Two teachers accused of harassing schoolgirls in Odisha

first_imgParents of some girl students of an upper primary school at MV-71 (Malkangiri Village) in Malkangiri district of Odisha have accused two teachers of sexually harassing their wards.A video clip showing wife of an accused slapping him is going viral in the district. The video clip is said to have been shot around a month back during a parents-teachers meeting at the school to discuss the allegations. The Cluster Resource Coordinator (CRC) of schools was present during this meeting.Speaking to The Hindu, Malkangiri District Education Officer (DEO) Prashant Kumar Mohapatra said that the Kalimela Block Education Officer (BEO) has been instructed to make a detailed enquiry into the allegations and file a report. Subsequently, the BEO visited the village on Saturday. “Basing on this enquiry report, we will initiate action against the erring teachers,” said the DEO. If allegations are proved to be true, then stern action would be taken against the teachers, he added. However, till now no police complaint has been lodged in the case.It is alleged that the two teachers had been sexually harassing the girl students for the past several months. Around one month back two girls of Class VIII stopped coming to the school. Several other girl students have also complained to their family members about the teachers. According to the victims, the accused even threatened to fail them in the examination if they revealed anything before anyone.The parents had also approached local Education Department officials regarding it. Around one month back, a meeting was held at the school where one of the teachers was beaten up by his wife.last_img read more

IPL Owners Want Salary Cap Raised

first_imgIndian Premier League franchise owners want the salary cap in the Twenty20 league raised by $2 million to $9 million. The number of teams in the league has grown to 10 and the Board of Control for Cricket in India is expected to increase the number of matches during the season by a third to 96 from 64.  Related Itemslast_img

Bhartiya Kisan Union hits out at U.P. govt. for booking farmers over power dues

first_imgThe Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) slammed the State government for registering cases against farmers over pending power bills. Addressing a farmers’ meeting in Alipur Aterna village here on Monday, BKU State President Naresh Tikait said that the organisation will not tolerate “atrocities” inflicted on farmers with the State’s power department officials registering cases for not paying electricity bills while sugar mills have not yet cleared dues of the farmers. The Allahabad High Court had last month directed the State government to clear dues of sugarcane farmers.Mr. Tikait criticised the Government for not being “sensitive towards farmers’ problems”.He urged the State to take steps for clearing the existing dues as the new cane crushing season has already started.last_img read more

ISL: Stage set for Maharashtra derby, Mumbai and Pune clash after identical starts to season

first_imgMumbai City FC and FC Pune City are set to clash in Maharashtra derby at Balewadi on Wednesday following identical starts to the season. Both teams having lost their opening games against Bengaluru FC and Delhi Dynamos respectively, hit back with victories, with Pune especially impressive in their 4-1 demolition of ATK in Kolkata.Mumbai City FC’s captain Lucian Goian, in a conversation with IndiaToday.in, said that the win against Goa was a much needed one and it given them great confidence.”The feeling in the camp is good. The home win was a much needed boost after losing out in Bangalore. We showed great character in that win against Goa and these are three very important points for us and for our confidence,” Goian said to IndiaToday.in ahead of the derby.He acknowledged the importance of the derby for the Mumbai fans but stated that the team looks at it as an opportunity to grab three points in the league.”For the fans, it’s a special game and we know it. I hope they turn up and support us in Pune in large numbers. But for us, it’s another opportunity to get 3 points. We’re prepared and we’re confident after our win against Goa,” Goian said.Goian said that Mumbai City FC are a quality unit and after defeat against Bengaluru FC, it was all about the will to win.”It’s all about willing to win. We have the quality in our side and it was only about the winning mentality. And we showed it (against Goa).”advertisementWhile Goian is confident of his side’s quality, coach Alexandre Guimaraes is aware of the attacking prowess of FC Pune City and hinted that his players will be careful on match day.”The goals that they’ve scored came from very precise attacks. And when a team can do that, you have to make sure you don’t make mistakes because then they will punish you,” Guimaraes said in the pre-match press conference.Despite the caution, Guimaraes is confident of his team’s morale after the home win against Goa.”Winning at home is always great and it is understandable that it gives the players a different confidence because they got the result they fought for,” he said.Guimaraes has been a master at organising his team in a tight formation but admitted that like most other managers, he is also trying to find “the right mix” in his team going forward into the season.Goian also reiterated Guimaraes’ focus on organisation and revealed that the Costa Rican manages to keep “everyone in sync, like a family.””Firstly, it’s to have a good organisation. Like you may have seen with his teams, he likes to build from the back but also has the firepower up top. We had a great season last time around under coach and it was mostly down to how he keeps everyone together and in sync, like a family. Even in a new season, with a new team, he has to deal with 25 players and 25 different characters. And he manages to keep us united and strong and that is definitely the most important part about being a team,” Goian conceded.Pune coach Ranko Popovic said he was disappointed that his team couldn’t win their first game at home but at the same time, he was incredibly pleased with their showing against the defending champions.”It was a very crucial and important step for us to get our first three points and we will try to do the same at home. But it was especially important because this club doesn’t have a great record at winning away games,” the Serbian said in the pre-match press conference.Papovic had stated before the tournament that he will ask his players to play entertaining football and while that was not the case in their opener, they surely produced some brilliant moments against ATK.”Even in the pre-season, apart from the first match, we had goals in every other game. It was more a case of concentration than anything else. And we will try to do the same: score lots of goals, but in football you can never say what will happen,” he said.last_img read more

