Bhopal gangrape case: four cops suspended, another transferred

first_imgFour police officials in Madhya Pradesh were suspended today and the city Superintendent of Police (SP) was transferred over a delay in lodging a complaint of a 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly gang-raped here three days ago. Director General of Police (DGP) R.K. Shukla announced the suspension of the four officials — three inspectors and a sub-inspector — for their alleged negligence which led to the delay in registering the offence.“We have suspended three station in-charges (of MP Nagar, Habibganj and GRP police stations), a sub-inspector and transferred the city SP to the police headquarters over the issue (of delay in registering a complaint),” he told PTI. The action was taken after it was reported in the media that it took nearly 24 hours for the survivor to file a complaint, after three police stations refused to lodge an FIR citing jurisdiction issues, a senior police official said. The media reports were verified by the police before the action was taken, he added. The woman, a student, was allegedly raped by four men near the railway tracks here when she was returning from a coaching class in MP Nagar, a police officer had said. The incident had occurred on Tuesday night in the vicinity of the Habibganj railway station, but came to light yesterday. The police arrested all the four accused after the woman lodged a case at the GRP police station (at the Habibganj railway station).last_img read more

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‘Carnivorous Ballet’ Helps Cheetahs Coexist With Lions

first_imgAfter humans, the lion is indisputably the top predator in Africa’s Serengeti. Since the 1990s, the big cats have been regarded as serious threats to the survival of both cheetah and wild dog populations. But a new study reveals that cheetahs are more adept at living with the lions than previously recognized, although wild dogs don’t fare so well. The work is likely to alter approaches to protecting all three carnivores.  Lions were first fingered as being particularly tough on Africa’s cheetahs in 1994. A researcher documented the big cats attacking and killing up to 57% of cheetah cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. (They rarely ate the cubs, although the cheetah mothers often consumed the remains of their offspring after the lions had left.)Things seemed almost as bad for African wild dogs, long-legged canines that are not related to domestic dogs. They have colorful, patchy coats and hunt ungulates such as wildebeest and gazelle. In the park, researchers documented that as the lion’s population surged (it nearly tripled from less than 50 to nearly 200 between 1966 and 1998 because of increasing numbers of prey, particularly wildebeest), the wild dogs, which had once numbered about 50, declined. Eventually, in 1992, the animals vanished from Serengeti National Park altogether, although small numbers persisted in lion-free areas outside the park’s boundary. 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It’s easy to see why: Brawny African lions tip the scales at 120 to 180 kilograms, while cheetahs pack only 25 to 40 kg, and wild dogs weigh in at a mere 18 to 25 kg. But scientists still do not know why lions kill the smaller predators, which don’t compete directly with the big cats for prey.Lions’ dominance has led some researchers to argue that efforts to protect cheetahs and wild dogs should be focused primarily on areas with few or none of the larger carnivores. Indeed, after a study in 2011 suggested that actively conserving lions might push cheetahs to the brink of extinction, some scientists advocated reconsidering strategies for protecting the big cats. Some have even suggested reducing their numbers, says Alexandra Swanson, a graduate student in ecology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the lead author of the new study. “It was a controversial paper, and so I decided to test the idea that African lions suppress the populations of cheetahs and wild dogs.”Drawing on data from three long-term projects that have monitored lion, cheetah, and wild dog populations in Serengeti National Park, Swanson and her colleagues examined how the three species used the park’s habitats and calculated the chance of cheetahs and wild dogs encountering a lion within the park. They also analyzed the population densities of the animals and the amount of available prey in fenced reserves in South Africa.The results were clear: In the park, the increasing lion population has not triggered a drop in cheetah numbers; the smaller cats have remained stable, despite losing many of their cubs. But the lions (as well as a bout of canine distemper and rabies) had unquestionably spelled the end of the wild dogs in the park. Dogs that have managed to hang on in the Serengeti ecosystem live in marginal areas on the park’s edges. The researchers found a similar pattern in the South African fenced reserves. Those with numerous lions had fewer wild dogs, yet the cheetah populations were stable, the researchers report this week in the Journal of Animal Ecology.Why the difference? Swanson’s team suggests that wild dogs “are so intent on avoiding lions” that they simply “get kicked out of huge areas of the landscape.” In contrast, cheetahs are able to use those same areas by carefully monitoring the lions and staying 100 meters away from them—thus, lions rarely kill adult cheetahs. The largely solitary cheetahs also attract less attention than do the noisy, conspicuous packs of wild dogs.And cheetahs are apparently able to compensate for the loss of their cubs, perhaps because females become fertile within 2 weeks of losing their offspring. In contrast, lions target wild dogs of all ages, and the dogs’ packs don’t recover quickly when they lose adults.  Most intriguingly, cheetah females often set up their dens precisely where there are the most lions. “It is counterintuitive,” Swanson says, “and we don’t have a good explanation yet. But den sites are limited, and these are where the best resources are for raising their cubs, so it may be that the benefits outweigh the risks.”The study offers a “plausible mechanism” for the cheetahs’ success, says John Fryxell, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Guelph in Canada, who was not involved in the research. The spotted cats practice a “fine scale behavioral avoidance of the lions, a sort of carnivorous ballet.”Wild dogs, unfortunately, don’t have the dance moves of the cheetahs, and they lose out when lions are abundant, particularly on the open plains of the Serengeti. “They do better at coexisting in densely wooded areas, such as Selous National Park [in Tanzania] and Kruger National Park [in South Africa], where there’s more cover,” Swanson says.The report “shows the complexity of inter-relationships between large carnivores,” says Luke Hunter, a biologist and the president of Panthera, a conservation organization in New York City. “People often underestimate how resilient and adaptable a species the cheetah really is. On the other hand, the paper elevates the conservation urgency for the African wild dog.”As for the idea of culling lions to help these smaller predators? “That’s probably not an effective management policy,” Fryxell says. It’s far better to create larger reserves, reduce habitat loss, and persuade ranchers not to kill predators, large or small.last_img read more

