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Woman stripped, assaulted in Assam

first_imgThe police in southern Assam’s Karimganj district arrested 19 people, including women, on Saturday for assaulting and stripping a woman and stuffing chilli powder in her private parts for allegedly selling illicit liquor and indulging in what they called “immoral activities”.The incident happened on September 10, but the victim approached a local court on Thursday after a video of the incident was circulated on social media. She did not name anyone in the complaint.“A police team raided Magura, a remote tribal village on the Assam-Mizoram border at 5 a.m. today (Saturday) and arrested the 19. They include three who appear prominently in the video and are directly involved,” Karimganj Superintendent of Police Gaurav Upadhyay told The Hindu.The victim and the arrested belong to the same village, he said.‘More arrests soon’“We are continuing our raids and more arrests are expected to be made soon. We are investigating into what led to the attack. The villagers said they had been warning the woman not to sell illegal brew. They also accused her of encouraging immoral activities,” Mr. Upadhyay said.Demanded moneyThe woman, however, told the court that six men barged into her house and demanded the ₹85,000 that she had received under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. She said the men stripped and tortured her, besides tying up her father-in-law, when she refused to give the money.The men relented and left only after she promised to give them the money, she said, adding she did not go to the police as the six men had warned her of dire consequences.last_img read more

LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t  even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingComing off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Four Nations Hockey: India beat Malaysia 4-1 to win bronze

first_imgIndia defeated Malaysia 4-1 in the bronze medal play-off match at the Four Nations Invitational hockey tournament in Melbourne on Sunday.For India, Akashdeep Singh (2nd minute), V.R. Raghunath (45th), Talwinder Singh (52nd) and Rupinder Pal Singh (58th minute) scored while Joel van Huizen found the net for Malaysia.India dominated from start to finish, scoring twice in the final quarter to take a much deserved victory.Shrugging off Saturday’s disappointment when India lost to New Zealand, the winners were looking to strike and consolidate early to avoid any pressure from the Malaysians. (Four Nations Hockey: India beat Malaysia 4-2 to register first win)The Indians started off with several quick turnovers and passes, scoring as early as in the second minute of play.Birendra Lakra picked up the ball near centre field and drove his shot diagonally into the circle.The cross evaded everyone before going to Akashdeep Singh lurking at the far post. Akashdeep showed great awareness and superb skill to deflect the ball in.India kept control throughout the quarter and had several more chances, most notably with a flurry of four consecutive penalty corners right at the death. But the Malaysians defended stoutly to go into the first break down by just one goal. FT! The Indian Men’s Team secure a convincing win over Malaysia to finish at the 3rd Place at the #IFOH2016!#IndiaKaGame Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 27, 2016It was more of the same in the second quarter. Indian Affan Yousuf expertly steered past three Malaysian defenders before unleashing a reverse hit towards the goal. Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam patted it away to safety.advertisementMalaysia picked up the pace in the final minutes of the quarter but despite several circle penetrations failed to create any real chances. The teams went into half time separated by India’s single goal.The game opened up more in the third quarter as Malaysia chased the game. India were happy to sit back and work on the counter. (New Zealand beat India 3-2 at Four Nations Invitational hockey meet)Despite several circle penetrations, neither team created any real opportunities almost till the end of the third quarter.In the final minute though, Raghunath capitalised on a pair of penalty corners to convert one and double India’s lead.Malaysia hit back almost from the restart, catching India’s defence unawares. Joel van Huizen’s goal took Malaysia into the final break down by a single goal.India kept up the pressure in the final quarter. They constantly pressed high and won several turnovers.Akashdeep was at the thick of things, first getting away a smart shot from inside the circle which was parried away by Kumar Subramiam.Soon after, he had another superb moment, dribbling away from Malaysia’s defence to cut back a pass to Talwinder Singh, whose first time chip deflection beat the goalkeeper to complete India’s third goal. (Hockey: India beat Pakistan to lift Asian Champions Trophy)Now India were in total control and were adamant to not let Malaysia back into the match.In the 58th minute, they had another penalty corner. Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake in slotting the ball to the bottom right corner to give India a 4-1 winner.last_img read more