Rangers Skate Past Flyers; Pens Next

first_imgPITTSBURGH, PA— Don’t worry, Kris Letang insists. The heat is coming.Sure, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman admits the New York Rangers don’t invite quite the same animosity inside his team’s locker room as the Philadelphia Flyers.The Rangers ended any shot of that tantalizing matchup when they beat the Flyers in seven games to set up a showdown with Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting May 2.That doesn’t mean Letang expects the next two weeks to be devoid of drama. Far from it.“I’m pretty sure the intensity will get really high at one point when we start,” Letang said. “The emotion is always going to be part of the game and we’re going to have to control it the best we can.”It’s an internal battle the Penguins won during a taut first-round series against Columbus. Expected to send the inexperienced Blue Jackets home without much effort, Pittsburgh needed six trying games to advance.The way the Penguins figure it, that’s a good thing. Forced to respond to adversity, they played what coach Dan Bylsma called their best 120 minutes this season to avoid the upset.“We keep coming and we keep coming, playing forward and playing in the offensive zone and grinding teams down with that play with that speed and quickness,” Bylsma said. “Games 5 and 6 were our best at playing that way.”The Penguins will need to do it four more times if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year. They split their four regular-season meetings with New York, all of them coming before the Olympic break.The Rangers hardly look like the team that was still struggling to find an identity when they last faced Pittsburgh in early February.Pittsburgh is no longer the patched-together unit that cruised to the Metropolitan Division title despite having stars Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Paul Martin and James Neal miss large chunks of the season due to injury.The Penguins are healthy. New York is hot. Five things to look for heading into Game 1.SLUMPING STARS: Pittsburgh captain and likely NHL MVP Sidney Crosby hasn’t scored a goal in his past 10 playoff games. New York forward Rick Nash has just one in 19 postseason contests wearing a Rangers sweater. Whichever streak ends first could swing the balance of the series.Crosby had six assists against the Blue Jackets, including one to Malkin in the first period of Game 6 in Columbus that gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead. Crosby knows he needs to take more chances. So does Nash, who can live with the drought as long as the Rangers keep it going.“That’s all that matters,” Nash said. “I’m going to try to keep getting my game going.”LUNDQVIST VS. FLEURY: New York’s Henrik Lundqvist and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury are the two winningest goaltenders in the regular season over the past five years, combining for 334 victories. Yet Lundqvist has yet to lift the Rangers past the conference finals while Fleury has struggled in the playoffs since helping the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Central Government and Public Bodies to Invest $100.9 Billion on Projects

first_img A sum of $100.9 billion is earmarked to implement 194 investment projects by Central Government and Public Bodies during the 2019/20 fiscal year, under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP).This is according to the 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Just over $72 billion is programmed to commence or continue 100 projects by Central Government over the upcoming year, with $28.8 billion set aside to finance the remaining 94 by Public Bodies.The Central Government budget contains a $487.8-million contingency provision for new projects that were not finalised for inclusion in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure but are expected to be approved by Cabinet during the new year.A disaggregation of the allocation’s funding sources shows that just over $43 billion or 59.7 per cent of this provision will be financed from the Consolidated Fund; 29.6 per cent through external loans; and 10.5 per cent from external grants.Approximately $17.7 billion or 61.4 per cent of the Public Bodies investment budget will be provided from the entities’ internal revenues, with the remaining $11.2 billion or 38.5 per cent from loans.The National Housing Trust’s (NHT) provision of $39.4 billion is the largest allocation.The projected PSIP sums over the next four fiscal years, according to the Fiscal Policy Paper, are 2020/21 – $112.7 billion, 2021/22 – $125 billion, 2022/23 – $124.6 billion, and 2023/24 – $101 billion.The PSIP is financed through a combination of government funds, loans and grants from International Development Partners, as well as funds from Self-Financing Public Bodies. A sum of $100.9 billion is earmarked to implement 194 investment projects by Central Government and Public Bodies during the 2019/20 fiscal year, under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP). This is according to the 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. Story Highlights Just over $72 billion is programmed to commence or continue 100 projects by Central Government over the upcoming year, with $28.8 billion set aside to finance the remaining 94 by Public Bodies. last_img read more

