HC denies permission to Bhim Army for rally in Pune

first_imgA day ahead of the 201st anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon, the Bombay High Court on Monday denied permission to the Uttar Pradesh-based Bhim Army to hold a public meeting in Pune on Tuesday. The court, however, imposed no restriction on Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ from visiting the village of Bhima-Koregaon, 30 km from Pune city, on January 1, the battle’s anniversary.Security shieldOfficials from the Pune police, who were present in the court, submitted that they were not detaining Mr. Azad in Pune, despite a significant security shield outside Sagar Plaza Hotel in the city where he is staying.Mr. Azad was to address the Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha in Pune’s SSPMS grounds.“It is surprising that the court’s refusal to grant permission for our rally rested on technicalities like obtaining ‘clearance’ from the SSPMS ground authorities. The court never mentioned any possible ‘untoward situation’ arising out of Mr. Azad’s presence – as has been hinted to us by authorities since he entered Maharashtra on December 28,” said Datta Pol, Bhim Army’s Pune district president.Mr. Pol, told The Hindu that Mr. Azad’s planned interaction with Ambedkarite students at the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), has also been cancelled.‘Tension in campus’Both events, to be held on December 30, had to be cancelled after the SSPMS ground authorities denied permission for a public meeting, and the SPPU authorities refused Mr. Azad permission to interact with students saying his presence “would create tension” in the campus.The same day, advocate Nitin Satpute moved the High Court seeking “urgent relief” for Bhim Army to hold its proposed public meeting in Pune and demanding action against the State government for allegedly violating Article 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution.last_img read more

Triple Jumper Maheswary seals Rio berth after record breaking performance

first_imgThree track and field athletes including veteran triple jumper Renjith Maheswary, sealed their Rio Olympics berths with national record-breaking performances in the fourth Indian Grand Prix on Monday.Dharambir Singh (200 metres) and Renjith Maheshwary broke national records. On the other hand, Jinson Johnson ran the second fastest ever 800m race by an Indian to better Rio qualification marks at Sree Kanteerava Stadium.Dharambir Singh, 27, from Haryana clocked 20.45 seconds which beat the Rio qualification mark by 0.05 seconds which stood at 20.50 seconds before. With this he not only broke the qualification record but also his own record of 20.66 seconds set at the Asian Championships in China last year.With this, Dharambir became the first Indian to run in an Olympics 200 metres race after 36 years following Tamil Nadu’s Perumal Subramaniam, who ran in the 1980, Moscow Games. The men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams are also certain to make the Rio cut, with both standing on the 13th spot after the end of European Championships in Amsterdam last night.The top 16 relay teams qualify for Rio Olympics after today’s deadline for Rio Games qualification for athletics events. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF) is most likely to release a list of all qualified relay teams for Rio Olympics tomorrow. With three more track and field making the Rio cut today, the total number of Indian sports-persons for Rio Olympics will go up to 117. (Also read: Indian relay racers set new record at Kazakhstan Athletics Championships)The case for Maheswary was however different as it was a do or die situation. Often criticised for landing with ‘no marks’ in the World Championships back in 2011 and the 2012 Olympics, Maheswary today leaped to glory setting a new national record of 17.30 metres bettering Arpinder Singh’s (17.17 metres). He also bettered the Rio qualification mark of 16.85 metres. (Also read: Rivals beware, Michael Phelps is after ‘unfinished business’ at Olympics)advertisementFINALLY SEALING A SPOTMaheswary, is participating in his third straight Olympic Games after 2008 and 2012. Maheswary was attempting to qualify for Rio since last year but each time he missed the mark narrowly. On Monday however, his third round jump of 16.93 metres sealed the deal and having achieving qualification, Maheswary leaped 17.30 metres, that not only made the national record but also took him to the third spot in the current world rankings behind Americans Christian Taylor (17.76) and Will Claye (17.65). Maheshwary was happy and excited talking about the Olympics:”I am happy with weather conditions and the favourable track here which helped him qualify for Rio. The weather was not congenial in Hyderabad (National Inter-State last month). I tried to qualify in Thailand but fouled a couple of jumps. The runway here is good and that helped me to accomplish my dream of making it to Rio,”Renjith added that he may go to Thailand to train for three to four weeks before flying to Rio. Kerala’s half-miler, Johnson, virtually ran a ‘solo race’ to clock 1:45.98 seconds and bettered the Rio qualifying norm of 1:46.00 in men’s 800 metres.”I have been waiting for this moment. The weather and track were good today that helped me to achieve the target,” said a delighted Johnson after the race. Woman long jumper V Neena jumped 6.66 metres on her second round today to be just 4cm short of the Olympic qualification mark.Neena raised her personal best by 21 cm in less than two weeks. Having started with a win in the National Inter-State in Hyderabad with 6.45m, Neena went on to grab the gold at Thai Open with a 1 cm improvement.  She clinched the gold in the 3rd Indian Grand Prix here on Sunday with a wind-aided 6.57 metres. Another athlete who caught the eye today was javelin thrower Devender Singh, who recorded a personal best 80.21 metres to win the event beating his previous best of 79.65 metres with which he won the Federation Cup at Mangaluru last year. The Rio mark in this event stands at 83 metres. (Also read: Golfer Jordan Spieth pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika worries)Similarly, woman javelin thrower Annu Rani delivered 59.20 metres against the Rio mark of 62 metres to win the gold. Arokia Rajiv (46.24 seconds) and M R Poovamma (52.85 seconds) took the top spots in men’s and women’s 400 metres races respectively to end their Rio qualification efforts in disappointment. They are, however, expected to be in the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams in Rio. Regarding the men’s and women’s 4×400 metres relay teams, Karnataka Athletics Association Secretary Chandrashekar Rai said that their Rio qualification is more or less confirmed.advertisement”I was awake till 2 am this morning to confirm the qualification of India’s relay teams,” he said, referring to the results of the European Championships in Amsterdam.last_img read more

