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Maharashtra to set up transgender welfare board soon

first_imgThe long pending Transgender Welfare Board (TWB) will finally see the light of day, with the Maharashtra government making a provision of ₹5 crore for welfare of the community.Minister of State for Social Justice Dilip Kamble told PTI that the Board will be set up in a month’s time. It will look after education, employment, housing, and health schemes for transgenders and protect their Constitutional and human rights.Maharashtra will be the first such State to have such a Board, the minister said.The Transgender Welfare Board was first conceptualised in 2014 by the previous government.The issue of setting up such a board for implementing welfare schemes for transgenders and protecting their rights was mentioned in the third women’s policy of the State government, accepted by the cabinet in 2013.The policy promised various welfare measures for working women in the State.State Women and Child Welfare Ministry was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the board which prepared the broad framework for implementing education, health, and housing policies as well as generating employment opportunities for transgenders.“Since welfare schemes for transgenders were implemented by Union Social Justice Ministry, all work related to setting up of the board and implementing welfare schemes for the community was transferred to the state Social Justice department on October 3, 2017, and an amount of ₹5 crore was set aside for the purpose,” he said.The procedure of establishing the TWB took a backseat after the new government assumed charge in October 2014.Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde tried to revive the process and held meetings with all stake-holders on the issue.Early last year, Ms. Munde had said there were some five Central schemes for the welfare of transgenders and that her ministry will work towards bringing the community members into the mainstream.“We want them to be treated honourably and see that they benefit from the government’s welfare schemes,” she had said.last_img read more

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Amarnath pilgrims stranded after traffic suspended in J&K

first_imgThousands of people, including Amarnath pilgrims, were left stranded on Sunday as authorities suspended traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and the Mughal road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country.Director General of Police S. P. Vaid had on Saturday announced the suspension of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra on Sunday in view of the strike call given by separatists to mark the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. “Security and facilitation of yatris is our top priority,” he said.“No yatri was allowed to move from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp and those heading for Kashmir on their own were also stopped at various places,” a government official said, adding that it was a precautionary measure.last_img

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Men golfers have let down sport by Games snub: Ladies’ Tour chief

first_imgLadies European Tour’s chief executive Ivan Khodabakhsh has hit out at the world’s leading men golfers for taking a “myopic approach” and withdrawing from the Rio Olympics, adding that they have let down the rest of the sport.The world’s top four players – Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy – have pulled out of the Games citing health concerns from the mosquito-born Zika virus which can cause birth defects in infants. (Rory McIlroy withdraws from Rio Games over Zika threat )”The top male golfers have let down the rest of the sport very badly,” Khodabakhsh told British media.”The opportunity to do something for the broader good of the game is in their hands and they seem to be taking a very myopic approach.”Brazil is a country of 200 million people in which fewer than 20,000 are registered golfers. The impact of the Olympics on those type of numbers across the world is part of the reason that golf is a success as an Olympic sport this summer.”World number four McIlroy had earlier hit back at critics who questioned his Olympic decision, saying that he was playing golf to win and not grow the sport.While the men’s event has been hit by a host of pull-outs, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko will lead an almost full-strength lineup as golf makes it’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. (Jordan Spieth too pulls out of Rio Games )”British golf is represented by great champions Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew but across the world, 60 women golfers from 34 countries will tee off in Rio,” Khodabakhsh added.advertisement”This will send a powerful message to sports fans and governments of all types that women’s golf is a genuine world-class sport.”last_img read more

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SPORT-NADAL-HACK 2 LAST

first_imgNadal and Farah were among 26 athletes in Mondays fourthNadal and Farah were among 26 athletes in Mondays fourth batch to have their medical history published by Fancy Bears, following the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, American gymnast Simone Biles and British Tour de France-winning cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.There is no suggestion they are involved in any wrongdoing but the leaking of their records has reopened the debate about TUEs and in particular whether the system is open to abuse from competitors gaining an advantage by taking banned drugs. Nothing to hide ===================== The first of Farahs two TUEs was in 2008 for the same drug prescribed to fellow Olympic champion Wiggins — triamcinolone, a type of steroid.His other exemption was for a saline drip and two pain-killers that the 33-year-old was given after he collapsed in Park City, Utah, where he was training at altitude in 2014.He originally said this 2014 TUE was his only one at a press conference in Birmingham last June when asked about his coach Alberto Salazar, who remains under investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).But a few weeks later in an interview with Sky Sports News he mentioned the 2008 triamcinolone injection.A spokesperson for Farah said: “As Mo has previously stated, he has got nothing to hide and doesnt have a problem with this or any of his (medical) information being released — as evidenced by the fact that he voluntarily shared his blood data with the Sunday Times last year.advertisement”Mos medical care is overseen at all times by British Athletics and over the course of his long career he has only ever had two TUEs.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

