At literary conference, NRIs condemn move to ban Indian officials from gurdwaras in US, Canada

first_imgA two-day international conference on ‘Immigrant Literature’ kicked off at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Ludhiana Tuesday with an aim to promote literary works of Punjabis settled abroad. At the conference, the NRI community strongly condemned the ‘ban’ imposed on Indian officials and diplomats by some gurdwaras in US and Canada, and also said that sacred gurdwaras should be kept out of politics. They added that Indian government officials too should refrain from using them as platform to promote government policies.However, they maintained that no one can be stopped from entering a gurdwara which is against principles of Sikhism. They further expressed that despite various campaigns to make Sikh turban acceptable, racism and discrimination was still deep-rooted in those countries.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

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Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

first_img“It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnce a far-flung dream for young hopefuls, technology is giving scouts greater access to international talent, while an elite junior program is putting promising Australians at the forefront of the game, with courts Down Under proving fertile ground for US recruiters.Australia’s national side “the Boomers” were earlier this month crowned FIBA Asia Cup champions despite fielding a second-string side because their top international stars were unavailable. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifierscenter_img (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENT The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added. 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Lava launches 3G calling tablet IvoryS at Rs 8499

first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has announced the launch of its IvoryS tablet for Rs 8,499.In a press release, the company said, “17.78cm (7.0-inch) Lava IvoryS is an extremely stylish and sleek device weighing only 300 grams to make it highly portable and convenient to use. It is packed with enhanced features making it a perfect choice for youngsters and working professionals who like to have a device having great design and at the same time, like to enjoy on-the-go connectivity, entertainment and longer usage at an affordable price.”The Lava IvoryS comes with 7.0-inch multi touch capacitive display having  a  resolution of 1024×600 pixels.  It is powered by a MT8312 1.3 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400 GPU clocked at 416 MHz. The device has 1-GB of RAM and 4-GB of internal memory that is expandable upto 32 GB. It offers dual SIM (3G+2G) capabilities and runs on out-of-the-box Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.Lava IvoryS sports a 3.2-megapixelrear camera with flash for low light images and a VGA front camera for 3G video-calling. It packs a 2,800 mAh battery which, as company claims,  will provide up to 200 hours of standby time and 8 hours of talk time. On the connectivity options, it supports Wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB tethering, GPRS and EDGE.It comes preloaded with apps and games like Opera, Hungama Music App, WhatsApp, PayTM, EA games.Speaking about IvoryS, S.N. Rai, Co-founder and Director, LAVA International said, “We are very happy to announce the launch of our latest sleek and affordable offering, IvoryS, 17.78cm (7.0) tablet which is an extension of our Ivory Series. IvoryS is especially designed for youngsters and young working professionals to engage them with stylish product that meets their requirements of entertainment and connectivity at an affordable price.”advertisementPriced at Rs. 8,499, Lava IvoryS comes in grey and white colours and will be available across national retail chain stores, multi-brand outlets and online stores.last_img read more

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Cuban says Mavs want Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic for long haul

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Latvian big man Porzingis, the number four pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, hasn’t played since undergoing surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament last February.He was traded from the New York Knicks last week in a blockbuster multi-player deal, but the Mavericks were quick to say that they don’t expect him to resume competition this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCuban said the Mavericks will evaluate Porzingis and develop a timetable for his return.“I’ve been patient this whole time and I’m going to keep staying patient,” Porzingis said. “We’re going to make the right decisions.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newly acquired player Kristaps Porzingis, left, responds to questions as head coach Rick Carlisle, center, and team owner Mark Cuban, right, listen during a news conferences where the newly acquired players were introduced in Dallas, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Kristaps Porzingis won’t join new Dallas teammate Luka Doncic on court this season, but once he does Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to keep the duo together for the long haul.“Our goal is to keep these two together for the next 20 years,” Cuban said Monday as the NBA club held a press conference to introduce new acquisitions Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. Courtney Lee and Trey Burke.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants While Porzingis can become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, Cuban envisions Porzingis staying in Dallas and forming a dynamic duo with rookie sensation Doncic, the third overall selection in last June’s draft who is averaging 20.7 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds and 5.4 assists.Porzingis, 23, said he had a “great relationship” with the 19-year-old Slovenian, having played against him in Europe.“I remember he was a few years younger than me. We just know each other from playing against each other for a long time,” Porzingis said. “Now that I have the opportunity to play with him I’m really excited about it.”ADVERTISEMENT Miami Heat to retire Chris Bosh’s No. 1 jersey next month View commentslast_img read more

