chris Woakes.Playing three spinners will be a serious option. If the ball turns from the start, then the contribution of the finger-spinners becomes decisive. In recent times the match-winners for Sri Lanka in Galle have been the ageless Herath and their off-spinner, Dilruwan Perera, rather than any wrist-spinner. When the ball is turning the extra pace and accuracy anticipated from the finger spinner tends to be more effective than wrist spin. Hence Somerset’s Jack Leach is just as likely to play in Galle as Rashid. Share on WhatsApp Read more comment Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Got a question for Tony Trad?

first_imgWhether it be a question about his Australian Men’s Open team, next year’s World Cup, or about Touch Football skills in general, send in your question and we will ask him. Send in your questions to lauren@austouch.com.au and his answers will be filmed and shown on the MyTouch TV section of the website. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. Go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com and don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook!last_img

PHOTOS: Jamaica Defence Force passing out Parade

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (seated, centre), with graduates of the Jamaica National Service Corps (intake 1803), at a Jamaica Defence Force passing out parade held on February 23 at Up Park Camp in Kingston. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (left), observes the March Past by graduates of the Jamaica National Service Corps (intake 1803), at a passing out parade held on February 23 at Up Park Camp in Kingston.last_img

Changes Help School Boards Put Students First

first_imgNew and returning school board members will have a clearer understanding of their roles, that will help them focus on student achievement, with new amendments to the Education Act. Education Minister Ramona Jennex introduced legislation today, Nov. 15, that clarifies the duties of elected school board members. “School board members want to make a difference and serve the best interests of students, but they haven’t had a clear, legislated definition of their roles,” said Ms. Jennex. “By changing that, we are making it easier for elected board members to focus on the big picture and put student learning first.” Last November, a Deloitte audit of the South Shore Regional School Board recommended that the province help school board members understand their roles and responsibilities, as distinct from the board’s operational staff, so they can govern effectively. The proposed amendments define that: school board members should maintain a focus on helping all of the region’s students succeed members are meant to act in the best interests of the school board and all its students superintendents are responsible for day-to-day management of school boards and implementing the decisions that elected boards make. “I think these changes will help promote good governance in school boards,” said Gin Yee, chair of the Halifax Regional School Board. “By making sure school board members know clearly what their roles are, this will help all of us focus on helping our students.” The province held information sessions with prospective school board candidates in the spring and is holding orientation sessions with newly elected boards this month to explain the type of decisions they will face, such as school reviews or approving a budget.last_img read more

India will uphold its data sovereignty… That is not negotiable Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The Government is ready with the draft personal data protection law and it may allow data mobility overseas based upon reciprocity, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. He also said that people are not pleased with the European data protection law, and are looking the way it will shape up in India.”India will uphold its data sovereignty. That will not be negotiable. India is a huge country, generating a lot of data. I do acknowledge that some degree of data movement is important in a digital world but that will be based upon reciprocity and understanding,” Prasad said at a Confederation of Indian Industries event. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe draft of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 — which is based on the recommendations of the government-constituted high-level panel headed by Justice B N Srikrishna — restricts and imposes conditions on the cross-border transfer of personal data, and suggests setting up of Data Protection Authority of India to prevent any misuse of personal information. “Data is going to become an important area of growth, commerce and vulnerable area of dispute. Data protection law we have finalised. I will take it to the cabinet. I feel data anonymity should also be kept in focus. Anybody, Indian or international, seeking to indulge in data commerce will have to follow the rules of the game,” Prasad said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn response to a question from former Infosys executive vice-chairman Kris Gopalakrishnan, Prasad said the world is now looking at proposed data protection regulation in India. “I went to Stanford to give a lecture and all of them are waiting for India’s data protection law. All of them, because they are not happy with European product at all. Therefore, (the) world is looking at India. What is important, is India’s moment must be seized properly,” the minister said. The government started process on framing personal data protection law after the Supreme Court held that privacy is a fundamental right and asked the government to work around it. The minister reiterated his aim to grow India’s digital economy to USD 1 trillion in next 4-5 years. Kotak Mahindra Bank MD and CEO Uday Kotak asked the minister about preparation of India to deal with trade war-like scenario between the US and China. “India is too big a country to be swayed by these momentary impulses of competition. My take is very simple. Regardless of all the limitation, let us learn to trust ourselves. And whenever and wherever we have trusted ourselves – you all have given results,” Prasad replied. He said that the matter is very sensitive for him to make any off the line comment. “What I feel is we must observe it closely, properly. Something good will come for India because globally people trust India’s human resource, India’s open society, India as a country (has) great substance and sanctity,” Prasad said. The US has barred its software and hardware companies from supplying products and services to Chinese telecom major Huawei alleging security threat from the company. While many experts see it a trade war in the name of security. Huawei has alleged that the US has been lobbying against the company across the world to stop it from rolling out 5G technology products. Earlier, on Thursday, the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) — the apex decision-making body of the Telecom Department —cleared the norms for 5G trials in India, even as the government mulls a “calibrated” view on the question of Chinese giant Huawei’s participation. A decision on the contentious issue of use of Huawei equipment in telecom infrastructure, particularly for futuristic 5G networks, is expected to be taken soon, said a senior government official who did not wish to be named. The official asserted that India will take a considered view on the matter “maximising its self interest”. When contacted, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said: “…it will be a calibrated decision. We will ensure all security certifications, and there will be no compromise on security and equally we will drive a hard bargain to ensure that there is space for Indian intellectual property rights (IPRs) in new 5G rollouts”. “India is engaged with global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and India is also keeping track of global developments. We believe this is a huge opportunity to create a platform for 5G with Indian capabilities. “So whichever OEM we partner with, one of the key considerations will be to see who will give us the best deal for Indian start-ups, Indian IPRs and Indian standards,” she told reporters. Sources said a final decision will be taken soon keeping in view India’s interest, capabilities, commercial and strategic requirements as well as overall geopolitical considerations. Prasad recently alluded to the issue, saying it was a “complex” matter and will be looked at seriously by India including security aspects. Huawei has maintained that its engagement with the Indian government for 5G trials has been “positive” and hoped that the country will make its “own independent decision” on the issue. Meanwhile, the DCC has approved norms for spectrum allocation for 5G trials based on the recommendations of a DoT-constituted committee chaired by IIT Kanpur Director Abhay Karandikar.last_img read more

