1 killed in W.B. during clash outside booth

first_imgOne person was killed and a few injured in the third phase of polling when five constituencies of central and north Bengal voted on Tuesday. Till 5 p.m., 78.97% of about 80 lakh voters exercised their franchise. The number of incidents of alleged rigging or booth capturing were considerably less compared to the last two phases. Meanwhile, TMC chief Mamata Banarjee has alleged that the Central Armed Police Force personnel are “influencing” voters to vote for the BJP.Tiarul Sheikh was killed when clashes broke out outside booth number 188 in Bhagawangola block in Murshidabad. His son Mahtab Sheikh alleged that Tiarul was attacked with a machete by two men.last_img

Down syndrome

first_imgDefinitionDown syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46.Alternative NamesTrisomy 21CausesIn most cases, Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. This form of Down syndrome is called Trisomy 21. The extra chromosome causes problems with the way the body and brain develop.Down syndrome is one of the most common causes of human birth defects.SymptomsDown syndrome symptoms vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. No matter the severity of the condition, personswith Down syndrome have a widely-recognized appearance.The head may be smaller than normal and abnormally shaped. For example, the head may be round with a flat area on the back. The inner corner of the eyes may be rounded instead of pointed.Common physical signs include:Decreased muscle tone at birthExcess skin at the nape of the neckFlattened noseSeparated joints between the bones of the skull (sutures)Single crease in the palm of the handSmall earsSmall mouthUpward slanting eyesWide, short hands with short fingersWhite spots on the colored part of the eye (Brushfield spots)Physical development is often slower than normal. Most children with Down syndrome never reach their average adult height.Children may also have delayed mental and social development. Common problems may include:Impulsive behaviorPoor judgmentShort attention spanSlow learningAs children with Down syndrome grow and become aware of their limitations, they may also feel frustration and anger.Many different medical conditions are seen in people with Down syndrome, including:advertisementBirth defects involving the heart, such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defectDementia may be seenEye problems, such as cataracts (most children with Down syndrome need glasses)Early and massive vomiting, which may be a sign of a gastrointestinal blockage, such as esophageal atresia and duodenal atresiaHearing problems, probably caused by regular ear infectionsHip problems and risk of dislocationLong-term (chronic) constipation problemsSleep apnea (because the mouth, throat, and airway are narrowed in children with Down syndrome)Teeth that appear later than normal and in a location that may cause problems with chewingUnderactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)Exams and TestsA doctor can often make an initial diagnosis of Down syndrome at birth based on how the baby looks. The doctor may hear a heart murmur when listening to the babys chest with a stethoscope.A blood test can be done to check for the extra chromosome and confirm the diagnosis.Other tests that may be done include:Echocardiogram to check for heart defects (usually done soon after birth)ECGX-rays of the chest and gastrointestinal tractPersons with Down syndrome need to be closely screened for certain medical conditions. They should have:Eye exam every year during infancyHearing tests every 6to 12 months, depending on ageDental exams every 6 monthsX-rays of the upper or cervical spine between ages 3and 5 yearsPap smears and pelvic exams beginning during puberty or by age 21Thyroid testing every 12 monthsTreatmentThere is no specific treatment for Down syndrome. A child born with a gastrointestinal blockage may need major surgery immediately after birth. Certain heart defects may also require surgery.When breast-feeding, the baby should be well supported and fully awake. The baby may have some leakage because of poor tongue control. However, many infants with Down syndrome can successfully breast-feed.Obesity can become a problem for older children and adults. Getting plenty of activity and avoiding high-calorie foods are important. Before beginning sports activities, the childs neck and hips should be examined.Behavioral training can help people with Down syndrome and their families deal with the frustration, anger, and compulsive behavior that often occur. Parents and caregivers should learn to help a person with Down syndrome deal with frustration. At the same time, it is important to encourage independence.Adolescent females and women with Down syndrome are usually able to get pregnant. There is an increased risk of sexual abuse and other types of abuse in both males and females. It is important for those with Down syndrome to:Be taught about pregnancy and taking the proper precautionsLearn to advocate for themselves in difficult situationsBe in a safe environmentIf the person has any heart defects or other heart problems, antibiotics may need to be prescribed to prevent a heart infection called endocarditis.Special education and training is offered in most communities for children with delays in mental development. Speech therapy may help improve language skills. Physical therapy may teach movement skills. Occupational therapy may help with feeding and performing tasks. Mental health care can help both parents and the child manage mood or behavior problems. Special educators are also often needed.advertisementSupport GroupsNational Down Syndrome Society|www.ndss.orgNational Down Syndrome Congress|www.ndsccenter.orgOutlook (Prognosis)Although many Down syndrome children have physical and mental limitations, they can live independent and productive lives well into adulthood.About half of children with Down syndrome are born with heart problems, including atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, and endocardial cushion defects. Severe heart problems may lead to early death.Persons with Down syndrome have an increased riskof certain types of leukemia, which can also cause early death.The level of intellectual disability varies,but is usually moderate. Adults with Down syndrome have an increased risk of dementia.Possible ComplicationsAirway blockage during sleepCompression injury of the spinal cordEndocarditisEye problemsFrequent ear infections and increased risk of other infectionsHearing lossHeart problemsGastrointestinal blockageWeakness of the back bones at the top of the neckWhen to Contact a Medical ProfessionalA health care provider should be consulted to determine if the child needs special education and training. It is important for the child to have regular check ups withadoctor.PreventionExperts recommend genetic counseling for persons with a family history of Down syndrome who wish to have a baby.A womans risk of having a child with Down syndrome increases as she gets older. The risk is significantly higher among women age 35 and older.Couples who already have a baby with Down syndrome have an increased risk of having another baby with the condition.Tests such as nuchal translucency ultrasound, amniocentesis, or chorionic villus sampling can be done on a fetus during the first few months of pregnancy to check for Down syndrome.ReferencesAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Practice Bulletins. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 77: screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. Obstet Gynecol. 2007;109:217-227.Bacino CA, Lee B. Cytogenetics. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 76.Davidson MA. Primary care for children and adolescents with Down syndrome. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2008;55:1099-1111.Review Date:5/10/2013Reviewed By:Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Cricket: Kapil Dev weighs in on the Yo-Yo Test debate