Excited to lead India in Olympic Test event: Harmanpreet

first_imgHaving debuted for the Indian team in May 2015 against Japan during a Test Series in Bhubaneswar, Harmanpreet Singh has come a long way in the Indian men’s hockey team and has gained a repute of being a reliable drag-flicker, defender in the current squad.On being named the captain of the team for the Olympic Test Event in Japan where India will take on nemesis Malaysia, New Zealand and hosts Japan starting August 17, Harmanpreet, 23, feels he is ready for the new challenge.”When I was told that I would be leading the team, it was a pleasant surprise. It is an honour and a big responsibility. I am excited and looking forward to the challenge,” said the ace Indian drag-flicker who was part of the India colts that won the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016.Harmanpreet said the team will be leaving for Japan with an intent to win the tournament. “Malaysia, Japan and New Zealand are good teams to play against and see where we stand as a unit ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers. Malaysia recently beat Germany in a match and Japan too are doing well while New Zealand is coming into the event with good exposure from the FIH Pro League.””In the absence of senior players who are rested, it is important we step-up our game. We are well-prepared, having attended a special goalkeepers camp and defenders camp. We will be playing every match with the intent to win,” he stated.Also See:last_img read more

Mexico to face Bosnia in San Antonio

first_imgMexico Mexico to kick off 2018 against Bosnia & Herzegovina in San Antonio Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 04:18 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Giovani dos Santos Mexico Dean Mouhtaropoulos Mexico Friendlies El Tri will continue their preparations for the World Cup with a friendly at the Alamodome Mexico will kick off 2018 with a friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina on Jan. 31 in San Antonio, the Mexican federation announced Thursday.Dabblebet’s World Cup odds hereEl Tri will be returning to the Alamodome, where they most recently earned a 2-0 win over Curacao during the Gold Cup in July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The friendly does not fall during a FIFA window, meaning the roster will likely only feature players from Liga MX and MLS.It will mark the second match of a stateside swing for Bosnia & Herzegovina, which also will face the United States on Jan. 28 in Carson, California.The two sides last met June 3, 2014, at Soldier Field in Chicago, with Bosnia & Herzegovina earning a 1-0 win.last_img read more

What The BCS Rankings Would Look Like Right Now

first_imgA shot of an American flag and the BCS title game logo.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: A giants American Flag is displayed on the field prior to the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This season’s first installment of the College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled tonight. We’ll find out what the top 25 looks like heading into the final month of the season.While the top four is what counts in the College Football Playoff, the system has only been around for five years. Before that, we had the BCS.All college football fans should remember the BCS format, which pitted two teams against each other in a national championship game at the end of the season. The computer rankings would sometimes generate controversy, and left teams feeling snubbed on more than one occasion.The website keeps track of what the BCS standings would look like if the system was still in place today. The rankings heading into November don’t look that much different from the projected College Football Playoff rankings, at least at the top.Take a look.With the first @CFBPlayoff rankings just a day away, here’s what the #BCS might have looked like this week: Clemson consolidates more computer support while Alabama does the same in the polls to stay No. 1— (@BCSKnowHow) October 29, will update these rankings on a weekly basis.To catch the first College Football Playoff rankings, tune into ESPN tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Philips Raises Awareness Of COPD With Sponsorship Of Leonard Nimoy Tribute Documentary

