Trinamool Opposition unite for motion to maintain communal peace and harmony

first_imgKolkata: A motion was moved in the Assembly on Thursday unanimously by the ruling party and the opposition alike to maintain peace and harmony in the state and the country, in the face ofgrowing levels of intolerance against a particular community and the rising incidents of violence. During the discussion on the motion, several ministers of the state government and leaders of the opposition parties raised their concern in the House regarding the attack on the people belonging to the minority community. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey also protested against the chanting of the slogan of Lord Ram while carrying out violence across the country. The motion will eventually be passed in the Assembly before being sent to the Centre through the state government. The state government will urge the Centre to take decisive steps to check the incidents of communal attack, in which people from a particular community are affected. State Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee criticised the Centre in the Assembly for dividing people along religious lines. “The BJP has been giving tacit support to fan religious fanaticism across the country, only to gain political advantage,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There have been attempts to divide the country along religious lines. A particular community has been incited against another by a political party to receive electoral benefits. Nationalism has taken a backseat due to relentless fanaticism in the country,” Chatterjee added. He also said: “We are not concerned due to the surge of a political party. In a Parliamentary democracy one party will form the government while another will be voted out. But the way the communal tension is going up across the country is a matter of worry for all of us. I may not like a particular person or a party but the battle must be fought politically, not setting aside the spirit of nationalism. After the Lok Sabha elections, around 40 incidents of violence have taken place in the state.” Chatterjee also criticised the Left MLAs in a subtle way, saying: “You are talking about communal harmony now. Before the Lok Sabha elections, you aligned yourselves with the party that spreads communal tension.” He urged all people cutting across their political allegiance to come forward and fight for the cause. While speaking in favour of the motion, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said that Lord Ram is a holy name but lynching people in the name of Lord Ram cannot be acceptable. It may be mentioned here that a Madrasa teacher was allegedly assaulted by a religious organisation, after he refused to chant ‘Jay Shree Ram’.last_img read more

Karan Singh exJK Kings son supports govts move on Art 370

first_imgNew Delhi: It may be seen as a major embarrassment for the Congress which had opposed the government’s decision to scrap special status for Jammu and Kashmir in the Parliament as senior Congress leader and former J&K ruler Maharaja Hari Singh’s son Karan Singh on Thursday supported the Centre’s move to make J&K free from Article 370.While supporting the government over its recent J&K decisions, Singh said that he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government’s move and stressed that there are several positives in the government’s decision. Hailing the bifurcation of Ladakh into a union territory, Singh further said that he himself proposed bifurcation way back in 1965 when he was the head of the state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a statement issued on Thursday, he said that he supports the abrogation of provisions of Article 35A as the issue of gender-discrimination needed to be addressed. The delimitation in the state will also ensure a fair division of political power between Jammu and Kashmir, Singh added. He, however, said that two main political parties of Jammu and Kashmir — the Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference — should not be termed “anti-national”. Urging the government to release the leaders of political parties to start broad-based political dialogue in the state, he said, “The efforts should be that J&K attains a full statehood as soon as possible so that its people can at least enjoy the political rights available to the rest of the country.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHis statement comes two days after the Congress Working Committee deplored the manner in which the government stripped J&K of its special status by scrapping provisions of Article 370, and bifurcated the state. As Karan Singh broadly backed the fresh developments in the state, of which he was the first and the last Sadr-e-Riyasat, he refrained from directly opposing or backing the abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which repealed J&K’s special status. Singh recalled his father Hari Singh’s decision to sign the Instrument of Accession with India in 1947 and said, “My sole concern is the welfare of all sections of people in the state.” Notably, as soon as the decision was taken by the government to scrap Article 370 in J&K, Congress leaders like Janardan Dwivedi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Deepender Hooda, Bhubaneswar Kalita, etc. came out in support of the government stand. Hailing the abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Dwivedi had said that even though it came late, a historical mistake had been corrected. “This is a matter of satisfaction for the nation. This historical mistake that happened at the time of Independence has been rectified, even though late, and is welcomed,” Dwivedi had said. Supporting the move, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that the state’s full integration into the Union of India was in the interest of the country. Earlier, Congress’s chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Bhubaneshwar Kalita had quit his membership in the Upper House of Parliament over the issue after the party asked him to issue a whip to all members for opposing the bill.last_img read more

