Girls help preserve Sufi music traditions in Kashmir

first_imgWhen Kashmiri teenager Shabnam Bashir first took up classical Sufi music three years ago, she had to practise singing in secret because all the men in her family opposed her new passion.Now the 14-year-old is a proud member of what her teacher Mohammad Yaqoob Sheikh says is the first mixed Sufi singing ensemble in Jammu and Kashmir, where the music has for generations been a male preserve.“It took me two months to convince them all,” said Ms. Bashir as she joins four other girls — and one 13-year-old boy — for singing practice. “My father finally gave me permission on condition that it did not affect my regular studies.” Thousands of people in the Muslim-majority region follow Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam whose adherents seek spiritual communion through music and dance at the shrines of their saints.The songs, which use the lyrics of old Kashmiri- and Persian-language devotional poetry, date back to the 15th century. But they have evolved as a uniquely male tradition, sung by men and handed down through the male line of the family.Exception to the ruleMr. Sheikh is an exception — he learned the art from his maternal grandfather, Ghulam Mohammad Qaleenbaf, one of the region’s best known Sufi singers.“The earlier masters wouldn’t even pass it on to sons of their daughters, only sons or sons of sons,” he said. Mr. Sheikh began teaching young Kashmiris in a bid to preserve the Sufi musical tradition of the picturesque Himalayan region.He said young Kashmiris were turning away from classical music and towards protest rap songs inspired by the tense politics of the heavily militarised region, where dozens of protesters were killed last year in clashes with government forces.Facing oppositionWhen he first started teaching girls, Mr. Sheikh faced opposition from both neighbours and soldiers, and had to move the classes to a new location four times.“It looked like everything was going up in flames. I wanted to do something to save Sufiyana,” he said.Now he has trained nearly 50 Kashmiri women — although only a small minority continue to perform after marriage.Among his current students are teenagers Rehana Yousuf and her sister, who sit in a circle with their fellow musicians, heads covered in bright colourful scarves.Ms. Yousuf plays the Santoor, a 100-stringed instrument that accompanies Sufi singing, and says she was inspired to learn when she first saw Mr. Sheikh perform on television. “When I heard he teaches girls too, I developed a strong urge to learn,” she said.On the Pakistan side of the border, Sufi music is thriving thanks to a hybrid form known as Sufi Rock, in which the original lyrics are sung to electric guitar tracks and traditional tabla beats.The form has seen a recent revival with the advent of Coke Studio, a television show which features live music performances. Female performers are among its biggest stars.last_img read more

Rahul should focus more on politics of development, says UP CM Adityanath

first_imgAs Rahul Gandhi arrived in Uttar Pradesh on his first visit to the State after becoming the Congress president, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday advised him to shun “negative politics” and instead focus on development.The Congress leader arrived in the State on a two-day visit to galvanise party workers for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party saw its worst-ever performance in the 2017 Assembly elections, getting only seven seats in the 403-member House.“The Congress president should give up doing negative politics,” Mr. Adityanath told reporters even as Rahul Gandhi arrived in Lucknow en route Raebareli and Amethi — the party bastions.Asked as to how he viewed his first visit to the State after donning the mantle of party head, the chief minister said, “My advise to Rahul is that he should focus more on politics of development.” Adityanath said that had the Congress laid more emphasis on development, Amethi would not have languished. “See the plight of his Lok Sabha constituency — Amethi — nursed by four generations of Nehru-Gandhi family,” the chief minister told reporters on the sidelines of an event at Gorakhnath temple, of which he is the head priest, on the occasion of Makarsankranti.Mr. Adityanath also attacked former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying he should ask his supporters to behave. “They (SP workers) killed innocent villagers in Azamgarh with spurious liquor and were also caught in Hardoi for making spurious liquor. They tried to disturb the environment in Lucknow which is not good,” he charged. In Lucknow, two persons, including a Samajwadi Party worker, were arrested last week for allegedly hurling potatoes near the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and some other places in the VVIP zone to highlight the plight of farmers.Meanwhile, Mr. Adityanath greeted BSP supremo Mayawati on her birthday on Monday.last_img read more

