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Assam Islamic seminary tightens admission rules

first_imgA 121-year-old Islamic seminary in southern Assam has made its admission rules stricter in a bid to stop criticism of harbouring illegal immigrants and fundamentalists.The Darul Uloom Banskandi in Cachar district, situated about 13 km from district headquarters Silchar, issued a notice on Thursday making it compulsory for students seeking admission to submit their legacy data along with the application form.Legacy data are a set of documentary evidence which establish that the family of a citizen of India has been living in Assam from before 1971. This is a requirement of the National Register of Citizens of 1951 being updated in the State with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date. In other words, people who entered Assam after the cut-off date would be marked illegal immigrants and deported.“Students will have to submit their legacy data that establish members of their family have been living in India before 1971. They will also have to submit proof of permanent residence and voter’s identity card in the case of those who have attained the age of voting (18 years),” Hamid Ahmed, the rector of the seminary, said.last_img read more

Sanitation, e-gov main focus areas: new South Delhi mayor

first_imgNew Delhi, May 19 (PTI) The South Delhi Municipal Corporation would focus on sanitation and enhancing transparency in administration through e-governance, BJP councillor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, after being elected today as the new mayor of the civic body.The 44-year-old former vice president of Delhi BJP unit also asserted that the ruling party and the opposition in the SDMC must “work together” for a greener and cleaner city.”Sanitation would be one of our focus areas and we are going to improve our garbage management system by bringing in more mechanised sweeping facilities. Also the plan is to take more eco-friendly measures by enhancing capacity of waste-to- energy plants,” Sehrawat told reporters, soon after assuming charge.Her NDMC counterpart, Preety Agarwal had yesterday, after taking charge, had also emphasised that sanitation would be her “top priority”.Sanitation is a major governance issue in Delhi and the BJP, which has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years, has faced criticism from residents and opposition parties for lack of cleanliness in the city.The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have continuously attacked the BJP-led corporations, alleging that the three civic bodies have turned the city into a “mound of garbage”.The three civic bodies had faired poorly in the Swachh Bharat survey which was released recently by the Centre. In the Swachh Bharat reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, areas falling under the three municipal corporations were at a low — the EDMC (196), SDMC (202) and NDMC (279).Sehrawat, who had won the civic polls by a record margin, was elected unopposed as the new mayor of South Delhi as the new team of the areas civic body also took charge.advertisementThe post of mayor sees five single-year terms on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second for open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two also being in the open category.Kailash Sankla was also chosen unopposed as the deputy mayor as no other party had filed nominations for the two posts.While Sehrawat represents Dwarka-B ward, Sankla won from Punjabi Bagh in the high-stakes MCD polls held on April 23.She had trounced AAPs Sushma Bansal in Dwarka-B ward by a record margin of 9,866 votes, the highest in the entire polls. Sehrawat polled 14,613 while Bansal could just get 4,747 votes.”Our emphasis is on Digital India and e-governance, as envisioned by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We have made several facilities available online. And, now our target is to improve such facilities and bring greater transparency in our administration and remove scope for corruption,” she said, when asked if the SDMC is taking measures to check the alleged graft in the civic body.”We have relaunched our website, and soon we will connect it with Facebook and Twitter too,” Sehrawat added.Members to the SDMCs Standing Committee were also elected. From the BJP, Bhupender Gupta, Shikha Roy, Nandani Sharma and Tulsi Joshi became the members, as fellow party member Poorva had withdrawn her nomination.Congresss Andrews Ganj councillor Abhishek Dutt and AAP councillor from Hastsal ward, Ashok Kumar, were also elected for the panel.Incidentally, the first proceedings of the newly elected House of the SDMC, went without a hitch, as the municipal administration had made adequate security arrangements to ward off any unauthorised entry.Yesterday, chaotic scenes were witnessed as the newly elected civic body of the NDMC met for the first time with some “outsiders” entering the House and chanting slogans of Modi, Modi and Jai Shri Ram.Leader of Opposition Ramesh, an AAP councillor from Matiala, who sported a traditional pagdi (headgear), said, “We do not want to do politics, but work with your party (BJP). But, any step or policy which is against the interest of the people, would be opposed tooth and nail by the AAP.”Out of the total 104 wards under the SDMC that had gone to polls, the BJP won 70, the AAP 16 and the Congress 12. One ward each was won by the SP and the INLD, while four independent candidates emerged victorious.Shikha Roy, councillor from Greater Kailash, was chosen as the Leader of House.”We all represent the aspirations of the people of Delhi, and therefore we must not fail them. We dream of making the SDMC a model civic body, and therefore all must work together,” she said in her speech in the House.The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into the NDMC, the SDMC and the EDMC. The first MCD poll after the trifurcation was held the same year.advertisementThe BJP had bagged 181 of the 270 wards in the civic polls. Delhi has a total of 272 wards.While election to Maujpur ward in east Delhi was held on May 14, Sarai Pipal in north Delhi will go to polls on May 21. Elections in these two wards were postponed due to death of candidates.Lok Sabha member Parvesh Verma, Senior Congress leader and former mayor Farhad Suri, veteran BJP leader Subhash Arya, former Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay and other senior leaders were also present. PTI KND KISlast_img read more