RP Singh announces retirement, posts emotional message on Twitter

first_imgFormer India pacer RP Singh on Tuesday announced his retirement from the cricket.The 32-year-old Singh, a left arm speedster, took to Twitter to announce his decision.”13 years ago today, on 4th September 2005 was the first time I donned the Indian jersey. It was the stepping-stone to what would become the most cherished moments of my life,” Singh wrote on his Twitter account.”Today as I hang my boots and call it a day, I wish to remember and give thanks to each and everyone who made this journey possible,” he said.His international career spanned six years and the pacer played 82 matches across all three formats and picked up over 100 wickets.RP bagged 40 Test wickets at an economy rate of 3.98, averaging 42.05. In 58 ODIs, the left-arm slinger scalped 69 wickets at an economy rate of 5.48 averaging 33.96. He also has played 10 T20Is for India where he picked up 15 wickets.My first Indian shirt signed by all my teammates back then. My cricketing journey has been nothing short of a dream. I’d like to thank everyone who supported me in my journey. pic.twitter.com/EpkWoYSmVRR P Singh (@rpsingh) September 4, 2018He was one of the heroes of India’s 2007 World T20 triumph and played a major role in India’s Test win over Australia at Perth in that year.”For someone born in a small village, I never thought I would be able to say this I have lived my dream.”And for that I have nobody else to thank but you. My fans. For believing in me. for criticizing me and for hailing me but mainly for just being there for me. Thank you!,” Singh signed off.advertisementpic.twitter.com/VluMI8unxMR P Singh (@rpsingh) September 4, 2018(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

2020 WR Keenan Hambrick Announces His Commitment

first_imgMemorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats.LAWRENCE, KS – AUGUST 30: Memorial Stadium empties after the game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Northwestern University Wildcats on August 30, 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. Northwestern defeated Kansas 28-20. (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)Les Miles continues to do work on the recruiting trail at Kansas. The Jayhawks’ head coach landed another commitment on Saturday night.Keenan Hambrick, a three-star wide receiver out of Athens, Alabama, has become the first player in the 2020 class to commit to Kansas.The 6-foot-4 wide receiver had scholarship offers from a couple of other schools, but ended up choosing the Jayhawks.The wide receiver announced his commitment on Twitter:COMMITTED 🔴🔵#Rockchalk @KU_EJones @Co_Jackson21 @ChadSimmons_ @Rivalsfbcamps @Yellowhammer247 @Mansell247 @CoachSmothers5 @coachgross73 pic.twitter.com/ttPT0hgDit— Keenan Hambrick (@TheKino_2) February 23, 2019Kusports.com had more:The Jayhawks already have their first commitment for Miles’ second KU class, thanks to a decision from Keenan Hambrick on Saturday.A 6-foot-4 receiver from Athens, Ala., Hambrick was one of several high school juniors in Lawrence this weekend for the program’s second Junior Day of the month.The first member of KU’s 2020 recruiting class told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant that Miles extended a scholarship offer during his visit, and Hambrick was on board before leaving the coach’s office.Miles obviously has his work cut out for him at Kansas, but he’s not wasting any time getting things rolling on the recruiting trail.last_img read more

CARPIN Proposes Programme to Monitor Lead Poisoning

first_img Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank recently, said there is need for greater levels of accountability and monitoring in the use of lead in Jamaica, in order to prevent incidents of poisoning. Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh noted that lead poisoning has a debilitating effect on the development of children, causing intellectual disabilities. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is recommending the implementation of monitoring programmes within health facilities to capture information on accidental poisoning in Jamaica. Story Highlights The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is recommending the implementation of monitoring programmes within health facilities to capture information on accidental poisoning in Jamaica.Poison Information Coordinator at CARPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that such data could inform the development of policy and legislation to address lead poisoning.The entity is also calling for segregated waste management that will help with providing some amount of control over what is burned and emitted into the atmosphere.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank recently, said there is need for greater levels of accountability and monitoring in the use of lead in Jamaica, in order to prevent incidents of poisoning.She was speaking against the background of the observation of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from October 22-28 and the local focus on eliminating lead exposure in the environment.She cited research done by Professor Gerald Lalor and a team from the University of the West Indies (UWI) on lead poisoning in Kintyre, St. Andrew; and Red Pond in St. Catherine in the 1980s, which was associated with backyard smelting.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said the team found that although a Ministry of Health study done subsequent to the discovery prompted the banning of battery smelting in the country, illegal operations continued.She noted that the research, conducted in Mona Commons in 2004, found that 74 children had been diagnosed with lead poisoning in 1998 and that just a few of them had received treatment.The researcher concluded that the problem had not been properly mitigated and that danger still existed for children in the area.It was also found that there was no monitoring system in place to facilitate current data to validate that the problem no longer exists, that there were no policies in place to enforce preventive actions, and that there needed to be closer monitoring of non-segregated waste through air-quality testing.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh noted that lead poisoning has a debilitating effect on the development of children, causing intellectual disabilities.She said recent research, including a 2004 study by Stretesky et al out of Northumbria University in England, links lead exposure to violent and criminal activity.In 2016, lead exposure accounted for 494,550 deaths globally.last_img read more