If Indian cricket requires me, I won’t shy away: Anurag Thakur

first_imgHe has been away from the hullabaloo of Indian cricket for the last six months but former BCCI president Anurag Thakur says if required, he “won’t shy away from accepting responsibility”.The Supreme Court recently dropped perjury charges against Thakur after he tendered an unconditional apology. He was removed from the BCCI by the Supreme Court in January for failing to convince Board members to implement the Lodha Reforms.Since then, the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has spent an unsuccessful six months failing to make any headway in the matter.Recently, former India captain Sourav Ganguly, while accepting birthday wish from Thakur, urged him to make a comeback into cricket administration.”It was kind of Sourav to have said something like that.I feel humbled when a former India captain says something like that. I have not decided anything but if Indian cricket requires me, I will be always available. I have never shied away from responsibility,” Thakur told PTI.Asked if he is a relieved man, Thakur said: “I had complete faith in judiciary”.The Hamirpur MP has been very busy with his political work as well as looking after other sporting activities.”During all these months, I was busy doing what I love most — promoting sports. I organised the Himachal Pradesh State Olympics, which was a huge success. I am also involved with Hockey Himachal as promoting Olympic sports in the state has been one of my prime endeavours,” said Thakur.”Also, I am the chairman of Parliamentary Committee on Information and Technology, my constituency work in Hamirpur — I had a very busy six months,” he said.advertisementThakur, however, didn’t wish to comment on the ongoing drama regarding appointment of chief coach and support staff.He doesn’t want to talk on BCCI’s internal matters and only twice has he aired his views on cricketing matters.The first time was when he supported Virat Kohli after the ‘cheatgate’ incident during the home series against Australia and then when Kohli was being criticised after the infamous fallout with former coach Anil Kumble.last_img read more

Stuart Broad backs James Anderson to play ‘big part’ in Ashes series

first_imgEngland all-rounder Stuart Broad has expressed confidence that his new-ball partner James Anderson would play a fundamental role in the upcoming Ashes series in Australia, beginning November 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane.Anderson, who recently turned 35, has notched up a total of 487 wickets in 126 Tests at an average of 27.90, but his 43 on Australian turf have come at a more expensive average of 38.44. (Day-Night Test is ‘step into unknown’ for England: Stuart Broad)However, Broad believes Anderson, who was also a key member of the England touring side that lifted the 2010-11 Ashes trophy, would once again prove to be a central figure when the Joe Root-led side head into this summer’s Ashes series.”I’m very confident. The last couple of years he’s averaging 14 or 15 with the ball in England, so we know how dangerous he is when the ball’s moving around like that,” quoted Broad as saying.Reuters PhotoSpeaking ahead of England’s home three-match Test series against the West Indies, Broad insisted that Anderson’s wobble seam bowling is a great weapon to have in Australia.”When we go to Australia, the wobble seam he bowls is a great weapon to have in Australia – take (Australia’s) Stuart Clark as an example.We’re certainly fortunate to have him going strong and I certainly expect him to play a big part in Australia,” he added.The pair has already established themselves as one of England’s greatest new-ball pairings, having jointly taken 720 wickets in 94 Tests they played together so far.advertisementlast_img read more

Verlander Can’t Close Out Yanks; ALCS Heads Back to Houston (Video)

