‘Those accusing Nitish of opportunism should question RJD’

first_imgAs Janata Dal (U) president Nitish Kumar is all set to take oath as Bihar Chief Minister with the help of the BJP, barely 14 hours after quitting from the post, JD(U)’s state unit president Bashishtha Narayan Singh dismissed all allegations of opportunism against him.”Nitish Kumar took this decision in consonance with the kind of politics he has always done which is good governance and zero tolerance for corruption. The first duty of any political leader is to ensue that governance is a priority,” he said.”Those accusing Nitish Kumar of opportunism should instead question RJD that prioritised family ties over continuing this alliance. After all, Nitish Kumar wanted Tejaswi Yadav to quit, not break the alliance. It was RJD that made it a deal breaker,” he said.He added that party MP Ali Anwar, who has declared that he does not want to stay in the JD(U) following the split in the Mahagathbandhan was ‘free to act according to his will.’”Everyone is free to act according to their own will but I must say that the first time Ali Anwarji became Rajya Sabha MP was when JD (U) was in the NDA,” he added.last_img read more

Google dedicates doodle to 2012 London Olympics

first_imgThe latest Google doodle celebrates the world’s biggest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics.The Olympics open in London on Friday.The doodle highlights football, swimming, athletics, javelin throw, fencing and basketball.The 2012 Summer Olympics will see 81 Indian athletes taking part in 13 disciplines in the Games that will be held from July 27 to Aug 12.last_img

London Olympics: Satisfied with my effort, says Mary Kom

first_imgThe atmosphere at the Excel arena was incredible as Indian icon Mary Kom and local favourite Nicola Adams slugged it out for a berth in the 51kg final in front of an appreciative audience. Match photosAt the end of four rounds, each lasting two minutes, the Briton had sealed her spot in the London Olympics final but Mary Kom walked out smiling having won millions of hearts at home and in the United Kingdom.As Mary Kom wore the bronze medal around her neck and remembered her twin sons, she became emotional. “I am sorry I could not win gold but at least I am taking back a bronze medal home,” said the 29-year-old supermom who has made millions of sacrifices for this day.Having won five world championship titles in the 48kg category and moved to the 51kg category for the Olympics, Mary Kom was at a disadvantage.But the way the diminutive Indian boxer threw in effort, though it did not translate into points on the computers, Mary Kom was superb.The Indian’s 6-11 loss to Nicola may sound bad, but Mary Kom made everyone forget it as she had a medal to show.Nicola did take control of the proceedings from the opening bell. Fast on her feet and landing punches with panache, Nicola was smart.With British prime minister David Cameroon also watching the bout, Nicola got that extra zing into play as she adopted a smart strategy of coming in and scoring points and then moving back. It was a pattern which the Indian had not bargained for.advertisementOnce into the second round, Nicola landed two thudding upper cuts while continuing to punch beautifully off the back foot. At the end of the third round the score was 8-4.Mary Kom knew she had to show aggression in the decider as there was no other go against an opponent whose footwork was slick. The sad part for Mary Kom was despite throwing all the weight she could, the points were not being scored.As the raucous audience lapped up every minute of the action, it was clear when Nicola was declared winner, there was a huge roar.However, Mary However was not disturbed as hundreds of media personnel waited for her to speak in English and then Hindi.”I have been living this Olympic dream for years and I know what it means to me and my country. All the sacrifices I have made in this life have been rewarded through this medal,” said Mary Kom.Asked about the scoring system, Mary Kom shot back: “I am scoring but they are not pressing the button and scoring!”However, Brig Muralidharan Raja, secretary of the Indian boxing federation said there was nothing to complain about. “It was a fair contest and we cannot complain about anything,” said Raja.Mary Kom’s medal means so much for women in Indian sport. It also puts her state Manipur prominently on the India map as they have faced a clutch of problems in day to day life.As the brand ambassador for women’s boxing, Mary Kom has left an indelible mark. This is the first time two Indian women have won medals in one Olympics and Mary Kom deserves all the praise and rewards for her efforts.She has spent invaluable time away from her family. “I cannot explain my feelings and emotions and I know I had millions praying for my medal,” said Mary Kom.To be sure, unlike men’s boxing, women’s boxing is not a glamorous sport at home. The total number of women boxers who compete in India is just in hundreds and not even a thousand.So for Mary Kom to come out tops with women’s boxing making its debut at the Olympics is a big deal.”We do expect that this medal will be an inspiration for women boxers in India,” said Raja.The magnitude of Mary Kom’s achievement will only be underlined when she returns to India. After all, it is her medal which has enhanced India’s medal tally to an all-time high of four in one Olympics.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: The Special One lights up the Theatre of Dreams in his first media interaction

