Cong. mocks Chouhan for stopping ‘Yatra’

first_imgThe Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Friday ridiculed Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the culmination of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ midway in Jabalpur on Thursday after covering just 187 of the 230 Assembly seats in the poll-bound State. In a tweet on Friday, the party’s State unit chief Kamal Nath said, “It (Yatra) was devoid of public, of government sponsored crowd and faced protest. The BJP itself now started deserting it the old speeches (of Mr. Chouhan), no work, just promises of doing this and that, false dream and assurance (did not work). Public understood all this.” The BJP has, however, sought to downplay the development by stating that no culmination date was decided for the Yatra.BJP vice-president Prabhat Jha said that no date for the Yatra’s culmination had been decided, adding that during the poll campaign, Mr. Chouhan would visit constituencies not covered in the Yatra. Mr. Jha said that Mr. Chouhan also had to attend party meetings in connection with the polls.State BJP spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said the Yatra was supposed to end on September 25, coinciding with the birth anniversary of party ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. It was extended but no conclusion date had been fixed, he added. Mr. Agrawal added that the CM also had to take part in meetings to select candidates and accompany them when they file nominations, as well as take part in campaigning.Incidentally, Mr. Chouhan’s earlier Yatras ahead of the Assembly polls in 2008 and 2013 had culminated on September 25 and then too he had not covered all the 230 seats in the State. The BJP is facing a resurgent Congress in M.P. with opinion polls predicting a close finish between the two national parties, some of them giving the Congress an edge. Senior BJP leaders had earlier said that the party was planning not to give tickets to 70-80 MLAs in order to tide over anti-incumbency factor.Unsavoury events Mr. Chouhan’s Yatra saw some unsavoury events such as stones being thrown at his vehicle, black flags being shown as well as footwear flung during one of his gatherings in Sidhi district. In several areas, people complained to Mr. Chouhan about the poor performance of the sitting MLAs as well. Mr. Chouhan had embarked on the Yatra on July 14 from Ujjain on a bus modified as a chariot to seek blessings of the people and set the tone for the poll campaign to bring the BJP back to power for a fourth consecutive time.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Will Germany Be Able To Keep Their World Cup Hopes…

first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Credits: Dreamstime)Defending champions Germany will look to seal their spot in the knockout stages with a win over Asian Giants South Korea today at the Kazan Arena in Kazan.This is going to be the third encounter between European Giants Germany and Asian Giants South Korea. The last time they met was in 2002, which saw Germany winning the encounter 1-0. South Korea’s only victory over the defending champions came in 2004 when they won 3-1 in a friendly.All eyes will be on Germany as they are just few miles away from saving themselves from elimination after losing the starting game to Mexico. Germany led by Bayern Munich starlet Manuel Neuer would look forward to defeat South Korea. Let’s see how this encounter unfolds.Here are squads for the game:Meanwhile, in Kazan… The teams are out for #KORMEX! #WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

I rarely get nominated for awards: Kalki Koechlin

first_imgMumbai, Mar 11 (PTI) From “Dev D” to “That Girl in Yellow Boots”, Kalki Koechlin has enthralled critics and fans with her histrionics but the actress wonders why doesnt she get nominated for awards.Kalki has finally been nominated at the Times of India Film Awards 2016 in the best actress critics choice category for her performance in last years “Margarita with a Straw” and the 32-year-old said she found the nomination surprising.”I never expected a nomination as I rarely get nominated. So yes, being nominated for TOIFA 2016 is a great surprise,” she said in a statement.In director Shonali Boses coming-of-age drama, Kalki played a girl with cerebral palsy.Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns), Anushka Sharma (NH10), Shweta Tripathi (Masaan) and Bhumi Pednekar (Dum Lagake Haisha) are the other names nominated in the category.TOIFA 2016 will take place at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai Sports City, Dubai on March 18. PTI PSH NDSlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman to pick India’s next coach

