Two arrested in Bengal with 12 kg of ivory

first_imgOfficials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence Kolkata Zonal Unit have arrested two persons with several pieces of elephant tusk from Mallaguri area near Siliguri in north Bengal.About 12.4 kilogram of elephant tusk was seized from Saiful Islam, a resident of Lakhimpur in Assam and Santosh Pradhan, resident of Siliguri. On putting together the pieces, having a girth size 0.36 metres, it was found that they were part of a single trunk about 2.86 feet long. “Preliminary investigations indicate that the elephant was poached in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh or Assam five to six months ago and the tusk was being taken to Nepal ,” a statement issued by the DRI said.The development comes weeks after six persons were arrested in Jaldapara in north Bengal for having killed a rhino.last_img read more

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Demolition drive sparks a row in Tripura

first_imgA row broke out in Tripura on Monday after officials started a drive to demolish party and trade union offices built on public land. In a pre-dawn action, the west Tripura district administration dismantled at least nine structures in Agartala.The Congress and the CPI(M), both in opposition, criticised the action, but admitted that the buildings were on government land. The ruling BJP called the drive “impartial.” Congress workers, led by PCC president Birajit Sinha, staged a sit-in in front of the office of the District Magistrate to condemn what they called unethical demolition of offices of the transport unions owing allegiance to the party. The police took them into preventive custody.The Transport Minister in the Left Front government and CITU leader, Manik Dey, and west Tripura MP Shankar Prasad Datta visited the Old Motorstand area where the structures were dismantled. They alleged that the demolition was done without notice. “I can recall the days of Emergency. The BJP government in the State is showing disrespect to democratic values,” Mr. Dey told journalists. CPI(M) leaders said the trade union offices served as a place for transport workers and passengers to rest. They warned the government of an agitation if it pressed ahead with the drive.Hundreds of paramilitary troops and armed policemen were deployed at midnight before the demolition began. A prohibitory order under Section 144 was imposed in the city.West Tripura District Magistrate Milind Ramteke and Superintendent of Police Ajit Pratap Singh supervised the demolition of concrete structures with the help of bulldozers and a few hundred workers. Several roads were barricaded.Mr. Ramteke said notice was served on the occupants a week ago and was advertised in newspapers. He said the government had identified 104 political and trade union structures built on government land in west Tripura alone. Officials have put the number at 400 across the State and said all of them will be razed.Police officers said the situation in Agartala remained peaceful, but deployment would continue in some parts of the city to maintain law and order.last_img read more

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In Japan, official effort to replicate STAP stem cells comes up empty

first_imgTOKYO—A team of researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan, reported today that they have been unable to reproduce a simple method of creating stem cells that was reported in two Nature papers by CDB scientists earlier this year. “But these are just interim results, not a final conclusion,” said Shinichi Aizawa, a RIKEN developmental biologist, at a press conference.RIKEN, which operates a network of nationally funded research institutes, also announced today that CDB will be downsized, renamed, and relaunched in November under new management. In two papers, published online in Nature on 29 January, CDB’s Haruko Obokata and others reported that simply subjecting mature mouse cells to a mild acid bath could produce stem cells, which are capable of developing into all the cell types in a body. Stem cells are likely to be at the heart of a wide range of future medical treatments. The stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) method, as the researchers named it, was far simpler than all other known methods of creating stem cells. 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Researchers around the world started reporting that they couldn’t replicate the results. A RIKEN investigating committee on 1 April announced finding Obokata guilty of research misconduct for several instances of falsification and fabrication in the papers. The committee cleared other co-authors of misconduct but said that senior scientists involved bore heavy responsibility for lax oversight of the then–30-year-old Obokata.That month, RIKEN also set up a team to try to replicate the STAP phenomenon. An outside committee reviewing the case on 12 June recommended that CDB be dismantled. The authors retracted the papers on 2 July, though Obokata has continued to claim that the STAP phenomenon is real. In a tragic turn, Yoshiki Sasai, a highly respected stem cell scientist who was a co-author of the papers and CDB deputy director, committed suicide on 5 August. Reportedly one of the notes he left behind blamed the stress of the media attention.The team attempting to replicate the STAP results is led by Aizawa and Hitoshi Niwa, another respected stem cell researcher who was also a co-author of the papers. In repeated experiments using different types of stress and cells from different tissues, they neither saw the fluorescent signal characteristic of stem cells generated from mice carrying a gene for green fluorescent protein, nor were they able to produce a cell mass as reported in the Obokata papers. Niwa noted that they used a common laboratory mouse strain known as C57 black 6. (A report in Japanese is here.) To be thorough, they intend to repeat the experiments with other mouse strains. They are also giving Obokata herself a chance to reproduce her results. They expect to complete their work by next March.As for the fate of CDB, RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori said they will rebuild the institute around 250 researchers with the remaining staff moved to other RIKEN institutes. (A Japanese report is here.) CDB had a staff of 541 in 2013, according to the institute’s annual report that year. A new director will be appointed for the institute, which RIKEN has tentatively named the “Multicellular System Formation Research Center.”Noyori also announced a multifaceted action plan to strengthen governance, establish a new research compliance office, improve awareness of research ethics, and provide guidance in properly recording and managing research data all to prevent a recurrence of misconduct and to regain the trust of the Japanese public.*Update, 27 August, 8:16 a.m.: This story was updated with more information.last_img read more

