Doping: Doctor blows lid off SAI’s role

first_imgThe doping menace in the country continues to get murkier with a junior scientific officer claiming that the malaise is widespread inside the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Sajib Kumar Nandi, who was appointed as a scientific officer (sports medicine) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, has come out with startling revelations about the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ganging up against him when he tried to raise his voice against the corrupt activities at the country’s premier sports institute.Nandi said he has seen banned drugs lying inside the NIS, Patiala premises and alleged that top SAI officials were involved in corrupt activities which facilitated doping among athletes.Before the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) came into existence in 2009, the National Dope-Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was under government jurisdiction and the dope tests were conducted under SAI’s nose.For decades, Indian athletes have been using banned performance – enhancing drugs and all that happened under the nose of SAI. Nandi has now blown the lid off SAI’s corrupt activities and said the system was corrupt from top to bottom.”For long, Indian athletes have been failing dope tests and I used to notice all that during my tenure at the NIS Patiala. In 1999, I was asked to collect dope samples without any documentation and when I protested, the then chief executive director of NIS, Patiala, BS Ahlluwalia forced me to go ahead without following the proper procedures,” Nandi told MAIL TODAY from Patiala.He said in 2002, a huge stock of banned supplements was found in the hostel at NIS Patiala and he went up to the higher authorities in SAI so that it could be used as evidence in court to prove that there was organised doping going on inside the institute.advertisement”But all those medicines were destroyed and there was no chance those drugs could be used as evidence,” said Nandi.”All my efforts to check the doping menace at the institute were resisted by the SAI officials.Since I was against the malpractices of the SAI, they harassed me in whatever way they could.”I was accused of theft and sexual harassment against a lady doctor and was transferred twice – to Gandhinagar and Bangalore. In 2009, I was assaulted.”But I fought against the system and took legal recourse. A Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal quashed my transfer orders to Gandhinagar as all allegations were found false,” added Nandi.He pointed that the samples of athletes were collected without keeping any records and it was all because of the involvement of the SAI officials, national federations and the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA).”All this cannot be done within the premises of the institute without the knowledge and encouragement of the administration.” He further revealed that there were times when the dope samples were collected but never reached New Delhi for testing.”Through an RTI petition, I asked for the travel and daily allowances of the driver and attendants who took the samples to New Delhi. But SAI did not furnish any such information as the samples were never transported to the capital for testing in the first place,” Nandi alleged.The junior scientific officer is not the only one who has charged SAI and federations of malpractice. As many as 558 positive cases between 1991 and 2009 are set to be revisited by the anti- doping disciplinary panel.The names of all those erring athletes are in two sealed documents which are currently with the NADA panel and reopening those cases may have serious implications.last_img read more

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Wimbledon 2017: Venus Williams reaches ninth final, to face Garbine Muguruza

first_imgVenus Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon final and first since 2009, turning in her latest display of gutsy serving to beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday.At 37, Williams is the oldest finalist at the All England Club since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.She also stopped Konta’s bid to become the first woman from Britain in 40 years to win Wimbledon.Williams will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title. A year later, she lost to Serena.In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals before losing. Then, at the Australian Open this January, Williams appeared in the final, where she lost to — yes, you guessed it — her sister.On Saturday, the 10th-seeded American will participate in her second Grand Slam final of the season, this time against 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.In Thursday’s opening semifinal, Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in just over an hour.Williams’ semifinal was more competitive, at least at the outset. Indeed, it was Konta who had the first chance to nose ahead, standing a point from serving from the opening set when it was 4-all and Williams was serving down 15-40.advertisementWilliams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line, and the second with a 106 mph (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta’s body. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked. That opened a run in which Williams collected 12 of 13 points and seized control.Reuters PhotoShe wouldn’t face another break point the rest of the way. Konta played quite well, especially early, and hit six aces — three in a single game — before Williams had one. By the finish, Konta had produced more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court crowd.Williams, though, has so much more experience in these circumstances, and it showed down the stretch. This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.There was also a meaningful gap in the track records of the other semifinals, and it made a difference right away. Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5-0 lead, before Rybarikova at last managed to win a solitary game, 26 minutes into the match.That, though, was followed by another five-game run by Muguruza.Even though Rybarikova entered having won 18 of her past 19 grass-court matches, mostly at lower-level tournaments, she suddenly looked a lot more like someone whose career record at Wimbledon before last week was 2-9.A lot of that certainly had to do with Muguruza, who was terrific. Her serves came swiftly and at hard-to-handle angles. Her groundstrokes were flat and powerful. Her net approaches were well-timed, her volleys on-target.She faced only one break point, saving it. She earned 12 on Rybarikova’s serve, converting five. She won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net. And she accumulated a 22-8 edge in winners.That earned the 23-year-old Muguruza a berth in her third career Grand Slam final, second at the All England Club. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her for the trophy at the French Open last year.last_img read more