first_imgJose Mourinho has arrived at Manchester United with a bang. In his first media interaction after being appointed the manager of the most prestigious club in English football’s history, Mourinho said he was not good with words after making the thirty-minute press conference a sneak peek of the exciting times ahead for the club with the witty manager. (Jose Mourinho charts new path for Rooney at Man United )From taking a dig at his counterparts Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal to revealing what Sir Alex Ferguson had told him about the United job, Mourinho’s first press conference at the Old Trafford was a journalist’s delight. Here are few quotes from his press conference. It’s a job everyone wants and not many have, and I have it. I know what the fans expect from me. This challenge does not make me nervous, it comes at the right time in my career. I’m a bit frustrated that I am not playing Champions League. Hopefully it is only one season we are not there.Jose Mourinho during his unveiling as United’s manager at Old Trafford. (MUFC Media) I was never very good playing with words or hiding behind words, and hiding behind philosophies. I was never good at that. I never tried to be good on that. It would be quite pragmatic to say let’s work and let’s try to be back to the Champions League, be back to the top four. I am not good on that and I didn’t want to be good on that. I am more aggressive. We want to win.” There are some managers who haven’t won titles for 10 years. Some of them never. The last time I won was a year ago. For United fans success was routine, I want the players to forget the last few years.Jose Mourinho making his way to the pitch at Old Trafford. (MUFC Media)If one day Ryan Giggs wants to be back to the club while I am here I would never stop him from coming back. Sir Alex Ferguson asked me to bring the umbrella. It was a great advice as yesterday it was raining heavily at the training ground. The second advice was he told me to bring a bottle of wine because now we are going to have many occasions to be together. Wayne Rooney  is not a striker any more, maybe he is not a number nine any more, but with me he will never be a number six or somebody who plays 50 meters away from the goal.Jose Mourinho during the press conference. (MUFC Media)Yes, Rooney’s pass is amazing, but my pass is also amazing without pressure. To be there, to put the ball in the net, is the most difficult thing you have to find.advertisementlast_img read more

‘The biggest lie in the history of world sport’: Diack dismisses corruption allegations

first_imgShare on Pinterest Reuse this content Support The Guardian The prosecutor said there were indications that payments were made in return for the votes of IAAF and International Olympic Committee members over the designation of host cities for the Olympics and other major sporting events.“This accusation is the biggest lie in the history of world sport,” Diack said in Senegal on Friday. He blamed the accusations on a smear campaign to tarnish his father’s reputation.“Sometimes I accompanied my father to assist in his personal work but to say I organised votes … my job was to help the IAAF identify countries to organise sporting events,” he said.Lamine Diack was the president of the IAAF from 1999-2015. He was the first African head of athletics’ governing body and an influential member of the IOC. His son was a former marketing consultant to the IAAF.Brazilian investigators said this week that politicians and the head of the national Olympic committee arranged a $2m bribe for Lamine Diack’s vote and for him to convince other IOC members from Africa to bring the 2016 games to Rio de Janeiro.The elder Diack is being detained in France as investigations continue. His son said that if investigators want to speak to him they will have to come to Senegal. Olympic Games Rio 2016 Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Since you’re here… news Cas upholds life bans for Papa Massata Diack and Valentin Balakhnichev Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Topics Read more Lamine Diack Athletics Share on LinkedIn … 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. Papa Massata Diack has described accusations he was part of a large corruption racket involved in determining the location of the Olympic Games as “the biggest lie in the history of world sport”.France’s financial prosecutor said this week that investigations had revealed a corruption scheme centred on Diack, the son of the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack.last_img read more

2 Schools Named ‘Realistic’ Transfer Options For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two schools have been named “realistic” transfer options for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, should the QB opt to pursue a graduate transfer following the Crimson Tide’s 2018 season.Hurts, of course, has decided to remain at Alabama – for the 2018 season, anyway. The team’s former starting QB lost the job to Tua Tagovailoa, but he remains an important part of Nick Saban’s program.“You guys seen what happened with Clemson’s quarterback,” Tagovailoa said of Hurts. “Clemson’s quarterback ended up getting hurt and they didn’t have Kelly Bryant as well. Could you imagine if something happened to me? Mac Jones would be good, but also having Jalen here, who is very well-experienced — it’s a testament to his character, it’s a testament to his morals, with how he was raised within his family. Just him being here within our team, everybody respects him so much. He’s a leader and he leads both ways. He leads vocally and he leads doing things.”The dual-threat QB is receiving some decent playing time in the backup role. He’s also making some progress in the passing game, something he needs to do if he wants to pursue a career in the pros.The likely scenario for Hurts is this: Plays at Alabama through the 2018 season, potentially wins another national championship, graduates and then plays elsewhere in 2019.Where will elsewhere be?A couple of schools have been named “realistic” options.From 247Sports:Texas has a received a lot of steam on social media being that Hurts is a native of the Lonestar State, but those within the industry don’t consider the Longhorns a serious option. Starting quarterback Sam Ehlinger will be a junior next season and seems to be coming into his own as one of the Big 12’s top passers after five games.“I would be very surprised if Texas was interested at all,” one source told 247Sports. “The Longhorns really like their four quarterbacks.”More realistic destinations would be Arizona and Houston. Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin nearly flipped Hurts to Texas A&M during his recruitment and has a great deal of respect for the former four-star talent. Houston wouldn’t be far from Hurts’ hometown of Channelview and he would be an instant upgrade for the Cougars’ current talent at the position.Hurts hasn’t said much of anything when it comes to his playing future. This isn’t surprising, considering he’s still a member of Alabama’s program.Still, Hurts transfer talk is likely going to heat up as we approach the end of the 2018 season. There will likely be several major programs interested in Hurts’ services for the 2019 season. Hurts will be able to play right away in 2019 with one season of eligibility to go, assuming he graduates.Alabama, meanwhile, is currently taking on Missouri in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This will probably be a game in which Hurts gets a lot of playing time. The Crimson Tide are beating Missouri, 10-0, early in the firt quarter. The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

