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CBI books Army officer in extra-judicial killings case

first_imgAn Army officer has been booked by the CBI in a case related to the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur which are being probed by the agency on the orders of the Supreme Court.This is the first such case in the 29 FIRs registered by the CBI. Major Vijay Singh Balhara, then attached with Assam Rifles, and seven other uniformed personnel have been named as accused in the case pertaining to the killing of a 12-year-old boy, Azad Khan, on March 4, 2009.This case was termed a fake encounter by a Supreme Court-appointed commission led by retired judge Santosh Hegde.Azad, a student of Class VII in Phoubakchao High School with no criminal antecedents, was allegedly picked up from his home before being killed, the commission noted.An FIR was registered nearly two months before the alleged encounter under sections of attempt to murder, Arms Act and other stringent charges. “According to the security forces’ evidence, the deceased was suspected to be a member of the People’s United Liberation Front,” the commission said, adding that PULF was not a banned organisation, according to the Manipur government.Parents witness to murderAzad’s family had alleged that about 30 security personnel came to their house, dragged the boy to a nearby field and beat him up severely. The parents, relatives and friends of Azad were locked in a room by the security forces but they saw through the window when he was shot by one of the commandos and a pistol was thrown near his body, the commission report stated. The police, meanwhile, had claimed that they got inputs of terrorists’ movement in Azad’s village. When they reached there, two persons fired at them from the bamboo groves. An encounter ensued after which the body of the boy was found and a 9-mm pistol was recovered, the police said.After hearing the deposition of Major Balhara, who led the operation, the commission noted that there was “serious contradiction” in his statement with that of the other witnesses. Relying on autopsy reports, witnesses’ statements and statements of police and Assam Rifles, the Hegde Commission submitted its report calling it a case of extra-judicial killing. In July last year, the Supreme Court had handed over 41 cases of fake encounters to the CBI in which 86 people were killed by security forces.last_img read more

Duke University officials rebuffed medical student’s allegations of research problems

first_imgIn a coda to a major case of alleged research misconduct at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in the late 2000s, newly revealed documents suggest that Duke officials dismissed a medical student’s concerns about cancer researcher Anil Potti’s work.Potti came under scrutiny for problems with data in several papers that reported on using tumor gene signatures to assign cancer patients to different chemotherapies in clinical trials. Although outside biostatisticians had raised questions about Potti’s work, Duke canceled the trials and put Potti on administrative leave only after The Cancer Letter, a Washington, D.C.–based newsletter, pointed to false information in his resume. Potti left Duke in 2010. Many of Potti’s papers have since been retracted, and a 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report found problems with Duke’s handling of the case as well as the field of “omics” cancer research. Duke officials told the IOM panel that there was never a whistleblower in the Potti case, according to The Cancer Letter. But that claim is contradicted by documents that the newsletter obtained as part of a lawsuit filed against Duke by patients in the clinical trials. According to the newsletter’s 9 January issue, as the trials were starting in 2008, a medical student in Potti’s lab named Bradford Perez raised concerns about the statistical analyses in Potti’s papers in e-mails and a memo to Duke officials. Perez noted that he had removed himself as co-author of several of Potti’s papers and asked to change labs at the risk of harming his career. “In raising these concerns, I have nothing to gain and much to lose,” he wrote in the memo.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Potti’s mentor, cancer geneticist Joseph Nevins, pleaded with Perez not to send a letter about his concerns to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which was supporting him, because it would trigger an investigation at Duke, according to a deposition cited in court documents. Perez is now a resident at Duke.Duke officials told The Cancer Letter that the university “supported Dr. Perez as he raised his concerns during 2008 and thereafter” and that Duke “acknowledged years ago there are many aspects of this situation that would have been handled differently had there been more complete information at the time decisions were made.”last_img read more