first_imgRoyal Philips today announced its sponsorship of the documentary COPD: Highly Illogical – Remembering Leonard Nimoy.The documentary seeks to educate viewers about COPD through Leonard Nimoy’s personal story of courage, while also providing the latest information about treatments for the chronic disease.Complex respiratory illnesses including asthma and COPD are on the rise. In fact, COPD is estimated to affect 24 million adults, with more than half not knowing they have the illness despite exhibiting symptoms. In the United States alone, 120,000 people die from COPD each year. With more than three million deaths annually, COPD is expected to be the third leading cause of death worldwide in the next fifteen years, more than breast cancer, colorectal cancer and prostate cancer combined, as predicted by the World Health Organization.“COPD claims millions of lives every year, yet it doesn’t have nearly as much visibility as it should for how difficult it makes the lives of patients and their families. Our aim in sponsoring this film is to raise awareness of the disease and its consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Eli Diacopoulos, Home Respiratory Care Business Leader, Philips. “By sponsoring this film, we hope to spark conversations about improving COPD detection, prevention and treatment, and empower people with facts to educate others about a disease that has profoundly impacted many lives, like Leonard Nimoy’s.”Produced by Nimoy’s daughter, Julie Nimoy, and her husband, David Knight of Health Point Productions, COPD: Highly Illogical reveals the last few months of the famed actor’s life, which was claimed by the disease in February of last year. Nimoy’s COPD stemmed from both his smoking addiction and the fact that his decade-long struggle with the disease wasn’t officially diagnosed until 2013, when it was past the point of effective treatment.“Movie enthusiasts and science fiction fans alike were captivated by my father, Leonard Nimoy, in his role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek,” said Julie Nimoy. “His character’s iconic catchphrase, ‘Live long and prosper,’ quickly echoed through generations and became a battle cry for fans. I look forward to continuing my dad’s mission of raising awareness and helping COPD patients like him to live longer and prosper in their own lives, as my dad did in his.”For more than 25 years, Philips has been shaping the future of care for those with COPD. Offering people-centric innovations designed to empower patients to live full and active lives with COPD, Philips is making what was once science fiction, a reality. Among Philips’ recent innovations in respiratory care is the SimplyGo Mini portable oxygen concentrator, one of the smallest and lightest POCs on the market, as well as Care Orchestrator, a healthcare management application enabling enhanced connectivity and care for patients in the home.Philips will showcase its latest COPD and respiratory solutions at the upcoming European Respiratory Society International Congress (ERS) in London, from September 3-7. Further details on the production of COPD: Highly Illogical – Remembering Leonard Nimoy will also be available.To learn more about the documentary and view the trailer, click here.last_img read more

Super Channel launches GINX Esports TV Canada North Americas first 24hour esports

