Air dispensary set to take off in Northeast

first_imgThe air dispensary service in the North East, which is the “brain child” of the Manipur Governor Najma Heptula, will be commissioned soon in Manipur and Meghalaya.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh announced it in the Manipur Assembly on Monday.Governor Ms. Heptulla said that she first came to know of the air dispensary in Australia during a visit there. Doctors and paramedics rush in helicopters to hard to access villages to attend to the patients.She said, “I personally approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to introduce the air dispensary service.” No medical carePeople in the far-flung villages, both in the valley and hills do not get timely medical attention. There had been reports on how the tribal villagers bring their sick family members including women in labour in hand-made beds. Some of the women had to give birth at the roadside in the hills.Mr. Singh disclosed that one helicopter shall be stationed in Imphal and the other in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. These two helicopters will attend to the sick in far flung villages in the North East.last_img read more

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Akhilesh Yadav, SP Ministers under CBI scanner in mining probe

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said the role of mining Ministers in Uttar Pradesh between 2012 and 2016, which includes Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.Mr. Yadav, then Chief Minister, had held the additional portfolio of Mining between 2012 and 2013.District Magistrate namedThe CBI has registered the FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP Member of Legislative Council Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who had fought the 2017 election on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.“Acting on the Allahabad High Court directive in 2016, we had instituted seven preliminary enquiries on allegations of illegal mining in seven districts. Two of them (related to Kaushambi and Shamli) were earlier converted into regular cases, while the third pertaining to Hamirpur was registered on January 2,” said an agency official.The official said searches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun.Violate NGT ordersThe FIR alleges that that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor mineral between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.“Other persons were allowed to excavate and steal minor minerals, extort money from the lease holders and drivers of the vehicles transporting minor minerals,” the CBI official said, adding that the alleged illegal activities caused wrongful loss to the exchequer and undue gain to the accused persons.The agency alleges that Ms. Chandrakala, as the then District Magistrate of Hamirpur, allowed mining in violation of the e-tendering order. She also issued and renewed leases during the “obstructed period”. During the searches on her premises in Lucknow and Noida, the CBI found details of a locker and two bank accounts, besides jewellery and documents.Others arraigned in the case include Adil Khan, a lease holder, who had allegedly got the licence on the recommendation of the then Mining Minister Gayatri Prajapati; Moinuddin, the then geologist/mining officer of Hamirpur, from whose premises the CBI seized ₹12.5 lakh in cash and 1.8 kg of gold; Mr. Mishra’s businessman brother Dinesh; mining clerks Ram Ashrey Prajapati, Ambika Tiwari; retired mining clerk Ramavtar Singh. and Karan Singh.“Searches on the premises of Mr. Ramavtar Singh, who also held a mining lease in the name of another person, led to seizure of ₹2 crore in cash and about two kg of gold,” said the official.last_img read more

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Anthony Davis leaves with shoulder injury but Pelicans cool off Thunder

