Punjab acted on early alert

first_imgThe Punjab Police issued the first of its alert on Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s supporters turning violent in case of an adverse verdict on August 13, indicating the build up and violence being planned by the Dera followers, a Punjab police official told The Hindu. Additional Director General, Punjab, Hardeep Singh Dhillon said the instructions to field units were sent on August 13 and they liaised with the Army well in advance.“As soon as the verdict was announced and violence was reported, we mobilised the Army in five mins, as we had already liaised with them. Curfew was imposed immediately at places where we expected trouble. We asked the Haryana administration several times to tell us the date of the verdict as we didn’t want to be caught napping,” Mr. Dhillon said. On August 22, three days before the verdict was announced at a special CBI court in Panchkula, the Punjab Police had issued an internal order that the Dera properties had “started storing petrol, diesel in drums at Naam Charcha Ghars in Faridkot; they have also stored sharp edged weapons and stones on the roof of the Charcha Ghars. On 25.8.2017, if the Hon’ble court would give verdict against Gurmeet Ram Rahim then devotees can use petrol and weapons to harm/destroy the government/public properties,” the communication said. The Centre has refused to hold the Haryana government responsible for its failure to avert Friday’s violence and arson in Panchkula and Sirsa where 32 people were killed, even though intelligence agencies said multiple alerts were issued a month in advance. No casualties were reported in neighbouring Punjab, which also has many Dera ashrams. Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a high level meeting at his residence on Saturday, which was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, “DGP Haryana assured the situation is under control. In an ongoing situation, we cannot blame anyone (on Haryana government’s role).”Mr. Dhillon said it was difficult to identify and segregate the Dera followers on the streets. “They were moving around in normal clothes and in private cars, difficult to have stopped each vehicle to check their presence. This is why we enforced curfew in Punjab.” He added that 18,000 police personnel were mobilised and put on alert in the State.last_img read more

Positive signs for future Olympics

first_imgIndia won two medals in shooting this time around, and even the number of finals-three-was the best ever for the team. With 11 shooters at the Olympics, we were among the top 10 in the world in terms of participation, and our position in the shooting medals table is also roughly the same.The message is clear- if you prepare shooters early for a competition as big as the Olympics, you will be rewarded. The target for the Rio Olympics has to be 15 shooters, which may not be as many as the Chinese or the Americans, but would be a sign of progress. It is imperative that India wins more medals in shooting.The most promising performance came from Joydeep Karmakar, who withstood the pressure of qualifying for the final through a shoot-off to perform brilliantly in the 50m rifle prone final and finish just outside the medals.He needs more wins at the international level to become a serious contender.We had a few people in with a shot at finals too, like Heena Sidhu and Ronjan Sodhi. I expect them to bounce back well since they would know how to handle the pressure now. And as far as a proven champion like Abhinav Bindra is concerned, expect him to come back with a bang. There are, of course, lessons to be learnt. Our shooters have to be wary of external pressures affecting their performances, since in some cases, the temperament rather than the technique dragged them down.The government and the federation have to work together and make sure that they get a vision plan in place immediately. Now that we have a pool of international-level shooters, the best need to be picked immediately, so that they can start training in right earnest from the beginning of next year itself. Shooting is India’s main sport at the Olympics, and it is also important that a physiotherapist and qualified mental trainers are at hand to help out the team. There should be no compromises on professionalism.advertisementAll this would help the shooters be on track for the next qualification cycle for the Olympics, which begins in 2014, and also the next two big events-the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asian Games. This was also the first big test for the National Rifle Association of India’s new transparent, scorebased selection policy, and I don’t think anyone should have a problem with it now.The only amendment I suggest is to let the quota-winning shooter make the Olympic team automatically, since it would help them get down to preparations as soon as they bag the quota. That, as we saw in the case of the early qualifiers like Gagan Narang, is always an advantage.(The writer is a four-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