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement EDMONTON, May 3, 2017 – Super Channel is pleased to announce that North America’s first 24-hour channel for esports fans, GINX Esports TV Canada, officially launches tomorrow Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m. ET. GINX Esports TV Canada will be the go-to-destination for the millions of gaming enthusiasts and players across the country with its slate of live esports events, news and gaming lifestyle programming.GINX Esports TV Canada, is immediately available to current Super Channel subscribers as part of their existing package. Gaming fans looking to get into the action, can contact their local service provider to subscribe and obtain access to GINX Esports TV Canada (formerly SC4) as part of Super Channel’s current multiplex offering, which includes premium first run series and sports on SC1, movies on SC2, as well as handpicked fan favourite movies you want to see again on Super Channel VAULT (formerly SC3), and select GINX programming on Super Channel On Demand, all for as low as $9.95 per month.“Canada’s passion for esports is undeniable, and we are thrilled to be the first broadcaster to bring the biggest brand in esports coverage to our fast-growing gaming community,” said Super Channel COO, Don McDonald. “Starting tomorrow, GINX Esports TV Canada will become the new home for world-class esports coverage bringing a global and, in the near future, a distinctive Canadian perspective on the fast-growing esports market.” Advertisement Added Michiel Bakker, GINX Esports TV CEO: “This is an exciting time to be joining forces with Super Channel to bring the GINX Esports TV channel to viewers in Canada.  Esports has experienced massive organic online growth and this partnership is about extending that growth into television.  As well as covering the big international events, we aim to work with Canadian esports organizations to report on national events and to showcase the best on our fast-growing international network of over 40 million homes worldwide.”The channel will go live on Thursday with a special Canadian edition of GINX’s weekly news show The BRIDGE at 8 p.m. ET. Live from GINX’s London headquarters, The BRIDGE brings together fans, teams and personalities from across the world to cover all games, tournaments and platforms. The kickoff show will dive deep into the world of esports in Canada including looking at the biggest Canadian talent playing in upcoming tournaments.  Hosts will also lace up their virtual skates with a special in-studio NHL 17 showdown in honour of the NHL playoffs and speak with the developers to learn what the future holds for the long-running franchise. They’ll also be joined by Adam Savage and Anthony Richardson who star in GINX Esports TV’s THE FIRST HOUR discussing the trials and tribulations they’ve come face to face with in the newest season of their popular show. Femi ‘F-Word’ Adeboye will also drop by to chat about ‘This Week In Esports’.In addition, live coverage of season three of the OGN Overwatch Apex, the premier Korean Overwatch tournament, continues. OGN APEX Season 3 is the only international tournament for the fast-paced shooter Overwatch. It’s a season of invited and qualified teams from both North America and Asia who will be battling it out in lengthy group stages every Tuesday and Friday. Winning the Best of 5 every week gets the team points to make it to playoffs. The top 2 teams of each group advance to playoffs and make their way to the Grand Finals. Casted live in Seoul, Korea, by the new faces of; Achilios, Wolf, Atlus and PapaSmithy.Regular programming to be featured on the channel includes:The First Hour – Hosts Adam Savage and Anthony Richardson chart their First Hour through several esports and AAA video game titles. Ant & Sav find themselves thrown in at the deep end as they embark on an mission to conquer in the ultra-competitive world of esports. Each week they face a tough new challenge as the show’s producers decide which title the boys will be tackling. Overwatch or Battlefield 1? CS:GO or Heroes of the Storm? League or FIFA? Expect fast-paced action, epic adventure and spectacular failures, all from their gamer cave and battle station.The BRIDGE – Takin’ care of business LIVE from London to the world its GINX Esports TV’s Talk-Radio entertainment show LIVE on TV!  Guests, games, give-aways and esports banter all with a big sense of humour.The Daily Download – Join Heather Naysayerz Dower as she covers esports current affairs, original stories, exclusive interviews, audience debate and breaking gaming news!This Week in Esports – A look back at the last 7 days in esports. All the action, news and views surrounding the world of competitive gaming hosted by former pro and esports commentator F-Word!To view the schedule for GINX Esports TV Canada visit: Super ChannelSuper Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience.  With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable,  Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.Connect with Super Channel:www.superchannel.caSuper Channel on FacebookSuper Channel on TwitterAbout GINX Esports TVGINX Esports TV is a UK-based international media company, dedicated to the creation of esports TV channels around the world. The GINX Esports TV channel is currently available in over 40 million households in 9 languages across over 41 territories. It offers viewers around the clock access to esports news and entertainment and live esports events, all delivered with expertise and a healthy sense of humour.Connect with GINX Esports TV:https://www.ginx.tv Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the Union of British Columbia Performers have voted in favour of a contract that includes strong language against sexual harassment. (Shutterstock) Advertisement Advertisement The union says the new sexual harassment language in the B.C. contract represents the most up-to-date provisions negotiated into any performer collective agreement.Dozens of women have come forward alleging sexual assault and harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)Ninety-four per cent of Union of B.C. Performers members voted in favour of the three-year contract, which takes effect in April 2018 and includes a nine per cent wage increase over the life of the deal.Union president Alvin Sanders says the anti-harassment wording is a significant first step.“With this agreement, we’ve raised the bar when it comes to protecting performers from sexual harassment,” he said in the release.Sanders added the contract ensures performers will be fairly compensated for productions made for digital platforms and it includes better protection for performers who experience fatigue at the end of their work day.Actor K.J. Apa plays Archie Andrews in ‘Riverdale,’ which is shot in Vancouver. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)Riverdale star K.J. Apa, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros. production being shot in Vancouver, was injured in a crash in September when he apparently fell asleep while driving home from a late-night shoot.The Union of British Columbia Performers is an autonomous branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, a 22,000-member national organization of professional performers working in English-language recorded media.The contract, which expires in 2021, was negotiated with the Canadian affiliates of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Canadian Media Producers Association — B.C. Producers Branch.© The Canadian Press, 2017 Advertisement The latest contract covering performers in British Columbia contains what the actors union says is precedent-setting language against sexual harassment.Members of the Union of B.C. Performers voted strongly in favour of the deal, which reflects the powerful social media movement that sprang up following sexual assault and harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.A statement from the union says the contract includes wording that prohibits auditions or meetings in hotels or private residences where the performer is alone with a representative of production, such as a director or producer.center_img Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In an effort to help bridge the two solitudes, we’re suggesting some high-quality Quebec French-language TV series for you to try, with the help of some suggestions collected on social media and three experts in the field:TV experts Therese Parisien, Amelie Gaudeau and Marc-Andre Lemieux.Thérèse Parisien, cultural reporter for 98.5 FM and panelist on C’est juste de la TVAmélie Gaudreau, co-ordinating editor at Le Devoir and writer of its daily TV picksMarc-André Lemieux, television reporter at Le Journal de MontréalIf your French isn’t perfect, or you find the accents hard to understand sometimes, consider turning on the closed captioning so you don’t miss important dialogue. And if one series doesn’t suit your fancy, try another. Millions of Quebecers watch these shows, and for good reason. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment French TV. It’s sort of a catch-all term for anglophone Canadians for the channels they skip over when they’re deciding what to watch on cable. Many because they just don’t understand the language, or at least have trouble following conversations in it, or don’t get its cultural references. Others have preconceived notions that television produced for the local Quebec market is of poor quality compared to the critically acclaimed dramas coming out of the United States.Quebec TV series won’t ever have the budgets of U.S. network dramas or bigger cable shows, but as the quality of television has improved internationally, so too have homegrown series, with more gripping writing, more spectacular cinematography, more realistic acting and more breathtaking direction.Your French-language TV watching shouldn’t be limited to Canadiens games on RDS and the occasional episode of Tout le monde en parle. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