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final three minutes, Jrue Holiday scored 32 points and effectively defended Paul George, and New Orleans beat Oklahoma City 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing Davis to a shoulder injury.Davis, who has asked to be traded, left the Smoothie King Center with his agent, Rich Paul, during the second half to get an MRI exam, the results of which were expected by Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut it’s only a matter of time before the Pelicans have to learn to play without Davis for good anyway, and they managed rather well following the six-time All-Star’s departure against record-setting guard Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.“To tell you the truth, this whole thing has been a dumpster fire,” coach Alvin Gentry said, alluding to the effect Davis’ trade demand has had on the rest of the team. “It’s hard for guys to go through what they’ve been through, and to be able to come out and beat a team of that quality, I’m happy for all the guys.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Paul George scored 28 points for Oklahoma City, but made only 3 of 17 3-point attempts.“A couple of them was in and out where it felt really good. A couple of them I wish I could have back,” said George, who also gave Holiday credit for his defensive effort. “He’s scrappy and he takes pride in defense. Not a lot of guys do. I have the utmost respect for his approach and how he defends and wants to play defense.”Davis was in the game when the first half ended, but kept his left arm still as he walked to the locker room shortly after fouling Nerlens Noel on an attempted shot block with his left hand in the final second of the second quarter. When the second half began, the Pelicans announced that Davis was out of the remainder of the game with a left shoulder injury, putting his availability for this weekend’s All-Star Game in doubt.Davis was in the starting lineup and played 16 minutes, scoring 14 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and a block. His performance helped New Orleans take a 66-63 lead into halftime.Coming off a listless, 30-point loss to Orlando two nights earlier in which Davis scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting, the Pelicans bounced back with a far superior showing against a team with the third-best record in the Western Conference.The Pelicans led for most of the game and by as many as 17 in the third quarter.The Thunder pulled as close as 121-118 with 2:52 left, when George hit a straight-on 3, hollering and pounding his chest after the shot went down.But the Pelicans didn’t fold thanks to Randle, who responded by tipping in Kenrich Williams’ missed 3-pointer, then added a layup with 1:30 to go and an 8-foot fall-away with 1:12 left.TIP-INSThunder: Noel had 22 points and 13 rebounds. He was the only other Thunder player besides Westbrook and George to score as many as 10 points. … Oklahoma City had 72 points in the paint but missed 34 of 44 3-point attempts. … Westbrook was 4 of 12 from deep. LATEST STORIES Steve Kerr fined $25,000 for ref rant in defeat to Trail Blazers Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments But Gentry lost his patience when asked to elaborate on Davis leaving the arena during the game.“I’m going to talk about the guys that played. They did a great job,” Gentry said. “We found a way to win the game. That’s what’s important.”Gentry then stormed off, ending his postgame interview session in uncharacteristically abrupt fashion.Westbrook increased his record triple-double streak to 11 games with 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. But he missed a late 3-point attempt when the Thunder trailed by five just inside the final minute of the game. New Orleans rebounded and held on from there.“They played good, man,” Westbrook said of the Pelicans, who snapped the Thunder’s four-game winning streak. “Honestly, the stuff that’s going on around here, I don’t really know much about, but they won tonight and that’s all the matters.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore intentionally fouled Ray Felton so he could check out of the game and limped to the bench favoring his left knee with 31 seconds left in the first quarter. He returned in the second quarter and finished with 15 points. … Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points. … Gentry said before tip-off that guard Elfrid Payton is expected to return from a right ankle sprain after the All-Star break.RECORD SETTERIn addition to increasing his triple-double streak, Westbrook surpassed Gary Payton (18,207 points) as the career scoring leader in franchise history. Westbrook’s tally in New Orleans gives him 18,247.“I didn’t know I was close, honestly. So that’s crazy, man,” Westbrook said. “Just truly honored and blessed obviously to be in one place, organization. To be able to be the all-time leading scorer in a place is a pretty big accomplishment, I must say, so I’m just truly thankful and humbled.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Utah on Feb. 22.Pelicans: Visit Indiana Feb. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, front, and New Orleans Pelicans guard Tim Frazier watch the ball go out of bounds during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis grimaced and didn’t move his left arm as he walked off the court at halftime.Whether those were Davis’ final moments in a Pelicans uniform — or whether he even plays in this weekend’s All-Star Game — remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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SPORT-COPA-DIMARIA 2 LAST

first_imgEight minutes later it was 2-0, Di Maria turning creator Eight minutes later it was 2-0, Di Maria turning creator this time with a deft pass to Banega whose low shot took a slight deflection off Mauricio Isla to deceive Bravo.The game continued to have an edge with Di Maria and Gary Medel both receiving yellow cards for an off-the-ball scuffle shortly afterwards.In injury time Fuenzalida grabbed a late consolation with a headed goal from a free-kick but it was too little too late.Chiles Argentina-born coach Juan Antonio Pizzi bemoaned mistakes which cost his team goals.Twice Chile ceded possession cheaply in midfield, leading to Argentinas two goals.”The mistakes were crucial,” Pizzi said. “They cost us two goals.”It was Chiles third straight defeat — but Pizzi was bullish about his teams chances of coming back.”We believe were going to get into the next round,” he said. “I know we have difficult games ahead of us, but were going to continue working hard and we have belief to move to the next round.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

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16 teams seeing action as Mindanao Cup kicks off

first_imgBecoming his own man Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao PLAY LIST 02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Cone wants defense to be Gilas Pilipinas’ calling card in SEA Games “We already had four editions of the Nofa Cup. We noticed that only a few teams from Mindanao came over to join, so we’ve decided to organize a tournament that will cater to the young players in the region,” said Yanson.While the Nofa Cup gathers teams from all over the Philippines, the Mindanao Cup brings together squads from the FAs in the region.“This is a great opportunity for players in Mindanao to develop their skills and play against the best from the other provinces,” said Yanson.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sixteen young teams coming from various football associations in Mindanao will see action starting Wednesday when the first Mindanao Cup kicks off at Tionko Football Field in Davao City.Using the nine-a-side format, the tournament is geared toward discovering talents that could hopefully play for the national team in the future, a truly grassroots development program being undertaken by Davao South Regional Football Association (DSRFA) and the Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa).ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Teams will be fielding players 11 years old and below, with the tournament being a spinoff to the highly successful Nofa Invitational Cup in Bacolod which has been going on since 2016.Grassroots football godfather and Nofa president Ricky Yanson emphasized that the objective of the Mindanao Cup is to find hidden gems in the rough that would assure the turnover of talent in the national team in the years to come.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe tournament will run until Friday.“Our goal is to develop young Filipino talents who can hopefully play for our national team in the future,” said Yanson, who partnered with DSRFA president Eng. Henry Sabate to stage the event. View commentslast_img read more