Pearl Jam Mitigates 2018 Tour Carbon Emissions

first_imgClimeCo is pleased to announce that Pearl Jam will voluntarily mitigate an estimated 3,500 tons of carbon dioxide produced by their 2018 European and US tour dates through an Alaska-based forest preservation project.“We are so thankful for the example Pearl Jam sets when it comes to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions that result from their concert tours,” said Dan Linsky, VP Voluntary Markets at ClimeCo. “As a longtime fan of their music, I am thrilled to be working with them to support the Afognak Forest Project.”This Alaska-based offset project is the first of its kind in the region and supports conservation work on Afognak Island which is home to a coastal temperate rainforest with old-growth trees that are between 180 and 250 years old, plus a regrowth of new trees from the past 30 years. Together, these new and old forests create the potential for absorbing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.The project will help to protect this area from logging and other potentially destructive practices on the land to preserve its ecological value and nature. It also preserves the habitat for many important animal species, including Roosevelt elk, the Kodiak brown bear, red fox, river otter, weasels, five species of Pacific salmon and the bald eagle.“As a band, it’s important for us to be accountable for the pollution we create. Since 2004, we’ve invested in projects around the world to mitigate the CO2 emissions caused by our tours. This investment is for a verified offset project intended to protect and manage the forests on Afognak, and keep Alaska wild,” said Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam’s lead guitarist who manages the band’s carbon mitigation projects.The project on Afognak Island has gone through the rigorous assessment process of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the world’s leading voluntary carbon accounting framework, managed by the non-profit organization Verra. Through this process, independent experts use the VCS to verify the environmental integrity of the emissions reductions and removals that the project has generated.Pearl Jam has calculated and offset their tour-related carbon dioxide emissions since 2003. You can view the band’s carbon mitigation history on their website.ClimeCo is a leader in the management and development of environmental commodities. They maintain a diverse portfolio of offsets to meet their customers’ volume, project and geographical diversification criteria. ClimeCo is proud to support this great Alaskan forestry project and offer forestry offsets to their customers.last_img read more