first_imgThe Cricket Advisory Committee comprising former captains Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and former middle-order batsman VVS Laxman will pick India’s next coach. Sanjay Jagdale has been named co-ordinator of the committee. (Anil Kumble’s application queers the pitch for Ravi Shastri )The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today shortlisted 21 candidates from the orginial list of 57 applicants, which included Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble, Sandeep Patil and Praveen Amre. (Who will sit in judgement over Kumble? )The CAC will process and scrutinise all the applications, conduct interviews and seek presentations from candidates as the committee deems fit. However, the four-member committee also reserves the right to look at any of the other 57 applicants for the coaching job.The committee will operate from the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai and name its final choice to president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke by June 22. The board is expected to make an announcement on June 24. (BCCI to interview candidates for coaching job )India have been without a coach since Duncan Fletcher’s contract expired after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Shastri, who was named Team Director in the midst of India’s disastrous tour of England in 2014, continued in that capacity till the 2016 World T20 at home.The race to the coveted coaching job heated up when Kumble entered the fray. India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests and ODIs, the former leg-spinner is well-respected in the fraternity and could prove to be a stiff competition for Shastri, who apparently has the backing of the current crop of players.advertisementlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Novak Djokovic sails into pre-quarters

first_imgNovak Djokovic returned to the fourth round at Wimbledon by beating Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (2).The second-seeded Djokovic lost in the third round at the All England Club last year. On Monday, he will be making his 10th appearance in the final 16 of a tournament he has won three times.Djokovic won nine consecutive games at one point – the final four of the first set and the first five of the next – and though he was unable to break Gulbis in the third set, he claimed the first three points of the tiebreaker and won the match on the Latvian’s forced error.”I thought I raised the level of tennis,” Djokovic said in a television interview. “Comparing to the first couple of matches and the last couple of weeks, I think this was the most focused I was on the court.”Djokovic, who won in Eastbourne last week, will next face Adrian Mannarino. He defeated Mannarino in the second round at Wimbledon a year ago.Top-ranked Angelique Kerber and third-seeded Milos Raonic both advanced to the fourth round, though they had different experiences on court.Kerber, who lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final, held on to beat Shelby Rogers of the United States 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round. Raonic had a more straightforward time, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 a year after losing to Andy Murray in the final.”It was tough to find my rhythm actually. She played very well from the first point,” Kerber said. “She was hitting the balls very hard.advertisement”In the second set, I was starting to (feel) the ball better and better. I think the key was at the end that I was fighting, and I was never giving up at the end. Doesn’t matter how the score was.”Besides reaching the Wimbledon final last year, Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open. That made her only the fourth player in the Open era to reach three Grand Slam finals in the same season.This year, Kerber lost in the fourth round at the Australian Open and then became the first top-seeded woman at the French Open to lose in the first round in the Open era.After dropping the opening set against Rogers on Saturday, Kerber trailed 3-1 in the second before turning things around.The top-ranked German will next face 2015 Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza on Monday. Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2.Raonic finished with more than twice as many winners, 55, as unforced errors, 26. He will be playing in the fourth round for the third time in four years.”I did a lot of things well today,” Raonic said. “I was efficient on my serve, created a bunch of opportunities. I started getting better and better there.”Maybe at the beginning I wasn’t controlling the situation enough. But as the match went on, I felt like I was dictating more so from the baseline.”The Canadian will next face Alexander Zverev, who beat Austrian qualifier Sebastian Ofner 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.last_img read more

Socionext: HDMI 2.1 compatible video processing chips

first_imgSocionext has developed its new ‘HV5 series’, a family of HDMI 2.1 compatible video processing ICs, designed for transmission and reception of 8K video. Socionext will provide live demonstrations of the HV5 series at the upcoming CEATEC Japan 2018.The HDMI 2.1 specifications were defined in 2017. It has 48Gbps bandwidth, 2.7x of conventional HDMI 2.0, and enables the transmission of extremely large data sets, including 8K video, with very low latency, while maintaining high image and sound quality. Socionext has extensive knowledge in the development of data transmission technologies for consumer video equipment such as recorders and 4K TVs, as well as for high-speed, serial data transmission used in large-scale servers.The HV5 series represents video processing ICs with built-in HDMI 2.1 compatible Tx / Rx. Leveraging the company’s expertise, Socionext plans to propose a variety of video systems built around the HV5 series, including 8K TVs in Japan where the commercial 8K broadcasting will commence. The HV5, with ultra-high definition image characteristics, is also targeted for public signage and medical applications, among other uses.The SC1H05AC series is a family of interface bridge ICs, which enable transmission of 8K video with built-in HDMI 2.1 Tx. The SC1H05AC01 is for HDMI 2.0 input, and the SC1H05AC02 for V-by-One input. Existing 8K video equipment requires 4 lines of HDMI 2.0 cables to deliver 8K images, and that is one of the major restrictions for installation and handling of the equipment. SC1H05AC allows the connection with a single cable.The SC1H05AT1 is optimized for the use in 8K TV sets. The device supports the Advanced BS 8K Broadcasting, which is scheduled to start in Japan later this year. It is also equipped with the video processing functionalities for 8K video inputs from external sources to meet the growing demand for 8K video content playback in the global market. SC1H05AT1 is applicable with V-by-One input and output, as well as with HDMI 2.0/2.1. In addition, the up-scaler functionality and Socionext’s proprietary high picture quality technology of HV5 are capable of supporting the playback of Full HD (2K) / 4K video content on 8K panels with the optimum quality. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: new beta version of Embedded Studio reduces program size by up to 12%Next Renesas: R-Car-compatible connected car software development tools for Cloud Servicelast_img read more