DNV GL Keppel to Jointly Promote LNG as Ship Fuel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DNV GL Classification society DNV GL and a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) have signed a framework agreement to boost the uptake of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel.The deal, signed with Keppel’s subsidiary Keppel Marine and Deepwater Technology (KMDTech), covers potential newbuilding projects including LNG bunker vessels, small-scale LNG carriers and floating storage regasification units (FSRUs), as well as LNG related assets employing battery and hybrid technologies.As the first delivery in the agreement, DNV GL will issue Approval in Principle (AiP) certificates for two LNG bunker vessel designs from KMDTech. The designs are for two 7,500 cbm small-scale LNG carriers with bunkering capabilities, with one of them featuring hybrid battery propulsion.They are equipped with engines that can run on both diesel and LNG, and will also have a class notation for bunkering which enables the provision of LNG bunkering services if required.In light of the upcoming IMO 2020 SOx regulations, LNG as marine fuel is viewed as one of the most viable options for deep-sea shipping. DNV GL’s Maritime Forecast to 2050, part of the research behind the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook 2018, projects that more than 10 per cent of the world’s shipping fleet will be powered by LNG by 2030, compared to less than 0.3 per cent in 2019. The report anticipates that LNG powered vessels will make up 23 per cent of the world’s fleet by 2050.In order to support this growth, an upgrade of LNG bunkering infrastructure is needed.“One of the objectives of our collaboration with Keppel is to facilitate the increased supply of LNG bunkering infrastructure by being future ready through design approvals of different sizes of LNG bunker vessels, and LNG-related assets such as small-scale LNG carriers and FSRU,” said Johan Peter Tutturen, Business Director Gas Carriers in DNV GL.The collaboration is also intended to further advance asset design by optimizing machinery and systems configuration to increase fuel efficiency, using advance simulation tools.last_img read more

Decision on Cong chief likely today

first_imgNEW DELHI: A new Congress president will be chosen when the party’s top decision-making body meets Saturday, sources said on Friday after a meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s home. Mukul Wasnik has emerged as the front runner for the post left vacant after Rahul Gandhi quit in May, owning responsibility for the party’s national election debacle. A non-Gandhi may be at the helm of the party for the first time in two decades as the Congress Working Committee meets Saturday. Wasnik, a former minister with much administrative acumen, is expected to take charge at least till the organizational elections. In its 134-year history, India’s oldest political party has mostly had a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family in charge. But at a time all three Gandhis are in politics, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra have refused to be a part of the process. The Congress Working Committee will formally thank Rahul Gandhi for his role as president, the sources said.last_img read more