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How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRH

first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan wants the Indian cricket team selectors to reconsider their decision to leave out Rishabh Pant from the 2019 World Cup squad and wants him to be included in it after watching his knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.Rishabh Pant smashed 49 off 21 balls as Delhi Capitals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2019 in Vizag.Delhi rode on Pant and Prithvi Shaw’s knocks to chase down 163 with two wickets in hand and 1 ball to spare. Shaw top-scored in the match with 56 runs.Keemo Paul ends the tension!@DelhiCapitals win the #Eliminator by 2 wickets and move on to Qualifier 2 #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/WzpjUeg5pCIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 8, 2019Rishabh Pant’s knock was laced with five sixes and two boundaries as he once again showed his class and proved to the world what he can do with the bat once on song. Pant wasn’t included in the 15-man Indian squad for the World Cup with Dinesh Karthik getting the preference over the Delhi cricketer.But that decision has left Vaughan baffled after he saw what Pant did in Wednesday night’s game.Missed a Fifty but what an extraordinary innings in the context of the game! #GameChanger #Eliminator #DCvSRH pic.twitter.com/8qEMItIuS8IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 8, 2019Pant was inconsistent in the initial stages of the league phase but has hit form at the right time for Delhi Capitals as they bid to reach their maiden IPL final this season. He has so far amassed 450 runs in 15 matches at an average of 37.50 with three fifties.advertisement”How is @RishabPant777 not in the World Cup squad …… Pretty sure #India still have time to change …….. !!!!!,” Vaughan tweeted.How is @RishabPant777 not in the World Cup squad …… Pretty sure #India still have time to change …….. !!!!! #Bonkers #IPL19Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 8, 2019Delhi Capitals will face defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 2 in Vizag on Friday. The winner will meet Mumbai Indians in the final on May 12. DC have never made it to the final but they will seriously start believing now. All they need to do now is beat 2 teams who have won the IPL 3 times to win their first title.With Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant in their ranks, Delhi Capitals have dared to dream. And they have learned to dream big. An IPL title is not too far off now.Also Read | Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw knock SRH out, Delhi Capitals on course for maiden finalAlso Read | Felt like hell, says Shreyas Iyer after DC beat SRH in tense EliminatorAlso Read | Rishabh Pant promises to finish matches for Delhi after Vizag thrillerAlso Read | Rishabh Pant objects after Shreyas Iyer decides to withdraw run-out appeallast_img read more

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TFA 2018/19 Annual General Meeting

first_imgIn accordance with the Touch Football Australia Limited Constitution (TFA Constitution), written notice is hereby given that the TFA Board has scheduled the TFA Annual General Meeting for the 2018/19 financial period to be held on 16th November 2019.Date: Saturday, 16th November 2019Time: 11:00am AEDSTLocation: Rugby League Central, 44 Driver Ave, Moore Park, Sydney NSWNote: Teleconference facilities are available for those unable to be physically present at the Annual General Meeting as prescribed in clause 23 of the TFA Constitution. Teleconference details are noted on page 1 of the 2019 Notice of Annual General Meeting form, below.Please find documents relating to this meeting here:2019 Notice of Annual General Meeting with Director Nominations2018 AGM MinutesTouch Football Australia 2018/19 Annual ReportTouch Football Australia 2018/19 Financial Reportlast_img read more

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Brock Travelstead, 5-Star Kicker, Announces His Commitment

first_img COMMITTED TO THE VILLE!! #GOCARDS #Flyville20 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/l03V9jaAY5— Brock Travelstead (@KP12Travelstead) June 16, 2019Travelstead, a 6-foot-1 kicker, is ranked the No. 4 kicker recruit in the country by Chris Sailer Kicking rankings.The five-star recruit had scholarship offers from several notable programs, including Air Force, Army, Wyoming and UMass.The elite prospect joins a Louisville class that includes commitments from 15 players. A genera view of louisville's football field.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of the Louisville Cardinals game against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)One of the highest-rated field goal kicker recruits in the country for 2020 has announced his commitment.Brock Travelstead, a five-star kicker out of Georgia, announced late on Saturday his commitment decision.The No. 4 overall kicker recruit has committed to Louisville.“COMMITTED TO THE VILLE!!” he wrote.last_img read more

