Apprehending influx of Maoists from Chhattisgarh a day after the carnage in Sukma, the Odisha Police on Tuesday sealed the border with the neighbouring State and sounded a high alert in the Malkangiri district. In a similar step, Madhya Pradesh Police too has issued a high alert in Balaghat district, bordering Chhattisgarh.The Odisha Police deployed its elite anti-Maoist Special Operation Group, District Voluntary Force (DVF) and jawans of the CRPF and the BSF to ensure there was no influx of the ultras in Odisha, State DGP K.B. Singh said.Mr. Singh said there was every possibility of Maoist ultras preferring to take shelter in Odisha as Maharashtra has already sealed its border with Chhattisgarh.“The central forces and State police have been told to undertake area domination exercise and flush out Maoist rebels, if any,” the DGP told reporters.Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra said, “We have sounded a high-alert in the border areas. The whole district has also been put on extra vigil.” Monitoring has been intensified in all entry and exit points at the bordering areas. Besides, instructions have been given to police officers and combing police parties to coordinate with their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chhattisgarh, he said.A similar alert has also been sounded along the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), police said.M.P. Police intensifies patrollingIn the wake of the Sukma attack, Madhya Pradesh Police has also issued a high alert in the Maoist-affected Balaghat district, a senior official said on Tuesday.“The areas under Balaghat police range are bordering with the Naxal-affected areas of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra. So, we have put the security forces on high alert,” Inspector-General (Balaghat Range) G. Janardan told PTI on Tuesday.He said the patrolling along the borders has been intensified to check the activities of Naxals.“This area has also been Naxal-affected and the police has intensified patrolling at the borders of Kawardha and Rajnandgaon districts of Chhattisgarh and Gondia district of Maharashtra,” Mr. Janardan added.
A Japanese student on an exchange programme at IIT-Guwahati has been found dead inside a hostel room, police said. The body of the student, identified as that of Kota Onoda (22) was found hanging from the ventilator of a bathroom in Lohit hostel at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, a spokesperson of IIT-Guwahati said. After receiving information, a police team reached the spot and recovered the body. The body has been sent for post-mortem examination to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital and the Japanese Embassy in New Delhi has been informed about it, the spokesperson said. Onoda, a masters programme student at Gifu University in Japan, was doing internship in the Bio-Sciences and Bio- Engineering department of IIT-Guwahati for a semester, as part of the exchange programme. His internship was scheduled to end on November 30. A delegation of Gifu University that was in Guwahati on Thursday and the Ministry of External Affairs were also informed by the IIT authorities about the incident. Assistance for overcoming suicidal thoughts is available on the State’s health helpline 104 and Sneha’s suicide prevention helpline 044-24640050.
ATHENS, Greece — If Tottenham wants to repeat its run to the Champions League final, coach Mauricio Pochettino knows his players have to learn a lesson from Wednesday’s group opener.Tottenham gave up a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos in a disappointing start to its European campaign.Harry Kane scored a clinical penalty in the 26th minute after being carelessly brought down by Yassine Meriah, and Lucas Moura made it 2-0 four minutes later with a strike from 20 meters (yards). But the Greek side was level early in the second half.Olympiacos got one back right before the break 👀Watch the second half live ➡️ https://t.co/GjzfxA5inn pic.twitter.com/t9J9b7pB7s— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 18, 2019“I think, to be honest, that we didn’t deserve to go 2-0 up since we hadn’t found a way to stop them,” Pochettino said. “What disappointed me is that we didn’t manage that 2-0 (advantage) property … I think our performance wasn’t the best.”Spurs thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at the weekend, but Pochettino said his team couldn’t reach the same level in Greece.“They didn’t show the same aggression and focus and we conceded too many chances,” he said.Olympiacos’ Mathieu Valbuena celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiacos and Tottenham, at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Olympiacos winger Daniel Podence troubled the visitors all evening, testing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris early and later setting up Miguel Angel Guerrero who hit the bar with a low strike. But Podence finally found the net before the break after exchanging passes with Mathieu Valbuena, who then leveled from the penalty spot in the 54th minute.Olympiacos levels it.Watch the second half live now: https://t.co/GjzfxA5inn pic.twitter.com/xlck1IpVGr— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 18, 2019“We got ourselves in a great position but obviously, the goal before the first half changed the momentum,” Kane said. (Getting) two goals away from home that’s not bad, but overall we’re disappointed because this is the kind of game we’d want to be winning.”Tottenham, which lost the Champions League final to Liverpool last season, brought on Son Heung-min for the last 17 minutes but the South Korean produced little threat on the left.Olympiacos returned to the Champions League after a year’s absence but sorely missed striker Kostas Fortounis, out with a knee injury, and defender Pape Abou Cisse who has influenza.But Ruben Semedo returned to fitness and paid tribute to his teammates.“Every player wants to be in the Champions League, and so do I. So we spare no effort and that worked for us,” he said. “I think the result was fair for us and it came from very hard work.”Olympiacos’ head coach Pedro Martins speaks to Yassine Benzia during the Champions League group B soccer match between Olympiacos and Tottenham, at the Georgios Karaiskakis stadium, in Piraeus port, near Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Coach Pedro Martins said his club remains the outsider in a group that also includes Bayern and Red Star Belgrade.“There are two favorites in this group and that hasn’t changed,” Martins said. “But we are Olympiacos and we have a mentality of wanting more. We showed heart tonight and character. There are not many teams that can back from a 2-0 deficit to Tottenham.”By: Derek Gatopoulos, Associated PressTweetPinShare1616 Shares