first_imgAdvertisement Kapil Dev at the launch of the tournament on Wednesday. Agency *** Local Caption *** Kapil Dev at the launch of the tournament on Wednesday. AgencyAdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressFormer Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev gave his thoughts to Times Of India on the Yo-Yo fitness criteria test that has taken Indian cricket by storm. The legend was critical of the test as he felt that the player’s on-field performance should be given the first priority rather than the fitness level. Kapil Dev also went on to state:“If a player is match fit, he should be playing and there should not be any other criteria,“Even football legend Diego Maradona wasn’t the fastest runner but whenever he had the ball, he was the fastest. Similarly, every cricketer has a different way of responding to fitness drill. A bowler can perhaps clear the Yo-Yo test easily than a batsman. But this isn’t the ultimate test to judge a player. It comes down to your performances on the field and cricketers should be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances,” The recent axing of Ambati Raydu from the squad to England despite having a stellar IPL campaign brought over a wave of judgement on the controversial test.Apart from Rayudu, pacer Mohammed Shami and wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson were also removed from the squad after failing to pass the test.Read Also:India vs Ireland: Virat Kohli reveals the surprise element that can surprise their opponentsIndia vs Ireland: First T20I Review- Men In Blue begin tour on an emphatic fashion with a thumping winlast_img read more

Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against Afghanistan

first_imgRishabh Pant was gutted after being left out of India’s World Cup 2019 squad on April 15. A little over 2 months later, Pant has replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the team and in 2 days time might even play his first World Cup match.India will take on Afghanistan in Southampton on Saturday and Rishabh Pant looks set to bat in the middle order.Shikhar Dhawan had suffered a fractured thumb during his match-winning 117. After observing Dhawan for a few days, the Indian team management decided to replace him with Rishabh Pant.However, Vijay Shankar, who had replaced Dhawan in the playing XI against Pakistan, did well on his World Cup debut with 2 crucial wickets.But Vijay Shankar hobbled off field after a training stint at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Vijay was hit by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker on the toes – he was in pain but it had subsided by Wednesday evening.”Yes, Vijay was in pain but it has subsided by the evening. Hopefully, there’s nothing scary,” news agency PTI quoted a source.On Thursday, it became increasingly clear Rishabh Pant could be added to the XI and he might bat at No.4. It is unlikely the team management would want to take any chances with Vijay Shankar. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already been ruled out of the next 2 or 3 matches after sustaining an injury in Manchester on Sunday.Also Read World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar suffers injury scare ahead of Afghanistan matchAlso Read World Cup 2019: Feel for you Shikhar Dhawan, says Sachin Tendulkaradvertisementlast_img read more