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Australian Open: A Lookahead to Friday, Recap of Thursday

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick glance at the Australian Open:LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAYWith temperatures forecast to reach 42 Celsius (nearly 108 Fahrenheit) on Friday, Rafael Nadal might have a sense of deja vu when he sees his opponent across the net for his third-round match. It is Damir Dzumhur, and the only time they have played each other was at Miami in 2016 when Nadal was forced to retire due to extreme heat and humidity. Dzumhur was leading 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when Nadal quit. “Everything was fine until the end of the first set … then I started to feel dizzy, not very good,” Nadal said. “It was getting worse and worse. Finally, in the second set, I realized that I could not keep playing.” The No. 1- ranked Nadal will be hoping for a better outcome this time around, and at least he won’t have the humidity to worry about — that’s not usually an issue in Melbourne.The most anticipated match is one between local hope Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Kyrgios had a straight-sets second-round win late Wednesday over Viktor Troicki; Tsonga was forced to come from 5-2 down in the fifth set to beat Denis Shapovalov. Kyrgios said Tsonga was one of his “idols.” “He is a good friend of mine … we played one time and it was a close three-set battle so I am looking forward to it.” In their only career meeting, Tsonga won indoors at Marseille last year.In women’s play, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will be looking for a more routine match against Kiki Bertens. Wozniacki needed to come back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round match against Jana Felt. Another third-round match is an all-Ukrainian affair between 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk and fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina. The two have never played, and Stivolina says she knows little about the newest tennis prodigy from her country. “She has nothing to lose, so that’s why I know she goes just for everything,” Svitolina said. “You know, a little bit like headless chicken.”— By AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa.___FRIDAY FORECASTSunny, high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit)THURSDAY’S WEATHERSunny and hot, high of 40 C (104 F)ATTENDANCEDay: 38,072; Night: 25,489; TOTAL: 63,561.THURSDAY’S RESULTSMen’s Second Round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4); No. 4 Alexander Zverev beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; Julien Benneteau beat No. 7 David Goffin 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-6 (4); Tennys Sandgren beat No. 9 Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1, 6-4; No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro beat Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (0), 6-4; Marton Fucsovics beat No. 13 Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3; No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (2); No. 25 Fabio Fognini beat Evgeny Donskoy 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1; No. 26 Adrian Mannarino beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3; No. 29 Richard Gasquet beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.Women’s Second Round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2; Hsieh Su-Wei beat No. 3 Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (1), 6-4; No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1, 6-1; No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-7( 3), 6-2, 8-6; Bernarda Pera beat No. 9 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5; Maria Sharapova beat No. 14 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4); Naomi Osaka beat No. 16 Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 6-2; No. 17 Madison Keys beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-1; No. 18 Ashleigh Barty beat Camila Giorgi 5-7, 6-4, 6-1; No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-3, 6-4; No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1; No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska beat Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 6-1; No. 29 Lucie Safarova beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-4.STAT OF THE DAY4: number of aces in Madison Keys’ first service game.QUOTE OF THE DAY“I prefer to watch on TV. Or stay on the beach, drinking some beer” — Juan Martin del Potro says where he’d rather be instead of playing tennis in extremely hot weather._____More AP coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/AustralianOpenTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Shaw has started his career on a good note but bigger challenges await: Gambhir