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Wrestler Sandeep Tomar beaten in 57kg freestyle event at Rio Olympics

first_imgIndian wrestler Sandeep Tomar was beaten by Victor Lebedev of Russia 3-7 in the men’s Freestyle 57 kilogram 1/8 final round at the Rio Olympics here on Friday.Sandeep never looked in contention to win the match as the Russian grappler overpowered him to advance into the next round at the Carioca Arena 2 – Mat B. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)The Indian still has a chance to win a Bronze medal in the Repechage round provided Victor reaches the final of the event.last_img

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Serena claims ‘discrimination’ over drug tests

first_img\R Paris, Jul 25 (AFP) Serena Williams claims she is the victim of “discrimination” by US doping chiefs who are testing her more than other players. At Wimbledon Williams slammed “shocking” treatment over excessive targeting from testers in the run-up to the second Grand Slam of the season. And in a tweet on Wednesday the 23-time Grand slam winner reignited the discussion. “…..and it’s that time of the day to get “randomly” drug tested and only test Serena,” she posted on her official Twitter page. “Out of all the players it’s been proven I’m the one getting tested the most. Discrimination? I think so. At least I’ll be keeping the sport clean #StayPositive,” she wrote. The 36-year-old battled back from life-saving surgery after giving birth to get within touching distance of an eighth Wimbledon title. However, the American suffered a straight sets defeat by Angelique Kerber in the women’s final on July 14. She had arrived at the tournament on the back of a report revealing her anger about an unannounced test in June where the tester refused to leave her Florida house. Williams said at the time she had been tested five times on June, compared to one or none from some of her compatriots. Athletes returning from a long absence are often the subject of repeated drug tests, as they are seen as part of a higher-risk category than athletes in the flow of regular competition. AFP PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Pacers Root set up Engs 8wicket win over WI

first_imgSouthampton: Joe Root hit his second century of the tournament after England pace battery tormented the West Indies batsmen to set up a thumping eight-wicket win in their World Cup match here on Friday. West Indies got a taste of their own medicine — they had troubled the Pakistanis with bouncers in their only win thus far — as the England pace battery unleashed fiery spells to bundle them out for 212 in 44.4 overs. England overhauled the target with remarkable ease, completing the win in 33.1 overs as Root remained unbeaten on 100, which came off 94 balls. In his 16th ODI 100, Root found the boundary rope 11 times. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevWest Indies owed their total to Nicholas Pooran (63), who chose the biggest stage to strike his maiden ODI fifty, and Shimron Hetmyer’s (39) sensible batting on a pitch which had no demons. They added 89 runs for the fourth wicket but West Indies’ big guns failed to fire. Extravagance, when the situation demanded patience, resulted in Chris Gayle (36) and Andre Russell (21) throwing their wickets away. The T20 style batting in the longer format cost their side dear. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsYoung pacer Archer (3/30) had the West Indies batsmen dancing on the pitch, troubling them with the steep bounce. Archer, Mark Wood (3/18), Chris Woakes (1/16) and Liam Plunkket (1/30) delivered the goods for the home favourites after home skipper Eoin Morgan opted to field. For defending 212, West Indies needed early wickets but openers Root and Jonny Bairstow (45) punctured all their hopes with a commanding 91-run stand. It seemed the two batsmen were competing to hit most the elegant shots one can hit. Their cover and straight drives were like unrestrained stream of a river. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell did ask a few tough questions to the English duo but Root and Bairstow were up for the task. Bairstow departed when his square cut off Shannon Gabriel landed straight into the big hands of Carlos Brathwaite. Root and Woakes (40), promoted to number three, then added 104 runs for the second wicket to push the side to the doorstep of a comfortable win. The result catapulted England (6) to the second spot in the table behind New Zealand (7). Earlier, the ball was hurrying on to the batsmen and whether it was a Shai Hope (11) or the big-hitting Gayle, the Caribbeans found the going tough as timing the ball was a challenge. They had already lost Evin Lewis (0), bowled by Woakes off a yorker. Gayle, out of frustration, pulled one from Woakes, just managed an edge but escaped as Wood grassed a sitter. The marauding batter did hit a few big shots, including a massive straight six off Woakes, but did not last long, edging one straight to Jonny Bairstow off Plunkett. Hope’s torturous stay was ended by Wood when he had him trapped after reviewing the umpire’s not out decision. Pooran and Hetmyer then chose restrain over flamboyance, steading the innings. The duo did all the hard work, working the ball around to keep the scoreboard going in their partnership, which got broken when Joe Root had Hetmyer caught off his own bowling. The part-time off-spinner struck in his next over too, dismissing the rival captain Jason Holder (9) in similar fashion. In came Russell and the ball was soon flying into the stands. He twice dispatched leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the crowd after being dropped but was dismissed, attempting another big shot off Wood.last_img read more

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Trudeau off to Peru amid unresolved Trans Mountain pipeline crisis