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Mehdi Hasan

first_imgThe first I heard about Mehdi Hassan, who I call an amazing ghazal traash (sculptor of ghazals), was in 1966 when a friend brought me a reel-to-reel tape of a Pakistani Radio recording of something he said would spellbind me. He insisted that he had never heard such a voice, such meticulous Urdu pronunciation and articulation of ghazals by famous Urdu poets.Knowing our shared taste for ghazals, I didn’t doubt him. But the problem was that as student I did not have a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Once I found one, I was enthralled to discover the recording of an upcoming Pakistani ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan singing his famous ghazal, “Gulon mein rang bhare.” I loved it. Thus far the only ghazals I had heard were all sung by Begum Akhtar, such as “Aye muhabbat tere anjaam pe rona aya.”It so happened, the next time I heard Mehdi Hassan was after I had arrived in Washington as a student in the 1970s. I think, it was his first live concert in the U.S. and I was excited that I would get to see him sing live on stage, almost roobaroo (face to face).And for more than two hours he showed us how a ghazal should be sung, how it can be composed in an Indian raga to make it immortal, and how and when, which part of the verse should be highlighted. Basically, what I felt was that only Mehdi Hassan could bring the real meaning and spirit of ghazals alive and convey to you with great ease what the shayar (the poet) really wants to say. It could be “Yeh dhuan kahan se uthta hai” or “Yeh rakh akhir dil na banjaye” or “Ranjish hi sahi.”And much later after another concert in the US capital, when I interviewed him on behalf of Voice of America, he confirmed everything I had thought about him and his magic. He said he chose to compose them into ragas because a raga, be it Bhairavi or Darbari, always sounds fresh and once a ghazal is composed in that raga, the ghazal will always remain popular and never die. And he said he always tries to find out the bhava or the emotional premise of a particular ghazal and then chooses a raga that can pry the poet’s feelings out so it touches the hearts of audiences. All his ghazals were composed in a way that even today magically highlight the poet’s feelings.That is why, unlike others, I don’t call him the King of Ghazals, as people have often described the late Jagjit Singh, another stalwart. I love Jagjit’s gayaki also, but for me with his heavy voice and subtle nuances, Jagjit was a well-trained horse racing on a well defined track, while Mehdi Hassan was like a wild deer running freely, hither and thither, in green pastures sometimes, in dense jungles at others, but always coming back to the basic raga and or as they say in Hindi, the sum. I find Mehdi Hassan even two notches above Ghulam Ali, whom I also admire fondly.So instead of King of Ghazals, I like to call Mehdi Hassan a ghazal traash, who with his gayaki and purely magical voice chisels an imaginary and abstract statue of sounds — the ghazal. The notes are so entrancing that it is difficult sometimes to separate his lower notes from those of the harmonium.I always feel he is like a sang traash, who first chooses, say a sad romantic ghazal by Ahmed Faraz, and then selects a raga to accompany its mood, and then with his skillful husky voice and true notes, he gives the ghazal its real shape, sculpting it in some places and chiseling it in others, to bring to us the real emotional premise of the poet, the true spirit in which it was written.He established a new era in the ghazal gayaki. The styles of the ghazal gayaki will be always known as “the pre-Mehdi Hassan era” and “the post Mehdi Hassan era.” And little wonder that in this “post Mehdi Hassan era,” we see so many male ghazal singers trying to follow his style.I can never forget how my little son and daughter, sitting in my lap in my family room in Virginia, used to listen to Mehdi Hassan, even though they did not understand the language. But the result is heartwarming. My son Brittan often questions me about the different ragas and their moods and wants me to leave for him my huge collection of Mehdi Hassan ghazals once I depart this world. And my daughter Samiha loves Indian classical music, and the other day, called from Durham to ask me what the Urdu word suroor means.My last roobaroo mulakat (face to face meeting) with the maestro was in Washington on a beautiful summer evening at a live concert arranged by the Smithsonian Institute on the lawns of one of their museums. I can never forget when my ghazal god, limped from his chair, and with great difficulty and with the help of his sons, slowly climbed the 10 or so stairs to reach the podium. I was sitting on the lawns below among some 150 fans. We were concerned that the maestro was physically faltering and wondered whether he would be able to sing as usual. But when he began singing in his even deeper and huskier voice, we were reassured that the shola (fire) is still not extinct after all.And now that he is gone and his voice fills the stillness of my small living room in New Delhi, I wonder if ever there will be another Mehdi Hassan. As his voice consumes the silence of the room around me, singing “Shola tha jal bujha hoon, hawaein mujhe na do, mein kab ka ja chuka hoon, sadayeien mujhe na do,” (The fire is extinguished; don’t try to reignite me. I am long gone; beckon not now for my return) I feel tears quietly rolling down my cheeks.For ghazal lovers everywhere, Mehdi Hazan’s embers will never die. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Cignal HD dedicates game vs Sta. Lucia to injured leader