TALENT SPOTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER YOUSSEF ABDELMALEK OF YMAPHOTO

first_img Login/Register With: 1 – WHAT WAS YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A PHOTOGRAPHER?I’ve always had something for electronic gadgets as a kid. If it had some lights in it and a screen or seems to be tech related I am already interested .. That included cameras. In 2005 my father bought me a camera that was 3.2 mega pixels .. I was the coolest kid on the block!! In Egypt and at that time this camera was super advanced and was incredibly expensive. Since then I loved the ability to capture images and video. In fact about a year ago I was revisiting the boxes I had prepared when immigrating to canada and found that camera and found a flash storage that had pictures and videos that date to 10+ years back. I could not stop my tears!!!! It was a major throwback. Since then i learned how important what we do really is. Then when I came to Canada and saw the advanced tech I was hooked! I bought an entry level DSLR and told myself “OK that is it, I am not buying more gear just this camer” which i obviously threw out the window a week later when I bought my 1st prime lens. I really was fascinated by the ability to separate subjects using super shallow depth of field. This began my journey to acquiring more lenses that have wider apertures to achieve shallower depth of field .. then later that was combined with longer focal lengths .. I have to say telephoto lenses that have wider constant appretures had really intimidating price tags at that stage .. specially that I was not making any money in photography as a hobbyist then. Since then I was obsessed with light shaping tools and lenses. That was the beginning of the journey.2 – WHAT DOES PHOTOGRAPHY MEAN TO YOU?We, as photographers, affect people’s lives well beyond our realization. If you had asked me that question few years back I would have probably came up with a lame answer. What I have come to realize doing photography for the past few years is that we have a very significant effect on people’s self worth and how they see themselves after we shoot them. It hit me hard when I had a real estate agent client who didn’t seem so keen on her photo taken, We aced it!!! She did really well and was seriously excited in the session. Mid session she got a call and was super enthusiastic and closed a big deal. Her assistant was stunned and told me she had not seen her that excited in a very long time. She really did not think someone could take her photo and make her feel great about how she looks. The sad matter of fact is, A lot of photographers forget they’re photographing people .. we pay too much attention to technicals and forget that the image created will have an impact on this individual. We all have a perception on how we look .. but then people have a different view of us .. these 2 come real close when someone gets their headshot/portrait taken. Because we’re both looking at the same screen that has someone’s picture but the way we both (the photographer and the subject) feel is very different. The idea of bringing the best in someone and relieving the pressure of being on camera on its own is incredible. In some cases its a piece of cake, and in some others it takes more time and more work which for me is always a challenge I welcome with open arms. There is nothing more fulfilling that seeing someone looking at the screen so thrilled by how they look in images!3 – DID YOU HAVE FORMAL TRAINING OR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING (WITH A MENTOR)?Most of my education was on YouTube. We now live in a world where all information is at our fingertips milliseconds away. That ability of finding educational content on the internet is a serious advantage we have over the previous generations. When I meet a photographer who is older and who started when internet was not like we know it today I feel we are taking that for granted. Finding information about anything today has become really easy, There is no excuse whatsoever for not creating. That all said content creators I really loved on YouTube include but not limited to: Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Brian Peterson, Phlearn (aaron nace). I really learned the basics from these guys!4 – WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU PREFER TO USE?I am a Canon shooter, I am probably biased but I think Canon have qualities that are unmatched! I don’t think equipment defines you but it’s rather crucial. I have met photographers who will look down on others who don’t shoot with “pro enough” equipment, I think that is a very bad attitude to have. Light is light, you can create with what is at your disposal. Equipment becomes important for business efficiency. As an artist who runs a business you really want to be accountable. People have expectations and relying on low end gear or introducing uncontrolled factors can take away from how reliable you are, and that is never a good thing.5 – WHAT IS THE INFLUENCE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY ON YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?Technology has made life radically different. As I mentioned in a previous question, really all information one needs about pretty much anything is just milliseconds away and at your fingertip. That affects us as artists in a way I would think is largely healthy. I cannot understand how back in the day an actor would hire a headshots photographer. Were they able to see their work before hand? Maybe visit in studio and check out prints of headshots? And did that mean actors had to go to multiple studios to see photographers work? I know these sound really basic questions but my point is, in 2018 when someone is looking for a headshot they put a facebook post and there is absolutely no shortage of people offering – which is a double sided sword – I would think back in the day photography was significantly harder back then, I can’t imagine pressing the shutter and not seeing the image. A 2 second lag annoys me and I don’t want to think what if i were born 20 years earlier. Back then in my view and from chats with older industry folks I believe one had to be a lot more reliable than today, which really shouldn’t be the case. But the thought that memory is almost free and we can take unlimited number of shots has created the “spray and pray” club of photographers. There are great benefits to social media though. If used carefully social media can be very useful. It may have made it harder to be a photographer in the sense that “everyone is a photographer” but if one can find elements to separate themselves from the big chunk of the crowd it can be a resolved problem. If I were given the choice to be a photographer now or 30 years ago I would with no doubt choose now! I can very easily use technology for very efficient process management. I love how facebook created that network of people who are passionate about the same goal. Other aspects of technology advancements would be how fast we can arrange a session and how fast we can get the proofs – images from the session to the client – In fact I export proofs and they are ready for viewing 2 hours after the last frame taken! That was not possible back then. We have become a NOW generation, we can everything NOW!! The convenience of fast turnaround can be a determining factor when one is buying something. To summarize, I think today we are all very informed, which should contribute to higher value in general. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img The entertainment industry consists of talented and creative people in front of the camera, behind the camera, on stage and behind the stage.  Today we go BTS (behind the scenes) to shine the spotlight on Photographer Youssef Abdelmalek.Youssef is the main photographer at Ymaphoto. He has passion for working with actors and corporate clients … making sure actors get in the audition room and corporate clients are represented professionally!. Advertisement 6 – IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS IMPORTANT WHILE SHOOTING HEADSHOTS VS PORTRAIT AND CORPORATE PICTURES?I think when working with people in general the most important aspect of a portrait/headshot is the facial expression. What is different between acting headshots vs corporate work is the fact that actors should display a much wider range of emotion. When photographing a corporate client all I am trying to capture is their true authentic expression that has an inviting, approachable and a trustworthy feel to it. When shooting an actor a much broader range of emotion is needed! That’s what actors do and casting wants to be able to see raw emotion that is suitable to each casting. I still think it has to be authentic and genuine emotion though. In my view an actor’s headshot is more work but is also greatly rewarding after the session! Another aspect of looking at corporate vs actor headshots is how the interaction happens. Actors are around camera people a lot more than the average corporate folk! Which gives actors a bigger base of knowledge about the camera and how to work with it, I feel corporate folks are at a disadvantage here but when they hire the right photographer who can coach and educate them on the spot that disadvantage can be neutralized.7 – IN YOUR FREE TIME, WHAT KIND OF PICTURES DO YOU LIKE TO SHOOT AND WHICH ONES DO YOU AVOID?I don’t take as much pictures in my free time .. I don’t like to admit it but its the truth! The thing about being obsessed by light and pixels is, it makes one very meticulous about every little thing in a photo. To the point that if one can’t control as much as they’d like they won’t bother taking the photo in the 1st place. That is something I am putting effort to change about myself. Because remember the 3.2 Megapixel cameras and the photos that made my tears roll down my face? By my current standards they would have been scrapped! I am taking more pictures of day to day life now and photographing my family. I think documenting every stage in life is very important and it may be something non photographers do more than photographers, which should not be the case!8 – WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE CHANGE IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD?The main thing I’d like to see change is, I would like to see more photographers take their craft more seriously and not let the vibe “Photography is a luxury” dominate. I meet a lot of photographers who are great at taking photos but it breaks my heart how big of a portion of them don’t think what they do is important! Sometimes we are the biggest blocks in our own paths .. It really is sad. I get really excited when I meet a photographer who is obsessed with what they’re doing. Once you realize you have something great to offer to the world the world will realize that too!!! But if you don’t, no one else will!9 – WHAT INSPIRES YOU?People are just great! You listen to every person talk and find lots of lessons and wisdoms in every conversation. Everyone is so different and unique and I believe every conversation we have we can learn from and grow! The best thing about us as humans is what fills our hearts and minds and when we share that with each other magic happens.10 – WE ALL HAVE MENTORS … THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE US THE HOPE, INSPIRATION, AND THE DRIVE TO KEEP GOING … IN THIS INDUSTRY, WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN YOUR MENTORS AND WHY?When I think of mentors the 1st person that comes to mind is my mother. She is a true example of what a strong woman should be. In fact seeing my mother I’d change the common phrase to “woman up!!!!” I think we’re all suffering in our own ways and if each one of us makes it their duty to relieve the suffering of people surrounding this world would be an amazing place! Seeing how my mother is selfless and is living a life of giving have grown that sense in me since I was a child and to this day and every coming day.From an industry perspective when i think of mentors I think of Michael Gordin Shore. He is a Toronto based actor and acting coach that I am blessed to call a friend and an older brother. I love how real, humble and loving michael is. He constantly reminds me of why we do what we do. It just amazing to be friends with someone who’s putting all of his heart into his craft going all in full throttle and see how that keeps life interesting, challenging yet enjoyable! We get tired all the time and having the privilege of calling him and just expressing all fears, self doubts and vulnerabilities is something I do not think one can survive without! Michael always constantly sets an example of how one can be very successful yet very humble and approachable..YMAPHOTO LINKSWEBSITE: http://ymaphoto.comFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ymastudio/TWITTER: https://twitter.com/YmaphotoINSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/ymaphotoYOUSSEF’S LINKSFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/youssef.m.samyLINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/youssef-abdelmalek-343a234b/ Twitterlast_img read more