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Ashish Nehra set to retire from international cricket on November 1

first_imgAshish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.”Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI today.Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 International series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue.”Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.advertisementThe Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled.last_img read more

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2013 NYC Day One Summary

first_imgA beautiful Sunshine Coast day welcomed participants on day one of the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships. And the action was hot on the field, with plenty of exciting games taking place at Kawana’s Stockland Park. 2012 18’s Girls champions, Queensland Fire, started off their campaign for back-to-back titles in style, winning all three games on day one of the event. The New South Wales Touch Association Development team sits in second place, with two wins and one draw, followed by home team the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, with two wins and one loss, with New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges also undefeated, with two wins from their two games.Pool B sees New South Wales Combined High Schools on top of their pool with three wins on day two, followed by New South Wales Combined Independent Schools on two wins and one draw. The South West Queensland Swans sit in third place with two wins on day one, with the Brisbane City Cobras in fourth place following two wins and one loss. Last year’s 18’s Boys winners, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges were also impressive on day one, with three wins to their name, sitting on top of the Pool A ladder. The South Queensland Sharks sit in second place with two wins and one loss, while the Central Queensland Bulls are undefeated after two wins on day one. The Brisbane City Cobras sit in fourth place with two wins and one loss. In Pool B, the Queensland Fire and New South Wales Combined High Schools are undefeated after day one of the event, with New South Wales Combined Independent Schools and the Western Tigers in third and fourth place respectively, with two wins and one loss a piece. There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Websiteswww.nyc.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.au Social MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nyc2013)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksDay One Summarylast_img read more

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Spanish police confirm Reyes car speeding at more than 136mph

first_imgSpanish police have revealed that Jose Antonio Reyes’s car was speeding at “more than 220kmph” (136mph) and that they believe that was the “main” cause of the crash that resulted in the death of the former Sevilla and Arsenal winger.The Liga club confirmed on Saturday that Reyes, and his cousin Jonathan, were killed in a car accident, with the EFE agency reporting that the crash took place in Seville at 11.40am local time and that the vehicle “went off the road and burst into flames”.And a Guardia Civil official has now revealed further details of the crash, with BBC Sport also reporting that the spokesman confirmed that Reyes was driving at the time of the accident.  “The speed limit in the area is 120kmph. We can confirm it [the speed of the vehicle] was the main cause of the accident,” the spokesman told the Press Association.”Our investigation remains open, we do not know if there are more causes of the accident. But right now we can confirm that the main [cause] was the speeding, it was more than 220kmph.”Reyes’s funeral took place in his hometown of Utrera in Seville on June 3, with a flag of Sevilla draped around his coffin. His body was then transported to the club’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium, with thousands of fans attending to pay their respects.The 35-year-old won three Europa League titles during his two spells with the Liga side, making over 200 appearances and scoring 40 goals.Jose Antonio Reyes FuneralJose Antonio Reyes FuneralReyes also played for Arsenal over three seasons, leaving the club to firstly join Real Madrid on loan in 2006 before a permanent move to their rivals Atletico Madrid for the 2007-08 season.He won a Premier League title as a member of the club’s famed Invincibles side in 2004, while he also collected an FA Cup winner’s medal and reached a Champions League final with the club in 2006.Reyes played alongside the likes of Thierry Henry and Sergio Ramos at club and international level, with the duo, along with numerous other players, managers and football clubs, leaving messages of condolence on social media following news of the player’s death.Cesc Fabregas also posted an emotional tribute to his former team-mate, reflecting on the the special relationship that the duo shared and that he was his “first great friend” in football.After leaving Sevilla in 2016, Reyes spent a season at Espanyol before joining Cordoba in the Spanish second division.He would then spend a brief spell in China playing for Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard, before returning to Spain and turning out of Extremadura in the second division, where he played nine times in the 2018-19 season.A moment’s applause was conducted by players and supporters prior to the Champions League final in Madrid, while seven matches in Spain’s second tier were cancelled and rescheduled as a mark of respect for Reyes.last_img read more

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BP Shipping Keeps MT Eco Fleet Busy for 6 More Months