Real Madrid’s Isco discharged from hospital after appendicitis operation

first_imgReal Madrid playmaker Isco left hospital after successfully undergoing appendicitis operation, Real Madrid confirmed on Wednesday.”Our player Isco has been discharged from hospital. He will start his recovery process now under the supervision of the Real Madrid medical services,” said a statement from the club which did not state how long Isco was expected to be out for.Reports in the Spanish media said that Isco will not be able to play for a month and is targeting a return in time for the El-Clasico against Barcelona on October 28 in La Liga.Isco medical report.https://t.co/o43WcBxmCrReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 26, 2018Isco, who was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after he complained of stomach pains during training, will miss a total of six games for Real, including Wednesday’s La Liga fixture away at Sevilla and the Madrid derby on Saturday against Atletico.He will also have to sit out Champions League games against CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, as well as Spain’s friendly against Wales and their UEFA Nations League game with England.last_img read more

Kylian Mbappé has it all – even at £166m he could be a bargain

first_imgIt’s important to be clear about one thing: other sides will not give Kylian Mbappé as much space as Argentina gave him. He may never again find himself in a major game romping through such vacant pastures.There will be cones in training sessions who give him more of a race than Argentina’s defence did on Saturday, although they probably won’t kick him quite so hard or spend quite so much time grabbing at his shoulders. This was the perfect game for Mbappé. But he took full and ruthless advantage. The loneliness of Lionel Messi and Edinson Cavani shows up – World Cup Football Daily Uruguay would have provided a very different threat anyway. Deschamps suggested that Mbappé needs more space than Ronaldo, and Óscar Tabárez’s team will not give him anywhere near as much of that as Argentina did. The quarter-final will be a different test and a different magnitude of test, but Mbappé is on the sort of upward trajectory that, within the confines of a tournament, makes anything seem possible. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Facebook Much was made of the fact that, at 19, Mbappé became the first teenager to score two goals in a World Cup knockout match since Pelé in 1958, but one 19 is not the same as another 19. By 19, Wayne Rooney was a fully developed player (and, given Euro 2004 was his peak, arguably already past his best as an England player). Mbappé, physically imposing as he is, has started only 44 league games.His career consists of half a season at Monaco when he seemed suddenly to emerge, fully formed, as a terrifyingly effective forward in the Champions League, followed by a season on loan in Neymar’s shadow at Paris Saint‑Germain pending a £166m transfer this summer.For a player so untested that figure seemed extraordinary when it was agreed but it is increasingly coming to look like a bargain. There is still a question of where he fits in a team dominated by the look-at-me self-indulgence of the Brazilian but, even in classes dominated by the greatest attention-seeking show‑off, the other kids can still learn. Getting to France, and playing alongside somebody as comparatively selfless as Olivier Giroud, who laid on his second goal with a deftly weighted pass, must seem a tremendous relief.Although Didier Deschamps, putting aside for a moment the grumpiness that has characterised his World Cup, was moved to indulge a comparison to the Brazilian striker Ronaldo, it was another star of the 1998 World Cup Mbappé more obviously evoked. Twenty years to the day after Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina, Mbappé produced a remarkable tribute to win the penalty that gave France their 13th-minute lead. It would be another five and a half months before Mbappé was born. There was, perhaps, less technical ability required for him than Owen – there was no feather touch with the heel to pull the ball into his stride, no sudden cut outside to go past the final defenders – but the sense of awe at the sheer pace of it felt familiar. That’s three goals now for Mbappé at this World Cup (Owen was the last teenager to score two at a tournament) but just as important is the sense of balance he has given France. “In such an important match, he’s shown all his talent,” said Deschamps. “And even if he was supposed to defend, he still did attacks, and very good ones.” That criticism was presumably, at least in part, a joke – they seem not to come naturally, but he did seem to signal he wasn’t being entirely serious by bearing his teeth for a moment as he waited for the next question – but the point of the system he has instilled is that it is necessary for Mbappé to play on the front foot.With Blaise Matuidi a more defensive presence operating on the left, if Mbappé does not get forward France’s shape, as it often did in the group stage, becomes a narrow 4-4-1-1. Mbappé breaking forward, going beyond Giroud, is as essential to their balance as Matuidi tucking in on the other side is. Matuidi will miss the quarter-final against Uruguay through suspension; Deschamps’s task is to retain a balance that allows Mbappé his freedom without compromising the stability of the midfield. Share on WhatsApp World Cup 2018 France Twitter Kylian Mbappé scores the first of his two goals against Argentina in their last-16 meeting. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images The running styles are different as well: Owen a blur of roadrunner legs, Mbappé an astonishingly smooth and graceful acceleration, broad chest cruising through the open space of midfield as Éver Banega and Javier Mascherano gave hopeless pursuit before the surge right past a panicked Marcos Rojo, who denied him his Owen finish by pulling him down. In truth, by then Mbappé may have overrun it, but it didn’t matter; he had induced sufficient fear to draw the mistake.His goals, though, would come. His first showed remarkable awareness to know where the space was in the box and technical ability to move across a thicket of players to find it. Franco Armani, perhaps, might have done a little better, seemingly caught between trying to save with foot or body, but credit is due Mbappé for striking the shot early enough that the keeper could not get himself set into a more balanced position. The second was perhaps easier, a low shot past an exposed keeper, but it followed the sort of breakaway that should over the years becomes a trademark. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest Share via Email features World Cup Listen Share on Messenger Paris Saint-Germainlast_img read more