Women’s rugby league takes off as Castleford attract record crowds

first_img Support The Guardian … 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. Castleford Twitter Share on Facebook features Share on Twitter Leeds see off Castleford to pick up vital points in relegation battle This story is all the more fascinating for the fact that the players and coaches are doing it for free. “We have fantastic local sponsors but it’s no secret that nobody gets paid,” said Anfield, who is a PE teacher by day. “They train twice a week from 6.30pm to 10pm which, after day jobs or studying, can be a real slog.”Anfield says the support of the men’s team has been instrumental in their transformation. Jon Wells, Castleford’s director of rugby, said: “I’m over the moon the people of Castleford have bought into it. I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that 5,000 could be here watching a game soon. We talk about the pioneering players Castleford have had and it’s not foolish to say that in 20 years, people will mention the likes of Georgia Roche in the same breath.” Facebook Read more The Observer Reuse this content Anfield is head coach of Castleford’s Women’s Super League side. The Tigresses are only three years old but have captured the attention of a town where rugby league is more akin to a religion. This season they are top of the table with six wins from six and face Wakefield in the Challenge Cup semi-finals on Sunday.“I think the people of Castleford have bought into the fact we’re trying to put ourselves at the forefront of this revolution,” Anfield said. Crowds well in excess of 1,000 regularly watch their home games and a fortnight ago the club set a record attendance for a women’s rugby league game in Britain, when 1,492 watched them defeat Bradford. The numbers may not seem earth-shattering but the average attendance in football’s Women’s Super League last season was 833 and Castleford are drawing in crowds similar to Manchester City. Pinterest center_img Some of the record crowd of 1,492 fans who watched the Challenge Cup quarter-final game against Bradford Bulls. Photograph: Regan Sternik Since you’re here… Women’s rugby league Rugby league Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Roche, nominated for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year award last year, is the heartbeat of a Tigresses side who play exciting, attacking rugby league. Wells said: “I have two young daughters and I want them to see there are strong role models on our doorstep. I can point my kids the way of Georgia. The impact she and this team are having on young girls wanting to play rugby in the town is incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it.“You look at the all-time greats here like Malcolm Reilly, John Joyner and the legacy they left … I genuinely think in a decade or two, someone like Georgia could be in that bracket.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. From the Lionesses in France to Cori Gauff at Wimbledon, there have been no shortage of success stories of late but Castleford in West Yorkshire is hardly somewhere that immediately springs to mind when thinking of women’s sport. Yet the mining town with a population of 40,000 is hoping to make an impression on the sporting landscape today.“It can be seen as a stereotypical area given its past,” says Lindsay Anfield, who is spearheading a women’s rugby league revolution in the town. “There were no recognised sporting teams in the town until we formed. But don’t forget that young girls wanting to play sport need role models just like young men do.” Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerous

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerousby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says they’ll be ready for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 tie.However, Areola also recognises they cannot underestimate United after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He stated, “Manchester is a very big club with or without Mourinho.”They are back, they have a story, they know how to handle those moments. “We had difficulties during this group phase, we came out even bigger and we will be ready on the day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Griezmann: Messi is a legend like LeBron

first_imgAntoine Griezmann says the most exciting part of his move to Barcelona is teaming up with Lionel Messi, comparing him to basketball legend LeBron James.The France star joined the Spanish champions this week in a €120 million (£107m/$134m) move from Atletico Madrid, bringing an end to over a year of speculation linking him to a move.And Griezmann, 28, is looking forward to playing alongside his iconic new team-mate Messi, who he says will go down as a legend like the LA Lakers star. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The thing that makes me happiest is playing with a partner like him,” Griezmann said at a press conference. “Messi will be a legend for my son and my son’s children. He’s like LeBron James for basketball.”I want to be an important player at this great club and try to win La Liga, the Champions League and Copa del Rey, which is what I’m missing on my list.”Barca had been strongly linked with a move for Griezmann in 2018 and were even reported to have struck an agreement with him, as Atletico reported the Catalan club to FIFA at the end of 2017.The prolonged saga reached its conclusion with a documentary following Griezmann as he made up his mind about whether to move or stay in Madrid, with the clip produced by Gerard Pique’s production company.Lionel Messi Barcelona 2018-19In the end he revealed his choice was to remain and sign a new five-year contract at Atletico, but 13 months later he became a Barca player after his release clause was triggered on Friday.Griezmann received significant criticism for the documentary, but says he did not regret making the film. “I’ve done some bad things in my past and I’ve never regretted it because it’s something I wanted to do at the time,” he said.”I wanted to show what is not seen and I have not toyed with both parties. The most important thing is that we are now together. You have to ask for forgiveness, for some it will be on the field.” When asked whether Luis Suarez and Messi could be annoyed with him, he added: “They could be, but I think that with the assistance that I can give them, we can fix everything.”Given the fairly short amount of time between rejecting Barca and then joining them, many have wondered why there was a change of heart, particularly given he signed a five-year deal with Atletico last year.For Griezmann it is simple – he was not ready to make such a step in 2018.”I have a family to move,” he said. “I saw my wife, my world, and I was not ready to take the step, and this year has been different.”It’s always difficult to leave a home where we felt comfortable with family and friends, it was difficult. I only have admiration and respect for Atletico.”I wanted a new challenge, to try to improve myself, not be comfortable. I look for my place in a great club and try to win the three titles.”last_img read more

Feel Good Friday: Duckworth Wool

first_img 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations The garment industry is hard to understand. You’d think it would be cheaper and more practical to make garments in the same place they’re sold, but no; somehow, it’s cheaper to ship raw materials overseas for manufacture, then ship them back for consumption. That’s not the whole story, of course; this practice yields many more costs that don’t show up in a profit/loss statement — for instance, the environmental cost of shipping, the social impact of underpaying overseas employees, and the lost employment opportunities in the U.S.The unseen costs of overseas production is one big reason why The Manual is such a big supporter of brands that make their products here in the U.S. of A. One such brand is Duckworth Wool, which takes the exquisite wool from Montana sheep, spins it into outstanding wool garments, and sells it chiefly to American consumers.We know what you’re thinking — wool is itchy, cumbersome, and old-fashioned. Well, Duckworth doesn’t use just any wool, but 100% Helle Rambouillet merino wool from the Rockies of Southwestern Montana. Their humanely raised sheep graze free-range at an elevation of 9,500 feet, in a unique climate that makes their wool tightly crimped and thus well suited for high-quality wool garments.Related: Feel Good Friday: The 30-Year SweatshirtOnce Duckworth harvests wool from their happy sheep, they send it down to the Carolinas, historically the epicenter of the U.S. textile industry. Using a mix of traditional and innovative techniques, Duckworth’s reasonably paid employees make all kinds of amazing garments for men and women.Ingenious use of heat, water, and pressure make Duckworth wool garments soft, breathable, and resistant to shrinkage. Whether you’re looking for a pair of boxers or a heavy shirt, you’ll find that Duckworth spins magic into their wool items. This isn’t the itchy, stiff wool you’re used to — in fact, some of their garments are virtually indistinguishable from silk.Duckworth’s motto is acta non verba, Latin for “deeds not words.” By virtue of their humane treatment of sheep, commitment to American manufacturing, and fair treatment of employees, it’s safe to say that Duckworth lives up to its motto. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Save the Environment in Style: Taylor Stitch Makes New Apparel from Old Garmentslast_img read more