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World Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominance

first_imgWorld Cup 1975: The birth of World Cups and West Indies’ dominanceWest Indies claimed their title as the first-ever World Cup winners in 1975 when they defeated Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord’s.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 28, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 21:23 IST West Indies get crowned as the winners of the first ever World Cup, marking their dominance in the game (Photo: Getty Images)The 1975 World Cup was the genesis of modern One Day International (ODI) cricket as thousands of enthusiastic fans turned up in numbers to have a look at the gentlemen’s game in its brand-new avatar. The tournament took place in England and was accompanied with a lot of excitement thanks to the novelty factor surrounding the first-ever abridged version of the game. Eight participants comprising Australia, England, West Indies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa, were separated into two groups of four.Players took to the field wearing traditional white flannels, used a red ball and had to field for a maximum of 60 overs. The first-ever ODI and opening match of the competition pitted hosts England against India in what was a historic day in the annals of the game. The game, itself, was a rather forgetful occasion as teams took time to come to terms with cricket’s newest format. Eventually, India lost to England by 202 runs at Lord’s but the technically astute Sunil Gavaskar’s 36 not out off 174 balls is what many remember this match for.Perhaps the best match from the inaugural edition of the World Cup was West Indies’ humdinger against Pakistan at Edgbaston. It was an ebb-and-flow encounter that saw the tide turn in both sides’ favour, multiple times in the contest. In the end, it was wicket-keeper Deryck Murray and pacer Andy Roberts’ 10th-wicket partnership that got West Indies over the finish line. Chasing a target of 267, all hope seemed lost when Pakistan reduced the Windies to 203 for 9. However, Murray and Roberts demonstrated their unflappable temperament and held their nerve to win the game with a wicket and two balls to spare.advertisementWest Indies’ win over Pakistan may have lit up the World Cup, but hosts England were still very much the favourites following wins in all their group games. England’s World Cup dream though came to an end in the semi-final courtesy of a remarkable all-round performance by Australia’s Gary Gilmour. After restricting England to a mere 93, Gilmour scored an unbeaten 28 to help the Aussies to a 4-wicket win and lead them to the final. Gilmour had earlier claimed six English wickets and finished with figures of 6 for 14, which was the best bowling figures in this World Cup.However, the Australians ran out of steam once up against the West Indies in the final at Lord’s. Rohan Kanhai’s 55 and skipper Clive Lloyd’s 102 helped Windies set a target of 292 for the Aussies to chase. Gilmour once again delivered for Australia with figures of 5 for 48, but it wasn’t enough to deny the West Indians the inaugural World Cup. Keith Boyce and Lloyd both took four scalps each in the second innings as the Windies won by 17 runs to become cricket’s first-ever World Champions. Lloyd was rightfully adjudged the Man of the Match after the game as West Indies began their era of dominance.Also Read | World Cup 2011: India end Australia’s dominance, crowned champions at homeAlso 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 1975Follow west indiesFollow ODIlast_img read more

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Subventions pour aider les élèves à être actifs après lécole

first_imgLes enfants et les familles auront plus facilement accès à des programmes parascolaires qui les aideront à faire plus d’activité physique. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, a annoncé aujourd’hui 7 mars du financement supplémentaire au programme de subventions pour l’utilisation des écoles par les communautés. Les subventions, offertes dans le cadre du plan Priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, aident les écoles à offrir des programmes parascolaires d’activité physique de qualité. Elles permettent également aux groupes communautaires d’offrir plus facilement des programmes récréatifs, éducatifs et culturels dans les écoles. « Il est important pour les jeunes de faire de l’activité physique, et les écoles sont des lieux communautaires naturels et accessibles où ils peuvent s’amuser et maintenir une bonne condition physique, a dit Mme Jennex. Les écoles ont lancé des programmes vraiment créatifs avec ces subventions. Nous travaillons ensemble pour améliorer la santé de nos enfants et de notre province. » Il s’agit de la deuxième année du programme, qui appuie également le plan « Thrive! » pour une Nouvelle-Écosse en meilleure santé. Les subventions offrent un total de 660 000 $ par année aux conseils scolaires afin de contribuer aux coûts liés à l’utilisation des installations scolaires après les heures de classe. Pendant la première année du programme, une centaine d’écoles de la province ont reçu des subventions d’environ 5 000 $ chacune, et une somme de 160 000 $ a été offerte aux groupes communautaires pour contribuer aux frais d’inscription et de location. Les écoles ont utilisé les subventions pour offrir des activités telles que le curling, le cyclisme, la gymnastique, la planche à roulettes et la Zumba. L’école Caledonia Junior High School à Dartmouth a lancé un club parascolaire 30/30, où les élèves reçoivent une collation saine, 30 minutes d’aide avec leurs travaux scolaires et 30 minutes de loisirs, qui peuvent varier du yoga au tennis de table. « Je me sens à l’aise dans le club. Je fais beaucoup de travail, a dit Tru Downey, élève de l’école Caledonia. J’ai fait beaucoup de progrès en mathématiques. » « Dans le club 30/30, nous aidons nos membres à être fiers de leurs réalisations scolaires et nous reconnaissons l’importance de l’activité physique, a dit Andrew MacDougall, coordonnateur du personnel. J’ai essayé de créer un environnement où les élèves peuvent tirer plus de fierté de leur travail et aussi exiger plus d’eux-mêmes à l’extérieur de la salle de classe. Je veux qu’ils soient responsables de leur propre réussite et qu’ils acceptent de travailler fort pour y parvenir. »last_img read more