Sundar Pichai predicts India vs England final in ICC Cricket World Cup

first_img Next Press Trust of India WashingtonJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 14:14 IST Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India will face England in the World Cup finalsHIGHLIGHTSSundar Pichai has been rooting for India in the World CupHe recieved the Global Leadership Award during India Ideas Summit of USIBCPichai shared some of his cricket and baseball experiences in the United StatesGoogle’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India and England would clash in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and said he was “rooting” for the men in blue to emerge victorious.Describing himself as a passionate cricket fan, the 46-year-old head of California-based internet giant said that when he came to the US, he found baseball a bit challenging.”It (ICC Cricket World Cup final match) should be (between) England and India. But, you know, Australia and New Zealand, these are all very, very good teams,” Pichai told a Washington audience that included US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top corporate executives from India and the US during the India Ideas Summit of USIBC wherein he received the Global Leadership Award on Wednesday.He was replying to USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal who asked “who do you think is going to play the final match”.Pichai shared some of his cricket and baseball experiences in the United States.”When I first came here, I tried to kind of adapt to baseball. I have to say it was a bit challenging. In my first game, I was proud because I hit the ball on the back. It’s a really good shot in cricket. I was like, well look, what I did. But people didn’t appreciate it.”In cricket when you run, you always take your bat with you. So I also ran between base with my bat as well. So eventually, I realised baseball was a bit difficult. I can adjust on many things, but I’m going to stick to cricket,” he said.advertisement”There is a cricket World Cup going on. It’s a wonderful tournament… rooting for India to do well. But there’s a lot at stake here,” Pichai said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India is a huge pressure game, says Imam-ul-HaqAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Kevin Pietersen reminds Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan’s woes after loss vs AustraliaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sundar PichaiFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow India vs England Sundar Pichai predicts India vs England final in ICC Cricket World CupSundar Pichai, the CEO of Google has predicted that the ICC World Cup final will take place between India and England. He has also named New Zealand and Australia as the other potential teams to qualify for the finals.advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Laying the Keel for 3rd Oasis-Class Ship

first_imgWMN Staff, May 14, 2014; Video: royalcaribbean zoom Last Friday, during the keel-laying ceremony for the Oasis III at STX in St. Nazaire, France, Royal Caribbean also announced that it has agreed with STX France to move forward on the order of a fourth Oasis-class ship for delivery in 2018.The keel laying, during which a 1,000-ton block measuring 32-ft by 154-ft (10 x 47 meters) was lifted by crane into the building dock, marks the beginning of the physical construction of Oasis III.Newly minted coins were placed under the keel and will stay in place there until the end of the ship’s construction.Oasis III will be approximately 20 percent more energy efficient than Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas,  which already are the most energy efficient cruise ships in the world.Still to be named, the third Oasis-class ship will be delivered in spring 2016.你需要安装能够查看此内容的 Adobe Flash Player。Please click here to continue.The order for the Oasis IV is subject to documentation and satisfaction of financing and other customary conditions.last_img read more