first_imgNEW YORK — Justin Verlander watched and waited, hoping Aaron Hicks’ drive deep down the right field line would hook foul at the last instant.When it bonked hard off the bright yellow foul pole for a three-run homer, Verlander crouched beside the mound and simply held up his glove, waiting for a new baseball as the Yankee Stadium crowd roared.Houston’s star pitcher had put his team in an early hole — no doubt about that now. And when the Astros were unable to rally during a 4-1 loss Friday night to New York, their first of three chances to close out this AL Championship Series was gone.Same as Hicks’ shot.And the one just before that off DJ LeMahieu’s bat.“I was able to settle down,” Verlander said. “Too little too late.”Earlier this season, Verlander playfully waved at Yankees fans as he walked off the mound on the way to a win. He entered Game 5 of the ALCS with a 4-0 record and 2.38 ERA in seven previous postseason starts against New York. But he was unable to put away these Bronx Bombers for good, struggling through a four-run first that ate up 29 pitches and marked his worst inning in two-plus years with the Astros.Houston still headed home with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven playoff — and one more ace up its sleeve.October star Gerrit Cole, who is 19-0 since May, would be ready on full rest if the series goes to a deciding Game 7. Comforting thought for the Astros as they seek a second World Series trip in three years.To push it that far, the Yankees must win Game 6 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, where both teams are planning bullpen games on the mound.“We have to go and take care of business at home,” Verlander said.“I’m extremely confident in our bullpen. Our bullpen’s been incredible all season long. Another reason that I really felt I needed to get deep in this ballgame was to save those guys as much as possible going into tomorrow because I knew it was going to be a bullpen day,” he added.So the fact that Verlander, the 2017 ALCS MVP against the Yankees, settled into a serious groove and lasted seven innings was a big help in saving the relief corps. He retired 20 of his final 21 batters after Hicks’ home run, permitting only a soft single during that stretch, to finish with nine strikeouts and no walks.“He was incredible after the first,” manager AJ Hinch said. “I thought he recovered great and did his best to continue to keep us in the game.”But the damage was already done.While fellow aces Cole and Zack Greinke were mostly able to escape first-inning trouble in the Bronx over the previous two games, Verlander wasn’t. And that terrible start prevented him from finishing off the Yankees.It was similar to the Division Series against the wild-card Rays, when Verlander lost 4-1 on three days’ rest at Tampa Bay with an opportunity to end the series. He was on a regular schedule this time, but maybe the eight-time All-Star had trouble fully getting loose at the start in 52-degree weather.It was the coldest game-time temperature for one of Verlander’s starts since it was 50 degrees for Game 1 of the ALCS last year in Boston, according to STATS. He walked four in six innings that time but won 7-2 at Fenway Park.Verlander also was unable to wrap up the 2017 World Series in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium after a sensational postseason to that point. He pitched well for six innings but lost 3-1 before Houston took the title the next night.After the Astros grabbed a 1-0 lead Friday against James Paxton in the top of the first, Verlander gave up four hits to his first five batters — three for extra bases.LeMahieu hit a leadoff homer to right field on Verlander’s second pitch and Hicks fought back from 0-2 to a full count before pulling an 88 mph slider down the line.“Fastball command wasn’t very good, and the slider was just hanging. I just wasn’t able to execute really anything,” Verlander said . “I thought I could have made some better pitches. I had my opportunities. I was able to get a strikeout and then I had Hicks in the hole. Just wasn’t able to execute on anything. I got ahead of him early. Had opportunities to get a strikeout and I hung him a slider 3-2.”It was the first time in their 405 postseason games that the Yankees homered twice in the first inning.The 36-year-old Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, led the majors with 21 wins and 223 innings pitched this season. He also threw his third career no-hitter.The last time he gave up four runs in the first inning was in August 2014 with Detroit against the Pittsburgh Pirates.“I’ve had some rough innings before. Turn the page and start from scratch, really. At that point you’re hoping and praying that your team can fight and claw back and get you back in the ballgame. But at the same time, especially in the playoffs, especially when you have four games in a row, I’m trying to save our bullpen as much as possible,” Verlander said.“Very disappointed in the first and then not so disappointed the rest of it. I was able to at least take away a positive from the last six innings of keeping our bullpen fresh and hopefully that helps us win another ballgame.”It was the first postseason game in major league history in which both teams scored in the first inning and neither one did so again.Now, it’s back to Houston.One win needed, two chances left.By: Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

UCLA’s Tony Parker: Getting In Shape Is “Good For The Team And Good For The Ladies Off The Court”

first_imgAllie LaForce interviews Tony Parker.YouTube YouTubeVineBig UCLA forward Tony Parker has emerged as a difference maker during the Bruins’ surprise run to the Sweet 16, and his off-season training is a big reason. After averaging just 2.4 points per game as a freshman and 6.9 as a sophomore, Parker now averages 11.4 points as a junior, and showed off a refined offensive game in the post against UAB, when he dropped 28 points in the 92-75 win. Parker is also one of the funniest players on the team, by all accounts, and had a classic quote when asked about his off-season weight loss.Parker said he’s lost more than 20 pounds since his freshman season. “My nickname around the locker room and campus is big sexy,” Parker said. “So, keeping my hair being curled and my body in a nice manner—it’s good for the team and the basketball and it’s good for the ladies off the court.”“Big Sexy” will need another big game this weekend when he will battle down low with Gonzaga’s talented forward trio of Kyle Przemek Karnowski, Domantas Sabonis, and Kyle Wiltjer. []last_img read more