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez praised Japan for their brave display against Belgium in Rostov-On-Do in the Round of 16 clash.However, he went onto add that heartbreaks are a part of game and this is what World Cup football is all about.The Red Devils, who were down by two goals, came from behind to equalise twice before finally landing the hammer blow in the 94th minute of the match to knock Japan out and set up a quarter-final clash against Brazil on July 6.He had only good things to say about the Blue Samurais but also added that his players were strong and their desire to get back in the game says a lot about the bunch of players.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Well, that’s what happens in the World Cup. You have to congratulate Japan, they played the perfect game. They were so solid, they frustrated us, then they were clinical on the counter,” said Martinez”And it was a test of the team. The reaction of everyone wanting to get back in the game. To win the game tells you everything about this group of players,” he added. Belgium were two goals down but came from behind to beat Japan 3-2 (Reuters Photo)Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finalsThe Spaniard also praised his team for showing the winning mentality after going two goals down within a matter of four minutes at the Rostov Arena.”No negative things, believe me. Today was about going through, and we did that. Today was a day to be proud of this group of players. Keep believing. These players can. In the World Cup sometimes you want to be perfect. Football is about winning and the boys showed an incredible winning mentality today,” said the former Everton manager.advertisementBelgium, who were two goals down, got level with two headed goals from Jan Vertonghen and Marouane Fellaini in the 69th and 74th minute of the match before a lightning quick counter-attack in the 93rd minute of the match from a Japan corner completely exposed the Japanese defence. Keisuke Honda took a corner in the 93rd minute with most Japanese players up attacking but the ball went straight to Thibaut Courtois and he released Kevin De Bruyne straight away. The Manchester City midfielder ran through the Japanese players before passing it his Thomas Muenier on the right, who put it straight across the face of the goal and Romelu Lukaku cleverly sold a dummy to the Japan keeper and defenders, allowing Nacer Chadli a free hit at the goal as the goalie looked to get in the line of the ball. Eiji Kawashima didn’t succeed and the ball rattled the back of the net to complete a historic comeback and left the Japanese heartbroken in Rostov.Belgium equal a 48-year-old record: Stats and factsThe distraught Japanese, who went 2-0 up with goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui early in the second half, fell to the turf after Chadli poked the ball home from Meunier’s cross four minutes into added time at the Rostov Arena. Nacer Chadli scored in the 94th minute of the match (AP Photo)Speaking about Japan’s decision to commit so many men forward in the dying minutes of the match and risking a goal in the process, Japan coach Akira Nishino said: “We wanted to finish the match, to win the match. And at that point I thought we might go into extra time. However we did not really expect that kind of super counter attack, and my players didn’tt expect within a few seconds, for the ball to be carried into our half. And that really decided the match.”One of the most exciting teams of the group phase, Belgium faced an embarrassing exit but finally clicked to become the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ have now scored 12 goals in four games in Russia ahead of a mouthwatering last eight clash with Brazil who beat Mexico 2-0 earlier on Monday.
ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown host Sam Ponder shared some major personal news on Instagram over the weekend.Ponder, who’s married to former NFL quarterback Christian Ponder, has given birth to her third child.She announced the news with an Instagram post on Sunday.“So thankful,” she wrote.Sam and Christian now have three children. Their oldest, Scout, was often seen with Sam on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay.“Went for a morning walk and ran into “mommy’s old work at Home Depot” … didn’t even correct her,” Ponder said on Instagram last fall.Congrats to Sam and Christian!
A shake-up is coming in how Canada pays for its athletes to win Olympic and Paralympic medals.The Department of Canadian Heritage, with Sport Canada under its umbrella, released a report Thursday from its review of “targeted excellence,” a system established over a decade ago that doles out money based on the ability to win medals.Since that philosophy was adopted, Canada had its most successful Winter Olympics ever with 26 medals, including 14 gold, in 2010, and one of its most successful Summer Games last year in Rio with 22 medals, including four gold.“I’m unapologetic about my assertion that targeting sports has worked,” Canada’s Minister of Sport Carla Qualtrough told The Canadian Press.“Our country is better off because we embarked on a path in sport 12 years ago. In order to sustain that, we need to have a longer-term game plan.“We’re really going to drill down into what this report says. From there, we’re going to work to better our high-performance sport system.The federal government, and by extension the Canadian taxpayer, is the single biggest funder of the country’s high-performance athletes, to the tune of about $200 million annually.Own The Podium makes funding recommendations directing $70 million in targeted excellence money — about $6 million of it comes from the Canadian Olympic Committee — to sports federations whose athletes demonstrate medal potential.While the report concluded that approach produces medals, half the Olympic athletes surveyed said how it is administered “needs a major re-think and revisions.”OTP came under scrutiny as funding evaluations made annually means a sport federation and its athletes could quickly be defunded from one year to the next with little time to find other revenue.An athlete whose sport was defunded said in the report losing the funds was like getting “bombed back to the stone age.” Athletes who didn’t receive targeted funding felt left behind.The most extreme example is the national skeleton team that got $3.5 million in the quadrennial prior to 2014, but has received $386,000 in the first three years of this quad.The report suggests a funding commitment of more than one year would allow sport federations to create a more stable environment for their athletes.“One of the things we heard loud and clear from athletes is they feel responsible for the financial sustainability of their organization,” Qualtrough said.“So ‘I’m going into worlds next week and my performance will have an impact on whether my coach has a job in six months.’“That deters from performance. It’s just not fair and it’s not healthy. I’m hoping to relieve some of that pressure off athletes by giving the kind of multi-year approach to funding that they can know if they have an off-day, or regardless of their effort someone is better, their coaches still have a job in six months.”Qualtrough said sports and athletes that don’t receive targeted funding need to see a clear path to getting it.She added that OTP has a vital role to play as an adviser. OTP’s chief executive officer agrees.