Protest against Manipur journalist’s arrest under NSA

first_imgThe BJP-led coalition government in Manipur is facing mounting pressure from the Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the Press Council of India (PCI), various students’ organisations, and political parties to release Kishorechandra Wangkhemcha, a local cable network journalist arrested on November 27 under the National Security Act (NSA).He was arrested earlier for criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for observing the birth anniversary of Rani of Jhansi in Imphal. The journalist had contended in his Facebook message that the Rani of Jhansi had nothing to do with Manipur and the anniversary was observed at the directives of the Centre.On November 26, the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal west, released Mr. Wangkhemcha on bail saying that his message did not amount to “sedition”. However, the government arrested him the next day under the NSA. Ranjita, his wife, said the police did not furnish reasons for the arrest when they raided their house.The Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) in a statement appealed to all to raise their voice against this “blatant violation” of human rights. MUSU general secretary I. Kennedy wondered how a few words by Mr. Wangkhemcha could pose a threat to national security.Report soughtThe Press Council of India (PCI) has registered a suo motu case on the arrest. PCI chairman Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has directed the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director-General of Police to submit a report on the arrest.The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) said that it curtailed the freedom of expression and was a blatant misuse of the NSA. In a statement, IJU president and PCI member Amar Devulapalli and secretary-general Sabina Inderjit said: “The arrest must be seen as an attack on freedom of expression and most undemocratic”.‘Case holds no water’A prominent Manipur High Court advocate told The Hindu on Tuesday that the State government should have gone to the High Court against the ruling of the CJM, Imphal West, if it wanted to arrest the journalist under the NSA. The government’s justification will not hold water if Mr. Wangkhemcha goes to the High Court challenging his detention under the NSA as the lower court had ruled that his case did not amount to sedition.The All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) has, however, said it would not get involved in the issue. AMWJU president Brozendra Ningombam said: “There is a resolution which says that the AMWJU shall not get involved in matters which have nothing to do with the profession of a journalist”.Mr. Wangkhemcha’s wife is miffed that no help was extended to her husband from any circle.Congress MLA and party spokesperson Joykishan Khumukcham said the BJP-led government was out to muzzle the voices of journalists and all others. He dared the authorities to arrest him since he too was a critic of the government.last_img read more

Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Towards the end, my last foul was a guard driving to the basket with nobody guarding him,” Davis said after finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds.It was a sorry defeat for Chinese Taipei, which shot 9-of-24 from downtown.“Gilas is very strong with their guard play, so we knew this was gonna happen. That’s just something we gotta work at,” said Davis.Chinese Taipei are now 0-2 after getting blown out by reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia to begin its campaign but Davis said that his team shouldn’t be discouraged and instead, look at its current situation as a reason to get better.“Gilas played their heart out. But I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close, we gave up some late 3-point shots in the end, but overall, we gotta let this be learning lesson for us, and hopefully, we’ll prepare to get them back when they come to Taipei,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena drives and draws Chinese Taipei’s Quincy Davis’ fifth foul. Davis fouled out with still 1:59 remaining in the game. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERChinese Taipei center Quincy Davis III said that one of the keys to Gilas Pilipinas win over the Taiwanese was the performance of its guards.“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Taipei gets another crack at the Philippines sometime in June next year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Davis was instrumental in the visitors jumping to an early 17-3 lead that silenced the crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, He poured in 10 points in the opening frame alone.But Davis got into early foul trouble and he wasn’t as dominating since with Gilas center June Mar Fajardo and guard Jayson Castro playing aggressive throughout the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I got in foul trouble early, just major mistakes that really hurt us. I think my defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” said Davis, who sat on the bench for the majority of the third period after picking up his fourth foul when he tried to spin around Fajardo.Davis was then whistled for his fifth and final foul while trying to stop a driving Kiefer Ravena with still 1:59 left. View commentslast_img read more