POLICE SEARCH FOR STABBING SUSPECTS (UPDATE)

first_imgUpdated 7/4/17 3:09pmOne person was injured in a stabbing Monday night on the city’s near northside.Sioux City Police were dispatched to 14th and Grandview around 9:45pm where they found a 27 year old male victim who had been stabbed multiple times.The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center.His name has not been released and police say his wounds were not life threatening.Investigators say the man had been at a nearby convenience store where he got into an altercation with up to four people.One of those men stabbed the victim, who then ran away from the suspects.Police say they have identified some of the suspects and are looking to determine the identity of two others, who are described as Native American or Hispanic males in their 20’s.The incident remains under investigation.—————————————————One person was injured in a stabbing Monday night on the city’s near northside.Sioux City Police were dispatched to 14th and Grandview around 9:45pm where they found a male victim in a nearby alley.The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center.His name and condition were not available.The incident remains under investigation.last_img read more

PGA Championship: Matt Wallace takes first-day lead as Rory McIlroy struggles

first_imgnews The BMW PGA Championship has been good to English golfers since the arrival of the current sponsors in 2005. David Howell, Paul Casey, Simon Khan, Luke Donald – twice – and Chris Wood have all prevailed at Wentworth. Matt Wallace’s 65 to open this staging of the European Tour’s flagship event demonstrated a willingness to keep a red and white flag at the leaderboard’s summit. Recent history is in his favour.Wallace reached seven under par without a bogey, such was the level of his play in sun-kissed Surrey. In the bigger picture, victory here would probably place Wallace back at the top of the European Tour’s order of merit; he began this week in fourth. “This is the tour’s biggest event and my home event now,” Wallace said. “I’ve played the course plenty of times before coming into this week, and I feel comfortable. It always helps when your game’s in shape as well. I played the first seven or eight holes as good as I possibly could and showed my all‑round game by grinding out the last few holes.”If Wallace’s prominence is not really a surprise, the same cannot be said for Henrik Stenson. The Swede has been out of sorts for much of this season, with his decision not to take part in the FedEx Cup play-off series in the US – as he was eligible to do – thought to be a sign of confidence loss. He is one shot adrift of Wallace after 18 holes, a matter due in no small part to a wonderful eagle at the last.“I had played 18 tournaments up until the WGC in Memphis at the end of July,” Stenson said. “My energy levels were quite low. I promised I would play in Sweden and I didn’t fancy going back and forth, back and forth. So I took some time off and hopefully we can finish off the year strongly.“Looking back at my career, I don’t think I’ve been having too many wins and too many really good finishes when I haven’t started with a decent round or better. It sets up the week nicely and I just hope I can continue with that. I’ve got a few things that I’m working on in terms of processes, that is all I can control, and hopefully we keep on scoring well at the same time.”Jon Rahm matched Stenson’s score courtesy of back-to-back nines of 33. “I love these types of golf courses, I grew up playing on so many of them in Spain,” he said. Casey was also six under par when playing the 18th but made a double bogey. Justin Rose’s 67 was impressive given the former world No 1 had been a doubt even to participate because of a knee problem. Beware the injured golfer, and all that.Viktor Hovland has arrived back in Europe to something of a fanfare after some stirring performances on the PGA Tour and opened promisingly courtesy of a 69. “It’s been a blast,” was the Norwegian’s assessment of a rare visit to England.Rory McIlroy was chugging along perfectly nicely when three under par after five holes. Even bogeys at the 8th and 9th did not seem a major problem as the Northern Irishman reached the turn in red numbers. McIlroy’s closing holes, though, were a disaster: he dropped a shot at the 15th before finishing seven-six (double bogey, bogey), as a round that started with such promise resulted in 76 shots. McIlroy’s ambition for Friday is obvious: just to survive for the weekend. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Golf Read morecenter_img Share on LinkedIn Rory McIlroy believes golf can learn from tennis to eradicate slow play Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Guardiola warns Man City against ‘huge mistake’