Brookfield buying Forest City Realty Trust for 114 billion including debt

first_imgTORONTO – Brookfield Asset Management Inc. says it will buy Forest City Realty Trust Inc. for $11.4 billion including debt.The asset manager says it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Cleveland-based property trust acquire its shares in an all-cash transaction.The acquisition will give Brookfield control of Forest City’s 6.3 million square feet of office space, 2.3 million square feet of life science assets mostly in the Cambridge, Mass. area, and 2.2 million square feet of retail space.Forest City also has five large-scale development projects in the New York area, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. and 18,500 multi-family units for a total portfolio of more than 18 million square feet that will also be part of the deal.Brookfield is offering $25.35 per share for Forest City, which it says is a 26.6. per cent premium to the company’s closing price on June 15, a day before recent market speculation on a possible deal.The deal marks the second major U.S. property buy for Brookfield this year after it agreed to take over property trust GGP Inc.last_img read more

Destruction in West Darfur town shocking reports UN refugee agency

22 February 2008United Nations refugee agency staff participating in a joint assessment of the West Darfur town of Sirba, which came under air and ground attack from the Sudanese Government and allied militia groups earlier this month, say they were shocked at the level of destruction they witnessed. A joint UN humanitarian mission involving the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ameerah Haq, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, visited Sirba yesterday, as some locals drift back to the town in the wake of the deadly attack on 8 February.For now, the UN can provide humanitarian assistance, “but the clear message obviously is that what the people really want is protection. They are looking for security,” Ms. Haq said. “The ability to provide that – whether from the government or the international community – is still a long way away.”Women and girls face being raped when gathering firewood in the Wadi, and the Humanitarian Coordinator appealed to both the international community and Khartoum to recognize the need for the speedy deployment of the joint UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID. “If UNAMID continues to lack the full capacity required for it to fulfill its mandate, the people will continue to be vulnerable and exposed to the types of attacks that happened here in Sirba, with houses being burnt down, children disappearing, girls being raped,” she noted. “This will continue and the story will repeat itself. Village after village the destruction will spread.”The residents who stayed or returned pleaded with the assessment mission for help in securing their town and nearby villages from further attacks, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters today in Geneva.The residents also warned that fleeing across the nearby Chadian border was dangerous because of the continuing conflict in the area and the widespread banditry, and they voiced concern about their compatriots who have been living in eastern Chad since the attacks on Sirba and on the villages of Sileah and Abu Suruj.UN agencies have been distributing emergency items such as food and shelter material since the attacks, while the Sudanese Government has also provided tents.More than 200,000 people have been killed and over 2.2 million others displaced since 2003 because of fighting across Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank, between Government forces, allied militia groups and rebels.UNAMID has been dispatched to the region to try to quell the violence and humanitarian suffering, but the most recent UN report on its deployment found that the worsening security situation in West Darfur was undermining basic aid distribution efforts.WFP has lost 28 of its trucks to thieves and bandits so far this year and 14 of its drivers remain missing as a result of the robberies and abductions.The agency issued an urgent appeal to all parties to improve security and road conditions so that its capacity to feed up to 3.2 million Darfurians with emergency food aid is not restricted. read more