Mayookha’s gold brings cheer to India

first_imgRattled by a dope scandal, Indian athletics finally got something to cheer about when long- jumper Mayookha Johny led the Indian charge with a gold medal on the opening day of the 19th Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Thursday.Long Jumper Mayookha JohnyDiscus thrower Vikas Gowda added a silver while Asian Games gold medallist Preeja Sreedharan bagged a bronze in the women’s 10,000m race.Mayookha leapt 6.56m in her second jump to open India’s gold medal account on a rain- hit opening day at the Kobe Universiade Stadium to emulate her idol Anju Bobby George, who had won the Asian Championships gold in 2005.China’s Lu Minjia took home the silver by jumping 6.52m while the bronze went to Saeko Okayama of Japan, who had an effort of 6.51m.The women’s long jump event was delayed after the stadium was lashed by rain, which affected the performance of the athletes.Mayookha’s training mate and Commonwealth Games silver medallist MA Prajusha finished sixth with an effort of 6.27m.Mayookha’s effort, though, was below her season’s best of 6.63m, which she recorded in the national inter-state meet in Bangalore last month, and her personal best of 6.64m, which she came up with at the Asian All Star Meet in New Delhi last year.She also failed to go past the 2012 London Olympics and next month’s World Championships ‘B’ qualifying standard of 6.65m.Earlier, in the morning session, national record holder Gowda’s performance was also affected by weather conditions as he finished second with an effort of 61.58m, behind Iran’s Asian record holder Ehsan Hadadi, who also had a below- par 62.27m. The bronze medal went to Wu Jian of China ( 56.61m).This was the Iranian’s fourth consecutive Asian title, though he was well below his season’s best of 65.89m and Asian record of 69.32m.advertisementGowda, who has a season’s best of 64.91 and three marks over 64 metres, has already crossed the Olympics and World Championships ‘ B’ qualifying standard of 63m, while he is yet to touch the ‘A’ standard of 65m.It was a bit of a disappointment, though, for the Indian camp as Preeja had to settle for a bronze in 10,000m.Preeja, who has been struggling to reach peak form, clocked 33:16.55 sec, well below her Asian Games gold medalwinning timing of 31:50:28.Compatriot Kavita Raut, who had won silver in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, was a poor sixth with a below- par 35:24.35, much below her personal best of 31:51.44.SE Habitegbrel of Bahrain won the gold in 32:47.80 while compatriot and 2007 champion Kareema Jasim Saleh took silver in 32:50.90 With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Jeremiah Gray looking to carve out his own name as he leads Alab Pilipinas

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Gray, though, has one goal in mind that Parks had already achieved, and that’s to become the Local MVP.“Of course, that’s my goal,” said Gray about the MVP query. “But whatever I could do to help my team, then that comes first.”Gray is joining an Alab team that has yet to fill in its roster spots but he will be playing with Jason Brickman, whom he had played with in his Mighty for 2019 William Jones Cup.“Of course with Jason things will get easier but we still have to come in and practice every day to get that chemistry just right,” said Gray. “It takes five players to win and it takes a whole team to win a championship.”Guiding the yet to be completed team is head coach Jimmy Alapag, who has already won the ABL title in 2018 and has gained valuable experience as an assistant coach with San Miguel and the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League.ADVERTISEMENT Newest Alab Pilipinas player Jeremiah Gray. Photo by Bong LozadaMANILA, Philippines—Jeremiah Gray has had an interesting basketball journey so far and this wild ride has brought him to San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.A once would-be Ateneo recruit, Gray went back to the United States and became an offensive force for NCAA Division II school Dominican University of California, averaging 17.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his junior and senior years.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Gray, who broke the school’s single-season scoring record with 509 points, eventually found his way to Mighty Sports and less than a year later to Alab Pilipinas in the 10th season of the ABL.Aware of Alab’s talent vacuum with the absence of three-time Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, who is now with Blackwater in the PBA, Gray said he’d bring his usual energy but promised that he would be his own man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“Knowing Ray was a good player, he was a three-time Local MVP, it means that a lot of people are looking for me to replace him,” said Gray during the league’s press launch Thursday at Conrad Manila.“But like I’ve always said, I’m just trying to make a name for myself and play my own game and be Jeremiah Gray.” View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing with face fracture, Kyrie Irving leaves Nets-Lakers early LATEST STORIES Gray said he’s “excited to play” for Alapag and learn from one of the greatest point guards in PBA history.“I know he has a lot of experience with basketball, he’s one of the best, if not the best, point guard from the Philippines,” said Gray. “I’m excited to learn from him and he’s a very experienced person.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own manlast_img read more