“We’ve already reflected internally to say ‘OK, what can we do? What kind of technical guidance can we provide to those sports to help them advance more quickly than what they might otherwise?’” Anne Merklinger said.The report, written by the Ottawa management consultant company Goss Gilroy, revealed confusion within the ranks on who exactly is in charge of making sport decisions.“In Canada, it’s not clear who is the high-performance leader,” it said.Canada has many decision-makers compared to the United States where the U.S. Olympic Committee oversees the entire high performance sport system.Qualtrough approves OTP’s recommendations of who gets how much money.Sport Canada administers a $130-million envelope of money that includes athletes’ carding money and funds to host international events.The Canadian Olympic Committee brings millions of dollars of corporate sponsorship into the system and bills itself as the largest private-sector funder of sport in this country.The Canadian Paralympic Committee and the network of sport institutes across the country are also big players.“We could benefit very much from everyone knowing clearly where the buck stops,” Qualtrough said.“Imagine if we all knew very clearly what our roles and responsibilities were and if we could all focus on those things exceptionally, we would have a world-class sport system in this country.”The report also stated the belief that not nearly enough money is going to athletes five to eight years from their peak performances. That group represents Canada’s medallists of the future.“We cannot sustain this level of success and this level of podium results — given that the field is increasingly competitive — without looking a little further down the pipe to make sure we have athletes to keep generating those results for us,” Qualtrough said.The review’s work was conducted at the same time the federal government made a commitment of $5 million annually for four years to “NextGen” athletes, on the condition OTP match that figure via its own fundraising.The NextGen funding addresses the need to develop young talent, although resources for up-and-coming athletes continue to be limited, Merklinger said.“We’ve got more organizations with more medal potential than we’ve ever had,” she said. “We haven’t been able resource the NextGen athlete to the degree that we want to.“If the well runs dry before you get to really address the five- to eight-year horizon, then we’re in a pickle.”
HALIFAX – Ottawa remains confident in its assisted dying legislation, and doesn’t plan changes despite a Halifax woman’s deathbed plea, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said Friday.She said the government feels strongly the two-year-old legislation strikes the appropriate balance between the protection of people’s autonomy and safeguards for vulnerable people.“We’re not considering changing something in the legislation,” Wilson-Raybould told reporters.“We’re confident in the legislation that we brought forward, that it finds the right balance in terms of being able to access medical assistance in dying, protecting the autonomy of individuals to make the appropriate decisions for themselves as well as protecting vulnerable individuals.”Audrey Parker, a terminally ill Halifax woman, ended her life Thursday with medical assistance, after issuing an impassioned deathbed plea urging lawmakers to change the legislation.Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2016, the 57-year-old woman had been approved for an assisted death but said the restrictive nature of the law forced her to end her life sooner than she would have liked.Parker stressed the law had to be changed because anyone approved for a medically assisted death must be conscious and mentally sound at the moment they grant their final consent for a lethal injection.The issue will be among those considered in a report being drafted by a panel of experts, which is due by the end of the year but is not expected to make recommendations.“We’re looking forward to receiving those reports back on mature minors, on advance directives, and on mental illness alone as an indicator for medical assistance in dying, and we’ll review those reports when we get them,” said Wilson-Raybould.She said her heart went out to Parker and her family.Parker was given a lethal injection and “died peacefully” in her Halifax apartment, surrounded by close friends and family.“I wanted to make it to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, my favourite time of the year, but I lost that opportunity because of a poorly thought-out federal law,” Parker wrote in a Facebook post hours before her death.She asked people to send emails or texts to their member of Parliament to encourage them to amend the law to help people in her category, which she described as “assessed and approved.”Meanwhile, Dying With Dignity Canada spokesman Cory Ruf questioned why the government was being so definitive in its stance only a day after Parker’s death.“It appears callous for the government to so quickly dismiss the lessons of her story,” Ruf said in an interview.“It’s interesting that the justice minister used the word vulnerable. People who qualify for assisted dying, who’ve been assessed and approved for assisted dying, are vulnerable.”Ruf said his organization questions the government’s suggestion that the rule that forces people to confirm their wishes before being assisted in death protects the vulnerable.“In fact Audrey’s story shows us that it does the opposite,” he said.Ruf said his organization is determined to continue a fight that doesn’t end with Parker’s death.“More stories like Audrey’s are going to come their (the government’s) way,” he said. “Her story, the decision she faced at end of life is not unique and government knows that.”
A new set of stories from high profile supporters are launched on UNHCR’s online campaign platform ahead of World Refugee Day, June 20.Video: Emma Thompson & her son Tindy Agaba discuss familyThese personal stories draw on a range of experiences from meeting refugees, to their own family experiences. Stories include:• Actress Emma Thompson and her son Tindy Agaba recounting his first days in the UK as a refugee. • Human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai talking about a girl she met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • American Actress Kristin Davis giving an emotional account of her time at Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. • Author Neil Gaiman talking about a doctor he met at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. • War artist George Butler has shared a picture he painted of Syrian refugees fleeing in their car. • Film Director Wes Anderson introducing a scene from his recent film The Grand Budapest Hotel. • Actor David Morrissey talking about a Syrian refugee family he met in Jordan.Video: Kristin Davis tells Dadaab refugee storyOther high profile supporters sharing stories include, author Henning Mankell, supermodel Alek Wek, author Marina Lewycka, marathon runner Guor Maker, broadcaster Emma Freud, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, musician Maher Zain, architect Sir Richard Rogers, American actress and singer Kat Graham, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor, actress Diane Kruger and writer and illustrator Judith Kerr.Find more stories here.