Second Consecutive Day of Israeli Strikes on Gaza Leave 4 People

Rabat – In the “most serious” escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas since the summer of 2014, the Israeli military (IDF) said it had carried out air strikes on four targets in the occupied Gaza Strip on Thursday, as a response to mortar rounds fired into Israel. One of the strikes – which the Israeli army said targeted “terrorist infrastructure sites” – targeted a metal workshop and led to the injury of three children and a 65-year-old, the Gaza Health Ministry said, according to a report by Al Jazeera.No organization, including Hamas, has claimed responsibility for the trigger mortar rounds, but Israel holds Hamas responsible for attacks coming out of the territory. The IDF confirmed that the targeted sites belonged to Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, and Palestinian media outlets said the strikes also hit an outpost of a terrorist group called Islamic Jihad.On Wednesday, Israel struck five additional Hamas targets after claiming that a mortar shell had been fired against its forces near Gaza. The IDF said the attack did not injure or kill any soldiers or civilians, according to the Washington Post.In summer 2014, the Israeli army killed more than 2,000 people, mostly Palestinians, in the Gaza strip through airstrikes as part of its war against Hamas and other groups in the territories the Jewish state occupies.Israeli forces found and destroyed a tunnel linking Gaza and Israel last month – the first one discovered since the strikes two years ago. The development spurred concerns that Hamas had begun rebuilding its tunnel network in preparation for a series of new suicide attacks. read more

Opposition pressures UK government to act on climate change

LONDON — British opposition leaders are pressuring the government to act on climate change after weeks of protests put the issue at the heart of political debate.Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday declared a “climate emergency” during her party’s conference in Edinburgh, saying she had been inspired by young activists. Sturgeon says “Scotland will lead by example.”Earlier, the main opposition Labour Party said it would introduce a motion this week to force Parliament to declare an environmental emergency. Such a declaration was a demand of the Extinction Rebellion activists who paralyzed parts of London this month.Labour’s policy is for Britain to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, compared with Extinction Rebellion’s 2025 deadline. Scotland’s Green Party has criticized Sturgeon’s government for moving too slowly on climate change.The Associated Press read more

UN international community underline need for urgent solution to Darfur crisis

The two-day meeting, held in the Libyan capital Tripoli over the weekend, called for an immediate end to all attacks against relief workers and AU peacekeepers and a wider ceasefire so that serious peace negotiations can take place. In a text known as the Tripoli Consensus on the Political Process for Darfur, the participants also reconfirmed their support for the so-called Addis Ababa conclusions of last November, when the Sudanese Government agreed to the establishment of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force to quell the violence. The hybrid force is slated to have a strength of about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers, and would be the final phase of a three-step process in which the UN is giving support to the existing and under-resourced AU peacekeeping mission, known as AMIS. More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others forced to flee their homes because of the fighting between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups since 2003, and the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has named a former Sudanese Government minister and a militia commander as the first suspects he wants tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The Tripoli Consensus also voiced support for the work of the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, and urged them “to intensify consultations and rapidly finalize their road-map on a strategy and timeline for renewed negotiations.” Mr. Eliasson attended the Tripoli meeting, along with representatives of the AU, Sudan, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, the European Union and the League of Arab States. In a related development, the Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by another six months until 31 October, welcoming progress in carrying out the comprehensive peace agreement that ended another Sudanese conflict – the civil war between north and south. The resolution urged the Secretary-General to appoint a new Special Representative for Sudan as soon as possible and called on the former opponents in the civil war to “re-energize the process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of combatants.” But the Council also expressed “grave concern over the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Darfur,” citing attacks targeting civilians and pointing to the conflict’s potential threat to the wider region. 30 April 2007Voicing grave concern over the dire humanitarian and security situation inside Darfur, an international meeting involving the United Nations, the African Union (AU), Sudan and 14 other countries or regional organizations has stressed the need to find a comprehensive solution to the conflict as soon as possible. read more

Walk for Autism Speaks coming up Sunday

The Walk at Brock for Autism Speaks Canada is Sunday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.The event, which starts at 10 a.m. with registration, will include fun activities, performers and snacks before and after the walk. A short opening ceremony will be held 15 minutes before the five-kilometre walk.Walk for someone you know, join a team or donate online. If you have any questions about the walk, or about Autism Speaks Canada, please contact walknow@autismspeakscan.ca