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Top Ships BP Shipping Limited will keep M/T Eco Fleet tanker employed for six more months, Nasdaq-listed TOP Ships, owner of the vessel, said.The MR1 tanker, built by Hyundai Vinashin in 2015, started its three-year charter with BP in July 2015 at a time charter of USD 15,200 per day.Under the deal, the company has an option to extend the charter for two additional years at USD 16,000 and 16,750 day rates respectively, data from VesselsValue shows.The charter extension brings Top Ship’s charter coverage for this year to 100 percent, while for 2019 the charter coverage of the company’s operating fleet stands at 83 pct.Separately, TOP Ships announced that the sea trials of its 50 pct owned newbuilding vessel M/T Eco Palm Springs have been completed successfully.The newbuilding MR1 tanker is scheduled for delivery from the Hyundai Vinashin shipyard on May 21, 2018.The company has one more newbuilding set for delivery this year, the Eco Palm desert, which is being constructed by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Toronto independent theatre battles back but the war isnt won

first_img Facebook Toronto’s real estate market continues to be the city’s favourite topic of conversation, between tenant protests over rent hikes in Parkdale, complaints about Airbnb rentals in Kensington Market and a Toronto Life cover story about a wealthy family renovating a former crack house.The conversation around who gets to live and work in downtown Toronto and for how much dominates our collective consciousness, which is something Toronto’s indie theatre community knows all too well.The past year has seen a major loss of independently run venues. Advertisement In both cases, the theatres had to scramble to find new spaces on very short timelines and, also in both cases, the outcry over the sudden closures was passionate and deeply felt. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Last August, Unit 102 Theatre lost its space at 376 Dufferin St., which for five years housed its own productions as well as those of other indie companies, when the building’s new owner cancelled its month-to-month lease.In January, the Storefront Theatre was evicted from a former drugstore at 955 Bloor St. W., where it had become an indie theatre hub over its four years of operation. The Storefront also lost its studio on Brunswick Ave. this summer, which functioned as a rental rehearsal and storage space. It subsequently had to sell physical assets like risers and chairs.last_img read more

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OPEC members expected to agree cut in crude production

first_imgVIENNA — OPEC members are meeting to agree on their response to recent declines in oil prices, with analysts predicting a cut in production of at least 1 million barrels per day.Crude prices began falling in October and continued to plunge last month because of oversupply and fears weaker global economic growth would dampen energy demand. The price of both benchmark U.S. crude and the standard for internationally traded oil fell 22 per cent in November.Mohammed Hamad al-Rumhy, Oman’s oil and gas minister, said Wednesday of the production cut expected at Thursday’s meeting that “we haven’t discussed the numbers.”U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that “Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Maya targets PM on his marriage, BJP says she is unfit for public life

first_imgGorakhpur (UP): Unleashing a flurry of personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said women in the BJP are scared of their husbands meeting the PM fearing they might “abandon their wives like him” and that he deserves the abusive language used against him.”How can he (Modi) respect others’ sisters and wives when he has left his own innocent wife for political gains?” Mayawati said in her no-holds-barred tirade which left the BJP fuming with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying the BSP chief is “unfit for public life”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAddressing a joint SP-BSP rally here, Mayawati repeated her caste swipe at Modi, calling him a “fake OBC”. “He (Narendra Modi) is lamenting in his rallies that Opposition is using abusive language for him. ‘Jo gaali khaata hai, woh gaali khaane ka kaam karta hai’ (those who get abused must have done something to deserve this treatment),” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said. Earlier in the day, Mayawati said, “I have come to know that in BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands in Modi’s close proximity. They fear that like Modi they might also abandon their wives.” “Under such circumstances, I specially request all the women of the country not to give their votes to such a person. This would also be their real respect to the deserted wife of Modiji,” she said in a press release. With the Prime Minister daring her to withdraw support to Congress government in Rajasthan over the Alwar gangrape case, Mayawati accused him of playing “dirty politics” over the incident. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”It is extremely shameful. How can he respect others’ sisters and wives when he has left his own innocent wife for political gains?” she said. The BJP said Mayawati’s remarks were a sign of her “frustration” as “people from different walks of life have voted for the BJP”. Slamming the BSP supremo for making personal remarks against the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted: “Behan Mayawati – She is firm on becoming a Prime Minister. Her governance, ethics and discourse stoops to an all-time low. Her personal attack today on the Prime Minister exposes her as unfit for public life.” UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said “nothing can be more indecent than the statements made by her. The truth about Mayawati and her politics is coming out in front of everyone.” Mayawati also took a jibe at the Prime Minister for terming poverty as his caste during an election rally earlier last week, saying “he is changing his caste every second day for political selfish motives”. Terming the PM’s “affection” for dalits as “dramebazi”, she cited the various alleged cases of atrocities on dalits in Gujarat and other BJP ruled states and said Modi has no moral right to make any suggestion to anyone on the Alwar case.last_img read more