Roach mulls retirement for Pacquiao

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Jeff fought the right fight and took Manny to places he’d not been before … he made it a bit dirty.”Pacquiao returned home to General Santos City on Monday and just smiled when asked by reporters whether he was considering retirement.“I’m so happy, thank you for your warm welcome my kababayan (fellow Filipinos),” Pacquiao said.A float had been prepared to take him on a motorcade around the city, but Pacquiao begged off and thanked the city government for the preparation.He also apologized to his fans who had waited to see him, saying he needed to rest.A sense of Pacquiao’s declining powers is that the Philippine senator hasn’t stopped an opponent in eight years.Roach, however, called for an investigation into the scoring of American judge Waleska Roldan.She had the bout 117-111 to Horn, giving Pacquiao only three of the 12 rounds, despite Horn finishing the fight badly bruised and with a shut right eye.Horn ‘out on his feet’According to CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao landed almost twice as many punches as Horn—182 to 92.“I respect the judges’ decision,” Pacquiao said. “He was much tougher than I expected. Much, much tougher.” He told Philippine television: “We thought that we won this fight.”But Top Rank veteran supremo Bob Arum, who was at ringside, felt the win was fair. “It could have gone either way,” he said.“A couple of close rounds, but you can’t argue with the result. I scored a lot of the early rounds for Jeff. Then I had Manny coming back in the middle.“The 12th round, Jeff really won. If you give Manny the 11th, you have it a draw. You give Jeff the 11th, it’s 7-5.”In Manila, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said it was time for Pacquiao to quit boxing and become “a full-time public servant.”“Lesson learned: It is best to leave the stage while the audience is applauding,” Lacson tweeted on Monday. “Great day for Australians; sad day for Filipinos.” —REPORTS FROM AFP AND CHRISTINE O. AVENDAÑO IN MANILA AND EDWIN O. FERNANDEZ IN KORONADALSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fight for PSL 5th-8th places on Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong What ‘missteps’? But Pacquiao, (59-7-2), who insisted on a Brisbane rematch as stipulated in his contract for the fight, declared that he would “absolutely” return for a rematch.“We have a clause for a rematch. No problem,” Pacquiao said in the ring after the judges’ decision.‘Go relax’But Australian boxing great and three-time world champion Jeff Fenech also called for Pacquiao, who retired briefly last year, to hang up his gloves for good this time.“If they let Manny fight again, that’s stupid,” Fenech said.“He should go relax and enjoy the money he has made. He’s got nothing to prove. Retire.ADVERTISEMENT BRISBANE, Australia — Manny Pacquiao’s trainer on Monday advised the Filipino legend to quit boxing after his sensational defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera While controversy raged over the scoring of Sunday’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Brisbane, after all three judges awarded it to the unbeaten Horn, there were doubts whether the 38-year-old Pacquiao would return for a possible rematch.Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said he would consider advising Pacquiao to retire after a glittering 22-year professional career in which he won world titles at an unprecedented eight weight divisions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m going to talk to Manny about maybe calling it a day, maybe this is it,” Roach said.Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn’s ultra-aggressive style rocked Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian before 51,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BCCI hikes daily allowance of women, U-19 teams

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) working committee, headed by its President, Anurag Thakur, on Monday decided to bring the daily allowance of the women’s and under-19 team’s at par with the national men’s team.The women’s and U-19 teams will now receive $125 per day on international tours and the equivalent of $100 during a home series. (Also read: India lose No.1 ranking to Pakistan after rain ruins final Test vs West Indies) The committee also approved the audited statement for the past financial year besides passing the annual budget for 2016-17.”The daily allowance for the India Under-19 boys team and senior India women team was increased and fixed at par with the senior India men team. All of them will get 125 USD per day on international tours and equivalent of 100 USD in the home series,” the BCCI said in a statement. (Also read: Ashwin breaks Sehwag’s record for most Man of the Series awards for India in Tests) “The audited statement of accounts for the year ending March 31, 2016 was approved. the budget for the financial year 2016-17 was approved.”Among other key decisions, the committee also approved the proposed expenditure for the ground preparation, ground equipment, indoor academy for Meghalaya and Nagaland.The committee also approved the domestic tournament schedule, which will be announced shortly.BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke also briefed the members on his meeting with the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and also informed that BCCI has filed review petition in the Supreme Court.advertisementlast_img read more

