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Couple beaten, forced to drink urine by kin

first_imgOpposed to her love marriage, the family members of a tribal woman allegedly assaulted her and her husband and forced them to drink urine, the district police said on Tuesday. The incident took place at Hardaspur village, near the Alirajpur district headquarters, last Wednesday. Ambua Police Station in-charge Vikas Kapis said the 19-year-old woman had married a 21-year-old man from the same village against her parents’ wishes in May this year. Later, the ‘jaat panchayat’ (community body) intervened and ordered that the man’s family pay ₹70,000 to the woman’s family as compensation and resolve the issue, Mr. Kapis said. The couple then left for Gujarat in search of job. When they returned last week, the couple stayed at the house of the husband’s uncle. The woman’s family members went to the house at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, and forced the couple to go with them at gunpoint, Mr. Kapis said. They allegedly tied the man to a pole and beat him up. The woman was half-stripped, her hair was cut and she too was beaten, he added. The accused allegedly forced the couple to drink urine, the police officer said.‘A revenge’ While letting them go, the accused allegedly told the woman that this was a revenge for ‘hurting the family’s pride’. The couple approached the police and filed a complaint against the woman’s father, her two uncles and three others. “Two of the accused were arrested on Monday. Search for the other accused is on,” said District Superintendent of Police Vipul Shrivastava.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Good to see Ajinkya Rahane finish off the game, says MS Dhoni

first_imgMS Dhoni was pleased as punch with his Rising Pune Supergiants’ effort in their debut game as they crushed the defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Saturday night. (Match Highlights | Report)Dhoni had a special praise for his trusted opener Ajinkya Rahane, who hit 66 not out off 42 balls, to help Pune get off to a bright start in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.”The start was important. I’ve always felt that Rahane is brilliant when the ball comes on. He’s someone who plays traditional shots. Good to see him finish it off,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony. (Also read: Dhoni prefers the new Ashwin over his old warhorse)The special praise from the captain comes after Rahane’s slow knock in the the World T20 semi-final against the West Indies was criticised following India’s ouster from the tournament.While praising his team’s bowlers, Dhoni also said he “couldn’t have asked for a better start” to the tournament.”Credit to the bowlers. Yes, the pitch had a bit in it for the fast bowlers but they stuck to their lines. Once they were a few wickets down, they had to change their tactics which played to our advantage,” Dhoni said.Man of the Match Rahane said he felt the importance of the knock.”I felt that it was important to time the ball. It was stopping a bit so it was important for me to take some time early on and finish the job. The pitch was two paced, not what we usually get at the Wankhede.advertisement”In the first six overs, the ball was moving a lot. They are all world-class players. All match-winners and we try to learn things from them,” Rahane said.Rohit slams batsmenLosing skipper Rohit Sharma was not a happy man after his team’s poor showing in the opening encounter of the new season.”Pitch looked okay. We didn’t bat well to be honest. 121 is never going to be enough against a batting lineup like Pune. Lot to learn from this game. Never thought the ball would do that much having played a lot of cricket here. They swung it a lot and our shot selection wasn’t great,” Rohit said.Rohit, however, said he will take positives from this game as they face Kolkata Knight Riders next at Eden Gardens.”Hopefully we’ll go back and come with a positive frame of mind. We go to Kolkata from here where we have good memories – we have won 2 titles there. It’s just the start of the tournament, no need to panic,” Rohit added.last_img read more

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Lightning Strikes Twice (Rangers Nonce)

first_imgNEW YORK – It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The New York Rangers, whose regular-season play earned them the National Hockey League’s best record, cruised to victory in the first round of the playoffs, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games. That part of the script went according to plan.The next series proved tougher, with the Washington Capitals pushing the Blueshirts to the brink, taking a commanding 3 games to 1 lead before the Rangers came back in spectacular fashion to capture three in a row and win the series in 7.Every game was decided by a single goal, two of the games in sudden-death overtime, including the seventh and deciding one. Ranger fans took the win any way they could get it – but is that really what one would expect from the team with the best record in hockey?Next up, the explosive Tampa Bay Lightning, notorious for their high-powered offense. Splitting the first two at the Garden – Rangers took Game 1, but Tampa Bay tied it up – the teams headed South, where the Lightning took a 2-1 series lead. The Rangers returned the favor by splitting in the Sunshine State, and headed back to New York for Game 5.  But the lightning shut down the Rangers to grab a 3-2 lead, putting the President’s Trophy winners in the all-too-familiar backs-against-the-wall position. They pulled off yet another miracle in Tampa for Game 6, managing to score 7 goals (6 really, one was an empty-netter).  But they couldn’t manage a single goal at home, for Game 7.The first period was a chess match. The second, more action-packed, as chants of “Henrik! Henrik!” filled the Garden – cheers for Ranger star goalie Henrik Lundqvist – who masterfully fended off the Lightning’s onslaught, but finally proved mortal in the third period.With less than two minutes into the third, Alex Killorn scored on a backhander. But these were the Rangers, after all.  They’d tie things up and win it in overtime, right? Not this time. With about eight minutes left in the game, the Lightning’s Ondrej Pallat snapped the puck into the net for goal #2, and the Garden’s fans knew their beloved Rangers season was slipping away.Well done, lightning, but in what other major sport does the best team not dominate? For all intents and purposes, the Rangers season should have been over with three weeks ago, in Game 5 versus the Caps. Only an improbable game-tying goal with a minute left in the game, followed by the game winner in overtime, kept the Rangers from being manhandled by the Caps in 5. Again – in what other major sport would that happen to the team with the best regular season record?Congratulations, Tampa Bay, you played very well and deserved to win. But with apologies in advance to those who wouldn’t trade the NHL for anything, there’s a reason most people rank football, baseball, and basketball above hokey (the missing “c” is not a typo).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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‘My Hair, Your Hair’: Bosnians weave wigs for kids with cancer