Moderate to heavy rainfall inundates various parts of city

first_imgKolkata: A moderate to heavy rainfall lashed the city and various South Bengal districts on Thursday morning resulting in inundation in some parts of the city.The drainage department officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) acted promptly to discharge the accumulated water in various places. Water logging occurred in some stretches of North Kolkata leading to a slow movement of traffic in the morning. Many of the office goers, who stepped out of their houses without an umbrella, had to get drenched in the rain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice and the KMC officials were out there on the city’s streets from the early morning to manage the water-logging situation. The KMC engineers acted on a war footing to release the accumulated water within minimum possible time so that the people do not face any inconveniences. Senior police officers were on the streets particularly in the important intersections managing the traffic. There were some traffic snarls in some parts of the city during the morning hours due to rain. The situation was brought to normal as the day progressed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday predicted that rainfall will continue in various South 24-Parganas districts, including the city in the next 48 hours. The intensity of the rainfall will however be reduced as the low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal moved towards Jharkhand. The low pressure trough will have a forward march towards the Western part of the country. “Though the low pressure trough moved towards western parts, the Monsoon has become active in the state which will bring some more rainfall in the state in the next two days. Various South Bengal districts particularly the costal districts may receive moderate to heavy rainfall. The city may also witness scattered rainfall,” a senior weather official said. In the past 24 hour the city received considerable amount of rainfall. Behala area received highest amount of rainfall of 85 mm in the city in the past 24 hours. The other pumping station areas like Joka received 76 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, Mominpur 74 mm, Dum Dum 53 mm, Patuli 51 mm, Dhapa 49 mm, New Market 48 mm. Santoshpur area in the Southern fringes of the city received 46 mm rainfall while Cossipore in the North recorded 45 mm. Ultadanga area received 25 mm of rainfall since Thursday morning. Manicktala recorded 31 mm of rainfall, Thanthania 32 mm and Ballygunj 33 mm rainfall till Thursday afternoon. East Midnapore district administration conducted surveillance in all the beach towns including Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani on Thursday to ensure that visitors do not go to the sea when it is turbulent. The MeT officer earlier predicted that the sea will be rough due to which fishermen were also asked to return to the sea shore.last_img read more

Is enough being done to keep First Nations children safe in Thunder

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsCommunity members in Thunder Bay are asking whether officials are doing enough to keep First Nations young people safe.The question is being asked after the body of Tammy Keeash was found Sunday night.She is the fourth girl to have died while in care of the province since October.Now questions are being asked.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img

UNbacked project seeks to boost poor farmers income in developing world

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the Government of Belgium have committed $76 million to Purchase for Progress (P4P) to transform the way the UN World Food Programme (WFP) purchases food in developing countries.“The world’s poor are reeling under the impact of high food and fuel prices, and buying food assistance from developing world farmers is the right solution at the right time,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said.“Purchase for Progress is win-win – we help our beneficiaries who have little or no food and we help local farmers who have little or no access to markets where they can sell their crops.”Developed in partnership with the foundations, P4P will be launched in 21 pilot countries over the next five years. Innovations in WFP’s local food procurement practices, which are central to the agency’s new business model, aim to strengthen the role of smallholder and low-income farmers in agricultural markets and enable them to gain more from supplying food to WFP’s global operations. WFP, the world’s single largest purchaser of food for humanitarian operations, will explore different ways to maximize gains for small farmers while minimizing any distortion to local markets. By supporting small farmers’ ability to produce and supply food to WFP’s global operations, P4P will help them increase their incomes, which is critical in addressing hunger and poverty at their roots. “Developing new ways for WFP to purchase food locally represents a major step toward sustainable change that could eventually benefit millions of poor rural households in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has committed $66 million to fund pilot projects in 10 countries in Africa. “P4P will help large numbers of small-scale farmers to become net producers rather than net consumers, ensuring that they stand to gain rather than lose from the current climate of rising food prices,” said Howard G. Buffett, President of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which has committed $9.1 million to support pilot projects in seven countries.The Government of Belgium contributed $750,000 for the project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Three other countries have not yet been funded. 24 September 2008Hundreds of thousands of small farmers, especially in Africa and Central America, are expected to benefit from a United Nations-backed initiative announced today to provide them with reliable markets for surplus crops at competitive prices, thus bolstering fragile local economies. read more

Lucara sells tennisball sized diamond for 656 million to Graff Diamonds

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based mining company has sold a tennis ball-sized diamond to a luxury jeweller for US$53 million, or about C$65.6 million.The 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough stone is reputed to be one of the largest gem-quality diamonds ever discovered.Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSX:LUC) says the price was above the highest bid attracted at an auction in June 2016. But it was below a Southeby’s estimate of US$70 million before last year auction.It was also less than fetched by a smaller diamond, the 813-carat Constellation, that Lucara sold in May 2016 for US$63.1 million — about C$78.3 million at current exchange rates.Diamond merchant Laurence Graff says the natural beauty of the Lesedi La Rona will be respected when the rough stone is cut.“The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut, and we will take the utmost care to respect its exceptional properties,” Graff said in a joint statement issued with Lucara. read more