Clemson Trending Up For The No. 3 Overall Recruit in College Football

first_img However, it appears the Tigers are in the driver’s seat for Flowe’s commitment, at least based on predictions from recruiting analysts.According to 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions, Clemson has dethroned USC as the leader for Justin Flowe. The reigning national champions gained seven votes over the weekend.The Tigers had Flowe on campus for their All-In Cookout, which is an event that allows incoming players and undecided recruits to visit Clemson.Clemson Family I’m Here🖤🐅— Justin Flowe (@justin_flowe) July 26, 2019Flowe committing to Clemson would help solidify its status as the best recruiting class in the country.Not only are the Tigers favored to land Flowe, but they could also receive a commitment from Jordan Burch, the No. 1 recruit in high school.Clemson should remain dominant for years to come, considering its ability to recruit elite talent.[247Sports] Clemson coach Dabo Swinney reacting during a game.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Dabo Swinney has already put together a remarkable recruiting class for 2020, but the work isn’t done yet. With several top recruits still on the board, Clemson has its sights set on five-star inside linebacker Justin Flowe.Great linebackers don’t come around every season, and it’s pretty evident that most programs think Flowe has star potential. The California native has received 39 offers throughout his recruitment process.Flowe is the No. 3 overall player in his class and No. 1 recruit at his position, per 247Sports. He’s also the best recruit from his state.Clemson won’t be the only prestigious program in pursuit of Flowe. Other suitors for the five-star linebacker includes Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon and USC.last_img read more

Ramadan in Mideast is for fasting and Facebook data shows

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Technology is reshaping the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions.People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan and watching more YouTube videos than at any other time of the year, making the month also the prime time of the year for advertisers.For Facebook, which also owns Instagram, and Google, which owns YouTube, Ramadan brings a welcome boost of business.People stay up a lot more at night during Ramadan and have more downtime — especially before iftar, the evening meal that breaks the daylong fast, and the “suhoor,” when people gather to eat before another day of fasting.Aya Batrawy, The Associated Press read more

Cabinet yet to receive proposal on legalising abortion

Cabinet will discuss the proposal on making abortion legal once it is received, Health Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne said.He said that making abortion legal is only a proposal discussed at a meeting recently. The Minister says the proposal has not been put forward to the Health Ministry or the Government. The proposal was based on the right a mother should have if pregnant as a result of rape or if a serious medical disorder is detected in the embryo.Recently the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka expressed concerns over moves to legalize abortion under special circumstances and urged the Government not to legalize abortion under any circumstances. Issuing a statement the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka said it was deeply concerned at the news that a cabinet decision has been made to legalize abortion on two counts and is to be presented to the Parliament.The Church condemned the Government decision to legalize abortion under two instances saying that the Catholic Church believes that life begins at conception and no one has the right to take a life. (Colombo Gazette) He however said that once the proposal is received it will be discussed by the cabinet. read more

Top UN rights expert on DR of Congo welcomes arrival of French

The UN’s Geneva-based Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DRC, Iulia Motoc, welcomed the arrival of the first members of the multinational peace force that will be deployed in Bunia over the coming days in a bid to restore order after weeks of conflict among rival militias has claimed more than 400 lives.At the same time, she remained concerned about the fate of the civilian population – especially women and children – and the dramatic humanitarian situation which the civilians found themselves in throughout the whole district of Ituri as well as in volatile neighbouring areas in the north and south of Kivu. In a statement today, Ms. Motoc said that a lot of information concerning massive violations of human rights, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even acts of genocide had been brought to her attention. And while she hoped to visit Ituri herself to follow-up on those reports, she vowed in the meantime that investigations would be undertaken to “determine the authors of these serious crimes and to bring them to justice.” The Special Rapporteur reiterated her call to the warring Hema and Lendu groups and their allies to end the conflict and to stop instigating ethnic hatred. She urged them to cooperate with the UN and the multinational force. “The only viable solution for this problem could not be reached by crimes or fighting, but by a political dialogue and respect for human rights,” she said. read more