Ndaye Mulamba is living like a pauper 44 years after Zaire red-card farce

first_imgWorld Cup features Read more Democratic Republic of the Congo Topics Reuse this content Share on Facebook Poor and wheelchair-bound, Ndaye Mulamba has just been told he faces eviction from his rented home in Kinshasa, 44 years after he was ejected from the World Cup for kicking a referee up the backside.Mulamba is nearly 70 and that may be a surprise if the last time you heard mention of him was when a minute’s silence was held in his honour before a match at the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations, when the players of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burkina Faso marked his “death” in an accident at an Angolan diamond mine. That turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Mulamba has never even been to Angola.Nor has he ever kicked a referee up the backside but that was the offence for which he was sent off at the 1974 World Cup, when the career of Mulamba and his Zaire team-mates lurched from glory to tragic farce. Tragedy has stalked glory throughout his life. Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on Twitter Former Zaire defender Mwepu Ilunga dies aged 66 after long illness Share on Messenger The red card was also a case of mistaken identity. Mulamba was shown it when his team were 4-0 down to Yugoslavia, who went on to win 9-0. In the 23rd minute the referee, Omar Delgado of Colombia, was scolding a Zaire player for a foul when he felt a boot up his derrière. He turned round and sent off Mulamba, whose bewilderment greatly amused commentators who did not realise that the referee had got the wrong man and interpreted his perplexity as further evidence of the naivety of the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the World Cup. By the next day’s newspapers it was the referee who was being ridiculed. But Fifa backed its man and banned Mulamba for a year.The real culprit was Mwepu Ilunga. Yes, the same man who would earn lasting notoriety in Zaire’s next match when he rushed out of a defensive wall and whacked the ball downfield so that Brazil could not take a free-kick. People still laugh at that now.Ilunga broke the rules deliberately to protest against authorities who were not just depriving him and his fellow Leopards of their livelihoods, but also threatening their lives.The Leopards of Zaire had travelled to West Germany as national heroes and African champions. Earlier in 1974 they had swaggered to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, with Mulamba scoring nine goals in the tournament, a record that still stands. His goalscoring feats had already earned him a slew of nicknames, such as Volvo and Mustang – because of his speed – but most commonly Mutumbula, after a deadly nocturnal spirit reputed to inflict misery on those he visited. One local newspaper even dubbed him Hitler (“because of his destructive power”) after he scored six goals in a cup match. That tag didn’t stick.The squad were presented with brand new Volkswagen Passats after their Nations Cup triumph but never saw the win bonuses they had been promised. Bonuses were their only income, none of them earning wages from playing. Nor did they get their bonuses for reaching the World Cup. Which is why the mood grew mutinous during the tournament.They performed quite well in their first match, a 2-0 defeat by Scotland. After that they were assured that a sports ministry envoy was on the way with their overdue bonuses. The cash never showed up. The team talk before the Yugoslavia game was given not by their manager, the former Yugoslavia goalkeeper Blagoje Vidinic, but by an emissary of Zaire’s president Mobutu Sese Seko. “We have reason to believe that the Yugoslav authorities persuaded the coach to reveal your game plan so we have decided to put him in isolation and make some changes,” said the emissary, as recalled by Mulamba in Claire Raynaud’s book La Mort M’Attendra. So now the regime was not only refusing to pay the players but in effect sabotaging their performances. Well, two could play that game.Mobutu warned after the Yugoslavia match that that if they lost by more than three goals against Brazil, there would be hell to pay. They lost 3-0. When they returned home the Leopards were held captive in the presidential palace for four days while their fate was decided. Eventually they were allowed to rejoin their families.Mulamba played for the Kinshasa side AS Vita until he was 38 and then made ends meet with small coaching gigs. In 1994 the Confederation of African Football honoured him for the record he set 20 years previously, inviting him to a ceremony in Tunis where he was presented with a medal. A cigarette company paid for his suit for the event. He returned proud, happy to have been remembered. A few days later four masked men in military uniforms broke into his home and demanded the medal, plus money. The commotion awoke Mulamba’s nine-year-old son, Tridon, who ran in to help. A soldier hit the child with a rifle butt, killing him. Mulamba was shot twice in a left leg, marched out, beaten up and thrown off a bridge.He spent eight months in hospital before being transferred to South Africa for further care. He stayed there, living penniless in a township, for years.Now he is back in Kinshasa. “Physically he is frail but he still has the mentality of a champion,” says Alain Makengo, a football-loving lawyer who several years ago began lobbying for Mulamba and his former team-mates to be given support that would allow them to spend their twilight years in dignity. “They brought such joy and honour to the country and inspired so many young people that it is terrible to see some of them in such precarious situations,” says Makengo, who succeeded in getting the Congolese government to pay the players a stipend. Mulamba’s equates to around £175 per month. His rent costs slightly less than that. “If he pays it, how does he eat?” asks Makengo. Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Drivers and Passengers Urged to Buckle Up

first_imgThe National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has stepped up its public education drive aimed at getting motorists and passengers to buckle up while driving.The NRSC’s efforts come against the increase in the number of road fatalities, involving both drivers and passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts. Driving without a seatbelt is a breach of the Road Safety Act.The public education thrust will comprise radio, television and print advertisements, emphasising the importance of seatbelt use.Executive Director of the NRSC, Paula Fletcher, pointed out that there is a “fair enough practice of seatbelt use at the front of motor vehicles, but not at the back”, which the Council is seeking to change.“What we have come to realise is that persons travelling in the back of motor vehicles often do not wear seatbelts, which poses great danger to those seated at the front, especially if there is a crash. They are normally thrown forward forcefully, more than three times their body weight, through the windscreen, window, or door, depending on the dynamics of the crash,” she explained.She is also emphasising the need for increased seatbelt use among children, who are often victims of motor vehicle collisions.“There is a tendency for adults to hold children in their laps, while driving in a car, not knowing that they are putting their lives at risk, in case of a crash,” Mrs. Fletcher said.She noted that in the event of a collision, and the adult is hit and thrown forward, there is a natural tendency for the arms to open, and immediately, the child will be released, and flung from the vehicle, which is often fatal.She is urging parents to utilise appropriate car seats, booster cushions, lap straps and shoulder harnesses, as safety devices for children, while transporting them.She mentioned that for buses, the law requires seatbelt use for persons traveling in the front of the vehicle but not at the back, while for taxis and regular vehicles, seatbelts must be used by both front and back passengers.The NRSC Director warned that if motorists and passengers do not comply with the seatbelt law, they can be penalised under the law and will be required to pay a fee of $2,500.“We want motorists and passengers to know that the law requires them to wear a seatbelt in the front, as well as the back of vehicles, because too many times drivers and passengers become crash victims, simply because they were not wearing a seatbelt,” she said.Mrs. Fletcher noted that seatbelts are life enhancing devices that protect both drivers and passengers, and can reduce fatalities by 30 to 40 per cent, which is very significant.“It makes better sense to utilise them while driving, because you may never know when a collision might occur, and they can, in fact, save your life,” she said.She is also appealing to motorists to drive within the required speed limit, which is 50 kilometers per hour in built up areas, 80 kilometres in areas that are not built up, and 110 kilometres on Highway 2000.Motorcyclists are also urged to wear their helmets, while riding.Mrs. Fletcher said that road safety begins with motorists, passengers and motorcyclists, and should be made a way of life.Contact: Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more