first_imgFILE PHOTOMore than improving its standings, Cignal HD will be looking to cheer up injured leader Jovelyn Gonzaga when it battles Sta. Lucia Realty on Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Cignal coach George Pascua reported that no fracture had been found on Gonzaga’s right knee which she injured last Tuesday in losing to runaway leader F2 Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Winless Victoria Sports-UST is hoping to hop off the basement when it takes on Iriga City in the other match.A win by the Tigresses would revive their chances of making the quarterfinals as only one squad will get eliminated.Rachel Anne Daquis suited up for Cignal HD after missing two games but her presence hardly mattered after F2 Logistics scored a 25-22, 25-13, 25-12 rout to occupy solo top spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicecenter_img “This is a major challenge for us,” said Pascua, “This is the perfect time for us to step up together and play as a team. We know Jovelyn really wants to win. She’s a fighter. We have to help her emotionally by winning this match for her.”Underrated opposite hitter Mylene Paat is expected to fill in Gonzaga’s shoes as they take on the struggling Lady Realtors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne more thing going against the HD Spikers is the fact that they have lost three of their last four matches, while the Lady Realtors are bent on scoring a win that would put them up the elimination ladder.But Sta. Lucia is likely to also miss a key player as import Marisa Field is out due to knee injury for two games. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oiling machine fuels success of PH bowlers Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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QUAKE 2 LAST

first_img(Reopens CES7)(Reopens CES7)A report from Shillong said the moderate intensity tremor was also felt in Meghalaya having the intensity of 4.3 on Richter Scale.People felt the jolt in the Meghalaya capital at around 4:04 pm and came out in the open. PTI JOP SUS RGlast_img