PODCAST Good Morning Goodman for Jan 25

Good Morning Goodman continues with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf congratulating several students on their recent success at case competitions.Goodman’s DECA delegates Nick Hollard, Ashwin Anant, Steve Simons, Robert Mandru, Yvonne Huynh and Zaman Dubey won medals at last week’s DECA U Ontario provincial competition.BBA students Sean Bouwers and Bryan Dizon placed second overall in the finance category at the prestigious Inter-Collegiate Business Competition held at Queen’s University, and in the same weekend, BBA students Deeksha Sharma, James Fioretti and Ashley Howard placed first in their division at the Global Family Enterprise Case Competition held at University of Vermont.On Jan. 28, CPA Ontario student recruiter Mallory Rellinger is hosting a panel discussion for any Brock students interested in the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. This event is co-hosted with Brock’s CPA student ambassadors Vijay Sharma and Monica Siskauskas. Students can register on CareerZone.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.Produced by the Goodman Marketing and Communications team, the Good Morning Goodman podcast features weekly updates for students, staff and faculty. Podcasts are posted on the Goodman website.0:37 – How to Get a Job in Sales & Marketing/Business & Consulting events0:57 – Congratulations to the Goodman DECA Team1:55 – Congratulations ICBC team2:17 – Congratulations to Global Family Enterprise Case Competition team2:52 – CPA Panel Discussion3:46 – Congratulations OBCC Team (Neal Sengupta, Charlotte Lucas, Jennifer Philpott and Sabrina Jancsi)4:11 – Great Canadian Sales Competition read more

Russia causing mayhem in cyberspace says former GCHQ chief

first_imgRussia has denied hacking attacks to undermine elections or political parties in the US, France and Germany.The former spy chief also warned that new laws were a “blunt tool” for tackling terrorists’ use of encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telegram.Such end-to-end encryption services were here to stay and governments had to find ways to work with technology companies to tackle the problem.He said he was also against building so-called “backdoors” into apps, saying the approach was “technically difficult” and would not work.Mr Hannigan said: “I can’t see, particularly as many of these companies are US-based, that legislation is the answer on this. I don’t think there is a magic solution where you can just legislate it away.””Everyone would like a simple answer on encryption and unfortunately it is very difficult,” he said. Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ Robert Hannigan, former head of GCHQ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Russia’s cyber subversion is a threat to Britain’s democratic process a former head of GCHQ has warned.Robert Hannigan gave a stark assessment of Kremlin-backed operations saying Russia was causing mayhem in cyberspace.Mr Hannigan, who left his job as chief of the UK’s electronic eavesdropping agency earlier this year, said that “cyber retaliation” may one day be necessary to deter Russian activity. He also warned that terrorists’ use of powerful encryption services cannot be tackled by new laws.Senior ministers and spy chiefs have previously warned of a step change in Russian-backed cyber operations, targeting elections and political institutions throughout the West.Mr Hannigan told the BBC: “There is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from state activity. “Starting to talk about it is good – calling it out. Improving our defences is obviously really important.”But ultimately people will have to push back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unacceptable.”Asked how that could be done, he said: “It doesn’t have to be done by cyber retaliation but it may be that that is necessary at some time in the future.”It may be sanctions and other measures, just to put down some red lines and say that this behaviour is unacceptable.”last_img read more

Terex Washing Systems holds Product Development Forums

first_imgTerex Washing Systems (TWS) recently held its first Product Development Forum at its main facility in Dungannon, UK and a second at the Terex facility in Louisville, Kentucky. TWS has established a strong global distributor network and reported the attendance of 39 distributor companies from Poland, New Zealand, Finland, the UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Romania, France, Turkey, Latvia, Slovenia, Holland, Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Algeria, Belgium, Morocco, and throughout the Americas.TWS is a newly launched product line within the Terex Material Processing segment and supports mines, quarries and aggregate producers globally offering a broad portfolio, including: sand wash and fines recovery plants, log washers, hoppers, feeders, conveyors, de-watering screens, static screens, mobile, static and modular wash plants, as well as the addition of combination plants and water management systems. TWS is “committed to providing outstanding customer support and expertise in the field to meet customers’ individual needs.”The primary aim of the forum  was to engage with distributors and familiarise them with the TWS core team. Distributors were updated on new products under development and provided with an overview of all current TWS products and their benefits, which was achieved through a factory tour, machine showcase of the Terex M1700 and FM200C, demonstrations of the new range of filter presses and presentations. The event also provided a platform for TWS to capture feedback from distributors in terms of customer needs for new product development and ultimately understand distributor needs for customer and support solutions.last_img read more

GOLDEN LEAGUE Norway to chase France without Sagosen

← Previous Story Egypt win Riga Council Cup 2017 Next Story → Rastko Stojkovic to play for Serbia at EHF EURO 2018 Golden League will be held in Paris and Rouen between January 4 and 7. France and Norway will meet in the opening match which will be a replay of WCh 2017 final. Scandinavians will be without Sander Sagosen, who has a virus and won’t be able to help his team-mates in the first clash.Here is the schedule of Golden League.January 4 in Rouen – Kindaréna:18.30 France – Norway 20.45 Denmark – Egypt 06 January in Paris – AccorHotels Aréna16.45 Denmark – Norway 19.15 France – Egypt07 January in Paris – AccorHotels Aréna14.30 Norway – Egypt17.00 France – Denmark  Sander Sagosen