Kerry heaps criticism on North Korea reassures South of ironclad US support

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert walk to a car upon his arrival from China, at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Kerry heaps criticism on North Korea, reassures South of ‘ironclad’ US support by Matthew Lee, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2015 2:54 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2015 at 5:50 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SEOUL, South Korea – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America’s “ironclad” security commitments.Kerry blamed North Korea for continuing to break promises, make threats and “show flagrant disregard for international law” by continuing to build its nuclear bomb and missile programs even as it oppressed its own people. He said North Korea’s “horrific conduct” must be exposed and vowed to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang to change its behaviour, particularly since it has rebuffed repeated attempts to restart nuclear disarmament negotiations.“They have grown the threat of their program and have acted with a kind of reckless abandon,” Kerry said, referring to North Korea and its work on a growing arsenal of missiles and nuclear bombs that Pyongyang hopes will one day be able to reach the U.S. mainland.His comments come less than a week after South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his defence chief executed with an anti-aircraft gun for complaining about the young ruler, talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting Kim presided over.That allegation, if true, adds to worries about the erratic nature of Kim’s rule, particularly after Pyongyang claimed last weekend it had successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine.Kerry called the reported killing just the latest in a series of “grotesque, grisly, horrendous, public displays of executions on a whim and fancy.” He said that if such behaviour continued, calls would grow in the international community for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said “the severity of recent threats and provocations” made it essential to bolster the security relationship of the longtime allies.The actions come despite a recent U.S. diplomatic overture to North Korea to discuss resuming nuclear disarmament talks that have been stalled for years. Washington quietly proposed a meeting with North Korea in January, before the U.S. and South Korea began annual military exercises that North Korea regards as a provocation. The two sides, however, failed to agree on who could meet and where.Kerry noted North Korea’s refusal to return to the table, saying “all they are doing now is isolating themselves further and creating greater risks to the region and to their own country.” He said the U.S. remained open to talks but only if “we …. have some indication from the leader of North Korea that they are serious about engaging on the subject of their nuclear program.”Kerry also suggested the possibility of more sanctions against Pyongyang, already one of the most sanctioned countries in the world, over its “very dangerous course” of pursuing missiles and nuclear weapons. Washington and its partners are “talking about ways to increase the pressure and increase the potential of either sanctions or other means,” Kerry said.Kerry also expressed hope that the successful conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran would send a positive message to North Korea to restart negotiations on its own atomic program.International negotiators are rushing to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran by the end of June under which Iran’s program would be curbed to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled its economy.International nuclear talks with North Korea broke down in early 2009. A 2012 food-for-nuclear-freeze deal between Pyongyang and Washington fell apart soon after being settled.North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006 and is now believed to have at least 10 such weapons. It conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013, and U.S.-based experts forecast that it could increase its nuclear arsenal to between 20 and 100 weapons by 2020.Kerry during his meetings also laid the groundwork for a June visit to Washington by South Korean President Park Geun-hye.Later, in a speech at prestigious Korea University in Seoul, Kerry singled out Pyongyang and other, unnamed countries for repressing their citizens’ use of the Internet. He used the speech to issue a broad call for open and secure cyber access as a global right.Kerry said that authoritarian Pyongyang, with the lowest rate of access to the Web in the world, is the opposite of ultra-wired, democratic Seoul. Countries with poor Internet freedom, he said, often also had questionable human rights and a stifled economy without innovation or freely exchanged ideas.Washington accuses Pyongyang of being behind last year’s massive hack of Sony Pictures over a film that centred on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul also says Pyongyang has staged a series of hacks on major South Korean companies and government organizations. Pyongyang denies the hacking claims.Kerry didn’t mention China, but Washington recently voiced concern over a report that Beijing manipulated international Internet traffic intended for a major Chinese Web service company and used it for a cyberattack on U.S. sites.____Associated Press writer Foster Klug in Seoul contributed to this story. read more

Conflicts climatic change drive food insecurity and undernourishment in subSaharan Africa –

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report, chronic undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 – pointing to the need to build affected communities’ resilience and find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security. “The number of undernourished people rose from 200 to 224 million, accounting for 25 per cent of the 815 million people undernourished in the world in 2016,” said Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General of and Regional Representative for Africa. Under the theme ‘The Food Security and Nutrition – Conflict Nexus: Building Resilience for Food Security, Nutrition and Peace,’ this year’s report was launched at the joint FAO/WHO [World Health Organization] Africa Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition, which is underway in Abidjan from 16 to 17 November 2017. “Major factors have caused this surge in hunger: the proportion of the population that has experienced severe food insecurity because of their inability to access food has risen in the region; as well, adverse climatic conditions and conflict, often occurring concurrently, are key factors driving the recent increase in food insecurity in the region,” Mr. Tijani explained. The report indicates that during the first decade of the millennium, sub-Saharan Africa made progress in fighting hunger with undernourishment falling from 29.1 to 20.6 per cent. However, the following period showed no progress – with conditions worsening in many countries from 2015 to 2016. This was mainly due to the impact of conflict and adverse climatic conditions, such as repeated droughts, often linked to the El Niño phenomenon, which resulted in poor harvests and the loss of livestock. In sub-Saharan Africa, undernourishment is about double that of conflict-affected countries, with generally worse nutrition outcomes as well. In 2016, the majority, or 489 million of the 815 million undernourished people in the world, lived in countries struggling with conflict, violence and fragility. Resisting hungerThe FAO report identifies a range of pathways supporting food security and livelihoods; helping to build resilience against conflict; and contributing to sustainable peace that require a multi-sectoral set of interventions before, during and after conflicts. It also points out how many countries have developed or are developing policy frameworks and investment plans aligned with the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) and the 2014 Malabo Declaration, through which African leaders recommitted their countries to end hunger and halve poverty by 2025, boost intra-African trade and enhance climate change resilience. read more