Marseille Giant Drydock to Open in September

first_imgzoom The French port Marseille Fos is set to re-open its giant Drydock 10 shiprepair facility this autumn after almost fifteen years of dormancy, following a EUR 28 million (USD 31.8m) renovation project due for completion in September.Work started early last year under a port authority plan to reintroduce a repair and maintenance base for some of the largest ships afloat.The 465m long, 85m wide drydock – third biggest in the world after Lisbon and Dubai – is aimed principally at mega cruiseships but will also target the latest generation container carriers, LNG tankers, bulk vessels and offshore rigs.The 25-year operating franchise has been awarded to a group including Italy’s San Giorgio del Porto; their subsidiary Chantier Naval de Marseille, which already operates two smaller drydocks at the port; and Mariotti, the world’s fourth largest cruise ship builder.Main elements of the overhaul are the construction of a new 9,100 tonne dock gate and refurbishment of the electrical and pumping systems, with project management by French civil engineers Spie batignolles TPCI.Half of the project finance has been provided by the French state and by two regional government authorities. The balance is coming from the port authority’s own funds and through a EUR 5.9 million (USD 6.7m) loan from the government-controlled investment body Caisse des Depots.last_img read more

Seven people die in airambulance crash in Philippines

first_imgManila: Seven people were killed when an air-ambulance plane crashed into a resort area near the Philippine capital on Sunday, sparking a fierce blaze and sending terrified locals fleeing, authorities said. Seven bodies have been found and it is believed all eight people aboard the light aircraft died in the disaster in Calamba City, local emergency official Jeffrey Rodriguez told AFP. Footage on social media showed the chaotic scene as an ambulance drove towards a building that was engulfed in flames and witnesses shouted for help in the street. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”No one will survive this crash. We assume that all confirmed passengers of this plane are dead,” said Rodriguez, confirming seven bodies had been discovered in the smoking ruins. Police said two people were injured in the crash and rushed to hospital, but have not reported any fatalities from those who were in the resort area when the plane went down. Philippine aviation authorities said six passengers and two pilots were aboard the craft when it disappeared from radar about 25 nautical miles from the capital Manila.last_img read more

RCMP role in First Nation debated after man shot by officer

first_imgAPTN National NewsResidents of Long Plain First Nation are reeling after an RCMP officer shot an arm in the community who was armed with a baseball bat.The man is recovering from the gunshot wound in a Winnipeg hospital.Regina police are investigating the incident.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img

11 infants admitted with adenovirus infection at Institute of Child Health

first_imgKolkata: As many as 11 babies have been admitted at the Institute of Child Health with adenovirus. Some of them are stated to be in serious condition.According to sources in the hospital, five babies have been kept in ventilation while six others have been undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. As many as 60-70 children affected with adenovirus have been treated at the hospital for the past two months. Some of the patients died despite best efforts by the doctors. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere have been some of cases of pneumonia reported in the hospital as well. It has also been learnt that some children and a few elderly patients have been under medication at various hospitals in the city with similar symptoms. Dr Prabhas Prasun Giri, intensivist at the Institute of child Health, said that the babies who have been admitted to the hospital are aged between four months and one year. A large number of patients have been treated in the hospital so far, most of whom have already been released. Adenovirus can be a serious cause when it comes to morbidity and mortality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to a senior official of the hospital, there is also a crisis of influenza vaccine due to the rising number of viral infection patients in the past two months. There is no proper vaccine for adenovirus and hence the doctors are administering other medicines to the patients. The affected children are developing a lung infection, which eventually leads to pneumonia. Children are more susceptible to the virus due to their low immunity. The infection can spread fast among the children who tend to be in close contact with the affected ones. Earlier, it was difficult to identify the virus. Respiratory problem, sore throat, fever, persisting cough and cold are the signs of the virus. If fever keeps recurring despite medication, the patient should be taken to the hospital and also if they complain of irritation in eyes or muscle pain. “Adenovirus appears to be like a common respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics do not properly work when the patient is affected with this virus. We fail to convince the family members that there is no proper medicine for adenovirus. If the symptoms persist for more than two to three days, the cause should get investigated without further delay,” an official of the hospital said.last_img read more