Wow Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019

Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! This year’s Enterprise Connect Orlando was the greatest in so many ways!First, the Expo floor was the largest and richest collection of communications technology exhibitors that I’ve seen in 25 years. It was an amazing mix of the leading unified communications and collaboration providers and contact center vendors. Beside these major groups, there were exhibitors in all aspects of video conferencing; many with communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS) offerings; so many innovative devices; loads of ways to manage these great products and solutions; and plenty of system integrators to help make it all happen. Take a quick look at the Exhibitor list. And, this show seemed to cover the most physical space of recent events, as well. It was quite an experience to “do the Expo.”Second, the general sessions were really great, and were playing to the largest audience ever at an Enterprise Connect Orlando event. Keynoters from Microsoft and Cisco advanced the scope of UC&C, while Google Cloud’s keynoter shared the company’s distinct approach to enterprise communications, Amazon Web Services (AWS) shared the company’s disruptive approach for contact centers, and — wait for it — Walmart’s keynoter, Joe Park, chief digital architect and VP for associate digital experience, provided some impressive examples of how to put communications innovations to work. You can watch all the keynotes on demand, and it’ll be worth your time, IMHO.In addition, the mainstage included several panel discussions with enterprise communications and IT leaders and three fireside chats — short 15-minute interviews with top execs from UCaaS, CPaaS, and VCaaS challengers RingCentral, Twilio, and Zoom Video Communications, respectively.Third, Eric Krapf and Beth Schultz, the Enterprise Connect program co-chairs, did a great job of organizing the program to maximize value for the attendees. Most breakouts and panels were short, sweet 45-minute sessions, and the schedule deliberately allowed attendees plenty of time to focus on the Expo floor. For convenience, the EC team brought the conference program to the Expo floor too, with 20-minute breakout and sponsored sessions occurring in two presentation rooms, one at each end of the floor. And, the breakouts all week were organized around nine topical themes, plus a one-day conference within a conference focusing on enterprise communications and collaboration in 2022, making it for attendees to prioritize based on their interests.And, of course, there were plenty of social opportunities, with food and beverages in the Expo at the end of each day along with a welcome reception party on Monday evening and an appreciation party on Wednesday evening. Overall, EC19 was a great time. The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. Themes of the WeekNow, here are 10 observations about the themes that I found most evident at EC19.1. Collaboration is the new marketing tag for employee communications packaged into various forms of online team work environments that include varying media types and styles of communications. Each vendor’s vision is that employees will certainly want to have these wonderful tools so they can communicate at work like they do on Facebook at home, and so that they can always have video for real-time interaction. Vendors are applying words like “intelligent” and “cognitive” to these workspaces, though it’s not entirely clear whether the software or the employee will be more intelligent or cognitive. It does seem clear that, just as with Facebook, various forms of back-end data capture and analysis will occur in these workspaces to drive the emerging use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in software products. These ideas produce great visionary presentations but may be quite a way from reality for most enterprises.Microsoft may earn a few extra points with its recognition that not all workers (perhaps barely half of all workers based on U.S. workforce data) actually work in that type of environment. Microsoft is addressing this with frontline worker tools, such as an app built in Teams for the benefit of shift-based workers, as presented in its keynote.2. Conferencing had a buzz of its own. Dozens of vendors showed mature and impressive cloud-based conferencing services (including conferencing in the collaboration tools noted above) or sophisticated conference room technologies. The visions and value propositions are continual improvement or even transformation of ever-present and time-consuming meetings.Click below to continue for themes three to 10Tags:News & ViewsCPaaScollaborationteam workspacesconferencingtelephony5GEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsBCStrategiesCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer Experience12nextlast Articles You Might Like EC19: Know Before You Go Michelle Burbick March 16, 2019 Enterprise Connect starts Monday! Here are some things you won’t want to miss. 6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019 Zeus Kerravala March 25, 2019 EC19 has come to an end, and oh what a week it was. EC19_keynote-hallway.jpg See All in Enterprise Connect » Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. Log in or register to post comments read more

Donaldson wins baseball award

Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson has won the Hank Aaron Award as the American League’s top offensive player as voted by fans and members of the media.In his first year with the Blue Jays, the third baseman hit .297, he finished tied for third in the American League with 41 home runs to go along with an AL-high 123 RBI while playing in 158 of 162 games.Nicknamed ‘Bringer of Rain’, he also led the majors in runs scored with 122, was second in the AL in slugging (.568), 5th in the AL in hits (184), 9th in AL on-base percentage (.371) and 10th in AL bases on balls (73).Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper took home the honour in the National League.“I congratulate Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson on earning the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards, representing the best offensive seasons in the American and National Leagues,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said. “At age 22, Bryce enjoyed great success, posting numbers that put him in the company of some of our game’s all-time greats.“Josh played a pivotal role in the Blue Jays’ first playoff season in 22 years, contributing to one of the game’s best lineups. Both players honoured the enduring legacy of Hank Aaron with all-around excellence throughout the 2015 season.” read more