first_imgSarajevo, Aug 16 (AFP) Ajla Nizic did not know what cancer was when she was diagnosed with it at age four.”But I knew that I lost my hair,” said the Bosnian leukaemia survivor who is now 19 years old.Now a medical student, Nizic is leading a campaign to give other sick children a luxury her parents could not afford: wigs.Bosnia, one of Europe’s poorest countries, has no domestic wigmaking industry.The nearest available source has been neighbouring Croatia, where wigs cost up to 2,000 euros (USD 2,300) — more than four times the average monthly salary in Bosnia.”As trivial as it might seem at first while a person is battling such an aggressive disease, hair loss is often a huge psychological burden, particularly for girls who do not dare to go out without hair,” said Nizic, who now has long brown tresses.Her campaign — “My Hair, Your Hair” — is encouraging Bosnians to donate their locks to a new wigmaking workshop that opened in Sarajevo in October.There, volunteers are weaving wigs specifically for children who are undergoing chemotherapy or have lost their hair because of other health complications.Hundreds of people — mainly women, as the hair must be at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) long — have flocked to hair-cutting events held at schools and shopping malls around the country. Others have cut their own hair and mailed it to the campaign.On a recent afternoon at an elementary school in Sarajevo, several young pupils sat calmly as their hair was combed into sections and then snipped off.advertisement”I don’t want to be the only one smiling,” said 13-year-old Suana Sehic, now sporting a bouncy bob. “I would like a smile to return to the face of all children.”Solidarity often saves lives in Bosnia, where many families struggle to cover the costs of basic medical care, let alone “secondary” therapies like wigs.Local media publish almost daily appeals to help raise money for Bosnians seeking medical care abroad — often with little or no reimbursement by Bosnia’s social security system.The Sarajevo workshop uses donated real hair to avoid the expense of the materials needed to make synthetic wigs.It takes at least two weeks — and the hair of six people — to weave one wig, and a dozen volunteers have woven around 20 wigs since October, according to Nermina Cuzovic, 39, who set up the project with funding from the Swiss government.In addition to making the wigs, the small studio is also training a dozen future weavers to carry on the exacting work, which involves using a small metal needle to sew strands of hair into a mesh cap that covers the head.The pieces of donated hair must be as close in colour as possible, said Fuad Halilovic, 22, who manages the workshop where the weavers work under bright lamps.”We try to make it so the wig resembles the hairstyle the child had before losing their hair,” he told AFP.”We measure their heads and look at photographs of how their hair looked before.”The wig project is part of a wider effort by a Bosnian association called “A Heart for Children with Cancer” which helps young patients and their families.In 2016, the group opened Bosnia’s first “Parents’ House” — a small apartment complex near Sarajevo’s paediatric hospital where families who live far from the capital can stay while their children are being treated.”Before, some parents slept in their car near the hospital, because it is expensive to pay for accommodation in Sarajevo, particularly because the process of recovery is very long and exhausting,” said Fikret Kubat, the association’s president.Atifa Buldic-Besic, 30, spent seven months in the home in 2016 when her daughter was being treated for leukaemia. Now, her child is on the road to recovery and Buldic-Besic works in the Parents’ House as a volunteer.”That was our second home, the only place where our daughter smiled, the place where she started running, the only place where she played with other children,” she said.The Parents’ House was built through donations and organisers are now seeking to find a sponsor for the upkeep of each of the 10 apartments.Edin Dzeko, a Bosnian footballer who plays for Serie A Club Roma, recently signed up to fund one of the apartments for three years.”All of us who have children know that they are the most precious to us,” he told a news conference at the Parents’ House.”I want to show these children and their parents that they are not alone.” (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisementlast_img read more