In a recent example, Faraz Shauketaly, a journalist with the Sunday Leader was left badly injured after unknown gunmen shot him in the neck in February 2013.Older high-profile cases, such as the 2009 killing of former Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunge, remain unresolved.Websites with articles critical of the government face frequent cyber attacks, while their offices have been raided by police or burned down by unknown arsonists. The government has also used amendments to legislation – such as providing for the imposition of exorbitant “registration” fees – to shut down critical online outlets.“The government’s blatant attempts to restrict and silence the independent media fly in the face of the press freedom, which is supposed to be guaranteed by both domestic and international law,” said Truscott.Much of the government’s crackdown is aimed at silencing criticism of its conduct during the armed conflict, in particular during its final months when many thousands of civilians died at the hands of the LTTE and the army.Pressure on critics tends to intensify around key international events. Examples include recent UN Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions in 2012 and 2013, when the HRC passed resolutions highlighting the need to investigate alleged violations of international law by the Sri Lankan government during the armed conflict.Participants in UN meetings and Sri Lankan journalists covering the events were repeatedly verbally attacked in Sri Lankan government media outlets, and in some cases physically threatened.Others who have been targeted by the government include human rights activists, trade union leaders, humanitarian aid workers and opposition politicians, in particular those active in the Tamil-majority north.In November 2013, the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is set to take place in Colombo. Sri Lanka would then represent the Commonwealth as its Chair for the next two years.“Before November, Commonwealth governments must pressure the Sri Lankan government to address the alarming human rights situation in the country,” said Truscott.“The CHOGM meeting must not be allowed to go ahead in Colombo unless the government has demonstrated beforehand that it has stopped systematic violations of human rights. All attacks on individuals must be promptly, impartially and effectively investigated and those responsible held to account.”In addition to these ongoing violations, the Sri Lankan government has failed – despite repeated promises to do so – to effectively investigate allegations of crimes under international law committed by the LTTE and the army during the armed conflict.“It is abundantly clear that Colombo is unwilling and unable to investigate the credible allegations of crimes under international law, including war crimes, during the conflict. What is needed is an independent, impartial and internationally led investigation,” said Truscott. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT Tension culminated in January 2013 when Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached on charges of misconduct, despite a Supreme Court ruling that the impeachment procedure was unconstitutional.While much of Sri Lankan media is firmly in the hands of the government, the authorities have targeted outlets that remain independent and criticize official policies, or the government’s conduct during the armed conflict.Journalists continue to suffer intimidation, threats and attacks for reports that are critical of the government. At least 15 have been killed since 2006 and many others have been forced to flee the country. The Sri Lankan government is intensifying its crackdown on critics through threats, harassment, imprisonment and violent attacks, Amnesty International said in a report released today.The document, “Assault on Dissent,” reveals how the government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa is promoting an official attitude that equates criticism with “treason” in a bid to tighten its grip on power. The September 2010 introduction of the 18th constitutional amendment placed key government institutions directly under the president’s control, while the continued use of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) grants sweeping powers to the security forces.At the same time, official government discourse has become increasingly hostile towards critics, with terms like “traitor” used regularly by state-run media outlets.Government critics have been subjected to verbal and physical harassment, attacks and in some cases killings. The report details dozens of such cases, both before and after 2009. The judiciary has been a key target of repression, with the government undermining its independence by making threats against judges who rule in favour of victims of human rights violations. Journalists, the judiciary, human rights activists and opposition politicians are among those who have been targeted in a disturbing pattern of government-sanctioned abuse, often involving the security forces or their proxies. “Violent repression of dissent and the consolidation of political power go hand in hand in Sri Lanka,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director. “Over the past few years we have seen space for criticism decrease. There is a real climate of fear in Sri Lanka, with those brave enough to speak out against the government often having to suffer badly for it.”Almost immediately after the end of the armed conflict in May 2009, when the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) were defeated, the government started consolidating its power.