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Messed me up 60s Scoop survivors meet for Alberta apology consultations

first_imgThe Canadian PressEDMONTON – Beatrix Massee is a Cree woman from Alberta but she speaks with a slight Tennessee twang – a legacy of the foster homes she grew up in after being taken from her mother by government authorities in the ’60s Scoop.“I was placed in a home that was full of abuse, moved around from home to home to home,” Massee, 45, recalled Thursday.“Wouldn’t it have been better if I’d been with my family?”Massee was one of dozens of Scoop survivors who gathered at an Indigenous school in Edmonton for a sixth and final meeting with provincial officials. Alberta has been gathering input to craft a meaningful “sorry” for the thousands of children who were taken from their parents and culture and adopted into non-Indigenous homes.“We’re estimating it could be anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 people in Alberta,” said Adam North Peigan of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society. “I’ve been overwhelmed with the amount of survivors that have come out.”Massee was two when she was taken from her mother, who she said was drinking and living in poverty. Her sister was taken at birth.“I had to protect her and take care of her. I didn’t have a childhood, didn’t get to learn anything, because it was all about survival,” she said. “Nobody wanted us and it just messed me up.”The Scoop happened to Indigenous families across Canada between 1951 and 1991. Children were taken from their homes and communities and placed as far away as New Zealand.Manitoba was the first province to deliver an apology in 2015. Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall promised one, but resigned before it was fulfilled.In October, the federal government announced it had reached a $750-million settlement with about 20,000 people. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, would see survivors each receive between $25,000 and $50,000.North Peigan said any apology from Alberta will have to include action.“Resources need to be put on the table to allow survivors to come together and be able to begin the healing process. We’re looking for a long-term commitment from the government, both federally and provincially.”Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee said there’s no timeline for a statement and plan.She says Alberta has reduced the number of Indigenous children in government care, although they still make up two-thirds of caseloads despite being only 10 per cent of children in the province.Officials are finalizing recommendations from a 2016 report on how to improve care for those kids.“We haven’t been waiting (for those recommendations),” Larivee said. “We’ve been doing tremendous work to make sure we’re developing the relationships and creating the partnerships to make sure we can move forward.”Massee said it’s been a tough road, with sad detours into drugs and alcohol and prostitution. A reunion with her birth family didn’t go so well. There was a suicide attempt.But she’s doing all right. Coming home to Alberta was a big part of it.“It was the ancestors who brought me back here. I started connecting with my culture and my identity and I started healing.”She’s been sober for three years. She’s got a job. She’s reconnected with her daughter, who’s about to deliver a grandson.Her sister is married and still lives in the United States.“I’m OK,” she said, dabbing away tears.“I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now if it wasn’t for my culture and my identity and my people. They’re the only ones in my whole life that showed me that they loved me.”last_img read more

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Saudi Aramco in parleys with Reliance for stake in refinerypetchem complex

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil exporter, is in talks to buy stake in Reliance Industries’ oil refineries and petrochemical complex, sources privy to the development said. Aramco opened talks with Reliance as $44-billion mega refinery-cum-petrochemical complex, where it was taking a 50 per cent stake along with UAE’s ADNOC, got delayed after ruling BJP-government scrapped plans to acquiring land for the project in coastal Maharashtra. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe sources said talks have been going on for few months now but there is nothing concrete that has materialised just as yet. Reports suggested Aramco may take 25 per cent stake for $10-15 billion but sources discounted such a valuation saying market capitalisation of Reliance at Tuesday’s closing price on BSE was over Rs 8.5 lakh crore, at least half of which or Rs 4.25 lakh crore (about $60 billion) would be coming from refinery and petrochemical business. A 25 per cent stake would translate into $15 billion without even considering any premium of giving a firm a foothold into a well-established business in the world’s third largest energy consuming nation, they said.last_img read more