Human Rights Awards Presented to Two People Organization

first_imgTwo people and an organization have been honoured for their work promoting human rights and making life better for Nova Scotians, and others around the world, with the 2011 Human Rights Award. The Human Rights Commission presented the awards today, Dec. 9, at the International Human Rights Day Event at Park West School in Halifax. The theme is, Celebrating 25 Years of Partnerships for Human Rights: Raising Awareness Through Education in Our Communities. The winners are Tringa Rexhepi, Dartmouth and Doreen Crick, Halifax, and the Halifax Refugee Clinic. “Human rights education extends much further than the classroom,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex on behalf of Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “It is something that Nova Scotians from every region are passing down through the generations and I congratulate this year’s Human Rights Award winners who work hard to raise awareness of human rights issues.” Ms. Rexhepi, a 20-year-old honoured in the youth category, came to Canada in 1999 as a refugee from Kosovo. She settled in Halifax and began volunteering at her school and in the community. In Grade 4, she was noticed by her teachers and peers as a mediator and leader. She raised thousands of dollars for families in need and persuaded her school administration to start an initiative to collect 1,000 books to increase literacy in Uganda. They far surpassed their goal, taking in 12,770 books. She is seen as an inspiration, community activist and humanitarian. As a member of the Rockingham Grannies and Grandmothers, a group that has raised almost $60,000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Ms. Crick has been involved in fundraising for grandmothers in Africa to raise their grandchildren who were orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Crick, chosen in the individual category, was one of two grandmothers who organized a committee at the Rockingham United Church on anti-racism and hosted events to raise awareness about racial discrimination. She also spends a great deal of her time speaking in schools about humanitarian issues. The Halifax Refugee Clinic opened its doors on June 1, 2000. The clinic provides free legal advice and help with housing, employment and medical services. The clinic has supported over 1,200 men, women and children who were forced to flee their homelands and fear for their lives for reasons of race, religion, nationality and/or membership in a particular social or political opinion. The clinic, which is supported by a team of volunteers, has offered services to clients from over 60 countries. It was chosen in the organization category. “The winners of these awards have demonstrated their commitment to human rights and have used personal experiences and passion as an inspiration for their tireless efforts,” said Karen Fitzner, Human Rights Commission. “It’s not just people in the province who have benefitted and learned from their hard work, but people around the world.” International Human Rights Day celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948 and is credited with shaping human rights around the world. The original document was drafted by John Humphrey, a Canadian. For more information go to http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ .last_img read more

TV Stars Set To Attend Art In The Afternoon

first_img WHEN: Sunday, May 4th 2014Find out more here. A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) presents Art in the Afternoon, an annual family fun festival with art workshops, musical performances, live & silent auctions, face painting and more.The event aims to support the expansion of AWBW’s healing art programs across the country and announces the organization’s new mission.Hosted by actress G. Hannelius (Disney Channel’s “Dog with a Blog”), additional expected guests include: Landry Bender (“Crash & Bernstein”), Regan Burns (“Dog with a Blog”), Joey Bragg (“Liv and Maddie”), Francesca Capaldi (“Dog with a Blog”), Sabrina Carpenter (“Girl Meets World”), Cameron Boyce (“Jessie”), Beth Littleford (“Dog with a Blog”), Kayla Maisonet (“Dog with a Blog”), Peyton Meyer (“Girl Meets World”), Blake Michael (“Dog with a Blog”), “Mick” The Dog (“Dog with a Blog”), Danielle Soibelman (“Dog with a Blog”), Tenzing Trainor (“Liv & Maddie”) and more.Since 1991 A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) has provided art as a healing and empowering tool for individuals living in domestic violence shelters to rebuild their lives and end the cycle of violence. Art offers a window to a new world in which violence, shame and silence are replaced by safety, healing and hope. For the participants in the workshops, art acts as a reminder of the power they have to create change for themselves and their communities. In 2013, AWBW reached over 19,000 women and children at 296 sites throughout Los Angeles and 28 states nationwide. WHERE: Venice Skills Center 611 5th Avenue Venice, California 90291last_img read more