Top 50 over 50 list includes Brock alumnus Ted Mouradian

For Ted Mouradian (BA ’99), just being nominated for the Ageworks Top 50 over 50 list was an unexpected honour.“I just go about life doing my own thing,” he says. “It really is an honour to be nominated and then to find out that I made the list.”While he studied full time at Brock University as a mature student in his 40s, Mouradian developed the principles of the Law of Co-operative Action, which still guides his teachings and business practices today. These principles led him to grow from being a motivational speaker to working with the United Nations and dealing with worldwide conflicts.His business teaches the average person how to improve their life by changing how they relate to people and the world around them.With a laugh he says, “I teach people how to play nice in the sandbox.”Mouradian turns 70 on Valentine’s Day and says, “I want people to know that as seniors we don’t stop, I will never retire.”Also receiving the Top 50 over 50 award from the Niagara Region is Doug Rapelje, 84 of Welland, who received an honorary doctor of Law degree from Brock University in 2013 and is still an active member of the University community.Rapelje is part of Brock’s Seniors Advisory Council, a group of older adults who meet twice a year to help provide community insight to the researchers and staff at the University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.“Doug has been an invaluable resource around seniors’ issues and bridging the gap between research and practice for Brock faculty and older adults in our community,” said Lifespan Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Jayne Morrish. read more

Event to explore bodies and illness through art and literature

Art-making and trauma. Non-human organisms in the human body. Early onset Alzheimer’s disease.These are some of the ideas and experiences Brock scholars will explore through art and literature at the upcoming Art, Archives and Affinities event hosted by the Social Justice Research Institute.Held Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, this year’s event features scholars from Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, and English examining ideas about the body, illness and trauma. Included among the speakers is Candace Couse, an artist and PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities, who will present an art installation and discuss her research on art and illness. Couse’s research examines the role that producing art has on artists who are undergoing illness and body trauma and how addressing trauma and illness through art-making helps artists reclaim their bodies and experiences.Also presenting is Adam Dickinson, Associate Professor in the Department of English, who subjected himself to a wide variety of bio-medical tests to measure and identify the precise chemical and microbial diversity of his body. The book of poetry he wrote examining the experience and its results, Anatomic, explores how we rely on nonhuman organisms to make us human and the permeability of our bodies to the environment.Yasmine Kandil, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts, and a team of six Dramatic Arts students will present performance piece “Still Here” at the event. Students created the performance based on interviews they did with caregivers of people with early onset Alzheimer’s. The performance explores the disease and the impact it has on caregivers.Art, Archives and Affinities is free and open to the public.What: Art, Archives and AffinitiesWhen: Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.Where: Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Room 151 and Studio D read more