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O’s Take Tanaka, Yanks, 8-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Without any runs to work with, even Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t prevent the Yankees from looking way past their prime on Old-Timers’ Day.Chris Tillman tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and the Baltimore Orioles beat New York 8-0 on June 22, handing Tanaka his second major league loss.“Look, he’s not perfect,” Derek Jeter said. “He gave us a great opportunity to win.”Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings, giving him a quality start all 15 times out this season. But the Yankees provided no support for the Japanese rookie, who entered with the most wins in the majors and the best ERA (1.99) in the American League.His only other defeat came on May 20 against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Then he went 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA in his next five starts before Sunday.“I thought he pitched well. Just in the seventh inning, he got a couple pitches up in the zone, out over the plate,” catcher Brian McCann said. “When you score some runs, it’s easier to go out there and pitch. We didn’t hit for him today.”Jonathan Schoop homered off Tanaka for the second time and fellow rookie Caleb Joseph capped the scoring with his first career homer.J.J. Hardy hit a three-run double for the Orioles, who spoiled the 68th annual Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium and took two of three from their AL East rivals.After squandering a ninth-inning lead in a June 20th loss, Baltimore outhomered the Yankees 6-1 and outscored them 14-1 in the final two games of the series. “Last two days, we just didn’t get it done,” McCann said.Tillman (6-4) improved to 6-0 on the road — though he entered with a 6.33 ERA away from home. Orioles starters had a 1.02 ERA in the series.“Baltimore’s tough. We’re going to see an awful lot of them the rest of the way,” Jeter said. “They pitched well against us the last two days.”New York slugger Mark Teixeira left in the eighth after getting hit on the toes of his left foot by an 85 mph slider from T.J. McFarland. Teixeira hobbled toward first, then slammed his helmet to the ground in anger before heading into the dugout.X-rays were negative, Manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought it was broken again. I took it out on my helmet,” Teixeira said. “Just breathing a sigh of relief right now.”Hardy hit a bases-loaded double in a four-run eighth against Adam Warren after a disputed call went against the Yankees.As he tried for a double play, third baseman Kelly Johnson was taken out by Steve Pearce on what appeared to be an illegal slide too far from the bag. Girardi called it a “pretty malicious” and “dangerous” play, but Pearce said he wasn’t trying to hurt Johnson.The umpires huddled to discuss the play but did not call interference.Manny Machado hit a Baltimore chop for an RBI single, and Joseph homered in the ninth.Joseph said he was excited that his first home run came at Yankee Stadium, and he ran up the tunnel and hid for a while to turn the tables on his teammates who were planning the silent treatment.The 28-year-old catcher got the souvenir ball back, and said he was told it was Jeter who went to the ball boy and made sure of it.“He might have been the only one on the field that knew it was my first major league home run,” Joseph said. “I’m really thankful that he did that.”Schoop homered to left on a 2-2 pitch in the second, making the 22-year-old infielder from Curacao the only big league player to go deep twice against Tanaka.Schoop also connected for a three-run shot at Yankee Stadium on April 9, when Tanaka ended up with a no-decision in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory.Hardy singled to start the seventh and went to third on Machado’s double. Schoop had an RBI groundout, and Joseph hit a long sacrifice fly after fouling off a suicide squeeze attempt.“I feel like that I kind of let the game go there,” Tanaka said through a translator.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Coming through hard times has made me stronger and wiser, says John Stones

first_imgJohn Stones believes he has come through the most difficult period of his career and not only proved himself to be a talented defender but also a leader.Stones came under sustained criticism during his debut season at Manchester City having arrived from Everton for £47.5m in August 2016, but he has been excellent for Pep Guardiola’s side in this campaign and also impressed for England.In back-to-back goalless draws with Germany and Brazil in the past few days the 23-year-old performed with assurance as the central defender in a three-man backline, and he was among the few players to feature for the entirety of both games. “I think my performances speak for themselves,” Stones said. “I’ve done my talking out there. You can’t argue with two clean sheets against two top oppositions. Share on LinkedIn England Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Gareth Southgate sees fearlessness and fitness as key to England’s ambitionscenter_img news Share on Facebook Topics Share on Pinterest “It’s about having a look at yourself and where you can improve and not shying away from where you’ve gone wrong. And that’s what drives you to be a better player.”Asked if the past 15 months have been hard for him, Stones replied: “Yes, definitely. Football’s never easy. Me personally, and anyone in life, if it’s easy, you want a challenge. Everyone wants to challenge themselves in certain ways.“I now try to pass it [personal experiences] on to the young lads and give them a few words. Like with Joe [Gomez]. It’s short and simple. You don’t want to flood his brain. That’s what I found when I was growing up, playing in big games. I didn’t want to have too much information.”Stones’s focus now returns to club matters but looking ahead to England’s friendlies with Holland and Italy in March, he feels Gareth Southgate’s side are in good shape. “Knowing we’ve competed against the top two teams in the world, brought them to our home ground, not scored, but been so solid – it’s a step in the right direction,” he said. Manchester City Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Antwaun Powell, No. 6 DE In 2020, Announces Commitment

first_imgA general view of florida's ben hill griffin stadiumGAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of first half action as the Idaho Vandals and Florida Gators play at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Antwaun Powell, a 2020 defensive end, has had plenty of offers on the table and has made several official visits this month. But after his most recent visit, he decided to announce his commitment.Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Powell announced that he would be committing to the Florida Gators. Powell’s announced comes less than ten days after he visited the Florida campus for an official visit.247Sports rates Powell as a four-star recruit and the No. 136 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 6 weak-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Virginia.The announcement by Powell is a blow to a number of ACC teams, including Georgia Tech, UNC, and Virginia Tech. Go gators💙🐊 pic.twitter.com/3wsiBKubRU— Antwaun Powell (@TwaunPowell) June 26, 2019In bringing Powell into the fold, the Florida Gators’ 2020 recruiting class is now ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 4 in the SEC per 247Sports.Their 18-man recruiting class included nine four-star prospects – the fourth most in the nation.Last year, Florida went 9-3 in the regular season, earning a trip to the Peach Bowl where they easily beat Michigan, 41-15.The Gators will be a dogfight for SEC East dominance in the 2019 season, and a strong class this year will go a long way towards them knocking Georgia off the throne.last_img read more