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Peru Thursday evening for the first stop in a 10-day foreign tour, despite continuing questions at home about the fate of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Trudeau took off from Ottawa at midday, but not before officials were dispatched to announce he would return to Ottawa on the weekend following the Summit of the Americas in Lima in order to sit down with the premiers of Alberta and B.C., who are at odds over the $7.4-billion expansion project.Following that meeting Sunday, Trudeau will resume his itinerary, travelling Monday to France before heading to the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth summit.Government officials earlier this week defended the prime minister’s decision to go ahead with the trip even as President Donald Trump pulled out of the Peru summit, ostensibly to prepare for military action on Syria.“There are two important international summits taking place with dozens of other countries … to talk about a whole slate of important issues, from economic growth to democracy to Venezuela to diversity,” one official said this week.“In both of these summits, Canada is a major economic partner and plays an important role. And we believe in Canada playing an important role on the world stage and seizing opportunities within multilateral institutions.”For Trudeau, whose recent foreign trips to China and India have not gone according to plan, the stakes are high.At the Summit of the Americas, which plays host every four years to more than 30 countries from across the Western Hemisphere, there had been expectations of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico announcing some form of agreement in principle on a new North American Free Trade Agreement.High-level discussions are still expected to take place, although on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer cancelled his plans to be there, all but ensuring a lack of ceremonial trade surprises.Instead, the meeting is likely to be dominated by the political crisis in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro has abandoned all pretence of democratic rule, cracking down on dissent in the face of economic calamity.Canada has been an outspoken critic of Maduro and will no doubt join the chorus of condemnation in Peru while pushing for a tougher stand against corruption throughout the Americas.Trudeau will also meet leaders from the Pacific Alliance, a trade bloc comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, all of which have free trade deals — and close political relationships — with Canada.He’ll also get a rare chance to meet leaders from Latin America’s largest trading bloc, Mercosur, which counts powerhouse Brazil as well as Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay among its members.With the fate of NAFTA up in the air and efforts afoot to diversify trade away from the U.S., Canada and Mercosur quietly held a first round of free trade talks in March.Trudeau, however, can’t afford the sort of missteps that plagued him in China and India.Observers will be watching to see how far he goes in opposing Trump’s controversial comments on Latin American immigrants, as well as in promoting western democratic values without coming across as arrogant or preachy.Following two days of meetings in Peru, Trudeau will travel to Paris for his first official visit to France. There he will meet President Emmanuel Macron, address the National Assembly and hold several speaking engagements.The visit will include a heavy emphasis on business, particularly in the context of the new Canada-EU free trade deal, but is also expected to include discussions on climate change, Russia, Syria, rising nationalism and Mali.The prime minister will end his tour in London, where he will meet the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May before joining leaders from 52 other nations for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting, where trade will top the agenda — particularly in the face of Britain’s imminent departure from the EU and a natural impulse to look to its former colonies as new trade partners.Brexit is also being seen as a potential catalyst for re-energizing the Commonwealth following years of questions about the organization’s importance.The meeting, whose participants include a number of African and Asian countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is also expected to tackle concerns about human rights and democracy.One issue close to Canada’s heart that won’t get individual billing during the London meeting, however, will be LGBTQ rights; member states have taken it off the agenda.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

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Search continues for body at Texas plane crash site

ANAHUAC, Texas — Authorities continue to scour the shallow waters of a southeast Texas bay for clues about what led to the sudden crash of a Boeing 767 cargo plane, and for the body of one of the three people aboard.An area sheriff says a north wind has exposed more of the three-quarter-mile debris field left Saturday when Houston-bound Flight 3591 disintegrated on impact with Trinity Bay, about 35 miles (55 kilometres) east of the city.The jumbo jet’s owner, Atlas Air, has confirmed no one survived the crash.The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office says the two bodies recovered Sunday were sent to a medical examiner’s office for autopsies.Sheriff’s deputies and federal officials are searching for the remaining body and the plane’s black box, which records flight data and voices in the cockpit.The Associated Press read more

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Maldivian critical after alleged attack in Sri Lanka

Two suspects — a Maldivian and his Sri Lankan accomplice — have been taken into custody. Zahiya Zareeer, Maldives High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, said it was difficult to confirm whether the victim was attacked.But she quoted Sri Lankan police as saying that it was an “accident.” Zahiya said the truth behind the incident is yet to be determined as the victim was in intensive care.The attack comes in the wake of the brutal stabbing murder of a Maldivian man in Sri Lanka.Razeen, who is a notorious former gangster, was found dead with stab injuries in an abandoned paddy field near the Tumbovila Bridge in Piliyandala on November 5. A Maldivian man is in critical condition after being attacked on a main street in neighbouring Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Haveeru online reported.Haveeru has found that 45-year-old Nooraddeen of Thaa Atoll Vilufushi island was robbed before the attack, but the High Commission of Maldives in Colombo could not confirm the reports. A fellow resident of the island told Haveeru that the victim was attacked as he exited after exchanging dollars to local currency. “He went to exchange dollars somewhere. It seems the incident occurred after he exited the place,” resident said. read more