I Wore Levi’s Smart Jacket for 3 Months and It Changed How I Use My Phone

first_img Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends I turned off Facebook’s ad trackers, and the ads only got more personalized Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Previous I wore Levi’s smart jacket for three months, and it changed how I use my phone Close Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Google’s Jacquard fabric tech now comes in two Levi’s jacket styles, costs less The other abilities are certainly handy, especially the navigation-specific ones when you’re commuting. Use a gesture to find the estimated time of arrival to your destination, or what the next direction is on your route. Imagine driving or biking and not having to at a screen and take your attention away from the road.The biggest problem is that you can only set three abilities at once, as I wound up losing a desire to change my configurations each time I donned the jacket. Poupyrev said the Jacquard team originally thought of adding “sets” you could cycle through. So for example, you could cycle through to your commuting “set” of gestures on your way back from work, and then maybe swap to your music set to control playback. They ended up not going with this method, as they found people often forgot what set they were currently using. I ended up sticking with my music control configuration all the time, but I’d prefer cycling through sets to access various abilities on the go. I’m crossing my fingers for this feature to come in a future update. Or, Google could embed a tiny display or Indicator LEDs in the next version — if there’s a second version.Controlling music and navigation with simple gestures may sound unimpressive, but it’s genuinely helpful.Aside from the limited number of abilities you can set, the other issue is charging the tag. It’s easy to do, but I’ve occasionally run into the problem of realizing the tag is dead right as I’m about to head out. At that point, I just resign to wearing it as a traditional jacket, and charge the tag while I’m away. It’d be nice if we didn’t need to charge the jacket at all — say, if it charged itself through kinetic or solar energy — but that all might be a stretch. A simple solution is to stash a small USB portable battery in one of the pockets.Controlling music and navigation with simple gestures may sound unimpressive, but it’s genuinely helpful. It allows you to not think as much about menial tasks, and helps you keep going without missing a beat. That’s the goal of wearable technology, at least according to Google. The Jacquard Commuter Jacket succeeds in that regard.A close to perfect weaveHow does the jacket look and fit? The Levi’s Commuter Trucker doesn’t look much different from other commuter jackets from the denim brand. Our review unit (size large) fits well, with ample room for pockets, as well as subtle reflective tags on the back to alert drivers in case you are biking.The cuff is what gives the jacket away, specifically when the tag is attached. Google said it’s likely this will get miniaturized as the technology gets better, and we can’t wait for the tag to blend in more with future products. Why? Because the tag resembles the theft-prevention security tags that retail stores attach to clothing, people constantly asked me if I stole the jacket (luckily, it has not embarrassingly triggered any security sensors at shops).Julian Chokkattu/Digital TrendsFortunately, one comment I seem to always get is, “That looks good on you.” That’s a great compliment because it means it’s stylish, and it won’t make you look like a geek.You can wash the Commuter Jacket, though Google warns that there’s a chance that the cuff may stop responding to touch after more than 10 washes. It’s a denim jacket, so you hardly ever need to throw it in the laundry — if you do, you only have to remember to take the tag off. I washed the jacket once already and didn’t find any problems with the cuff or fit afterwards. (Of course, denim purists would either never wash it, hand-wash it, or dry clean it once in a blue moon. Our sibling site, The Manual, has a guide on that.)It’s the perfect lightweight jacket for the spring season. Though we did the bulk of our testing during the winter, and the jacket still managed to work as an extra layer under or over other clothing.Price and availabilityThe Levi’s Commuter Jacket with Jacquard technology will set you back $350, and it’s available now for women and men. The dumb version of the jacket — without Jacquard — costs about $150.It’s pricey, yes, but this is largely an early-adopter product. It’s the first version of the technology available, and we’ll likely see this Jacquard technology expand into other types of clothing at hopefully lower prices. If anything happens to the technology over time, at least you’ll still look fabulous. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time –:- SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends center_img What is HDR photography and how can I shoot it with my camera? Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends Opinion: Amazon is pushing us toward a screenless future, and I kinda love it The touch sensor physically connects with the Jacquard tag, which you snap into place. The tag is quite large because it houses a lot of necessary components, such as a haptic motor, the LED, a motion sensor, Bluetooth, as well as the battery to keep it all alive. Once it’s all connected and paired to your smartphone via the Jacquard app — a quick and easy setup process — you can use a handful of touch gestures on the cuff to control actions on your smartphone (more about the gestures below).The tag has a battery, so yes, that means you technically have to charge your jacket. It’s an easy process, as all you have to do is take the Jacquard Tag off the jacket and plug it into a USB-A port, like the one in your laptop or desktop computer, or most power adapters. Charging it up to full doesn’t take more than an hour, and the jacket is able to stay powered for up to two weeks — more if you don’t wear it daily. The motion sensor detects when it’s not being worn, and it puts the tag in a low-power state to save battery.A genuinely helpful jacketThe jacket isn’t meant to replace your smartphone, Ivan Poupyrev, director of engineering at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division, told Digital Trends. Instead, Poupyrev thinks it’s the “next frontier in connectivity,” which will take place in the physical world with the things we wear.It’s the ‘next frontier in connectivity’Think of it like a smartwatch. We wear watches so it’s easy to tell the time, and as a fashion statement. Any additional smarts, such as notification alerts, are largely present to accent our connected experience. With the Jacquard Commuter Jacket, you can do things like control music playback, ask for the next direction (and the ETA) while using a navigation app, find your phone, and more — helpful functions that are seamlessly embedded into our clothing so we don’t need to disrupt our attention by pulling out a smartphone.These functions are controlled by three gestures using the cuff on the jacket: Brush in (swiping on the tag toward you), double tap, and brush out (swiping on the tag away from you). You can assign one ability to each gesture, which means you’ll have to choose carefully — or you can open the app and change your configurations each time to tailor the experience to your outing.Having used the jacket for several months, I’ve predominantly used it to control music playback (with earbuds plugged into my smartphone). A double tap on the cuff tells me what song is playing, a brush in pauses the music, and a brush out plays the next track. The gestures work perfectly, and it doesn’t feel awkward or strange to use them. The only downside is that I often have to open the music app (or make sure it’s open in the background) for these gestures to start playing anything. There are also a few times when the jacket’s cuff registered my accidental swipes, but I’ve only noticed this happening when taking off the jacket. Next Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends When we first saw Google unveil Levi’s new connected jacket, back in 2015, we immediately thought of the Burton Amp. The Amp, announced in 2003, was a winter jacket developed by Burton and Apple that allowed snowboarders or skiers to control their iPods using a control panel on the sleeve. With a wire connecting the control panel and iPod, Apple called it “the world’s first and only wearable electronic jacket with an integrated iPod control system.”Fifteen years have passed, and while the iPod had an amazing run, the jacket didn’t. There have been other attempts at making “smart clothing,” but the concept never took off with consumers. Was the idea just way too ahead of its time?There have been other attempts at making “smart clothing,” but the concept never took off with consumers.Google thinks now is the right moment to revisit the concept, apparently, with the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google, a collaboration between the iconic denim maker and tech giant. The name is a mouthful, but it refers to a research project, Jacquard (named after a fabric made on a loom), that was born out of of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division. Unlike what we can now consider a glorified iPod remote that Burton and Apple made, the Levi’s jacket connects wirelessly with an iOS or Android phone and uses gesture-based controls and haptic feedback to perform a variety of smartphone functions, from navigation to, yes, controlling your music.Is this the connected jacket the world’s been waiting for? Well, we may need to wait a bit longer, as the capabilities may seem a little limited at the moment. But, Jacquard technology and the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket are more of a technical showcase of what’s possible when you weave technology with clothing —  and the result is undeniably exciting.The techThe cuff on the left arm is woven with a conductive fiber, as well as a special-grade polyester that allows it to act as a touch sensor; the rest of the jacket is traditional Levi’s cotton-based denim. You can feel a slight difference in material when you touch the denim part of the jacket, and then touch the cuff. It’s not easily noticeable, though, which is important to maintaining a traditional look. 1 of 13 Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends What I like and don’t like about Google’s new Pixel 4 phone Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Gillian McKeith Wants Wild Animal Circuses Banned In Scotland