French Open: Asian eyes on Paris as Kei Nishikori, Chung Hyeon set up showdown

first_imgAn All-Asian tie that catches the eye is rarer than a bottle of Australian wine at Roland Garros but Kei Nishikori’s clash with Chung Hyeon in the third round of the French Open could be one to savour.Japan’s Nishikori has long been Asia’s number one but while he was struggling to complete his preparations for Paris because of injury, South Korean Chung has been putting together some impressive claycourt performances.The bespectacled 21-year-old went through qualifying to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open, where he lost to Rafa Nadal, before going one better at the Munich Open, where he knocked out Gael Monfils.Currently ranked 67th in the world, and third in Asia behind Nishikori and Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun, Chung got to the third round of a grand slam for the first time on Thursday with an impressive 6-1 7-5 6-1 win over Uzbek Denis Istomin.Chung, who took up tennis at the age of seven to help with his eyesight and is a graduate of Nick Bollettieri’s famed academy, said he had mixed feelings about going head-to-head with the world number nine for the first time.”I think a little bit maybe nerves because he’s a top player. And maybe little fun, little excited,” he told reporters.”I’m looking for him, because he’s really good. And he’s number one in Asia and he’s top 10.”And Asian people are a little short, but he is also short, but he make top 10. So everyone looking for him, and me too.”advertisementNishikori, who has been battling an inflamed wrist, brushed off a ragged opening round victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach the third round on Thursday with a fairly routine win over France’s Jeremy Chardy.The eighth seed faltered at 3-0 in the final set when he had an injury timeout and let Chardy back into the contest, before closing out a 6-3 6-0 7-6(5) victory comfortably enough in a tiebreak.”What was different was that I was able to go on the attack,” Nishikori, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros two years ago, told the Kyodo news agency.”I have many things to address. It wasn’t good that I allowed him to rally after leading 3-0 in the third set, but otherwise it was perfect.”last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 30, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALRanchi:Lalu Prasad Yadav multi-crore fodder scam case (B+A)Mumbai: Monorail trial run(B+A)Patna: Janmashtmi festival celebration(A)New Delhi: Kerala MPs meet Rajnath Singh(A)New Delhi: Arun Jaitley inaugurate building of CCI(A+B)Hyderabad: Varavara Rao brought back to Hyderabad(B+A)Thane: Ferreira brought back to his home in Thane(A+B)Kolkata: Fuel price hike(B)New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah talking to media(A+B)New Delhi: President meets 68th batch of IRSprobationers(B)New Delhi: Enhancing Innovation for the Clean Energy Transition(B)Jabalpur: Weather: Monsoon rains floods Jabalpur(B)New Delhi: Karnataka CM meets Congress PresidentRahul Gandhi(A+B)Mumbai: Dahi Handi festival celebration(B)INTERNATIONALAbuja: British Prime Minister Theresa May visit(A)Phoenix: Memorial service for Sen. John McCain,R-Ariz(A+B)Oslo: Golden wedding anniversary celebrations forKing Harald and Queen Sonja(A)Venice: 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival(A)Washington: President Donald Trump during adiscussion for drug-free communities support programs(B)London : Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchessof Sussex meet the cast(B)Timmins: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets Liberals supporters(B)South Bend: Former President Jimmy Carte in SouthBend(B)Taos: Hujrah Wahhaj talks with her attorney Marie Legrand Miller during a hearing(B)California: Ravi Shankar Prasad with Google CEOadvertisementSundar Pichai(B)Kathmandu: PM Modi at 4th BIMSTEC summit(B+A)SPORTSMonza: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germanywaves to spectators prior to a car(B)New York: U.S. Open tennis tournament(B+A)Jakarta/Palembang: 18th Asian Games in Indonesia(B)New York: The family of Juan Angel Napout leavesfederal court(B)Sao Paulo/Belo Horizonte: Copa Libertadores soccer match(B+A)Hyderabad: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal pressconference(B+A)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh: I knew Deepika Padukone was mother of my children 6 months into our relationship