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Austin Hays Admits Barry J. Sanders Watches Bachelorette

first_imgKyle Fredrickson recently interviewed Austin Hays about the upcoming season which was great because he talked about what each of the receivers does well, what it’s like to be an old man on the team and of course Barry J. Sanders.Near the end though it took a sharp turn when Hays revealed that Barry J. comes over to watch the Bachelorette on Monday nights.He’s a very mature guy. He likes to have real conversations. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t like to joke and stuff, just kind of reserved and serious about what he does. When it’s football time, it’s football time. He comes over and watches the bachelorette with us still, so he does like to joke.Oh no, Barry! Probably didn’t want that one getting out there. But I’m sure they’re just watching because Jordan played QB at Vandy and Aaron gets talked about someti ….Yeah, probably not.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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a month ago​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_img​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teamsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not getting carried away regarding his centre-back performances.The defensive midfielder has needed to move further back in the starting lineup, given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But he knows that despite two wins and clean sheets against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, there are many tougher tests to come.”I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said to reporters.”It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.”I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.”The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.”But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Highway Cleanup Campaign Has Begun

first_imgHundreds of kilometres of Nova Scotia highways are getting their annual spring cleaning now that the province’s 2011 Adopt-A-Highway program has begun. The program co-ordinates the efforts of volunteers who pick up trash alongside roadways. Last year, 1,300 volunteers cleaned along 542 kilometres of highways and nine interchanges. They gathered 3,102 bags of garbage and 187 bags of recyclable material. “Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have been making Nova Scotia highways look better since 1992,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “When you see these dedicated volunteers working beside our highways please slow down and be extra cautious. Volunteers wear fluorescent orange safety vests, but they may be close to the road’s driving surface as they pick up litter.” “We think our volunteers are amazing,” said Gina Bain, co-ordinator, Adopt-A-Highway program. “There is great diversity among our groups, which range from a lone individual, to service groups, families or co-workers. They enjoy the camaraderie they feel while working together to help their community and the environment.” Adopt-A-Highway is an internationally renowned roadside litter cleanup program. More information is available on the group’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/wi/projects/adopt.shtml .last_img read more

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Supreme Court dismisses appeal from Halifax man over dangerous offender status

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear an appeal from a Nova Scotia man fighting a ruling that labelled him a dangerous offender.Lloyd Eugene Bailey was convicted in 2010 of eight charges stemming from a December 2008 attack and sexual assault on a 19-year-old woman at a Halifax hotel, which was interrupted by a hotel manager responding to complaints of screams from Bailey’s room.A jury convicted him of three counts of sexual assault with a weapon and sexual assault causing bodily harm, and for trying to strangle the woman after drugging her.Crown attorneys applied at sentencing to have Bailey labelled a dangerous offender, which would keep him behind bars indefinitely, because of a history of assaults.A 65-page psychiatric report submitted during the dangerous-offender hearing concluded Bailey had a “markedly high risk” to reoffend.In 2017, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld the trial judge’s decision to label Bailey a dangerous offender.Bailey then appealed to Canada’s top court, which has now dismissed his application.The court didn’t provide a reason for its decision, which is generally the case when announcing such rulings.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Algeria troops kill three suspected militants

first_imgAlgiers — Algerian troops killed three suspected militants on Wednesday as they pressed a sweep through mountains east of Algiers, which has now killed eight since March 11, the defence ministry said.The operation focused on an area of the mainly Berber Kabylie region close to the Mediterranean coast, ministry statements carried by the national APS news agency said.A commander of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has already been killed in the sweep through the Aghribs area of Tizi Ouzou province. In the 1990s, Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist fighters in which some 200,000 people were killed, according to official estimates.There has been a drop of violence in recent years, although groups affiliated with AQIM have remained active in the Kabylie region, as well as southeast of Algiers, usually targeting security forces.The deadliest attack took place in January last year when 37 foreign and Algerian hostages were killed in clashes with Islamist militants who had seized a gas complex deep in the Sahara Desert.last_img read more