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Australian Open: Petra Kvitova rues missed chances in thrilling final

first_imgPetra Kvitova was proud of her second-set fightback against Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final on Saturday but was left ruing her inability to convert her chances in her loss to the Japanese.The 28-year-old Czech was down a set and a break and was facing three match points when she produced three big serves to hold then level the set and take the final to a decider much to the liking of a packed Rod Laver Arena.She saved another match point before Osaka served out for a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-4 victory in two hours and 27 minutes, securing a second straight Grand Slam title after winning her maiden major at the US Open in September.Kvitova had five break-point opportunities in the opening set but could not convert any of them and then went on to lose the tiebreaker in her first meeting against the Japanese.Thank you to my team for being with me every step of the way.It hurts right now but we have been through much tougher things together…and look at this beautiful trophy #ausopen pic.twitter.com/L8gRHWeDD8Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 26, 2019That was also the first set she had lost at Melbourne Park in the last two weeks.”It’s painful, for sure,” she told reporters. “I don’t know how long it will take me to get over it.”When I look back, I did have my chances in the first set when I had 40-love on her serve. Did have a few breakpoints.advertisement”I don’t think I played something really badly, but I just think I should maybe have gone a little bit more aggressive on one or two rallies.””I wanted to win and have the trophy. But I think I already won two years ago. So for me, it’s amazing.”@Petra_Kvitova puts it all in perspective #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/rdK5tvWjTy#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Coming into Saturday’s clash, Kvitova had lost just seven out of 33 career finals and was unbeaten in her last eight.”I really fought back in the second set. I’m proud of myself in that case,” she said.”And, yeah, the third set was just one break. That’s how tennis is. It’s the final. I think you will just get few chances. When you don’t make it you lose. And I think that was also the case today.””We didn’t even know if I would be able to hold the racquet again.”@Petra_Kvitova’s comeback story is one in a million #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/XLz2tc703i#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019Kvitova’s victory would have capped one of the most inspiring comebacks in the history of the sport.The double Wimbledon champion had to undergo nearly four hours of surgery on her playing hand in 2016 after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic.”It’s hurting a lot today. I wanted to win and have the trophy. But I think I already won two years ago,” she said.”So for me, it’s amazing. I think I still don’t really realise that I played the final.”I’ve been through many, many things, not really great ones. Still few things which I can improve, and we’ll do it. So it’s not the end. Yeah, I will be back for sure.”Head up @Petra_Kvitova.You’re an inspiration to many #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/HP2YTcM1YJ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 26, 2019While Osaka will become the new women’s number one, replacing Romanian Simona Halep, when the world rankings are released on Monday, Kvitova will be a spot behind.”I wanted to be back to my greatest level probably as I played before,” said Kvitova. “I knew it will be very, very difficult because my hand, it’s not 100 percent, and never will be. It’s just how it is.”I’m just trying to make maximum from the minimum. I feel great. I’m playing great tennis.”Also Read | Naomi Osaka forgets her victory speech after Australian Open glory Also Watch:last_img read more

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Who is Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher?