NTMA reduces interest rates on An Post savings products

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency (NTMA) has reduced the interest rates of An Post savings products in order to compensate for the increase in DIRT tax announced in the Budget in October.The increase in this tax made savings products at An Post more attractive than at other financial institutions and this is the NTMA’s way of addressing it.In a statement today, the NTMA said the reductions for State savings products will only affect new purchases that take place from today.They have no effect on the existing holders of savings bonds and certificate, national solidarity bonds or instalment savings, as their rates have already been fixed for the duration of their term.The rates are as now follows:The fixed rate for the three-year bond remains at 4 per cent;Four-year national solidarity bonds offer a return of 6 per cent – down 2 per cent;The rate for five and a half year savings certificates is now 10 per cent – reduced from 11 per cent;Six-year savings bonds now offer a rate of 10 per cent – down from 14 per cent;Ten-year national solidarity bonds now offer a return of 30 per cent- down 5 per cent.The agency also announced a change to the variable interest rate used to calculate the prized fund for bonds, which is now 1.6 per cent and the number of weekly €100 prizes is being cut in half from January 2014.A spokesperson said the new rates “reflect the reductions in interest rates in the savings market and in sovereign bond yields generally”.Read: Check behind the sofa: €2.15m in Prize Bond prizes are still unclaimed>Read: NTMA launches State Savings products>last_img read more

Huge variations in payment of dog fines by local authorities

first_imgTHE ENFORCEMENT OF on-the-spot fines issued for contravening the Control of Dogs Acts varies significantly from county to county, figures from the Department of Environment have revealed.Just under 46 per cent of all fines were paid in 2012, with only three out of 34 local authorities who issued fines showing a payment rate of 100 per cent.The most impressive of these was Fingal – operated by Ashton Dog Pound – which had all 328 of its on-the-spot fines paid.Clare, which is operated by the ISPCA, and Sligo, which is operated by a private contractor, also had a 100 per cent payment rate.South Dublin, which is operated by the local authority, had a payment rate of 3.6 per cent, with just 34 of the 935 on-the-spot fines being paid.FinancesDog warden operations within the 34 local authorities ran at a combined loss of €1,582,563.66 for 2012.Out of the 34, only eight had a surplus, the greatest of which was Kerry. With an income of €309,554.35 and expenditure of €220,385.62, it had a surplus of €89,168.73.The three greatest individual losses were all in Leinster. South Dublin ran a loss of just over €219,000, Dublin City nearly €195,000 and Kildare just over €141,000.Put to sleep516 dogs (including lurchers) were put to sleep in Wexford last year. Close behind was Clare, which saw 479 animals put to sleep. Donegal had the third largest number of dogs put to sleep at 394.Read: 88 convictions for dog control offences in 2012 >last_img read more