first_imgPrithvi Shaw broke multiple record on debut in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot, it is only natural that comparison would follow.Shaw justified the faith of the selectors and the Indian cricket fraternity at large when he became the fourth youngest batsman to score a hundred on Test debut during the first match against West Indies in Rajkot.Shaw also happens to be the youngest of 15 Indian batsmen to score a hundred on Test debut.”Obviously, he’s (Shaw) impressive. He’s very talented and that’s why he is there. The important thing is that he started off his Test career on a very good note but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges waiting for him,” said Gautam Gambhir at a promotional event in Mumbai on Wednesday.READ – Prithvi Shaw showed he belonged to the Test level: Sunil GavaskarNames like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar were thrown around, with Team India coach Ravi Shastri comapring Prithvi to Virender Sehwag. But, Gambhir asked people to think hard before comparing the diminutive Mumbaikar to his former opening partner.”Whoever is comparing (Prithvi with Sehwag) needs to think twice before comparing. Ultimately you should not compare anyone to anyone. He (Shaw) has just started his career and there is a long way to go. I have never believed in comparisons.”He (Shaw) has got his own individuality and Sehwag had his own individuality. He (Shaw) has just started his career and someone like Sehwag has played 100 Test matches,” Gambhir said.advertisementREAD – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaThe veteran of 148 One Days and 58 Tests also felt Australia, even without the services of big guns in former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, will pose a huge challenge to India on the upcoming visit to the Kangaroo land.”It’s got to be a challenge, big challenge (in Australia). We might talk about Australian batting because they don’t have Smith and Warner but they still have a formidable batting (line-up) in their backyard,” he declared.Smith and Warner are serving a one-year ban for ball tampering during Australia’s last visit to South Africa.READ – Fearless Prithvi Shaw reminds Courtney Walsh of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar”They have really exciting players like Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch. Plus they have the bowling attack to hurt any opposition. They have got the pace, they know their conditions and they probably have the best off-spinner (Nathon Lyon) in the world right now.It’s not going to be a cakewalk. (Playing) Australia in Australia, whatever batting they play, they are still a massive threat,” he emphasised.Gambhir was noncommittal when asked whether the time was ripe to bring in Rishabh Pant into the ODIs as cover for World Cup winning former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”There’s never been a right time and theres never been a wrong time. It really depends on the combination and ultimately it’s your performance that will keep you in the side, not the age.”Whether you are 36 or 37 or 47, if you keep performing you should be playing and ultimately it is the performance that keeps you in,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Wenger adamant Ozil wants Arsenal stay

first_imgTransfers Wenger adamant Ozil wants Arsenal stay and is ‘not to be convinced’ Chris Burton 16:18 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger Arsenal v West Ham United Bristol City v Manchester United League Cup Arsenal Premier League The Gunners boss reiterated his belief that the World Cup winner’s preference would be to remain at the Emirates, despite failing to sign a new deal Mesut Ozil “wants to stay” at Arsenal and is “not to be convinced” as his contract continues to run down, says Arsene Wenger.Inability to tie the Germany international to fresh terms means that the Gunners continue to fend off endless rounds of speculation regarding the future of their World Cup winner.Manchester United are reported to be keen on taking a proven performer to Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho having worked with Ozil before at Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wenger, though, has maintained throughout an unfortunate saga that the 29-year-old is not for sale and that he will eventually commit to fresh terms – and the Frenchman is not about to relax that stance.He told reporters after seeing Ozil score a spectacular winner against Newcastle on whether added responsibility will help to convince a top talent to sign: “No, I believe he wants to stay. He is not to be convinced.”Wenger then added when asked if there is a need to hold further contract discussions: “Let us do that and let’s not talk about it.”Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil ArsenalFrustratingly for Arsenal, Ozil is not the only player heading towards the free agent pool.Several other senior stars are in the same position, with Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez among them.Keeping all of those considered to be vital to the cause would be the preference, and Wenger is reluctant to be drawn on whether certain individuals are deemed more important than others.He said when quizzed on whether Ozil would be a bigger miss than Sanchez: “I wouldn’t like to compare.“You want nobody to leave and see where we stand on that. But at the moment, it’s very difficult. Until the end of the season we know what he is, but after that I cannot tell you.”Arsenal need everyone to remain on top of their game at present, with an important week set to see them take on London rivals West Ham in a Carabao Cup quarter-final before welcoming Liverpool to Emirates Stadium for a heavyweight Premier League encounter.last_img read more