TORONTO – Ratings agency S&P has downgraded Canada’s biggest banks to “negative” over concerns about the federal government’s stance on possible bailouts in the future.The decision hinges on concerns that Ottawa will be reluctant to bail out large financial institutions in the event of another major economic meltdown, and would instead opt for a “bail in” regime that would not use taxpayer money.“The outlook revision reflects our expectation of reduced potential for extraordinary government support,” wrote credit analyst Lidia Parfeniuk in a note released Friday.A week earlier, Ottawa launched a public consultation on the bail-in proposal that’s scheduled to wrap up on Sept. 12.The revised outlook covered all of the major Canadian financial institutions, Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM), Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) and National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA).The ratings agency said its revision is hinged on the possibility that the bail-in policy could lead it to lower its ratings on the banks within two years.The S&P revision comes after fellow credit ratings firm Moody’s Investor Services shifted its sentiment last month.Despite the downgrades, the TSX financial sector was ahead 0.55 per cent on Monday, with all of the major bank stocks higher.“Over the years we have gotten incremental downgrades to the Canadian banking group but they just continue to defy gravity to some extent … particularly as it relates to their stock prices,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But I think it’s a bit of a prudent move, perhaps a cautious move on their (S&P’s) part,” Fehr said.Canada’s banking system has been touted by politicians and business leaders as one of the most stable in the world in the wake of the recent financial crisis.The Harper government has also supported efforts to prevent the bank bailouts that happened in the U.S. and Europe during the crisis from occurring in Canada.“To date, the recent impact on spreads has not been material as in the eyes of most investors,” wrote Macquarie Securities banking analyst Jason Bilodeau in an update on the sector.“Canadian banks remain relatively strong credits,” he said. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 11, 2014 11:09 am MDT Ratings agency S&P takes a more cautious look at Canada’s big banks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
‘Do not shut borders or put travel restrictions on DRC’ “Essentially for the rest of the world, the main recommendation is: support DRC and don’t panic,” she said. “Do not shut borders. Do not put on travel and trade restrictions. Do not panic.” Noting that the expert panel which advised WHO to declare an international emergency was aware of the potential damage it could cause to DRC’s economy, Dr. Harris said that, so far, “the world’s been pretty good” at not shutting out the vast central African country. Infected fish trader ‘did not travel to Rwanda’ Earlier, the WHO official confirmed that a fisherwoman from the DRC who was infected and later died from Ebola virus did not travel to Rwanda earlier this month, despite “conjecture” to the contrary. She told journalists that the 22-year-old trader had travelled from Beni in DRC to a Ugandan market as she did “regularly”, but she was extremely ill and returned home from Uganda, reportedly dying four days later. The incorrect information that she had visited Rwanda came from the Ugandan authorities before appearing on a WHO web page, Dr. Harris said. “Conjecture turned into report; this was not accurate,” she said. “What’s really important to know – and we have checked thoroughly – this woman did not ever travel to Rwanda….She had end-stage Ebola and she was vomiting. So we are very, very concerned about everybody who came into contact with that woman at that time .” Every month, an estimated 1,100 people cross the border from DRC into Rwanda, according to WHO, which remains positive that its contact tracing teams have ruled out any chance that the virus reached the DRC neighbour. “We are absolutely certain, because what happened was, our team in (DRC’s) Beni…went across and talked to everybody and tracked it day by day,” Dr. Harris said. “Now, in her life, she may have gone to Rwanda. Everybody there is incredibly mobile, especially when it comes to trading, people are traders, they go all over the place. But the important thing is she did not spend any time in Rwanda while symptomatic. And as you know, Ebola is not transmitted until you are symptomatic.” Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, which began last August. #Ebola: “Support #DRC and do not panic” — Dr. Margaret Harris from @WHO briefed journalists in @UNGeneva today on the international public health emergency decision and on the case of the fisherwoman from #DRC who was infected and later died from Ebola. pic.twitter.com/FfuRHh4r3P— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) July 19, 2019 According to WHO, more than 2,000 people have died from measles in 2019, while the Ebola outbreak which began last August in Ituri and Nord Kivu provinces has claimed 1,705 lives. Measles ‘a bigger problem than Ebola’ “They see it as a bigger problem than Ebola”, she said. “It’s not top of their agenda; they’d like good roads, they’d like clean water, they’d like to know their children can reach their fifth birthday and not die from measles.” In addition to measles and malaria and a lack of basic services, since early June, more than 300,000 people in the resource-rich Ebola-hit provinces of Ituri and North Kivu on the eastern side of the country bordering Uganda and Rwanda, have been displaced by violence linked to armed groups, according to UN humanitarian coordination agency, OCHA. Dr. Harris expressed optimism that the global attention generated by the decision earlier this week to classify the outbreak an international public health emergency, might focus attention on securing a more peaceful and sustainable future for DRC’s struggling communities. Listen to or download the full interview with Dr. Harris from the World Health Organization, on SoundCloud:
Ohio State men’s hockey players celebrate after a goal in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 27-day break, the Buckeyes returned to action with a sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers by scores of 3-1 and 5-4.Ohio State (11-4-3, 4-2-2-2 Big Ten) dominated the Lakers (8-10-2, 6-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) on special teams and limited Mercyhurst’s shots throughout the series to secure the pair of wins.Game 1Ohio State won the first game of the series against Mercyhurst 3-1 including the first goal of the season by Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller. The teams failed to find the net in the first period despite a combined 25 shots between the two squads. Mercyhurst had an opportunity to score on the power play in the first 20 minutes, but the special teams of the Buckeyes held strong and killed the penalty. Scoring opened up midway through the second period as sophomore forward Austin Pooley scored for the second time this season. Pooley was assisted by senior forward Brendon Kearney and junior forward Sam McCormick. The goal came shortly after a failed power play attempt by the Buckeyes after Mercyhurst was called for having too many players on the ice. Overall, Ohio State converted on two of its five power play opportunities on the night and killed all six penalties it faced.Neither squad scored for the remainder of the period, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Buckeyes until Miller scored to increase the Buckeyes’ lead. Miller found the net during a five-on-three power play after two Lakers picked up penalties within a minute of each other. Senior forwards Dakota Joshua and Mason Jobst assisted on the goal.Mercyhurst scored with under a minute remaining in the game with an empty net to make it a one-score game, but the Buckeyes’ defense held strong and even added an additional empty net goal by Jobst with two seconds remaining to make the final 3-1. Jobst was assisted by Kearney, his second assist of the game. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo allowed one goal on 20 shots faced, with the one goal coming during a six-on-five. Through his first nine games he started this season, Romeo has allowed 18 goals and is averaging 2.19 goals allowed per game in addition to a .916 save percentage.Game 2In more of a high-scoring affair, Ohio State finished the sweep of the Lakers, winning 5-4 on a game-winning goal by senior defenseman Sasha Larocque.Mercyhurst took their first lead of the series midway through the first period, an even-strength goal by freshman forward Geoff Kitt. The Buckeyes responded just over four minutes later with a goal by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Larocque and junior forward Tanner Laczynski, his 10th of the season.The Buckeyes followed up the score with a power play goal by senior forward Freddy Gerard, his sixth goal of the season. Gerard was assisted by Hein and Laczynski, his 11th assist of the season.Saturday’s game was the 100th game played by Gerard for Ohio State. Through Saturday’s game, he has scored 18 goals, 26 assists and 44 points during his career at Ohio State.In the second period, Mercyhurst scored two unanswered goals to take the lead over Ohio State, one coming on the power play and the other at even strength just over three minutes in. Junior forward Carson Meyer responded just 20 seconds later to tie the game 3-3, assisted by Joshua and senior forward John Wiitala.With six minutes left in the second period, Mercyhurst found the net to once again take the lead, but less than four minutes later, Meyer once again scored to tie the game. With his two goals against Mercyhurst, Meyer now sits at six goals on the year, tied for No. 2 on the team with Hein. Ohio State scored on three of its four attempts on the power play Saturday night and allowed the Lakers to convert on one of their three attempts. Overall, the Buckeyes were three for nine in the series and killed all but one of the Laker’s nine tries with the man advantage.The tie was eventually broken by Larocque midway through the third period with his second goal of the season to give Ohio State the 5-4 lead, and from there the Buckeyes ran with the lead, limiting Mercyhurst to only seven shot attempts in the third period. Freshman forward Gustaf Westlund assisted on the goal, his 11th of the season.The five goals by the Buckeyes were tied for the most they’ve scored this season, also finding the net five times against Penn State on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 94-47 in the series.Sophomore forward Tommy Nappier allowed four goals on 26 shots. So far this season, he has allowed 16 goals and has a .941 save percentage.The Buckeyes will stay at home to take on Michigan State on Jan. 4 and 5. The puck drops on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has indicated in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index that there have been significant setbacks in Guyana over the past year, although the constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information.RWB is an entity that campaigns for media freedom and the rights of journalists around the world.The RWB Guyana World Press Freedom Index published on Wednesday has placed Guyana 60th in its world ranking, down by three places from its last ranking; while Trinidad and Tobago has been ranked 34th, Jamaica 4th, and the Eastern Caribbean 38th.RWB has said that, in Guyana, “officials often use… defamation laws, which provide for fines and up to two years in jail, to silence opposition journalists”; and that “members of the media regulatory authority are appointed directly by the president. This restricts the freedom of certain media outlets, which are denied licences. Journalists are also subjected to harassment that take the form of prosecutions, suspensions and intimidation”.Reporters Without Borders has said that the 2017 index “reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace, and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth propaganda and suppression of freedoms, especially in democracies.”Declaring that the overall level of constraints on media freedom worldwide has risen by some 14 per cent over the past five years, the organisation has said that media freedom has never previously been so threatened.In the past year alone, the organisation wrote, some 62 percent of the 180 countries surveyed have seen “a deterioration of their situation, while the number of countries where the media freedom situation was ‘good’ or ‘fairly good’ fell by 2.3 per cent.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana moves up in press freedom ranking but GPA says significant hurdles still remainApril 25, 2018In “latest news”RSF cites efforts to “silence opposition journalists” in GuyanaApril 20, 2019Similar postGovernments urged to encourage free, independent mediaMay 3, 2016In “latest news”
Agnico Eagle’s LaRonde mine is the first to utilise AutoMine® with LTE communication network underground on a production scale. This will not only increase productivity and improve safety but also mark a breakthrough in technology.“Sandvik was the first mining supplier in the world to introduce mine automation systems for underground hard rock mining and this time marks no exception. Sandvik will deliver a mining automation system that directly integrates and makes use of an underground LTE communication network.” LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a 4G wireless communications standard that is designed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.“Sandvik has now taken the next step in the IoT evolution, being fully compatible and able to provide automation systems for underground operations that interface into the customer’s LTE network.” says Riku Pulli, Vice President Business Unit Automation at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “The underground LTE is a part of the mine’s technology infrastructure and creates productivity gains and improves process efficiency and effectiveness.”Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden. The Company employs approximately 9,200 people. Agnico Eagle’s flagship mine, LaRonde, is located in northwestern Quebec. The 2.2. km Penna Shaft at LaRonde is the deepest single-lift shaft in the Western Hemisphere. LaRonde is also home to the highest gold grade of Agnico Eagle’s producing mines. It has 2.6 million ounces in reserves and has already produced more than 5 million ounces of gold. LaRonde’s expected mine life is all the way through to 2027.“After two years of hard work, we are now ready to start production on our LaRonde Zone 5 project. In order to achieve our production objectives and also to develop new applications to extend mining at the depth of our LaRonde mine, we have chosen a new LTE communication network combined with automated equipment. For us, Sandvik’s automation solution was an ideal choice as our priority was to develop truck automation on LTE.” said Christian Goulet, General Manager at the LaRonde Complex.The LTE network at the LaRonde mine is the deepest underground LTE network in Canada. Agnico Eagle has chosen Sandvik fleet with AutoMine® for the LaRonde mine because of several benefits, including increased fleet utilisation, improved working conditions, operator safety and productivity. The increased fleet utilisation ensures constant performance level enhancements and optimum use of the assets.The mining automation system will be utilised at LaRonde Zone 5, which is currently in the development stage. In the first phase, one LH517 and one TH551i will be delivered and later on, in the second phase, the fleet and automation system will be expanded. The Sandvik AutoMine® with an LTE communication network will allow auto-assisted loading in the open stoping application and dumping to the dump truck, which will automatically haul through the ramp to the surface. This AutoMine® project is an important corner stone for Agnico Eagle and acts as a platform for LaRonde’s future successes.AutoMine® is a flexible modular system that can successfully be adapted to small scale operations, as well as massive block caving applications. Moreover, the system incorporates functions and applications that allow it to interface with other third party IT systems at the mine site. Around 350 Sandvik trucks and loaders with AutoMine® have been delivered globally.“The use of LTE communication network also creates considerable benefits in comparison to the usage of Wi- Fi.” says Riku Pulli, “Large areas can be covered with a fewer number of LTE base stations than Wi-Fi access points, which reduces the amount of mine installations. In addition, the network configurations are simpler and LTE has inherently been designed for fast roaming with high data transmission performance.”