Future Ancients

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram What does a Greek Australian woman have do with the National Indigenous Human Rights Awards? How does she understand occupation? Well, the Ottomans were in Greece for close to 400 years. The eradication of language? The Ottomans systematically tried to erase the Greek language. What about brutality against young men? Consider the brutality of the Janissaries or the death of Angelo Tsakos. What about the loss of diversity, like Indigenous culture? Greece is actually a culture of diversity. It is made of islanders, mountain people, mainlanders, Northerners, Peloponnesians. We too are from ancient culture so we understand and respect others ancient cultures. As a wise man once said to me … it is all one story. So I find myself in the NSW Parliament House at the first-ever National Indigenous Human Rights Awards. Emceed by the impeccable firebrand and deputy leader of the NSW Opposition party Linda Burney, the night promised much and it delivered wisdom and more. The night kicked off with keynote speaker Yalmay Yunupingu, who had travelled from the Northern Territory, presenting the Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights. The late Dr Mandawuy Yunupingu is widely known in mainstream Australian culture as the man behind Yothu Yindi and as the 1992 Australian of the Year, but he was also an educationalist, who was the first Aboriginal man from Arnhem land to achieve a tertiary degree. In 1990 he was appointed principal of Yirrkala School, becoming Australia’s first Aboriginal principal. His wife Yalmay is proof of the John Lennon saying ‘behind every great man there is an even greater woman’, as she delivered her speech (in her second language of English) and clearly put the case forward for the establishment of bi-lingual schools. Her soft manner gave speed to her words and her exhausted reiteration of consultation, consultation, consultation/policy, policy, policy left the audience sensing the time wasted by politicians to sustain the many diverse languages and cultures. We Greeks know how important the sustaining of language is for the continuation of culture, during the Ottoman invasion of Greece, when the Greek language had been banned, our ancestors taught the new generations Greek in ‘Hidden Schools’. The Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights was awarded to the outspoken elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, who was left speechless. Brought to tears, this fearless actress/activist reminded us that language is the gateway to culture. Rosalie, who was born on Utopia Cattle Station, and collaborated with filmmakers including Charles Chauvel and John Pilger, has had an amazing life. She was instrumental in the Aboriginal political movements from the early 1970s and still is uncompromisingly vocal about Indigenous issues, as her recent appearance on ABC’s Q &A proves. Story-spinner Gail Mabo, the daughter of the late Eddie Mabo, presented the Eddie Mabo Award for Achievements In Social Justice. Gail outlined her late father’s struggle for social justice from 1981 -1992 that led to the High Court of Australia overturning Terra Nulius, that this land belonged to no-one when white settlers first arrived. Gail outlined how her father’s examination of their Torres Strait language and culture was instrumental in this long battle for justice. The Eddie Mabo Award for Achievement in Social Justice was posthumously presented to the late Arthur and Leslie Murray, whose painful determination to seek justice for their son Eddie led to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody into Police Brutality in 1988. Eddie was an Australian Rugby league player who died in 1981, within an hour of being arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Police alleged that he had committed suicide by hanging in his cell. His parents’ ongoing pursuit of justice still remains an on-going symbol in mainstream Australian culture. The award was accepted by the Murray’s daughter, who reminded all present that no-one was ever found guilty of Eddie’s death and that justice has yet to be served. Always cool, the easily recognisable Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine presented the Anthony Mundine Award for Courage to a person who has made an incredible advancement in sports.Respectful of his elders, Anthony paid a huge tribute to his mother. He also told an amazing story that contradicted the mainstream media demonisation of him. He told the audience that he had ‘always wanted to be great, firstly in rugby league and then in boxing … but that his greatest victory had come at 15 years of age when he said no to drugs that his cousins and friends had offered him’. This is a message that is worthy of being shared by mainstream Australia. The Courage Award recipient, photographer Barbara McGrady, has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait sportspeople, as well as archiving through photography the struggles of urban Aboriginal people. Finally MLC Shoaquett Moselmane, the convener of the Indigenous Human Rights Awards, presented an Award for Courage and Commitment to Social Justice and Human Rights to Gerry Georgatos. A long-time human rights and social justice campaigner, Georgatos acknowledged both the award presenters and the recipients and went on to share with us the wisdom of his late father, who had told him as a child, ‘if we get the Indigenous issues right, then we get ours right too’. It was obvious to all in the room, state politicians, Indigenous leaders and the media, that something special was born with the presentation of the Indigenous People’s Human Rights Awards, and that Indigenous Human Rights issues can be assisted in moving into the mainstream public domain with national recognition.last_img read more

Guerre des brevets Motorola lemporte face à Apple

first_imgGuerre des brevets : Motorola l’emporte face à AppleIl est certain que la firme à la pomme doit avoir un sacré budget pour ses avocats qui ont du pain sur la planche. Apple vient cette fois de perdre face à Motorola, d’après une décision de l’International Trade Commission.Régulièrement en procès (avec Samsung par exemple, ou HTC, des cas que nous avions déjà évoqué, entre autres…),Apple accuse ou est accusé de violation de brevets, essentiellement dans le secteur des smartphones.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?C’est encore le cas ici, ou Apple avait poursuivit Motorola pour de 3 brevets concernant notamment les modèles Droid, Droid 2 et Droid X de la marque. L’ITC a donc estimé qu’il n’y avait pas eu violation de brevet, mais une autre confirmation judiciaire devrait suivre pour valider le verdict. En attendant, Motorola est soulagé et Apple n’a pas souhaité réagir, du moins pour le moment. Le 16 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Priority spending for Grand Turk Master Plan roll out