first_imgRanveer Singh made a promising start in Bollywood with 2010 film Band Baaja Baraat. And nine years since then, Ranveer’s popularity and craft has seen a meteroic rise. Be it playing an anti-hero like Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat or a notorious policewala in Simmba or a rapper in Gully Boy, the 33-year-old actor has shown his versatility with each of his films. If he is a hero on the big screen, he is a star off it.On Day 1 of India Today Conclave 2019, Ranveer opened up on his love story with Deepika Padukone, the success of Gully Boy and the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India.Excerpts from his interview:ON ABHINANDAN’S RETURNI am very happy and elated. The entire nation is rejoicing. I was disturbed seeing the imagery that has come out. Gully Boy had come out the same day as Pulwama Attack. I should have been on the top of the world but I am down in the dumps. I was extremely upset and frustrated.Today is a good day, but let’s not forget what has happened recently. I don’t think we are back to any semblance of normalcy. The kind of dignity with which he [Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman] carried himself, he is true hero. So proud of him.ON BANNING PAKISTANI ARTISTS IN INDIAI am very cognisant that there is this school of thought that one should not mix art and sport with it, they are two different realms. But at the same time, us as artists and sportsmen, we are not sacrificing the same way that some of our compatriots are. If there is even one mother of a soldier who believes we should not engage, we should respect it. Their sentiments are of utmost importance.advertisementON HIS BEST YEARDeepika Padukone ko wife bana diya, ye hoti hai achievement, ter bhai jais koi hard-ich nai hai.For the good year, I couldn’t have anticipated it. Khilji and Simmba and Gully Boy, they are very different from each other. People are recognising my verstaility. This year it is more evident than ever before and it is very heartening for me. With the kind of adulation, I have been getting.In my next film, I am playing Kapil Dev. The most spectacular underdog story. It is a film of a lifetime. The story is unbelievable. I am 85 born. When Kabir [Khan] sir came to me, he told me the actual story. we didn’t know the magnitude of the story. They changed the attitude of the people.ON MEETING MODIIt was a pleasant meeting. Some very good and positive things came out of that meeting. GST reduced, it was a good thing for Bollywood. That kind of engagement was fruitful. He also asked the actors and filmamkers to try and pass on the message of unity in our films. And I am doing that with my next film -83.ON MINDSETI go back to my core. I was a little kid with big dreams. This industry has accepted me with open arms. Main actor ban gaya, isse badi aur kya baat ho sakti hai. That’s all I wanted to do. I ever dreamt of being a Hindi hero. My mindset is simple. I will put my heart and soul and entertain people.ON MOTIVATION TO BE BESTI am trying to be myself and to evolve. We as artists, we live in realm of subjectivity. So, there is no quantifiable parameter. I am not trying to trump anyone else.ON MONEYThe money is great but I don’t work for the money. Acting is my true passion. I am few lucky people who gets to do what he loves for living. It was too far-fetched to think that I would get a break in films. But with the support of my parents, I was able to do it.ON MISTAKESI tend to overdo things in a wave of excitement or to give people a piece of me. At times, my overenthusiasm that I can regard as mistakes. I need to curb my overexcitement.ON LOVE STORY WITH DEEPIKA PADUKONEIt was a breeze. Six years fielding ki bhai ne aur pakda catch. Six months into our relationship, I knew she was the one. This is the one I want to marry and get old with and be the mother of my children. I nutured it, cultivated it. She took her to come around. It was a matter of time. I wanted her.advertisementON DEALING WITH DEEPIKA’S DREPRESSIONThere are phases in very relationship. If your focus is to make it work regardless of any issues, then you do it. As a couple, we have seen each other in every phase. I have seen her through different phases. She once went into this unprecedented stratosphere of stardom and post 2013, I started dating her before that. I have seen a lot of growth and evolution. We have grown together. It is a matter of being patient and sensitive and having that empathy. She is the warmest, nicest, all cosuming magic soul in the world. I am the luckiest guy in the world.ON SECURITYDo I seem like an insecure person? I am an extemely secure in who I am and what I am. I know no one can love her the way I do.ON EQUATION WITH RANBIR AND ALIAI worked with Alia in Gully Boy. She is a very special actor, she is an unbelievable actor. She is outstanding. Our first collaboration has turned out to be special.Ranbir, we had many oppotunities to work together but never worked out. But I would want to collaborate with him in the near future.ON GULLY BOY AND LOVE FOR RAP CULTUREAffluence is relative. I had this advantage of where I grew up- Bandra West is affluent and Bandra East is not so affluent. I grew up on the vantage point. I used to go to school in the West and play cricket with friends from the other part. When i started working on the film, many asked how I got the diction so well. I told them, ‘This is how I have grown up’. I was waiting for me to portray it on the big screen.I am particularly proud of Gully Boy. Zoya [Akhtar] told me it is not about you and me, but about the guys who have dreams and hopes.WATCH: Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on IAF hero Abhinandan’s return: Today is a good day but let’s not forget PulwamaALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on Pak actors ban: If even one soldier’s mother believes in it, we should do itALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