Nepals Government and Maoists request UN involvement to end 10 years of

Staffan de Mistura, who led a week-long assessment mission to Nepal that returned last Thursday, said the requests were in the form of identical letters, one from the Prime Minister and the other from the Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M).“Just today we got two letters… both have agreed on a five-point platform requesting the UN to get involved in the electoral process, in the arms management – which means cantonment both of the combatants and of the army, in the monitoring of the ceasefire and human rights,” he told reporters in New York.“The good news is everybody wants the UN involved, everybody wants the UN in assisting the peace process which is potentially fragile and should not be allowed to be kept fragile,” he said, adding that the mission’s report would be presented to the Secretary-General today and it would then be up to him to decide the next step.Mr. de Mistura also highlighted that the Maoists had recently agreed to extend their ceasefire and said he was “strongly encouraged” by today’s requests, particularly the fact that both sides had asked the UN how best to proceed on the “most delicate aspect” which is arms management. read more

Track and Field Ohio State prepares for loaded Tennessee Relays meet Friday

Ohio State’s Cole Gorski celebrates in mid-air at the Simmons-Harvey Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State track and field team this weekend will send 51 athletes — the most it has sent this outdoor season — to the Tennessee Relays, the most competitive meet so far this season in Knoxville, Tennessee.The meet consists of several athletes who have had top-20 performances this year and several professional athletes and Olympians, including Justin Gatlin. This relay meet will feature a few added events from most normal track meets such as the 4×200-meter relay, 4×800-meter relay, sprint medley and distance medley.Senior Cole Gorski believes this could be the first meet where most of the teams put their best foot forward.“I think it could just be due to the prestige of this meet alone,” Gorski said.Over the past few weeks, Ohio State has been spread out as a team. Only distance runners went to the Raleigh Relays, while just two pole vaulters went to the April Fool’s Meet. Ohio State also competed without its distance team last week at the Jim Click Invitational. Ohio State isn’t an outlier in college track and field for doing this. Gorski said this is due to the indoor and outdoor seasons being so close together and the need to keep athletes fresh.Men’s previewGorski is coming off a memorable performance last week at the Jim Click Invitational, when he cleared 18 feet in the pole vault. “It’s been such a long time coming because I’ve seen that bar and I think it took me seven meets of seeing that bar to finally jump it and get it to stay up there,” Gorski said. “All that was kind of built up and then when I was falling. And it’s still up there I was just like I don’t know. It’s just like an explosion of joy.”Pole vault coach Richard Ebin said 18 feet is the mark of an elite college pole vaulter.Gorski will compete against seven other pole vaulters that have jumped more than 18 feet, including Jake Blankenship, a Columbus native who placed third in the 2015 USA Track and Field Championships.“You know when you’re on that stage and you’re not like the No. 1 guy, they kind of just gives you that push that you like alright,” Gorski said. “I’m going to hang with the best of them.”Gorski’s main focus heading into this meet is to ensure he can smoothly get through the technical aspect of pole vault while keeping his trail legs as straight as possible for momentum. Gorski is not the only Buckeye going up against professional-level talent. Ohio State’s 4×100-meter-relay team has already set the fifth-fastest time in school history and it will be going up against a newly formed, professional powerhouse. The American ProForm Team comes with a loaded roster. Gatlin, 60-meter dash world-record holder Christian Coleman, Team USA member Ronnie Baker and Mike Rogers, an Olympian, comprise the team. Women’s previewSenior Madison Roberts has been Ohio State’s strongest pole vaulter in school history, and she will have her worked cut out for her this weekend. She will be going up against Duke’s Madison Heath, an indoor All-American, and Rachel Baxter, a second-team All-American.Roberts has been working on her final steps in run-ups and has been trying to get on bigger poles. Freshman Anavia Battle will be facing a familiar foe in Kentucky’s Kianna Gray, who beat Battle at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge. Since then, Battle has set a faster time this season. Oliver finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2017 and is currently running for Nike.Ohio State and Tennessee both have had fast 4×400-meter relay teams. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Ohio State edged Tennessee by a mere .09 seconds. Earlier this outdoor season, the two competed against each other with slower lineups and Ohio State edged out the Volunteers. The meet begins at 2:45 p.m. Friday in Tennessee. read more