Report: Barcelona 8 Huesca 2

first_imgLionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice to help Barcelona overcome a surprise early deficit and give Huesca a harsh reality check in an 8-2 thumping on Sunday.On their first LaLiga trip to Camp Nou, the newly promoted minnows briefly continued what has been a dream start to the season by sensationally opening the scoring through Juan Camilo Hernandez.But it proved little more than fleeting joy as Messi, Suarez and a Jorge Pulido own goal swiftly erased the early concern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Alex Gallar did give Huesca a second reason to celebrate late in the first half before the gulf in class become evident over a one-sided second period.Messi and Suarez completed their braces at either end of the half and Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba all joined in the fun as the hosts comprehensively maintained their perfect start to the campaign.37 – Lionel Messi has scored against 37 of the 40 teams he has faced in his La Liga career (386 goals), the most ever of any player in the competition. Collector. pic.twitter.com/x3PhT1aGzz— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2018Barca’s polished second half could not have contrasted more greatly with their sluggish start to the match as they were breached for the first time this term inside three minutes, Hernandez diverting in Samuele Longo’s downward header.That only awakened the champions as they hastily overturned the deficit, Messi driving a right-footed finish into the bottom far corner before Pulido turned Alba’s cutback into his own net eight minutes later.Left-back Alba then squared for Suarez to double the advantage in the 39th minute but there was still time for Huesca to snatch a second before the break, Gallar punishing sleepy marking with a smart first-time finish.Barca were never unnerved and ended all doubt over the result with two more in fewer than five second-half minutes as Dembele buried his second of the season and Rakitic rifled in a splendid half-volley.Messi waltzed through to make it a rout just beyond the hour and next turned provider for the impressive Alba in the 81st minute, before Suarez added the final gloss in stoppage time by winning and converting his own penalty.What does it mean: Front three firingHeld to a one-goal victory at Valladolid last time out and having seen Real Madrid score four for the second match in succession on Saturday, Barca picked the right time to issue a reminder of their attacking muscle.Star men Messi, Suarez and Dembele crucially look to be functioning on the same wavelength and, with the supply lines of Alba and Coutinho in full working order, there should be no concerns over the potency of last season’s top scorers.Pat on the back: Alba makes Spain statementErnesto Valverde urged Alba to keep calm following his surprise omission from the latest Spain squad and the 29-year-old looks to have heeded his coach’s advice.The marauding left-sided defender was instrumental to the first-half turnaround, teeing up his side’s first and third goals before deservedly etching his own name on the scoresheet late in proceedings.9 – Jordi Alba has made nine assists in La Liga since last season, more than any other defender. Jet. pic.twitter.com/Kgj2aHB7Kw— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2018Boot up the backside: Luisinho exposedWhile Alba was influential for all the right reasons, the same cannot be said of fellow left-back Luisinho, who notably struggled under relentless examination.The Brazilian allowed Messi to turn him far too easily for the opener and further cost his side by keeping Alba onside, albeit marginally, in the lead-up to Barca’s third, which effectively any ended hope Huesca had of avoiding the subsequent landslide.What’s next?Barca’s first assignment after the international break is a trip to Real Sociedad, while Huesca will look to rebound at home to Rayo Vallecano. read morelast_img read more

West Brom look booked for relegation as Chris Wood goal seals win for Burnley

first_imgWith 72 days to go until the World Cup, Gareth Southgate can add another name to the roll-call of Burnley players vying for a seat on the plane to Russia. Before Chris Wood sealed an unwanted club-record eighth successive Premier League defeat for West Bromwich Albion, his strike-partner, Ashley Barnes, scored a spectacular acrobatic overhead-kick – his fourth goal in as many games – to keep the Somerset-born striker, capped by Austria at Under-20 level but eligible for England, dreaming for club and country.At this rate, Burnley are on course for a seventh-place finish and securing an unlikely spot in the Europa League, should one of Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur lift the FA Cup. “We’re all going on a European tour,” echoed deliriously from the away end as a sparse Hawthorns emptied before the final whistle. This latest damning defeat condemned them to a ninth straight defeat in all competitions for the first time since 1996. Premier League Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Topics Jesse Lingard shines as quickfire Manchester United cruise past Swansea Share on Twitter Read more Very little changed for West Brom until Rondón’s strike on 83 minutes, when Burnley were caught daydreaming in defence. The striker drilled home and West Brom suddenly discovered a sense of urgency as the game came to a climax with Brunt driving wide from Phillips’s cross but it was simply too little too late.“That team was not not trying,” said Pardew, who also confirmed the injured Gareth Barry had not breached any curfews after being pictured at a Birmingham nightclub on Friday night. “They were just nervous and under massive pressure. I sympathise with them a little bit but part of me is going: ‘You have got to be stronger than that.’ The only thing I would say for our fans, really, is that I hope they understand that a little bit.” The Observer Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Facebook Burnley Share on Pinterest Mo Salah earns Liverpool victory as Sadio Mané courts controversy match reports Salomón Rondón struck late on to give them the smallest glimmer of hope but they remain marooned at the foot of the table, 10 points from safety with just six games to play. Things are looking rosy for Sean Dyche’s side, though. James Tarkowski, Jack Cork and Nick Pope have been included in squads by Southgate in recent months and, with seemingly one place in attack still up for grabs, there may be room for one more yet.“I think he continues to adapt to the challenge and his game improves season-on-season with us,” Dyche said of Barnes, after his 100th win as Burnley manager. “With football, everyone wants it yesterday but it’s not that easy. Year-on-year, he keeps developing, learning and improving, and he’s another one that keeps doing that with us.”Pardew insisted the international break refreshed his players but his side’s first-half display was abject, and, even before Barnes’ wondrous strike, the home crowd was painfully flat. When Rondón passed the ball straight out of play, Pardew was among those who could do little but grimace. A penny for the thoughts of the chief executive, Mark Jenkins, present here in the directors’ box, who this week expressed his shock at the state of the club’s finances, given they will need to lean on an overdraft for the first time in 10 years. The reaffirming thing is that the club are at least readying themselves for the inevitable event of relegation. Lifeless until just before the interval, when Rondón forced Pope into a low left-handed save and Jay Rodriguez mustered an effort at goal, Pardew sought a change of personnel, introducing Matt Phillips. West Bromwich Albion Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Queensland State Championships Results