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Scratch that itch and attend the Burlington winetasting event

By Emily Hutton (BA ’09) If you weren’t able to attend Brock Days Alumni Weekend or you’re itching at the chance to get together again with your friends and fellow alumni in the Stoney Creek, Burlington, Oakville area, well itch no more! On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m., there will be an alumni wine-tasting event at Appleby College in Oakville. This event will be hosted by two experienced alumni, winemaker Richie Roberts (BSc ’04) of Fielding Estate Winery and Kevin Ker (PhD ’10).Roberts was raised in the Niagara area and graduated from Brock’s prestigious Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), earned multiple awards and scholarships. He’s now the head winemaker at Fielding Estate Winery, using the unique characteristics of the Beamsville Bench terroir to his advantage to create extraordinary vintages.Kevin Ker (PhD ’10), on the other hand, is a recent Brock alumnus who found local and international success after graduating from the University of Guelph in 1980, speaking at conferences in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China, just to name a few. Currently, Ker is a research associate for CCOVI as well as a part-time lecturer and professional affiliate.Together, they’ll teach you about the wine being poured as well as the wine industry, on both a local and international level. Perhaps you’ll find a new favourite wine as the holiday season begins mid-November.The last Burlington event was an etiquette dinner at the Paletta Mansion, which was a huge success. You won’t want to miss this wine-tasting event where hors d’oeuvres and different types of wines will be served.Tickets are $25 each. Register online. See who else is coming by responding and checking out the Facebook event.Event details:Date: Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011Time: 7 p.m.Cost: $25 per personWhere: Appleby College, 540 Lakeshore Road W., OakvilleFor more information, please email Lynne Irion at lirion@brocku.caAlumni at last year’s Burlington Brock Alumni Network Etiquette Dinner read more

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US government to release decision on softwood lumber duties on April 25

MONTREAL – The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday it will announce on April 25 whether it will impose the first of two duties on Canadian softwood.A spokesman for the department said any countervailing duties would be applied on imports about a week later. A decision on anti-dumping duties is expected to be released May 5, but could be delayed.Analyst Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said he anticipates the Americans will impose “shock and awe” duties in the range of 30 to 40 per cent.“I wouldn’t be surprised if the preliminary rates come out really high,” he said from Vancouver.Softwood lumber prices have been rising sharply in anticipation of hefty duties. Quinn said he expects the prices will offset the combined duties as demand picks up during the peak home construction season.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in the House of Commons that she spoke about the softwood lumber issue Thursday with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.“We’ll not let the threat of countervailing duties weaken our negotiating position,” she said. “We’re looking for a good deal, not just any deal.”The U.S. Lumber Coalition formally petitioned the American government to impose duties last November complaining that Canadian lumber producers are unfairly subsidized — something softwood producers in Canada dispute.Forestry companies throughout Canada have said hundreds if not thousands of sawmill jobs are at risk if the U.S. imposes duties on Canadian softwood.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the U.S. Commerce Department spoke Friday. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 12:03 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email U.S. government to release decision on softwood lumber duties on April 25 read more

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Eastern European leaders at UN urge stronger cooperation to tackle threats to