UN health agency urges more investments services for mental health disorders

“This topic should matter to everyone, because people living with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries are systematically locked out of the benefits of development that are open to others,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Catherine Le Galès-Camus said.“When not addressed, mental disorders deprive people of opportunities to escape from poverty and deny them a voice to claim their rights,” she added.Even when treatment is available, it is often delivered in institutional settings which in many countries are associated with stigma and human rights violations, WHO noted.“The reasons for this bleak situation are clear: mental health services are being starved of both human and financial resources,” the agency said in a news release, pointing out that a majority of countries in Africa and South-East Asia spend less than 1 per cent of their health budget on mental health.Low-income countries have an average of 0.05 psychiatrists and 0.16 psychiatric nurses per 100,000 people (about 200 times less than in high-income countries) and those extremely low rates make it impossible for satisfactory services to be delivered.“The current situation means that people with mental illnesses are at best ignored and at worst actively discriminated against in many countries,” WHO Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benedetto Saraceno said. “We can only improve the services available to people with mental disorders if there is a major and rapid increase in investment in this area.”Estimates show that the money required to deliver a core package of mental health care is approximately $2 per person per year in low-income countries and $3-4 in lower-middle income countries. This package, based on treatment of mental disorders in primary health care and in community-based facilities would increase the treatment coverage to 80 per cent for severe mental disorders and 25-33 per cent for less severe ones.These targets are currently the best attainable level for most low- and middle-income countries given the current poor infrastructure and scarcity of human resources for mental health care, WHO said. 4 September 2007With up to half of all people with severe mental disorders worldwide and a vast majority of mild or moderate cases not receiving any treatment, the United Nations health agency today appealed to countries to increase their investment and support for necessary services. read more

Thousands of Congolese displaced by Ugandan rebels UN

“The humanitarian situation in this remote part of the DRC remains dramatic,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.He said that last month the LRA launched an “unprecedented” 55 attacks against civilians in the Faradje area in north-eastern Orientale province. Villages in the Dungu district of Haut-Uele province were also targeted.According to the agency, 1,273 people have been killed by the LRA since September 2007 and 655 children and 1,427 adults have been abducted.Internally displaced persons (IDPs) tell UNHCR that many women have been raped by the rebels and their households looted and torched. More than 226,000 people have been displaced in Haut-Uele alone and another 42,000 in Bas-Uele, according to UN estimates.“Most of the IDPs are unable to return home because of the ongoing assaults,” said Mr. Mahecic. “They sleep in public buildings such as schools and churches. Some have been able to find shelter with friends, relatives or host families willing to share their meagre food stocks.“According to our local partners, regular medical supplies are low, hospitals lack basic equipment and drinking water is in chronically short supply,” he added.While UNHCR and other aid agencies have been able to reach some 45 per cent of the displaced and provide basic assistance such as food, blankets, sleeping mats and cooking sets, the agency said that insecurity is preventing larger scale deliveries of humanitarian assistance. “Ongoing insecurity and poor, impassable roads remain the main obstacles to our work. Some of the areas where the IDPs have gathered are accessible only by air,” Mr. Mahecic noted.UNHCR also reported that the recent displacement is spilling over into neighbouring Sudan. Out of 21,000 refugees in South Sudan, 16,500 arrived since last November from Orientale province, most of them fleeing LRA attacks in Faradje. 7 August 2009Some 12,500 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been uprooted from their homes in the past month by attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