first_imgScottish TV presenter and nutritionist Gillian McKeith has spoken out on why circuses with wild animal acts should be banned in Scotland.“When I was a wee girl, I was taken to the circus by my family, as many of us were,” she said via Animal Defenders International. “I watched tigers jump through fiery hoops and a ringmaster perform what appeared to be death-defying stunts with lions. As I grew up I realised those few moments of entertainment came at a terrible price for the animals. Once I was aware of the suffering involved, I vowed never to take my children to a circus with wild animals; I hope you will too.”On tour“Circuses aren’t based in just one place; they tour towns and cities across the country. The animals are forced to endure constant travel and small, temporary accommodation. It is hard to imagine what this must be like for wild animals who would naturally be hunting prey, roaming the African plains and living with their extended families.”Dominance“Training these often dangerous animals to perform unnatural tricks requires dominance and close control, which commonly leads to violence. Undercover investigations of circuses by organisations like Animal Defenders International have shown how animals are whipped and beaten into submission. Several circus workers have been convicted for animal cruelty as a result of their shocking findings.”Constant chaining“The UK’s last circus elephant was probably also one of the last wild circus animals to visit Scotland. Elderly and arthritic, Anne was officially ‘retired’ from performing, yet she was still forced to tour with the circus so that spectators could pose with her for photos. One year when the Bobby Roberts Super Circus came to Scotland, Anne was loaded into a transporter for a 25 mile journey. The drive itself lasted 45 minutes, but Anne was locked inside for over 17 hours.“Animal Defenders International continued to monitor Anne and later exposed her constant chaining and terrible beatings at the circus’ winter quarters in 2011. The public was outraged, and Anne was re-homed. Her circus days are now behind her, but the door is still open for circuses to tour Scotland with wild animals.”Risk“Although no Scottish circuses currently feature wild animal acts, circuses from elsewhere do tour here and if we don’t act now, we could once again see elephants and other wild animals performing in Scotland. Across the border in England, there are two circuses still forcing wild animals to perform tricks, one with lions and tigers.“Animal experts, politicians and the public all agree – wild animals do not belong in circuses. Circuses using wild animals teach children that it is okay to force them to perform tricks for our amusement instead of fostering compassion and inspiring education.”Consultation“Scotland has a chance now to ensure that we never see wild animals suffering on our soil again. We have until midnight tonight to speak out for circus animals in the Scottish Government’s consultation. I am joining Animal Defenders International to call for a ban on wild animal circuses, and I hope you will too.“Please visit http://bit.ly/ScotCircus or call Animal Defenders International on 020 7630 3340 to take part before the consultation deadline tonight.”last_img read more