Weve paid back €90000 on a €30000 loan but were still battling

first_img Feb 19th 2018, 6:30 AM Share1398 Tweet Email7 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Anonymous Short URL 238,595 Views center_img I HAVE BEEN to the funerals of three people who have taken their own lives – they were all dealing with the weight and shame of mortgage debt and the frightening and unimaginable risk of losing their family home.I have attended these funerals because over the past few years I have gotten to know people all over the country who are the victims of powerful banks and vulture funds, who preyed on people who may have been a little cash strapped and a little desperate at a point in their lives.And I say cash strapped and desperate only because I was one of those people. Back in 1996, myself and my wife were desperately looking to find a way to ensure that our children could stay in university. We, like all parents, wanted to ensure that they could have the best opportunities in life.We had been living in our own house for over 18 years and we only owed about €3,500 on our mortgage. We put in a number of applications for the loan but I was finding it difficult to secure what we needed. At the same time, I felt I couldn’t let my kids down.‘I thought all my prayers were answered’Then, a friend of mine told me about a company he had heard about. I’d never heard of them, to be honest, but decided to travel across the country to meet them. They were extremely welcoming and didn’t seem to have any problem organising a re-mortgage of €30,000 on my home. I left that office that day thinking that all of my prayers had been answered.We started repayments on the loan, which were set at just over €600 a month. It was a hard road I knew, but I felt we could manage it.By 2013 – over 15 years later, we were still making repayments. It didn’t bear thinking about to be honest. On the up side, however, the children had been through their courses, they had married and settled down themselves and they were beginning to start their own families.But, then, we got the land of our lives when the lender initiated possession proceedings against us. They claimed that we still owed tens of thousands on our loan because they said we had agreed to pay our monthly amounts at an interest rate that was actually calculated at over 29%.I thought back to that day in the office in Dublin. At no stage had it been made clear to me that the interest would be that high. I had been told that the interest was 2% – a reasonable amount. But, in actual fact, unbeknownst to both myself and my wife, that was actually 2% per month – something we had absolutely not been made aware of.‘Paid back €90,000 on €30,000 loan’I spent days and nights awake. We couldn’t let anyone know about this horrendous situation. We couldn’t worry the family. We couldn’t admit that we had been so naïve and gullible. We couldn’t lose our house, our home, the place we had moved into after we got married, the place we had raised our family and now the place that was just known as ‘grannies’.I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been in court at this stage. In July 2017, the total amount owing from the initial €30,000 loan was still over €250,000. At that point, we had already paid back over €90,000 – a sizeable profit for a lender by any standards.It was then that we began to understand a little bit more about vital EU laws that could have be applied to our situation. Working with a group of concerned lawyers we learned that there was a law called the EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive which could be applied to assess the fairness of our mortgage terms in the first place.We also learnt that Irish courts should be assessing the impact of a possession on the people living in the home – that is children, people with disabilities, or older people like us – under the EU Fundamental Rights Charter.Irish courts aren’t applying them fully These EU requirements are not new. The problem is that Irish courts are not yet applying them fully.For us they are a lifeline. We are not out of the woods yet but at least with these two existing laws we have some hope that the unfair terms that we were conned into will be explored and exposed.We are not lawyers. We are just ordinary, simple people. But, we hope, for all of the people we have met over the past years in similar desperate and often hopeless situations, that more lawyers will begin to look to Europe to give their clients equality against the might of banks and vulture funds.The EU Laws that are set out in a new Guide for People in Mortgage Distress. It is available free at Monday 19 Feb 2018, 6:30 AM ‘We’ve paid back €90,000 on a €30,000 loan but we’re still battling to keep our home’ ‘Irish courts are not fully applying EU requirements that have become our lifeline.’ Anonymous 201 Comments last_img read more