first_imgPep Guardiola admits it would be a “huge mistake” for Manchester City to lose focus on their own results as they endeavour to chase down Liverpool.The reigning Premier League champions find themselves in a position of having to play catch-up in 2018-19.They have not been as dominant as they were in sweeping to a record-breaking title triumph last term , and find themselves seven points off the pace as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? An opportunity to cut that gap to the summit will present itself at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday when table-topping Liverpool pay a visit to Manchester .Guardiola has called on his players to give their full attention to that fixture, rather than concern themselves with trying to predict where the Reds may come unstuck over the coming weeks.The Blues boss told Sky Sports : “What you have to do is control yourselves.”The problem when you are behind, which in my career I was many times, is you just think about what is happening to the people in front of you and forget what you have to do.”That is a huge mistake. Once that happens, you cannot pick them up. It will be impossible. On Thursday we have an opportunity to win three points and not allow them to do it.”But after, if you think ‘they have to lose in that game’ and you go against any team and do not do your job, then you are over.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Pep Guardiola Manchester CityPiecing together a plan which will allow City to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Liverpool is the challenge now facing Guardiola.He admits that will not be easy, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having improved as a collective on the back of some impressive recruitment in recent windows .Guardiola added: “They are solid in behind. In the positional game when the opponents defend deep they had problems attacking them but now they are able to attack them really well.”In the transition as always, they are so good. In the set-pieces they are a massive, tall team.”So it is a team that can control all areas. That is why I am saying what I am saying.”In front they play the same players, but in the middle they have changed a little and especially at the back. They have changed a lot of players at the back.”And they know each other better. They have had four or five seasons together.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Recounting a horrific story of corporate violence

first_imgHistorian and award-winning author William Dalrymple is all set to release his most ambitious and remarkable history book to date, ‘The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of The East India Company’. It is believed that this book carries the weight of his entire body of work, a lifetime of research and nights spent reading on days gone by. It took the Scottish writer six years to complete the magnum opus, which not only recounts the most horrific story of corporate violence, but also gives a chilling augury of our future. The most discerning of readers will sense the hints as they read between the lines. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainDalrymple, a recipient of Wolfson Prize for History, Britain’s most prestigious prize for non-fiction, gave a peak into the corporate origins of British Empire. “I’m tempted to say that ‘The Anarchy’ took only six years; the truth is it has taken a lifetime. It is everything I’ve read, everything I know and everything that a reader ought to know about this extraordinary company that somehow seized an entire subcontinent. This book looks at the sweeping story of the onset of colonialism across the entire region over 200 years. It takes a concentrated look at the years between 1599 to 1803; two hundred years of a Machiavellian-style offensive, aided and enabled by Indian sepoys and paid for very largely by loans given by Indian bankers. The East India Company had a Royal Charter to “wage war” and use violence to secure its trade. But it was only in 1757, with the Battle of Plassey, that the company moved from being a trading organisation to a nascent colonial power, something that accelerated in 1765 after the Battle of Buxar. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIt can be said that it was one of the first Corporations in the world, because the Joint Stock Company was a crucial and ground-breaking Tudor invention. It soon became what we would refer to today as a “multinational company,” shipping Indian opium to China and Chinese tea to the Americas: it was East India Company tea that was dumped in Boston Harbour, triggering the American War of Independence. In the Middle Ages, people were accustomed to family businesses like the Medicis in Italy or merchants who formed guilds, pooled their resources and traded with a joint capital. But what the East India Company did was introduce the concept of large scale corporations. It pooled in the finances of people who had little say in the executive workings of the company, but just invested what they could in shares. In this way, through a joint stock, the directors were able to raise vast sums in capital. The East India Company was the fifth such corporation, and the Dutch weren’t far behind; with huge investments from everywhere, they slowly became a vast economic power. So when we talk about the company, we are not referring to a dead history or an outdated concept. What it is, is in fact history continuing; it represents the beginning of the modern world as we know it. If we look around, there are these conglomerates and commercial giants who not only lobby to influence governments and policies, but also influence the general populace thereby wielding an enormous power and that’s exactly what the East India Company did. It wasn’t the British government that conquered India, it was a corporation based in one office building, just five windows wide. The story has been muddied by Victorian and Indian nationalists, but if you look at it anew, it is a simple story of corporate violence. The history of the company is not a simple story of conquest; it contains a dark secret that people prefer to overlook. There’s no way a bunch of foreign merchants with no military might, could take over India. It was a collaboration. The degree to which it was facilitated by the Indian financial class, especially the Marwari bankers of Calcutta and Benares is what enabled it to take over. These communities of traders and bankers helped the Mughal dynasty, when it was on its last legs, by organising the finances of its governors. They used the hundi system to facilitate the movement of money and revenue. It was their money that later financed the conquest of British India, through the loans they granted to the East India Company. The Anarchy narrates not only the story of the plunder of India by the British, but also that of the funding that facilitated it. It recounts the story of Indian merchants and bankers, who realised that the Company understood the relevance and importance of contracts and the repayments of loans with interest, and therefore deliberately and calculatedly backed it against the Marathas. The sad truth is that in the end the bankers of India backed a corporate entity, the Company, over their own co-religionists. This of course, continues to be story today, when conglomerates try to dictate policy, influence government and enable one party to win elections.”last_img read more