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Grand Turk – Carnival Cruise Lines is pleased, says the Premier, with her administration’s ability to re-engage vendors in Grand Turk after the parties had reached an impasse on how the cruise destination ought to develop.   There is a development fund, which has grown to $6 million, and despite its good intentions the money has been virtually untouched and this has hurt the Grand Turk cruise destination.Some 82,000 less tourists arrived at the Grand Turk Cruise Center in 2016, and the rating of the cruise center has also dropped.  Residents of Grand Turk have speculated that the dip is linked with the dilapidated aesthetics of the island and complaints that there is not enough for visitors to do in Grand Turk.   A Grand Turk Master plan is proposed but movement is stagnant.Premier Sharlene Robinson said, their plan as the new administration is to start spending the money.  “We’re left now to decide which will be the most impactful, which are low hanging fruits.  The fund is about six million dollars, the infrastructure fund, and we do intend to use that fund for the benefit of Grand Turk.  So you will see in an upcoming budget little infrastructural support from the TCIG’s budget for Grand Turk.  We would carry out road works which is the responsibility of the government, but we will be using quite a bit of the infrastructure fund for Grand Turk.”#MagneticMediaNews#priorityspendingforGrandTurk#CarnivalCruiseLineTCI#GrandTurkCruisePort#betterinfrastructureforGT Related Items:#betterinfrastructureforGT, #CarnivalCruiseLineTCI, #GrandTurkCruisePort, #magneticmedianews, #priorityspendingforGrandTurklast_img read more

Government invests in ultralow emission vehicles and infrastructure

first_imgAutumn Statement 2016: Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will invest in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).In his Autumn Statement speech, Hammond announced an investment of £390 million by 2020-21 in ULEVs, renewable fuels, and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure.From today until the end of March 2019, the government will also offer 100% first-year allowances to employers investing in charge-points for electric vehicles, in addition to the tax incentives for ULEVs in company tax and salary sacrifice schemes.Hammond said: “Reliable transport networks are essential to growth and productivity. So this Autumn Statement commits significant additional funding to help keep Britain moving now, and to invest in the transport networks and vehicles of the future.”last_img read more

Why repentance over quota abolition now asks Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said it is the government policymakers, not the students, who should think of quota reform.“Quota reform is not a matter of students. It is rather a matter of the policymakers. As students demanded annulment of the system, we’ve scrapped it. What’s the point of raising question over the matter now?” prime minister Hasina told a media briefing at her official Ganabhaban residence.Also the ruling Bangladesh Awami League president, Sheikh Hasina organised the briefing on the outcome of her recent visits to Saudia Arabia, United Kingdom and Australia. Hasina went on saying, “The students have demanded and we’ve accepted it. What is the point of repentance now?”She said none should complain now that they are lagging behind as the district quota has also been abolished.last_img read more

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first_imgNews | May 10, 2011 MRI Contrast Agent Guidelines Help Prevent Debilitating Disorder News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more May 10, 2011 – A simple blood test may help prevent a serious complication associated with a contrast agent commonly used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams, according to a study published in the July issue of Radiology.Within the past five years, use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) has been linked to the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a rare disorder mainly affecting patients with severe kidney disease. But since 2008, restrictive GBCA administration guidelines implemented by Massachusetts General Hospital have proven effective in preventing NSF.“It is important for the public to know that gadolinium products are safe for most patients and the risk of NSF should not deter them from GBCA-enhanced exams, such as MRIs,” said the study’s lead author Hani H. Abujudeh, M.D., MBA, associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.NSF is characterized by widespread tissue fibrosis. Patients with NSF experience an increase of collagen in the tissues, causing thickening and hardening of the skin of the extremities, and often resulting in immobility and tightening or deformity of the joints. NSF can develop rapidly and may result in patients becoming wheelchair-bound within just a few weeks. In some cases, there is involvement of other tissues, including the lungs, heart, diaphragm, esophagus and skeletal muscle.Massachusetts General Hospital began implementing restrictive GBCA guidelines in May 2007 in order to protect patients from potentially developing NSF. The guidelines require that a blood test be done on patients over age 60 or at risk for kidney disease. The blood test measures how well the kidneys are doing. That number is then converted via a formula to estimate the glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which measures the rate of fluid flow through the kidneys. The guidelines stipulate a maximum GBCA dose of 20 mL for patients with a low eGFR (below 60 mL/min/m2). GBCA should not be administered at all to patients currently undergoing dialysis treatment or with a very low eGFR (below 30 mL/min/m2).For the study, Abujudeh and colleagues reviewed the hospital’s medical records during the pre-guideline and transition period (January 2002 through December 2007) and the post-adoption period (January 2008 to March 2010). Prior to adoption of the guidelines and during the transition period, 113,120 contrast-enhanced MRI exams were performed, and 34 cases of NSF were subsequently identified. During the post-guideline period, 52,954 contrast-enhanced MRIs were performed with no new cases of NSF identified.“The findings prove that these guidelines are effective,” Abujudeh said, “and that strategies can be put into practice to ensure patient safety.”For more information: www.rsna.org News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Braccocenter_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Related Content Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more last_img read more