Ban heads to Madrid for meeting on global antipoverty targets

12 July 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Friday to attend the first meeting of the group set up to help spur action towards achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the Spanish capital, Madrid, on Friday to attend the first meeting of the group set up to help spur action towards achieving the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Established last month, the MDG Advocacy Group is co-chaired by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Each of the group’s members has been asked to focus their advocacy efforts on specific Goals such as slashing poverty, boosting school enrolment rates, improving maternal health and increasing access to clean water and decent sanitation, all of which are to be achieved by 2015.Among those in the “collection of superheroes in defeating poverty,” as the Secretary-General described the group, are two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – the Bangladeshi pioneer of microcredit Muhammad Yunus and the Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai – as well as former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and businessmen and philanthropist Bill Gates.The meeting in Madrid comes ahead of the high-level MDG Summit that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September.Mr. Ban will also travel to Geneva to attend the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which will be held from 19 to 21 July and focus on democracy, the role of legislative institutions and their relationship with the UN. read more

DR Congo UN force launches operation to protect civilians in South Kivu

23 November 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the launch of a special operation aimed at protecting civilians and aid workers from armed groups that have stepped up activities in the country’s South Kivu province. The UN Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) said it launched the operation, code named “Protection Shield,” in Minembwe, Fizi and Uvira areas in South Kivu following increasing reports of harassment of the local population and humanitarian agencies’ staff by armed groups.The armed groups have also clashed with the DRC national army, the FARDC, the UN mission said in a press release.The operation is being carried out by ground troops and Special Forces with air support. It draws soldiers from the various national military contingents serving with the UN and involves patrolling Lake Tanganyika to prevent supplies from reaching the armed groups. Some 900 troops are participating in the operation.“The aim is to neutralise the armed groups and reinforce security for the population, and MONUSCO hopes to accomplish this by the deployment of six temporary operation bases that are being supported by a number of Special Forces in the South Kivu area,” MONUSCO said.The peacekeeping forces hopes that, when completed, Protection Shield will create favourable conditions for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs), reinforce mutual confidence in the Government and the FARDC, and prevent infiltration of armed groups or the smuggling of their supplies through Lake Tanganyika. read more

UN monitors press forward with inspections in Iraq

According to a UN spokesman in Baghdad, the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) sought another private interview with an Iraqi individual, who made the appointment with two witnesses but declined to be interviewed without their presence. “The interview did not proceed,” said Hiro Ueki.Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC biological team inspected the State Establishment for Heavy Engineering Enterprises plant in Daura, about 15 kilometres south of Baghdad. The facility designs and manufactures a range of equipment, including large storage and mixing tanks used by the food processing, chemicals and petroleum industries.Also in the Daura residential area of Baghdad, a chemical team visited a water purification facility while another inspected the ASCO commercial centre in Baghdad, a company that deals with agro-chemicals and is one of the main distributors for pesticides in Iraq.Three missile teams inspected three separate sites: the Al Rafah test stand that is involved in the static testing of missile engines; Al Harith that is involved in the maintenance of missiles; and Al Mamoun, which manufactures composite solid propellant. “These inspections were conducted to verify Iraq’s declarations and to establish a comprehensive monitoring mechanism,” Mr. Ueki noted.North of Baghdad, a multidisciplinary team inspected three sites: a farm, a helicopter support facility, and the Al Taji Ammunition Depot, where an empty Sakr-18 chemical warhead was found, tagged and secured. “This is the same type of chemical warhead as was found at the Ukhaider Ammunition Storage Area on 16 January,” Mr. Ueki said.In Mosul, a multidisciplinary team inspected the Mosul Sugar and Yeast Factories, ascertaining the present status of the site.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conducted inspections at the Al Mamoun plant of the Al Qa Qaa Establishment and, with support from UNMOVIC, at the former site of the Al Salam Company, which had been associated with biological weapons development, in the Salman Pak area south of Baghdad. read more

Argentina makes life difficult for mining equipment importers

first_imgArgentina’s government tightened controls on imports of equipment and supplies by mining companies this week in a new measure to boost the trade surplus and foreign currency stocks, according to reports by Reuters. Mining companies operating in the country, which includes Xstrata, Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti, will now have to get prior approval for overseas purchases and submit import plans 120 days in advance – a major headache in terms of bringing in mining equipment not manufactured or available domestically.They will also have to consider swapping imports for locally produced goods, a government statement said: “The controls will help safeguard jobs, create new employment opportunities and intensify the import substitution process.” Earlier this year, President Cristina Fernandez’s centre-left administration launched a new system to pre-approve, or reject, nearly every purchase from abroad. Argentina has also been pushing importers to match their purchases abroad with exports.Fernandez says such policies are needed to protect a local manufacturing industry gutted during a burst of free-market policies in the 1990s. They are drawing intense criticism from abroad, however, and the European Union has filed a suit against the import restrictions with the World Trade Organisation. Mining companies had been working with the government on a program of import substitution and the new resolution was unexpected. Vale is reviewing its $5.9 billion potash project in Argentina, partly due to concerns about political uncertainty related to import controls and the recent renationalisation of energy company YPF.This government move has come at a bad time, as compared with neighbouring Chile or Peru, Argentina’s mining industry is relatively undeveloped. That has drawn interest from global companies in recent years and overall investment reached a record $2.6 billion in 2011.last_img read more