Stars Announced For Homeward Bound Telethon

first_imgOn Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host HOMEWARD BOUND, a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).A number of stars will take part in the event, including Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Michael Weatherly, and David McCallum (NCIS); Patti Austin, Jason Bateman, James Brolin, Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Jason Gould, Charles Hirsch, Gloria Loring, Marty Papazian, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kevin Spacey, Steve Tyrell, and Ben Vereen.A significant portion of the broadcast will be devoted to testimonials and personal stories from veterans and their families who have experienced difficulties as they returned from the battlefronts of WW II, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere: These include: decorated war veterans Staff Sergeant Ty Carter (2013 Medal of Honor recipient) and Staff Sergeant Kyle Hausman-Stokes (Bronze Medal recipient); US Paralympic Medal Winner Lance Corporal Brandon Pelletier; actor/Navy SEAL Joel Lambert (“Manhunt”); and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Bob Friend.To find out more about the telethon, click here.last_img read more

DR Congo UN calls for full probe into death of man in

8 October 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today called on the Government to launch a “transparent and impartial” investigation into the death of a man detained in a military camp for throwing stones at President Joseph Kabila’s motorcade. The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today called on the Government to launch a “transparent and impartial” investigation into the death of a man detained in a military camp for throwing stones at President Joseph Kabila’s motorcade.Armand Tungulu Mudiandambu was arrested on 29 September and died in a cell in a military camp in Kinshasa, the capital, during the night of 1-2 October, the mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO, said a communiqué.“MONUSCO solemnly reminds the Congolese authorities of the obligations incumbent upon them by virtue of national law and their international obligations concerning the deprivation of liberty,” it stressed.“These involve, among other things, the right of everybody to be detained in a place under the control of a judicial authority, the right to immediate contact with family or a lawyer, and right to physical integrity as well as the preservation of dignity, whatever the motive or the gravity of the imputed deeds…“The circumstances of his death must be clarified through a transparent and impartial investigation which MONUSCO categorically calls for.”MONUSCO’s mandate includes supporting efforts to fight impunity and ensure the protection of civilians from violation of international human rights and humanitarian law.Under various names, the mission, with nearly 20,000 uniformed personnel on the ground, has since 1999 overseen the vast country’s emergence from years of civil war and factional chaos, culminating most notably in 2006 with the first democratic elections in over four decades. But fighting has continued in the east, where the bulk of UN forces are deployed, and allegations of human rights abuses by all sides are frequent in various parts of the country. read more

Timing and venue for meeting on Afghanistan future still not set Brahimi

Speaking to reporters following a meeting of representatives from countries of the so-called “Group of 21,” Mr. Brahimi, who is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said all members had expressed strong support for the Secretary-General’s proposal to convene a meeting “as soon as possible.”The G-21 is comprised of a broad group of interested nations that have been directly or indirectly affected by the Afghan crisis and could help contribute to its resolution. Asked for details on the preparations, Mr. Brahimi emphasized that discussions were being held with the Afghans “to see where it is more convenient for them to hold this meeting.” He noted that the venue was “not going to be a problem” since several countries had offered to play host, including the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Germany and Austria. The meeting will bring together members of the Northern Alliance as well as several initiatives on Afghanistan, such as the Rome process, the Cyprus process and the Peshawar Convention, according to Mr. Brahimi. On the timing, the envoy noted that his deputy, Francesc Vendrell, was scheduled to hold talks in Kabul on Saturday. “We are waiting for an answer from the representatives of the Northern Alliance,” Mr. Brahimi added.Concerning the importance of proceeding quickly, he said, “we are very much aware of the necessity of speed – the Secretary-General is more aware than anybody of that – but we will go only as fast as the Afghans are willing to go; unless we have answers and expression of readiness to meet from the Afghans, obviously we cannot meet.”He emphasized that the aim was to meet “as fast as possible, but not faster than possible.” read more

Myanmar senior UN official set to return for highlevel talks on rights

Under-Secretary-General for Political Ibrahim Gambari told reporters today, after a briefing the Security Council behind closed doors in New York, that Myanmar has confirmed its invitation to him to visit in early November.Mr. Gambari said he hopes to hold talks with all the key figures in Myanmar during his trip, including those he spoke to when he last visited, in May this year.He said he told Council members that Myanmar has made progress recently on some areas, including the release of a prominent political prisoner and reforms on the issue of forced labour.But Mr. Gambari added that much more progress is still required from Myanmar’s Government on various fronts, including democratization, improving humanitarian access to those in need, and agreeing to a cessation of hostilities with rebel forces in Karen state. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set for Big Ten tilt in NCAA Tournament