More middle class families choosing state schools over the private sector as

first_imgResults collated by The Telegraph showed that some academies, including Queen Elizabeth’s school in Barnet, north London had nearly 90 per cent of pupils achieving two As and a B or above.Ralph Lucas, of the Good Schools Guide, said: “The independent [schools] percentage shows a steady decline from 2011. Perhaps independent schools as a whole are admitting a broader range of children.”Leading private school heads on Friday defended this year’s results as “solid”.Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), said: “ISC schools focus strongly on the ‘facilitating’ subjects which are much prized by top universities. In 2015 our schools had record levels of entry to Russell Group universities and we expect this trend to continue”. In 2010 18.2 per cent of pupils achieved the top grade at private schools, compared with a national average of 8.1 per cent.But this year while the national average remained the same, private schools achieved only 17.9 per cent – their lowest ever score.This year the gap has also narrowed when it comes to A grades, with a national average of 25.8 per cent compared with 48.7 per cent for independent pupils.The gap, 22.9 percentage points, is down from 25 percentage points in 2010.Jonathan Simons, head of education at the Policy Exchange, a think tank established by a group of Tory MPs, said: “Some of the independent schools cannot compete with the state sector and middle-class parents are wondering why they should be paying this much if they can get the same quality or better for free.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Academies are driving up educational standards, campaigners have said, as the latest A-level figures show the gap between pupils gaining the highest grade at state and private schools is at its narrowest yet.When the A* grade was introduced in 2010 there were 203 academies compared with nearly 4,000 now.In that time the proportion of privately-educated pupils gaining a top grade has gone down significantly. Private schools have been hit disproportionately by efforts to cap grade inflation. The figures also showed private schools suffered the lowest ever A* grades as they too are hit by tougher exams with the percentage of top grades dropping from 18.2 per cent in 2010 to 17.9 per cent this yearlast_img read more

La PETA accuse une université de torturer des chats pour la science

first_imgLa PETA accuse une université de “torturer” des chats pour la scienceL’association PETA, soutenue par l’acteur James Cromwell, a dénoncé les pratiques d’un laboratoire de l’université du Wisconsin-Madison qui utiliserait des chats comme cobayes afin d’étudier la surdité.Alors que l’expérimentation animale continue de faire l’objet d’un vif débat, ce sont de macabres pratiques qu’a dévoilées l’association de défense des animaux américaine PETA. La semaine dernière, plusieurs activistes de l’association, dont l’acteur James Cromwell, ont interrompu une réunion à l’université du Wisconsin-Madison (UW) afin de sensibiliser le public aux traitements infligés aux animaux de laboratoire. En effet, la PETA dénonce les expériences réalisées par l’université, qui utiliserait des chats comme cobayes pour étudier la surdité. “Ce n’est pas de la science mais de la torture, c’est criminel. Vous devriez avoir honte!”, a martelé l’acteur avant d’être interpelé par la police. Selon la PETA, une trentaine de chats subiraient ces traitements chaque année et cela depuis plusieurs décennies. “La première opération est de visser une plaque de fer sur son crâne, pour que sa tête puisse être immobilisée lors des opérations suivantes”. Dans un second temps, “une substance chimique est introduite dans ses oreilles pour le rendre sourd” puis différents tests sonores sont alors effectués, explique l’association sur son site.Des photos dérangeantesC’est en particulier ce qui est arrivé à un chat appelé Double Trouble. “Quand PETA a su que les scientifiques de UW avaient pris des photos attestant de ces abus, nous avons demandé que l’école les publie. Sachant que le public serait scandalisé si la vérité était révélée, UW s’est battu pour garder cette cruauté secrète pendant plus de 3 ans, mais une action en justice menée par la PETA a contraint l’université à sortir les photos”, raconte l’association. “PETA a maintenant obtenu des douzaines de photos dérangeantes et jamais vues, montrant la vie et la mort misérables d’un magnifique chat tigré orange appelé Double Trouble, qui a été tourmenté pendant des mois dans ces expériences”, poursuit-elle. Financées à hauteur de deux millions d’euros par l’Institut National de la Santé américain, ces expériences viseraient plus précisément à faire avancer la recherche sur la surdité en comprenant comment le cerveau détermine la provenance d’un son.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Suite à ces expériences, la santé de Double Trouble aurait rapidement décliné avant qu’une infection ne la gagne. Plusieurs semaines après, les chercheurs auraient alors constaté que le chat était trop malade pour continuer et que le dispositif qu’il avait implanté ne fonctionnait pas. Elle a alors été euthanasiée et décapitée afin que son cerveau soit étudié. Des accusations niées par les chercheurs Pour l’heure, ces expériences n’ont fait l’objet d’aucune publication dans aucune revue selon la PETA qui souligne que celles-ci ont été un échec. Pourtant, “depuis des années, les recherches animales de l’université ont permis de faire avancer la santé des hommes et des animaux”, assure le site officiel de l’université. Suite à cette irruption de PETA dans l’université, le directeur du laboratoire, Eric Sandgren, a déclaré que “les événements d’aujourd’hui sont encore une tentative d’activistes d’attirer l’attention sur leur cause. Ils ont attaqué et déformé cette recherche”. Il a ainsi récusé toutes les accusations en évoquant une enquête réalisée par le Département américain de l’agriculture (USDA) en 2012 dans laquelle les inspecteurs n’auraient rien trouvé “à signaler” d’anormal.Le 15 février 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Smart Boy Lets You Play Game Boy Titles on Your Smartphone