Cindy Blackstock eyes Federal Court to force Ottawa to treat First Nations

first_imgAPTN National News If the federal government won’t abide by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling on First Nations children, Cindy Blackstock says she’ll take them to the Federal Court.“We see this as a track to the Federal Court,” said Blackstock Tuesday on the eve of a non-compliance hearing that is to begin at the human rights tribunal.The tribunal called the hearing to examine why the federal government has yet to abide by a Jan. 2016 ruling that it discriminates against First Nation children.The three-day hearing begins Wednesday in Ottawa but in its most recent filing the government has said the tribunal can’t force them to do anything.“The tribunal does not have the statutory authority to enforce its own orders,” wrote the Department of Justice, which is headed up by Jody Wilson-Raybould, a former regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations.Instead, the department said the tribunal should have a little more faith the government will execute the ruling.“They should generally operate under a presumption that their rulings will be executed with reasonable diligence or good faith,” wrote the department.Since its January 2016 ruling, where it determined Ottawa racially discriminates against First Nations children by underfunding programs compared to what non-Indigenous children receive under provincial programs, the tribunal has issued two non-compliance orders.Blackstock said if the federal government didn’t believe the tribunal had authority to enforce its own orders then why did the feds agree to the ruling?She also questions why the federal government didn’t seek a judicial review if it never intended to fully comply with the ruling.“Tomorrow we are going to (the tribunal) because Canada has failed to observe three legal orders to stop racially discriminating against 165,000 little kids,” said Blackstock.She said the government has said it can’t move forward until it finishes it’s “engagement strategy” that has Ottawa talking to groups and organizations to determine their need.“We asked them what is it that you need to know that you don’t know? They have no idea,” said Blackstock. “They don’t know when this engagement is going to be finished.”Blackstock is calling on the Minister of Youth to step in – that’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“There certainly can’t be a more important issue for the Minister of Youth then to end racial discrimination of its own government towards kids,” said Blackstock. “He needs to take a leadership role in this and demand his government come into full compliance right now.”She estimated the government is at about 30 per cent compliant.The government has said in affidavits to the tribunal it’s provided nearly three quarters of the $71 million earmarked for 2016 for the First Nations Child and Family Services program (FNCFSP). It’s part of $634.8 million funding over five years announced in last year’s budget for FNCFSP. That funding was decided upon before the tribunal made its ruling said Blackstock.Blackstock has maintained at least $10 million of that stayed in Indigenous Affairs for various costs associated with providing the funding to groups across the country.She has said there needed to be at least $200 million in immediate funding to try and meet urgent needs.Blackstock first filed the human rights complaint over 10 years ago, along with the Assembly of First Nations. The former Conservative government tried multiple times to have it dismissed.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Ridgeview Village Evacuees reminded to checkin at the Pomeroy Sport Centre

first_img A look at the building early Sunday morning on 86 street. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of Ridgeview Village are being reminded to check in at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.Residents who were evacuated Saturday night and have not checked in at the Emergency Social Services Centre at the Pomeroy Sport Centre between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m Sunday.  Residents who were evacuated can receive immediate support from the Province and City of Fort St. John.If you can’t make it during those times, please contact your property manager and they will help set up a time for you to meet with ESS to get you registered. As we get more information about the fire, we will post updates here.  If you have any pictures or video to share email news@moosefm.ca Ridgeview Apartment fire First Choice Towing Fire Russell Peters Deported World Tour Energeticcity.ca Trev Talks – June 29 2018 Energeticcity.ca 100 ave Flooding June 26 Energeticcity.ca Thank you Canada Announcement for Dawson Creek Energeticcity.ca Ridgeview Village Apartment Fire in Fort St. John Energeticcity.ca Ridgeview Village Apartment Fire Energeticcity.ca Ridgeview Village Fire in Fort St. John Energeticcity.ca Tommy Lakes Forest Fire Energeticcity.ca Security tries to stop breastfeeding mom [Mic Archives] Mic This 16-Year-Old Schooled a Republican senator [Mic Archives] Mic It’s time for Fox News to Tell white men to stop shooting people [Mic Archives] Mic Seven unexpected things yoga does to your body [Mic Archives] Mic How To Use Menstrual Cups [Mic Archives] Mic This waterjet cutter is one sharp machine [Mic Archives] Mic Domestic violence in Bangladesh is a serious problem, this woman is taking control of the problem. [Mic Archives] Mic Powered by According to the Emergency Social Services Centre, they are working to determine what is the need for people evacuated by the fire.  Once they have made that determination, they will let the community know what is needed and how donations can be accepted.A fire broke out at around 11 p.m. Saturday night at the Ridgeview Village Apartments on 86 street.  The official cause is not known at this time, but eyewitnesses suggest it started on a balcony of one apartment building.center_img 1 of 12 Firefighters battle a fire at the Ridgeview Village Apartment building last Saturday night. Submitted photo. last_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department responds to fire at Formula Powell trucking

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a small structure fire on the West Bypass Road early Saturday morning.Crews were called to the trucking storage yard in the 10200-block of 116 street at approximately 2:20 a.m.The Fire Department says there is a small structure fire that has spread into rows of stacked material on pallets. A fire at the same facility in 2008 caused the City of Fort St. John and the Fort St. John Fire Department to implement new bylaws for what can be stored within City limits.After the fire, the new bylaw was put into place so that hazardous chemicals would be stored farther away from residential areas. At the time of the fire, then-Deputy Fire Chief, Curtis Redpath says, the bylaw will also require, the disclosure of the types of materials stored in existing and future facilities. The Fire Department is currently working with staff from the business to move unburnt material to provide better access to the burning material.Crews are expected to be on scene for some time yet.last_img read more