first_imgThe titles were shared between the six regions, with the South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks, Sunshine Coast Pineapples and Brisbane City Cobras claiming three titles each. It was an exciting day of finals action, with seven of the divisions’ finals being decided by one touchdown. Congratulations to the following teams that made the finals in their respective divisions. Women’s Open Sunshine Coast Pineapples 7 defeated South West Queensland Swans 5Men’s Open North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 10 defeated Central Queensland Bulls 7Mixed OpenBrisbane City Cobras 8 defeated South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 4Women’s 20’sBrisbane City Cobras 5 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 4Women’s 27’sBrisbane City Cobras 8 defeated South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 1Men’s 20’sSouth Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 8 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 7 Women’s 35’sCentral Queensland Bulls 7 defeated South West Queensland Swans 6Women’s 40’sSouth West Queensland Swans 6 defeated South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 2Men’s 30’sSouth Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 10 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 8Men’s 35’s South West Queensland Swans 4 defeated Brisbane City Cobras3Men’s 40’s Sunshine Coast Pineapples 5 defeated South Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 4Men’s 45’sSouth Queensland and Border Districts Sharks 6 defeated South West Queensland Swans 5Men’s 50’sNorth Queensland Tropical Cyclones 1 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 0Men’s 55’sSunshine Coast Pineapples 10 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 2last_img read more

Uljanik Starts Construction of JDN8628

first_imgJune 5, 2014 zoom This week Uljanik shipyard in Pula, Croatia, began the construction of the Multi-Purpose Vessel JDN8628 which is being built for Jan De Nul Group.This versatile vessel can be equipped with two cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes. For Subsea Rock Installation the vessel can carry up to 10,000 tonnes of rock. The rock is unloaded by two excavators and discharged through a fall pipe with ROV down to waterdepths of about 400 m.The fall pipe installation is a further development of the system used on the vessels La Boudeuse and Willem De Vlamingh, but has been adapted to install rock at greater depths. Two active heave compensated cranes, an A-frame and a workclass ROV further enhance the capabilities of the vessel.The newbuild will be launched by the end of this year, and be operational by mid 2015.last_img read more

Province Offers Condolences to Families of Virginia Tech Shooting Victims

first_imgThe government of Nova Scotia offers its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims of the tragic shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Among the victims is former Colchester County resident Jocelyne Couture-Nowak. Mrs. Couture-Nowak taught French for a number of years at Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill before moving to be a French professor at Virginia Tech in 2001. “This tragic event has touched the lives of many people, particularly those who knew Mrs. Couture-Nowak and her family,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the Nowak family and to all those whose lives she touched when she lived in the Truro area as a professor of French and a mentor for francophone Nova Scotians. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time, as they are for all our American neighbours.” Mrs. Couture-Nowak’s husband Jerzy Nowak had been a professor and department head at Nova Scotia Agricultural College until 2001, when he became head of the department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech. Over the past several years, the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and Virginia Tech have partnered on an international academic program with a focus on sustainable agriculture and aquaculture. “We are also relieved to know that the three NSAC students, two from Nova Scotia and one from Prince Edward Island, who are currently at Virginia Tech as part of this exchange program, are safe,” said Agriculture Minister Brooke Taylor. “We are shocked by this sad, horrible and senseless act. We hope that the families and friends gain strength from one another and know that so many people are thinking of their well-being at this time,” said Mr. Taylor. “The Acadian and francophone community are saddened by the loss of Mrs. Couture-Nowak,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Acadian Affairs. “She has made a great contribution to the francophone community, particularly with the development of École acadienne in Truro, and she will be sadly missed.” Counselling assistance for NSAC faculty and staff has been made available. A community memorial service in the Alumni Theatre at NSAC is planned for Friday at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Need of the hour is to conserve water stop its wastage CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government will observe July 12 every year as “Save Water Day”, according to a tweet uploaded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media on Saturday.A rally titled “Save Water Save Life” will be organised on July 12 at 3 pm from Jorasanko to Gandhi Statue in which Banerjee will also take part. The state government has urged the NGOs, clubs, various organisations and students to participate in the procession. In the tweet, Banerjee expressed concern over the sharp fall in the groundwater level and global warming. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe tweeted: “Due to extreme depletion of groundwater and inadequate availability of surface water several states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat are reeling under severe water scarcity. Finally water to drink has become a huge challenge in many places. In West Bengal a review was done and it was found that groundwater level was a point of concern in some blocks.” The state government is doing constant monitoring and three lakh water bodies have been dug under the flagship project “Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo”. Around 500 check dams have been constructed and 41,000 acres of land have been brought under irrigation in water scarce areas of Jangalmahal and saline areas of the Sunderbans under the “Jal Tirtha” programme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe further mentioned: “The need of the hour is to conserve water and stop its wastage and misuse. Also finding ways to develop and adopt highly sustainable water use systems and policies.” It may be mentioned that Mayor Firhad Hakim has proposed to introduce rainwater harvesting in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area. He has urged people not to waste water. The KMC will install meters to find out the usage of water. Steps have been taken to stop wastage of water through leaks that have come up on the KMC water supply line. The KMC is planning to set up a separate zone to wash cars with unfiltered water. It may be mentioned that there used to be a pumping station to lift unfiltered water at Mallickghat off Burrabazar, which is almost defunct now. The unfiltered water was used to clean roads and for washing purposes. Every household had tanks to keep unfiltered water. In New Town, awareness campaigns to conserve water will be held on July 12. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) conserves 30 gallons of filtered water every day by recycling wastewater which is used to water roadside trees and gardens.last_img read more