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Kyle Shanahan off to rough start as 49ers coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kyle Shanahan’s coaching tenure hasn’t quite gotten off to the greatest start in San Francisco.He lost his first nine games with the 49ers last year before the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo provided a late-season spark with five straight wins to close a 6-10 campaign.With Garoppolo sidelined by a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 this year, the Niners have started the season 2-10 for the second straight year under Shanahan.Shanahan is just the fifth coach to begin his tenure with a team by going 2-10 or worse in each of his first two seasons. Cleveland’s Hue Jackson (2016-17), Detroit’s Jim Schwartz (2009-10), Tampa Bay’s Leeman Bennett (1985-86) and Tampa’s John McKay (1976-77) are the others.Bennett got fired after his second season and Jackson didn’t make it through his third with the Browns. Schwartz and McKay stayed long enough to lead their teams into the playoffs, progress Shanahan hopes to be able to make with the 49ers.“I’d love it to be a lot more obvious and a lot easier,” he said. “We finished 6-10 last year and I’d love to be improving from this year. I also know it was hard work to get to 6-10, especially starting 0-9. I think we came in this year with a franchise quarterback and we lost him early in the season, which definitely makes that much harder.“I think we came here knowing that it was going to take some time. I think the way we finished last year definitely excels everyone’s feeling and what they thought. But, by no means did I think we were coming into it this year and it was just going to be easy. I knew it was going to be extremely hard.”Here’s a look inside some more interesting numbers heading into Week 13:ELITE COMPANY: Todd Gurley of the Rams finds himself in exclusive company. He has gained 1,649 yards from scrimmage and scored 19 TDs so far this season. Only six players have topped those marks in the first 12 games, including Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Emmitt Smith (1995), Eric Dickerson (1983), O.J. Simpson (1975), Jim Brown (1965). Priest Holmes is the other, doing it in 2002.TOUCHDOWN TOM: Tom Brady’s next touchdown pass will move him past a couple of all-time greats. Brady is currently tied with Brett Favre for third place for the most regular-season TD passes with 508. Brady is also tied with Peyton Manning for the most ever combined in the regular season and playoffs with 579.PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is joining some special company in his first season as a starting quarterback. He joined Brady and Manning as the only players to throw at least 40 TD passes in the first 12 games of the season. Manning and Brady each won the MVP in the seasons they accomplished the feat.Mahomes also just had his seventh game of the season with at least four TD passes, a mark topped only by Manning when he had nine in the 2013 season.DOUBLE THREAT: Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is proving to be almost adept throwing TD passes as he is catching them. Beckham threw a 49-yard TD pass and caught a 1-yarder against Chicago last week, the second time this season he has caught and thrown for a TD pass in the same game. The only other time someone did that twice in a season was 1924, when Eddie Kaw and Benny Boynton did it for the Buffalo Bisons.Beckham also threw a 57-yard TD this season and has as many TD passes of at least 49 yards as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Jared Goff this season.DOUBLE THREAT PART II: Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey had 55 yards receiving and 106 yards rushing last week in a loss to Tampa Bay. That marked his fifth straight game with at least 50 yards on the ground and as a receiver, the longest streak in NFL history.NO TAKEAWAYS: The 49ers have gone four straight games without generating a takeaway, one shy of the post-merger record accomplished eight times previously, including the Jets this season. San Francisco has just five takeaways through 12 games, the fewest since the merger after 12 games. The previous low was seven for Jacksonville in 2016.RARE BLOWN LEAD: Steelers fans could be forgiven for feeling pretty confident with a 23-7 halftime lead last week against the Chargers. Pittsburgh had been 174-0-1 all-time at home when leading a game by 16 points. The Steelers had lost only two road games when leading by at least 14 at halftime, blowing a 21-7 lead to Dan Marino and the Dolphins on Nov. 1, 1987, and a 20-3 lead to the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 13, 1963. Jackie Smith caught a 55-yard TD pass in that comeback for St. Louis. Smith would be remembered more for another play against the Steelers — a dropped TD pass for Dallas in his final career game in the Super Bowl in 1979.HIGH-SCORING LOSSES: The Raiders and Steelers became the latest teams to end up on the losing end of a game when scoring at least 30 points. In all, 20 teams have lost this season despite that high point total, one short of the post-merger record for a season set in 2013. Atlanta, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Tampa Bay all have two losses when scoring 30 or more points.TRIPLE CROWN: Oakland spent a fifth-round pick on punter Johnny Townsend, one of just 20 punters taken in the first five rounds this century. The move isn’t paying dividends as Townsend is on pace for a not-so-spectacular Triple Crown. He ranks last among all qualifying punters in gross average (43 yards), net average (37.4 yards) and percentage of punts downed inside the 20 (19.6 per cent).___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