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Pryce Calls for Debate on Decriminalisation of Marijuana

first_imgMember of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce, is calling for debate on the decriminalisation of marijuana (cannabis sativa) as well as a prescribed legal limit for possession. “This Parliament should debate the practicality, as a human rights issue, the determination of a prescribed amount of cannabis sativa, at or below which there will be no criminal prosecution for possession for personal use,” Mr. Pryce said. Mr. Pryce made the statement when he tabled the motion in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 22). He noted that many of the country’s trading partners once held very strict and rigid views regarding the use of marijuana but stated that, “within the past decade many other jurisdictions have, by way of the ballot, legislation and or regulations, relaxed their positions on the possession and use of small quantities of the substance, to include decriminalisation and legalisation.” Mr. Pryce said that each year many Jamaican youth are arrested and criminally prosecuted for possession of small quantities of marijuana for personal use. He argued that this criminal record “haunts thousands of Jamaicans and their families preventing many from achieving careers goals at the personal and family levels.” Mr. Pryce stated that research has shown that marijuana use has expanded significantly for social, religious and medicinal purposes.last_img read more

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Karnataka cabinet expansion on June 12 says Kumaraswamy

first_imgBengaluru: Expansion of the Karnataka cabinet would take place on June 12, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy announced Saturday, in a much expected move to quell growing dissent within the Congress-JD(S) coalition that threatens the stability of its government. Kumaraswamy made the announcement in a tweet after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, which comes after weeks of consultations between the chief minister and Congress leaders amid coalition worries compounded by the Lok Sabha poll rout. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC “Today, I met the honourable governor and requested him to give time for the cabinet expansion. He has fixed June 12, Wednesday, 11.30 am to administer oath,” Kumaraswamy tweeted. The cabinet expansion or rejig was in the offing after the humiliating defeat of the Congress and JD(S) in the Lok Sabha election, in which both the parties barely survived the Modi wave, getting one seat each. The BJP swept the polls, capturing 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka. Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, backed by the BJP, won the Mandya seat, defeating Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil in one of the most bitterly fought contests. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The cabinet expansion is seen as a way to contain the rebellion that erupted, specially in the Congress, after the poll debacle, with several senior leaders openly castigating the state leadership. Of the total 34 ministerial positions in Karnataka, the Congress and the JD(S) have shared 22 and 12 respectively under an understanding between the two parties. Currently, three posts are vacant, two from JD(S) and one from the Congress. Troubles mounted for the coalition early this week with the JD(S) state chief A H Vishwanath quitting his post flaying the coalition’s functioning and two senior Congress MLAs slamming the party’s state leaders for the debacle in the general elections. The Lok Sabha rout gave enough ammunition to the disgruntled lot in the Congress as well as the JD(S) to publicly target their state leaders. Vishwanath had criticised the coalition government’s performance and coordination committee chief Siddaramaiah for failing to draw a common minimum programme for smooth functioning of the government. Senior Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy had also hit out at the party’s state leadership, saying “newbies and migrants”, who did not know anything about the Congress, were being given priority in the party and government. He had warned that if the present situation continued, it would be difficult for seniors to continue in the party. Reddy’s attack had come days after state Congress’ Muslim face Roshan Baig’s outburst, calling AICC general secretary K C Venugopal a “buffoon”, Kartanaka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao a “flop show” and Siddaramaiah “arrogant.” Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi has been allegedly hobnobbing with the BJP for the past few months, amid reports that he might switch sides along with several other legislators. According to sources, Kumaraswamy, who is also the JD(S) legislature party leader, has discussed with MLAs the issue of cabinet expansion or rejig. There seems to be worry within the Congress about cabinet expansion or reshuffle with a growing number of aspirants for ministerial berths and that the move might only complicate matters for the coalition. The spectacular electoral show by the BJP, despite a Congress-JD(S) joint fight, is keeping the coalition on the edge as it fears an onslaught from its opponent to topple the government by luring away its disgruntled MLAs. Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has asked the Congress-JD(S) to give up power if it cannot run the government and asserted that his party would govern in case the coalition collapses and would make sure there is no mid-term polls.last_img read more