It hasn’t even been two full weeks since we saw an iOS update. We reported an iOS 4.3.1 update on March 25, and today we’re hearing rumors of another small release, iOS 4.3.2. This one will supposedly bring bug fixes and other enhancements to people’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches.As this is just a rumor, we don’t have any hard sources, but Boy Genius Report said Apple is working on a 4.3.2 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. BGR said it will address security issues in addition to fixing several bugs. Perhaps the update will fix the glitch that some iPhone users are experiencing where random photos the phone captured itself are showing up during FaceTime conversations.Rumor has it that the update will be released in about two weeks.via BGR
De la cranberry contre les infections urinaires : efficacité confirméeSelon deux nouvelles études, la cranberry ou cannerberge serait bel et bien efficace pour prévenir les infections urinaires. Pour cela, elle serait capable de freiner l’activité des bactéries responsables des infections.Cela fait plus de 100 ans que la cranberry, connue en français sous le nom de canneberge, est réputée pour prévenir les infections urinaires. Mais s’agit-il d’une croyance populaire ou d’un fait scientifique ? C’est ce qu’ont voulu savoir de nombreux chercheurs qui ont mené parallèlement plusieurs études. Et celles-ci ont toutes semblé conduire à la même conclusion : la cranberry permettrait bel et bien de lutter contre les bactéries. Reste à savoir comment celle-ci agit.De précédents travaux avaient suggéré que l’airelle agissait en empêchant les bactéries de se fixer au tractus urinaire grâce à des polyphénols connus sous le nom de proanthocyanidines (PAC). Toutefois, le mécanisme qui permettrait à ces molécules d’agir restait relativement flou. Pour en savoir plus, des chercheurs de l’université McGill ont donc testé sur différentes bactéries de la poudre de canneberge et ont observé les résultats. Ils ont ainsi constaté que cet élément était capable d’inhiber les capacités de Proteus mirabilis, une bactérie fréquemment impliquée dans les infections urinaires compliquées, à se regrouper et à nager dans du gel agar. L’expérience publiée dans le revue Canadian Journal of Microbiology, a également montré que des concentrations croissantes de poudre réduisaient la production de l’uréase, une enzyme qui contribue à la virulence des infections.Des bactéries limitées dans leur mouvementAu cours d’une autre expérience, les chercheurs ont mené une vaste analyse sur le génome d’une bactérie E. coli susceptible de provoquer une infection urinaire. Celle-ci a permis de constater que la présence des fameux polyphénols de canneberge réduisait l’expression d’un gène codant pour la formation du filament flagellaire des bactéries, limitant ainsi sa capacité de mouvement. Or, comme l’a souligné l’équipe, le mouvement bactérien est un mécanisme clé pour la propagation des infections. C’est grâce à ce mouvement que les micro-organismes se disséminent dans le tractus urinaire et échappent au système immunitaire de l’hôte. “Bien que les effets de la canneberge sur les organismes vivants restent un sujet à étudier davantage, nos découvertes mettent en évidence le rôle que la consommation de cannerberge pourrait jouer dans la prévention des infections chroniques”, a expliqué le professeur Nathalie Tufenkji.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Plus de 150 millions de cas d’infection urinaire sont enregistrés chaque année, et le traitement antibiotique reste l’approche standard pour prendre en charge ces infections. Mais la hausse actuelle de la résistance bactérienne aux antibiotiques souligne l’importance de développer une autre approche”, a t-elle conclu.Comment consommer la canneberge ? La canneberge peut donc être un allié de taille chez les personnes fréquemment sujettes à des infections urinaires. Pour prévenir ces infections, l’airelle peut se présenter sous différentes formes : entière, sous forme de gélule (complément alimentaire) ou encore en jus. En 2008, l’Ansm (ex-Afssaps) a reconnu que la dose de 36 milligrammes de PAC est efficace pour réduire la récidive d’infection urinaire. Si vous optez pour les gélules ou comprimés, mieux vaut donc respecter la posologie indiquée sur les emballages. Si vous préférez le jus, les spécialistes conseillent de boire deux verres par jour un le matin et un le soir afin de couvrir toute la journée. Mais il est aussi possible de manger les fruits entiers en dessert ou en accompagnement.Le 16 juillet 2013 à 17:18 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Mars recently received a hard “punch” when a small space rock hurtled into the Red Planet’s surface and created a new impact crater that looks like a black-and-blue bruise.The impact crater, which is estimated to be 49 feet to 53 feet in width, was captured in a new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Space.com reported. The MRO, which has been analyzing Mars for more than 13 years with its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera and its lower-resolution Context Camera (CTX), snapped a HiRISE color image in April and it was shared by NASA on June 6. Researchers say the “black-and-blue” Mars crater could have formed between September 2016 and February 2019.HiPOD 6 Jun 2019: A Work of ArtAn impressionist painting? No, it’s a new impact crater on Mars, formed between Sept 2016 and Feb 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust. (Special thanks to Nahúm Mendez.)https://t.co/tspasjsG90 pic.twitter.com/T4ml5gfTnH— HiRISE (NASA) (@HiRISE) June 6, 2019Veronica Bray, a HiRISE team member and University of Arizona staff scientist, told Space.com that this impact crater is one of the biggest she’s seen on the Red Planet. According to Bray, the space rock that might have caused the crater was most likely around five feet in width and small in size. The space rock might have had a more solid shape as well, because other rocks that crash into Mars’ atmosphere could break apart high in the air, generate streams of craters, and cause scattered pieces to fall to the Red Planet’s surface.