EU Japan Raise Concerns over DSMEs Rescue Plan

first_imgzoom The European Union and Japan have raised concerns over Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s (DSME) rescue plan as the shipbuilder secured the necessary approvals for the aid, according to Yonhap News Agency.Namely, the South Korea’s latest restructuring plan for the ailing shipbuilder was approved by DSME’s main debt holder, National Pension Service (NPS), which holds some 30 percent of the company’s corporate bonds, on April 17. Later the same day, the company’s remaining investors gave their nod to the debt rescheduling proposal, paving way for the shipbuilder’s recovery.If the new measures receive court approval, DSME’s main creditors Korea Development Bank (KDB) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) would provide a KRW 2.9 trillion loan to the shipbuilder starting in late April.The new measures would see half of the shipyard’s commercial papers converted into equity with the rest being rolled over.The latest restructuring plan, revealed in late March 2017, sets out three key principles – debt restructuring should come first, financial assistance should follow later, and all stakeholders should bear the burden of losses.Despite earlier efforts made by KDB and KEXIM in October 2015, when the duo injected a KRW 4.2 trillion rescue package into DSME, and the company’s self-rescue efforts including workforce reduction and asset sales, the shipbuilder suffered a net loss of KRW 2.7 trillion last year as its debt ratio soared to 2,732%.Conditions surrounding the shipbuilder continuously deteriorated with a deepening slump in the industry and a sharp fall in new orders.DSME had an order backlog of 114 vessels worth USD 34 billion as of the end of 2016. However, new orders last year amounted to mere USD 1.54 billion that fell far short of its previous estimate of USD 11.5 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Toronto woman found not criminally responsible in stabbing of condo doorman

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto woman has been found not criminally responsible in the stabbing of her condo doorman last year.Ellis Kirkland was charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous.The court heard that on March 10, 2016, Kirkland asked the doorman to help her move some boxes. When he bent over, she stabbed him multiple times with a kitchen knife.The doorman survived.Police arrested Kirkland on a 27th-floor balcony after using ropes to go down the side of a building.The judge ruled that the high-profile architect involved in a NATO project was suffering from a major mental illness at the time of the incident.An internationally renowned infrastructure specialist, Kirkland is the former vice-president of the NATO Association of Canada, according to the organization’s website.She is also the chair and founder of the NATO Paxbuild Economic Platform, a special project run by the organization to promote peace and security through economic stability, the site says.She was also the first woman to serve as president of the Ontario Architecture Association.(CFRB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Should we Blame Mustapha ElAmrani for the Death of 11 Children

By Hajar JannadRabat –  The Moroccan Ministry of Justice has turned a deaf ear to human rights associations’ numerous calls condemning the accusations brought against Mustapha El-Amrani, coach and president of the Taekwondo club “Ennour,” for negligent manslaughter in the tragedy of Cherrat Valley (Oued Cherrat), where eleven children passed away after they drowned in an unwatched beach.Head of the Moroccan government Abdelilah Benkiran also expressed his solidarity with the “innocent” coach, saying it is not fair to accuse someone for something he did not intend to do. In this regard, Mr. Benkiran called for his release by the Moroccan authorities, claiming he is not responsible for the death of the eleven kids who went on an excursion to a beach with their coach and a bus driver. The charges against Mustapha El-Amrani caused indignation among Moroccans, who protested against the accusations and claimed the coach is innocent. Consequently, there have been protests in some Moroccan cities such as Tangier, where young men assembled in the United Nations Square to express their indignation and support for the coach. They waved banners and chanted slogans condemning the accusations.Mustapha has also gained the support of Facebook users, who created about seventeen Facebook pages gathering more than 10,200 followers, including civil society and social actors. For that matter, the families of the victims had withdrawn the legal action of El-Amrani, saying that it was just a natural incident, thus, the blame should not be on the coach, who had always been a caring person with high morals.Surprisingly, this is not the first time Mustapha has had a run in with possible charges of negligent homicide. According to a statement given to CNN Arabic in 2010 by his brother Boucheib, a boy died while exercising as he banged his head against the floor. Boucheib urged the boy’s family to not take legal action the coach, who had done nothing but monitor him.Mustpha El-Amrani was born in 1982 in Bensliman, where he established the Taekwondo club “Ennour,” enabling poor children to become highly qualified athletes like the late Halima Mortaziq, the Moroccan Taekwondo champion.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

ExVatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

ROME — Italian news agency ANSA says a monsignor who had worked as a senior Vatican accountant has been convicted of corruption in connection with a failed cash-smuggling plot.ANSA said a Rome appeals court Wednesday convicted the Rev. Nunzio Scarano of corruption and sentenced him to three years in prison.In 2016, a lower court had acquitted Scarano, who had worked for years at a Vatican office that handled Holy See investments. Italian prosecutors in 2013 accused him of plotting to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane.Scarano’s lawyer has said friends asked the monsignor to help them recover funds given to a broker to invest. But the alleged scheme never was realized, purportedly when the broker reneged on the arrangement.The Associated Press read more

Senior UN official voices concern at rising attacks on journalists in Peru

20 September 2011The head of the United Nations agency that defends press freedom today condemned the recent murder of an investigative television journalist in Peru, the second such attack in the South American nation in one week. José Oquendo Reyes, producer and host of the programme “Without Borders” on BTV Canal 45, was shot on 14 September as he was entering his home in Chincha, southern Peru, according to a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Another TV programme director, Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva, was killed in a similar way in the north-western Peruvian city of Casma on 7 September, while Julio Castillo Narváez, the producer of an investigative radio programme, was shot dead in Virú, in the north-west of the country, on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said she is very concerned about the recent rise in violence against journalists in Peru and trusted that the authorities will not let these crimes go unpunished. “This is important, lest violence and fear reduce media professionals’ ability to do their job. Fear and insecurity prevent journalists from providing society with the free and independent information needed to sustain the open and informed debate that is the hallmark of any democracy,” she stated. read more

Deploring violence in Uzbekistan Annan call on to all parties to show

A statement issued in New York by a UN spokesman says that the Secretary-General has been following events in Uzbekistan over the past few days with “great concern,” and is “saddened by the news of the loss of life including civilians, and appeals to all parties concerned for restraint in the use of force.” The statement also calls on all parties concerned to comply with international humanitarian law and cooperate fully with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team deployed to the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border yesterday to assess the needs of hundreds of Uzbeks who fled violence in their homeland. The three-member UNHCR team, from the refugee agency’s office in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, confirmed that some 560 Uzbeks had arrived on Saturday in Suzac, in the Jalalabad Oblast region of Kyrgyzstan. UNHCR noted that all 560 newcomers on Sunday were registered by the Kyrgyz authorities. The agency expects regional governments to maintain an open border policy and will cooperate with them to respond to emerging humanitarian needs. read more

UN official calls for justice in wake of human rights violations in

The remarks of the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, followed a visit to Nahibly, a remote camp near the town of Duekoue in the country’s west that was the scene of an attack on displaced people on 20 July“The tragic incident at Nahibly reminds me of the scenes in Duekoue on my last visit in 2011. Bodies were being exhumed from mass graves. The victims of those crimes are still waiting for justice. Such impunity – the failure to hold the perpetrators of horrendous crimes accountable – creates a grave risk of continuous violence,” Mr. Simonovic said, while also stressing the urgency of completing investigations into the incident and bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Government has launched investigations into the Nahibly attack, which left at least eight people dead and many more unaccounted for, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The UN official last visited Côte d’Ivoire in April 2011, at the height of the political crisis that followed its disputed 2010 elections.Local officials and aid workers told Mr. Simonovic that the fragile security situation and fear of reprisals are hindering investigations – he said that quick, thorough and credible investigations were essential for the sake of not only justice, but also reconciliation and prevention of future attacks.In Man, Guiglo and Duekoue in the west, civil society representatives and community members expressed concern to the UN official about unresolved land disputes, illicit circulation of arms and activities of Dozos, traditional hunters that have become a paramilitary group. Mr. Simonovic noted that these concerns have the effect of denting confidence in the authorities and could fuel conflict, and urged the Government to continue efforts to reform the security sector despite the challenges posed by armed attacks on military positions and state facilities in parts of the country.“It is essential to continue with security sector reform, in particular to strengthen the police and gendarmerie to take back their law and order functions from the army and paramilitary groups,” the Assistant Secretary-General said. “It is equally important to take all necessary measures to prevent and to punish cases of arbitrary detention and torture.” While in the city of Abidjan, Mr. Simonovic held meetings with a range of Government officials and political representatives, and others, in addition to President Alassane Ouattara and Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan. “I was encouraged by their commitment to accountability no matter the ethnicity, religious or political affiliation of the perpetrators,” he said. read more