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5 new Guvs appointed

first_imgNew Delhi: Prominent Muslim face Arif Mohammed Khan, who quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in protest against the enactment of a law to nullify the Supreme Court verdict in the Shah Bano case, was on Sunday appointed as Governor, along with three BJP leaders.Sixty-eight-year-old Khan has been appointed as the Governor of Kerala, while BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 77, will be the new Governor of Maharashtra, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique. BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, 58, has been appointed as the Governor of Telangana, while former Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who was recently appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, has been shifted and appointed as the Governor of Rajasthan, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsFormer Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatraya, 72, has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh, replacing Mishra. Seventy-eight-year-old Mishra will succeed former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who completed his five-year tenure as the Governor of Rajasthan. Koshyari replaces Vidya Sagar Rao as the Maharashtra Governor, while Soundararajan will succeed ESL Narasimhan as the Telangana Governor. Khan, who will succeed former Chief Justice of India Palanisamy Sathasivam in the Kerala Raj Bhavan, has been a staunch critic of the practice of instant triple talaq and calling for reforms in the Muslim personal laws for long. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayKhan’s speech in Parliament in 1985 in the wake of the Shah Bano judgement extending the Rajiv Gandhi government’s initial support to it earned him much acclaim. However, when the Rajiv Gandhi government got cold-feet under alleged pressure from Muslim clerics and brought a bill to nullify the Supreme Court order, he resigned from the ministry. The Uttar Pradesh politician later joined the BJP but remained relatively low-key since 2007. Recently, when the Modi government brought a bill to criminalise the practice of instant triple talaq, Khan supported it.last_img read more

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Ottawa said ready to pass law forcing CN to restore rusting Quebec

first_imgQUEBEC — The federal government says it is ready to pass a law forcing the Canadian National Railway to restore the historic Quebec Bridge.Three federal ministers announced today they have appointed a special negotiator to seek a deal with CN, the bridge’s owner.Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said in a press release Ottawa has named former iA Financial Group CEO Yves Charest to negotiate.Charest will have a mandate to recommend options to restore the Quebec Bridge, which was completed in 1917.The ministers say Charest could recommend a transfer of the bridge from CN to the federal government with adequate compensation. They say another option is legislation forcing CN to restore the bridge in the near term.Quebec City leaders have been attempting to have the rusting bridge painted and restored for years. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 he would get the job done.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN refugee official to visit Chad as new refugees arrive everyday

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that this would be the first mission for Judy Cheng-Hopkins, who took up her post earlier this month, adding that “it’s an important one given the many concerns we’re facing in Chad and in the region as a whole.”“The Assistant High Commissioner will review our operations both in eastern Chad, where we have 12 camps and more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur, as well as in southern Chad where we continue to see a worrisome influx of thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR),” Ron Redmond told a press briefing.“Our teams report that at least 100 persons are still crossing on a daily basis” from the CAR, Mr. Redmond said, fleeing attacks by rebel groups and Government forces, although he added that this figure was down from about 200 daily at the start of the week.Ms. Cheng-Hopkins would first visit Abeche and Bahai, in eastern Chad, to assess the agency’s field operations in the camps for Darfur refugees, who have fled the killings in that region of neighbouring Sudan, and she would hold meetings with local Chadian officials at all of her stops.After these visits she will move to southern Chad, “where we continue to see a steady flow of refugee arrivals from the northern Central African Republic,” Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR said it was discussing with Chadian authorities the opening of a new refugee site because of the anticipation of more refugees fleeing violence in the CAR. read more

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If Junior Cycle nonsense continues teachers could strike says union

first_imgI can see lots of demonstrations, I can see lots of other action taking place.He said there has been “no move” in the talks between unions and the Department of Education.“We meet [the] officials almost once a week, sometimes twice a week. We set out our position at every single meeting. There can be no doubt as to where we stand,” said Craughwell.Read: “The anger is palpable”: Teachers to hold lunchtime protests over Junior Cycle>Read:  Teachers to hold “symbolic” lunchtime protests over new Junior Cycle> THE RESULTS OF a ballot of teachers over the new Junior Cycle programme will be known this Wednesday.Gerard Craughwell, president of the TUI, told TheJournal.ie that he is expecting a “resounding rejection” of the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plan for the Junior Cycle.“If this nonsense continues then we will have no alternative,” said Craughwell of potential strike action. “I haven’t met a teacher yet who will accept the proposal the minister has on the table.”The ASTI and TUI are still in the middle of ballotting their members on the new Junior Cycle Student Award.It is due to be introduced from this September, and negotiations have been underway between teachers’ unions and the Department of Education.BallotsA spokesperson from the ASTI told TheJournal.ie that their ballots will close on Tuesday evening and will be counted the next day, Wednesday 26 March. The result is expected that evening.The results of the TUI ballot are also expected that day.The unions’ ballot papers differ slightly, with both of them calling for action including withdrawal from cooperation with the new Junior Cycle framework.That would include non-attendance at training and non-cooperation with assessment of their own pupils.In addition, the TUI ballot asks members if they would take industrial action up to and including strike action “at an appropriate time”.Strike actionTeachers recently held lunchtime protests, and Craughwell said that while none are planned right now, they are “highly likely to happen” again.“Strike action is the most significant tool in our armour,” commented Craughwell.last_img read more