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle during a game against Lipscomb on Dec. 5 in Lexington, Ky., during the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern photographerThe Big Ten is “the best of the best,” outside hitter Katie Mitchell said.She’s not the only Ohio State women’s volleyball player to have said that this year and the conference has backed it up on the postseason. Five Big Ten teams remain in the NCAA tournament, which is the most from any conference.Of the remaining 16 teams, three Big Ten teams will play in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, including No. 18 Ohio State and No. 2 Wisconsin.Despite the Badgers (30-2) sweeping the Buckeyes (23-11) in each of their two matches this season, the team believes it has a great chance of pulling of the upset, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.“We’ve been playing the underdog role all year,” Carlston said. “We like it and we enjoy it.  I think we’re a different team than we were a month ago, when we played them. I know we’re a different team.”While having two AVCA All-Northeast Region players in junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and All-Northeast Honorable Mention senior setter Taylor Sherwin on the roster, the Buckeyes could have their hands full with Wisconsin.The Badgers, who are the Big Ten conference champions, will be led by Big Ten Player of the Year and Setter of the Year sophomore Lauren Carlini and Defensive Player of the Year junior libero Taylor Morey.In the two matches they’ve played in the tournament, the Badgers swept both Western Michigan and Illinois State.  While the Buckeyes swept Lipscomb and defeated No. 13 Kentucky in four sets on the Wildcats’ home court.Badger coach, and the conference’s Coach of the Year, Kelly Sheffield spoke highly of the Buckeyes in his press conference on Monday.“Ohio State just gives so much different challenges,” Sheffield said. “They really keep you off balance with their serving game. They serve short maybe more than any team in the country. They change their lineups constantly going into matches. So it’s really difficult preparing your team for. They’ll move players around from left to middle to right. They made a couple of changes in that Kentucky match that I think caught Kentucky off guard a little bit and that’s just one of the challenges they give.”Carlston spoke highly of the Badgers, as well.“They’re very clean and they don’t make a lot of mistakes,” he said.Against the Bisons and Wildcats, OSU combined for 47 total blocks and held both teams to under a .200 hitting percentage in all but six of the seven sets played.Sandbothe and Sherwin each set career-high’s in blocks, against the Bisons, with 10 and six, respectively. While senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger tied her career-high in blocks with six against the Wildcats.One of the changes the Buckeyes made against the Wildcats was putting Mitchell into the match, midway through the second set. Her nine kills helped the Buckeyes keep the momentum throughout the rest of the match and away from the home team.Despite that change, the team came into the weak wanting to create more problems for its conference rival.“We’ve game planned differently,” Mitchell said. “They always say if you got to do something you’ve never done, do different things in order to prepare. We’ve prepared differently and very focused this week and in the past couple days.The Badgers will be the first Big Ten team OSU has played in the tournament since the 2011-12 season, when they played Illinois in Gainesville, Fla.  OSU has also been successful against Sheffield in the tournament, as they played and defeated Dayton, whom he coached for in the second round of the tournament during the 2010-11 season.The teams are set to play at the KFC Yum! Center, where neither school plays on a regular basis, with Louisville members of the ACC.“I think it kind of gives us a little bit of an advantage as we know how to conquer new places,” junior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits said. “We know how to conquer new team in different environments and I definitely think that gives us a leg up. But in the Big Ten, you’re on the road all the time, you have plenty of practice.”The Buckeyes and Badgers match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. match. The winner of the match will play on Saturday, against the winner of No. 5 Penn State and No. 12 UCLA. Saturday’s match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. read more