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Over 20000 displaced Georgians return to villages in buffer zone – UN

17 October 2008More than 20,000 people displaced by the fighting that broke out in Georgia in late August have returned to their villages in the buffer zone around the breakaway region of South Ossetia over the past week, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. An estimated 192,000 people were uprooted from their homes in the Caucasus country by the conflict between forces from Georgia, Russia and South Ossetia. “Our teams monitoring the returns report that more than 20,000 people have headed back since the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the buffer zone on 8 October,” Ron Redmond, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. “Most of these people are returning to their homes and villages in the buffer zone or checking to see if conditions are safe and acceptable. We are warning all of those going back to watch out for mines and unexploded ordnance. Some casualties have already been registered,” he added.The agency closed its tent camp in the town of Gori, south of South Ossetia, earlier this week after the last of the displaced left for their homes in the buffer zone, or were relocated to collective centres. UNHCR estimates that 78,000 out of the 133,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Georgia have returned to their homes across the country. Meanwhile, Russian authorities in North Ossetia report that fewer than 2,000 people remain there out of some 30,000 who fled from South Ossetia back in August.Returnees are being provided with tools and reconstruction materials to help them resettle in their villages. UNHCR is also working urgently to repair and rehabilitate collective centres and damaged houses for some 35,000 IDPs before the winter sets in. It is also distributing stoves and firewood, as well as additional blankets, mattresses, bed sheets and kitchen stoves.UNHCR teams are also planning to convert unused public buildings into apartments for some 5,000 people who cannot return to their homes in the long term.“We urgently need additional funds to ensure continued assistance, winterization and reconstruction programmes for the newly displaced population in the Caucasus region,” Mr. Redmond stressed, adding that the agency has only received 31 per cent of the nearly $45 million needed to provide protection, shelter and assistance for the next six months to the displaced. read more

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Migiro to embark on twonation European trip

5 October 2009Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro departs tomorrow for a two-nation European visit, during which she will, among other activities, meet with United Nations staff members living with HIV, it was announced today. In Geneva, she will chair a meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), which will address coherent support from the UN system for the fight against climate change. Participants are also expected to discuss the new Global Impact Vulnerability Alert System (GIVAS), which aims to provide early, real-time data to the international community on how external shocks, such as the economic crisis, are affecting the welfare of the vulnerable and poor. While in the Swiss city, Ms. Migiro will meet with a group of Geneva-based members of UN+, an advocacy group comprising staff members living with HIV, as well as with other UN organizations. From there, she will travel to Brussels to launch the 2008 Partnership Report between the UN and the European Union. During her 10-13 October visit to the Belgian city, the Deputy Secretary-General will also address the European Parliament and meet with the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. read more

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Ohio State football seniors have plenty to play for in 2012