MoroccoUAEs Joint Communique Hails Bilateral Relations

Rabat – Morocco and the UAE reiterated on Tuesday their commitment and determination to sustain the momentum of their bilateral relationships and strengthen them to achieve a high level that will lead to a strategic partnership in various fields.According to the Gulf News, the decision came in “a joint communique that was issued after talks that were held by Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and his Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,” on Tuesday in the Moroccan city of Fez.The same source added that “the two countries are satisfied with the progress achieved in development projects and agreements that were signed in March during the visit by His Highness General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.” Last March, King Mohammed VI and Sheikh Mohammed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyane, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, chaired the signing ceremony of 21 bilateral cooperation agreements in various fields.Concerning the Sahara issue, the UAE reiterated “its supportive stance for the efforts being exerted by Morocco to maintain its territorial integrity as well as for supporting its serious and credible Autonomy Plan presented by Morocco,” as a key foundation for a solution to the fabricated regional conflict over the Sahara.The two Foreign Ministers highlighted the historical relations and cooperation between Morocco and the GCC countries. read more

GeoM launch marks laser scanning company evolution

first_imgSouth African based geospatial services company  Geomatica has re-launched as GeoM following a major evolution in its business.  The company, which specialises both in airborne and terrestrial laser scanning  projects, has made a significant investment in new laser scanning hardware,  recruited experienced professionals and undertaken a complete marketing  makeover.  GeoM says it “is responding to market demands in southern Africa for  an end to end service provider with experience in all aspects of data capture,  processing and delivery.”“The domestic and international markets  are changing rapidly and we could no longer remain complacent with our current  service offering portfolio,” commented newly appointed Chief Executive Officer,  Dean Polley. “By investing in new equipment, new people, a new office, new name  and a new look we can offer a complete ‘earth to sky’ laser measurement  capability including some soon to be announced leading edge  innovations.”GeoM is a leading South African service provider of  airborne laser mapping solutions; specialising in vegetation management  services, power line and tower infrastructure maintenance and management to the  electricaltransmission industry. It also offers a range of mapping and  surveying services to the mining industry including stockpile volume surveys,  open-pit mine mapping and safety monitoring.GeoM can acquire  LiDAR, Orthophotos, Oblique images, UV, IR, HD video imagery and hyperspectral  data from a range of platforms including standard survey aircraft, helicopters  and gyrocopters as well as terrestrial and mobile solutions. GeoM has completed  projects across the African region including road surveys in Botswana, quarry  mapping in South Africa and a deep sea port project in Cameroon.The company has undergone a marketing makeover launching a new  corporate identity including logo and website and will shortly move into purpose  built office accommodation within the prestigious Oxford Office Park development in Highveld Techno Park, Centurion.“These are exciting times both  for GeoM and the laser mapping market in this region,” added Polley. “GeoM is  now ideally placed to move forward with addressing demanding market  expectations.”last_img read more

Widespread pension cuts on the way

first_imgA substantial increase in the minimum number of years that Greeks will have to work to qualify for a basic state pension and reductions of up to 15 percent in retirement pay over 700 euros per month are two of the measures being considered by the government in order to meet the target for spending cuts over the next two years.Sources told Kathimerini that government officials are thinking of raising the minimum number of working years needed before retirement from 15 to 20. This would qualify the retiree for a basic pension of under 400 euros per month once they reach the age of 65.The coalition is considering this as an alternative to raising the retirement age from 65 to 67.A fresh reduction in pensions is also likely. One option would be to reduce pensions between 700 and 1,000 euros per month by 3 percent, those between 1,000 and 1,400 per month by 5 percent and any pension over 1,400 by 10 percent.The alternative is to reduce pensions between 700 and 1,000 euros by 2 percent, those between 1,000 and 1,300 by 3 percent, from 1,300 to 1,600 by 5 percent, from 1,600 to 2,000 by 10 percent and any over 2,000 by 15 percent.“The adjustment of pensions will have to happen, even though it will be unpleasant,” said Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis. “This is the only way we can avoid even worse consequences.”Vroutsis said that he intends to submit firm proposals to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras by the end of this week. His ministry is also responsible for savings in a number of other areas beyond pensions. These include civil servants’ salaries.Sources told Kathimerini that the troika has instructed the government to reduce the public sector wage bill to the same level as 2001 in order to meet the savings target of 11.5 billion euros over the next two years. This means that general government wages and social security contributions would have to drop from 11.8 percent of gross domestic product to 10.4 percent, which is equivalent to a reduction of 3 billion euros.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sortir du nucléaire coûterait cher à la France selon une nouvelle étude