first_imgThe arrival of Alisson from Roma in a record £65m ($84m) transfer in 2018-19 means that Liverpool’s chronic goalkeeper woes have finally been dealt with.Jurgen Klopp has found a solution to a long-running problem in the form of the Brazil number one, whose prowess between the posts means he should make the position his own at Anfield in the coming years.However, the Reds are also priming themselves for the future and featured in the ranks of the senior team this season is 20-year-old shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher, just a few years after his arrival on Merseyside. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Indeed, the youngster could well be called into action sooner rather than later, with injuries affecting Reds goalkeepers Alisson and Adrian.For those unfamiliar with Kelleher, Goal brings you everything you need to know about him, including his previous clubs, experience and, crucially, how to pronounce his name!Who is Caoimhin Kelleher? Caoimhin Kelleher is a goalkeeper who plays for Premier League side Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland at international level.He was born on November 23, 1998 in Cork, a city in the south of Ireland and came through the ranks of his local team Ringmahon Rangers.Interestingly, he began his playing days for Ringmahon as a striker before making the transition to goalkeeper at the age of 14 after the team’s original net-minder quit.A former coach remarked in an interview with the Cork Evening Echo that Kelleher regularly scored 20 and 30 goals a season before donning the gloves permanently.Caoimhin Kelleher Liverpool 2018-19He excelled as a goalkeeper and soon earned national recognition, representing the Cork Youth League in nationwide tournaments before going on to play for Ireland at youth level.Liverpool signed Kelleher from Ringmahon in the summer of 2015 and he has ascended from the Under-18 team into the Under-23 side, as well as becoming a member of the first-team squad.The summer of 2018 saw the Cork native take a massive stride into the mind of Klopp, who brought the teenager along with the first team to compete in the International Champions Cup.He replaced Loris Karius at half-time in a 2-1 win over Manchester City before keeping a clean sheet after coming off the bench in the 4-1 win against Manchester United. He also featured in a friendly victory over Blackburn Rovers.Kelleher’s progress was duly rewarded in August that year, when he put pen to paper on a long-term deal.“I’ve been doing the same things but getting better every day,” he told the club’s official website. “Training at Melwood, you improve much more. Alisson and Simon and Kamil are here and we train to the highest level every day.”In: Michael Obafemi, Caoimhin KelleherOut: Shane Long, Derrick WilliamsNew call up for training: #IRLU19 captain & @ManUtd defender Lee O’Connor.Full squad update: https://t.co/2vdDwP6AN1 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/fORxdnSi0g — FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 12, 2018 At international level, he has represented the Boys in Green Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 teams.Having been included in the senior panel on a number of occasions, he will be aiming to put pressure on Darren Randolph in the coming years.Kelleher hails from a football-loving family and his brother Fiacre is a former Ireland youth international who currently plays for Macclesfield Town, having previously played for Celtic and Oxford United.What does Jurgen Klopp think of him?While Klopp has a strong array of goalkeeper options at Anfield, it is clear that he rates Kelleher very highly.”He is an outstanding talent. Outstanding,” the German coach said shortly after Kelleher signed a new deal in 2018. “[He is] very cool with the ball, you saw that in pre-season when he played in front of 100,000 people, that he wasn’t bothered about that which is a very important skill to have.”For most of his youth he was an outfield player, he has fantastic reactions. If nothing serious happens, he will have a really fantastic future.”I don’t know how many really good goalkeepers that Ireland have but one more is never a big problem. I like him a lot and he will be in our squad.”How do you pronounce Caoimhin Kelleher’s name? Caoimhin is the Irish equivalent to the English name Kevin and it is pronounced ‘ Kwee-Veen’. In some parts of Ireland the pronunciation of Caoimhin is slightly different, with ‘ Kee-Vin ‘ sometimes heard. Should Kelleher continue his ascent and carve out a career for himself in senior football, commentators are sure to have difficulties pronouncing his name.Those unfamiliar with Irish names (which can be famously baffling to those outside of Ireland) may recoil aghast when confronted with the collection of letters forming the Liverpool starlet’s first name.You can hear Kelleher’s pronunciation in the video above.Caoimhin Kelleher’s FIFA stats Given his age and relative inexperience, Kelleher’s FIFA 19 stats are not particularly eye-catching, but his potential ability suggests that he has what it takes to be a decent Premier League or Championship goalkeeper.Caoimhin Kelleher’s detailed FIFA 19 stats Overall Rating DIV HAN KIC REF SPE POS 58 58 54 52 60 37 55 In FIFA 19, his overall rating is 58, with his reflexes deemed to be his strongest attribute at 60. Kelleher’s diving is rated 58 and his positioning is slightly lower at 55, while his speed is clearly his weakest skill.With a price tag of roughly £200k in the EA Sports game, he might well be considered a bargain buy, particularly if he manages to live up to expectations. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Throughput Rises at Port of Hamburg as Bulk Cargo Shines

first_imgzoom Total throughput at Germany’s busiest port, the Port of Hamburg, increased by 1.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017 and reached 35.4 million tons. The throughput growth in Germany’s largest universal port was therefore slightly above the average 1.6 percent for the other major North Range ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Bremen/Bremerhaven, the port authority said.Contributing to the Hamburg total, bulk cargo throughput was 6.7 percent higher at 12.2 million tons. The 12-million-ton mark in the bulk cargo segment has been exceeded for the first time since record keeping began, the authority said.General cargo handling at 23.1 million tons was 0.7 percent lower.On the export side, general cargo throughput at 11.9 million tons represented growth of 3.4 percent. At 11.2 million tons, general cargo imports were somewhat lower, being down by 4.7 percent.First-quarter container throughput at 2.2 million TEU was 0.7 percent lower than in the comparable period of the previous year.last_img read more

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PM noncommittal about NDP plan for nonpartisan watchdog appointments

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn’t seem inclined to accept an NDP proposal aimed at ensuring only non-partisan individuals are appointed to be independent federal watchdogs — even though his first such appointment blew up in his face.The NDP is proposing to change parliamentary rules to require that a special multi-party committee — on which no single party has a majority — would have to give its stamp of approval to anyone nominated by the government to be an officer of Parliament.The proposal comes on the heels of controversy over Trudeau’s first pick to fill one of the watchdog roles — Madeleine Meilleur as official languages commissioner.Meilleur, a former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister who donated to both the federal Liberal party and Trudeau’s leadership campaign in the past, withdrew her candidacy last week after weeks of fierce criticism about her partisan allegiance to the government she was supposed to hold to account.Despite the furor, Trudeau is defending his new “merit-based” appointment process and is refusing to endorse the NDP proposal.At the same time, his government House leader, Bardish Chagger, is raising objections to the NDP plan.last_img read more

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Canadian Coast Guard to increase focus on Arctic through creation of new