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Two decomposed bodies found in a house

Police had discovered the bodies of a couple in a house in Galpotta Udugampola yesterday and the body of their child in a well nearbyThe police said that the bodies were found after information was received by the police emergency unit. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

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Briefing Security Council senior officials urge UN systemwide approach to early warning

Unanimously adopting a resolution ahead of a day-long meeting on conflict prevention, the Council expressed its determination to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations “in preventing and ending armed conflicts, their escalation, spread when they occur, and their resurgence once they end,” and underlined the overriding moral, political and humanitarian imperatives as well as the economic advantages of taking such a preventive approach.Emphasizing that the United Nations, including the Security Council, “should heed early warning indications of potential conflict” and ensure prompt and effective action to prevent, contain or end them, the Council in its resolution also affirmed that a comprehensive conflict prevention strategy should include, among others, early warning, preventive diplomacy, mediation, preventive deployment, peacekeeping, and practical disarmament.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who briefed the Council alongside UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, said: “There is no more important challenge before us than improving our ability to reach a stronger and earlier consensus. It is time for a new era of collaboration, cooperation and action from the Security Council.”Mr. Ban said that though the UN had risen from the ashes of “the war to end all wars” and had, over the past 64 years, saved countless lives, “we cannot speak of positive trends when we look at Syria, Iraq, Gaza, South Sudan, the Central African Republic a Ukraine and elsewhere.”Those situations demonstrate not only the changing nature and complexity of contemporary conflict – repeated cycles of turmoil, exacerbating factors such as extreme poverty, weak institutions or terrorism – but also pose a major challenge to the Organization’s prevention work.“Are our common tools fit for purpose? What must we do better? How can we anticipate what lies ahead?” the UN Chief asked, and added: “The Security Council, which bears the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, has a unique responsibility.”Hard-won experience has taught the international community a number of lessons about what works in prevention, he said, highlighting five relevant points: being present early, including mobilizing effective, unified diplomatic action to diffuse tensions; honing skills in prevention and mediation; building partnerships and coalitions, including regional-level peace and security initiatives; learning from collective mistakes; and empowering the UN Secretary-General to speak on “behalf of a common voice”, drawing on the leverage of the UN Charter.“Even modest United Nations actions can have an important impact when we have the Security Council’s united support – speaking with one voice – for early engagement,” said the Secretary-General, underscoring: “There are millions of people around the world hoping for and counting on decisive joint action by the one and only global body entrusted with the obligation to maintain international peace and security.”Providing the Council with a prescription of her own, Ms. Pillay, in her final address before ending her term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that strengthening civil society actors; increasing participation by women in decision-making and dialogue; and addressing institutional and individual accountability for past violations of human rights, are vital good practises that address both proximate triggers of conflict and root causes.“And yet, the conflict in Syria is metastasizing outwards in an uncontrollable process whose eventual limits we cannot predict,” she said, adding that other complex and potentially highly eruptive conflicts are underway hammer home the full cost of the international community’s failure to prevent conflict.“They combine massive bloodshed and devastation of infrastructure with acutely destabilising transnational phenomena, including terrorism, the proliferation of prohibited weaponry, organised crime, and spoliation of natural resources.”But none of those crises erupted without warning. They built up over years – and sometimes decades – of human rights grievances: deficient or corrupt governance and judicial institutions; discrimination and exclusion; inequities in development; exploitation and denial of economic and social rights; and repression of civil society and public freedoms.Ms. Pillay said early detection systems, such as the 51 experts of the UN Human Rights Council, and systematic scrutiny by UN treaty monitoring bodies, repeatedly alerted us to these shortfalls. “So, although the specifics of each crisis could not necessarily be predicted, many of the human rights violations that were at their core were known. They could have been addressed.”That was the duty of the relevant states, but when Governments are unable or unwilling to protect their people, it is the responsibility of the international community – and singularly the Security Council – to intervene and deploy a range of measures at its disposal to diffuse the triggers of conflict.And yet, while the Council’s interest in human rights increased markedly during her tenure, “there has not always been a firm and principled decision by Members to put an end to crises.” Indeed, Ms. Pillay continued, short-term geopolitical considerations and national interest, narrowly defined, had repeatedly taken precedence over intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of – and long-term threats to – international peace and security.“I firmly believe that greater responsiveness by this Council would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” she said, suggesting that use of the veto to stop actions intended to prevent or diffuse conflict is short-sighted in a century where growing challenges face humanity as a whole. “Collective interest – clearly defined by the UN Charter – is the national interest of every State.” With this in mind, she said the Security Council can take a number of innovative approaches to prevent threats to international peace and security, including further strengthening early warning, by asking for more regular and comprehensive human rights reporting by protection actors; and adopting a standing consensus on a menu of possible new responses to such alerts violations, such as rapid, flexible and resource-efficient human rights monitoring missions, limited in time and scope.“The laws of the UN are most needed when conflict looms, and this Council has the mandate to address crises before they escalate into threats to international peace and security,” concluded Ms. Pillay. read more