Family of poisoned British Airways copilot claim aviation industry is ignoring issue

first_imgPrior to his death, his family said he had been in “excruciating pain” and suffering from various symptoms, including digestive problems, fatigue, general pain, headaches, loss of cognitive ability, clumsiness and inability to sense temperature.Mr Westgate’s mother, Judy, said her son’s illness baffled doctors and accused the airline industry of “denying responsibility” and said they were considering legal action.She said: “The inquest has ruled he ultimately died of an accidental overdose of a sedative – a sleeping tablet – but the real questions are: What made him so sick in the first place? And do the airline industry have something to hide?”The results of Richard’s post-mortem showed he had damage to his nervous systems and heart. The organophosphate toxins in cabin air have been shown to cause this kind of damage leading to many of the same symptoms and pain that my son experienced.”Medical experts have said that organophosphates cannot be ruled out in causing his condition, so the questions therefore remain. At the start of the inquest, Coroner Dr Simon Fox QC ruled that aerotoxic syndrome would not be treated as a factor in the death.His death was initially examined by retired Dorset coroner Sheriff Payne who, in February 2015, issued a report raising concerns that more people could die unless action was taken.He sent his Regulation 28 report to the chief executive of British Airways and the chief operating officer of the Civil Aviation Authority, as well as the Chief Coroner.Lobby group Global Cabin Air Quality Executive is campaigning for equipment to be installed in aircraft to monitor air quality, which is supported by unions representing some airline workers.Their research suggests that this air, known as “bleed air”, can become contaminated with engine oils and hydraulic fluids, leading to illness among cabin crew through repeated exposure.In 2015, the Unite union launched a helpline and revealed 17 personal injury claims had been made involving former and current cabin crew staff working for UK airlines.But the industry insists that incidents of smoke or fumes on planes are rare and there is no evidence of long-term health effects. “We know there are more sick passengers and crew and we hope today will encourage the millions who fly to ask questions to ensure more is done to make sure others don’t suffer like my son. Guy Westgate (right) and his mother Judith Westgate (centre) leave Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner’s Court, where the inquest into the death of Richard’s twin and Judith’s son, Richard Westgate, was heldCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire We know there are more sick passengers and crew and we hope today will encourage the millions who fly to ask questions to ensure more is done to make sure others don’t suffer like my sonJudy Westgate The family of a British Airways co-pilot who believed he had been poisoned by contaminated cockpit air have accused the airline industry of having its “head in the sand” over the issue.Richard Westgate, 43, died in December 2012 after moving to the Netherlands to seek help from a specialist clinic for his symptoms which he thought were caused by “aerotoxic syndrome”, which has been called “pilot’s disease”.A coroner ruled Mr Westgate died accidentally at the Bastion Hotel in Bussum, Netherlands after taking an unintentional overdose of the sleeping tablet pentobarbital. Guy Westgate (right) and his mother Judith Westgate (centre) leave Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court, where the inquest into the death of Richard's twin and Judith's son, Richard Westgate, was held “The airlines cannot categorically say that air in these aircraft is safe. They refuse to monitor and test for toxins, so of course they have no evidence because they will not look for it.”The longer they deny there is a problem, the harder and more costly it’s going to be when they are proved wrong.”Just like the tobacco industry in the Fifties refusing to admit smoking causes cancer, the airline industry has its head in the sand.”The inconvenient truth for the airlines is that low doses of toxins in cabin air, over hundreds of hours, can hurt people.”The airline industry should be ashamed of itself. My son suffered so much unnecessarily and they have done nothing to protect people.”The longer you leave it, the harder it is going to be, so we just expect those responsible to do the right thing.”She added: “One day the truth will out.”The week-long inquest in Salisbury, Wiltshire, heard that Mr Westgate, from Marlborough, had been suffering from a nervous system problem which could have caused his symptoms.Neuropathologist Dr Daniel du Plessis said a narrowing of the arteries and lymphocytic myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart muscle – might have “quickened” his death.But Dr du Plessis said he found evidence Mr Westgate had been suffering from neuritis – inflammation of the nerve roots – which could explain many of these symptoms, including pain, tingling sensations, numbness and balance problems.He said organophosphate poisoning – the supposed cause of aerotoxic syndrome – could cause nerve problems but not the nerve inflammation suffered by Mr Westgate. 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SIDA le Truvada une avancée qui demande de rester prudent