36 arrested for consuming liquor on Noida roads

first_imgNew Delhi: Three dozen people have been arrested here for consuming liquor at a public place and creating a nuisance, police said Saturday.The arrests were made from 9 pm onwards on Friday during an inspection by teams of the Sector 20 and Sector 39 police stations, a senior official said. “Thirty-six people were arrested during the inspection. 21 of them from Sector 94, while 15 from Sector 29,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said. They have been booked under Indian Penal Code section 290 (public nuisance in cases not otherwise provided for), he said. “Order on roads is necessary to ensure law and order in society, therefore this action was carried out and would be repeated from time to time,” Krishna said. On July 6, the Noida Police had arrested 474 people in Noida and Greater Noida for consuming alcohol at public places and drunk driving in three hours under its ‘Operation Clean’.last_img read more

Satellite images show oil tankers allegedly sabotaged

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — New satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press show the oil tankers that Gulf officials alleged were the targets of “sabotage” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The images, provided Tuesday by Colorado-based Maxar Technologies, show the oil tankers. Two are from Saudi Arabia, one is Norwegian and the other is Emirati.A boom surrounds the Emirati oil tanker, suggesting officials worry about an oil leak from the vessel.Otherwise, the vessels do not show signs of massive damage. The Norwegian ship sustained a hole just above its hull in the incident.A U.S. official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said all the ships sustained similar damage.___Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.The Associated Press read more

UN pressed by increasing requests for electoral help in countries Annan

“The most important challenge facing the Electoral Assistance Division stems from its increased workload. This is a product of success,” Mr. Annan states.He stresses that the Division requires additional resources, in terms of both staff and finances if it is to meet the demands. “The existing pool of electoral staff will be severely taxed over the next several years. The quality of United Nations electoral assistance depend on the availability of properly trained staff,” he says.Mr. Annan says the provision of sufficient resources is essential in allowing the Division to fulfil its General Assembly mandate to meet every request and therefore to “maintain the consistency of approach that guarantees the integrity of the electoral assistance.”This need is best met by tapping into capacities that already exist within the world body, he states. “It would be highly useful, for example, for institutional relationships within the United Nations system to develop to allow for the temporary secondment of United Nations staff, both in the field and at headquarters, for the purpose of participating during peak periods in electoral operations,” Mr. Annan notes.Major missions that were not anticipated two years ago include those in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia and possibly Iraq. read more

Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land

by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2016 9:59 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pipeline protesters vow to stay camped on federal land CANNON BALL, N.D. – Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”The Corps cited the oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters, who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites, and police.Standing Rock tribal members believe the land in which the encampment is on is owned by the Sioux through a more than century-old treaty with the U.S. government.“We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said protester Isaac Weston, who is an Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land and to protect our water.”The vast majority of the several hundred people fighting against the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline have created a self-sustaining community at the sprawling camp, which is on Corps land in southern North Dakota, and have put up semi-permanent structures or brought motor homes and trailers in advance of the harsh winter.On the unseasonably warm Saturday, people were chopping wood and setting up tents at the encampment, which is more than a mile from a Missouri River reservoir where the final large segment of the pipeline is yet to be completed due to the Corps consulting with the tribe. Authorities had set up a staging area about a mile away on a hill overlooking the site.Dallas Goldtooth, a protest organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said it is “an atrocious example that colonization has not ended for us here as indigenous people,” and that the government’s request will escalate already rocky tensions.Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers didn’t immediately return multiple messages Friday or Saturday seeking comment and verification of the letter. Last month, the Corps said it would not evict the encampment, which started as overflow from smaller private and permitted protest sites nearby and began growing in August.President Barack Obama raised the possibility of rerouting the pipeline in that area earlier this month, something Kelcy Warren, CEO of Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners, told The Associated Press is not an option from the company’s standpoint. Obama said his administration is monitoring the “challenging situation” but would “let it play out for several more weeks.”Some of the protests have resulted in violent confrontations — one woman suffered a serious arm injury last weekend — and more than 500 people have been arrested since August.The Corps’ letter, according to Archambault, said that those who stay on the land after Dec. 5 may be prosecuted, and that there’ll be a free speech zone south of the river.Archambault said Saturday that he doesn’t believe the Corps will forcibly evict people from the camp, adding that the tribe is working to provide protesters protection from the elements on its reservation, which is south of the Cannonball River, but offered few details.It’s the federal government’s job to peacefully close the camp because it allowed people to stay there in the first place, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement Saturday.“Our state and local law enforcement agencies continue to do all they can to keep private property and public infrastructure free from unpermitted protest activities, and its past time that the federal government provides the law enforcement resources … to enforce their own order to vacate,” the Republican said.That sentiment was echoed by Morton County Commission chairman Cody Schulz, who said county and state leaders have been seeking federal law enforcement help for months. “It’s now time for the federal government to live up to its obligations” said Schulz.Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said the protesters need to move for public safety.“The well-being and property of ranchers, farmers and everyone else living in the region should not be threatened by protesters who are willing to commit acts of violence,” Hoeven said in a statement Friday. He also called on the Obama administration to let work on the pipeline move forward, saying, “this difficult situation has gone on too long and we need to get it resolved.”Heitkamp said the Corps’ order is “a needed step to support the safety of residents, workers, protesters and law enforcement.” Organizers of protests against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline speak at a news conference on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, near Cannon Ball, N.D. They said they have a right to remain on land where they have been camped for months. They made the statement a day after tribal leaders received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, telling them the land would be closed to the public on Dec. 5. (AP Photo/James MacPherson) read more