PM Signs US$285-Million Contingency Credit Facility with IDB

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has signed a US$285-million contingency credit facility with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that will provide the country with immediate financing during the emergency recovery phase after a sudden event.The agreement was signed on Monday (November 26), during a brief meeting with IDB officials in Washington DC, where the Prime Minister is attending the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Conference on Building Resilience to Natural Disasters from November 26 to 28.The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency as well as its disaster preparedness and response.The contingent financing, funded from the IDB’s Ordinary Capital, has a maturity period of 25 years, a grace period of 5.5 years, and an interest rate based on the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). This is a benchmark rate that indicates how much it costs banks to borrow from each other. The executing agency will be the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Meanwhile, speaking at the IMF Conference on Monday, Prime Minister Holness said governments in the Caribbean must continue to acknowledge the importance of including disaster risk management in fiscal policy frameworks, to efficiently and financially safeguard future development.“We are thankful for the teams at the IDB, IMF and World Bank for the continued support that your organisations are providing to our region with respect to climate resilience-building. That support has been helpful in the pursuit of a development pathway that is consistent with Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” Mr. Holness said.last_img read more

Tensions escalating between Morocco and Algeria over the Sahara

first_imgBordeaux- Morocco replied to Algeria’s latest verbal attack stating President Bouteflika is trying to hide his country’s domestic trouble.Moroccan officials didn’t appreciate Algeria’s tone when addressing the issue of Western Sahara. MAP, the Kingdom’s official press agency, released a wire today stating the Algerian declarations are “yet another diversion to hide a precarious internal situation.”In a speech read on his behalf by the justice minister, Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in the disputed territory was needed “more than ever.” Bouteflika referred to what he called “the massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawis for freedom of expression and association.“The affirmations of the Algerian President show (…) the great weakness of a regime that is conscious of the unsustainability of its anachronistic position on the Sahara issue,” said MAP on Tuesday.On Saturday, the Istiqlal Party had provoked Algeria, which backs the  pro-independence Polisario Front, by asking the government to officially retrieve Eastern Saharan territories, including Tindouf and Colomb Bechare, which before the French colonization belonged to Morocco. It also asked for the issue to be on the agenda of the UN’s Fourth Committee in charge of decolonization.On Tuesday, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra called on Morocco to show  restraint, saying “this incident, as well as the outrageously expansionist  statement by the leader of a Moroccan political party, are totally unacceptable and irresponsible.”On his part, Algerian Ministry Foreign Affairs Spokesman Amar Belani referred to this altercation by saying: “Algeria will not react to the frivolous and irresponsible provocations. We keep all the serenity that comes with defending just causes and international law, far from this medieval Moroccan party’s schizophrenic and unacceptable belching, and whose platform is inspired by a totally obsolete expansionism.” He reaffirmed his country’s will to lobby for a UN mechanism to monitor human rights in the region.The harsh words exchanged by the North African arch-rivals indicate that the neighbors’ relationship is far from being that of brotherly countries that share not only borders, but a common history, culture, religion and language.In his first address before the parliament since he was appointed Morocco’s Foreign Minister, Salah Eddine Mezaouar said on Tuesday that “Algeria tries its best to stall the negotiation process advocated by the United Nations and focuses on marginal elements by means of using human rights in international fora.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Newlywed 25YO Moroccan Man Murdered in Cold Blood in Chicago