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Formal acquisition of Matmor iron making technology by ECT

first_imgEnvironmental Clean Technologies Ltd (ECT) has acquired the Matmor technology, including plant, equipment and intellectual property (IP). Since the advent of coke based iron production in 1709, primary iron making has relied on high quality black coal as its reductant and heat source. The Matmor process is positioned to revolutionise primary iron making thanks to the design of a simple, low cost, low emission, patented Matmor retort using cheaper, alternative raw materials. This technology comprises two exclusive facets:1.Inputs – It uses brown coal (lignite) as a reductant and heat source – no other technology can claim this2.Plant design –a vertical furnace that works with the natural chemistry of brown coalMatmor is a unique method for producing high-quality iron from inexpensive, abundant brown coal and iron oxide bearing material such as mill scale, nickel tailings and, of course, high or low grade iron ore. It delivers a clean iron product tailored to the size/shape and carbon content requirements of the end user. Matmor iron is a high-quality substitute for, or supplement to, scrap metal feedstock used in Electric Arc or Induction Furnaces.The transaction supports the ACT’s need to more closely align Matmor and Coldry development to deliver on the full potential of the technologies, by attracting worldclass development partners keen to benefit from the combined offering.ECT Managing Director Ashley Moore stated “This transaction is a significant commercial step ahead of commencing the technical scale-up of the Matmor technology, providing clarity and certainty in relation to current and future access to the IP in the eyes of potential development partners.”“With the conclusion of this transaction, the company is in a position to confidently enter development and investment discussions with interested parties, aimed at advancing both Matmor and Coldry.”Managing Director Ashley Moore stated, “From an external investment point of view, bringing the Matmor technology in-house alongside Coldry creates a more attractive investment ‘package’ for interested parties. The whole is viewed as greater than the sum of its parts.”This interest has grown out of the company’s India strategy, which addresses challenges around energy and resource security, economic security and environmental security.In addition, it has become clear through the company’s ongoing discussions with various parties, that while the Coldry and Matmor technologies are individually attractive in their own right, the combined offering is a significantly more compelling proposition, able to leverage lower value resource assets (lignite and iron ore tailings) to deliver higher value, diversified outputs such as iron and iron alloys in addition to Coldry’s thermal coal product.The company has concluded preliminary testing of several Indian iron ores, with encouraging results. The intention is to pursue a second phase of bench-scale, batch testing on those same iron ores to refine outcomes and inform the selection of candidate inputs for subsequent test plant trials.Bench-scale trials require several hundred kilograms of raw materials, whereas the test plant trials may require tonnes of raw inputs and involve iterative development of the test plant as part of ongoing fundamental and applied research and development necessary to inform pilot scale design.In addition to these technical activities, the company is developing commercial pathways, starting with collaboration options around both Matmor and Coldry technologies, with the view to advancing Matmor and Coldry to pilot and demonstration scale respectively.last_img read more

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MACEDONIA ON FIRE Crazy celebration around country

← Previous Story Golden goal machine Ivan Cupic: I knew it… Next Story → Uwe Gensheimer wins “Golden ball” of EHF CL 2017/2018 PHOTO: Igor Panevski Macedonia is in of fire. Look at collection of the reactions in a moment of winning goal by Ivan Cupic in Cologne. It looks brilliant…Enjoy!

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Column Why I decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy at 34