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – The federal Liberal government is turning its face to the North with changes in a major ministry and at the Canadian Coast Guard.“It is definitely a step toward a northern strategy,” Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Wednesday in Iqaluit, Nunavut. “This is a pretty significant step forward.”Together with the president of Canada’s national Inuit organization, Wilkinson announced his department and the coast guard will have divisions solely devoted to Arctic affairs.Responsibility for the North has been divvied up between west, east and central divisions. Having the entire region under one administration will make a big difference, said Natan Obed of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.“This (division) will need to make very clear decisions around ensuring that Inuit communities are supported through the coast guard in a more comprehensive way, whether that’s search and rescue or breaking ice for (community) resupply,” he said.Wilkinson said there will be consultations across the North on the department and the coast guard.“It’ll mean northern employment. It’ll mean building out capacity in the North. It’ll mean investments in the North.“Part of the announcement today is saying to northerners, ‘Made-in-Ottawa solutions for the North really haven’t been that effective.’ We want to develop made-in-the-North solutions.”Inuit leaders have already told Wilkinson about increased vessel traffic necessitating better search-and-rescue and spill response. Discussions on the department’s northern science capacity will also be held, he said.One critic suggested the reorganization will be ineffective without more money and a real commitment to the North.“The coast guard is so chronically underfunded,” said Rob Huebert, a political science professor and Arctic expert at the University of Calgary.“It’s always about the shell game — let’s reorganize it in some way that will solve the real problem, which is underfunding.”Huebert said the Arctic has not been a priority for the Liberals. He noted that the government still hasn’t developed an overall policy for the region despite election promises to create one early in its mandate. The value of Wednesday’s announcement is still unknown, he said.“Is this about saying, ‘Yes, we’re doing something different and creating a new zone just prior to the election to cover up the fact that so little has been done on the Arctic file’ or is it the precursor of something more meaningful?’”Huebert said the purchase in August of three used icebreakers as a 20-year stopgap before a new one is built is an example.“We’re just back to replacements, with something that hasn’t been planned for.”Wilkinson said an Arctic policy is forthcoming.“There is a northern strategy that is under development.”Obed praised the federal government for working with the Inuit. His group was consulted on who was hired to lead the Arctic divisions — both of which will be headquartered in the North.“The ongoing relationship continues a true partnership in trying to understand how to create a space that has an Inuit-centred policy and ensure that the region functions as well as it possibly can,” he said.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the announcement was made by Dominic LeBlanc.last_img read more

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NMDC warns of fake recruitment notice

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned miner NMDC Ltd Wednesday cautioned against a fake recruitment notice for the post of executive trainees. NMDC has observed that some websites have hosted recruitment notice about ‘NMDC Executive Trainees Recruitment 2019’, the PSU said in a statement.”This is to inform that it is a fake news that is being spread through websites and social media with malicious intent. All concerned are requested to beware of such mischievous act aiming to deceive the innocent by fraudulent means and hence do not pay any attention or act upon it,” the company said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraNMDC said that it has not issued any such notification pertaining to the recruitment of executive trainees on any website or newspaper. “NMDC does not take any responsibility for public responding to/applying against such fake posts,” the company added. According to its website, NMDC, under the Ministry of Steel, is India’s largest iron ore producer, presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore from 3 fully mechanized mines.last_img read more

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Legendary Italian composer performs at UN in support of its global work

The concert, held in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, featured a 170-piece symphony orchestra and polyphonic choir performing pieces based on original scores which were composed, orchestrated and conducted by Mr. Morricone. Selections included the composition “Voci dal Silenzio” (“Voices from Silences”) which he wrote after the events of 11 September 2001 and is in memory of victims of all massacres throughout history.Mr. Morricone, who is set to receive an Honorary Academy Award this month to celebrate his many contributions to cinematic music, dedicated tonight’s performance to all UN staff.Mr. Ban paid tribute to Mr. Morricone and his musicians “for recognizing the valiant work carried out by our men and women around the world – for peace, for human rights, for the environment, for the Millennium Development Goals.” These targets, known as MDGs, were agreed to at a 2000 UN Summit and aim to slash a host of global ills such as poverty and illiteracy by the year 2015. “Maestro Morricone, all of us working on these formidable tasks deeply appreciate this gesture of solidarity,” the Secretary-General said.In his prolific career, Mr. Morricone has scored over 450 movies and television programmes. He is a five-time Oscar nominee for the music he composed for “Days of Heaven,” “The Mission,” “The Untouchables,” “Bugsy” and “Malena.”He also helped to define the spaghetti western genre, having collaborated with famed Italian film director Sergio Leone on such movies as “A Fistful of Dollars.” Other well-known Morricone scores include “Nuevo Cinema Paradiso,” “Once Upon a Time in America” and “The Legend of 1900,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award.Mr. Ban praised Mr. Morricone’s drama-filled compositions which have “been used to tell stories about people with big dreams,” but has also showed us “the good, the bad and the ugly,” borrowing the title of one of Mr. Morricone’s most famous films.“In other words, your music could serve as the soundtrack for my first few weeks in office!” joked Mr. Ban, whose tenure as Secretary-General began on 1 January. 2 February 2007Renowned Italian composer and conductor Ennio Morricone performed a concert this evening at the United Nations entitled “Message for Peace” in support of the Organization’s global work. read more

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Global Affairs Canada confirms Canadian citizen killed in Mexico

A Canadian citizen has been killed in Mexico, according to Global Affairs Canada. Consular officials are reportedly providing assistance to the victim’s family. The department did not disclose further details but a spokesperson said their thoughts and prayers are with the family. The Yucatan Times has reported a 70-year-old Canadian man was found dead in an apartment in the city of Progresco. The local media source said the man was found with at least five stab wounds to his chest and neck.