Alyaksandr Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard “Poland actively participates among others in the international effort to arrive at a new climate agreement,” President Andrzej Duda said during his address at the annual debate. “We see the need for the permanent understanding to be reached in this field, one which will be joined by all states.”President Duda further highlighted Poland’s “impressive” track record in climate protection, noting that its economic transformation contributed to the lowering of CO2 emissions by 30 per cent in relation to 1990.He further stated that “mindful of the tragedy of World War II, and of communist times,” Poland also pledges to actively cooperate in building international order founded on law. Indeed, he said contempt of international law may turn out to be the “germs of war, ” explaining that this is currently visible in the Middle East where State institutions have been either excessively strained or replaced by private armies, terrorist militias, and self-proclaimed courts.“[The] international community has never had to struggle with a humanitarian crisis of such a scale as in the present day,” he declared. “At this point, I would like to mention with great satisfaction the outputs of Polish humanitarian organizations which lend active support to those in need.”The Polish leader stressed that women suffer twice as much during times of warfare and mass migrations. “First, when they lose their sense of security, knowing that warfare is raging around,” he explained. “And then, when they lose their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sometimes cannot even bury them. The tears of women distressed with war is the greatest charge against humanity in the 21st century.”President Duda also insisted that it is crucially important to continue the work on streamlining the effectiveness of the United Nations Security Council, the body responsible for protection of international peace. “In recent years, the right to veto led on many occasions to a total stalemate of the Council’s work on the most important security issues,” he warned. “This is why Poland supports the French proposal to adopt a code of procedure for refraining from a veto in the event when we are confronted with gravest crimes in the sense of international law, including the crime of genocide.”He recalled that the year 1945 is more than the end of World War II, noting that it is also the origin of the United Nations, which he described as the most fundamental mechanism for cooperation in international community for the sake of global peace and security.In his remarks, President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus warned that the entire system of international security is going through a severe crisis. “Loss of mutual trust between global players, unwillingness to compromise and partial return to the ‘bloc-type’ confrontation have essentially put the world on the verge of a new war,” he told the General Assembly. “Efforts to impose upon other countries a certain development model continue unabated,” he said, stressing that foreign intervention regime changes have plunged previously stable countries into chaos and anarchy. “Do we feel better now that a number of national leaders were brutally murdered? Instead of promised democracy and prosperity people in these countries experience extreme suffering and are forced to flee,” he said.“This is why I am strongly convinced in the need to have a broad discussion in the United Nations about the principles of future coexistence of States and peoples.”Mr. Lukashenko decried “an artificial cult of individual rights and freedoms to the detriment of collective social interests” and called for “strong” States.“Of late, resounding calls for maximum freedom have put to test the basic foundations of human society, including the family, good morals and virtue,” he declared, voicing deep concern at the ongoing destruction of the traditional family in a number of countries where certain moral deviations and various social ‘innovations’ are called natural.“Under the guise of protection of human rights, overthrow of governments, destruction of States and wars over resources are being justified. Chaos and anarchy are proliferated. Predatory attitude to nature and pursuit of easy profit are cultivated.” read more

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The big question on National Fish and Chips day chunky or crispy

first_imgTODAY IS NATIONAL Fish and Chips day and over 200,000 people are expected to visit their local chipper to celebrate!The national day was created by the Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association (ITICA) five years ago to celebrate the tradition of fish & chips.Over 180 ITICA members will offer half price fish and chips to mark the occasion.The association also carried out a survey to mark the day and find out more about our relationship with fish and chips.It found that 83 per cent of respondents are planning to mark today with a ‘one and one’ at their local ITICA chipper.When asked about the best part of the fish and chips experience over half of respondents said it was the ‘first delicious mouthful’ while 24 per cent love the ‘intoxicating aroma’ of vinegar soaked chips.A recount may be needed to find a winner between chunky chips soaked in vinegar or the crispy bits left at the bottom of the bag.Opinion was spilt with 40 per cent going for the chunky chips and 40 per cent for the crispy bits. One fifth were unable to choose between them!On the subject of accompaniments, 60 per cent claim they would never eat fish and chips without any salt, vinegar and/or ketchup.While 38 per cent said they would if they absolutely had to and a minority of 2 per cent claim that they’ve never added anything to their fish and chips.Read: 7 reasons the Irish chipper is a culinary marve>Read: Could you be the face of chippers in Ireland?>last_img read more

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French cardinal given sixmonth suspended sentence for helping to cover up child

first_img Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was given a six month suspended jail sentence today (file photo) Image: PA Images By Stephen McDermott Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 10:13 AM Short URL Mar 7th 2019, 10:13 AM https://jrnl.ie/4528193 24 Comments 10,711 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share461 Tweet Email Image: PA Images Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was given a six month suspended jail sentence today (file photo) French cardinal given six-month suspended sentence for helping to cover up child abuse by priest Cardinal Philippe Barbarin failed to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015. THE ARCHBISHOP OF Lyon has been given a six-month suspended sentence after being convicted of helping to cover up child abuse over a two-year period.Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was found guilty of failing to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015.It follows long-standing allegations from victims’ groups that he failed to report a priest under his authority to police after learning of abuse that took place in the 1980s and 90s.However, prosecutors judged that those crimes were beyond the statute of limitations – meaning they were too old to prosecute – and declined to press charges.Barbarin becomes the most senior French Catholic cleric caught up in the paedophilia scandals that have rocked the church in recent years.The 68 year-old’s legal representatives said that he would appeal the judgement.“The reasoning of the court is not convincing,” his lawyer, Jean-Felix Luciani, told reporters. “We will contest this decision by all the means possible.”During the trial, victims accused Barbarin of being aware of the abuse allegations from at least 2010, and then trying to cover up the scandal under orders from the Vatican from 2015.Francois Devaux, who leads a victims’ group in Lyon, called today’s verdict a “major victory for child protection”.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019last_img read more