Gaza Over 1 Million Children in Unlivable Circumstances

Rabat – Over a million children in Gaza are living in impoverished circumstances due to electricity shortages, causing problems for public health and education, warned Save the Children on Tuesday.The internationa lNGO says Israel’s ongoing land, air and sea blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007, is the primary cause of the electricity shortages.Save the Children also highlights that Gaza’s sole power plant had stopped functioning in April 2017 after exhausting its fuel reserves, since operators could not replenish them due to insufficient funds. The plant, already damaged from Israel’s war on Gaza in 2009, had provided a third of Gaza’s electricity. Most homes in Gaza now have just two to four hours of electricity per day, while some have no one at all. Many children spent the recent Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha in the dark.“While politicians celebrate Eid and sleep in their air-conditioned homes, Gaza’s children are sweating in the stifling summer heat, unable to sleep, play or study”, said Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children’s Country Director in the Occupied Territories.“We shouldn’t have to be demanding such a basic service as electricity for the children of Gaza. A couple of hours of power a day is just not acceptable in 2017.”Gaza’s schools barely operate at functional levels, with 741 of schools having no electricity, reports Save the Children. Children struggle to sleep, making it harder for them to concentrate in school. Darkness at home often prevents children from completing their homework.“We are different from other countries that have 24 hours of electricity, and their life is not like ours. I have so many dreams. But my main dream is that I could be like other children and live in peace, security, and have electricity,” says Rania, a 13-year-old living in Gaza.Many children’s lives are at risk, with a breakdown of health and emergency services. This prevents treatment of water-borne diseases, which are increasing due to pollution of groundwater sources and the nearby Mediterranean Sea.Due to suspension of sewage treatment cycles, over 108 million litres of untreated sewage fall into the water each day, leavingover 60% of the sea surrounding Gaza polluted with untreated sewage.90% of water sources are too contaminated for human consumption, leaving children with little or no access to clean drinking water. Many cannot take regular baths or showers too, due to non-functioning water pumps.The situation is particularly dire for 15-year-old Ali, who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy, relying on an electric wheelchair.Ali’s mother Yara said:“My son is dying in front of my eyes. He can’t sleep most nights, and suffers from continuous pain. We don’t have enough power to get his electric wheelchair and mattress fully charged. If his wheelchair doesn’t get charged, he suffers psychologically, as he sees people around him move and walk but he can’t. He feels depressed and often fights with other children. When the wheelchair runs out of battery, Ali becomes totally paralysed.”“He also needs constant showers as he is wearing diapers, but there is no water. We don’t get water unless there is electricity. If I don’t change his diapers and wash him regularly he will suffer from skin rashes and other problems. We have not had any tap water for two days. I feel suffocated,” she added.Ali himself said: “I used to enjoy going to the beach to see the sand and the sea, but unfortunately I can’t go there anymore now.”The United Nations warned in 2012 that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020, yet the NGO says the Strip is already “unlivable”.“Sadly, the children of Gaza are caught in one of the most politicised conflicts in the world,” continued Jennifer Morehead. “The continued Israeli occupation and splits within the Palestinian leadership are making life unbearable. If you’re ten years old in Gaza you’ve already witnessed three massive and violent escalations of conflict.”“Gaza’s children are already suffering through a ten-year blockade and the constant threat of conflict. Living without access to basic services like electricity is affecting their family life and mental well-being. We’re seeing increased levels of anxiety, aggression and mood swings.”Save the Children has called for Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza, for the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to provide basic services to the children of Gaza, and for the international community to react to the suffering caused by the blockade.The UN reported in July 2017 that 47% of Gaza population’s lives below the poverty line and fails to meet the international standard for food consumption, suffering from moderate to severe food insecurity. Gaza has a 40% unemployment rate, and around 80% of the population depends on humanitarian assistance.In August 2017, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) reported the toll that electricity shortages took on children, especially babies. Babies are cared for in overcrowded neonatal intensive care units – a situation exacerbated by worsening maternal nutrition and increasing rates of premature and low birth-weight babies.In one incident in August, neonatal nurses at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City were forced to provide care to 71 babies in a care unit designed for 43 babies. In this incident, the ratio of staff-to-babies was 1:7, much lower than the UK level of 1:1 or 1:2 during critical care. Faulty electricity backup generators mean nurses must often hand-ventilate babies for up to 50 minutes at a time until power is restored.Please click here to donate to Save the Children’s emergency fund. read more

General Assembly to consider possible postponement of financial summit

The President of the General Assembly announced today that the body will meet early next week to consider postponing a high-level gathering which seeks to assess the economic crisis which has devastated the world economy and search for solutions taking all nations’ interests into account. An Assembly plenary on 26 May will deliberate on whether to push back the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, originally slated to be held from 1-3 June, to 24-26 June, according to a statement issued by President Miguel d’Escoto’s spokesperson. “Delegates have expressed concern that they require more time to negotiate the draft outcome document that is to be adopted by world leaders,” the statement noted, adding that Mr. D’Escoto has consulted with all major regional groups in recent days on the meeting’s possible three-week deferral. The Assembly met this evening, but failed to reach a consensus on the postponement. “The issues are complex, but I am confident that we will negotiate a strong outcome document that will address the needs and concerns of the developing countries as well as the industrialized countries,” Mr. D’Escoto said. “We share the determination to address the urgent needs that this economic crisis has generated worldwide.” 22 May 2009The President of the General Assembly announced today that the body will meet next week to consider postponing a high-level gathering which seeks to assess the economic crisis which has devastated the world economy and search for solutions taking all nations’ interests into account. read more

Student Health Services opens massage therapy to staff and faculty May 26July

Karen Millar, Student Health Services massage therapist, is offering massage therapy to Brock University faculty and staff from May 26-July 17.The registered massage therapist and certified athletic therapist also has an extensive background in fitness and Pilates. Millar has worked in the Athletic Therapy Clinic at Brock since 1994, assessing and treating students with sports injuries.Appointments are available in Student Health Services/Harrison Hall, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring/summer season. Please contact Student Health Services at x3243 to book an appointment.Cost: $65 – 1-hour massage$45 – 30-minute massageEligibility for employee massage coverage: Check the benefits section on the HR website. NB: If submitting a claim to Green Shield, a doctor’s note is required prior to submitting the claim.If you have any questions or concerns about massage therapy, contact Millar. read more