UN agencies call for end to violence and discrimination against LGBTI community

“This is the first time that so many members of the UN family have joined forces in defence of the basic rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” said Charles Radcliffe, the Chief of Global Issues for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “It’s both an expression of commitment on the part of UN agencies, and a powerful call to action for Governments around the world to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses against intersex people,” he added in a news release.At a high-level event on LGBT rights, held in New York on the margins of the annual debate of the General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauded the agencies for “speaking in one voice” on this critical issue.“When the human rights of LGBT people are abused, all of us are diminished. Every human life is precious – none is worth more than another,” he stated. “This United Nations I lead will never shirk in the fight against discrimination. We will never shy away from protecting the most marginalized and vulnerable people. This is not just a personal commitment – it is an institutional one.”The event highlighted the linkages between protecting the rights of LGBT people and progress towards achieving the new set of global development goals that world leaders adopted last week. “There are 17 sustainable development goals all based on a single, guiding principle: to leave no one behind. We will only realize this vision if we reach all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Mr. Ban stated.Ending marginalization and exclusion of LGBT people is a human rights priority – and a development imperative, he continued. “We are here together to break down the barriers that prevent LGBT people from exercising their full human rights. When we do that, we will liberate them to fully and productively contribute to our common economic progress…. We can show future generations that the best way to advance our shared goals is to embrace all members of our human family – regardless of who they are or whom they love.”In at least 76 countries, discriminatory laws criminalize private, consensual same-sex relationships, exposing millions of individuals to the risk of arrest, prosecution and imprisonment – and even, in at least five countries, the death penalty.The joint statement outlines how laws are used to harass, detain, and discriminate against LGBTI people, while laws that criminalize cross-dressing are used to arrest and punish transgender people. These discriminatory laws perpetuate stigma and discrimination, police abuse and torture, and negatively affect public health by hampering vital access to health and HIV treatment and services.In addition, the statement sets out steps for Governments to stop violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community, including measures to improve the monitoring, reporting and investigation of hate crimes. In addition to OHCHR, the joint statement has been endorsed by the following UN entities: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

Agile multilateral response vital to combat terrorism – UN chief Guterres

‘Trust’ key to enable information sharing – UN counter-terrorism officialAlso on Thursday, Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, highlighted the need for timely access to critical information for effective counter-terrorism efforts.She, however, added that there are many “potential barriers” to sharing information at the national, regional or international levels, but the “central issue” is trust.“No-one will share information without trust, or if they believe that doing so may have negative consequences. That is why it is imperative to respect human rights when sharing information,” she said.In her remarks, Ms. Coninsx also spoke of the importance of cooperation at all levels as well as of the full and effective implementation of laws and policies by competent State officials. Addressing a high-level conference on counter-terrorism, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored that working together must be the “top priority.”“We must strengthen the capacities of our counter-terrorism structures and institutions and we must complement our counter-terrorism efforts in the security realm with concerted efforts to identify and address the root causes.”He also highlighted the need to strengthen resilience and build cohesion in societies.“Communities and the State need to be joined with the common purpose of rejecting terrorist ideologies and challenging those who espouse them,” stated the UN chief.Terrorism is a grave and complex threat. Ending it demands that we work together flexibly, intelligently and openly – Secretary-General GuterresSupport should also be provided to civil society which has a major role to play in preventing violent extremism and there should be more engagement with women and young people, so they can play “meaningful roles” in combatting the scourge, he added.Mr. Guterres also cautioned that the “frontline” against terrorism is increasingly in cyberspace, with terrorists exploiting social media, encrypted communications and the so-called “dark web” to spread propaganda and coordinate attacks.There has also been a shift towards “less sophisticated attacks” against “softer targets” that are more difficult to detect and prevent, he said; noting that following military defeat in one region of the world, foreign terrorist fighters are likely to move elsewhere – either returning home or relocating to other conflict zones.The transnational nature of terrorism “means we need multilateral cooperation,” he highlighted.Convened by the Secretary-General on 28-29 June, under the overarching theme of “strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”, the high-level conference aims to forge a new partnership for multilateral cooperation to strengthen the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts.“Terrorism is a grave and complex threat. Ending it demands that we work together flexibly, intelligently and openly,” said Mr. Guterres.In his remarks, the Secretary-General outlined the goals of the conference.These include:A strengthened international counter-terrorism cooperation.A renewed and sustained focus on preventing terrorism.Full respect for human rights while tackling terrorism.The need for “strategic investment” in young people to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism.Recognizing the “tragic human cost” of terrorism.And strengthening the role of the United Nations in assisting its Member States to tackle terrorism. read more