first_imgSortir du nucléaire coûterait cher à la France, selon une nouvelle étudeSelon une étude réalisée par les professionnels de l’électricité, sortir du nucléaire, même progressivement, reviendrait très cher et ferait notamment augmenter la facture des particuliers deux fois plus vite.Concernant l’avenir du nucléaire en France le “statu quo paraît la solution la moins onéreuse”. C’est la conclusion à laquelle est parvenue l’Union française de l’électricité (UFE), le syndicat professionnel représentant les grandes entreprises du secteur, à l’issue d’une nouvelle étude. Une solution qui va à l’encontre de celle proposée par le candidat socialiste à l’élection présidentielle, François Hollande. En effet, celui-ci souhaite réduire à 50 % (contre environ 75% actuellement) la part de l’atome dans la production d’électricité en 2030. Mais pour l’UFE, une telle réduction demanderait à la France un investissement de 382 milliards d’euros dans ses moyens de production, de distribution et ses réseaux, soit un surcoût de 60 milliards. Insistante, l’UFE souligne même que quelque soit la politique envisagée, un important investissement sera nécessaire. Si la France maintient à 70% sa part de production énergétique à base d’énergie nucléaire, 322 milliards d’euros seront de toute façon nécessaires, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.L’UFE pose donc la question : “où va-t-on trouver les financements, quand on sait que les sources sont de plus en plus rares en Europe ?” L’étude réalisée par les professionnels, la première à chiffrer sur des bases fiables le coût d’un abandon progressif de l’atome dans l’Hexagone, estime que la facture du particulier pourrait bondir de 50% en vingt ans si la France réduisait sa dépendance à l’atome à 50%, soit 189 euros le mégawatheure (MWh), contre 126 euros en 2010.Une augmentation des émissions de gaz à effet de serre ? À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéNéanmoins, la  facture serait un peu moins salée (+ 33 %) si la part de l’atome n’était réduite qu’à 70%, tandis que si le nucléaire ne représentait plus que 20% de la production d’énergie, la facture grimperait de 68% à 211 euros le MWh. Réduire la part du nucléaire dans la production d’électricité aura en outre un impact sur la balance commerciale de la France, selon l’UFE.En effet, en ramenant à 50% la part du nucléaire, les exportations françaises d’électricité chuteraient et la balance de paiements serait négative de 6 milliards d’euros. La France, jusqu’ici bon élève pour les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, verrait aussi celles-ci augmenter en cas d’abandon de l’atome.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 12:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews BLADE RUNNER 2049

first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is Blade Runner 2049 good?Yes.Is it as good as the orig- y’know what? forget I almost asked that.Smart move.But it’s pretty good in its own right, yes?Absolutely. I don’t know that it’s a “masterpiece” on par with the first one, but it’s an entirely solid science fiction feature in its own right with a lot of intriguing ideas at its core, a terrific musical score, confident direction from Denis Villeneuve and pretty good performances across the board.What’s the story this time – no spoilers, please?It’s 2049 and, after all that dirty business from the original film, replicants (artificial humans) are back in fashion as slave labor in the form of new, apparently more obedient models invented by Jared Leto’s creepy tech CEO. But some of those unpredictable Nexus 6 rogues are still skulking around, so Blade Runners (cops, sometimes replicants themselves, trained to sort out real from unreal humans) like Ryan Gosling’s “K” are still tasked to hunt them down. When his latest investigation unearths evidence that a replicant may have achieved something that’s supposed to be impossible for their “species,” he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy to either cover-up or exploit this revelation that may be connected to the events (and main characters) of the first film.That sounds surprisingly straightforward.Indeed. Everyone expected director Denis Villenueve to faithfully recreate and even expand the now-famous techno-dystopian atmosphere of the original. But it’s surprising to realize the film is also trying to mimic the text-vs-subtext structure of the first one, too. Once again, we’ve got a fairly standard sci-fi detective story that precedes on reliable, even “predictable” beats that mostly adds up to a skeleton connecting visually-imaginative setpieces. There are also largely self-contained narrative vignettes where characters explore the nature of their existence, memory, identity and what it means to be (or not be) human. But it IS a little different this time in some respects, also.How is it different?In the original, the bigger mysteries and secrets were mostly in the background or under the surface of most scenes – to the extent that many audiences didn’t realize what they’d seen being explored until they thought about certain moments or lines of dialogue much later. In this one, the characters are much more upfront and self-aware about their introspection and the issues of technology-altered day-to-day life that they grapple with. Basically, the main plot stops every few scenes so that an abbreviated episode of Black Mirror can play out – which is okay, because these sequences are all pretty interesting and well-performed.Examples?Well, a few would qualify as significant spoilers. But probably the most interesting is a series of extended scenes focused on Gosling’s character’s… “unusual” romance with an artificially-intelligent personal-assistant hologram played by Ana de Armas. In many ways, she’s the most “human-seeming” character in the film, which is probably an intentional bit of subversive humor.That sounds a little familiar…Yeah, the whole relationship sort-of plays out like someone watched the movie Her and said: “That could stand to be more uncomfortable.”What doesn’t work?Some of the main narrative, once the “big reveals” start coming in. The problem with trying to mimic the simple/straightforward detective story format of the original is that if you try to then do swerves and big reveals people are either going to see a lot of them coming OR end up feeling like whatever you’re building up to isn’t quite worth all the misdirection. I don’t know that it gets all the way to that, but I definitely went home feeling the denouement was more “acceptable” than edifying.But you still recommend it?I do. As I said, it’s a gorgeous looking film. The score is good, the acting is solid across the board (with de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks as, essentially, Rachel from the first if she was also a Terminator as the standouts) and Robin Wright forcing a good character out of a mostly expository role. Despite the running time and the modestly underwhelming payoff, the mood and atmosphere are a real pleasure to sink into and – while it’s surprisingly lighter on the action business than the first one was – when we finally get around to a big climactic fight scene it’s quite satisfying.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Camas adds parking in crowded downtown