Daughter tells of agony at surviving Grenfell Tower blaze which claimed her

first_imgPosters and appeals for the missing have been put up in streets around Grenfell Tower, following the devastating blazeCredit:Nick Edwards Posters and appeals for the missing have been put up in streets around Grenfell Tower, following the devastating blaze Marjorie Vital and her son Ernie, feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire 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. Maria Jafari cannot forgive herself for leaving her father Ali behind to investigate the commotion she heard as the fire at Grenfell Tower began.By the time she realised the severity of the situation firefighters refused to let her go back into the burning building for her own safety.Now her father is among those feared killed after the blaze consumed the 23-storey tower in west London.By a miracle her sister Nadia survived the blaze after she managed to stumble out of the building.Last night Maria said: “I wish I could have saved my father. But I didn’t know. If I’d known the fire was this big I would have taken him with me. But I thought he’d be safe. I just closed the window and let him sleep.”Hers is one one of dozens of heartrending stories to emerge from this national tragedy. For the Jafari family it began when Maria noticed something was happening below their 11th floor flat in the early hours of Wednesday morning.She told The Telegraph: “I saw the shadow of the fire on the street, and police and people running. I said to my mother ‘let’s go downstairs to see what’s going on’. My father – he was sleeping; I didn’t want to disturb him.” “Ernie was staying with his mother, they were on the 16th floor,” said Ms Delson, 45, who lives near to the tower. “We’ve been to all the hospitals to look for them. Marjorie has been living in the flat almost since it was built. She moved over here from Dominica when she was a girl. She is well known in the community.”Ms Delson said that her own children were classmates at Kensington Academy with several children from Grenfell Tower. “My children have lost a lot of their friends,” she said.In the meantime more than 50,000 people have signed a petition to bring the parents of a Syrian refugee killed in the fire to the UK for his funeral.Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year old Syrian refugee, was the first confirmed victim of the blaze, while his older brother Omar – who was with him in the flat – survived after they were separated on the way out.center_img What happened next is unclear, but it is believed Nadia was rescued by a firefighter, while her father lost consciousness in the lift or a few paces from it.“They couldn’t breath,” said Maria. “If normal people couldn’t breath, how could my father – he’s a heart patient?”Fighting against the choking smoke Nadia managed to stumble out of the building, but her father, has not been seen since.Around five or ten harrowing minutes later Maria was reunited with Nadia, as she stumbled clear of the tower, coughing and with a blackened face.She managed to splutter just seven words: “I lost my father in the lift.”Nadia was treated in hospital but has since been discharged.Maria yesterday condemned what she said was the shoddy way Grenfell Tower had been repaired and refurbished.“We are really angry. There was no fire alarm. No water. They don’t think about our safety,” she said, criticising the building’s management, KCTMO, for “buying cheap material” with which to clad the building. “Money is not important. Life is important. No one can bring the life back.”The were growing fears last night that the flames that claimed Maria’s father may have also killed as many as 15 children who attended a nursery on the ground floor of Grenfell Tower. Marjorie Vital and her son Ernie, feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fireCredit:Family poster Grenfell Creche Under Threes Centre confirmed several young children who attend the creche and live in the block were unaccounted for, but would not say how many.Nursery manager Shirley Sylvester said: “We’re completely devastated.”Ish Murray, 35, whose sister works at the nursery, said: “These are babies and three year-olds. It’s tragic.”Mimi Delson last night told how she feared her 67-year-old aunt Marjorie Vital and her cousin Ernie, 43, had also been killed in the fire. Ms Jafari shut the windows in the flat and, with her mother, descended to the ground floor in the lift which just seconds later would become a death trap.“When I went downstairs I looked up and saw the fire on the tenth floor,” she said. “I thought it’s going to go to my floor. I called my sister – I wanted to say “come out, there’s a fire”, but the phone didn’t work.“I was shouting “I’m going back to take my father out”, but they [firefighters] said ‘you can’t go back upstairs’.”Ms Jafari told the emergency crews her 82-year-old father was a heart patient and gave them the keys to her flat.In the meantime, upstairs, Mr Jafari and 27-year-old Nadia were struggling the escape the growing inferno.Shortly after Maria had left the flat, Nadia realised she had to get her father out so took him into the corridor.The elderly man was so terrified of the naked gas pipes in the stairwells he tried to escape with his daughter by using the lift, but after descending just one floor it filled with choking smoke.“They both said let’s go in the lift, it will go quickly. Because on the stairs they put the pipes for us; they were planning for our death,” said a traumatised Maria. His family said: “Mohammad was a very amazing and kind person. He gave love to everyone. He came to the UK because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family. Our whole family will miss Mohammad dearly and he will never be forgotten. To God we belong and to him we return.”Mirna Suleiman, 26, a family friend, launched the petition because of the difficulties faced by Syrians in travelling to Britain.”I’ve tried to apply for a visa for my nan in Syria – appealed and appealed and got no response,” she said.The percentage of rejected visa applications for visits from Syria has soared after the country’s devastating civil war began in 2011. The Home Office has indicated that it will allow Mr Alhajali’s family to come to the UK on compassionate grounds.last_img read more

Smiths tears force Lehmann to step down as Australia coach

Australia’s coach Darren LehmannSteven Smith’s anguished arrival was the final straw. A day after vowing to stay on and drive cultural renewal, Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann bowed to the inevitable on Thursday and chose to resign at the conclusion of the Wanderers Test match after five years at the helm of the national team, saying the former captain’s tears had convinced him it was the only course of action.Lehmann confessed to not being able to sleep since Saturday night following the team’s exposure for ball tampering. While maintaining his lack of knowledge of the plot between David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, with the approval of Smith, Lehmann conceded it was impossible for him to stay on as coach while the team and Cricket Australia continued to be under attack. The home Test series sponsor Magellan cancelled its deal on Thursday, while longtime broadcast partner Channel Nine looked the other way in signing a new five-year deal with Australian tennis.“After seeing events in the media today with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and this is the right thing to do. I really felt for Steve as I saw him crying in front of the media and all of the players are really hurting. As I’ve stated before I had no prior knowledge of the incident and do not condone what happened at all, but good people can make mistakes” Lehmann said. (Excerpts from ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStarc could take 300 Test wickets – LehmannJuly 12, 2016In “latest news”Ball tampering: Smith, Warner, Lehmann in sights as Sutherland flies to SAMarch 26, 2018In “latest news”Smith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports” read more