Van volumes deliver but demand for Euro6 trucks still subdued

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total commercial vehicle registrations increase by 25.8% in July, up 13.1% for the year-to-date and 18.4% over the rolling year.Van market maintains a period of strong growth, up 34.5% in July and 18.9% over the year-to-date to more than 180,000 units.Truck registrations fell by 16.3% in July, down 21.9% over the year-to-date following a surge towards the end of 2013 due to the introduction of Euro-6. The rolling year total remains up 16.4%, following increased activity last year.UK van and truck registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013“The commercial vehicle market has delivered another strong month overall, driven by an impressive number of van registrations. This reflects growing business confidence in the economy and the variety of highly capable and efficient vans on the market,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The truck sector is continuing a downward trend brought about by an influx of orders at the end of 2013 due to incoming Euro-6 standards. There is increasing positivity in the market, however, which should see registrations return to normal levels over the coming months.”Van and truck registrations – rolling year trends Jan 2010 to dateClick through to download the full July 2014 commercial vehicle news release and data tables. read more

Jane Austen airbrushed on new £10 note campaigners complain

first_img 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. The portrait of Jane Austen which appears on new polymer £10 notes has provoked outrage for having been “airbrushed.”The new notes feature the Sense and Sensibility author in a portrait painted by her nephew after her death, in which she appears noticeably prettier and less drawn than in the only contemporary painting which exists.Lucy Worsley, the TV presenter and historian, told The Sunday Times: “It’s deeply ironic that the image chosen by the Bank of England isn’t really her… It’s an author publicity portrait after she died in which she’s been given the Georgian equivalent of an airbrushing.” The paper fivers featuring prison reformer Elizabeth Fry are being replaced with unrippable polymer notes with a picture of Winston Churchill, which came into circulation last year.More than 35,000 people had signed a petition calling for the new £10 notes to feature a female face.The Bank of England started printing the controversial Jane Austen notes last October and will formally unveil the design on July 18 on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death.The event will take place at Winchester Cathedral, where Austen was buried in 1817. Jane Austen by Cassandra AustenCredit: National Portrait Gallerycenter_img The 1817 portrait used for the notes shows Austen with plump cheeks and a calm expression. It was commissioned after her death at the age of 41.However the original sketch on which the portrait is based, by her sister Cassandra, shows her with thin lips, a pointed chin, and bags under her eyes.The sketch is the only confirmed portrait of Austen to have been made during her lifetime and is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.Jane Austen will be the only woman – apart from the Queen – to be featured on bank notes once the withdrawal of old £5 notes is completed. Jane Austen by Cassandra Austenlast_img read more

LabGrown InsulinProducing Cells Open Door to Type 1 Diabetes Cure

first_img This Insulin-Delivering Pill Could Replace Injections for DiabeticsIs Type 2 Diabetes Actually Five Separate Diseases? Scientists at the University of California San Francisco made a major breakthrough in the effort to cure diabetes mellitus type 1.For the first time, researchers transformed human stem cells into mature insulin-producing cells, which could replace those lost in patients with the autoimmune disorder.There is currently no known way to prevent type 1 (T1) diabetes, which destroys insulin production in the pancreas, limits glucose regulation, and results in high blood sugar levels.The condition can be managed with regular shots of insulin, but people with the disease often experience serious health complications like kidney failure, heart disease, and stroke.“We can now generate insulin-producing cells that look and act a lot like the pancreatic beta cells you and I have in our bodies,” according to Matthias Hebrok, senior author of a study published last week in the journal Nature Cell Biology.“This is a critical step toward our goal of creating cells that could be transplanted into patients with diabetes,” Hebrok, director of the UCSF Diabetes Center, said in a statement.Clusters of pancreatic beta cells derived from human stem cells in a lab dish (via Matthias Hebrok Lab/University of California San Francisco)Life-threatening complications may earn patients a place on the pancreas transplant list, but the wait is long and the procedure is risky. Transplants of the pancreatic “islets”—clusters of healthy beta cells—are in clinical trials, but still rely on organs from deceased donors.Which is why Hebrok’s groundbreaking method is such a huge win for diabetes research.Moving forward, Hebrok & Co. are considering various options for making regenerative therapies a reality. The controversial CRISPR gene editing technique, for instance, could allow scientists to transplant cells into patients without immune-suppressing drugs.“Current therapeutics like insulin injections only treat the symptoms of the disease,” study co-author Gopika Nair, a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, explained. “Our work points to several exciting avenues to finally finding a cure.”In 2017, medical device firm Viacyte began trials of its “functional cure” for diabetes: PEC-Direct, a credit card-sized device contains cells that respond to rises in blood sugar and begin producing insulin, just as the body should.PEC-Direct allows blood vessels to grow into the gadget itself; a special fabric helps foster growth, though patients still need to take steroids or other drugs to keep their body in check.More on Geek.com:Is Type 2 Diabetes Actually Five Separate Diseases?Artificial Pancreas Improves Quality of Life for Type 1 Diabetes PatientsCDC Links Multi-State Salmonella Outbreak to Pet Hedgehogs Stay on targetlast_img read more

Muggles Had to Wait 10 Hours to Ride New ‘Harry Potter’ Roller Coaster

first_imgHagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was AMAZING! I am SO glad I did this…it’s a day and a ride I will NEVER forget! The wait was worth it! @KCCINews #HagridsMagicalCreatures #UniversalOrlando pic.twitter.com/u4c0R0YEbd— Jenipher Sutherland (@TeachSutherland) June 14, 2019 After 10 hours of waiting, through weather, downtime’s, and making friends in line we officially made it #HagridsMagicalCreatures @UniversalORL pic.twitter.com/zESDblBkYm— Payne Peters (@payne1394) June 13, 2019 Catholic School Bans ‘Harry Potter’ Books Because SpellsToy Tuesday: The Best Animal Toys More on Geek.com:New Harry Potter-Themed Roller Coaster Arrives in JuneWatch: Harry Potter Fans Freak Out Over ‘Dobby Creature’ in Eerie VideoHarry Potter x Vans Collection Unveils ‘Magical’ Footwear for Fans After a 10 hour wait due to weather, I can honestly say Hagrid’s Magical Creatures ride was worth every minute of that wait. Freaking incredible!!! #hagrid #HagridsMagicalCreatures #HagridsMagicalCreaturesMotorbikeAdventure pic.twitter.com/s58b8ceW4i— Micah Taylor (@tvfreak13) June 13, 2019 Worth the wait guys. One of the best rides in Orlando IMO pic.twitter.com/dCJ1hIhDu6— Jonathan Cooper (@dxwwf3) June 13, 2019 The 10 hr wait time at Hagrids @UniversalORL got me thinking. If waiting 10 hrs meant you would NEVER have to wait in line again, (skip the line for the rest of your life, but ONLY this ride) would you do it?#HagridsMagicalCreatures #HagridsMotorbikeAdventure #HarryPotter— Living Lambeaux (@LivingLambeaux) June 13, 2019 Harry Potter fans waited hours in line and braved stormy weather to ride the new Hagrid Roller Coaster in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.“Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure” drew in large crowds to the theme park before it opened on June 13. Once the devoted muggles were inside the park, the wait time for the new ride was 600 minutes around 9:30 a.m. EST, CBS Miami reported. At 2 p.m. EST, visitors were informed that the wait time decreased to a mere 300 minutes, or five hours, for the roller coaster.According to Universal Studios, the roller coaster features seven launches and as of now, it’s the state’s longest roller coaster track that features a crazy drop-track moment.Here’s how it goes down: Hagrid invites guests to his latest Care of Magical Creatures class, with Arthur Weasley turning a single motorcycle and its sidecar into a long train with plenty of seating. From there, visitors are whisked off on a high-speed adventure through the Forbidden Forest, where they’ll run into several Harry Potter magical creatures, including blast-ended skrewts, Cornish pixies, centaurs, and Fluffy, Hagrid’s infamous three-headed canine.Despite really long wait periods, fans were eager to stay for the ride. Some shared their experiences on Twitter and commented on how cool the roller coaster was, despite spending a lot of time in line. It looks like a lot of muggles will be heading to this “magical location” over the next few weeks.I waited 11 hours for Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. Was it worth it? Yes! Best coaster in Orlando? Possibly, Mako is awesome but the theming and other special features is no comparison. The roller coaster is a combination of Verbolten, Cheetah Hunt, and Wave Breaker. pic.twitter.com/46AEfaAxBI— Jordan (@jpeek8) June 14, 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more