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Ohio State mens volleyball duo Michael Henchy and Dustan Neary seeing the

Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) hits the ball while junior middle blocker Dustan Neary (18) watches during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior year of high school: staring out at the volleyball court and eating popsicles, Dustan Neary and Michael Henchy sat with their backs against the bleachers after defeating a high school rival for their first time in 10 years.“That was a pretty cool moment and I think it says something about our friendship off the court,” Henchy said of the time with Neary after the win.Now both juniors on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Neary and Henchy were previously high school volleyball teammates at Ventura High School in Ventura, Calif. The pair officially became teammates their sophomore year of high school when they both made the varsity team. Henchy said slowly but surely, he and Neary became good friends.“We didn’t really know each other freshmen and sophomore years. Our junior year we started to hang out a little bit and our senior year he started hanging out with me and my friend group a lot,” Henchy said. “It was more of an every weekend than an occasional kind of thing. Just spent a lot of time hanging out together … we could play pretty much any sport together.”Even though the two are good friends, they agreed they get a little competitive at practice, both in high school and today at OSU, where Neary is a middle blocker and Henchy is an outside hitter.“During high school our coach would have to split us up and put us on separate teams, it was always a battle,” Neary said with a laugh. “We would talk trash through the net all the time. But at the end of practice, we knew we were friends.”After high school, different recruiting processes led them to opposite ends of the country.Neary attended Moorpark Community College in California for two years before coming to OSU. Although Neary started playing volleyball in the fourth grade, he said he had more of a passion for basketball and that hurt him during recruitment.“I played basketball through high school and volleyball was kind of just something I did when I wasn’t playing basketball,” Neary said. “I didn’t start taking volleyball seriously until my junior year of high school … Everybody else had started (playing) earlier and I think they got noticed earlier, I was late getting into it. My talent was more raw, I guess.”Neary added he transferred to OSU so he could continue his volleyball career.Ventura High School boys volleyball coach Kim Adair said in a phone interview she loved Neary’s laughter on the court.“When he’d make a block or a kill, he would just turn around and have this grin on his face and then he’d get into the huddle and just laugh, just get joy from what he did,” Adair said.At 6 feet 6 inches tall, Henchy didn’t start playing volleyball until his freshman year of high school, and Adair said she enjoyed watching him develop a passion for the game.OSU men’s volleyball coach Pete Hanson said Henchy’s level-mindedness makes him a great asset on the court.“Michael brings a real level of steadiness, maturity … I think because we’re a pretty young group right now, that’s important for us,” Hanson said. “He keeps everybody pretty focused on the next play, regardless of what might have happened on the previous play.”Henchy said his decision to come to OSU was an easy one.“I took my official visit to Ohio State, went to a football game and got to meet the guys on the team and it was just a no-brainer from there,” Henchy said.Neary said after deciding to transfer, OSU was always an option because he had a good friend there.“In the recruiting process, I (sought) them (OSU) out first and out of the schools I showed myself to, Ohio State showed the biggest response,” Neary said. “Having my friend here made a difference.”Hanson said Neary’s work ethic was what made him appealing.“When we watched him at a junior college tournament, his team was playing in like eight or nine games in a couple hours and he seemed to play all the games,” Hanson said. “He kind of just kept going, and going, and going … and that is what kind of caught our eye — this guy just works hard all the time.”Henchy said he was excited to hear Neary was considering transferring to OSU to play.“When I found out he (Neary) was thinking of coming here, the wheels started to spin and I started putting in some good words with the coaches. I started telling him more about the campus,” Henchy said.In those two years, the two players kept in touch by emails and texts every now and then, and got to hang out on breaks from school.“After not seeing him that much for two years, I came here and it was pretty much exactly the same, exactly where we started off,” Neary said.On the OSU men’s volleyball team (7-6, 4-2), the two players have worked to become starters.“It’s funny lining up next to him in the front row and looking over and seeing the same thing the entire way through high school,” Neary said.Correction Feb. 25: An earlier version of this article’s headline had Dustan Neary’s first name spelled ‘Dustin,’ when in fact, it is Dustan. read more

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Ready for space I have the body of a 30yearold says Richard