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Following an ageold tradition Northern Greeces GoatMen kick in the new year

first_imgLegend has it that, during the Ottoman rule, no tax collector dared approach the village of Kali Vrisi was one of the few within the Greek mainland where people did not pay for the Haraç , the harsh tax imposed to non-Muslims. The reason? No tax collector dared approach the village, for fear of meeting the Babougera, the mythical beasts that lived in the area – or rather, the groups of men, dressed in animal skins, sporting goathead-like masks, who roamed the streets making noise, banging drums and cowbells. This was not the only time in history when Babougera were called to save the day. According to another legend, Alexander the Great had also employed the services of the cowbell-equipped animal-skin-clad men in order to scare the hordes of elephants Persian kings used in their army. Because the custom of men dressing up like goats is as old as time in the area. Believed to have started as a way to celebrate Dionysus, the god of wine, Babougera were the mainstay of fertility festivals, making noise in order to wake up the Earth, during winter. It was one of the many pagan traditions that passed on from the ancient religion to Christianity, and an annual revival is a staple in the calendar of the region, taking place after the blessing of the waters ceremony, during the Holy Epiphany. This year was no exception and last weekend, the Babougera parade brought mirth to the residents and visitors of Kali Vrisi, in a three-day celebration of wine, food, fertility and music which culminated, as always, with the ‘Dionysian Wedding’.Watch the video from Monday’s celebrations, courtesy of RuptlyTV. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Alexandria OcasioCortez quits Facebook says social media is a health risk

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7:49 Comments Share your voice 9center_img Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Facebook Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a firm stance on Facebook and other social media. SOPA Images/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she’s quit Facebook even though the social media site was an important tool for her 2018 campaign. In an hour-long interview on Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery, the 29-year-old New York Democrat said social media poses a public health risk to everybody.”I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook. And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it. We still sort of have accounts on it,” Ocasio-Cortez told hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman in the podcast published Monday.Ocasio-Cortez said while screen time is particularly dangerous for children under three years of age, older people see negative effects like escapism and addiction. The congresswoman said she’s tried to establish social media rules for herself and set time limits on her Twitter and Instagram. “Like every once in a while, you’ll see me hop on Twitter on the weekends, but for the most part … when it comes to consumption and reading, I take the weekends off,” she said.Ocasio-Cortez joined the podcast to talk about the 2020 presidential candidates, how her term is going, President Donald Trump, Game of Thrones and more. Ocasio-Cortez’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Politicslast_img read more

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Vodafone UK Hackers broke into accounts of nearly 2000 customers

first_imgHackers had accessed the accounts of 1,827 of its customers this week, the second cyber attack on a British telecoms company this month, said Vodafone UK on Saturday.The attackers had potentially gained access to the victims’ bank sort codes and the last four numbers of their bank accounts, along with their names and mobile telephone numbers, a Vodafone spokesman said.”This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone,” he added in a statement.Only a handful of those affected in the Thursday morning attack had seen any attempts to use their data for fraudulent activity on their Vodafone accounts.”No credit or debit card numbers or details were obtained. However, this information does leave these 1,827 customers open to fraud and might also leave them open to phishing attempts,” the spokesman said.The company was contacting all those involved and that other customers need not be concerned, he said.Last week broadband, TV, mobile and fixed-line service provider TalkTalk said it had been hacked, potentially putting the private details of its 4 million customers into the hands of criminals.Less than 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes had been accessed. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with that attack.last_img read more

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6 held with 120 gold bars

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested six people along with 120 gold bars weighing 14kg from a bus on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Narsingdi’s Panchdona on Sunday, reports UNB. A team of RAB-3 raided the bus around 5:00pm and arrested the six people along with the gold bars, said assistant superintendent of police Abu Zafar, operation officer of RAB-3. Details of the raid will be revealed at a press briefing soon, said the official.last_img

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ICC decision on Rohingya atrocity offers real hope