Man freed in NYC LTTE case

A man called the top U.S. representative of an outlawed Sri Lankan rebel group has been freed from jail in a New York City terrorism case.A judge sentenced Karunakaran (kah-roo-nah-KEHR-ahn) Kandasamy (kahn-dah-SAH-mee) on Friday to time served _ about five years. Prosecutors had sought a maximum 20-year term. But there’s still no finality to the criminal case.After countless delays, one of five defendants left in legal limbo _ a naturalized U.S. citizen and former cab driver named Karunakaran Kandasamy _ is up for sentencing Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Two others who also pleaded guilty are awaiting sentencing, while another pair is fighting extradition in Canada.For the 55-year-old Kandasamy, the stakes are high: Prosecutors have argued that as the top U.S. representative for the Tamil Tigers, he deserves a lengthy sentence _ the maximum is 20 years _ for raising money for the separatist group. The defense believes Kandasamy, who suffers from diabetes and other ailments, already has done enough time. The United States and other Western countries had labeled the Tamil Tigers a terrorist organization before the rebels were defeated in a bloody civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. Nearly six years have passed since U.S. authorities took the unusual step of rounding up a group of Sri Lankan immigrants and charging them with breaking terror financing laws by raising money and trying to get weapons for the Tamil Tigers rebel forces.Since then, 14 defendants charged in New York have been convicted. Some were given 25 years in prison. Back home, the Tamil Tigers were finally vanquished after a bloody civil war. The 55-year-old Kandasamy was among several Sri Lankan immigrants rounded up in the mid-2000s and accused of illegally raising money for the Tamil Tigers. Kandasamy, a native Tamil who’s been jailed for five years, “is a fundamentally good and decent man who wanted to help the community he clearly loved _ a community that suffered terribly for many years,” defense attorney Charles Ross wrote in a recent letter to the judge. “There is no question that Mr. Kandasamy went too far and broke the law, but like other defendants in this case, he was motivated by a deep desire to help his people,” the letter adds.In 2009, the Tamil Tigers admitted defeat in their 25-year war with the Sri Lankan government that left more than 70,000 people dead.The rebels, who once controlled a de facto state in the island nation’s north, had been fighting since 1983 for a separate state for minority Tamils after decades of oppression by the Sinhalese majority. Blamed for hundreds of suicide attacks, the Tamil Tigers were shunned internationally and branded terrorists by the U.S., European Union and India. Federal authorities in New York had sought to cut off support for the group by arresting sympathizers in their East Coast immigrant communities in 2006 and 2007 on charges of conspiring to provide material aid to a terrorist organization. Some like Kandasamy were tied to a covert campaign to raise and launder millions of dollars through a charity front organization.Prosecutors say there’s evidence Kandasamy helped raise millions of dollars for the Tamil Tigers, and that he went to Sri Lanka to meet with rebel commanders.The defense argued in it recent letter that Kandasamy’s motives were humanitarian. It says in Sri Lanka, he “personally witnessed the brutality of the Sri Lankan government on many occasions. … For more than 25 year, he lived in constant fear for his life and safety and the lives and safety of his family, friends and neighbors.”The U.S. government, “recognizing the systematic victimization of the Tamil people, granted Mr. Kandasamy political asylum in the early 1980s,” the letter adds. After that, “he lived an upstanding, law-abiding life.” (AP) read more

Pakistan UN and partners press on with relief efforts 1 month after

Giving a balance sheet of operations in the first month since the 8 October disaster, OCHA cited on the health front the prevention of epidemic outbreaks of major communicable diseases as a big achievement, with 300,000 children vaccinated against measles so far.Among other recent achievements, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has helped fix the Muzaffarabad water supply system, which serves more than 200,000 people and is now 90 per cent restored. UNICEF has also provided more than 1 million packets of chlorine to rural populations, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has donated more than 8,300 tons of high-energy biscuits.On education, UNICEF has delivered 300 ‘school-in-a-box’ kits and worked with partners to establish 36 tent schools.Bearing in mind the lack of funding for the flash appeal – with only $133 million of the $550 million sought so far contributed or pledged – the UN and its partners have decided to target up to 200,000 people living in high altitude valleys above the snowline who may become inaccessible within the next four weeks, as well as an estimated 150,000 people who may choose to move down to the lower valleys.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that it would be providing half a million blankets and over 20,000 family tents from its global stocks, but the Pakistani Government says more than 241,000 tents are needed together with 3.8 million blankets – or two per head.”We are continuing to look for additional sources of supplies, but our efforts are still hobbled by a lack of funds,” agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.Meanwhile, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) warned that with some 17,000 quake-affected women expected to give birth in the next two months, 1,200 will face major complications and about 400 require surgical assistance.To help local authorities address this situation, UNFPA is providing clean delivery kits, caesarean section kits, emergency supplies and much-needed surgical equipment to health centres and referral facilities. read more