first_imgLAST WEEK, my phone was abuzz with Angelina Jolie’s news. All over the social networks and news sites the term “BRCA” was cementing itself and its odds into the hearts and minds of the entire world. This global recognition has led to opinions being divided, the odds disputed and the various scenarios being laid out for consideration. My phone was buzzing for a different reason. I had calls from my mother and from friends all saying “Angelina has copied you!”On January 25th  of this year, I underwent a prophylactic bi-lateral mastectomy (PBM). Yes, I had both my breasts removed. I didn’t wake up that morning, four months before my 34th birthday and just decide to have it done. Trust me, there are better things to do on a Friday than to have both breasts removed but I knew it was something I had to do. This decision was two years in the making – in fact it was only one decision out of many.Deciding if you should open Pandora’s boxThe reality of finding yourself on the operation table is a long and arduous journey. It begins with finding out if you actually do have the “BRCA” gene in the first place. This can be like deciding if you should open Pandora’s box. Do you lift the lid on something which could leave a cloud over your family or do you just deal with what you have in front of you at that particular moment? Having looked at my family tree, it became apparent when going through the generations that the women in my family had not only died from breast cancer but had been diagnosed at an early age, the youngest being just 35. To me it seemed like a no-brainer.The gene test is not available for anyone to get. They have to test someone who has had cancer first to see if they are carriers of the gene and use this as a reference for everyone else in the family. Throughout this process, whether you are getting information about the test itself, having the test done or getting your results, gene counsellors are there on hand to talk you through how you will feel if you test positive or if you test negative. Either result can have an impact. If you test negative you can feel a potent mixture of relief and guilt. Relief due to you still having as much chance as anyone in getting the disease – and guilt because someone you love has the gene or, worse, has actual cancer.Surveillance or surgery?My positive result opened up two options for me, surveillance or prophylactic surgery. I didn’t run straight for the knife. For two years, I attended St James’s Hospital for mammograms and MRI scans and also ultrasounds in the Gynecology Department due to the higher risk of getting ovarian cancer. During this time, my consultant didn’t try to push the surgery onto me. He always said that surveillance was fine if I was happy to keep doing it but at the back of my mind I always knew that at some stage I would go for the surgery. I knew that I couldn’t keep going for the scans and keep my fingers crossed that this scan wouldn’t show a change.I also had at the back of my mind that breast cancer didn’t always appear as a lump felt during a self examination – my mother didn’t have a lump that could be felt – and having, had surgery 10 years ago for growths in my womb, I felt I needed to take some control over my body and my life.Having informed my consultant that I wanted the surgery, I was sent to have a session with the oncology counselor and the plastic surgeon. The oncology counselor was fantastic, we spoke about how I would feel once the surgery was done and about how I would I cope after seeing myself completely flat after the surgery. Every step of the way progressed without any judgment from any member of the medical staff.What’s right for the person looking back at you in the mirror?I can’t say that the days leading up to and the morning of the operation weren’t filled with fear and dread, but four months on,  I don’t have any regrets. I did feel a bit of a fraud for going through what most women dread, but every women with breast cancer that I’ve spoken to about it, have all said the same thing: they would have had it if they could. They would have taken the opportunity with both hands and taken control of their life.I am awaiting a date for my reconstruction but I’m optimistic about the future. I didn’t do this for the accolade of being brave, as some have said to me, but I did it because I’m not brave. I was scared of a diagnosis of either breast of ovarian cancer. That can still happen, but now my risk is greatly reduced. I feel as if I can look to the future knowing that I’ve done all I can at this stage to get rid of the dark shadow hanging over me.I’m not advocating that surgery is the only option for those the “BRCA” gene but it was the right option for me. I will have my ovaries removed in the next 10 years but only after I have children. I have had a number of family members with a positive result and they are getting to their decision on their own terms and in their own time and, thankfully, I’ve also had family members who have tested negative. This means that their own children don’t have the gene.Other members of my family are awaiting their results and that eight-week wait can be horrendous. Others have decided not to have the test done at all while my brother is wrestling with the decision to get tested. There’s no right or wrong decision when this comes to your family. Everyone is different and have their own opinions on what they want to do for themselves. My only advice is to make each decision with as much information from medical professions as possible and to consider what’s right for the person looking back at you in the mirror.Edwina White is 34 and has the BRCA 2 gene. There is a long-standing history of cancer on her mother’s side of the family, affecting both male and female relatives. Residing in Gorey, Co Wexford with her fiance David, she hopes her story can help get more information out about the trials of having and living with BRCA genes.last_img read more

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Man who poured boiling water over pregnant girlfriend has prison sentence doubled

first_imgMan who poured boiling water over pregnant girlfriend has prison sentence doubled while appealing The 25-year-old added sugar to the water to increase its boiling point. Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 4:28 PM By Ruaidhrí Giblin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3315524 37 Comments Short URL Mar 30th 2017, 4:28 PM Image: Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia A MAN WHO effectively tortured his pregnant girlfriend by pouring boiling water over her, after first adding sugar to the water increasing its boiling point, has been given extra prison time by the Court of Appeal.Michael Lynch (25), had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to his four-and-a-half month pregnant girlfriend Tara Byrd (25) at their house on the Old Youghal Road in Cork city on 27 July 2015.A jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court found him guilty of assault but acquitted him of making threats to kill on the same occasion. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment by Judge David Riordan on 7 June 2016.Lynch lost an appeal against his conviction today on all grounds.However, in a cross appeal, the Director of Public Prosecutions successfully sought a review of his sentence on grounds that it was “unduly lenient”.Giving judgment in the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said Lynch had been living with the victim when he poured boiling water, to which he had first added sugar, from a kettle onto her left leg, causing her severe injury.At the time Byrd was four-and-a-half months pregnant.She suffered third degree burns to her leg, spent approximately ten days in hospital and underwent skin graft surgery. She has been left with severe scarring of her left leg.Immediately following the incident, the victim told a number of people – including paramedics and medical staff – that she had spilled the boiling water over herself as she was making coffee.Four days later, she told her father that Lynch was responsible.When interviewed by gardaí, Lynch stated that she had spilt the boiling water over herself.‘Pre-meditated, callous and merciless assault’Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ray Boland BL, submitted that the sentencing judge erred in placing the severity of the assault at the mid to high range rather than at the high range of assaults.Justice Mahon said the offence was particularly serious. It was a “pre-meditated, callous and merciless assault on an innocent woman in a domestic setting”.“The fact that sugar was added to the water before it was boiled places the gravity of the offence at the very highest level” because “in reality, it amounted to torture”.The court heard that sugar increases the point at which water boils.Justice Mahon said the Court of Appeal believed the offence warranted a headline sentence at the maximum – five years.The mitigating factors included Lynch’s difficult personal circumstances and his relative young age of 24.Justice Mahon said it appeared that the sentencing judge treated as a mitigating factor the fact the offence was not committed while on bail in relation to another section 3 assault conviction.On the contrary, Justice Mahon said, a previous conviction can never be a mitigating factor. In many instances it will be an aggravating factor.Justice Mahon, who sat with Justice George Birmingham and Justice John Edwards, said two-and-a-half years for this “very grave offence was unduly lenient”.“With some reluctance” and giving Lynch greater benefit for the mitigating factors than “perhaps they probably deserve” the court suspended the final 12 months on condition he entered into a good behaviour bond for the suspended period.Lynch accordingly undertook to be so bound.Read: Woman who banged her knee sitting down at restaurant table awarded damages of €20,000> 40,703 Views Share27 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