The Ohio State football team can’t play in a bowl game next year, but don’t tell the seniors on the team they have nothing to play for in their final season. Twenty-two senior Buckeyes will play their final game in Ohio Stadium next year and said they want to go out on a high note. After posting a 6-7 record in 2011, several seniors said they are looking for improvement and better results this season. Senior tight end Jake Stoneburner said the seniors have to make the most of their final campaign at OSU and are motivated by underachieving last fall. “We have to play to the best of our ability because we seniors only have eight games left in the ‘Shoe and then that’s it,” Stoneburner said. “We had a disappointing season last year, so we want to come out and prove we’re a better team and that last year was a fluke.” Going to a BCS or other high-profile bowl is out of the question in 2012 due to an NCAA-imposed bowl ban, so some players said the focus shifts to winning games. Senior punter Ben Buchanan said the bowl ban hasn’t changed his level of excitement for the upcoming season. “I know the bowl ban is probably on the back of everyone’s mind, but we seniors just want to go out and win 12 games, beat Michigan and all those great things that any Ohio State team would look for,” Buchanan said. “I know a lot of guys have personal goals, but our goal overall as a team is to pick up Ws.” The bowl ban, along with a reduction in scholarships, come as the consequences to an NCAA investigation that found that six players had received improper benefits in the form of tattoos in exchange for memorabilia. Of the six, former running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, former wide receiver DeVier Posey and former offensive tackle Mike Adams all moved on to the NFL this April. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who often found himself at the center of the scrutiny following the scandal, departed the university prior to the 2011 season to pursue a career in the NFL. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension and has since transferred to Louisville. Former coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign in May of 2011 after it became clear that he had known about the violations and failed to report them, thereby knowingly playing ineligible players during the 2010 season. With the hiring of coach Urban Meyer, the seniors will play for their third coach in three seasons after 2011 head coach Luke Fickell was moved to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this season. Etienne Sabino, senior linebacker, said he also appreciates Meyer’s honesty when analyzing and criticizing the players. “It puts you in an uncomfortable position, but I think it’s good because he sees how you perform under pressure. It shows how you can react,” Sabino said. “I’ve learned there is no gray area. They’re going to tell you what they think of you.” The seniors will start their final year with OSU at home against Miami (Ohio) Sept. 1. read more

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Microsoft Lync ushers in a new connected user experience

first_imgMicrosoft is keen to push their latest project, codenamed Microsoft Lync, which is part of the new Office 365 suite. It’s designed primarily as a business tool for connecting people and converging instant messaging, presence, audio, video, web conferencing and voice into one system, thus taking away the need to learn disparate interfaces. One interface to rule them all as they say, and being a Mircosoft product it works with today’s leading Office solutions, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange.You can download a free trial version of Lync at http://www.lync.com, and business customers can purchase Lync beginning Dec. 1.Big name corporates have already started to deploy Lync into their infrastructure, including The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Nikon Corp., Marquette University, France Telecom and Herrenknecht AG.Nikon, for example, uses Lync with SharePoint and Exchange to increase the company’s employee productivity. To date, Nikon has experienced a 30 percent increase in productivity in some areas.Interestingly, there are more than 70 new devices optimized for Lync, including a variety of IP phones, headsets, speakerphones and webcams, which are being announced by Polycom Inc., Aastra Technologies Ltd. and other device partners. In addition, more than 30 partners are launching applications on the Lync platform for public and private organizations. Solutions include contact centres, call recording, accounting, performance monitoring services and new applications that embed communications within business processes.Finally, several partners, such as British Telecom (BT), Dell, Dimension Data, HP and Verizon Business are offering services to help customers evaluate, deploy and manage their Lync infrastructure.Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 will be available for businessesto purchase on Dec. 1, 2010. Microsoft Lync Online will be available as part of Office 365, with voice capabilities available in 2011. Lync Online will include instant messaging, presence, audio and video conferencing, and PC-to-PC voice calls.Microsoft Lync is the new family brand for the products formerly known as Microsoft Communications Server, Microsoft Office Communications Online and Microsoft Office Communicator, and now also includes Microsoft Lync Web App and Microsoft Lync Online.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

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Son of Trump advisor fired over tweets about Hillary Clinton and paedophilia

first_imgSon of Trump advisor fired over tweets about Hillary Clinton and paedophilia Michael G Flynn made controversial statements about a weekend attack at a restaurant in Washington. The man’s father, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, US Army (ret), speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 23,047 Views 92 Comments Dec 7th 2016, 7:48 AM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3124538 Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 7:48 AMcenter_img Image: J. Scott Applewhite Short URL THE SON OF Donald Trump’s national security advisor — who has pushed wild conspiracy theories on social media — has been dismissed from the president-elect’s transition team, Vice president-elect Mike Pence confirmed.“Mike Flynn Jr is no longer associated with General Flynn’s efforts or with the transition team and we’re focused eyes forward,” Pence told CNN, saying the younger Flynn had been helping his father with scheduling and other administrative work.Controversial statementsThe ouster of 33-year-old Michael G Flynn, son of retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn — who was tapped last month for the powerful national security advisor role — came after he made controversial statements about an armed man’s weekend attack at a popular pizza restaurant in Washington.Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, said he was investigating online “reports” that Comet Ping Pong was at the center of a paedophile ring linked to defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.No one was hurt after Welch fired off a round from his AR-15. Police quickly arrested him, discovering two more weapons, and said he had told them he drove up from North Carolina to personally investigate “Pizzagate”.Still, Michael G Flynn tweeted that “Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.” He also retweeted the comments of others promoting the fake stories about the restaurant.The incident raised questions about General Flynn himself. He had not commented publicly on the Comet incident, but in early November he tied Clinton to paedophile rings in a tweet of his own.“U decide – NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes w Children, etc…MUST READ!” he wrote ahead of the November 8 election. He also provided a link to a related fake news story- © AFP, 2016Read: Man who fired rifle inside ‘pizzagate’ restaurant says he was investigating fake news> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3 Tweet Email The man’s father, Lt Gen Michael Flynn, US Army (ret), speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Image: J. Scott Applewhitelast_img read more