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Annan urges civil society groups to help parties in Middle East understand

“Joint grass roots initiatives between Palestinian and Israeli [non-governmental organizations], as well as Jewish and Arab groups in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, should be encouraged,” the Secretary-General said in a statement to the International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People, which got underway today at UN Headquarters in New York.”The public all over the world, especially within the most influential countries, has to be informed, so that it can grasp the broader picture and the issues at stake,” he added. “Humanitarian assistance has to be provided urgently to the suffering Palestinian population.”The two-day Conference, organized by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, aims to give civil society organizations from around the world an opportunity to exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East and to coordinate their activities and develop action-oriented proposals in support of the Palestinian people.In his remarks, the Secretary-General noted that the UN has been providing assistance to the Palestinians for more than half a century, with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) the longest-running relief effort undertaken by the Organization in any part of the world and a lifeline to more than 3.9 million Palestinians. Meanwhile, UN envoys have tried to address the political, security and humanitarian aspects of the conflict.”In spite of all these endeavours, peace seems as far away as ever. To bring it once again within our reach, numerous factors have to be propitious, and pressure has to be brought to bear from many sides,” the Secretary-General said in his message, which was delivered on his behalf by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast. “The political leadership of both parties has to be encouraged in the direction of accepting difficult compromises.” read more

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UN World Food Programme gears up to provide for 3 million in

“The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), James Morris, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, says he had good meetings yesterday with Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists at the daily noon briefing.“WFP says the Government would welcome food aid from the United Nations and other agencies,” he added. Mr. Morris also met with government ministers, the UN Country Team, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors as part of this 11-day tour of the region.With the help of the UN Country Team, WFP was preparing to obtain and distribute 200,000 to 300,000 tons of maize in the southern African country, he said. “James Morris also raised the issue of forced urban land clearance and the President assured him that human rights would be respected,” Mr. Dujarric said. read more

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Google rend hommage au découvreur de la vitamine C

first_imgGoogle rend hommage au découvreur de la vitamine CEn ce 16 septembre, Google a décidé de rendre hommage à un prix Nobel de médecine qui aurait eu 118 ans aujourd’hui. Il s’agit de Albert-Szent-Györgyi, le scientifique hongrois qui a découvert la vitamine C. C’est un logo très fruitier qui s’affiche aujourd’hui sur la page d’accueil du moteur de recherche. Comme le veut la tradition, Google a en effet décidé de créer un Doodle original pour célébrer un évènement bien particulier : en ce 16 septembre, c’est le 118e anniversaire de la naissance d’Albert Szent-Györgyi. Ce nom ne vous dit peut-être pas grand chose mais les travaux de ce scientifique hongrois né en 1893 se sont révélés capitaux et lui ont même valu de recevoir le prix Nobel de médecine en 1937. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Une récompense qu’il a reçue “pour ses découvertes liées aux processus de combustion chimique, avec une mention spéciale à la vitamine C et à la catalyse de l’acide fumarique”, explique un texte de la Fondation Nobel. En effet, c’est à l’université de Szeged en 1931 que Albert Szent-Györgyi aidé d’un autre chercheur Joseph Svirbely, a découvert les propriétés de ce qu’il avait alors appelé “l’acide hexuronique”, aujourd’hui connu sous le nom d’acide ascorbique. D’autres découvertes Mais ce n’est pas tout puisque dans les années suivantes, il a également été à l’origine de la découverte de l’acide fumarique et de son rôle dans les mitochondries, véritable usine énergétique contenue dans nos cellules. De même, il s’est aussi intéressé au mouvement musculaire, identifiant les mécanismes et les molécules responsables de la contraction des fibres musculaires. Des travaux qu’il a poursuivis durant la majeure partie de sa vie mais qu’il a dû interrompre durant la Seconde guerre mondiale au cours de laquelle il a rejoint un mouvement de résistance.Emigré aux Etats-Unis après la guerre, il a alors repris ses travaux puis a commencé à s’intéresser de plus en plus à la recherche sur le cancer, créant la National Foundation for Cancer Research dans les années 1970. Après s’être illustré dans de nombreux domaines, il est finalement décédé dans le Massachusetts, le 22 octobre 1986, à l’âge vénérable de 93 ans. Le 16 septembre 2011 à 15:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Officials urge safety this Memorial Day weekend