Getting online may be easy and cheap but many small businesses still

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Getting online may be easy and cheap, but many small businesses still skip the website NEW YORK, N.Y. – It’s cheap. It’s easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don’t have a website.“It’s just ridiculous,” says Jim Blasingame, a small business author and radio show host. “Every small business needs a website. Period. Nonnegotiable.”Small businesses that don’t have one say they don’t have the time, think it will cost too much or don’t want the rush of orders that comes with being online. But entrepreneurs that have jumped to the digital side say their websites have boosted sales, cut down on time-consuming phone calls and brought more people into their stores.But not everyone wants that.Steve Love has never had a website for the handmade sausage and meat business he’s owned since 1988. He says a website for LoveLand Farms would boost sales and he doesn’t have any more farmland to raise hogs and Black Angus cattle.“I don’t want it to grow,” says Love, who sells his goods at a farmers’ market in Bloomington, Indiana, and a store in another town that’s open once a week. “I’m already maxed out. I’m scared it would blow up on me.”But customers expect one. When they ask him at the farmers’ market if he has a website, he hands them a card with his phone number and a map to his shop called the Sausage Shack in Nashville, Indiana. He has no plans to start a website anytime soon. But it could happen in the future if his kids want to take over and grow the business.“I wouldn’t say never,” says Love.Some owners simply say they have no time.Bill Peatman, who writes blog posts, emails and other content for websites for his corporate clients, doesn’t have one for his own business.“I’ve just been too busy,” says Peatman, who started his Napa, California, business over a year ago. “I haven’t come up with a plan with what I want to do.”He knows he needs one. “People don’t think you exist,” he says. “I want to grow. I want to build my own reputation and brand.”He recently bought a domain name. And he plans to hire someone to build the site, but he thinks it will take him a few more months to get to it.“At the way I move,” says Peatman, “about six months.”Fifty-five per cent of small businesses don’t have a website, according to a 2013 survey of more than 3,800 small businesses conducted by Internet search company Google and research company Ipsos. That’s a slight improvement from the year before, when 58 per cent said they didn’t have a website.Small business owners who want to start a website have lots of options that make it easier than in the past. Companies such as Wix.com, Google, SquareSpace.com and Weebly.com require no coding or technical skills. Users can choose a template, drag in photos and paste in words.And with more people searching for businesses online and on their smartphones, companies without a site may be missing out on extra business.“You might as well be a ghost,” says Blasingame, who hosts “The Small Business Advocate,” an online and nationally syndicated radio show. “The customers and opportunity pass right through you.”Sales at Bad Pickle Tees have doubled since Cyndi Grasman began selling her quirky food-related T-shirts online a year ago. She started the business in 2012, selling shirts with sayings like “Oh Kale Yeah!” and “I Heart Bacon” at food festivals. She launched the site using website publishing company Weebly, paying $250 a year.“I’m reaching a larger audience,” she says.Marilyn Caskey says her website has cut down on time-consuming phone calls with customers. The owner of The Garment Exchange launched a website for her San Antonio consignment shop two years ago using a Google program. The store, which she opened in 2008, used to get calls all the time asking which clothing designers the shop resells.“I’ll be trying to ring up a sale and someone would call,” says Caskey, who would read through a list to the caller of all the designers the store does and doesn’t buy. “Now we refer them to the website.”Amy Gilson hopes to be able to do that soon.She hired a company to build a website for her Oklahoma City snack food business Healthy Cravings. She is paying $4,500 for it, but she hasn’t been able to find the time to take photos and give them other information needed to finish. All customers see on EatHealthyCravings.com is a message that the site is coming soon.“Right now, I do everything,” says Gilson. “I am the accountant, the marketer, the salesman.”When she sells Healthy Cravings’ zucchini brownie bites or chia cookies at farmers’ markets, shoppers ask about a website. One customer, who was looking for the fat content of the snacks, took to Healthy Cravings’ Facebook page to ask if it had a website with more information.“I can’t wait for my website,” says Gilson, who also plans to sell treats from the site. “I can just send them there.”_____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter at https://twitter.com/josephpisani by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 12:44 pm MDT read more

Man charged with stealing 160000 worth of Jamaican cheese

Man charged with stealing $160,000 worth of Jamaican cheese by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 4:02 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HACKENSACK, N.J. – A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing more than $160,000 worth of Jamaican cheese.Prosecutors said Thursday that 18-year-old Darluis Ortiz stole pallets of Tastee Cheese products from a food warehouse in Moonachie on Sept. 23.Tastee cheese is often eaten with spiced or sweetened buns, especially at Easter. It’s produced by Dairy Industries Jamaica Ltd.Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday and was charged with theft, burglary, conspiracy and possessing burglary tools. He was being held in the Bergen County jail on bail that was $10,000 less than the value of the canned, processed cheese.He couldn’t be reached for comment by phone. It was unknown if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.Ortiz was arrested after a two-week investigation by members of the Bergen County prosecutor’s office and the Moonachie police department. read more

New victories for Serbia and Montenegro

WWCH 2013 Balkan teams Serbia and Montenegro celebrated new victories at Women’s World Championship 2013. Serbian team had no problem against Algeria 34:14 (18:6) in Nis. Only in the first 15 minutes, Algeria was in the game (9:6), but then Serbian team made 9:0 series and finished the job on the half-time break. The best scorer was home team’s left wing Jelena Nisavic with 9 goals…STATISTICSIn Belgrade’s “Pionir” hall, Montenegro had easy training with DR Congo 35:9 (19:4). Montenegrian head-coach Dragan Adzic gave a chance to all the players except injured first goalkeeper Sonja Barjaktarovic which further appearance on this tournament is questionable. Her heathly status will be known after medical examinations (ankle).STATISTICS ← Previous Story Fantastic Korea too strong for Dutch girls Next Story → WWCH 2013: Denmark beat Japan – Congo scored 9, Dominican 10… read more