Un ver parasite sur des momies nubiennes

first_imgUn ver parasite sur des momies nubiennesPubliée en juin dans l’American Journal of Physical Anthropology, une étude américaine révèle la présence, sur les corps naturellement momifiés de fermiers nubiens de l’Antiquité, d’un ver parasite qui, de nos jours, infeste toujours les canaux d’irrigation du monde entier. En examinant la peau naturellement momifiée de centaines de corps enterrés dans le sol aride du royaume de Nubie (plusieurs siècles avant  J.-C.), dans le nord de l’actuel Soudan, Amber Campbell Hibbs et George Armelagos, anthropologues à l’Université Emory d’Atlanta, ont trouvé des traces de protéines appartenant à une sorte de ver parasite,  Schistosoma mansoni.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Connu pour hanter encore de nos jours les canaux d’irrigation (où il est souvent transporté par un escargot aquatique), ce parasite transmet aux populations humaines la schistosomiase, une maladie provoquant anémie et troubles de la croissance, qui touche actuellement 200 millions de personnes dans le monde.C’est la première fois que l’on trouve une preuve d’infection par ce parasite chez les Nubiens, et d’une façon plus générale chez des Africains anciens. Elle semble avoir été particulièrement répandue parmi les cultivateurs de Wadi Halfa, sur les bords du Nil. “Avant cette étude, il a toujours été supposé que S. mansoni était un produit de l’urbanisation moderne”, a déclaré George Armelagos.Le 5 juin 2011 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NYCC 2018 LEGO DC SuperVillains is Good Bad

first_img Disney Games announced LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Stay on target Lego DC Super-Villains is not the only noteworthy game dropping this month. Check out all  the games you should check out this October.center_img I appreciate Lego games not just because they turn beloved #brands into charming slapstick comedy, brick-based video games. I appreciate them because they’re consistently excellent games that are good for kids but not absolutely insulting in their simplicity. This is especially true as Lego games become increasingly open-world, a huge genre typically dominated by mature fare. At New York Comic Con, Lego DC Super-Villains may feature bad guys, but it’s good for everyone.The first full Lego DC game since they wrapped up their Batman trilogy, DC Super-Villains features the famous rogues galleries of Justice League members from the Legion of Doom to the Suicide Squad. There’s Lex Luthor and The Joker and Darkseid (voiced by Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, and Michael Ironside!) There are all manner of evil smart apes just as Grodd intended. And upcoming Aquaman and Shazam content guarantees there’ll be plenty of Black Manta and Black Adam action. The sheer amount of deep DC lore reminded us of the montage in The Lego Batman Movie where Joker lists off all the absurd villains that really exist.But DC Super-Villains also hands off the powerful character creation tool to the players. Using the clever in-universe explanation of Amazo abilities, players can customize the look and superpowers of their evil avatar. We wound up with prancing trickster with half of a crocodile jaw, wings, and the ability to shoot pink lightning from their chest. As players progress they’ll also gain new powers to use in their fight against good.Using a Boom Tube, we switched to main man Lobo and flew across the twin open-world cities of Gotham and Metropolis on a dolphin. Metropolis is a shining city of tomorrow while Gotham is a spooky neon nightmare surprisingly similar to its appearance in he much darker Batman: Arkham Knight. Here we could also take on missions like a trip to Gorilla City or Apokolips or Smallville.But as bad guys we really just wanted to smash stuff up. We wanted to use Harley Quinn’s ghetto blaster to wreak havoc. We wanted to see just how Arnold Wesker’s ventriloquist dummy works in a Lego game. We wanted to fly around on Granny Goodness’s hulking walker, testing out the new grapple combat. And we wanted to try out the included heroes like Green Lantern squirrel B’dg. Cause too much trouble though, and cops come after you thanks to the full-on Grand Theft Auto-style wanted system.Lego DC Super-Villains delighted an old Justice League fan like me. And the new inclusion of multiple difficulty modes should allow an even greater range of players to join in. Lego DC Super-Villains tells Superman to shove it on October 16 when it launches on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.last_img read more

Milner optimistic of a positive Reds response

first_imgJames Milner is urging his Liverpool teammates to step up their game after losing two successive games in the League and Cup ties.The Reds slumped to another 2-1 loss at Wolves in the cup on Monday after losing to Man City at the Etihad.With a trip to Brighton next, Milner expects his side to crank up the pressure on City by beating the Seagulls to go seven points clear before their clash with Wolves.“Back-to-back defeats isn’t really good enough for us but you have blips in a season,” said the 33-year-old via Sky.“It’s not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what’s expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s not about blips, they are expected but it’s how you respond and bounce back. You’ve seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back.“It’s easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend.”He said: “I should do better. The pitch all night was a bit tricky and lively. It’s the same for both teams. It was my mistake for the first goal and it’s cost us, if not it’s 1-1 and we get a replay.“It was a pretty good finish from their lad but they didn’t have many chances. We didn’t either but that’s what separated the teams, my mistake and a very good finish for the second goal.”last_img read more