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Special Jamaica Journal Explores Country At 50

first_imgYet another keepsake in celebration of the country’s history and achievements was launched on Wednesday (Dec. 12), when the Institute of Jamaica officially unveiled Jamaica Journal Volume 34. This special issue of the Jamaica Journal is in celebration of 50 years of independence and five decades of Foreign Service. It explores the various ways in which Jamaica has influenced the world, with a leading article entitled: ‘Sports in Jamaica Since Independence: A Panoramic View,’ by Patrick Robinson. The limited Jamaica 50 keepsake reflects on the contribution of outstanding athletes such as Usain Bolt, and others in various spheres, including Harry Belafonte, and the late Dudley Thompson. It also examines 50 years of Foreign Service under themes such as: ‘Michael Manley’s Foreign Policy’ and ‘Top 100 Jamaica songs 1957 to 2007’. Speaking at the launch held at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge, University of the West Indies, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the journal will serve as an educational tool for Jamaicans, particularly the younger generation. “It is vital that, as we head into the next 50 years, our youth, who will be the standard bearers in this new era, are equipped with pertinent information on their history and society to help them fashion the Jamaica of the future…it is very fitting therefore that we continue our celebration of Jamaica 50, with an intellectual discourse on some of the critical foundations, which has made us a nation on a mission,’ she stated. She noted that the publication “reflects on some of the decisions taken at the political level that have assured our country a formidable space in leadership and respect and it demonstrates that the possibility for global leadership has been forever embodied in our Jamaican thinking”. The Journal is edited by Dr. Kim Robinson – Walcott, and has been a publication of the Institute of Jamaica since 1967. It is the foremost academic journal of Jamaican history and culture, publishing scholarly articles on music, art, literature, the environment, and other contemporary issues. The publication received the Award for Excellence for the Most Assessed Journal in 2011 from the Digital Library of the Caribbean.last_img read more

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Physiotherapy Treatment Now Available at Linstead Hospital

first_img “Currently, patients can access physiotherapy sessions right here in Linstead on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she noted. Patients of the Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine requiring physiotherapy treatment no longer need to travel to the Spanish Town Hospital to access the service.There has been a limited introduction of the service, being delivered by a physiotherapist assigned to the Spanish Town Hospital.In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Camile Wallen Panton, explained that the service is now available to patients two days per week.“Currently, patients can access physiotherapy sessions right here in Linstead on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she noted.She pointed out that physiotherapist, Michelle Johnson Rowe, has offered her time on these days to facilitate the patients.Mrs. Wallen Panton added that the introduction of the service is the result of the high number of referrals being received at the Spanish Town Hospital from Linstead.“The services were initially being offered to patients on the ward before we had a designated area for the sessions. An area, which was utilised as a sisters’ station, was transformed in order to facilitate the sessions,” explained Mrs. Wallen Panton.She indicated that there are plans to include additional days in order to assist more patients.“In order to achieve this, we would need to have a physiotherapist assigned here, as well as patient care assistants and porters, to be able to properly service the demands at the facility,” she said. Story Highlights In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Camile Wallen Panton, explained that the service is now available to patients two days per week. Patients of the Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine requiring physiotherapy treatment no longer need to travel to the Spanish Town Hospital to access the service.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia First in Canada to Unveil Project CTO Plaque

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil recognized Project CTO’s work to commemorate internments in Canada during, and immediately after, the First World War. The first of 100 plaque unveilings planned across the country today, Aug. 22, was held at the Cumberland County Museum and Archives in Amherst at 11 a.m. The project is sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. “Ensuring freedoms and legal protections for all residents of our country is a hallmark of a strong and healthy democracy,” said Premier McNeil. “The unveiling of these plaques across Canada reaffirms the commitment of Canadians to a more peaceful world where the rights of all individuals and communities are respected. “I would like to thank the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund for making this possible.” Marking the centennial of the start of the war and the War Measures Act, Project CTO is unveiling the plaques across the country at 11 a.m., local time, to raise awareness of the first time Canada imprisoned people of ethnic heritage it considered a threat during a time of conflict. The plaques are being unveiled in churches, cultural sites, museums and other public spaces across the country. They encourage Canadians to remember the victims of the internment operations who were branded “enemy aliens.” They included people of Armenian, Croatian, German, Hungarian, Serbian and Ukrainian heritage. More information about Project CTO is available at www.uccla.ca and www.internmentcanada.ca .last_img read more