Catching up with Ohio State sports played over winter break

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhile The Lantern and the Ohio State student body were taking a few weeks to unwind on winter break, several ongoing athletic programs were still in action.Since the last print issue of The Lantern on Dec. 8, six major OSU teams — football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling — played through the new year. While most readers likely are well aware of the football team’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, here are how the other five programs fared.Men’s basketballAfter a start to the season that could described anywhere from “dreadful” to “rocky,” the young OSU men’s basketball team finally started to find its identity until a devastating loss over the weekend left the team wondering how it will respond.When The Lantern paused publication for winter break on Dec. 8, the Buckeyes were 4-4, easily the worst start in coach Thad Matta’s tenure.But a win that evening over Air Force put OSU back over .500. Though a blowout loss at Connecticut followed, the Scarlet and Gray made an unpredictable run from that point.A win over Northern Illinois was expected, but the Buckeyes shocked the college basketball world with a 74-67 win over then-No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York.Five more wins followed to extend their winning streak to seven games and improving their record to a respectable 11-5, leading some to believe if the team has gotten its act together as Big Ten play arrived.But an embarrassing 85-60 loss at Indiana on Sunday silenced most of those murmurs, at least for the time being. The Buckeyes were trounced by the Hoosiers from the get-go and trailed 48-18 at the half.While the team was enjoying its winning ways, one freshman exited the program while another entered.Guard Austin Grandstaff announced on Dec. 17 that he would be seeking a transfer, which was later revealed to be to Oklahoma. A day later, however, forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play following a month-and-a-half-long pause. Mitchell made his debut on Dec. 23 and has played in six games, averaging 2.5 rebounds per game.Matta’s squad is set to return to action on Wednesday against Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Women’s basketball The cold weather is finally arriving in Columbus, but the OSU women’s basketball team is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as it is currently on a major hot streak, just in time for Big Ten play to begin. Over the break, the Buckeyes played seven games and grabbed victories in all of them, including wins over Princeton, who went 31-1 last season, and then-No. 5 Maryland. The win over the Terrapins was OSU’s first over a top-five team since 2006. The latest victory came Sunday against Rutgers, which moved OSU’s record to 12-3, and a perfect 4-0 within the conference. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn the latest version of the RPI rankings, which came out Monday, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 5, largely thanks to the fact they have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Scarlet and Gray currently are fourth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 86.5 points a contest. That high-powered offense can be attributed to a barrage of reasons, but the play of sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell is certainly the most prevalent one. Building off her excellent freshman campaign, the preseason All-American is hitting her stride as of late. Mitchell is second in the country in scoring, registering 25 points per game, on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. The 5-foot-8 Cincinnati native collected the National Player of the Week award for the second time this season on Jan. 4. The Buckeyes are set to hit the hardwood again Thursday on the road against Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Men’s ice hockey If the start of the OSU men’s basketball team’s season was bad, then there is likely a shortage of words fit for print to describe the men’s ice hockey team’s beginning to the 2015-16 campaign.The Buckeyes went into their break around the same time as the OSU campus, halting play for about three weeks on Dec. 5. At the time, their record was a paltry 3-11-0 after a pair of overtime losses at Minnesota.But when the Scarlet and Gray resumed action in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, on Dec. 28, a new team appeared to be lacing up the skates and taking the ice.OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardIn the first game of the four-team tournament, the Buckeyes shook off a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three unanswered goals and stun No. 4 Boston College 3-2. Freshman forward John Wiitala scored the game-winner in the third period, while junior goalie Christian Frey stopped 30 of 32 shots.The next day, the championship of the tournament pitted OSU against No. 9 Cornell. That game proved to be a laugher, as eight different Buckeyes scored and Frey recorded his first career shutout as the Buckeyes stomped over the Big Red 8-0.A 2-0 win over Wisconsin followed on Friday, followed by a 4-4 tie the next day, though the Badgers won the shootout.The Buckeyes are next set for a home-and-home series against Michigan, with the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Women’s ice hockey The women’s ice hockey team had a similar schedule to its male opposite but with considerably less optimism emerging.OSU went into winter break with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth at home by scores of 4-2 and 5-2. That put the Buckeyes’ 2015 record at 6-12-0.The first game after break seemed encouraging, a 2-1 win over Penn State on Jan. 2. But a 3-2 loss to the Nittany Lions followed. And the next weekend, OSU was outscored by No. 3 Minnesota 12-1, including a 9-0 defeat on Sunday. Those two losses brought OSU’s season scoring margin against the Golden Gophers to 30-5 in four games.Sophomore defenseman Jessica Dunne made her season debut in the first game against Penn State, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period.The Buckeyes currently sit at just 7-15-0 on the season, and are set to return to the ice at home against St. Cloud State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the OSU Ice Rink.Wrestling OSU then-freshman Kyle Snyder celebrates a victory last season.Credit: Lantern file photoThe defending national champions had four matches over winter break, going 2-2 in them, but the biggest story surrounding the squad was the news that Kyle Snyder will be rejoining the team beginning in February. Snyder was intending on using the 2015-16 season as an Olympic redshirt, but on New Year’s Day, coach Tom Ryan announced that the sophomore was altering those plans, instead competing collegiately while still training for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. His debut is expected to arrive on Feb. 5 when OSU travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to wrestle against top-ranked Penn State. Snyder, who is also set to take to the mat in the Big Ten and NCAA championships, is slated to compete for the Buckeyes in the heavyweight division. In September, Snyder became the youngest person in U.S. history to capture the World freestyle championship. As a freshman, the Maryland native went 30-4 and was both a Big Ten and NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes (6-2) are currently ranked No. 6, but that position will likely be lower when the newest edition comes out, as their loss to Michigan on Jan. 9 is not yet factored in. Adding Snyder back into the equation is instrumental as OSU quests to hold onto its national title.OSU is set to continue its season on Sunday against Nebraska. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more