Instagram ranked worst social network for young peoples mental health

first_imgInstagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people, a report has suggested.The #StatusofMind survey found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people’s body image, sleep and fear of missing out.However, the survey of 1,479 youngsters aged 14 to 24, found Instagram was positive in terms of self-expression and self-identity.Respondents were asked to score how each of the social media platforms they use impact upon issues such as anxiety, loneliness and community building.The site with the most positive rating was YouTube, followed by Twitter. Facebook and Snapchat came third and fourth respectively.The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) report said: “The platforms that are supposed to help young people connect with each other may actually be fuelling a mental health crisis.” 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. Recommendations included introducing pop-ups on sites such as Twitter and Facebook warning users about heavy usage – which the RSPH said was supported by seven in 10 people surveyed – and social media platforms discreetly signposting help to those potentially suffering from mental health issues.Shirley Cramer CBE, chief executive of the RSPH, said: “Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people’s mental health issues. Dr Becky Inkster, honorary research fellow at the University of Cambridge, said: “Young people sometimes feel more comfortable talking about personal issues online.”As health professionals, we must make every attempt to understand modern youth culture expressions, lexicons, and terms to better connect with their thoughts and feelings.” “It’s interesting to see Instagram and Snapchat ranking as the worst for mental health and wellbeing – both platforms are very image-focused and it appears they may be driving feelings of inadequacy and anxiety in young people.”As the evidence grows that there may be potential harms from heavy use of social media, and as we upgrade the status of mental health within society, it is important that we have checks and balances in place to make social media less of a wild west when it comes to young people’s mental health and wellbeing.”last_img read more

Presidents press officer embroiled in racial slur controversy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIAC condemns PPO’s ‘racial slur,’ says yet another reason why ERC neededSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”President provides $100,000 support to mother whose son was burnt in house fireFebruary 10, 2016In “Local News”Murdered 13-year-old: ‘No proof’ that officers acted unprofessionally – RamnarineOctober 12, 2017In “Crime” Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett, who functions as Public Information and Press Services Officer for President David Granger, was a no-show at an event at State House on Wednesday. Her absence was noted as Nicholas-Garrett normally accompanies the Head of State at the majority of his outreaches and official events.This led to speculation that the press officer was avoiding the plethora of media personnel who, in the past several hours, made several unsuccessful attempts to contact her.INews  understands that she also may be avoiding her co-workers as a source disclosed that she did not report for duty and was reportedly absent from work on Wednesday.Public Information and Press Services Officer Lloyda Nicholas-GarrettThe brewing controversy stems from alleged social media postings on Facebook where she purportedly exchanged messages with other users that included racial slurs and derogatory remarks about colleagues at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The supposed leaks were shared by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) Nigel Dharamlall, who called for her to be fired.“I would like to call for the immediate termination of the services of the Racist Staffer and a period of race relations rehabilitation for her. My taxes are not to be used to pay anyone who is racist,” Dharamlall said on Tuesday.Dharamlall’s shared post highlighted that Nicholas-Garrett and the other users, in a seemingly private conversation made disparaging remarks against Indo-Guyanese.Following the postings of her purported derogatory remarks, sources close to the controversy related that Nicholas-Garrett was often times a “difficult” person to work with and would “pressure” subordinate staff. read more

Tytec Recycling announces worlds first Green OTR tyre recycling solution

first_imgTytec Recycling, a new company based in Perth, Western Australia, has announced what it states is “the world’s first environmentally friendly OTR tyre recycling. Edison Award-winning technology from Green Distillation Technologies Corp (GDTC) finally provides mining a way to convert used tyres into renewable energy sources. The innovative process consumes less energy and results in extremely low emissions and a safer work environment for system operators.”Tyre recycling has always been difficult especially for off the road (OTR) tyres used in mining. Tytec Recycling has developed an innovative solution. Using technology from GDTC, Tytec Recycling offers a one-step process to convert OTR tyres into high-quality steel, diesel oil and carbon.“We’ve been working on a way to efficiently recycle OTR tyres for the past nine years,” says Brett Fennell, Chairman of Tytec Recycling. “Tytec Recycling is collaborating with GDTC to establish an environmentally friendly way to turn old earthmoving tyres into a renewable energy source.”“There are plenty of ways to break down tyres but none of them are effective for OTR tires,” says Fennell.Tytec reports that most tyre recycling requires up to six steps, including removing the steel beading from tires, cutting the tyres into small pieces, then shredding or grinding the tyre cuttings. The final step in the recycling preparation is to perform magnetic sorting to remove any remaining steel for crumb rubber sales. Crumb rubber is commonly used in athletic surfaces, playgrounds and equestrian footings.In order to extract oil and carbon from old tyres, an additional process is required using pyrolysis reactors.The current recycling process is time-consuming, energy intensive and expensive. The larger the tyre, the more costly, maintenance intensive and difficult each step becomes.“The Destructive Distillation process used by Tytec Recycling allows a whole OTR tyre to be recycled in a single step,” explains Fennell. “We’re using continuous heating technology that’s incredibly energy efficient and results in extremely low emissions. Our reactors operate at a much lower temperature and pressure, providing the added advantage of being safer for system operators and reducing the wear and tear on the plant.”The result from the distillation process is reclaimed steel, carbon and diesel of saleable quality.Tytec Recycling holds an exclusive global technology license for the Destructive Distillation process for OTR tyres, allowing it to provide, it says, “the most environmentally friendly OTR tyre recycling in the world. All emissions meet or exceed EPA, European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Australian Department of Environment Regulation (DER) standards and approvals.“We’re currently on track to begin OTR recycling in June 2016 and will open our purpose-built recycling center in Perth in January 2017, then Queensland soon after,” Fennell says.Tytec Recycling will attend MINExpo 2016 in Las Vegas this September to showcase the process and explore potential opportunities to expand the company to other locations around the globe.GDTC has developed proprietary destructive distillation technology capable of recycling end-of-life tyres into saleable commodities of carbon, oil and steel. It received a 2015 Edison Award in the Resource Management or Renewable Resources category.last_img read more