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Jackson Browne And Steve Earle To Play Benefit Show For California Proposition

first_imgSinger Songwriters Jackson Browne and Steve Earle will join forces on Monday, October 24 at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego, CA for an acoustic show to support YES on 62 – Repeal the Death Penalty.Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations.This special benefit concert is paid for by Volunteers for Yes on 62. YES on California Proposition 62 would repeal the state death penalty and replace the maximum punishment for murder with life in prison without possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to those already sentenced to death. Under Prop 62, the death penalty will be replaced with a strict life sentence. Those convicted of the worst crimes will NEVER be released. Instead of being housed in expensive private cells on death row, murderers will be kept with other maximum-security inmates.For more information, please visit www.jacksonbrowne.com.Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone (800) 745-3000 or (805) 963-4408. All dates, acts and ticket prices subject to change without notice. Convenience charges apply to all phone and internet outlet ticket orders.last_img read more

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CBI searches Bhushan Power and Steel premises in Rs 2348 cr bank

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Saturday conducted country-wide searches at official and residential premises of debt-ridden Bhushan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) in connection with a bank fraud case that cost banks and the government a whopping Rs 2,348 crore, sources here said.The federal agency registered a case on Friday against the company, naming its Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Singal along with promoters and associates of the company. An official source here added that the case is registered under Bank Security and Fraud by the Economic Offences Division of CBI. Speaking to the Millennium Post, agency sleuths said that searches were conducted in Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Odisha, which resulted in the seizure of various documents pertaining to the case. The CBI alleged that top-level officials of BPSL hatched a criminal conspiracy with unknown public officials to divert funds from loan accounts in a Chandigarh branch of Punjab National Bank and Kolkata branches of Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDBI Bank, and UCO Bank through several shell companies “without any obvious purpose”. The CBI has charged the accused in the case with using forged documents and falsifying accounts, thereby causing a loss of more than Rs 2,300 crore to the concerned banks, financial institutions, and government exchequers. Furthermore, sources added that the company also claimed inadmissible CENVAT credit for themselves. In addition to what has been alleged by CBI, the Delhi-based steel manufacturer has defaulted on loans of up to Rs 47, 204 crore, borrowed from 33 banks and financial institutions between 2007 and 2014. In order to recover the defaulting loans, the PNB-led consortium of lenders had initially chosen to go to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), after PNB had declared BPSL accounts as a Non-Performing Asset. The CBI searches come in the backdrop of BPSL’s apparent insolvency troubles as a Delhi bench of NCLT is trying to facilitate a buyout, for which both Tata Steel and JSW-Steel have made their bids, with the Sajjan Jindal-led company leading at the last count.The Delhi bench was suppose to make a decision on the Rs 19,650 crore offer from JSW by March 31.last_img read more

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UN human rights expert reports on appalling conditions for ordinary Palestinians

John Dugard, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, said that he wished to speak only about Israeli actions against ordinary, non-militant, non-activist Palestinians who simply wanted to lead a good life, educate their children and enjoy the basic amenities of life. The human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory had deteriorated since 2001, and was intolerable, appalling, and tragic for ordinary Palestinians, he was reported as saying by a press release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In response, Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Levanon said there could be no value in a report that follows a one-sided and imbalanced mandate that did not conform to the reality on the ground and which prejudged key issues. He said that, like its predecessors, it was characterized by errors of omission as well as distortions of both fact and law.While it had been Israel’s intention to disengage from Gaza only to return to it, clearly Israel had the fundamental right and duty to defend and protect its citizens, Mr. Levanon said, adding that any Palestinian Government should renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing Israeli-Palestinian agreements.Also speaking on behalf of a “concerned country,” Palestinian representative Mohammad Abu-Koash thanked the Rapporteur for his report and warned that the Middle East was in turmoil while no genuine effort had been expended to address its root cause, namely, ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian, Syrian, and Lebanese territories.Representatives from over 20 other countries also spoke during the debate before the 47-member Council moved on to discuss reports on the human rights situations in Cuba, Cambodia, Haiti and Somalia.In wrapping up her presentation, Christine Chanet, Personal Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Cuba, highlighted the negative effects of the United States embargo, saying it was not a path to democracy and should not continue, but, as per her mandate, she said she could only deplore it and not recommend that it be lifted. She said there was nothing new in terms of prison or detention conditions in Cuba but that these continued to be a source of concern. There were also no unknown detainees, all were recorded, and there was nothing hidden. Nor had there been any changes with regards to the legal arsenal and while there was some progress in gender equality, more work remained to be done.In response, Juan Antonia Fernandez Palacios of Cuba said his country could not understand what concerns the European Union (EU) was talking about, as it kept secret prisons and was collaborating with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as repressing people. He also slammed Washington for committing atrocities, including in Guantanamo, and said it should therefore stop making critical comments that were insulting to the Council’s Member States. Over 10 countries also made statements on this report.Regarding Cambodia, Yash Ghai, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in the country, said he was concerned that few of his or his predecessor’s recommendations had been implemented, and that human rights continued to be violated on a systemic scale.Responding to Mr. Ghai’s report, Vun Chheang from Cambodia acknowledged the assistance and cooperation provided by the UN but said that the tragic events that took place from 1970 onwards had seriously affected the country, including the loss of skilled individuals and the annihilation of infrastructure. Representatives from eight other countries were also involved in this debate.Presenting his report on Haiti, Louis Joinet, Independent Expert appointed by the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights, highlighted the spirit of conciliation and reconciliation of the Haitian people, saying this had led to progress although acknowledging that much remained to be done, particularly regarding the protection of civilians.In response, Jean-Claude Pierre of Haiti paid tribute to the Independent Expert and said that the Government had endeavoured to implement his recommendations. He also highlighted that the authorities had reinstated equality between men and women, and in order to curb violence had launched a programme to disarm armed groups. Concluding its discussion of country-specific reports today, the Council also heard from Ghanim Alnajjar, Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, who warned that although there was an apparent calm in the areas controlled by the Islamic Council Union, the situation would surely and disastrously deteriorate if the international community did not engage with Somali leaders. In the dialogue that followed the presentation of the report, Finland spoke on behalf of the EU, and there were also statements from Italy, Djibouti, the US and Sudan. Rapporteurs are unpaid independent human rights experts. read more