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. The British billionaire, 68, said: “You do these tests, seeing how long you can plank for, and so on,” he said. “The nice thing is I’ve got down to the body of a 30 year old. I’m trying to get down to the body of a 20 year old.” Detailing his miraculous fitness regime, Sir Richard told the Sunday Telegraph that he plays tennis every day, kite surfs and spends a daily hour in the gym performing exercises with weights and bands.  In his bid for a younger body, ahead of his reincarnation as an astronaut this summer, he also limits his alcohol consumption through… Sir Richard Branson has claimed to have “the body of a 30 year old” as he prepares to go into space on Virgin Galactic’s inaugural flight. read more

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Wexford company to train 1000 construction workers in Nigeria

first_imgIreland has a strong international reputation as a centre of quality education and training which is a good match for the needs of Nigeria’s growing economy. I believe that this partnership will flourish and contribute in a very real way to supplying skilled workers to the Nigerian economy. WEXFORD BASED COMPANY Chevron Training and Recruitment is to train 1,000 construction workers in Nigeria.The company specialise in the provision of construction skills training to international learners.Construction trainingChevron said that Ireland is renowned globally for providing a superior level of construction training ensuring that Irish construction workers are highly sought after by employers throughout the world.Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello officially opened the Chevron Training and Recruitment’s Training Centre in Lagos this week.The partnership deal with Nigerian company ETIWA Vocational Training will see Chevron Training and Recruitment is worth €3 million over three years.Speaking from Lagos where he is leading the first ever Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Nigeria, Minister Costello said: Read: Loyaltybuild boss writes open letter apologising to customers as more firms hit by breach>Read: Deutsche Bank to create 700 new jobs in Dublin>last_img read more

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HAL to host inaugural Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Lawyers Association (HAL) will be hosting the inaugural Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration later this month in Brisbane. Due to take place on Friday 22 May, the event sponsored by Clayton Utz will be held at the Banco Court of the QEII Courts of Law Complex.Presenting on the day will be the Honourable Justice Emilios Kyrou of the Supreme Court of Victoria, who will delve into the ‘Attributes of a Good Lawyer and Judge’.Also participating and closing the event’s proceedings will be Queensland’s patron of HAL, the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides of the Supreme Court of Queensland.As the event is taking place at the Banco Court where seating is limited, registrations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment and secure a place. Additionally, HAL will be holding its first annual general meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday 27 May, 2015 at 6.00 pm, where only current financial members will be eligible to vote.A free event for HAL members, non-members are required to pay $30 to attend. For further information or to attain a registration form, contact Mal Varitimos QC at malvaritimos@qldbar.asn.aulast_img read more

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This Terrifying Robot Is The Product of A Turkish Robotics Manufacturer

first_imgIf you’re like the average person, you probably find a good portion of robots creepy. When they start looking more human, as the Uncanny Valley theory suggests, people start being weirded out by them. That’s totally normal, especially when they look as wacky and weird as the new models from Akin Robotics in Turkey. These robots don’t really look humanoid at all, only vaguely, but still look totally weird and uncomfortably bizarre. And that’s about all they need to evoke that “please stay away from me feeling.”Just look at this thing, one of two new models Akin Robotics has introduced, which are called the ADA Mini seen at the top of this article and the GH5. These robots are super useful, as they can take restaurant orders, serve up drinks, walk, speak, get out of the way of obstacles, and a host of other things. They’d make perfect automatons for serving customers in malls and restaurants and other public places, and one of the models can even dance.There’s just one problem. They’re super terrifying. You can see one moving in the video below, which I kind of feel sorry for. It looks more forlorn than helpful as it struggles to give the woman a flyer, like it’s crying out for help or to be freed from its terrible shell. It has no sentience and it must scream. Do you see that too?<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The robots are going to be mass produced so they can start helping out their human friends in the near future, but are we actually going to see these guys out in public looking like that? I’d much rather be served by a robot that did look more like a human and less like a harbinger of destruction or a paranoid android, thank you very much.last_img read more

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Read Kim Campbells Eulogy To Glen Campbell