The donkey that wouldnt cross the road even for an Easter procession

first_img“Our other donkey, Larry, is unphased by anything. He’s doing three parades this year,” said Hackney City Farm’s manager Chris Pounds. “But Clover won’t have it.“She won’t cross the road or walk anywhere where there are drain covers, holes or puddles. She thinks she’ll fall down them, so she stops dead and has to be coaxed round them. That’s impracticable when it comes to a church procession through the streets.”An increasing number of Church of England churches are reviving the Catholic tradition of Easter processions in an effort to get more children involved in coming to church.But with only a limited number of donkeys available in London it is getting harder to churches to find one to take part.And Clover’s understandable fear of the capital’s roads isn’t helping.”It’s a busy time for donkeys,” said Mr Pounds, 50. “We are getting more calls – they ring as if no-one has ever thought of it before and we have to say that we’re already doing four events.”Ths Palm Sunday Larry will firstly head to St Martin’s in the Fields for an early procession. Then he will lead another one from St James’s in Piccadilly before being taken by lorry to Edgware, and then down to Camden for two more. Larry with Hackney City Farm manager Chris Pounds Larry with Hackney City Farm manager Chris PoundsCredit:Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph Clover (L) and her companion Larry (R) at Hackney City Farm, east London 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.center_img Clover (L) and her companion Larry (R) at Hackney City Farm, east LondonCredit:Eddie Mulholland/The Telegraph Most days Clover is a pretty amenable sort of donkey. She’ll let children pat and stroke her and if she’s in a good mood she will even pull them round a field in a cart.But she draws the line at crossing the road.Clover, one of two donkeys at Hackney City Farm, in east London, has a phobia of puddles, drain covers and anything in the road which, to her eyes at least, looks like she might tumble into.That means she has had to turn down the chance of a starring role in her local church’s Easter parade.Which is a shame, because it means St Peter’s Church, in nearby Bethnal Green, has had to look elsewhere for a donkey for next week’s Palm Sunday procession. The £200 fee Larry earns for each parade goes towards the cost of maintaining Hackney City Farm, visited by over 100,000 people a year.“Larry is quite happy to take part. He’ll go anywhere, especially as people tend to give him carrots and apples along the route,” said Mr Pounds.The donkey is central to the Christian tradition, as it was the humble creature on which Jesus returned in triumph to Jerusalem as crowds laid palm fronds in front of him. Days later he was crucified.“Having a donkey on the parade adds a realism to the event and gets people to focus on what it’s about and the reasons behind the procession,” said Mr Pounds, “It adds another dimension to have a donkey followed by a choir and congregation. Sometimes it’s up to 100 people and people stop and watch it pass.”The new vicar of St Mary’s in Bethnal Green, the Reverend Adam Atkinson, revived its Easter procession tradition in 2010 after it had all but died out.The absence of a donkey will not frustrate this year’s parade as the church was eventually able to acquire a donkey from Spitalfields City Farm.Mr Atkinson said: “It’s been harder to get one – now you have to ask a year in advance and pay a fee, which definitely tells a story about how it has changed – we used to just pop over to the farm and borrow it for free.The procession will see the congregation of St Peter’s parade on a circular route around nearby Columbia Road flower market before returning to the church.“It’s grown every year – we started off with around 30 people and last year we had about 130 people.”The donkey is such a draw for the children, and if it’s from the local farm they know it by name which is very sweet,” said Mr Atkinson.He added that it often leads to new members becoming involved in his church, with families joining in the procession for the first time.Alana Harris, a religious history expert and lecturer in modern history at King’s College London, said that the influence of Christians from other cultures appears to have led to a resurgence of the tradition.She said inner-city churches might also have been influenced by practices from other religions, such as the Hindu chariot processions in west London.”There’s something of the performance in some of these traditions which have been revived. They’re things which might have died out in the UK during the 19th century, but not in other places.”You can see the influence of Filipino and Nigerian communities in some of these more exuberant and confident practices,” she said.But they will have to do without Clover. She will be spending her Palm Sunday happily munching grass in her paddock, safe from any dangerous looking potholes.last_img read more

Blockchain trading software could lead to golden future for miners

first_imgA new blockchain software platform is allowing miners to trade on the future value of their unprocessed materials, according to industry-backed research organisation Mining3.Julian Wise, a Software Engineer at Mining3 and RMIT University Student, said the software used financial algorithms along with transparent blockchain “smart contracts”, to enable the trading of derivatives.Derivatives are financial contracts where buyers agree to purchase an asset, in this case unprocessed ore containing gold, on a specific date at a set price.Unprocessed ore is often stockpiled if not profitable to process or extract at current market rates. But Wise said fluctuations in commodity prices and advances in mining technology meant ore previously deemed unprofitable often becomes profitable to process in the future.“This simply harnesses that future value of unprocessed materials today to give miners immediate cash flow and royalties from their stockpiles, whilst enabling market traders to profit on future price increases,” he said.“But while people are already trading on the future value of processed metals and minerals, no-one has applied the same pricing mechanisms and exchange styles higher up the supply chain to unprocessed minerals.”The team’s pioneering project was presented this week at the 3rd Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology on Queensland’s Gold Coast.To develop the prototype software, RMIT University students worked with Mining3, which had a vision for a next-generation blockchain-backed platform.Mining3 senior mining researchers provided the mining industry context, technical detail and know-how on mineral price calculations while the RMIT Software Engineering and IT students developed the pricing algorithm, blockchain ecosystem and website interface, according to Mining3.Mining3 Chief Operating Officer, Susan Grandone, said the technology was built through interdisciplinary co-operation, with the solution combining mineral technologies and finance, deployed as a software service.The technology is currently set up as a prototype on a demonstration website for internal use and testing. Another iteration of development is necessary to carry the proof of concept through to a platform that can be utilised in a production environment for real value transactions.last_img read more