first_imgWith the early spring’s wet and chilly snap wrapped up and Memorial Day weekend on its way, officials are asking for people to be careful on and around the water as conditions warm up.The Columbia River is still high and its current fast due to snowmelt.“The high water’s kind of unusual, and it’s unusual in the fact that they’re anticipating it being high pretty much all summer,” said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Anderson, one of the agency’s water patrol deputies.Higher water and faster currents have contributed to at least one death on the Columbia River this year.On Monday night, a boat slammed into one of the Interstate 205 Bridge’s support columns. The speed boat sank, and someone on the shore brought its two occupants back to land. One of them, Heidi Knight, 46, of Wilsonville, Ore., did not survive.Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Gaidos said the crash was still under investigation but noted that the high and fast water, along with the boat’s speed, factored into the crash.With the water moving that quickly, boats — which aren’t that maneuverable as it is — have a harder time avoiding trouble should something go wrong.last_img read more

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Pastoral Care Givers receive training beyond local hospitals

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said over the years, Pastoral Care Givers are not limited to experience training in only the local hospitals, namely Princess Margaret Hospital and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, the Willamae Pratt Centre for Girls and the All Saints Camp, but clinical sites also include Her Majesty’s Prison Services, and even some public schools.“For this accomplishment of persistent progress over the years, I thank you Pastoral Care Givers and challenge you to stay the course,” the Health Minister said during the during the Clinical Pastoral Education 7th Commencement Exercise at Government House, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.He told the graduates that they have been bestowed with a tremendous responsibility.  “You will be looked upon as persons occupying a position of reverence and responsibility.“Indeed, it is expected that you will bring about change in the lives of everyone you happen to come in contact with.  Your rigorous training, which would have included copious hours sharing written case studies, verbatim reports, and ward rounds in partnership with our health care professionals, has qualified you to be of much service to those in need.”“However, in my experience, the real success of your interactions with others will lie in the quality of the experience you give to those you come into contact with.”Dr. Sands noted that while the role of Pastoral Care Givers is often not considered when discussing health professions, it is important to recognise that they, in fact, represent a vital “pillar of strength” trained to keep all of patients, staff and the public, balanced.“You are our first responders in the face of emotional and spiritual crisis.  You are advocates for the religious freedoms, and human rights of marginalized; the voiceless and the poor even in the regimented and high-pressure institutional environments of our public hospitals.  Yours is an important role that improves the care patients receive, and this means that we are all Partners Together in the Delivery of Healthcare.”He added, “As you assume your role as Pastoral Care Givers within the Public Hospitals Authority at its various institutions, it is expected that you be compassionate, sympathetic and sensitive to the internal cry of our patients and staff.   Honour your assignments to the various institutions you are attached to; step-up to the plate to meet the demands that await you. Graduates, you must always be ready and willing to serve.”By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands (seated in the centre) is pictured with platform guests and graduates during the Clinical Pastoral Education 7th Commencement Exercise at Government House, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Man comes home to 8foot long python in Homestead

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – A man came home to a big (and long) surprise, Monday, when he encountered a 8-foot-long Burmese python climbing a tree in his front yard.According to police, a python was climbing the tree of homeowner Paul Mazzei’s front yard, located along Southwest 328th Street and 167th Avenue, Tuesday night.A neighbor was the first one to spot the impressive snake as it slithered across the street.“A neighbor of mine was walking his dog in the back of our house, and he noticed a large snake in the middle of the street,” said Mazzei. “He called me on my cellphone and took some pictures and sent it to me.”Soon after, a large crowd gathered around the tree to see the python for themselves.The homeowner then called the police, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Team arrived to the home and removed the snake from the tree.Burmese python sightings are becoming more common in South Florida as their population has grown. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Missy Elliott To Headline Pharrell Williams Yellow Ball In Brooklyn

first_img Email Missy Elliott To Headline Pharrell Williams’ Yellow Ball In Brooklyn Missy Elliott To Headline Yellow Ball In Brooklyn missy-elliott-headline-pharrell-williams-yellow-ball-brooklyn Facebook Twitter A unique creative partnership is raising funds for public arts education and awareness that private companies can make positive social contributions of their ownPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 8, 2018 – 5:59 pm Pharrell Williams is throwing the black-tie Yellow Ball on Sept. 10 at the Brooklyn Museum to benefit Young Audiences Arts for Learning. As a dedicated art installation and high-cuisine dinner set the scene, musical performances will headline multiple GRAMMY winner Missy Elliott along with A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong.In a Billboard interview, Williams described pitching the concept to American Express Platinum, who is donating an independent $1 million to the Young Audiences charity. “When we talked about doing the Yellow Ball and I told them I wanted it to be about arts and education, they didn’t blink,” he said. “What I wanted to do with them was just going to be yet another great thing that they do in the world.”Looking at the failure to support public arts education as a federal priority, he thought to expand on his relationship with the corporation and was surprised by the philanthropic activities AmEx was already involved in — an education he had not expected to receive. “So we need to talk to all the corporations that we can — that care — now,” he continued, outlining his hopes that people-power can partner increasingly with the private sector to protect creativity. https://twitter.com/Pharrell/status/1027208284002873349 News “Music and the arts have been part of my life since birth, but it was my teachers, Mr. Warren, Mrs. Warren and Mr. Sharps, who exposed me to so many different kinds of music, that it expanded my mind and my imagination,” said Williams in an Aug. 8 statement. “I would not be where I am today without music and arts education in my school as a youth. This is why I am so grateful that American Express is working with me to make sure we keep arts and music in our schools, accessible to all, where it belongs.”Priced at $250 per ticket/donation, the black-tie affair is available to cardholders while seats last, and gives them the option of trading in their existing Platinum cards for the special-event’s Yellow card designed by Williams himself. AmEx also intends to base a promotional campaign with Williams on his musical searches for inspiration and the important role played by creativity.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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RMG workers threatened of losing jobs