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The Pirate Bays advertising program actually works

first_imgA little less than one year ago, The Pirate Bay announced a new campaign where the site’s iconic logo would be replaced by an ad for some form of media — usually music. Dubbed The Promo Bay, the promotional campaign aimed to help artists promote their work — no doubt an effort by The Pirate Bay to show that it isn’t just a platform for piracy. Those of you that have visited the site frequently enough may have wondered how well the promotion platform is working, and luckily for us, the developer of the indie game — Sean Hogan —  Anodyne broke down just how much the promotion helped.The Promo Bay isn’t simply a free promotion, as the catch is that the featured artist must provide a free torrent to the promoted work. Hogan said that the promotion was a success, and fueled sales to far exceed the projected numbers.Over the three days that Anodyne was promoted on The Pirate Bay, Sean experienced traffic of over 240,000 unique visitors, with the largest referral being from The Pirate Bay. The total cost of the promotion was $7, but that was simply web-hosting costs. The release trailer of the game broke 100,000 views, and the Facebook page gained around 200 to 300 Likes.To compare to how the game was doing before The Promo Bay, the developers only experienced traffic of around 40,000 unique visitors, which resulted in around 800 to 900 sales at an average of $8 a pop, which results in around $6,400 to $7,200. The sale resulted in around 6,700 purchases of the game, and though the average price paid was much lower than $8 — at around $1.50 to $2.76 depending on game-only or bundle purchases — the developers doubled their revenue from the sale, generating around $12,000.So, at least for one developer, The Promo Bay actually worked, showing that more sales come with more exposure, even if the product is sitting right there available for free.last_img read more

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Gardaí appeal for cyclist who may have witnessed jewellery store robbery to

first_img Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 1:13 PM http://jrnl.ie/3218929 By Cianan Brennan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 2nd 2017, 1:13 PM Gardaí appeal for cyclist, who may have witnessed jewellery store robbery, to come forward The robbery happened just after 5pm on 21 January at Bouchon Jewellery in Malahide. Share16 Tweet Email 6 Comments A still from the CCTV footage of the incidentGARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE robbery of a jewellery store in Malahide, Co Dublin, have appealed for a male cyclist, who may have witnessed the incident, to come forward.Two men who were involved in the robbery of Bouchon Jewellery at the Diamond in Malahide on 21 January last are currently being sought for questioning.The incident left the female owner of the premises injured and hospitalised. It’s understood that it was the second such robbery of the premises in just three days.Having reviewed CCTV footage of the area at the time of the robbery, gardaí are now asking that a cyclist who was in the vicinity come forward. They have confirmed that they believe he is only a potential witness, and was not involved in the crime.A short time after the incident a black-coloured hatchback car was observed driving in a dangerous manner in the Yellow Walls Road area of the north Dublin town. It is believed the cyclist may have seen that car or the two suspects.The man cycling was wearing white runners, blue jeans and an anorak-type jacket.The robbers threatened staff and stole a number of items, including watches, during the incident. In the aftermath both suspects ran in the direction of St Margaret’s Avenue, Malahide.The first suspect is described as being 5’9″, around 50 years of age, and wearing glasses and a yellow jacketThe second was wearing a black jacket and a white hat and was much younger than the firstInvestigating gardaí have asked that the cyclist, or anyone who may have been cycling or walking in the Yellow Walls Road area at the time, or who may have observed the black hatchback car, contact them at Malahide Garda Station on 01 6664600, on the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or at any Garda station.Read: ‘Battle Royale’ between Today FM and 2FM as latest listener figures are releasedRead: Stephen Donnelly is joining Fianna Fáil but he hasn’t always been the party’s biggest fan 16,078 Views last_img read more