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AltaGas says Petrogas deal will bolster access to North American markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 11:36 pm MDT AltaGas says Petrogas deal will bolster access to North American markets CALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. is buying a 25 per cent stake in privately held Petrogas Energy Corp. in a deal it says will help it move natural gas liquids and crude oil to North American markets.Petrogas has more than 1,500 rail cars and 24 rail and truck terminals. It also has major terminal and storage facilities with rail access at key energy hubs in Alberta, Ontario and the United States.“Our investment in Petrogas provides strategic alignment with a major North American integrated midstream service provider and brings a unique opportunity to optimize and expand our current midstream assets, increasing our ability to move (natural gas liquids) and crude oil to meet market demands,” said Altagas CEO David Cornhill.The deal also brings with it the infrastructure Altagas will need to pursue a partnership with Japan’s Idemitsu Koas Co. Ltd. to export gas overseas, Cornhill added.Calgary-based AltaGas said it will initially exchange approximately 2.8 million shares and an unspecified amount of cash for a 25 per cent stake in Petrogas. There’s also a provision for it to buy an additional 25 per cent this year in Petrogas, which is also based in Calgary.The deemed value of the AltaGas shares is $35.69 apiece, or nearly $100 million in total, which is above the Thursday closing price of $35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.In Friday afternoon trading, Altagas shares rose 1.2 per cent to $35.45.Petrogas has annual sales of more than $2.7 billion and about $750 in total assets.AltaGas, which has a market value of about $4.1 billion based in the Thursday stock price, is an energy infrastructure business with a focus on natural gas, power and regulated utilities.The two companies have agreed to enter a natural gas liquids marketing agreement in which Petrogas will buy output from AltaGas-owned processing facilities.The initial acquisition is expected to close Oct. 1, subject to customary regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mens volleyball Ohio State closes out season with a pair of wins

The No. 2 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (26-2, 15-0 MIVA) beat both Lindenwood University and Quincy University on Friday and Saturday, closing out the regular season and staying perfect in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.OSU is only the second team in 25 years to go undefeated in MIVA action. The last time the MIVA saw a perfect conference record was in 2014 when Loyola University, Chicago went 14-0.LindenwoodOn Saturday, the Buckeyes traveled to face the Lindenwood Lions (5-18, 4-12 MIVA) where they won in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19.Defensively, the Lions struggled to maintain OSU’s offensive efforts. The Lions had only 9 digs through three sets of action. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, tallied 19 digs as a team.The Buckeyes hit over .400 during the night with junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson combining for 24 kills in the match. OSU also performed well at the service line with Szerszen and redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Leeson both serving four aces a piece.Despite OSU’s high attacking efficiency, the Lions stuffed the Buckeyes on six occasions. Lindenwood’s sophomore Connor Hipelius led the team with four block assists for the night.QuincyAfter taking care of business at Lindenwood, the Buckeyes traveled to Quincy University for the regular-season finale, taking the match in four sets (25-16, 25-27, 25-15, 25-12) against the Hawks (7-21, 2-14 MIVA).After never trailing in the first set, the Buckeyes went down 22-16 in the second frame before erasing that deficit with a 7-0 run. OSU ultimately dropped the set in extra points.Aside from the second set, the Buckeyes were hitting above .300, with a match high of .533 in the third set. Quincy’s best attacking efficiency came in the third set as well at .206.In sophomore setter Sanil Thomas’ second start of the season, he assisted on 43 kills and led the team with 11 digs. He helped both Szerszen and junior Maxime Hervoir rack up 17 kills each.With the regular season wrapped up, the MIVA Tournament seeding is locked in. OSU has the top seed, which means that the Buckeyes will have home-court advantage for the duration of the tournament.The Buckeyes start MIVA Tournament action on Saturday when they face Quincy again. First serve is set at 5 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