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Major parties losing support

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Support for the country’s two major political parties, ruling Socialist PASOK and conservative New Democracy, has plummeted over the past month.A new opinion poll shows only one in five Greeks are happy with the government, less than one in 10 satisfied with the conservatives and half favouring a new coalition administration.According to the results of the survey, carried out by polling firm Public Issue earlier this month on behalf of Kathimerini, only 22 percent of Greeks think the government has done a good job in tackling the problems faced by their debt-ridden country, down by 9 percent, and only 8 percent are happy with ND’s role as the country’s main opposition party.Half of the respondents in the survey, which was carried out with a sample of 1,006 citizens, indicated that they would prefer some kind of coalition government.More than a third (35 percent) said they would prefer a two-party coalition while 15 percent said they would like to see an all-party government. Only 13 percent said they wanted a majority PASOK government and just 3 percent a majority ND administration.The same survey shows that if elections were held now, PASOK would garner 45 percent of the vote, only slightly down from 46.5 percent last month, with ND amassing 27 percent.But the popularity of Prime Minister George Papandreou, who has led the drive to impose a raft of austerity measures, fell to 53 percent, from 68 percent last month.The survey also noted an increase in support for left wing parties, and particularly for the Communist Party (KKE), which is seen garnering 10 percent of the vote if elections were held now.Some 6,000 KKE party members and supporters staged a rally in central Athens on Saturday to protest the government’s austerity measures.last_img read more

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Le stress rendrait les hommes égoïstes et les femmes sociales