TT Minister fired over choice of guest at swearing in ceremony

(Trinidad Express) Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday advised President Anthony Carmona to revoke the appointment of Marlene McDonald, Minister of Public Utilities with immediate effect.Marlene McDonaldMcDonald was recently sworn in as Minister in the Ministry of Public Utilities after a sixteen- month period of absence from the Cabinet.The President has also been advised that the portfolio of Public Utilities should be assigned to the Prime Minister who will now assume these duties in addition to his other responsibilities.Why was MacDonald fired?McDonald met with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday morning as a result of the controversy caused by her choice of guests attending her swearing-in ceremony at the President’s House in St Ann’s on Friday.The commotion surrounds the presence of reputed “community leader” Cedric “Burkie” Burke, who accompanied contractor Kenroy Dopwell to the event.Senior elements of the national security community on Saturday expressed great alarm at the presence of Burke, who has been engaging their attention.Not only was he present, but Burke was introduced by her to the President and posed for pictures with the Head of State, President Anthony Carmona.The consternation of senior intelligence personnel was aggravated by the photo of a smiling Burke standing right next to His Excellency, sources said.Burke was unknown to the President, as he was to the Prime Minister, who as is customary attended the swearing-in ceremony.McDonald introduced Burke to His Excellency as a member of her constituency, sources said.McDonald: Burke was not invitedBefore her firing yesterday, McDonald told some political associates the Prime Minister requested her resignation.However, McDonald insisted she never invited Burke to the event and it was the security at the President’s House who allowed him in.She has acknowledged inviting Dopwell.Sources at the President’s House on Saturday indicated McDonald was originally asked to provide the names of three guests, and she requested a fourth (Dopwell).They confirmed Burke was not among the four names and when he turned up, he was told this and was denied admission to the conference room where the swearing-in ceremony was due to take place.However, the sources said when McDonald arrived, she came upstairs accompanied by Burke, along with her other guests. It was in these circumstances he secured entry, sources at the President’s House explained.Sources also said all the people in McDonald’s group (including Burke) had arrived at the President’s House in the same vehicle.“If (Burke) was not invited by her, then why did she introduce him to and have him photographed with the President?” the source at the President’s office asked.She was warnedSources said the view of the Cabinet is the Government would lack the moral authority to be taken seriously in its commitment to fight crime if its senior members are thought to be having any association with people who may be on the national security radar.Sources said on Saturday said that McDonald had been previously warned by her colleagues about some of these associations.Last Friday, McDonald attended a celebration in honour of her return to the Cabinet at Kapok Hotel, St Clair, which, according to sources, was also attended by Burke and Dopwell.No discussion at general councilThe PNM general council met on Saturday, but there was no discussion on the McDonald issue at the meeting.Neither the Prime Minister and political leader, nor McDonald, who is a deputy political leader, attended the meeting.At the Office of the President, there was some discussion as there was the feeling it was unfortunate the President was put in this situation.One source suggested there might be a review of the decision to have the President pose for pictures with family and friends at such ceremonies.There might also be a reinstatement of the initial policy of not allowing people whose names are not on the official guest list entry onto the compound.Burke: I am a businessmanYesterday, Burke told TV6 News all the brouhaha over his presence had to do with stereotyping and discrimination against him because of where he lived, Sea Lots.Stating he was never convicted of any crime, he said it was Dopwell, not McDonald, who invited him to come to President’s House, and any fault lay with the protocol and security at the President’s House.Speaking to the Express on Friday, Burke denied any involvement with the underworld.“Whoever has said that I belong to the underworld, I would say it’s stupid, baseless allegations…I don’t even stop to consider I am in the underworld, I think they need to get their facts straight. The underworld I know about is in the movies,” said Burke, whose company, Burke and Co Ltd, received the contract to build the Sea Lots Homework Centre.“I am a businessman,” he said, adding he worked with former Port of Spain South MP and former Energy minister Eric Williams.In hailing Rowley’s decision to reinstate her, he said the original decision in March 2016 to fire McDonald was flawed.He said he was “overwhelmed and overjoyed” by her return to the Cabinet.Burke was arrested at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel during the 2011 State of Emergency. He was charged under anti-gang legislation with being a gang leader, but he was not convicted.Dopwell said McDonald’s reappointment was excellent.“We are glad and excited to have her back in the Cabinet,” he said.Fixin’ T&TFixin’ T&T, which first made public Burke’s presence at President’s House, in a release yesterday said there were key differences between “community leaders” and other people in the country.The release said some of the differences were they did not belong to any of the business chambers, law associations or medical bodies; they dressed differently; their places of dwelling may not be as lavish; their cars not as expensive; and they did not hold public office.“Fixin’ T&T deems corruption to be the ultimate evil…. The time has come to effectively treat with bandits from the hills of Goodwood Park to the hills of Laventille, from Captain to Cook, from Parliamentarian to President,” the release stated. 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Security guard nabbed with gun ammo