first_imgNintendo has done a great job of pleasing retro game fans with the release of the NES Classic Edition and the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition. But what about the other great Nintendo system from that era: the Game Boy? Nintendo hasn’t announced anything regarding a modern re-release of its first handheld. However, an unofficial accessory will soon allow Android phone users to play their old Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges.The appropriately named Smart Boy peripheral looks like the bottom half of the original Game Boy. It reads Game Boy cartridges and then displays them on the phone’s screen. In the process, it upscales the game’s graphics to the phone’s resolution. The front features a D-pad and face buttons. In the back is where you can stick your old cartridges. The peripheral supports both European and North American games.According to manufacturer Hyperkin, this peripheral can control “other apps and games including GBA apps from Google Play.” Those other apps aren’t exactly on the legal side, but if you so happen to have them, the Smart Boy will support them. But considering how this device actually lets you play real Game Boy games, it might be best to stay away from emulated titles.If you still have your Game Boy cartridges lying around, the Smart Boy sounds like a great way to play those classic games. Seeing this device makes me lament the fact I sold all of my Game Boy games nearly two decades ago. But I suppose I can always go on eBay and find some old cartridges. As an Android user myself, I can’t pass up an opportunity to try this peripheral out.The Smart Boy will be released sometime this September. An iOS version isn’t currently in the works. You can pre-order a Smart Boy from Funstock right now for £59.99.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

27 local grocery stores participating in Fresh Alliance program

first_imgThe Clark County Food Bank received nearly 6.7 million pounds of food last year. More than 25 percent of it, or about 1.7 million pounds, was recovered from local grocery stores — the most of any source. The recovery program, known as Fresh Alliance, accounts for more food than what’s culled from food drives and the U.S. Department of Agriculture combined.Fresh Alliance is a nationally recognized food bank program that gathers food grocery stores no longer want and distributes it to local food banks. It could be food that’s close to its expiration date or food that’s just not selling quickly enough.“Instead of throwing it in the dumpster or sending it back to corporate headquarters, they want to donate to our food bank, because it’s still good food. That’s the remarkable thing,” said Matt Edmonds, communications manager at the Clark County Food Bank.Volunteers driving refrigerated box trucks collect food five days per week, between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds daily, and bring it back to the food bank where it’s sorted, repackaged and distributed to food pantries around the area.“It’s what we start our day doing,” said Glen Jones, food and warehouse manager at the food bank.Volunteers typically return to the food bank by 10:30 a.m. with grocery store donations. And, Fresh Alliance’s contribution is only growing.The two local Costcos recently began participating in the program, and discussions are happening with WinCo Foods, which has four Clark County stores. Feeding America, a national nonprofit coalition of food banks, negotiates grocery store contracts so the new contract with Costco is being rolled out nationwide, Edmonds said.last_img read more

PRESS RELEASE BY THE HONOURABLE JOSEPHINE CONNOLLY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 16, 2017 – Providenciales – At a meeting held at 9.30am Friday 16th June, 2017 the Premier informed me that my appointment as a Minister had been revoked.I later received the Instrument (signed by HE John Freeman the Governor) dated yesterday (Thursday 15th) which was published in the Gazette today.At the meeting with the Premier I was given reasons for my dismissal. Those reasons included false allegations that I was behind some “street talk” intended to undermine her position. I was not given an opportunity to answer the allegations as the decision had already been made.The charges laid by the Premier against me are without any foundation or credence. I am of the firm view that the reasons given by the Premier were a smokescreen to hide the real reason.In leaving the Ministry of Education I would like to thank all my civil servants in all the departments under my sphere of responsibility including Sports and Library Services. We worked together to make meaningful changes in the education system and to bring positive changes to the lives of the children of the Turks & Caicos Islands. It is one of my biggest regrets that I will not be able to see through the work we had started.I remain loyal to my people.  I worked hard during the election because I believed in the philosophy of our party. The party is not owned by any individual, but is made up of a collection of people representing the ideals and hopes of its founders and the many good and faithful supporters whose only desire is to see this country succeed.I was disappointed that the PDM constitution was ignored in relation to the disciplining of cabinet members and that the NGC did not have the opportunity to carry out the due diligence and the investigation to which the PDM constitution speaks. The founders of the party put this in the constitution to stop Ministers being subject to unfair treatment or capricious behaviour by a Premier.I would like to say to the people who voted for me that I am very resilient and I will continue to represent you to the best of my ability in the House of Assembly. I was born in these Islands and I decided to enter into politics late in life because I felt I had something to offer, something to contribute, to my country and to my people. It was a dream come true to be your representative and your Minister and I cannot lie that I am bitterly disappointed that the opportunity to help my people has been taken away from me.To my friends and the many people who have given me words of encouragement over the last three months as the storm clouds gathered your kind words have sustained me. To my prayer warriors who have kept my focus on God thank you, you are right “this too shall pass”.To the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands I remain committed to seeing this country flourish and succeed and I will play whatever role that God has determined for me.Honourable Josephine Connolly BSc, MSc, CIPD, MPPress Release: Hon. Josephine Connolly Related Items:last_img read more