first_imgFile photoIn the wake of recent demonstrations for higher wages by workers in Savar and Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital, the pay structure of RMG sector has been readjusted and many workers have returned to work, RMG insiders said.However, the workers who had been part of the demonstrations, now fear losing their jobs, labour leaders alleged.The leaders also said the workers fear arrest as factory authorities filed cases accusing about 2,500 workers on charges of stealing and vandalism of factories.Union leaders said almost all the workers accused in the cases have lost their jobs. A significant number of female RMG workers have also been included in the lay off.Bangladesh Garments Sramik Sanghati president Taslima Aktar said the workers will take to the streets again, protesting against the law suits and suspension.Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman told Prothom Alo that it was decided at a tripartite meeting at the secretariat on Tuesday that innocent workers will not be harassed.”Those who were involved in vandalism would be brought to book. A number of cases were filed accordingly,” he said.The BGMEA president said the labour leaders did not make any complaint to them about the job cut.Ashulia police station officer-in-charge Rezaul Haque said some 12 workers were arrested in eight law suits with his police station. More cases are in the pipeline, he added.According to Savar police station, some eight workers were arrested in two law suits with the police station.Talking to some female RMG workers including Khushi Begum at Jamgora of Ashulia, they said a number of their fellow male workers were made accused and they were not attending to work.Savar committee president of Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation, Md Ibrahim said a large number of workers are coming to him after losing jobs.The workers of different garment factories including FNF Apparels, Al Gausia Garments, Knit Asia, Hollywood Garments and FGS Denim have communicated with him.”The workers fear the cases. They are also afraid that if the list of suspended workers is posted online, they will be blacklisted by BGMEA and will not be employed in future,” Md Ibrahim said.Biplabi Garments and Textile Sramik Forum convener Shahidul Islam said a number of workers in Ulail area of Savar were accused and they also lost jobs.The retrenched workers have already started finding jobs in other factories, he said adding it was noticed in the past that the workers, who lost jobs, had to change their professions.Workers in hidingLocal landlords and garment workers said many of the workers had left their houses after the cases were filed.Officials at Ashulia police station said on 8 January, security officer Abdus Salam of Charabag Knitting and Dying factory filed a case with Ashulia police station against 55 identified and 300 more unidentified workers for vandalising the factory and looting readymade garments worth Tk 500,000 from there.On 9 January, Baraipara area’s Mahmad Fashion factory authorities filed a case against 29 identified workers among 54 for beating officials, looting garments and intimidating the authorities.Kathgara area’s Orbit Apparels filed a case against 50 unidentified workers on the same grounds on the same day.On 10 January, AR Jeans Producers authorities filed another case against 311 workers mentioning names of 61 workers for beating up factory officials, vandalism and robbing laptops.The authorities of the Knit Asia in the Ashulia’s Narshinhapur filed case against 50 workers of the factory for beating factory officials and vandalism on the same day.Also, on 13 January, JK Groups filed a case against 25 identified and 165 unidentified workers with Savar police station for robbery and beating officials.Earlier on 8 January, industrial police filed a case against 1,500 unidentified workers with the Savar police station.Dhaka district police superintendent Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman said the cases were filed against those who committed the crime. The police are careful about harassment of any innocent workers, he added.A notice hung on the gate of AR Jeans Producers states temporary suspension order of 172 workers.The workers at the factory said they joined the demonstration peacefully, boycotting their work. They did not take part in vandalism, road blockading or beating officials.Despite their peaceful demonstration, they have now been suspended.Fifty per cent of the suspended employees have been sued, said the victims adding that, some of them have already been arrested by the police.Asked about the matter, Nazma Aktar, president of Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation, a garment workers’ rights body, said, “We repeatedly told a meeting on Tuesday not to suspend and harass the innocent workers.”“The demonstrations of the workers may have been brought under control through cases, suspension and threatening them with the police, but it will bring no good in future,” she added.“I request the government to look into the negligence of the owners.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

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