first_imgSIDA : le Truvada, une avancée qui demande de rester prudentSelon des spécialistes français, la commercialisation, aux Etats-Unis, du premier traitement préventif contre le sida n’est pas une solution idéale. Ils estiment qu’il faut rester à la fois modeste et prudent sur la question.Un groupe d’experts pourrait autoriser d’ici juin la commercialisation d’un premier traitement préventif contre le virus du SIDA. Le Truvada, produit par le groupe pharmaceutique américain Gilead, est une combinaison de deux anti-rétroviraux déjà largement utilisée comme “traitement de base”, mais pour les personnes séropositives, explique le Dr Cédric Arvieux de l’hôpital de Rennes. Cette fois-ci, le Truvada serait ainsi destiné à des personnes séronégatives et aurait pour but de protéger les gens “dans des situations à risque”.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Néanmoins, les scientifiques soulignent l’importance de rester prudent à ce futur traitement potentiel. “C’est une avancée. Mais il faut rester modeste, prudent et répéter que la base de la prévention, c’est l’utilisation du préservatif et la modification des comportement sexuels”, explique le Pr Jean-François Delfraissy, directeur de l’Agence nationale de recherche sur le sida (ANRS) cité par l’AFP. Pour le Dr Arvieux, un tel traitement est intéressant dans la mesure où il constitue “un moyen supplémentaire de prévention pour les ‘couples sérodifférents’, homosexuels ou hétérosexuels, où l’un est séropositif et l’autre séronégatif”. Il argumente en soulignant que si, de façon générale, “le préservatif n’est pas un échec, les données épidémiologiques montrent bien que ce n’est pas suffisant”.Les résultats de l’étude menée aux Etats-Unis indiquent qu’une prise quotidienne du Truvada réduirait de 44% le risque d’infection par VIH. Généralement “bien toléré” par les patients, ce médicament coûte environ 10.000 euros par an en cas de prise quotidienne, ce qui rend hypothétique, pour ne pas dire utopique, son utilisation dans les pays en développement.Le plus gros danger mis en évidence est en fait la prise de risque chez des personnes se croyant chimiquement protégés. Or, l’efficacité du Truvada reste bien inférieure à celle d’un préservatif.Un outil de plus dans la prévention Ainsi, le Dr Arvieux “trouve un peu risqué de mettre en place à large échelle la commercialisation du Truvada alors qu’on n’a pas bien évalué l’impact sur les comportements”. Pour sa part, Christian Andreo, responsable d’Aides, première association française de lutte contre le VIH, estime lui que “rien ne permet de dire” que ce traitement sera contre-productif en terme de comportement à risque. “Le relâchement (dans l’usage du préservatif, ndlr) est déjà là et il est relatif”, note-t-il, jugeant que le Truvada “n’est pas la solution magique mais un outil de plus dans la palette des outils de prévention”.Le 22 mai 2012 à 16:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Samurai Jack The Complete Series Kingdom Heats The Story

first_imgFire HD 8 Tablet 16 GB with Special Offers for $59.99If you’re after a down-and-dirty high-definition tablet, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is just what you’re after, and it’s on sale right now. For $60 you get a competent tablet that does basically everything you want a tablet to do. This is the newest model, too, and it’s a brand-new, not refurbished, item.Get the Fire HD 8 16GB tablet at Amazon for $59.99 Out Tomorrow: Batman: The Complete Animated Series on Blu-ray for $99.96Not only is this the complete set of the Batman: The Animated Series, it has two movies, a book, includes exclusive Funko! Pops, and it comes out tomorrow. But what’s even better is its been remastered for high-definition, so it looks better than it has any right to look.Get it on Blu-ray at Walmart for $99.96 Out Tomorrow – Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far (PS4) $39.99Catch yourself up with all the Kingdom Hearts lore. This is kind of confusing, but isn’t that part of the fun of Kingdom Hearts? It has content from 8 KH games and the feature film Kingdom Hearts x Back Cover. It’s basically Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in one collection.Get it on Amazon for $39.99 Samurai Jack: The Complete Series for $69.49This is one of the best animated series of all time, and now you can own it all in one fell swoop in this Blu-ray boxed set. The set normally sells for $112.99.Get the complete Samurai Jack on Blu-ray at Amazon $125 off Xbox One X NBA 2K19 Bundle with Red Dead Redemption 2, PDP Wired Controller, and $5 Xbox Gift Card, Now $459Get it at Walmart for $459last_img read more