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar, reports UNB.”Although the decision does not specifically address the crime of genocide, it offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed,” she said while addressing the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday.She said support for the Court is indispensable for both justice and deterrence.”I urge all states to support the court, and in this, the year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of its founding with the Rome Statute, I call upon all remaining countries to sign or ratify the Statute,” said the UN human rights chief.She said genocide is always shocking but it is never committed without clear, multiple warning signs: a pattern of abuse against a group, intent to harm, a chain of command and finally a brutal and horrifying outcome.”In the case of the Rohingya, warning signs abounded: a people oppressed from birth to death, an army answerable to no one, and systematic, state-led human rights violations that went unpunished for decades, including arbitrary deprivation of nationality,” she said.Bachelet said states have the primary responsibility for prosecuting perpetrators, but the court’s use is wholly appropriate in cases where the state is unwilling or unable to deliver justice.”I welcome last week’s decision by the pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court, which found that the Court has jurisdiction over the alleged deportation from Myanmar of Rohingya, and possibly other crimes,” she added.last_img read more

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EC unaware of attack on Kamals motorcade EC secy

first_imgHelal Uddin AhmedThe election commission (EC) on Friday said it does not know about the attack on Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain’s motorcade in the city.”We’re not informed about the attack on Kamal Hossain. None has so far complained with the commission regarding the matter,” said EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed while answering queries from newsmen at a briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban on Friday.Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals, leaving at least 10 people injured, reports UNB.Kamal, however, managed to escape the attack unhurt.At a press conference on Friday, Kamal Hossain described the attack as a serious act of disrespect to martyred intellectuals.In the wake of repeated attacks on the opposition leaders and activists, election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said that they have ordered the police not to harass ‘senior leaders’ of principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.About BNP’s allegation of mass arrest of the party’s leaders and activists, Helal Uddin said there were arrest warrants against many of them.“Police couldn’t arrest them in the past as they were fugitive. Now the police are arresting the warranted ones as they are coming out due to elections,” he said.  The EC secretary also said the army would be deployed for 10 days to maintain law and order situation.The armed forces would assist civil administration, Helal Uddin added.last_img read more

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RIP Panchayati Raj ministry

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi has delivered on his promise of “cooperative federalism”— getting the states involved in the country’s decision-making and overall development—through the Union budget. Just a few days before the budget, he accepted the 14th Finance Commission’s recommendation to increase the share of the states in the central tax pool from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. The budget also kept another promise—to give the states untied funds and letting them design their development programmes according to their priorities instead of the Centre imposing centrally-sponsored schemes. On the face of it, both the decisions are impressive and long overdue. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceBut Modi’s cooperative federalism, aimed towards a smoother Centre-state relationship, has almost smothered to death India’s third tier of elected governments- the panchayats. A year ago, while campaigning, Modi wanted the panchayat to be to the village what Parliament is to the country. But that commitment has not been reflected in his push for federalism.The budget has left the fate of ongoing development programmes in the hands of the state governments. These programmes include the Backward Regions Grant Funds, which is being implemented in 272 backward districts to fund their development deficit through the involvement of local governments, and the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyaan that aims to strengthen the capacity of Panchayati Raj institutions. Both the schemes, which come under the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, have not been allocated any fund. It has been left to the states to decide whether to continue with these schemes. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeQuite unbelievably, the budget of the Panchayati Raj ministry has been reduced to Rs 95 crore from last year’s Rs 7,000 crore. It is a death sentence for the ministry on its 10th anniversary. Technically speaking, the cut in the ministry’s budget does not mean panchayats will not get money. They are now supposed to get their funds from state governments. The 14th Finance Commission has allocated Rs 2,00,292 crore to panchayats for the next five years, starting April 2015, and the states will decide on how to transfer this fund to panchayats. The states have been demanding such an arrangement for a long time. Constitutionally, they are within their rights to make such a demand. But the fact is that they have never been proactive in helping panchayats. In India’s devolution index, the states have performed spectacularly low in devolving funds to panchayats.It is the most prominent stumbling block in making the world’s largest decentralisation experiment effective. Now that the states have been empowered to allocate funds, what would happen if they continue with their step-motherly treatment of panchayats?When the Union Panchayati Raj ministry had control over the budget, it could impose conditions on the states to devolve funds. But now the central government cannot do much if the states don’t hold elections to panchayats within the stipulated time period of six months after the local body completes its term. State governments, with all the funds and the control they now have, may further cripple the local bodies.Almost all the states have the power to terminate a duly-electedpanchayat. But the fear of being denied funds discouraged them from exercising this power. The new mechanism denies this security to panchayats. It is a distinct possibility that the states will now design and develop programmes where panchayats will just be implementing authorities. This kills the spirit of local governance to make people participants in their own development. DOWN TO EARTHlast_img read more

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