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Activists Call for Sex Robot Regulations Amidst US Brothel Launches

first_imgStay on target Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Sex doll brothels aren’t exactly a booming business right now: For every secret bordello that opens, two more are shut down.That hasn’t stopped KinkySdollS owner Yuval Gavriel, who, bolstered by his Canadian rent-before-you-buy service, plans to launch ten dolly dens of iniquity in the US by 2020.“The States is a bigger market, and a healthier market and God bless Trump,” he said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.Though rampant across Europe—notably in Moscow and Barcelona (RIP Lumidolls’ Torin-based brothel)—robot prostitution remains scarce in North America, despite efforts from businessmen like Gavriel.His “showroom,” located in a warehouse near a Toronto emissions testing center, promises a “privet and luxuries location” where customers can spend 30 kinky minutes with a hunk of silicone for $80.Before opening the condo space in Canada, Gavriel consulted with a lawyer who told him that “there are no rules to it, but if you are smart you don’t go out and say you are operating a brothel,” he told the Examiner.Uh… Someone needs to give this guy some media training…Crossing the border into the US, Gavriel is eyeing Houston for his next cathouse “showroom,” set to feature on-site, short-term private rentals. The Texas city, according to an attorney-cum-brothel investor, has no laws against “this kind of service,” the owner said.Perhaps it’s high time to implement some regulations, though.Activists and experts (and local parents) want restrictions on sexbot bordellos—if nothing else, to protect consumer safety and public health.“It might make a very funny skit on Saturday Night Live if one of these go wrong, and control mechanisms break and the thing stars pulsating more than it’s supposed to,” George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf explained to the Examiner. “But that could create a very real physical hazard.”Or, as Foundation for Responsible Robotics leader Aimee van Wynsberghe sees it, they could provide a benefit to people with disabilities and the elderly: folks who “can’t use Tinder, or go the bar to pick someone up,” she said.(An idea that seems a bit old-fashioned, if you ask me.)The technology ethics professor, opposed to knee-jerk regulation, is researching potential benefits of sexbots, like promoting safer sex and providing therapeutic value.Opponents, meanwhile, believe the cyborgs could exploit human sex workers, further isolate people with sexual dysfunction, or alienate couples already struggling in the bedroom.Some efforts have been made already: As the Washington Examiner pointed out, U.S. House members in June unanimously passed the CREEPER Act banning the importation and interstate commerce involving “any child sex doll.” The Senate has not yet acted.Time is running out: KinkySdollS owner Gavriel revealed plans to open bawdy houses in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Arizona, and Atlanta.Dennis Hoff—proprietor of several legal whorehouses in Nevada—wants to pilot sex robots at his Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Learn everything you always wanted to know about sex robots (but were afraid to ask) and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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USSEC and ASAWISHH at Cooperator and USDA meetings in Baltimore MD

first_imgJim Sutter, CEO of the U.S. Soybean Export Council, Jim Hershey, Executive Director of ASA’s WISHH program and staff from their respective organizations attended the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council’s Fall Conference earlier this month.This meeting convenes commodity groups (known as “cooperators”) and USDA FAS personnel to discuss exports and trade. Among the many speakers was Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs; previously Ted served as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Among several takeaways from his speech were to emphasize market access, explore new markets and seek input from cooperators. Other notable events include the election of Jim Sutter to the USAEDC Board’s Executive Committee as Secretary/Treasurer.  Congratulations Jim and the Soy Family!last_img read more

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Spain nightclub floor collapses 22 hurt

first_img.Twenty-two people were injured, mostly with broken bones and bruises, after part of the floor of a nightclub on Spain’s holiday island of Tenerife collapsed early on Sunday, causing them to plunge into the basement, local officials said.Emergency services rushed to the nightclub in Adeje in southwestern Tenerife at about 2:30am after receiving reports that roughly four square metres (43 square feet) of its floor had collapsed, the regional government of Spain’s Canary Islands said in a statement.”After the floor collapsed, the people who were inside fell to the basement from the height of approximately one floor,” it said.Firefighters evacuated the nightclub, and the 22 injured were taken to hospital, including two of them in serious condition.The injuries included broken legs, ankle sprains and bruises. Two French nationals, a Belgian and a Romanian were among those hurt.Police have launched an investigation into the incident.last_img read more

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