Saint Raphael beat PSG Handball

← Previous Story RK Vojvodina win Serbian Super Cup! Next Story → SEHA Saturday: Metalurg in Veszprem – Zagreb to Meshkov PSG Handballsaint raphael PSG Handball have suffered the first defeat in the season 2014/2015. Saint Raphael showed how tough rival is in front of home fans by beating the richest handball team in the world 32:31. Fantastic roles had Danish back Morten Olsen with 10 goals, while Serbian goalkeepeer Slavisa Djukanovic had 16 saves. Hansen and Kopljar scored both 6 goals for team from Paris… read more

Pint Baby is alive and well and his name is Stephen

first_img Feb 20th 2017, 4:20 PM Short URL 79,621 Views http://jrnl.ie/3249312 Monday 20 Feb 2017, 4:20 PM Source: Caroline O Connell/Twitter Pint Baby is alive and well and his name is Stephen He “took a shine” to the pint of Guinness, says his mother. A short clip of a small baby supping from a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub went viral over the weekend after being spotted in an RTÉ archives clip. Within hours, the somewhat bizarre image of the child clutching a pint of the black stuff had people wondering: who is the real Pint Baby?It turns out he’s a 20-year-old named Stephen Barron, from Prosperous, Co Kildare – and his mum Caroline insists that pint-supping wasn’t a regular thing for him.RTÉ’s Cian McCormack caught up with the pair at their home to find out their reaction to the Pint Baby phenomenon, and whether Stephen minds his new moniker. 28 Comments center_img Share1108 Tweet Email3 Caroline explained why the pair were filmed in the first place:“There was filming going on in Daly’s pub in Ennistymon, Nationwide were there to talk to Willie Daly the matchmaker, and we were there and there was great fun and atmosphere and craic going on.”As to how her baby son ended up drinking a pint? “Stephen was sitting on my knee and took a shine to a pint of Guinness and had a drop out of it,” she said.Stephen himself suggested that he’s not the only Pint Baby out there. “I suppose everyone can relate to it, I’m sure I’m not the only one, I’m just the only that got filmed doing it,” he said of the clip.The 20-year-old hopes to become a blacksmith, but it looks like he won’t be cashing in on his Pint Baby name anytime soon.“I don’t really mind – but I’d rather be called Stephen now than Pint Baby,” he said.While it goes without saying that doctors don’t advise parents to feed their young children alcohol, Caroline said that she doesn’t feel differently about the clip 20 years on.“God I don’t look at it differently at all, it was only a drop of Guinness and there were plenty of parents even to this day who will dip a doodie in a pint of Guinness,” she said.There is no harm in it, he’s fine, he’s turned out perfectly fine and healthy and happy, there’s no bother on him at all. It wasn’t an everyday occurrence or a weekly occurrence or anything, it was just the situation we were in at the time and he had a drop and a camera happened to be there at the time. Caroline and Stephen Barron.As for the fact the clip went viral, she said that she’s had comments from other people saying “ah sure we were all reared like that”.“There’s a lot of commenting on it and it was the last thing we were expecting to come to the door,” she added, saying that she’s not worried the underage drinking had any effect on her son.“I have a great young lad and he’s a good young man and he’s mannerly and outgoing and happy out, and there’s not a bother on him.”The full interview with Stephen and Caroline Barron will be broadcast on this evening’s Six One News on RTÉ.Read: An Irish baby supping a pint on Nationwide in 1997 has become a phenomenon> He was always a happy baby, even without drink😂 #PintBaby pic.twitter.com/tbH30PUOdP— Caroline O Connell (@carolinekildare) February 18, 2017 IF THERE’S ONE thing we’ll remember February 2017 for, it’s Pint Baby. By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Neige 21 départements en vigilance orange

first_imgNeige : 21 départements en vigilance orangeEn raison de chutes de neige importantes et de risque de verglas, Météo France a placé quatre nouveaux départements en vigilance orange, ce qui porte à 21 le nombre total des départements concernés par l’alerte.Les Ardennes, la Meurthe-et-Moselle, la Meuse et la Moselle s’ajoutent aux régions de Basse-Normandie, Haute-Normandie, Île-de-France, et aux départements de l’Aisne, Eure-et-Loir, Marne et Oise.L’épisode neigeux est moins important que celui d’hier, mais selon Météo France, il sera aujourd’hui “suffisamment notable pour rendre les conditions de circulation difficiles”.Dès ce matin, la circulation commence à être compliquée sur les routes franciliennes. Selon LeParisien.fr, plusieurs poids lourds se sont mis en travers sur l’autoroute A10 au niveau de Janvry dans l’Essonne.Le trafic des bus de la RATP est de nouveau perturbé par la neige. Une partie des départements des Hauts-de-Seine, de l’Essonne et du Val-de-Marne sont concernés. Partout ailleurs, les métros, tramways et RER circulent normalement.Du côté de la SCNF, les trains ont dû réduire leur vitesse. Des retards sont donc à prévoir aujourd’hui, notamment sur la moitié nord du pays.La neige avait déjà joué les troubles fêtes ce week-end, perturbant les départs en vacances, aussi bien dans le ciel que sur les rails.Hier, 16.000 foyers étaient privés d’électricité, en raison de chutes de neige qui ont endommagé le réseau de distribution, avait annoncé ERDF.Le 20 décembre 2010 à 08:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Denmark Builds 43Mile AntiPig Fence Along Border With Germany