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Boart Longyear and Centerbridge Partners agree recapitalisation

first_imgBoart Longyear’s largest shareholder, Centerbridge Partners, has agreed to increase its investment in the company through a comprehensive recapitalisation plan. The agreement, parts of which are subject to approval by Boart Longyear’s shareholders, is designed to improve the company’s debt structure and liquidity. This will give Boart Longyear the liquidity to weather the challenges of the current depressed markets for drilling services and products and the financial strength to allow more time for those markets to recover. “This partnership with Centerbridge, an experienced investment firm and the company’s largest shareholder, will ensure that the Boart Longyear franchise, which will have been operating 125 years next year, remains fundamentally strong and valuable,” said Richard O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boart Longyear.The agreement with Centerbridge marks the successful completion of a strategic review process Boart Longyear’s Board of Directors and executive management team initiated in February. The goal was to create a more sustainable capital structure. Boart Longyear commenced the strategic review as it believed the status quo was unsustainable and the company required financial flexibility to withstanding current operating conditions until the drilling market returns.Centerbridge Partners is an excellent strategic fit for Boart Longyear:Centerbridge is dedicated to partnering with strong management teams across targeted industry sectors to help companies achieve their operating and financial objectivesCenterbridge brings significant capital and operational resources to bear for the benefit of all the company’s stakeholdersCenterbridge recognises Boart Longyear as the world’s leading drilling services and products businessThe recapitalisation reflects a partnership between the company and Centerbridge and is not a change of control transaction.last_img read more

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Montpellier Handball sign talented Italian brothers Mengon

← Previous Story Greece excluded from Women’s 17 EHF Champ and have to pay 25.000 fine Next Story → Veselin Vujovic is the best EX-YU coach 2016/2017 One of the most ambitious European teams, the VELUX EHF Champions League winner from 2003, French Montpellier Handball, trying to built future on international background of his roster. One of the hottest projects from the future coming from Italy. The 17-years old Italian brothers, Marco and Simone Mengon, signed three-years contrac with the famous club.Boys playing on left back and playmaker positions. Their domestic team was Pallamano Pressano. read more

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€500m worth of TBills sold at auction

first_imgTHE NATIONAL TREASURY Management Agency has completed an auction of Irish Treasury Bills, selling the target amount of €500 million.The total bids received amounted to €1.822 billion, almost 3.6 times the amount on offer. The Treasury Bills, which have a maturity of three months, were sold at an annualised interest rate of 0.12 per cent – lower than the 0.19 per cent the bills were sold for in April.A three-month maturity to 19 August was offered on the bills.Read: Another €500m of T-Bills for sale this week>More: The NAMA advisors who work for free cost €23,000 last year>last_img read more

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Winter storm Nemo collides with the North America and this is what

first_imgClick to enlargeIf you live in the northeastern part of the US, you might have gotten an emergency weather alert on your phone yesterday, warning you of an impending snowpocalypse that was set to ravage the land, but also adorably named Nemo. As the storm approaches, looking out your window today should have yielded a nice shot of an erratic landscape of snow or rain. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have some pictures of the storm hitting the North American landmass, showcasing the storm in its impressive, freezing glory.Weather.com, which took it upon themselves to begin naming winter storms in the same vein of naming hurricanes, named this storm Nemo not after the Disney fish, but after the Greek boy name that means “from the valley,” or “nobody” in Latin. For those of you who may experience the eight to 16 inches of snow that Nemo is predicted to unleash upon certain parts of the northeastern US, you probably don’t consider the storm a nobody. Other parts of the northeastern US are expected to get around one to two feet of snow, coupled with winds strong enough to be considered hurricane force (albeit the very minimum of what would register as hurricane-force winds).If you’re legitimately worried about Nemo, just remember to stay inside where it is warm, and perhaps don’t spend all of your time on Twitter or blogs that have scary headlines about snow dooming us all. Perhaps you also shouldn’t watch a certain weather-based Dennis Quaid vehicle either.last_img read more

"Winter storm Nemo collides with the North America and this is what"