Ammunition found in the suspect’s carA security guard who was on the police’s radar for quite some time was arrested earlier this afternoon in Queenstown, Georgetown.Based on reports received, at 14:00h, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch intercepted a vehicle which was driven by the suspect and a search was conducted.During the search, a .45 pistol fitted with extended barrel and butt along with forty .45 live ammunition and a magazine and nineteen 7.62 x 39 ammunition was found concealed therein.The .45 Pistol and MagazineThe man was arrested and is being processed for court in the new week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEssequibo duo in custody after Police search unearths illegal ammoOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Miner gets 3 years for gun, ammo possessionNovember 20, 2018In “Court”Two Albouystown men arrested for illegal guns, ammoOctober 14, 2014In “Crime” read more

Milestone for Jurack 300 games for the national team

Grit Jurack joined a club which was so far reserved exclusively to men only. She has now officially played 300 games for the national team, a feat that was never before accomplished by a woman. With the tournament in Norway, the number of games played reached 300. Playing since 1996 for the national team, she has expressed her feelings saying she is very proud of it. So far, only 4 people had done it, all men, Frank-Michael Wahl (344), Klaus-Dieter Petersen (340) and Christian Schwarzer (319).Also successful on club level, she has won the champions league three times, the first with Viborg HK in 2006, also became the first German to win it. Next task: The WC in Brazil in December. But this to happen she must help her team pass Hungary in the qualifications for the WC. Should this happen and she plays a little more, she might pass Schwarzer and be in the top3 of Germans with most caps for their national team.photo: bongarts/getty images ← Previous Story Barcelona stopped by Ciudad! Champions-title delayed Next Story → Women’s EHF EURO 2012 Qualification Groups decided read more

James Reilly should resign as Minister for Health FF

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has claimed Minister for Health James Reilly is incapable of answering “even basic questions” about what he’s doing at the Department.Speaking at the party’s annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Kildare, Martin said Minister Reilly’s policies were “ill-thought-out” and would do “immense damage” to the health system.RTÉ reports that Martin called on Reilly to resign and said that he was clearly not in control of his department.Minister Reilly’s Fine Gael colleagues have been publicly backing him today in the wake of public anger over a review of medical cards announced in the Budget, but the move by Fianna Fáil is likely to draw more attention to Reilly’s management of what has traditionally been one of the most difficult Government departments.The Fianna Fáil leader raised questions about how the Department of Health came up with the figures around free GP care for children under 6.Micheál Martin making the keynote address at the ceremony in Bodenstown. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)“It was, ministers said, the start of universal access to primary care,” he said. “When the detail came out it revealed the largest ever cut in primary care funding in our history.” What’s even worse is that it is now clear that the figures were made up. The Department didn’t supply them and the HSE has no idea where they came from. Next year the combination of these cuts and the ill-though-out new policies of James Reilly will do immense damage in the health system.center_img The people who work within it and rely on it are genuinely scared of what they face into.“No-one is denying that there were tough choices to be made [in the Budget] but there were still choices and they decided to weight this budget against weaker sections of society,” said Martin.Micheál Martin in Bodenstown (Niall Carson/PA Wire)Wicklow TD Simon Harris defended Reilly saying he was “reforming our health service at a time of challenging financial constraints” – and blamed Micheál Martin for creating the HSE behemoth in the first place during his tenure as Health Minister.“Deputy Martin founded the bureaucratic and unworkable HSE and created a culture which lacked accountability, transparency and proper financial management,” said Harris. “This Government now has to undo such structures and reform the very way our health service works.”Speaking on RTE’s The Week in Politics earlier, Minister of State Brian Hayes said Reilly was “the most suitable person” to tackle the necessary cuts to the health budget.Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly’s ability > Poll: Do you have confidence in Health Minister James Reilly? >last_img read more

This Australian hotel gives every guest an iPad 2

first_imgIf you’ve tried to get an iPad 2 anytime in the last month, you know it hasn’t been easy. Lines were crazy, stretching around blocks not just on the day of the iPad 2’s release, but even for weeks after. The iPad 2 has since launched internationally to equal demand.The bottom line? It’s been historically difficult to find even one iPad 2 to buy… let alone over thirty. So how the heck has the Establishment Hotel in Sydney, Australia done it? They’ve just started a new service at their hotel that gives every guest staying in the hotel an iPad 2 to use during the duration of their visit.AdChoices广告That’s an iPad 2 for each of their 31 rooms. Not only are these iPad 2s free to use, but they even include a selection of movies and music for customers to enjoy, as well as the hotel’s own welcome video. There’s even apps pre-installed, offering access to international news, local travel guides, and restaurant review apps.In truth, this is nothing more than enterprise-style deployment of locked down iPads with pre-installed apps, but it’s still pretty impressive… not so much the deployment as the fact that the hotel managed to find 31 iPad 2s to buy in the first place, especially since Apple has been limiting the number of iPads to just one per customer. That said, a hotel can afford to pay more for iPads… and buy them straight from the speculators on the gadget gray market, paying three or four times the retail price.Either way, if you absolutely can’t find an iPad 2 anywhere else, you could always book yourself a holiday to the Establishment Hotel, where not only could you play with an iPad for a time, but even have access to an in-room AppleTV.Read more at Cult of Maclast_img read more