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Greek skip prescriptions poll shows

first_imgOne in four Greeks gets prescription medicines over the counter from pharmacies, bypassing their doctors, while three in 10 claim to have been unable to find the medicines they need due to shortages, a new study has shown. According to the study carried out by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine last month, 25 percent of respondents take medicines without first obtaining a prescription. Most (67 percent) of those who went straight to the pharmacy said they were not asked whether they had any allergies or physical ailments that would rule out certain drugs. Many doctors complain that it is illegal for pharmacists to issue prescription drugs. But the Health Ministry is reportedly planning to combat drug shortages by allowing pharmacists to sell substitute medicines. Yiannis Tountas, head of the National Pharmaceutical Organization (EOF), said such a move could be a solution. “Offering substitute drugs will help EOF to tackle shortages in the market,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pregnant Bruna Abdullah and Allan Fraser secretly get married

first_imgPregnant Bruna Abdullah and Allan Fraser reportedly got marriedInstagramBruna Abdullah, who is enjoying her phase of pregnancy, has reportedly got married in secrecy to her fiancé Allan Fraser.Bruna and Allan recently went on to a vacation in Thailand for her babymoon. As reported, the trip turned out to be much more special for the couple as they tied the knot. Reports further claimed that Bruna and Allan had no plan to get married, and it was an impromptu decision they made.However, the couple has not given any official confirmation of them getting married yet. Bruna has been posting pictures flaunting her baby bump on Instagram. She is 27 weeks pregnant now and had posted a video that showed Allan surprising her with an engagement ring.Lately, a number of Bollywood celebrities chose the path of parenthood without tying the knot. First, it was Amy Jackson, who had announced her pregnancy with an adorable post on Instagram. The diva loves flaunting her baby bump on social media and often expresses her excitement to become a mother.A few days later, Arjun Kapoor, who is in a relationship with Gabriella Demetriades, also announced their plans to welcome parenthood. While Bruna and her partner have reportedly turned Mr and Mrs, the other two couples have not expressed any plans to get married.last_img read more

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After Deadly Attack In Syria Global Outrage Mounts And Investigations Continue

first_img– / 4A day after a suspected chemical weapons strike in Syria killed more than 70 people, world powers are trading accusations and denials as investigations into the attack continue.Experts are still evaluating exactly what happened, but there’s widespread consensus that deadly chemicals were involved in the attack on Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 72 people there were killed by toxic chemicals, including 20 children and 17 women.The World Health Organization has also received reports of scores of fatalities from deadly chemicals. “According to Health Cluster partners on the ground treating the patients, at least 70 people have died and hundreds more have been affected,” the WHO wrote.“Opposition activist videos show rescue workers hosing down survivors and the bodies of purported victims, showing no outward wounds,” NPR’s Alison Meuse reports from Beirut. “In one video, nine pale-faced children are loaded in the back of a truck, staring lifelessly into space.”It’s not entirely confirmed what the chemicals were, but experts suspect a powerful nerve agent. Doctors Without Borders says victims were showing symptoms consistent with a chemical “such as sarin gas or similar compounds.”In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s attack, international leaders — including British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and President Trump — censured Bashar Assad’s regime for the apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians.On Wednesday, Trump said the attack “crossed a lot of lines with me.”“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” Trump said, adding, “These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated.”At an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered a pointed message, saying that Russia and Iran “have no interest in peace” and that the U.S. may need to act on its own.“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said.Envoys from Russia had a different response to the attack.“The main task now is to have an objective inquiry into what happened,” Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the Security Council, according to The Associated Press. “Up to now all falsified reports about this incident have come from the White Helmets or the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in London which have been discredited long ago.”Russia has an alternate narrative of events, as Charles Maynes reports for NPR from Moscow.“Russia’s defense ministry says Syrian warplanes indeed carried out the strikes, but that civilian deaths were caused when those bombs struck a hidden ammunition depot that contained chemical weapons that belonged to terrorist groups on the ground,” Maynes says. “Russia maintains the Assad government destroyed its entire chemical arsenal under a deal Moscow brokered with the Obama administration back in 2013.”That explanation has been challenged as “completely unsustainable and completely untrue” by a British chemical weapons expert who spoke to the BBC.“Axiomatically, if you blow up Sarin, you destroy it,” he told the BBC.This blame-trading is not new in the Syrian conflict. In 2013, hundreds of civilians died in an attack on a Damascus suburb that used sarin gas. Afterward, the regime and its Russian allies claimed that rebel fighters may have used the chemical weapons. The Obama administration quickly rejected that explanation. A U.N. inspection confirmed the use of weapons, but did not attribute any blame.The use of chemical weapons is a war crime, prohibited under a number of international treaties.In 2013, after the sarin attack on Damascus, Assad’s government agreed to hand over all of its remaining chemical weapons stockpile.But in the last month alone, chemical weapons have been reportedly used at in Syria least three times, according to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.Ongoing investigations might confirm the type of weapon used Tuesday and who deployed it. But key questions will still remain — including where the weapons came from, and how the world will respond.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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These Alexaphones Blend Modern Convenience With Vintage Chic