HSV win in Minden – Lindberg come back with 10 goals

6.MT Melsungen34:22+31 Hans LindbergHSV Handballminden ← Previous Story HSG Wetzlar plans: Balic sports director, Spiler and Zelenovic new forces? Next Story → LNH: Montpellier still dreaming about the trophy! 7.SC Magdeburg31:25+31 15.Bergischer HC17:39-76 17.ThSV Eisenach11:45-136 12.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen21:35-15 10.TBV Lemgo25:31-30 4.HSV Handball46:10+95 3.SG Flensburg-Handewitt46:10+154 5.Füchse Berlin38:18+72 HSV Handball got back at the winning track after schocking elimination from VELUX EHF Champions League. Martin Schwalb and his players won in Minden 34:28 easily, but the biggest reason why HSV’s fans have to be happy are come-back of fantastic Dane, Hans Lindberg, who scored 10 goals for his team…GWD Minden: Persson (7 saves); Vortmann (10 saves); Rambo 6, Bilbja 6, Doder 4, Südmeier 3, Schmidt 3, Svitlica 3, Tesch 2, Schäpsmeier 1, Torbrügge, Oechsler, Svavarsson, Kunkel n.e.HSV Handball: Bitter (18 saves, 1.-60.); Herrmann (n.e.) Lindberg 10/3, Hens, 5, Duvnjak 4, Djordjic 4, Jansen 3, Nilsson 3, Markovic 2, Cañellas 1/1, Lackovic 1, Pfahl 1, Flohr, Schröder n.e., Dominikovic n.e., Toft Hansen n.e.Results: 1:0 (1.), 1:3 (3), 2:5 (6.), 4:6 (10.), 4:8 (12.), 6:10 (15.), 9:13 (21.), 11:15 (24.), 13:15 (26.), 13:17 (28.), 15:19 (30.) – 15:20 (31.), 16:22 (35.), 17:25 (38.), 18:26 (41.), 20:28 (42.), 23:28 (46.), 23:30 (48.), 25:31 (54.), 28:32 (56.), 28:34 (60.)STANDINGS: 18.TV Emsdetten7:49-177 13.VfL Gummersbach20:34-63 14.TSV GWD Minden20:36-55 16.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten14:42-72 1.THW Kiel49:7+164 2.Rhein-Neckar Löwen47:9+181 9.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf26:30-47 8.TuS N-Lübbecke27:29-34 11.HSG Wetzlar23:31-23 read more

They died for nothing WW1 revisionism criticised

first_img Yes (1452) I don’t know (206) THE IRISH ANTI-War Movement (IAWM) yesterday hit out at what it called a “revisionist narrative idealising the ‘good cause’ that these soldiers died for”.Speaking at a IAWM press conference, independent TD Clare Daly said: “In our opinion, they died for nothing. This was not a noble cause. This was a struggle for markets and political power.”We are in no way denigrating those ordinary people who died in the conflict, many of them were victims of poverty driven into the British army out of having no alternative.The press conference was part of the launch of a booklet of essays entitled ‘World War 1: What did they die for?’ The booklet contains contributions from Steve Woods, John Molyneux, Jim Roche and Raymond Deane writing about narratives that have emerged in relation to the First World War.Also speaking at the conference was Irish artist and anti-war activist Robert Ballagh. On the commemorations, Ballagh called for the reduction of military participation, saying:With the commemorations that have happened so far, it seems to me that all the generals and all the military people have been polishing up their buttons and their medals. Medals that they got for killing people, let’s be pretty frank about that. No (993) YesNoI don’t knowVoteREAD: Margaretta D’Arcy to be released from Limerick PrisonREAD: Irish anti-war activists to hold meeting ahead of planned protest The artist went on to ask: “When did we abandon neutrality? There certainly wasn’t a debate in parliament. There wasn’t a vote in parliament. We are now so closely aligned with NATO, with all the imperial powers in Europe, we are not a neutral country anymore.”Throughout the conference, parallels were drawn between the First World War and the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Speaking in response to a question from,  President of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said:“One of the principles of the just war theory which is enshrined in international law is principle of propotionality. And that has been ignored. That has been completely ignored.”Also speaking at the launch was former MEP Patricia McKenna and IAWM representatives Jim Roche and John Molyneux.What do you think of the contention that the slain soldiers of World War I “died for nothing”? Do you agree? Poll Results:last_img read more

