October 18, 2019

Delhi HC permits JNU election committee to declare results of students union

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday permitted the JNU election committee to declare the results of the students union polls held on September 6. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva also allowed the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration to notify the poll results in accordance with Lyngdoh committee recommendations. The court had restrained the varsity from notifying the election results till September 17. It passed the order on Tuesday while disposing two petitions by two students, who had alleged that their nomination for polls were illegally rejected for election as councillor of JNUSU.last_img

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October 17, 2019

Judge awards businessman 25 million for suffering hate speech at its worst

first_imgA self-styled online media personality whose websites frequently air anti-Muslim content has been ordered to pay the owner of a prominent Middle Eastern restaurant chain millions of dollars after publicly accusing him of funding terrorism.Ontario Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson ordered Kevin J. Johnston to pay a total of $2.5 million in damages for defamation to Mohamad Fakih, the owner and founder of Paramount Fine Foods.Johnston, who operated websites including FreedomReport.ca and recently came in second place in Mississauga’s mayoral race, posted multiple videos attacking Fakih.In the videos, shot in 2017, Johnston made a series of incendiary statements including a claim Fakih was an “economic terrorist” with backing from the Pakistani spy agency.He also alleged restaurant policy barred staff from admitting anyone who wasn’t a “jihadist.”Ferguson says Johnston’s words amounted to hate speech that called for particularly strong condemnation from the court.“In this fractious 21st century — where social media and the internet now allow some of the darkest forces in our society to achieve attention — (issues raised by the case) are numerous and profound, and their impact extends well beyond the borders of this country,” she wrote in her decision released Monday.“Motivated by ignorance and a reckless regard for acceptable norms, the Johnston defendants’ behaviour reflects a contempt for Canada’s judicial process, an abuse of the very freedoms this country affords them and a loathsome example of hate speech at its worst.”Johnston did not respond to a request for reaction to Ferguson’s ruling, and the paralegal who represented him during the defamation suit could not be reached for comment.According to Ferguson’s decision, Johnston and another man shot the video footage on July 20, 2017, while a fundraiser for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was taking place at Paramount’s flagship location in Mississauga.Ferguson said the men repeatedly tried to disrupt the event and made a number of defamatory statements about the restaurant and Fakih, who founded Paramount in 2007 and has seen it expand to roughly 40 locations across Canada.The footage yielded at least eight event videos that contained a number of what Ferguson deemed to be defamatory statements.The videos also featured Paramount’s facade and logo and a photograph of Fakih altered to present him with blood on his hands, Ferguson wrote.When served with notice of the defamation suit, Ferguson contends Johnston doubled down on his claims in a series of new videos in which he described Fakih as a “radical Muslim” who “hates white people.”Tensions escalated in April 2018, she wrote, when Johnston allegedly approached Fakih while he was at a Mississauga shopping mall with his children aged between 13 and four.The resulting encounter, briefly posted to Johnston’s online platforms, left Fakih’s youngest child waking in the middle of the night asking about “the scary man who hates his dad,” Ferguson said in her decision.The other man who appeared in Johnston’s videos and who was originally named in the defamation suit saw the action against him dismissed after he issued an “unqualified apology” for his words and actions.In contrast, Ferguson alleged Johnston repeatedly failed to co-operate with the court process and cast public aspersions on both the case and the judge overseeing it.At one point, her decision said he went so far as to accuse Fakih of launching the suit in league with the woman who ultimately defeated him during Mississauga’s 2018 mayoral race. While the incumbent was re-elected with 76 per cent of the vote, city election results show Johnston took 13.5 per cent of ballots cast and placed second in the contest.Ferguson awarded Fakih damages based on his standing in the community, the seriousness of the defamatory statements, the extent of their publication, the lack of an apology from Johnston and the defendant’s conduct.She accepted Fakih’s contention that both his business interests and personal reputation were impacted by Johnston’s baseless claims.“The serious damage to the plaintiffs’ reputations from the Johnston defendants’ repeated and widely disseminated false statements … may never be able to be undone,” she wrote. “As recognized by the Court of Appeal, given the ‘extraordinary capacity’ of the internet to replicate defamatory statements ‘almost endlessly,’ the truth rarely catches up with a lie.”In a statement, Fakih said Ferguson’s ruling is a triumph over racism and hate speech.“When someone falsely calls you a ‘terrorist’ simply because you are a Muslim, that is Islamophobia,” he said. “This judgment sends a clear message that such Islamophobic comments are wrong and defamatory. I feel vindicated. This decision is an important step towards demonstrating that those who are spewing hate online are going to have to pay.” Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Trace Adkins Returns To Muddy Bottoms For Veterans