Gardaí appeal for witnesses after man shot in the leg at Dublin

first_img GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing for information after a man was shot in the leg at a home last night.The incident happened shortly after 11pm on La Touche Drive in Bluebell.A man in his 40s was shot in the leg by a lone gunman when he answered a call to the front door of the house.It’s understood the gunman fled the scene on foot.The injured man was treated at the scene by emergency services and removed by ambulance to St James’ Hospital. His injuries are described as non-life threatening.No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing, according to gardaí.Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information to contact them at Kilmainham Garda Station on 01 666 9700, Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. La Touche Drive, Bluebell Short URL 13,582 Views Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 7:58 AM La Touche Drive, Bluebell Share17 Tweet Email By Hayley Halpin 7 Comments Jun 16th 2018, 7:58 AM Gardaí appeal for witnesses after man shot in the leg at Dublin home The incident happened shortly after 11pm on La Touche Drive in Bluebell. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rio20 les étudiants de Sciences Po organisent leur propre sommet

first_imgRio+20 : les étudiants de Sciences Po organisent leur propre sommetDébut juin, deux semaines avant la conférence Rio+20, les étudiants de Sciences-po Paris participeront à une simulation de ce sommet sur le développement durable organisé par l’ONU. Grâce à cette simulation, baptisée Paris+20, les étudiants espèrent parvenir à influer sur les négociations.Après avoir organisé en juin 2011, sous l’égide de l’Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (Iddri), une simulation du sommet de Copenhague, qui a eu lieu en décembre 2009, “les étudiants s’emparent de Rio+20”. Deux semaines avant l’ouverture de cette conférence sur le développement durable, organisée du 20 au 22 juin par l’ONU 20 ans après le Sommet de la Terre, des étudiants de Sciences-po participeront à leur propre sommet, Paris+20.À lire aussiDelphine Batho prend la tête du ministère de l’EcologieIls se glisseront dans la peau des négociateurs, mais aussi des scientifiques, de la société civile et des journalistes. “On fait venir Rio ici. Ilfaut que la jeunesse s’implique car son avenir va être discuté là-bas”, expliquent-ils à l’AFP. Grâce à cette simulation, ils espèrent influer sur les négociations qui se dérouleront au Brésil.Ils devraient être 150 à se joindre à cette conférence du 6 au 8 juin. Un sommet auquel ils seront préparés, pour devenir de “bons négociateurs”, grâce à un cycle de deux mois lors duquel des conférences sur les questions discutées à Rio seront données. Puis des négociations préparatoires auront lieu le 31 mai, avant que ne s’ouvre le sommet Paris+20 avec ses séances plénières et ses groupes de travail. Il durera deux jours et une nuit. A l’issue des négociations, le 8 juin, un débriefing aura lieu à l’Unesco.D’autres “pré-Rio+20” dans le monde Deux des étudiants qui auront participé à cette simulation seront alors choisis pour représenter “la voix de la jeunesse et de Paris +20” à Rio. Mais les jeunes Français ne seront pas les seuls à tenter de se faire entendre. Les étudiants de Sciences Po ont en effet lancé le projet mycity+20, pour encourager les jeunes du monde entier à organiser eux aussi leur propre conférence. Aujourd’hui, existent déjà Rome+20, Mexico+20 et Amsterdam+20, dont l’organisation sera similaire à celle de Paris+20. A Bangkok, Kinshasa, ou encore Colombo, d’autres étudiants pourraient à leur tour se joindre au projet.Le 3 février 2012 à 10:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Car Seat Safety Check At Kenai Fire Department Tomorrow

first_imgChief Tucker: “Probably the most common mistake is the seat’s put in too loosely. They really need to be tightened down. The adjustments on the car seats themselves to properly fit children. Those are the things that are most commonly found.” The free car seat checkup will take place from 1-3pm at the Department at the corner of Main St and S Willow. No appointments are necessary. Tucker said there’s more to installing a car seat than simply strapping it in… Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “People buy their car safety seats and there’s really a proper way of putting them in and we have people that are trained to do that. They actually take a 40 hour class to learn how to properly install car safety seats.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department will be conducting free car seat safety checks at Station 1 on July 19, from 1-3pm.last_img read more