Guardiola admits selection headache

first_imgPep Guardiola opened up on his selection dilemma as they maintain their quadruple chase following their victory over Wolves.Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were left on the bench for Monday’s 3-0 defeat of Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, moving City within four points of leaders Liverpool.And Guardiola accepts he has to make difficult decisions over his team selection on a game-by-game basis.“I have an incredible squad, so if Kevin plays like he deserves to play, maybe [Ilkay] Gundogan doesn’t play – he made maybe six or seven assists in the last two games. He didn’t play today – and both deserve to play,” Guardiola told a news conference and cited via FourFourTwo.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But Bernardo [Silva] also deserves to play, what he has done so far, and Fernandinho what he has done against Liverpool. So that’s where he is and we’ve spoken about that. Today one of my favourite players, Phil [Foden], he was in the tribune.“But there is a lot of games and everybody is going to play. Maybe the next game, new players are going to come in. So they have to be ready, and not only that they have to play good in all the details. Because if they don’t, another one is going to play.“After that, I make a mistake, of course, I am unfair for many, many players and I know that. But today I decided for that and for the fresh players – like Aymeric [Laporte], John [Stones], Bernardo, Fernandinho – so it is what it is.”last_img read more

Calling for Leadership At Its Best Program Participants

first_imgThe ASA/Syngenta Leadership At Its Best program is designed to provide state soybean leaders with advanced leadership training and the necessary communication skills to make a difference in American agriculture while advancing into leadership positions on a national level.Leadership At Its Best is a two-part training program that begins in Minneapolis, Aug. 5-9. The advanced training will culminate March 10-12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with ASA’s spring Board meeting.Candidates for this program are directors or committee chairs who have expressed a strong desire and enthusiasm to assume leadership roles in the agricultural industry. Candidates are required to participate in both parts of the training program.If you are interested in participating, please contact your state soybean association office or call ASA at 314-576-1770. Tomorrow, May 24, is the last day to apply.last_img read more

ASA 2014 Recruiter AllStars Tournament Kicks Off

first_imgThe 2014 ASA All-Stars Recruiter Tournament is just around the corner. The tournament includes five rounds and runs from Dec.1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. It features five groups for a total of 144 top recruiters producing five overall group winners. The top 144 participants were determined by the order of the top recruiters at the end of fiscal year 2013. Brackets are divided by State Levels with two State Level 1 and State Level 2 winners and one State Level 3 winners.The five bracket winners receive a $1,000 gift card from a store listed in the ASA Recruiter Reward Center and are recognized at the ASA Recruiter Dinner at the 2015 Commodity Classic. For full tournament rules and requirements, and for brackets go to https://soygrowers.com/belong/recruiter-programs-rewards/.last_img read more

James Heidenry Named Editor of Bauers In Touch Life Style and Closer

first_imgJames HeidenryJust like in fashion, in magazine media, one day you’re in and the next you’re out. And the next you’re in again.Just weeks after departing from American Media Inc., where he worked since 2012, Bauer Media Group has named James Heidenry editorial director of its entertainment group, overseeing In Touch, Life & Style and Closer Weekly, the company announced this week.In his new role, effective immediately, Heidenry will report to Bauer’s chief executive officer, Steven Kotok.“I’m delighted to welcome James Heidenry to Bauer,” said Kotok, who previously worked closely with Heidenry on the launch of Maxim, in a company statement. “James has the vision and drive required to lead our Entertainment Group and an intuitive connection to the reader like few other editors I’ve worked with.”At Bauer, Heidenry will be replacing David Perel, who also previously worked for AMI as editor of National Enquirer and Star magazine.Heidenry’s exit from AMI in late October was announced just six months after he took over as editor of Us Weekly.  In addition to his role at the title, Heidenry also edited OK! and Star magazine.Upon his departure, AMI revealed that Jennifer Peros, managing editor, would be replacing Heidenry as editor of Us Weekly, while James Robertson, executive director, would succeed him as editor of OK!.last_img read more