first_imgA native of Sarepta, Louisiana, Trace Adkins is coming home to headline a concert at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 during “Muddin’ for the Military” at Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park.Muddin’ for the Military is presented by SuperATV. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. on July 3 and the park remains open through Sunday, July 6 for the muddiest July 4th weekend event in the country.“This is my hometown,” said Trace Adkins. “It’ll be nice to come back home and see something that’s not only great for the area and the folks who live there, but also puts Sarepta on the map because it’s the biggest, baddest mud park in the country.”Muddy Bottoms and H.O.P.E. Outdoor Adventures have teamed up to host the 3rd Annual Muddin’ for the Military. Proceeds from the event will support Lone Star Warrior Outdoor, which provides all-expenses-paid hunting or fishing trips for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.“I can’t think of a more fun way to support and celebrate our country’s war veterans than what we’re doing at Muddy Bottoms, the nation’s premier ATV park, over 4th of July weekend,” said Harold Hunt, Owner of SuperATV. “We’ll have a great time doing our duty to raise funds that will be used to reward our troops for the sacrifices they’ve made.”“In addition to the Trace Adkins concert on Saturday, events will be happening all weekend at the park that are sure to create lasting memories for the mud riders who turn out,” said Jeff Drost, Park Manager of Muddy Bottoms. “There will be a huge fireworks show on July 4th at 9:00 p.m., live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting Lone Star Warrior Outdoor, as well as races with some of the fastest ATVs and SXSs around as part of the Xtreme Mud Racing Series. It will be an action-packed weekend, supporting a great cause.”Tickets for Muddin’ for the Military are on-sale now for $55 a person at www.muddybottomsatv.com; admission is $60 at the gate. In addition to the concert, the entrance fee is good for the entire weekend of mud riding fun.From live music at the giant outdoor amphitheatre and ATV races, to a wide array of mud bogs and miles of trails that are sure to challenge riders of every skill level, Muddy Bottoms is an ATV-rider’s paradise. To stay up to date on everything happening at Muddy Bottoms, like them on Facebook at www.FB.com/muddybottomsatv.last_img read more

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October 14, 2019

Pukatawagan rejects proposed First Nation Education Act

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe United Nations recently visited the northern Manitoba community of Pukatawagan.People there are not only living in Third World conditions, they are fighting against the Harper government’s proposed First Nations Education Act.People there say the proposed bill is being “imposed upon them.”APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot was there and brings this story.last_img

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October 11, 2019

Tobacco could kill a billion people this century UN health official warns

29 April 2011Up to one billion people could die this century from smoking or being exposed to tobacco if current rates continue, a senior United Nations health official warned today, urging governments of low- and middle-income countries to adopt the same measures that many wealthier nations have already taken to deter people from smoking. “A cataclysmic future” lies ahead unless serious steps are taken to curb smoking, said Douglas Bettcher, Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Tobacco Free Initiative, stressing that all deaths from tobacco use are entirely preventable.“There is no need for this. We have tools to help everyone quit,” he told the UN News Centre from Moscow, where tobacco control was the focus of one of the round-table sessions at this week’s global ministerial conference on non-communicable diseases, which wrapped up today.Dr. Bettcher said an estimated 6 million people currently die each year from either directly smoking tobacco or being exposed to it, with the victims disproportionately likely to come from poorer countries.“It’s not coincidental” that the highest rates are now being found in low- and middle-income countries where access to health care is often limited and many governments have been lax about regulating the tobacco industry, he said.“Tobacco companies have ruthlessly and shrewdly moved their targets away from high-income countries in North America and Europe as smoking rates have come down there.”He described “a vicious circle of poverty” which traps smokers who contract illnesses and cannot afford decent health care and drain limited family income to pay for treatment or even for cigarettes themselves.Dr. Bettcher said the most successful measures to reduce demand for smoking are those that have been implemented in affluent countries, such as: raising the prices of products through taxes; enforcing complete bans on smoking in public places; introducing large pictorial warnings on products; and setting up national “quit lines” to advise and support people trying to stop smoking.The roundtable heard from several countries that have had success recently in reducing demand, including Uruguay, where in the past two years alone there has been a relative reduction of 25 per cent in the prevalence of smoking.“Turkey is another good example. It has gone from weak laws 10 years ago to very strict tobacco control laws today and large pictorial warnings,” Dr. Bettcher noted.The roundtable participants recommended that, given the strong link between poverty and tobacco use, tackling tobacco use becomes a priority on the development agenda. They also called for all countries to set themselves reduction targets to spur progress on that front. read more

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October 8, 2019

UPFA confident of governing the East

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is confident of governing the eastern province, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.He said that the UPFA will establish provincial council administrations in all three provinces including the eastern province. The minister said this while speaking to the media at the weekly cabinet press briefing today.Both the government and the opposition are banking on the support of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to obtain a majority to form the government in the eastern province.

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October 7, 2019

Plant influencers offer decor tips for fall houseplants

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal colour.Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron’s cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a touch of the outdoors inside. And of course, the poinsettia’s red and green foliage is a popular choice for holiday décor.It’s no secret — houseplants are back in style.“They are naturally chaotic and provide great contrast to the structure of a room and its furnishings,” says Sarah Cole, a Boston-area interior designer. “They bring life, literally, to a room.”But with so many houseplant varieties, how’s a neophyte to choose? If you are new to the crazy, cool world of houseplants, don’t fear: Instagram is here to help. On the photo-sharing social media platform, houseplants and their owners have carved a niche under hashtags like #plantsofinstagram and #plantcommunity.Like their counterparts from the world of pop culture, “plant influencers” garner loyal followings in the hundreds of thousands. Their photos depict beautifully grown, tended and displayed houseplants — on shelves, with cats or filling an entire room. They promise to help you find the most popular, beautiful and in-demand houseplants.Some plant influencers’ suggestions for fall:___Ana Carlson @sillappealFollowers: About 8,900The Los Angeles-based owner of Sill Appeal, an online store for plant décor, says houseplants brighten a home in the throes of winter darkness.“Plants that bloom in the fall are always a good choice for shorter days,” Carlson says, mentioning holiday cacti and African violets as good choices.“These old-fashioned plants are making a comeback,” she said. “African violets are beautiful, and they can bloom year-round with proper light and care.”Another popular fall plant, according to Carlson, is the variegated croton.“The croton’s leaves are colorful, but they need a lot of light to keep their vibrant colours and not drop leaves,” she said. “Without special care and conditions, it can be hard to keep it healthy in most people’s homes.”One easygoing plant that’s becoming more popular in the U.S. is the ZZ Raven. Its new growth is green like the regular ZZ variety, also known as Zanzibar gem, but the raven turns black as it matures. “Black plants can be really cool for Halloween,” Carlson said.___Eliza Blank @thesillFollowers: 564,000People pay more attention to their homes as summer turns to fall, says Blank, owner of the New York City-based houseplant boutique The Sill.“In preparation to hunker down for the winter ahead, people buy more houseplants,” she said. “We see deeper colour foliage and patterned foliage trending, along with the darker hues of planters.”Her fall picks include: the philodendron, rubber trees and the visually interesting alocasia.___Nick Pileggi @PhillyfoliageFollowers: 36,200Variegated plant varieties are both interesting to look at and wildly popular, says Pileggi, the curator at Urban Jungle, an eclectic houseplant shop in Philadelphia.The pink princess philodendron is probably the most coveted plant right now, he says. But the variegated monstera is close behind. One of these plants might cost up to $200. Growers haven’t yet cultivated them for the mass market.“If you say a plant is rare, people will pay anything for it,” Pileggi says.The cissus discolour and a peperomia plant are among his fall picks.___Karin Scholte @botaniquegreen.homeFollowers: Around 5,000This year’s fall plant, Scholte says, is the ficus elastica.“The variegated ones bring light and colour in a darker period,” she says.She also recommended plants from the codiaeum family: “Their colours are so bright and are the same as the leaves from the trees outside,” she said. “And they give me a warm feeling like a blanket, especially when they’re bigger and hanging down from a shelf.”___Erin Harding and Morgan Doang @houseplantclubFollowers: 611,000If you don’t have any plants, these plant influencers say fall is the perfect time to add some green to your home. Having a tropical plant inside during the darker days can help lift your spirits.Harding and Doang think the African violet and begonia varieties will be hot this fall.“African violets seem to be gaining popularity on Instagram, probably because of the wide variety of foliage and because they flower indoors,” Doang said.As for begonias, Harding says, “there are thousands of species, making it fun to collect them all.”Tracee M. Herbaugh, The Associated Press read more

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October 2, 2019

Education remains an impossible dream for many refugees and migrants

The investment by the Fund has paid for the construction of three new secondary schools, 84 classrooms in four primary schools, and classroom furniture such as desks, chairs and chalkboards. It also supports teacher training through diploma programmes, as well as teaching and learning materials. It is hoped that the grant will lead to some 12,000 children benefiting from an improved quality of education.But more than half of all school-age refugees are not getting any education: that equates to some four million young people unlikely to realize their economic and intellectual potential. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates that the number of young refugees receiving no schooling rose by around 500,000 in just 12 months between 2017 and 2018. The agency expects hundreds of thousands more refugee children to join these statistics, unless urgent investment is made. UN News/Conor LennonChrisann Jarrett, founder of Let Us Learn, a UK-based initiative to help young migrants access higher education. “We recognized that over 2,000 students were being stopped from going to university because of their immigration status. So, despite being lawfully resident in the country, they were being told that they couldn’t move forward with their education aspirations. In 2015, the Supreme Court agreed that this was discriminatory, and we managed to influence government policy, which means that hundreds, if not thousands of young migrants are able to access a student loan and go to university, which previously wasn’t the case.”Ms. Jarrett said that the campaign was a cause worth fighting for, allowing potential talent, that would otherwise have been overlooked, to develop for the benefit of the migrants, and the countries in which they live. Education cannot waitMigration has become one of the central themes of political discourse and media coverage in the UK and other European countries over recent years, making it easy to forget that 92 per cent of young refugees are hosted in developing countries. These states have scant resources to ensure that they get an adequate education, and need support in order to be able to include refugee children in their school systems.This is why Education Cannot Wait, the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises, was set up in 2016. Hosted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Education Cannot Wait brings together public and private partners to mobilize the funding needed to deploy immediate and sustainable programmes tailor-made to the educational needs of children affected by conflict.One such examples is in Ethiopia’s refugee-hosting regions of Gambella and Benishangal-Gumuz, which received a $15 million grant from the fund, to pay for new schools and teachers. Most of the children there fled from violence in South Sudan, and schools can play a significant role in helping them to find stability and support. For many young migrants in the UK, even those who have the legal right to remain in a new country, the idea of going to university is almost an impossible dream: not only are they are charged “overseas student” fees, which can be around double those of “home” students but, until recently, they were denied access to student loans, which puts up another barrier to entry.However, a ray of hope has been provided by Chrisann Jarrett, who is herself a young migrant (she was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK at the age of 8). Whilst still a teenager, Chrisann set up Let Us Learn, a campaign for equal and fair treatment for young migrants. In an interview with UN News, Chrisann explained how a 2015 court victory against the UK Government has made a big difference to many young UK-based students born abroad. UNICEF Ethiopia/2018/MershaChildren in Makod Primary and Secondary School in Tierkidi Refugee Camp, Gambella Region, Ethiopia. The ‘horror’ of children devoid of hopeIn February, Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, warned that the world needs to wake up to “the horror of so many children devoid of hope,” and gave as an example the situation for children at the Maria refugee camp in Greece, where “no formal education is on offer to any of the hundreds of children who are there,” and where two young boys attempted suicide. “At that age, their lives should be full of hope and excitement at every new dawn – but instead young people are so devoid of hope, that they attempted to take their own lives”.Young people are so devoid of hope, that they attempted to take their own lives Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global EducationSpeaking at the UN’s International Dialogue on Migration later that month, António Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that “Too often, young migrants are denied access to training opportunities – vocational as well as academic – or access to all parts of the labour market in countries of destination.” Many young migrants, he said, experience discrimination that “reduces their prospects for growth, as well as their self-esteem. This is a dangerous cycle that we must avoid: unduly limiting the potential of a generation who encapsulate a diverse experience and skills.” read more

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October 2, 2019

United Way committee hosting trivia night

Participants ran five kilometres around campus during the Halloween 5k Fun Run/Walk.Brock’s United Way campaign is holding a trivia night on Friday, Nov. 18.Teams of eight will test their knowledge at Club Roma in St. Catharines. Proceeds will go to the United Way of St. Catharines and District.There will also be a cash bar and silent auction.Donna Moody from Campus Security gets gold appraised from the lost and found to donate the proceeds to the United Way.The trivia night is the latest in a string of United Way fundraising events at Brock. Thirty-two participants raised $1,094.29 for the United Way during the new Halloween Fun Run on Oct. 31. The fastest time was Robert Hilson, director of Athletics, with 22:04.Administrative staff on the 13th floor also held a gold party, and 15 per cent of the day’s proceeds went to United Way. That meant $1,143 to support the cause.To reserve a table for the trivia night, call 905-688-5550 x3257. Teams of eight are $200. Individuals can buy tickets for $25 and will be placed on a team at the event. Tables can be reserved until Thursday, Nov. 10.The goal of this year’s Brock United Way campaign is $115,000. read more

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September 25, 2019

Charlie Gard The tragic case of a too short life

first_imgHis short life caused waves abroad. Donald Trump weighed in, tweeting his support for the child’s parents. So too did Pope Francis. In the US, Charlie’s parents’ battle became a political stick used by the American Right to undermine ‘socialised medicine’ at a time when the Trump administration has been attempting to overturn Obamacare. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son CharlieCredit:PA Connie Yates, mother of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, wears pendant in honour of her son as she arrives at the Royal Court of Justice in London Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie A banner is hung on a fence as supporters of of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard protest outside the High Court  The heartrending case of the 11-month-old baby has both gripped and divided a nation. Great Ormond Street Hospital, the world renowned children’s hospital, had gone to court to request his life support be withdrawn; Mr Gard, a postman, and Ms Yates, a carer for young adults with learning difficulties, had argued for him to be given the chance of experimental therapy. As parents, they felt they knew what was best for their child; the hospital, and in the end, the courts felt otherwise. Chris Gard and Connie Yates leave the Royal Courts of Justice Back in the High Court,  Mr Justice Francis again rejected the parents’ appeal to be allowed to take Charlie to new York. Prof Hirano said scans showed his muscles had deteriorated so badly there was no hope. Ms Yates and Mr Gard accused the hospital of causing delay that meant they were too late to intervene to save Charlie.Even then it wasn’t the end of it. Further court hearings were held to decide how he should die. The parents wanted a week at home in their flat with Charlie. Instead, they got a few hours in a hospice in London. Chris Gard and Connie Yates leave the Royal Courts of JusticeCredit: AFP It is understood a paediatric intensive care team took Charlie to the hospice with his parents in an ambulance. He was brought into the hospice and kept alive for a few hours on a ventilator. Morphine, to relive any possible pain, was administered via an intravenous drip.At a predetermined time, a paediatric intensivist – specialising in care for children with serious illnesses – gently pulled back the tape holding in place the breathing tube connecting Charlie’s lungs to the ventilator.The tube would then have been removed. Charlie’s lungs are unable to work without the artificial ventilator; he doesn’t have the muscle strength. Death would have taken minutes. Show more Charlie Gard has passed away. He died in a hospice, a week short of his first birthday.At just after 6.30 this evening, his mother, Connie Yates, announced: “Our beautiful little boy has gone”. The breathing tube attached to a ventilator had been removed. He is thought to have died a few minutes later.Ms Yates and Charlie’s father Chris Gard were at his bedside, their last precious hours spent with him after a tortuous legal battle fought in vain – first to try to prolong his life; and then in the past week to gain an extra day or two with their “sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy”. A banner is hung on a fence as supporters of of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard protest outside the High Court Credit:Carl Court/Getty Images “It’s as if Charlie is being sentenced to death,” explained Ms Yates. A month later, Mr Justice Francis had sided with the hospital in its plea to let Charlie “die with dignity”. The judge has to decide what course of action to take in the child’s best interests. It’s not enough to know what the parents want; Charlie has to come first in the law. The judge decided his life support be switched off.It wasn’t the end of it. The parents kept fighting, showing a remarkable tenacity just as Charlie was showing in remaining alive.They took their case to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court followed by the European Court of Human Rights. They lost at every turn.But on July 3, the American president following on the tails of the Pope got involved. He tweeted his support and then the White House telephoned Prof Hirano and requested he call Great Ormond Street. Born on August 4 last year, Charlie was diagnosed with the incurable  disease in the autumn when his parents realised he was losing weight and strength. He was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital and never returned to the family home in Bedfont, west London.Throughout the ensuing ordeal, his parents moved out too and into a flat around the corner from the hospital provided by the trust for families in desperate need. His parents were told by specialists as long ago as November “that all his organs would fail”. Ms Yates said experts told her then he had “only days” to live.Ms Yates began exploring treatments and discovered an American doctor Michio Hirano, an eminent professor of neuroscience at Columbia University in New York, who was developing a therapy for children with a similar – but not exactly the same – mitochondrial condition. The hospital, fearing further legal action, including a possible private criminal prosecution, went back to court to ask the judge to hear alleged new evidence from Prof Hirano.A team of American pro-life campaigners travelled to London to back Charlie’s parents. Their fight for his life had become a proper cause celebre. More than £1.3 million was raised to pay for the treatment and care. The fund will now be used to help other children in similar positions to Charlie. It will be called the Charlie Gard Foundation. The hospital began exploring the option but in January Charlie suffered a series of seizures that continued for 17 days. GOSH determined Charlie had suffered irreversible, structural brain damage and that there was no hope for him. His parents refused to give up hope. The ground was set for a bitter, drawn out legal battle. In March, the parents went public on the eve of  a first, preliminary High Court hearing expressing their terrible anguish. At the heart of the row was a little boy. Charlie had been born with a rare genetic illness – mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome – for which there is no cure. Charlie’s short life was over. But his life and subsequent death had touched hearts and prompted a furious debate. Ms Yates had said in a statement just a few days ago: “Charlie has had a greater impact on and touched more people in this world in his 11 months than many people do in a life time. We could not have more love and pride for our beautiful boy.”Today in her statement she said again: “We are so proud of you Charlie.”The couple will now have to get on with life as best they can. Without, sadly, Charlie in it. Connie Yates, mother of critically ill baby Charlie Gard, wears pendant in honour of her son as she arrives at the Royal Court of Justice in LondonCredit:AP Photo/Frank Augstein 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.last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle adds its first bonus game Trauma

first_imgThe Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle, the awkwardly named latest Humble Indie Bundle, just got a little bit better. The already solid — and quite affordable — bundle just added indie hit Trauma in for free. Like many of the other HIB games, Trauma is critically acclaimed (an IGF finalist) and isn’t particularly old either, having hit Steam in August 2011.Trauma is a point-and-click adventure created by Krystian Majewski, where you play as a woman who has just woken up after having a car accident. It’s a dreamy, visually interesting game that’s very much focused on the player experience. It currently sells for $6.99 on Steam. (The trailer is available below.)The Frozen Synapse Bundle also includes Frozen Byte’s turn-based tactical game Frozen Synapse, Trine, ShadowGrounds: Survivor, ShadowGrounds, Splot, and Jack Claw. Contributions to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Child’s Play, and the Bundle’s organizers are an option as well.To get the full package you need to bid above the average price of the Bundle, which is a pay-what-you-want deal. Right now the price to beat is $4.59, but that’s been fluctuating throughout the day and, on the whole, has been rising (two days ago it was $3.91).Currently over 111,000 sales of the bundle have been made, which means a lot more playing Frozen Synapse. This is a game that I’ve been excited about for some time and have already purchased. I paid full price, $25 for two licenses, so I’m feeling a bit burned (not the first time that’s happened with downloadable games) but the Frozen Synapse Bundle is still an excellent deal. Rather than paying that $25 for one game you can get much more value for a fraction of the price… not that you should be cheap when supporting these fine charities and developers.The Bundle has almost exactly 12 days left, so you can buy now but it you are on the fence you should set your calender. Check back as it’s about to end because there is a very good chance that more games will be added, at least if previous Humble Bundles are any indicator.last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Tighter control for online gambling says report

first_imgTighter control of online sports betting and a ban on promoting live odds at sporting venues and during event broadcasts, were some of the recommendations that came out of a federal parliamentary committee.Chaired by Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie and pokie reformer, the joint Select Committee on Gambling Reform report was tabled yesterday. Mr Wilkie said betting on sport was proliferating and was now worth about $790 million a year. The committee’s deputy chair, Labor’s Nick Champion said sports betting issues had crept into Australians’ lives. Another recommendation was that a national independent research institute be set up on gambling, the development of an educational campaign to hightlight the dangers of online gambling and tighter controls on credit betting. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Tsipras says rage will force bailout changes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Though they didn’t win Sunday’s election, Alexis Tsipras says his party has won the argument against the austerity measures keeping Greece in the eurozone and will inevitably come to power. “What Syriza has been saying all along is that the bailout plan is not viable and cannot go on,” party chief Alexis Tsipras told Reuters in his first interview since last Sunday’s parliamentary election. “Now they all recognise this.” Indeed, New Democracy won the most seats in the new parliament on a promise to push through spending cuts imposed by European authorities. But after the vote, party chief Antonis Samaras said the eurozone’s memorandum of understanding with Greece over its 130-billion-euro bailout should be modified. Tsipras, a 37-year-old former student communist, predicted that the newly elected Greek government would fail because it was based on “spent political forces”, paving the way for Syriza to assume power. Syriza won 27 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s election, up from 17 percent at a previous inconclusive election in May. That made it the second largest party behind New Democracy and delighted its supporters, who partied late into the night outside Athens University after results came in. Relaxed and confident in his Athens headquarters, where the waiting room sports a portrait of revolutionary icon Che Guevara, Tsipras said: “Nobody else but us can carry out the deep reforms the country needs because we are not corrupt or worn out. Sooner or later, we will get this opportunity.” Alternative political movement Tsipras said Syriza’s rapid rise showed how Greeks were channelling their rage at the austerity measures – which have sent the economy into a deep recession and pushed unemployment close to 23 per cent – into an alternative political movement. Given public anger at Greece’s long-established parties, he added, “if Syriza didn’t exist today the alternative would be extremes, chaos and Golden Dawn”. “We will prepare a lot better to exercise a much more combative and responsible opposition,” he pledged. “And, obviously, to organise to be able to claim government when the opportunity arises.” Syriza’s key demands are for wealthy tax evaders to be taxed, and for what Tsipras calls “huge and unbelievable waste in the public sector” to be stamped out, by making it function more effectively. “We have talked about the need to stop people collecting salaries for doing nothing, about reducing the number of ministers’ advisers and government officials by half, and curtailing MPs and ministers’ wages and privileges,” he said. Tsipras said he opposed the terms of the bailout because it didn’t help ordinary Greeks who had suffered most from austerity and recession. “It is a bailout for banks and a sinking of the needs of the real economy and society,” he said. Greek politicians have turned their fire on Germany for insisting on deep spending cuts despite the country’s deep recession and Tsipras had a special message for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel “must not insist on the mistake of austerity”, he said. “Europe cannot march on united if it continues to support these barbaric measures.” Citing the spreading of the eurozone crisis to other countries as proof that Greece was not the root cause, Tsipras added: “All those people who said the problem was the lazy Greeks are now seeing the problems in Spain and Italy too. Something else is wrong.” Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

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September 20, 2019

Dogs Definitely Get Tired of Their Toys and Heres Why

first_imgStay on target Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike If you’re wondering why your pup is suddenly showing a lot less interest in his favorite stuffed animal all of a sudden, don’t worry. It’s not because he’s sick, or even upset. It could be that he’s just bored. Weirdly enough, there’s a scientific explanation for all of it.Researchers have been hard at work looking into it, in fact, and have discovered that many dogs actually have a preference for new things or novelty. It’s called neophilia.Neophilia explains why your dog tends to get so excited when presented with a new toy he hasn’t seen before and starts snubbing the old collection. It all stems from a study back in 2008 where researchers from the University of Giessen in Germany and the University of Lincoln in the U.K. played with 17 dogs with two different toys. After playing with each dog with both toys, the dogs were shown a lineup of three different toys apiece: the two they had seen before and a brand new one. The dogs went straight for the new toy in a whopping 38 out of 50 toys, and the study’s results were published in the scientific journal Animal Cognition.A similar study at the University of Bristol Anthrozoology Institute and the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition yielded results that mirrored the earlier studies. This one was conducted with 16 adult Labrador Retrievers who were each given a special toy for 30 seconds. This was repeated several times until the dogs clearly seemed bored with the toys. The dogs ended up losing interest in the toys after five 30-second periods of being given the toy.Essentially, this reinforces the idea that dogs simply get bored and are attracted to newness and unfamiliar territory. It also turned out that as a result of the surveys we could draw conclusions about what kinds of toys the dogs preferred, such as those that taste like food, the ones that you can tear apart. That’s great news for you if you like cleaning up torn-apart toys all over your floor.It doesn’t sound exactly like rocket science, and we could all pretty much surmise this was the case, but if your dog is showing signs of boredom with his toys you can try to rotate them out, play with the dog in different ways with the toy, or even change the way they smell. Most importantly, make sure your dog remains engaged. That’s a lot more fun, anyway than watching him ignore his favorite toy.last_img read more

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September 17, 2019

Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) — Those brightly colored rental bikes seem to be popping up all over San Deigo County.However, in one coastal community, city officials are taking some extra steps to keep them out.Coronado has adopted a new enforcement policy to stop the dumping of the dockless rental bikes on public right-of-ways, such as sidewalks, streets, alleys, parks and beaches.The City of Coronado does not have a contract with any of the dockless bike companies, which rent bikes through an app and allow the users to leave them in any location.After hearing numerous complaints from residents and business owners that the bikes were being abandoned in random locations and posed a risk to public safety, city leaders have adopted a new policy to keep the bikes from blocking streets and other right-of-ways.The policy allows police to tag an abandoned bike. If the bicycle is not removed within two hours, the bike can be impounded. Coronado will charge the bike companies a fine before they can reclaim their property.Those penalties may range from $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second and $500 for any violations that follow. Mayor Richard Bailey said he was not opposed to those bicyclists who want to ride through Coronado, but he doesn’t want the bikes to be left in the city.“If a user currently leaves a bike on a sidewalk, the bike companies have been notified. We’ve requested that they remove the bikes from our public sidewalks since they don’t have a commercial use permit. If the bike operators are unwilling to remove the bike from our sidewalk, then we have the ability to remove it ourselves,” Bailey said.One of the bike sharing companies, “Ofo” said it appreciated the city’s concerns and has already suggested ways for the company and the City to collaborate, “without the use of public resources.”LimeBikes told said it has not distributed bikes in Coronado and it will continue to conduct an outreach program “to ensure we’re addressing any challenges and best serving the needs of the community.” Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:31 PMcenter_img March 20, 2018 Coronado uses impounds and fines to stop dockless rental bike dumping Posted: March 20, 2018last_img read more

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September 3, 2019

Russia accuses USbacked rebels of hindering Syria IS fight

first_imgA picture taken during a press tour provided by the Russian Armed Forces on 15 September shows Russian soldiers standing guard in a central street in Syria`s eastern city of Deir Ezzor, as locals pass by. Photo: AFPRussia on Tuesday accused US-backed rebels in Syria of targeting regime forces to try to halt their advance against Islamic State jihadists around the city of Deir Ezzor.In a statement the Russian military said it had received reports from Syrian generals that regime forces that crossed the strategic Euphrates River were faced with “gunfire from the north” near Deir Ezzor.Moscow claimed that shooting came from a zone controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) supported by Washington.The statement also accused the rebels of opening dams on the Euphrates to stop government forces from crossing the river.“A few hours after the Syrian forces started to cross the river, the water level rose and the speed of outflow doubled,” it said.Despite this, Russia said that Syrian forces have captured some 60 square kilometres (23 square miles) of territory on the eastern side of the river after bridging it on Monday.Until Monday, Syrian troops had been fighting only west of the Euphrates, while the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces waged a rival offensive against IS east of the river.To prevent the two operations from clashing, the coalition, the SDF, Syria’s government and Russia have agreed on a “de-confliction line” in northeast Syria.That line runs from the neighbouring province of Raqa southeast along the Euphrates to Deir Ezzor.On Saturday, however, the US-led coalition backing the SDF accused Russian aviation of bombing them in the north east of Deir Ezzor, which Moscow denies.A spokesman for the US-led coalition targeting IS Colonel Ryan Dillon said he did not “know how that could be the case” that the SDF or coalition were slowing the Syrian advance.Dillon said it was “beneficial” to have all sides there, adding: “IS now has to swivel their heads to the east and to the west and to the north, because they’re being assaulted from so many different directions”.last_img
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August 31, 2019

Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and

first_img(Phys.org)—Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are short bursts of radio emissions from the sky lasting only few milliseconds. However, their origin is still unknown, perplexing astronomers for years since the discovery of the first FRB in 2007. According to various studies, these peculiar radio bursts could be a product of a supernova, two black holes colliding, a spinning neutron star, or they could be related to hyperflares of magnetars. Now, astronomers from the Nanjing University in China are offering another explanation for this puzzling question, asking if collisions of asteroids with neutron stars are producing FRBs. Artist impression of a fast radio burst reaching Earth. Photo credit: Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium Explore further Detected radio bursts evidence of ‘exotic phenomena’ © 2015 Phys.org More information: Collision between Neutron Stars and Asteroids as a Mechanism for Fast Radio Bursts, arXiv:1512.06519 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1512.06519AbstractAs a new kind of radio transient sources detected at ∼1.4 GHz, fast radio bursts are specially characterized by their short durations and high intensities. Although only ten events are detected so far, fast radio bursts may actually frequently happen at a rate of ∼103 —- 104 sky−1 day−1. We suggest that fast radio bursts can be produced by the collisions between neutron stars and asteroids. This model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of fast radio bursts. The energetics and event rate can also be safely accounted for. Fast radio bursts thus may be one side of the multifaces of the neutron star-small body collision events, which are previously expected to lead to X-ray/gamma-ray bursts or glitch/anti-glitches. A paper, detailing the latest finding, co-authored by Yong Feng Huang and Jin-Jun Geng, was published online in the arXiv journal on Dec. 21.The authors of the paper, using the data from about ten FRBs, obtained key parameters that could help solve the mystery of these radio bursts. FRBs were generally discovered through single-pulse search methods by using archive data of wide-field pulsar surveys at the multi-beam 64-meter Parkes radio telescope in Australia and the 305-meter Arecibo telescope, located in Puerto Rico.FRBs are usually detected by large radio telescopes at 1.4 GHz. These events are of extremely short duration, typically lasting for less than a few milliseconds, but are detected with high intensity. The researchers noted that there are four main stages of detecting fast radio bursts.”First, the radio telescopes are uniformly pointing toward the sky at the time of the detections. Second, for the multi-beam receiver system, usually the signal was recorded only in very few beams, typically less than four, especially by adjacent beams. Third, FRBs are characterized by large dispersion measure (DM) values, significantly larger than terrestrial sources of interference. Fourth, the observed behaviors of time delay and frequency evolution of FRBs strongly indicate that cold-plasma dispersion should have been engraved in the radio signal,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The astronomers noted also that FRBs cannot be quickly followed up to catch the counterparts in other wavelengths, as they are generally screened out from archive data, as was done by Huang and Geng in their latest research. Thus, the absence of counterparts poses great difficulties in understanding the true nature of FRBs.The authors of the paper insist that the explanations offered by previous studies are unsatisfactory when it comes to the origin of these radio bursts. They imply that a very strong electromagnetic outburst or multi-band afterglow would be triggered and should be observed tin association with the FRB event. However, non of these phenomena have been observed.The new hypothesis, presented in the study, can account for many of the observational characteristics of FRBs, such as the duration, the energetics and the event rate. They suggest that the collision between asteroids and neutron stars can reasonably explain many of the observed features.Scientists have expected that the collision of small bodies with neutron stars can give birth to some kinds of X-ray bursts or some special gamma-ray bursts. The new research accounts for the possibility that these collisions are behind fast radio bursts.”Our model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of FRBs. It can also well account for various other aspects of FRBs,” the scientists wrote.They hope that the future Chinese 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which is expected to be ready for observations in late 2016, can contribute to the study of the multidimensionality of such collisions and will reveal new insights into the nature of FRBs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and asteroids? (2015, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-fast-radio-collisions-neutron-stars.htmllast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Cabinet nod to Lucknow metro rail project phase1A

first_imgThe union cabinet on Tuesday approved the Lucknow Metro Rail Project Phase-1A, which will cover a length of 22.878 km with 22 stations, an official statement said.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cost of the project will be Rs.6,928 crore which will be supported by the central government with Rs.1,300 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt.The project, stretching from the Chowdhary Charan Singh Airport to the Munshi Pulia, will be implemented by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), which will be reconstituted into a 50:50 jointly-owned company of the central government and Uttar Pradesh government. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damOut of the total route length, the elevated stretch will be 19.438 km while underground route length will be 3.440 km. It will have 19 elevated and three underground metro stations.The project will come under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, and the Railways Act, 1989, as amended from time to time.last_img read more

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August 18, 2019

Putin promises to boost Russian air force

first_imgRussia’s defense spending has fallen sharply since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leaving the air force to rely on aging Soviet-built planes and depriving pilots of the opportunity of regular training flights.“I want to thank those who helped our air force survive during a difficult period in the 1990s and the early 2000s, and remained loyal to their jobs and traditions in the years when the planes were grounded,” Putin said during a meeting with military pilots and air force veterans.A recent boom in oil revenues has allowed the Kremlin to launch a costly effort to upgrade military arsenals. Air force chief Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Ekho Moskvy radio that the military will get 180 new aircraft this year alone.Putin, who has sought to revive Russia’s Soviet-era clout during his 12 years in power, has overseen a military buildup that comes amid a strain in relations with Washington over NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense plans that the Kremlin sees as a threat to Russia’s security.Russia’s leaders have said they plan to spend a total of 20 trillion rubles (about $625 billion or euro510 billion) on new weapons by 2020.But despite a hike in defense spending, Russia’s military industries, weakened by years of post-Soviet industrial meltdown, have struggled to meet rising orders for new weapons and to develop new designs. Analysts say that most of Russia’s new weapons systems are refurbished versions of Soviet-era designs. They blame corruption, aging equipment and broken links between subcontractors. Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories The development of Russia’s first stealth fighter, intended to match the U.S. F-22 Raptor, has dragged on slowly. The Sukhoi T-50 made its maiden flight in January 2010, about two decades after the Raptor, which it closely resembles. The new Russian fighter still lacks new engines and state-of-the art equipment, and its serial production is only expected to begin in 2015 at the most optimistic forecast.Russian aircraft-makers also have been slow to develop modern drones, prompting the government to buy some from Israel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin promised Saturday to re-equip the Russian air force with hundreds of new aircraft as part of an ambitious military modernization program.Speaking at an airshow at Zhukovsky just outside Moscow marking the air force’s 100th anniversary, Putin said the military will receive more than 600 new combat planes and 1,000 helicopters by 2020.He said boosting the air force is a key priority for the government. “I’m sure, each of us will feel pride for the country, for the people who build such aircraft and pilot them,” he said. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generationlast_img read more

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August 17, 2019

Tax Free Labor Day spree with Norwegian

first_imgNorwegian SunTax Free Labor Day spree with NorwegianNow is the time to beat the back-to-school blues and plan your next vacation, as Norwegian Cruise Line is making it easy to book your next cruise and take advantage of multiple, valuable offers available during the month of September. From an all-inclusive cruise to Cuba to celebrating the Labor Day holiday tax free, guests looking for a getaway have a variety of offers to choose from to make their next vacation unforgettable.Now through September 7, guests can enjoy a Tax-Free Labor Day Spree, as Norwegian is waiving the government taxes, port expenses, and fees*** for the first and second guest on new reservations in a balcony stateroom or above on select three day or longer sailings.50 percent reduced deposits** are available now through September 7 for new bookings more than 90 days prior to their sail date.Those interested in sailing across the Baltic Sea, can receive up to $1000 in free onboard spending* for balcony staterooms and above on select Norwegian Getaway itineraries now through September 18. The offer is combinable with Free at Sea, adding up to $2800 in additional value.Norwegian’s Havana Nights offers cruisers who want to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Cuba $50 in free onboard spending money*** when they book a new all-inclusive cruise to Cuba on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral now through September 30.Norwegian’s Holiday Bonus Bundle, available now through September 30, offers $100 of onboard credit*** on select holiday sailings over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, making gift giving a breeze.Norwegian’s popular Free at Sea promotion will be extended through October 2. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuitecategory stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five spectacular onboard amenity offers†, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free WiFi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Guests seeking the ultimate in pampering and luxury at sea can book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian® and enjoy all five free amenities**, providing up to $2,500 in added value to their cruise.Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer has also been extended through October 2.  Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship in the world that can sail seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, have the freedom to select one of five†*  offers to enrich their cruising experience, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay^ with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package**, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2017 and 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.To book a cruise aboard a Norwegian ship, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 866-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.comSource = Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more

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