First US female fighter pilot to fly in combat claims she was

first_img Republican Senator Martha McSally testifies in front of yesterday’s Senate committee Image: SIPA USA/PA Images First US female fighter pilot to fly in combat claims she was raped while serving in Air Force Martha McSally made the claim at a Senate hearing yesterday. Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share64 Tweet Email Republican Senator Martha McSally testifies in front of yesterday’s Senate committee Mar 7th 2019, 7:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/4528049 center_img 15 Comments 40,051 Views Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 7:51 AM By Stephen McDermott MARTHA MCSALLY, THE first woman to ever fly in combat for the US, has revealed she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer when she was in the Air Force.The Republican senator made the disclosure yesterday at a Senate hearing on the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur.McSally, a 26-year military veteran, was in the ninth class at the Air Force Academy to allow women, where she said sexual harassment and assault were prevalent.She also told yesterday’s hearing that she felt like the system was raping her “all over again” when she tried to discuss the issue with officials, adding that she was ashamed and confused over the incident.McSally did not say whether her assaults happened at the academy or during active duty, and did not name the alleged perpetrator, but focused on a need for accountability.“I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” she said. “Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.”Despite staying silent for years, McSally said she felt like speaking out after watching the military grapple with how to handle sexual assaults.Captain Carrie Volpe, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the branch was appalled at and “deeply sorry” about what McSally’s experience.“The criminal actions reported today by Senator McSally violate every part of what it means to be an Airman,” she said in a statement.“And we stand behind her and all victims of sexual assault. We are steadfast in our commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behavior and breach of trust in our ranks.”With reporting from Associated Press. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

ilani to host Amy Schumer and Friends

first_imgAmy Schumer, one of the top comedians in America, is coming to ilani’s new Cowlitz Ballroom on Aug. 9. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Tickemaster and www.ilaniresort.com for “Amy Schumer and Friends.”Schumer hosted “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, and her film “I Feel Pretty” is showing in cinemas nationwide. Reviews for that have been mixed, but praise for Schumer’s usual sharp, perceptive performance has been strong; far more universally praised was 2015’s “Trainwreck,” a biting send-up of sweet romantic comedies, which Schumer wrote as well as starred in.She’s also noted for writing, directing, producing and starring in her own Comedy Central sketch series, “Inside Amy Schumer,” which ran from 2013 to 2016 and won two Emmy awards.Schumer will share the stage at ilani’s Cowlitz Ballroom with fellow comedians Bridgett Everett, Rachel Feinstein and Mia Jackson. Tickets are $59 and $99.Schumer fans already know what ilani warns us: The show is adult content, intended for mature audiences only. Additionally, her performance will be phone free. No phones, cameras or recording devices will be permitted in the Cowlitz Ballroom; all phones and smart watches will be locked in Yondr pouches that guests will keep with them — but won’t be unlocked until the end of the show. If you must use your phone during the show, you’ll need to go to a designated Phone Use Area away from the rest of the audience.last_img read more

NASA photographer catches space station passing sun during eclipse

first_img(WSVN) – There are plenty of amazing photos circulating of Monday’s solar eclipse. But one NASA photographer captured a unique sight: the International Space Station as it crossed in front of the partially-eclipsed sun.Photographer Bill Ingalls took the photo from Northern Cascades National Park in Washington, showing the space station’s silhouette in front of the sun.NASA says the space station was moving at roughly five miles per second.Six people are currently aboard the ISS, including NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer, and Randy Bresnik. Whitson narrated a video aboard the station, showing the shadow of the moon on the Earth’s surface.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more