Hanley Wood Launches TileExpo and International Surface Event East

first_imgJim Hieb, executive vice president and CEO of the Marble Institute of America, echoed the sentiment in a statement calling the new show “essential for companies looking for growth and ways to stand out” among competitors.The Marble Institute of America, alongside the Natural Stone Council, is an official sponsor for StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas, which will work in tandem with the second Hanley Wood launch, TileExpo.TileExpo will be held concurrently with the StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and SURFACES events, Jan. 27-30, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The union between the three will offer industry professionals access to the latest products, networking opportunities, educational demos, and access to manufacturers and suppliers.“Exhibitors will now have the chance to showcase their products and services during two distinctly different buying seasons,” contends Amie Gilmore, associate show director of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo, in a statement. “We have received countless requests for a fall show, as well as an East Coast show, and we’re happy to finally be able to fill this important industry need.” Hanley Wood unveiled details for two new events, The International Surface Event East and TileExpo, in an effort designed to enhance the relationship between the flooring and surfaces industries.The International Surface Event East will launch Oct. 19-22, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. The show is a complementary addition to The International Surface Event to be held Jan. 27-30, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.“We believe in a fall show that allows businesses to take advantage of annual fiscal tax opportunities, which are beneficial to suppliers and customers alike,” says Matt Lansing, executive director of Stone Fabricators Alliance, in a statement.last_img read more

Houston Murders Fell Through August But Rose After Harvey

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 X Listen Tex TexinHouston’s murder rate dropped off sharply through August of last year, only to rise again after Harvey.Mayor Sylvester Turner has ordered police and other city departments to get more information on why.The city saw 269 murders over the whole of 2017. That is down about 11 percent compared to the last two years.Turner credited the Houston Police Department for the decline, saying officers had improved their responsiveness despite a lack of resources.However, the mayor also said the decline was only a “modified” success.“From September through December 2017, there were 104 murders in the city compared to 91 during the same period in 2016, representing a nearly 15 percent increase,” Turner commented.The mayor said that some of the increase may stem from post-traumatic stress disorders tied to Harvey.Turner noted that first responders are often “first mental health responders” as well, “and therefore I’ve tasked my staff with pulling together all pertinent data, which can document this additional challenge to our already taxed services.”“The departments working on this include police, fire, as well as health. We’re also reaching out to Harris County Health, mental health, and the sheriff’s department,” the mayor detailed.Turner said that, based on the data, the City will request additional state and federal funding to deal with post-traumatic stress from Harvey and from future storms like it. Share last_img read more

Barn owls found to suffer no hearing loss as they age

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Barn owls found to suffer no hearing loss as they age (2017, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-barn-owls-loss-age.html Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Credit: CC0 Public Domain Guard against hearing loss from fireworkscenter_img (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of Oldenburg has found that barn owls do not suffer hearing loss as they get older. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes hearing tests they conducted with a group of trained owls, what they found and why they believe more study of the birds may lead to preventing hearing loss in aging humans. © 2017 Phys.org Most everyone knows that growing older can lead to hearing loss. It happens because humans and other mammals have an inability to regenerate sensitive cells inside the ear. As damage accumulates over time, hearing degrades. This is not the case with birds, however. Prior research has shown that some experience little if any hearing loss in their old age. In this new effort, the researchers looked to see if that also applied to long-lived birds such as the barn owl.Barn owls are the most widespread of all the owls—they are found all around the world except in polar and desert regions. They earned their name by taking up residence in barns, drawn by the rodents that are attracted to stored grains. Barn owls have exceptionally good hearing—approximately 10 times as sensitive as human hearing, according to previous research. Barn owls are able to use hearing alone to capture prey moving in total darkness. They also live a long time—some in captivity have lived to be over 20 years of age.To learn more about barn owl hearing during aging, the researchers trained seven owls (aged two to 17) to fly from one position to another to receive a treat in response to an auditory signal. The birds were then separated into age groups and the researchers tested their hearing by altering the tones. The researchers report no difference in hearing abilities between all of the birds. As an aside, the team also tested the hearing of another individual barn owl that had lived to be 23 years old, and found that its hearing was just as good as the younger owls.The researchers conclude by asserting that barn owls do not experience hearing loss as they age and suggest that studying them and other birds to learn how they regenerate damaged nerves in their ears may lead to treatments for humans. More information: Bianca Krumm et al. Barn owls have ageless ears, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1584AbstractWe measured the auditory sensitivity of the barn owl (Tyto alba), using a behavioural Go/NoGo paradigm in two different age groups, one younger than 2 years (n = 4) and another more than 13 years of age (n = 3). In addition, we obtained thresholds from one individual aged 23 years, three times during its lifetime. For computing audiograms, we presented test frequencies of between 0.5 and 12 kHz, covering the hearing range of the barn owl. Average thresholds in quiet were below 0 dB sound pressure level (SPL) for frequencies between 1 and 10 kHz. The lowest mean threshold was –12.6 dB SPL at 8 kHz. Thresholds were the highest at 12 kHz, with a mean of 31.7 dB SPL. Test frequency had a significant effect on auditory threshold but age group had no significant effect. There was no significant interaction between age group and test frequency. Repeated threshold estimates over 21 years from a single individual showed only a slight increase in thresholds. We discuss the auditory sensitivity of barn owls with respect to other species and suggest that birds, which generally show a remarkable capacity for regeneration of hair cells in the basilar papilla, are naturally protected from presbycusis.last_img read more