first_imgLe stress rendrait les hommes égoïstes et les femmes sociales Des chercheurs de l’International School of Advanced Studies, en Italie, ont découvert que les hommes avaient du mal à décrypter les émotions des autres lorsqu’ils sont stressés, devenant davantage égoïste voire méchant. À l’inverse, les femmes stressées seraient plus sociables. Ce n’est plus un secret, le stress n’est pas spécialement recommandé pour la santé. Mais, si vous êtes un homme, il peut également saper vos relations sociales. Selon une nouvelle étude, les hommes stressés deviendraient plus égoïstes. Plus précisément, ils deviendraient moins à même de déchiffrer leurs émotions, mais aussi celles des autres, ce qui auraient tendance à dégrader leurs relations sociales.Si le stress est tout aussi dangereux pour la santé des femmes que pour celle des hommes, l’effet ne serait pas le même chez ces dernières. En effet, les chercheurs ont observé que  leur comportement serait même radicalement différents. Les femmes stressées auraient ainsi un comportement “prosocial”, autrement dit dirigé vers les autres. La raison avancée ? Les femmes seraient plus enclines à partager leurs problèmes et à chercher de l’aide auprès d’autres personnes.Alors que les femmes semblent surmonter des scénarios stressants grâce à des comportements sociaux, les hommes ont plus de mal à communiquer et à demander du soutien. “Il existe une frontière subtile entre la capacité à identifier son problème avec les autres et accepter leur point de vue, donc à être emphatique, et l’incapacité à distinguer entre soi-même et les autres, donc à agir de manière égocentrique”, détaille Giorgia Silani, de l’International School for Advanced Studies de Trieste, reprise par le DailyMail.Emphatique ou égoïste ?Selon cette spécialiste, pour être véritablement emphatique et avoir un comportement “prosocial”, “il est important de maintenir la capacité de faire la distinction entre soi et les autres”. Or il semblerait que le stress joue un rôle majeur dans ce processus. Le stress est un mécanisme à la fois psychologique et biologique. Il permet au corps de mobiliser toutes les ressources nécessaires pour faire face à une situation exigeante.De même, les personnes peuvent ensuite gérer les scénarios stressants à différents niveaux, en cherchant un soutien extérieur ou en réduisant les ressources mobilisées. Pour débuter leur étude, les scientifiques sont partis du postulat que le stress rend les gens plus égocentriques. Adopter un comportement égoïste permettrait de réduire la surcharge émotionnelle et cognitive, précisent-ils. Ils s’attendaient donc à ce que les volontaires de l’étude, publiée dans la revue Psychoneuroendocrinology, soient peu emphatiques. Mais ce n’est pas ce qu’ils ont observé, du moins pour tout le monde.Les hommes plus égoïstesPour parvenir à ces résultats, ils ont recréé les conditions de stress modéré en laboratoire, en soumettant les participants à des tests mentaux d’arithmétique avant de faire un discours. Les volontaires, dont la moitié était des femmes, devaient ensuite imiter un certain nombre de mouvements pour démontrer leur motricité. Ils devaient également définir leurs propres émotions ainsi que celles des autres, ou émettre des jugements basés sur le point de vue d’autres personnes.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Ce que nous avons observé, c’est que le stress aggrave les performances des hommes dans les trois types de tâches. Chez les femmes, c’est l’opposé”, affirme le docteur Giorgia Silani.Les chercheurs ne sont pas sûrs de savoir pourquoi ces comportements se révèlent, mais ils essayent de trouver des explications possibles dans d’autres études.Une hormone à l’origine de la différence homme/femme ? “Au niveau psychologique, les femmes auraient intégré le fait qu’elles reçoivent plus de soutien extérieur lorsqu’elles interagissent avec les autres. Ce qui signifie que plus elles sont stressées, plus elles ont besoin d’aide et plus elles mettent en œuvre des stratégies sociales”, précise la scientifique. Cette différence entre les hommes et les femmes pourrait, selon elle, être due à l’ocytocine. Agissant principalement sur les muscles de l’utérus et les glandes mammaires, cette hormone est également très liée aux comportements sociaux. “Une étude récente montre qu’en cas de stress, les femmes présentaient des taux physiologiques plus élevés d’ocytocine que les hommes”, conclut-elle. Le 24 mars 2014 à 09:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Woman robs Umpqua Bank on Fourth Plain

first_imgNo one was hurt in a Wednesday afternoon robbery reported at an Umpqua Bank branch of Fourth Plain Boulevard, but the robber was still at-large.Vancouver police officers responded to a call from the bank, at 3301 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., shortly after 1 p.m.Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said a short-haired woman wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt entered the bank, presented a note to the teller, then left with the cash.Kapp said no weapons were seen or implied during the robbery.Emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian indicated the woman drove away heading west on Fourth Plain in a small, blue pickup with a white canopy and Oregon license plates.The subject had not been located, although officers are still out looking, Kapp said.last_img read more

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Myanmar refuses to drop case against Reuters journos

first_imgDetained Reuters journalist Wa Lone is escorted by police after a court hearing in Yangon. Photo: ReutersA Myanmar court on Wednesday rejected a motion to drop a case against two Reuters journalists arrested months ago while reporting on the Rohingya crisis, pushing ahead with hearings that have sparked global outrage and fears of shrinking press freedoms.“The court decided that the proposal from the defendants’ lawyer to release the defendants…has been rejected,” judge Ye Lwin told a courtroom in the commercial capital Yangon packed with supporters, family and media.Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 32 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27 were arrested in December and accused of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act for possessing material relating to security operations in conflict-hit Rakhine state.Detained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo speaks to the media after a court hearing in Yangon. Photo: ReutersMyanmar has faced global condemnation and accusations of extrajudicial killings, ethnic cleansing and genocide as some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Rakhine to Bangladesh following a military crackdown on insurgents.The government rejects the allegations and says it was defending itself against attacks from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which occurred on August 25.The Reuters pair had been investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya men on September 2 in the Rakhine village of Inn Din that was carried out by security forces and local villagers.Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the killings, according to a Facebook post by the army chief late Tuesday.The case against the journalists has proceeded despite international calls for their release. Last month Reuters announced that prominent rights attorney Amal Clooney had joined the legal team.last_img read more

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