first_img Is this what they call boar-der security? Denmark is building a 42-mile, anti-pig fence along its border with Germany in an effort to control the migration of wild boar and prevent the spread of African swine fever.There are fears that African swine fever, which has been found in two dead wild boar in Belgium, could threaten Denmark’s $4.55 billion pork industry, the BBC reported.The move was authorized by Danish lawmakers in June.African swine fever is harmless to humans but can be deadly for both wild and domestic pigs. (Photo Credit: Frank Sommariva/Getty Images)Unlike swine flu, African swine fever is harmless to humans, but can be deadly for both wild and domestic pigs. It is usually fatal within days, and there is no cure and no vaccine.If there was an outbreak of African swine fever, it can cause staggering losses for farmers. Denmark is the only European Union country where pigs outnumber people, with 215 pigs to every 100 residents.The Danish government is determined “to do everything we can to prevent African swine fever reaching Denmark. And now we can finally get started on erecting our wild boar fence,” said Minister for Environment and Food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.The anti-pig border fence between Denmark (L) and Germany will cost $4.6 million to complete.(Photo Credit: Frank Cilius / AFP / Getty Images)Not everyone is on board with the boar-der fence, however.Critics said the fence, which will cost Denmark $4.6 million, can “harm wildlife and is a symbolic gesture tackling a largely non-existent problem,” according to the Associated Press.  Danish officials have also admitted that wild animals could, in theory, pass through the gaps in the fence.The fence, which is expected to be completed later this year, will be 5 feet tall and 1.6 feet deep to stop boar burrowing under, will have about 20 gaps at border crossing points and waterways, will have gates and steps so humans can climb over it, and will 8-inch openings every 300 feet for small animals to move through.More on Geek.com:Watch: Moose Chases Snowboarders at Ski ResortWatch: Spiders ‘Rain’ Down on Brazilian TownThese ‘Seagull Patrol’ Dogs Protect Diners’ Food in Sydney Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Town Rejects Devens Rezoning Plan

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Voters in the town of Harvard, Mass., last week turned down a proposal by MassDevelopment to rezone a portion of Devens to lure a biotech company to the site 35 miles west of downtown Boston.Zoning changes at the former Fort Devens require approval from Harvard and the installation’s other two host communities, Ayer and Shirley. Only Harvard voters rejected the state development agency’s proposal to rezone a residential area on the western side of Devens to allow industrial and commercial uses.Harvard residents were concerned about the potential for a factory to create noise problems after a nearby manufacturing facility built by Evergreen Solar prompted similar complaints, reported the Boston Globe. Evergreen Solar went bankrupt and suspended operations in 2011; its factory is being used by another firm.The reuse project is the home of a manufacturing plant operated by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., and MassDevelopment had hoped to bring a second biotech factory to Devens. Harvard’s rejection of its proposed rezoning represents a missed opportunity that would have brought $500 million to $1 billion in investment to central Massachusetts, according to the development agency.“There are very few sites of this scale, zoned and ready for development in the commonwealth,” said Marty Jones, MassDevelopment’s chief executive.Despite the setback, MassDevelopment and Harvard said they are hopeful of reaching agreement on a new zoning plan allowing for commercial development in that part of Devens.last_img read more

Sita 3day box office collection SreenivasKajal film struggles to cross Rs 10

first_imgGunturRs 1.10 croreNA Nellore Rs 0.45 croreRs 20.50 lakh Krishna Rs 0.90 croreRs 30.74 lakh Rest of RestRs 0.90 croreNA VizagRs 1.35 croreRs 50.44 lakh AP/TSRs 11.70 croreNA G WestRs 0.80 croreNA AreaRightsEarningscenter_img CeededRs 2.10 croreNA SitaTwitterDirector Teja’s movie Sita starring Kajal Aggarwal and Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas has opened to an average response and struggled to cross Rs 10 crore gross mark at the worldwide box office in the first weekend.Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas, who is the son of producer Ballamkonda Suresh, had made his acting debut with Alludu Sreenu in 2014 and starred in five big-ticket movies in the next five years. But all of them have either bombed or turned average grossers at the worldwide box office.The actor teamed up with ace director Teja, who has given big breaks to several young actors, for the movie Sita. It was one of the most awaited movies of this year. The promos had generated a lot of curiosity about the film and many in the film industry hoped that it would be a big break for Sreenivas.Despite having good hype, the movie opened to average response on Friday. Sita collected approximately Rs 3.20 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. The movie failed to beat the records of Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas’ previous big openers like Jaya Janaki Nayaka (Rs 6.40 crore gross) and Saakshyam (Rs 6.20 crore gross).The movie has received mixed responses from the critics and audience which apparently affected its business. Sita is estimated to have collected around Rs 7 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. The film has garnered Rs 3.30 crore for its distributors in three days.Made on a small budget, Sita has fetched Rs 14.70 crore for its producers from the sale of its worldwide theatrical rights. The movie has recovered just 22.44 percent of its distributors’ investment in three days. Considering its opening weekend collection, the movie will have a tough time breaking even.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsAreaNizamRightsRs 4.00 croreEarningsNAAreaCeededRightsRs 2.10 croreEarningsNAAreaVizagRightsRs 1.35 croreEarningsRs 50.44 lakhAreaG East RightsRs 1.00 croreEarningsRs 25.27 lakhAreaG WestRightsRs 0.80 croreEarningsNAAreaKrishna RightsRs 0.90 croreEarningsRs 30.74 lakhAreaGunturRightsRs 1.10 croreEarningsNAAreaNellore RightsRs 0.45 croreEarningsRs 20.50 lakhAreaAP/TSRightsRs 11.70 croreEarningsNAAreaRest of RestRightsRs 0.90 croreEarningsNAAreaOverseasRightsRs 2.10 croreEarningsNAAreaGlobal TotalRightsRs 14.70 croreEarningsNA G East Rs 1.00 croreRs 25.27 lakh OverseasRs 2.10 croreNA NizamRs 4.00 croreNA Global TotalRs 14.70 croreNAlast_img read more