first_imgStay on target Alexa Lets You Donate School Supplies to Students in NeedAmazon Alexa Provides NHS Medical Advice in the UK For many, the idea that Alexa-enabled devices could be spying on them is a very real fear. It’s certainly not far-fetched by any means – with all the holes in privacy in social networks like Facebook and the various breaches we see with even larger retailers so often, it’s hard not to feel paranoid. Those devices are always listening, it’s true, so they can take directions. It feels a little creepy, for sure.But what if you took your Echo Show or your Dot and melded it with an antique phone? Would a different shell make you feel a little less wary of using one of them if the camera and microphone capabilities were removed from the device? That’s kind of the idea here behind Christine Sunu and Dick Whitney’s “Alexaphones” based on antique telephones. The Regent is based on a Belgian design from the ’50s, the Avignon features an art deco style, and the Metropolis is a candlestick rotary phone with a black mouthpiece.Each phone features a USB power cable, auxiliary audio jack, and other connectivity options so that you can use them with an external speaker. The microphone functions just like it would on a regular phone, of course, so if you don’t lift the receiver to speak, Alexa won’t be activated, and the device just can’t “hear” you. It’s a very cool idea, but unfortunately each model is $1,500 apiece. You can reserve them via Grain Design’s website if you really want to put down $200, but there’s no word on when they’ll be coming back in stock.AdChoices广告Obviously, the only real way to keep your private life private and out of earshot from Alexa is not to use the device at all, but until you can bear to part with your handy little digital assistant, this might be a viable alternative.More on Geek.com:Best Gifts for a Smarter Home9 Times Your Speaker Got WeirdAnki Vector Robot Is the Perfect City Petlast_img read more

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The brains of Ubers selfdriving cars are getting a big upgrade

first_imgSoon, Uber‘s self-driving cars will all think the same.The ride-sharing company announced at CES 2018 that it had selected Nvidia to be the tech supplier for self-driving fleet going forward. The arrangement says Uber’s driverless cars will utilize Nvidia’s new Xavier Drive chips, a new powerful and efficient chip built specifically for autonomous cars.Today’s announcement makes the relationship between the two companies official. Nvidia had already been supplying the Tegra chips for the Volvo XC90’s that Uber had deployed for its self-driving trials in Pittsburgh and Arizona (specifically the Drive PX 2), but there was no formal partnership between the chipmaker and ride-hailing company.Now there is. Going forward, the self-driving fleets of Uber and its trucking subsidiary Otto will be powered by the Nvidia Drive Pegasus. CEO Jensen Huang describes the Pegasus, powered by two of the company’s powerful Drive Xavier chips, as a “Level 5 self-driving car.” A Level 5 car is generally thought to be a car that can drive in all driving situations, negating the need for a human driver — or even a steering wheel — entirely.It’s clear Uber is satisfied with the results it’s seen from the 50,000 passenger trips and 2 million miles logged by its Nvidia-powered driverless fleet (that crash in Tempe notwithstanding). Uber is one of many partners who leverage Nvidia tech for their self-driving efforts, but it’s definitely one of the biggest.Uber has long had the goal to be a leader in deploying self-driving cars since its single largest expense today is paying humans drivers. However, until now it’s been much more reluctant than its chief competitor, Lyft, to partner up with carmakers and other technology companies, preferring to mostly develop its tech in-house and through acquisitions.With the Nvidia partnership, Uber is adapting its approach after a tumultuous year that saw, among other things, the firing of the leader of its self-driving division, Anthony Levandowski. Levandowski was at the center of a lawsuit from Waymo that accused him of stealing trade secrets when Uber hired him away from the Alphabet-owned company.Regardless, this is a big win for Nvidia, which is in a running gun battle with Intel to be the leader in hard part of self-driving cars: developing the AI and chips that actually drive them.Uber isn’t the only one getting cozier to Nvidia and its self-driving tech. China’s Baidu and ZF have both committed to using the Nvidia Drive Xavier for their self-driving cars. An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives down Smallman Street on September, 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Image: Jeff Swensen/Getty ImagesBy Pete Pachal2018-01-08 05:21:57 UTClast_img read more