first_img Read Kim Campbell’s Eulogy To Glen Campbell Kim Campbell’s Eulogy To Glen Campbell read-kim-campbells-eulogy-glen-campbell Email Facebook GRAMMY winner’s wife opens up with touching tribute in honor of her late husbandRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2017 – 5:38 pm Country legend Glen Campbell’s death on Aug. 8 has elicited heartfelt tributes remembering his legacy, kind heart and great music from his children, the music community and fans alike, and rightfully so. Twitter Now, his wife, Kim Campbell, has shared her touching eulogy to her late husband for those who couldn’t attend his memorial service at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Aug. 24.”I’d like to be able to share the ‘real Gen’ with you — the one you’ve never seen or heard before –— and tell you secrets about his personality and his quirks, but I can’t,” she starts. “There were no secrets with Glen. He was the real deal all the time.”She went on to describe her experience of the recent solar eclipse and its connection to her feelings of losing her late husband.”The sun was still there and still shining, but it wasn’t as radiant as usual. It was only when the eclipse was at its totality that I could finally take off my protective glasses for a moment,” she said. “It took everything I had to face the sun as it went dark. … As I stood there, frozen, a small burst of bright light emerged from one edge of the darkness, changing the total eclipse into a shining diamond ring.”As she reaches the conclusion of her eloquent speech, she recounts how the ring on her finger reminds her of the love and comfort she finds in the light.”On the day I lost Glen, I felt like I was in total darkness,” she said. “As I look at the ring on my finger, the ring that symbolizes the love and light that Glen enveloped me in for the last 34 years, I find immense comfort in knowing there is light on the other side.”Country Legend Glen Campbell Dies At Age 81 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 16, 2015 – 10:00 am Glen Campbell: Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance News last_img read more

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Festive in the city

Mall Rats, here is some good news for you ahead of Diwali. To usher in the spirit of Diwali, this south Delhi mall has lined up a string of events for visitors. Apart from creative installations to jazz up the place, there will be plays based on The Ramayana and Hindu mythology. There will be lights to tell the story behind Diwali. These will narrate shlokas from Hindu mythology. Shlokas will also be written on lamp shades to depict the tale of Lord Ram. For art aficionados, there will be Madhubani paintings which are based on Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’kands [episodes] of The Ramayana.Theatre groups from various colleges will be participating in a two-day competition of Nukkad Natak [street play] with the underlined theme ‘victory of good over evil’. The prelims will be held on the first day and the final competition will be held on the second day. The competition will be judged by eminent personalities. There will also be a campaign on Say No to Crackers in association with an NGO urging people to sign a resolution to not burst crackers on Diwali and reduce carbon footprint.DETAILAt: DLF Place, SaketOn till: 13 November read more

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Agate Earrings Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend by 2024

first_imgAgate Earrings Market report contains all study material about overview, growth, demand and forecast research report in all over the world. This report offers some penetrating overview and solution in the complex world Agate Earrings Market in global Market.The Global market size of Agate Earrings is $XX million in 2018 with XX CAGR from 2014 to 2018, and it is expected to reach $XX million by the end of 2024 with a CAGR of XX% from 2019 to 2024.Global Agate Earrings Market Report 2019 – Market Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global Agate Earrings industry. The key insights of the report:Download for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3237741?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SS1.The report provides key statistics on the market status of the Agate Earrings manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the industry.2.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including its definition, applications and manufacturing technology.3.The report presents the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and 2013-2018 market shares for key vendors.4.The total market is further divided by company, by country, and by application/type for the competitive landscape analysis.5.The report estimates 2019-2024 market development trends of Agate Earrings industry.6.Analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out7.The report makes some important proposals for a new project of Agate Earrings Industry before evaluating its feasibility.There are 4 key segments covered in this report: competitor segment, product type segment, end use/application segment and geography segment.For competitor segment, the report includes global key players of Agate Earrings as well as some small players. At least 10 companies are included:* TJC* Paramount Jewellers* TOUS* BARSE* Gopali Jewellers* Stewart DawsonsFor complete companies list, please ask for sample pages. The information for each competitor includes:* Company Profile* Main Business Information* SWOT Analysis* Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin* Market ShareFor product type segment, this report listed main product type of Agate Earrings market* Product Type I* Product Type II* Product Type IIIFor end use/application segment, this report focuses on the status and outlook for key applications. End users sre also listed.* Application I* Application II* Application IIIFor geography segment, regional supply, application-wise and type-wise demand, major players, price is presented from 2013 to 2023. This report covers following regions:* North America* South America* Asia & Pacific* Europe* MEA (Middle East and Africa)The key countries in each region are taken into consideration as well, such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc.Reasons to Purchase this Report:* Analyzing the outlook of the market with the recent trends and SWOT analysis* Market dynamics scenario, along with growth opportunities of the market in the years to come* Market segmentation analysis including qualitative and quantitative research incorporating the impact of economic and non-economic aspects* Regional and country level analysis integrating the demand and supply forces that are influencing the growth of the market.* Market value (USD Million) and volume (Units Million) data for each segment and sub-segment* Competitive landscape involving the market share of major players, along with the new projects and strategies adopted by players in the past five years* Comprehensive company profiles covering the product offerings, key financial information, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and strategies employed by the major market players* 1-year analyst support, along with the data support in excel format. Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3237741?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=SSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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