first_imgDowntown Camas added some much-needed additional parking starting this week thanks to a new lease between the city and Georgia-Pacific.The city leased space for about 40 spots from the mill, the city announced Monday. The free parking spots will be in the lot east of Northeast Adams Street and north of Northeast Sixth Avenue.“Downtown parking is such a problem,” City Administrator Pete Capell said. “That was one of our primary desires, to help with some parking. They proposed this one, and we jumped on it.”The city will lease the lot from Georgia-Pacific. The lease is a year-to-year one, with the city covering property taxes for the lot, which Capell said will be around $3,000 a year.The lot has been mostly empty in recent years and is primarily used for parking and equipment by contractors who come to do maintenance work during the mill’s yearly shutdown, Capell said. The lot will still be used by contractors while they’re on-site for maintenance work.The lease agreement is one of what is expected to be multiple new partnerships between the city and the mill.Georgia-Pacific announced in November that it was going to shut down several operations at the Camas mill and cut up to 300 jobs, leaving between 120 and 140 employees. The layoffs are starting this month.last_img read more

Indian IT giant TCS faces law suit in US over antiAmerican bias

first_imgLogos of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are displayed at the venue of the annual general meeting of the software services provider in Mumbai, June 29, 2012.ReutersIndia’s largest IT services exporter Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) is facing legal trial in the US over allegations of discrimination against American workers, Bloomberg reported.A federal judge in Oakland, rejected the IT major’s plea to dismiss the lawsuit filed in 2015, accusing the company of violating anti-discrimination laws by favouring South Asians.Further the judge has also expanded the case into a class action on behalf of American workers who lost their jobs at TCS offices in the US because they were not assigned any project, reported the agency.Another Indian IT firm and TCS rival is also facing a similar lawsuit in Milwaukee. Both the IT firms came under pressure from Trump administration to hire more American locals.Following this, earlier in May, Infosys announced plans to hire 10,000 US workers over the next two years and open four technology centres in the US, starting with Indiana.The lawsuit against TCS was filed by an IT worker named Brian Buchanan, who claimed he was subjected to “substantial anti-American sentiment” within the company and was ultimately terminated within 20 months despite having almost 20 years of experience in the field, according the report.Buchanan further claimed that he was among 400 people terminated, but said he was asked to stay on for a few months to train the Indian TCS employees who were replacing him.However, TCS argued that Buchanan’s experience does not prove he was a victim of bias. He has “no idea” whether the application process was discriminatory because he did not attend any of the town hall meetings he was invited to during the Edison transition to learn about open positions with TCS and how to apply for them—and he did not apply for a specific job, the company said in a court filing.last_img read more

Deadliest recent mass shootings in the US

first_imgA photograph of the victims of a mass shooting is surrounded by 12 candles during a memorial service at Piney Grove Baptist Church on 2 June 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo: AFPTwelve people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a government building complex in the US state of Virginia on Friday. Here are of some of some of the deadliest recent mass shootings in the United States:Vegas concert: 58 killedA 64-year-old retired accountant shoots down from his hotel room at a crowd attending an outdoor country music concert on 1 October 2017, killing 58 people and wounding around 550 before committing suicide. It is the worst mass shooting in modern US history.Florida club: 49 killedA heavily-armed gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in the city of Orlando on 12 June 2016, killing 49 people. The attacker is killed in a shootout with police. He pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later claims responsibility.Sandy Hook: 26 killedA 20-year-old man kills his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 before blasting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 six- and seven-year old children and six adults. He commits suicide.Texas church: 25 killedA 26-year-old man who was court-martialed while in the Air Force shoots dead 25 worshippers during Sunday services and wounds at least 20 others at a Baptist church in the small rural community of Sutherland Springs outside San Antonio, Texas, on 5 November 2017. The shooter flees and is later found dead in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Florida high school: 17 deadA 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who was expelled for disciplinary reasons returns to the school in Parkland, Florida, and opens fire on February 14, 2018, killing 14 students and three adult staff members.California office party: 14 deadA radicalised Muslim couple storm a Christmas office party at a social services centre in San Bernardino in December 2015 and gun down 14 people, wounding 22 others. They are shot dead by police.California bar: 12 deadOn 7 November 2018 a 28-year-old US Marine Corps combat veteran opens fire in a crowded country music bar in California, killing 12 people. The assailant, identified as Ian David Long, a troubled former machine gunner who served a tour in Afghanistan, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Colorado cinema: 12 deadA young man wearing body armour opens fire in a movie theatre showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012. Twelve people are killed and 70 wounded. He is sentenced to life in prison.Synagogue in Pittsburgh: 11 deadOn 27 October 2018, a 46-year-old gunman bursts into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburg during Shabbat services, killing eleven people. He reportedly yells “All Jews must die!” during the attack. Robert Bowers, who was arrested at the shooting scene, is indicted on 29 counts, some of which carry the death penalty.High school in Santa Fe: 10 deadA 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a revolver opens fire just as classes are starting at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, on 18 May 2018, killing ten people including eight students. The student, who authorities say used weapons legally owned by his father, is taken into custody on murder charges.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving is Scottie Pippen

first_imgGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio to talk World Series Game 1; why Dodgers Stadium is such a great ball park; and if LaVar Ball making Lonzo a target is bad for his career.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to explain why people comparing Jim Harbaugh to Brady Hoke is ridiculous; why he thinks Colin is selling Notre Dame short; and what to expect in this week’s Penn State/Ohio State clash.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Browns head coach is in-studio discussing the NFL Draft player evaluation process; and if Chicago has the ingredients to be a good team in the future.Nick Swisher – Fox Sports MLB Analyst is in-studio talking World Series Game 1, and what he saw when he faced a young Justin Verlander. Kyrie Irving is Scottie PippenKyrie Irving got his wish to be freed from the shadow of LeBron James, and is now “the man” in Boston. He’s quickly finding out that life as a #1 comes with an entire new set of challenges than those of a #2. It’s still early in the year, but he’s struggling to adjust.Without the defensive focus on James, Irving has started the season by shooting just 37%. Sure, Gordon Hayward going down for the year is a tough blow, but #1’s have the responsibility to keep the train rolling, even if their supporting cast misses games. James has done it throughout his career, including when Irving missed extended periods of time.Irving also has to deal with the pressure of dealing with the media as the first interview after the game, and other responsibilities that are only shouldered by the face of the franchise. MJ and LeBron are hardwired to do it. Some aren’t.Scottie Pippen was one of the all-time best #2’s in NBA, but when MJ retired he wasn’t a great #1. So far, like Pippen, Irving is struggling to assume the role on and off the court.  He couldn’t wait to leave James, but he’ll never have it that good again. Top coaches should be lining up for the Colts’ job  The Colts are awful, and Chuck Pagano might not make it to the end of the season. Even though Indy is terrible this year, Colin thinks it will be an incredibly attractive job once the offseason rolls around..He believes the Colts job is an extremely attractive destination because new GM Chris Ballard gets it, and is slowly untangling the disaster that Ryan Grigson created. Whoever gets the job will inherit a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck, who should be fully healthy for the first time in several years; a top pick to trade for more picks to build their team; and the lowest possible entry point in terms of expectations.Indy has a lot to sell, even to the biggest of the big name coaching candidates. They should go hard after a big name, including Jim Harbaugh.last_img read more

Indian army says 7 rebels killed in Kashmir

first_imgSRINAGAR, India (AP) – Indian soldiers killed seven rebels in a gunbattle Monday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, the army said.Army spokesman Lt. Col. Nitin Narhar Joshi said the fighting erupted after Indian soldiers came under rebel gunfire while patrolling the forested region of Kupwara.The report could not be independently verified.He said the soldiers suffered no casualties and troops are searching for other suspected rebels in the region. The area is about 150 kilometers (95 miles) northwest of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Since 1989, an armed uprising and a subsequent crackdown by Indian forces have killed an estimated 68,000 people. Although the armed rebellion is largely suppressed, resentment against Indian rule runs deep and is mainly expressed through street protests.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Patients with chronic pain give advicecenter_img How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more