“It is a reminder of what’s out there,” Bray told Space.com. “It’s a gorgeous [crater]. I’m glad I got it in the color strip.”No one knows for sure what the bluish tint is in the image, however, Bray and her team believe it might be exposed ice, Fox News noted. The impact wave, a dark zone where dust has moved away from the Red Planet’s reddish surface, is also shown in the picture.Peter Grindrod, an ExoMars program researcher and planetary scientist at London’s Natural History Museum, was also shocked at the fresh impact crater. On June 12, he shared a GIF on Twitter that showed crater “before” and “after” photos from CTX. Grindrod doesn’t belong to the HiRISE team, but he is a regular contributor to the HiRISE website’s Digital Terrain Model archive. He likes to create height maps to show Mars’ geological diversity, including craters and dust devils.KABOOM! Before and after images of a meteorite forming a brand new impact crater on Mars. Sometime between 18 Feb 2017 and 20 March 2019. pic.twitter.com/TWXtUoP5NA— Peter Grindrod (@Peter_Grindrod) June 12, 2019“This kind of blew me away,” Grindrod told Space.com, referring to the fresh crater’s size. “I’d never seen anything like that.”More on Geek.com:NASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Mars Watch: NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPLNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Images of Fluffy Clouds on Mars NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019
Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has reasons to believe Liverpool are very close to winning the Premier League title.It appears that every season Liverpool continue to make an attempt to grab the title and the most recent being under Jurgen Klopp who have spent over £175m this summer on four top signings.The new signings are Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. Following Klopp’s new signings, Barton is concerned about his rivals’ championship chances.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When we look across Stanley Park, no matter what any of us say, and see the big German [Klopp], the style they’re playing, and the way they have invested again – it’s nervous times for Evertonians,” Barton told talkSPORT as quoted in Sports Mole.“I honestly think they could get really close to their first title in 20-odd years. It will be really close.”Liverpool last won the English top-flight championship in 1990
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 8, 2017 – The Ministry of Education says it is reviewing repairs after a few nights of rain have led to leaky roofs and flooded floors for students of the Oseta Jolly Primary school stationed temporarily at the Gus Lightbourne Gym in downtown Providenciales.Minister Karen Malcolm, paused from House of Assembly meeting being held Wednesday in Grand Turk to speak to Magnetic Media following a concern expressed by a teacher of the school who said cleaning the doused floors and desks is becoming too time consuming for educators and students.The Teacher said something needs to be done to rectify the leaks and the Minister agrees.Minister Malcolm said already the Department of Public Works was looking into the situation; a roof which was thought to have been fixed is obviously not. The Minister also explained that the dividers for the open space where grades two through six are being held are not done, but should be completed by this weekend. Materials have been bought and construction on the separations for the classrooms is a work in active progress.The explanation on the dividers was in response to that teacher who said the near 500 children are sharing the open space at the gym but it is near impossible to get the students to focus on their individual lesson with other classes ongoing; the openness is proving distracting and students, shared the teacher are often missing the message.Again, the Minister expressed her understanding of the predicament and asked for understanding as well. Saying essentially that her ministry has struggled to find a place for thousands of children across the archipelago left displaced by the category 5 plus, Hurricane Irma on September 7; its a big task which the Ministry is managing and tweaking to ensure that there is comfort, safety and stability as the children learn and the teachers teach.There was a promise to have those dividers completed on the weekend and a promise to work with the Estate Department of TCIG to get the cleaners taking on the chore of mopping up water, when there is rainy weather.Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Wesley Clerveaux, who we also reached out to said there is no disregard by the ministry going on, adding that the minister has been visiting all schools weekly to ensure progress is being made for a return to life as normal for public education.This is the first week the entire student population of Oseta Jolly is at school. The children from Early Childhood to Sixth Grade and their teachers are facilitated at two locations in downtown Provo; the Gus Lightbourne Gym and at the Edward Gartland Youth Center. Related Items:#guslightbournegym, #karenmalcolm, #ojps, #tcieducation Education Minister says Civics coming to Turks and Caicos public school curriculum Recommended for you
KUSI Newsroom, Jeffry Edwards. Photo via Facebook.A former Carlsbad police officer has been arrested on charges of residential burglary and stalking, according to a statement released by the Oceanside Police Department.On Thursday, Carlsbad police told Oceanside police that a Carlsbad police officer had possibly committed a crime in Oceanside. Detectives from the Oceanside Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation and found that the suspect, Jeffry Edwards, had been stalking his ex-girlfriend and committed a residential burglary at her residence.Last night, Oceanside Detectives took Edwards into custody without incident in San Clemente, Calif. He was charged with residential burglary and stalking and was booked into a detention facility.According to a Facebook post from the Carlsbad Police Department, Edwards joined the Army at 19, was deployed to Iraq with the National Guard, and began his law enforcement career at the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: burglary, Carlsbad, Crime, Oceanside, Oceanside Police Department, police, stalking April 7, 2018 Carlsbad police officer arrested for burglary, stalking Posted: April 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitter