December 3, 2019

Youth consumes poison at police station

first_imgA youth accused of theft allegedly consumed poison under mysterious circumstance at a police station in Agartala.He was earlier picked up in connection with the theft of a motorcycle from the house of gymnastic icon Dipa Karmakar.Sources in the police said Khitish Sarkar, 22, was brought to the West Agartala Police Station from jail for the second time following a court order.Critical conditionOn Sunday, a police team took Mr Sarkar in a semi-conscious condition to the IGM Hospital from where he was shifted to G.B. Hospital. His condition remains critical, a doctor who attended him said.The police station in charge, Narayan Saha, denied that the accused consumed poison or he was subject to any form of torture.“We took him to hospital after he started complaining of severe headache. Doctors later told us he was frothing from the mouth,” Mr Saha said on Monday.Probe soughtA senior activist of the Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) demanded investigation probe to uncover the truth in the incident at the West Agartala Police Station.The group had earlier raised strong protests over custodial deaths at Bishalgarh and Kamalpur police stations in the State.last_img read more

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November 29, 2019

World No. 290 Petra Martic into French Open last 16

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Croatia’s Petra Martic reacts after a point against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONWorld number 290 and qualifier Petra Martic reached the French Open last 16 on Sunday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Latvian 17th seed Anastasija Sevastova.Croatia’s Martic, a former top 50 player whose ranking slumped after a back injury sidelined her for 10 months, will face Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina for a place in the quarterfinalsADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sam Betten earns Regent 5150 3-peat; Duke breaks through Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fifth seed Svitolina defeated Magda Linette of Poland 6-4, 7-5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Lionel Messi fails to emulate Maradona’s success at World Cup

first_imgLionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta react after Argentina’s loss against Germany in the final Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany.Statistical Highlights | Top Honours | Match Analysis | Match PhotosIt was far from fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year.This was supposed to be Messi’s World Cup, just like the 1986 tournament belonged to another Argentine great, Diego Maradona.But after carrying his team through the group stage in Brazil with four goals, Messi seemed to run out of steam.In the final Sunday, he created chances but, like the rest of the team, lacked the finishing touch to turn the game for Argentina.He was a picture of disappointment as he collected the trophy for the tournament’s best player.last_img read more

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November 17, 2019

SAI to start comprehensive coach development programme

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) In an effort to attract and retain the best coaches in the country, the Sports Authority of India on Tuesday decided to start a comprehensive coach development programme at all levels. During its 51st Governing Body meeting here on Tuesday, the SAI decided to employ a professional agency to undertake a detailed study of the current coaching system and use the findings to improve the existing system. “Coaches are the backbone of the sports ecosystem of the country and it is imperative that for better performance of athletes and better medal hauls at international levels, the top coaches feel motivated to put in their best,” the SAI said in a release. “Coaches performing better than their counterparts will also be incentivised. This decision is in continuance of the decision taken in the last Governing Body meeting, when it was decided that the cap on salary for coaches in National Academies be increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per month or above, depending on merit,” it added. The Governing Body also approved the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Policy of the SAI. “It has been decided that funds, expertise, services from various corporate organisations under CSR, may be mobilised for development of sports, infrastructure, training, expertise, sports science back-up, nutrition, design and implementation of athletes’ education, kitting, equipment, travel expenses, medical expenses or any other areas,” the SAI said. The SAI said it will invite proposals from the interested corporates. “Selected corporate partners will also be members of the managing committee, so that there is greater involvement of corporates and more companies feel motivated to contribute to the changing sports scenario of the country.advertisement “It emerged during the discussion that most of the corporates are only spending 1 percent of their total CSR budget on sports. The effort is to ensure that at least 2 per cent of the average net profit is contributed by corporates through CSR,” the SAI said. PTI PDS PDSPDSlast_img read more

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October 27, 2019

Urban Meyer Claims Ohio State Is The Real “DB U”

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansThe debate rages on. Earlier this month, players from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma State and other schools got into a number of Twitter arguments regarding which program should be considered “D.B.U” – meaning, which school produces the best defensive backs when it comes to NFL success. Well, there appears to be a new entrant, and it has a fairly decent spokesman. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer is now claiming that his school is the real “D.B.U”, and he’s got an NFL.com article to back up his claim.pic.twitter.com/IhLH9SdnoC— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 28, 2015The piece, written by Chase Goodbread, lists former Buckeyes Donte Whitner, Antoine Winfield, Chris Gamble, Nate Clements, Shawn Springs and Will Allen as examples as to why he believes Ohio State is tops.Of course, these kinds of titles have been created purely for entertainment purposes. That being said, it is interesting to watch players, coaches and analysts vouch for who they think deserves the crown. Is Meyer right?last_img read more

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October 24, 2019

The Rolls-Royce Dawn is as Breathtaking as Nature Herself

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Southern California is like an environmental glitch. World-class beaches, towering mountains, and vast deserts – this intersection of geographic extremes is almost completely devoid of seasonal change. There is, however, a price to be paid for unyielding sunshine.Ignorance robs California of its rightful awe. Temperate perfection creates expectation, and with expectation comes disregard for natural splendor. Residents seem to look right through the sky’s gorgeous blue eyes as they ponder mundane tasks. The beach is just a social gathering, the mountains merely a backdrop for urban living.I was part of the sprawl, floating from one day to the next while my home state begged for recognition due. Then I took a drive down the southernmost stretch of California’s coastline – in a car that brought my surroundings to life.It seems strange that something as decadent as the Rolls-Royce Dawn could highlight the world outside it, but it’s precisely the vehicle’s handcrafted brilliance that gave me such joie de vie. You see, the Dawn has more in common with coastal ambiance than you might expect.The British luxury manufacturer’s latest model, a two-door convertible with near limitless personalization potential, ferries me from Newport Beach to La Jolla, casting its Iguazu blue silhouette on the glass windows of shops along the way. Onlookers sputter at the ornate sight. An artist stops painting yachts to trace the Dawn’s wake – at least in my imagination.Between scattered clouds, the sun illuminates the Dawn’s cream-colored cabin, warming my hands as they grip the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Gliding from one town to the next, I melt into the plush, ventilated seats. I may as well be lounging at a resort – piña colada in hand.Easter weekend draws inland visitors to gaze across the Pacific and doze in the sand. Veteran surfers, meanwhile, dart in both directions across the Pacific Coast Highway, their wetsuits glittering with water. An hour into my journey, I pause at a particularly beautiful overlook.Navigating over 17 feet of precious metal through a beachfront car park is no easy task, but the Dawn’s light, responsive steering facilitates precision parking. With a bit of effort, I prop open the trademark rear-hinged door and slide from the cockpit, grazing my foot along the Lambswool floor as I exit. Perched above a stunning cove, I soak in the jagged cliff faces and rippling cobalt water. Winter’s long-awaited rainstorms have ignited nearby hillsides with color. It’s a view people travel thousands of miles to see – I’ve barely left my county.As I gaze back at the Dawn, I’m swept into a new moment of awe. It’s as if I’m meeting California’s vehicular soul mate. Canadal wood paneling cocoons passengers in natural beauty. Cobalto blue contrast stitching matches the sky’s dazzling hue. Soft, ivory leather is as welcoming as white sand. Forged 21-inch wheels sparkle like the sunlight on peaking waves. It’s a good thing I brought my camera.Before my coastal metaphor has been exhausted, I’m reminded of the Dawn’s engine. A prodigious twin-turbocharged V12 lurks beneath an endless bonnet, delivering force to rival the ocean’s current. Back en route, the Dawn silently surges forward, inviting the wind to whip through my hair and cool the beading sweat on my neck.The sun is plunging towards the horizon – evidently I’ve been lost in sensory delight for quite a while. Before night falls and the refreshing air turns frigid, I breathe in my revelation of California’s winsome, and exhale my apathy. The Dawn is truly an exquisite creation, rivaled only by nature itself. Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors last_img read more

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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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