Murkowski Led Charge to Keep F16s at Eielson AFB

first_imgSen. Lisa Murkowski has been a strong advocate for preserving military installations in Alaska since joining the Senate in 2002, and was one of the central players responsible for blocking the Air Force’s 2012 plan to relocate the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.Since the Air Force announced its plan to transfer the squadron, which could have harmed public services in Fairbanks as well as Anchorage, Murkowski led the Alaska’s delegation response, which included meeting with senior Air Force and DOD officials, advancing legislation and holding public forums. After two years the Air Force reversed its plans, preserving the base’s operations and the surrounding community’s quality of life. At the time, Murkowski praised the Fairbanks and Anchorage communities for speaking with one voice at public hearings.She also is urging the Air Force to base a squadron of F-35s at Eielson. Murkowski succeeded in helping to gain Missile Defense Agency funding to expand Fort Greely, which included the restoration of a missile field that had previously been mothballed.Murkowski, a member of the defense and military construction-veterans affairs panels of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has championed to need to recognize the achievements and sacrifices of military personnel. She is the congressional host of Alaska’s two major military appreciation events — the Armed Services Y Salute to the Military in Anchorage and the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Banquet.For leveraging the strength of Alaska’s defense communities to demonstrate that “America Needs Eielson,” ADC selected Murkowski to receive its Congressional Leadership Award. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


JK child rights body to hold inquiry into death of twins at

first_imgSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Protection of Women & Child Rights (J&KSCPWCR) has taken suo motu cognizance of reports about death of newborn twins at a government maternity hospital here last month and decided to hold a fact-finding inquiry. The commission took notice of the media reports about the death of the twins due to alleged negligence of the doctors and other medical staff on duty at the Lalla Ded maternity hospital here on 28 June, an official spokesman said Friday. “The commission had come across reports appearing in a section of media about the mishandling of cases in the hospital in which twin newborn babies lost their lives,” the spokesman said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The aggrieved father of the twins, who were born premature allegedly after induced labour by the doctors, had written an open letter to Governor Satya Pal Malik, demanding corrective measures in the hospital administration as well as patient care so that such cases are not repeated. Abid Sofi, the father, in his letter claimed that the doctors had declared the babies dead, while they were still in the mother’s womb, without conducting any diagnostic tests and given labour-inducing injections to the mother. However, both the twins were born alive and died only three hours later, Sofi claimed.last_img read more

Major Malware alert Hackers can infect CT MRI scanners with virus to

first_imgIn 2017, a notorious malware WannaCry attack wrecked havoc across the world including the UK’s National Health System’s (NHS) database sending all doctor appointments going haywire, test reports denied access across the country and you, I and lots others thought it was a big ransomware attack, guess again, there will much larger sinister design, if we don’t fix the security loophole in advanced medical equipment.Israel’s top Cybersecurity experts have discovered that CT (Computed Tomography) scanner for X-Ray and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners are vulnerable to computer malware/viruses and this can allow hackers to take over the machines to add fake cancer nodes or even erase a real tumour in the resultant scan copy.In the blind test conducted by Yisroel Mirsky, Yuval Elovici and two others of the Cyber Security Labs at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel were able to create and also erase cancerous nodes in CT scan of a lung cancer patient. The most dangerous aspect was most of the experienced radiologists believed the scan copy was genuine and leading them to misdiagnose the patient’s condition. CT scan and chest X-rays will assist doctors in diagnosing cancer and lief threatening diseasesCreative Commons.Security experts then went ahead by revealing the concerned medical experts that CT scanned copy was fabricated and gave them another copy of fake CT scan and again around 60-percent of them misdiagnosed the case study.What’s most dangerous part is that fake cancer nodes can be created or erased not just on lungs, but also on the brain, bones (arthritis), spinal injuries, bone fractures, ligament injuries, heart disease, blood clots and other serious medical conditions. An fMRI brain scan during working memory tasks for representation onlyJohn Graner/Wikimedia CommonsYisroel Mirsky, Yuval Elovici and the team have shown concern that hackers with medical knowledge may misuse it to harm, if not kill important global personalities, as doctors will most likely fail to recognise the underlying condition.How the hacker can change 3D body scans in real-time?Researchers of the Cyber Security Labs were to build a man-in-the-middle (m-i-t-m) device, a physical hacking tool consisting of simple Raspberry Pi 3 series computer with network bridge setup, a Wi-Fi access point and a cancer injection/removal application software installed in it.Place the m-i-t-m device near the unguarded scanner and the former will be able to intercept the data and manipulate the results in real-time.Check out the official test video below:It can be noted if the cybercriminals add cancer nodes in CT scan of a person, the doctor will assume there is a presence of tumour and need to be removed. This will lead to surgery being performed on a victim, who despite being healthy will suffer bodily harm and also if he/she happens to be a politician running for presidential or prime ministerial election will come off as a weak leader and swing the election to the opponent. Even if the opposite happens like the candidate is misdiagnosed has healthy, but the hackers had removed tumours from the CT scan, the person might die. The country, he/she leads, end up with political turmoil, affecting its economy and defence.This is a serious issue, which top medical equipment-makers have to be concerned with and step up their efforts to fix all existing loopholes and scale up the security for protection against future threats. Close What is WannaCry?center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:55Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:53?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more


Fundseeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement

first_img(—Hey, kid, want a tablet that’s capable of Linux and Android dual booting for one hundred bucks? The smart kid will answer, ok what’s the catch? The catch is that, even if things go very well, it won’t be on the shelves before next year and that, to reserve this open source rendering you have to go through the crowdfunding site, indiegogo. The tablets are called PengPods. The goal is to eventually bring forth a line of both Linux/Android tablets and also mini PCs. All devices are designed with an Allwinner A10 or A13 processor. For delivering the best of both worlds, Android and Linux, they run Android and boot Linux from an SD card. The advantage is said to be that the Linux enthusiast does not need to jump through hoops to have Linux. More information: Citation: Fund-seeking PengPod wants to inspire Truly Linux tablet movement (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The PengPod tablets will offer simple dual-booting by having one of the two operating systems installed in the device’s internal memory and the other on the SD card. An active community, according to the PengPod creator, is working to make the devices better and better.Say hello, for example to the PengPod 700, a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet, with bootable Linux SD Card, built in camera, one USB port, headphones, and built in speakers. The seven-incher was placed as an earlybird special for 99 dollars but it has now sold out. The estimated delivery is presented as January 2013 The PengPod 700 is now listed at $120. Wistron NeWeb Introduces GW4: Linux Loaded & Android Capable Mobile Device © 2012 The PengPod 1000 is a ten-inch capacitive touch screen Android tablet, which will also run with Linux from an SD Card and is listed at $185. Every PengPod device is capable of running from internal flash or booting from an SD Card. PengPods use a Linaro root file system and have access to most standard Linux packages available for ARM, with software including LibreOffice, XBMC, VLC, LXDE, KDE, and Gnome. The KDE Plasma Active interface is used to make the Linux version touch-friendly and the Android version uses Android 4.0. The effort continues to raise cash at the time of this writing via indiegogo. When we last checked, the project had raised $11,313 with 20 days left to reach a $49,000 goal. Neal Peacock, the software engineer behind the tablets, is on a mission to satisfy Linux users who would prefer a tablet running “real” Linux, which is the idea behind the PengPod tablets. “Our goal is to build a powerful, True Linux Tablet, one free of Google and Android’s restrictions, at a reasonable price,” according to Peacock.Peacock has discussed what he wants to do with the money raised. “We intend to fix up the tablet related features, offer a central repository of A10 specific packages and create images and guides to make these devices even better. All these efforts will take time and we plan to use the proceeds from indiegogo to fund the remainder of the software work and maintenance. “Based on how much is brought in, he is also considering offering prizes for developer teams “implementing community goals, adding more devices and maybe even other processor lines to our support list.” He said that many of the tablet-related packages created “will hopefully help create a true Linux based tablet movement.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Related Content February 28, 2012 — A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age six months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism. “It’s a tremendously exciting finding,” said Sarah Paterson, Ph.D., director of the Infant Neuroimaging Lab at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. “We found that the brains of the children who developed autism were markedly different even prior to the onset of behavioral symptoms of autism. Thus, our findings, while requiring replication, are a very important first step towards identifying a biomarker for autism risk. This would enable specialists to diagnose autism much earlier than what is currently possible through behavioral observations.”The study also suggests that autism does not appear suddenly in young children but instead develops over time during infancy, note the authors. Intensive early intervention has been shown to improve outcomes in children with developmental delays and autism.”This research raises the possibility that we might be able to intervene even before a child is 6 months old, to blunt or prevent the development of some autism symptoms,” said Paterson.The study was published Feb. 17 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Its results are the latest from the ongoing Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS).Participants in the study were 92 infants considered to be at high risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), because they all have older siblings with autism. Each infant had diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) – a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – at 6 months and behavioral assessments at 24 months. Most of the children also had additional brain imaging scans at either or both 12 and 24 months. At 24 months, 28 infants (30 percent) met criteria for ASDs while 64 infants (70 percent) did not. The two groups differed in white matter fiber tract development – pathways that connect brain regions – as measured by fractional anisotropy (FA). FA measures white matter organization and development, based on the movement of water molecules through brain tissue. This study examined 15 separate fiber tracts, and found significant differences in FA growth trajectories in 12 of the 15 tracts between infants who did develop autism versus infants who did not. Infants who later developed autism had elevated FA at six months but then experienced slower development over time. By 24 months of age, infants with autism had lower FA values than infants without autism.The findings come on the heels of a recent study from London published in Current Biology, which found that infants at high risk for autism who were later diagnosed with the condition showed different brain responses from low-risk babies, or from high-risk babies that did not develop autism when shown images of faces looking at or away from the baby. Paterson said that the two findings strengthen one another and are encouraging evidence that scientists are on the right track towards finding markers for identifying autism much earlier than is currently possible.In addition to the Center for Autism Research at CHOP, other institutions that took part in the study include The University of North Carolina, University of Utah, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Washington, McGill University, and the University of Alberta. In addition to funding from the NIH, the IBIS Network receives support from Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The multi-year… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more