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 vs RTX 2080 Which GPU Is Right for

first_imgNvidia’s hyped-up RTX graphics cards have finally hit laptops, but do they live up to the high standards that the company has set? A performance boost is always welcome, and the concept of ray tracing is incredibly intriguing, but do those perks make it worth spending hundreds of extra dollars on your gaming notebook? That’s what we’re here to find out. In order to accurately test the performance difference between an RTX 2080 and a GTX 1080 GPU, we’re using the GTX-powered 2018 model of the MSI GT75 Titan and its RTX-powered 2019 successor. They’re each outfitted with an overclockable 2.9-GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD with a 1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive. The only difference between them is in their GPUs: the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of VRAM vs. the RTX 2080 with 8GB of VRAM.Here’s how they stack up.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/gtx-1080-vs-rtx-2080?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 GTX 1080 vs. RTX 2080: Benchmark results Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Ultra, 1080p)98 fps112 fps83 fps Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p)67 fps76 fps61 fps Hitman (Ultra, 1080p)95 fps140 fps93 fps GTX 1080RTX 2080Premium Gaming Laptop Average HitmanThe RTX 2080 scored an impressive 140 fps on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), whereas the GTX 1080 was stuck in the double digits, at 95 fps. MSI’s latest GT75 Titan improved over last year’s model by a strong 47.4 percent and crushed the 93-fps category average. GTX 1080RTX 2080Premium Gaming Laptop Average Middle Earth: Shadow of WarThe GT75 Titan showed a much smaller performance increase of just 14.3 percent on the Middle-earth: Shadow of War benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), as the RTX 2080 ran the test at 112 fps compared to the GTX 1080’s 98 fps. However, they both made it past the 83-fps premium gaming laptop average. Metro: Last Light (Ultra, 1080p)80 fps95 fps62 fps Nvidia RTX Features and Price DifferenceThe two key features that Nvidia’s RTX chips boast are ray tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). Ray-tracing technology allows any source of in-game light to mimic the properties of a light source in real life, resulting in photo-realistic shadows and reflections.Meanwhile, DLSS is artificial intelligence that actively adjusts the resolution in a game to maximize frame rates in areas where resolution isn’t as important and to maximize resolution when the scene calls for it. For example, if you’re sprinting in a first-person shooter, you don’t need high resolution for a hazy scene, but if you’re stopped in the middle of a vibrant forest, the higher resolution will be utilized.The GTX version of the GT75 Titan costs $3,999, while the RTX version runs for $4,199, which means you’re paying an extra $200 to add some ray tracing and DLSS to your life. However, that price also accounts for an upgrade to a 4K display.While this technology may very well shape the future of gaming, it’s not fully here yet. Ray tracing is currently available in only one game, Battlefield V, and will have support down the line from another 10 games, including Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus and Control. DLSS is also available in Battlefield V and will be supported in 19 more titles, such as Anthem, PUBG and Hitman 2.RTX may be worth getting solely so you’ll be ready for this advanced tech in future games, but are the increased benchmarks worth the purchase now?Rise of the Tomb RaiderOn the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark on Very High at 1080p, the RTX 2080 hit 76 frames per second, surpassing the 67 fps from the GTX 1080, which marks a 13.4 percent improvement. The average for premium gaming laptops ($2,000 and up) is 61 fps. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p)67 fps76 fps61 fps Hitman (Ultra, 1080p)95 fps140 fps93 fps GTX 1080RTX 2080Premium Gaming Laptop Averagecenter_img GTX 1080RTX 2080Premium Gaming Laptop Average Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Ultra, 1080p)98 fps112 fps83 fps Rami Tabari, GTX 1080RTX 2080Premium Gaming Laptop Average Metro: Last Light (Ultra, 1080p)80 fps95 fps62 fps by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Metro: Last LightOn the Metro: Last Light benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), the RTX 2080 nailed 95 fps, soaring over the 62-fps category average and achieving an 18.8 percent increase from the GTX 1080’s 80 fps. Rami Tabari, on Which Nvidia GPU Should You Get?When ray tracing and DLSS inevitably make their way across the gaming landscape, the difference between having an RTX or GTX GPU on your gaming laptop will become much more apparent. The problem is we currently don’t have even a handful of games that make use of this technology.Still, with an average 15.5 percent increase in frame rates and the occasional 47.4 percent outlier, RTX graphics offer a solid improvement over GTX — enough so that the RTX 2080 could be worth an extra $200, depending on how much you value the performance boost.Overall, the RTX 2080 offers more features and a better value than the GTX 1080, especially if you want to future-proof for the next generation of PC games.Credit: Laptop Mag; Nvidia  Best Graphics PerformanceBest Hard Drive SpeedWhich Laptop CPU is Right for You? Author Bio As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge.last_img read more