Sullivan Refers To Situation On The US Border As A Crisis

first_imgSullivan said he didn’t think an emergency declaration was needed because there were other options available. That’s in addition to the roughly $1.4 billion that Congress recently approved for border barriers. Senator Sullivan referred to the situation as a “crisis”: “I’ve been supportive of the president’s request for robust funding for barriers, fences, the wall, border security – however you want to describe it.” He said he had been working with White House “at senior levels, saying, ‘You should use these. Use these. You don’t have to declare a national emergency.’ ” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said he supports President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border following his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Sullivan, who faces re-election next year, gave his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Senator Lisa Murkowski delivered her address on Tuesday.last_img read more

Aid convoy enters wartorn Syria enclave

first_imgRussian solider stands guards as Syrian Arab Red Crescent vehicles carrying aid wait at the al-Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region before delivering aid to the rebel-held enclave on 5 March 2018. AFPA UN convoy entered Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Monday to deliver much-needed aid as regime forces seized more ground in a fierce offensive to retake the battered rebel enclave.The United Nations said 46 trucks had entered Eastern Ghouta and were headed for the main town of Douma, in the first aid delivery since the start of the regime assault last month.The aid arrived after fresh air strikes hit Eastern Ghouta and regime troops were reported to have retaken a third of the enclave in a rapidly advancing offensive.Western powers have piled pressure on Damascus and its Russian ally to end the offensive on Eastern Ghouta-one of the bloodiest assaults of Syria’s nearly seven-year civil war-but President Bashar al-Assad warned there would be no let up.More than two weeks of air strikes, artillery and rocket fire have left more than 700 civilians dead and three quarters of housing damaged in the enclave.More bombs, including crude improvised munitions known as “barrel bombs”, were dropped in overnight raids on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.At least 10 people were killed in the town of Hammuriyeh, said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria.Another four died in the towns of Hazeh and Jisreen, the monitor said, bringing to 709 the number of civilians killed since the assault began.‘Advancing at high pace’ -Regime troops and allied forces pushed into the enclave from the east in recent days and by early Monday had retaken a third of Eastern Ghouta, according to the Observatory.“Regime forces are advancing at a high pace because operations so far are mostly conducted in farmland,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding that they had pushed to two kilometres (1.2 miles) southeast of Douma.The armed groups there, one of which is made up of fighters from Al-Qaeda’s ex-affiliate, have been lobbing mortar rounds and firing rockets on adjacent neighbourhoods of Damascus, killing around 20 civilians in two weeks.The latest ground offensive sent hundreds of civilians fleeing from their homes to other areas farther from the moving front line, compounding a humanitarian crisis which has drawn comparisons with the devastating 2016 battle of Aleppo.Over the years, Eastern Ghouta’s estimated 400,000 inhabitants have depended for their survival on smuggling, local farm and rare aid deliveries.Monday’s convoy was delivering “health and nutrition supplies, along with food for 27,500 people in need,” the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs (OCHA) in Syria said.An OCHA spokesperson however said “the UN and partners were informed that many of the planned health supplies intended for Douma were not allowed to be loaded and not permitted to be replaced with other life-saving items.”“The items included trauma kits and other life-saving supplies,” Linda Tom told AFP.The UN has said it has approval to deliver aid to a total of 70,000 people among the most needy in Eastern Ghouta.The United States issued a statement Sunday condemning the assault and accusing Moscow of ignoring a UN resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities.It said Russia has killed “innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations.”US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia and Syria were responsible for “heart-breaking human suffering” in Eastern Ghouta.Moscow has offered safe passage to non-combatants wishing to leave Eastern Ghouta during daily “humanitarian pauses”, but no Syrian civilians have left the enclave since the first break in fighting took effect on Tuesday, the Observatory says.Damascus and Moscow have accused rebels of preventing civilians from leaving to use them as human shields.In remarks broadcast on state television on Sunday, Assad said his forces would push forward with the offensive.“The majority (of people) in Eastern Ghouta want to escape the embrace of terrorism. The operation must continue,” he said.last_img read more