UniBrows brings IE6 compatibility to IE8

first_imgA coalition of ex-Microsoft employees and partners called Browsium are trying to drag enterprise into the modern web with a new add-on for Internet Explorer 8 that allows companies to run IE6 in a tab. If you think this sounds like IETab for Firefox, you’re right. The plug-in is called Unibrows, and it’s meant to help companies deal with the problem of upgrading their operating systems and computers while maintaining compatibility with their existing web applications.“Companies need something simple that isn’t virtualization based,” Browsium CEO Matt Heller told ComputerWorld. “UniBrows renders IE6 inside an IE8 tab without companies’ having to change a single line of code in the sites or Web applications.”According to Matt Heller, UniBrows has all the functionality — if that’s what you would choose to call it — as IE6, including the same ActiveX controls support and JavaScript functionality. Unlike virtualization tools, it’s also amazingly lightweight: UniBros only takes up 10MB of memory when it’s running. This seems like a great approach. Companies desperately need to upgrade out of XP for security reasons, but oftentimes, they are prevented from doing so by reliance upon web apps or intranets that require IE6 to function. Since these web apps can be incredibly expensive to upgrade, and since no one wants to risk a critical system falling over, no one ever upgrades. UniBrows gets around that, and at a cheap price: just $5 per user.My only questions is this: UniBrows is such a great idea, so why doesn’t Microsoft make it a feature of IE9? They want enterprise customers off of XP as much as anyone, and since IE6 is a big part of what’s holding corporations back, why not make it a bit easier for them?Read more at Computerworldlast_img read more

Turns Out Starfish Have ArmEyes

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Life gets weird in the sea. Whether it’s an angler fish, sea urchins, or the humble starfish, much of the life that dwells in the oceans is comparatively primitive. But that doesn’t mean they don’t hold surprises. Starfish, for example, can have up to fifty eyes… attached to its arms. And despite being aware of these creatures for thousands of years, this is something modern science has only just figured out.Apparently, while they were thought to primarily use smell to navigate their environment, sea stars can have upwards of 50 eyes, giving them the ability to see all around them, even in extremely dim conditions like those found on the ocean floor. This vision is crude, lacking the precision of human sight.“Even the best starfish vision is still rather crude — about 500 times less acute than human vision,” associate professor of neurobiology at the University of Copenhagen, Anders Garm, told Live Science. Moreover, these critters can’t see in full color like we can.That’s okay, though, because they don’t really need complex vision. Instead of the more advanced visual systems found in mammals or birds, starfish have tiny compound eyes that sit at the tip of each arm. These basic organs assemble a composite image together, forming a broad image with very low resolution. Even many deep-sea species (though not all) sport these compound eyes.“Some of them with just as good or better spatial resolution as shallow-water species living in plenty of light,” Garm said.It’s thought that these abyssal species use their eyes to watch for bioluminescent species, including bacteria, fish, or other sea stars. Many creatures from the depths use this artificial form of light to communicate in the inky depths and plenty more take advantage of the slow-mo light show at the bottom of the sea for feeding and reproduction.“In other words, they probably flashlight at each other to communicate things like reproductive state,” Garm added.Because these things are relatively simple — either food or mates are there, or they aren’t — starfish only need an image that’s about 200 pixels. That may not sound like much, but it’s a lot better for their particular environment. Down in the depths, the presence and distance of light-matter most. Plus, in the water what scant light does exist scatters, becoming diffuse. That scenario lends itself far more to compound eyes like the type these not-quite-fishies use. Regardless, next time you find one on the beach, watch for it to raise its arms. If it does, it’s probably trying to get the best look it can at you.center_img Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverAngler Reels in Strange Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New York last_img read more