Cubas Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort shines with Transat

first_img Share Cuba’s Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort shines with Transat Posted by Travelweek Group Thursday, May 16, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — Located on a 1.5 kilometre private beach in Cayo Santa Maria, Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort is a property that plunges you into nature in all its glory, says Transat. Guests can take part in a wide variety of water, land and beach activities, whether they’re interested in learning some new moves in salsa lessons, serving up some fun at beach volleyball or lazing on a catamaran.  There are also many activities for families looking to have fun, with a children’s pool, a mini-club and snorkeling marine adventures. The four-star all-inclusive 846-room resort has spacious and modern rooms, with several different categories for guests to choose from, including Junior Suite Garden View, Junior Suite Ocean View (upgrade option available), Junior Suite Premium Garden View and Suites.  Golden Tulip Aguas Claras Resort also has six restaurants with choices for those interested in dining buffet or à la carte style, including Fuego Hielo, an à la carte gourmet restaurant, and La Caleta, a breakfast snack bar. For bar options, there eight different options, with drink options ranging from local, international and premium.  For more details see transat.com/en-CA/hotels/golden-tulip-aguas-claras-resort. Tags: Cuba, Resort, Transatlast_img read more

Showcasing travel brands to global buyers at Luxperience 2015

first_imgShowcasing travel brands to global buyers at Luxperience 2015In just three weeks, leading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is again opening its doors in Sydney, Australia to new venue, Australian Technology Park due to its increased size. In its fourth year, the business exchange has fast become renowned for attracting the highest quality buyers and sellers of global travel experiences, and a number of high profile South American brands have signed up to exhibit at the event.Eric Lewanavanua, Director of Sales and Partner Alliances at Luxperience, commented:“Luxperience is the ideal platform for South American travel companies to showcase their products to a captive and highly influential audience. There is currently huge interest in luxury and experiential travel to South America, and this is an ideal time for suppliers to capitalise on this to maximise brand awareness, foster meaningful business relationships and drive sales.”South American companies that have already signed up to exhibit at this year’s event include new exhibitor Incarail and Prom Peru, which has increased its presence from one suite last year to seven suites in 2015. This year, Prom Peru’s stand will feature the country’s finest travel experiences, including Sumaq Macchu Picchu Hotel and sustainable tourism provider Inkaterra. LATAM Airlines Group is also returning to Luxperience 2015 with an enhanced partnership that will see the group carrying Latin American hosted buyers to Sydney, as well as exhibiting.LATAM Airlines Group’s LAN Airlines operates seven one-stop flights each week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile, with onward connections to over 115 destinations in South America. LAN also offers non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago four times per week in a codeshare partnership with its oneworld partner airlines.LAN Airlines, South America’s leading airline network offering the best connectivity in the region, introduced its Boeing 787 fleet to the Pacific on 18 April, 2015. In the final quarter of this year, the 787-9 fleet will introduce further upgrades and significantly increase capacity in the Pacific region.Luxperience exhibitors receive 2.5 days of face to face pre-selected scheduled appointments; access to highly qualified high end travel buyers and bespoke travel designers from across the globe; use of LuxConnect – an exclusive online networking platform for buyers and exhibitors; access to all exclusive social networking functions; the chance to connect with media editors and writers representing renowned luxury travel publications; the opportunity to meet the luxury travel world’s elite in social media and blogging, and a selection of stand options and designs.Buyer access to Luxperience is by invitation only and buyers must demonstrate extensive experience in the niche luxury and high end experiential travel sector. Buyer invitations include 42 pre-scheduled appointments with a choice of exhibitors over 3 days; access to all exclusive networking functions; three nights hosted accommodation in Sydney; return airport transfers; access to the Thought Leaders Forum; access to LuxConnect, and access to exclusive pre and post familiarisation tours offering the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the newest and unique luxury products within the Australasia Pacific region.Luxperience is the only travel trade forum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere based in the Australasia and Pacific region that connects the world’s most exclusive travel providers dealing in luxury and experiential travel.Source = Luxperiencelast_img read more