LOMS demande linterdiction des tests sanguins pour la tuberculose

first_imgL’OMS demande l’interdiction des tests sanguins pour la tuberculose Mercredi, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a appelé les gouvernements à interdire les tests sanguins pour la tuberculose pratiqués depuis les années 90. Ceux-ci ont enfin été jugés non fiables et même dangereux.L’OMS prend enfin le taureau par les cornes et appelle les gouvernements à interdire l’usage des tests pour la tuberculose. De l’aveu même de l’organisation, les tests sérologiques ne sont pas fiables, “conduisent à de faux diagnostics” et “constituent une perte de temps et de ressources”, indique Mario Raviglione, le directeur du département OMS Halte à la tuberculose (Stop TB). On recense chaque année l’utilisation de deux millions de tests sérologiques pour diagnostiquer la tuberculose. Ces tests, qui analysent les anticorps et les antigènes contenus dans le sang, conduisent souvent à des erreurs de diagnostic ou de traitement et peuvent entraîner des problèmes de santé publique comme le souligne Karin Weyer, coordonnatrice chargée du renforcement des moyens de laboratoire et de diagnostic de la tuberculose pour le Département Stop TB. En effet, les patients peuvent présenter des réponses d’anticorps laissant supposer qu’ils sont atteints de tuberculose évolutive alors qu’ils ne le sont pas. A l’inverse, des anticorps produits pour lutter contre d’autres micro-organismes peuvent à tort indiquer la présence d’une tuberculose évolutive. Enfin, différents micro-organismes ont en commun les mêmes antigènes, ce qui rend les résultats des tests sérologiques peu fiables. Ces facteurs peuvent faire qu’une tuberculose passe inaperçue ou au contraire soit diagnostiquée par erreur, indique le communiqué de presse de l’OMS.Un grand nombre de résultats erronés Alors que ces tests sont pratiqués depuis les années 90, il aura fallu un an d’analyses pour arriver à ces résultats. Un laps de temps dramatiquement long alors que les statistiques même de l’organisation indiquent que 9,4 millions de nouveaux cas actifs de tuberculose sont détectés et que 1,7 million de personnes décèdent chaque année de cette maladie (personnes séropositives notamment). Sur les données recueillies, une quantité considérable de données a fait apparaître que les tests sanguins produisaient un niveau inacceptable de résultats erronés (faux-positifs ou faux-négatifs) par rapport aux tests validés par l’OMS. À lire aussiTuberculose : pulmonaire, osseuse ou ganglionnaire, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les patientes victimes de faux-positifs sont alors soumis à un traitement superflu et inefficace alors que la cause réelle de leur maladie n’est pas diagnostiquée, ce qui peut entraîner un décès prématuré. A contrario, les faux-négatifs ne sont pas soignés alors qu’ils le devraient et peuvent décéder en ayant contaminé leur entourage.Chaque année, plus d’un million de ces tests sanguins aux résultats inexacts sont pratiqués révèle le communiqué. Ils coûtent souvent très cher (entre 10 et 30 dollars, soit entre 7 et 21 euros) “aux patients pauvres et vulnérables” et il en existe au moins 18 sur le marché. La plupart sont fabriqués en Europe ou en Amérique du Nord, même s’ils ne sont approuvés par aucun organisme de réglementation reconnu. “Les tests sanguins pour le diagnostic de la tuberculose sont souvent destinés aux pays dont les mécanismes de réglementation des moyens diagnostiques laissent à désirer, où des incitations douteuses à la commercialisation peuvent l’emporter sur l’intérêt du patient”, a déclaré le Dr Weyer. Des tests plus fiables en phase d’élaboration Selon elle, de nombreux pays dont la France, continuent à commercialiser ces tests et vendent en connaissance de cause des produits défectueux. Une liste publiée par l’OMS cite entre autres le laboratoire américain Mossman Associates, le groupe français Anda Biologicals et le britannique Omega Diagnostics. “Il s’agit d’un marché de plusieurs millions de dollars que représente la vente de tests de qualité inférieure dont les résultats ne sont pas fiables” souligne le docteur Weyer. Des recherches sur la tuberculose sont actuellement en cours pour mettre sur le marché des tests améliorés plus rapides, faciles à administrer, efficaces et exacts, conclut en revanche le communiqué.Le 22 juillet 2011 à 11:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more