Rabat – Hamza Hammouis was taking a nightly stroll on the Howard Street in Evanston in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and young sister, wishing to snap early-morning pictures of the city he recently moved to, when Hammouis came across a man who attacked him for no apparent reason.“There’s nothing to show they knew each other at all,” a police officer told the Chicago Tribune, adding that they simply “crossed paths and something happened.”At around 2.45 am, police were dispatched to Howard, a city’s border with Chicago, following a report of a person being shot there, according to a news released from the Evanston Police Department. Hammouis’ wife, Jennifer Hess, described the incident as confusing, as the man came up to Hammouis and started harassing him for a reason they could not understand. She told the daily news that she tried to intervene by explaining to the murderer that her husband did not speak English, but for no reason he shot him and fled on foot.The murderer, described as a young African-American man, about 25 years old and approximately 6 feet tall, is actively sought after by the police, reports the Chicago Tribune. The city’s chief of police said that Hamza who had just joined his wife in the US has no criminal record.According to local police, drugs weren’t involved in the case and Hammouis had no gang ties. For the time being, investigators still haven’t determined what caused the altercation that left Hammouis dead from a gunshot wound to the head, but a police officer interviewed by the news daily said it was not an attempted mugging that went awry.For his wife, Hammouis’ dream was to live in Chicago. “Most people in Paris want to go to New York, but Hamza’s dream was to live in Chicago,” she said. He was waiting to obtain his green card to start looking for work. The couple, recently married on June 14, intended to later launch a line of clothing.“He was extremely proud of his Moroccan heritage,” Hess said of her husband. “He would have loved meeting other people in Chicago that shared the same culture as him.”Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Hess remembers her husband as “someone who loved life and was always happy.” “He did not even like to sleep,” she adds, “because he felt like he was missing out on living.”This tragedy gave rise to an impulse of solidarity among the Maghreb Association of North America in Chicago (MANA).MANA has 4,000 members and helps new immigrants from North Africa integrate in the local community. Moncef Elalamy, a volunteer with the Association who arrived in Chicago in 1994, took charge of the sisters and coordinated with the mother of Hamza, who remained in Morocco to repatriate the body.The association organized a dinner on Thursday evening to collect 10,000 dollars to to prepare Hammouis’ body according to Islamic rituals and ship it back to his mother in Morocco for services and burial.Chicago is known for having the highest number of homicides in the United States, and it’s living up to that reputation by already  reaching 400 killings for 2017, according to NBC Chicago.The string of killings has put Chicago’s homicide rate ahead of the pace set in 2016. There were 781 homicides in 2016, but the city didn’t see its 400th killing until August. According to a homicide database compiled by the Chicago Sun-Times, at least two homicides have occurred per day so far in 2017.Gun violence has been the biggest cause of the huge homicide number in Chicago so far this year. Since January, more than 2,100 people across the city have been shot. Last year, Chicago tracked over 3,000 shooting incidents. read more

UN human rights chief condemns crackdown on journalists in Ethiopia

The comments by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay follow the recent arrest and detention of six members of the blogging collective Zone Nine and three journalists in the capital, Addis Ababa. “I am deeply concerned by this recent wave of arrests and the increasing climate of intimidation against journalists and bloggers prevailing in Ethiopia,” she stated in a news release. The nine people arrested last week remain in custody. On 27 April, they appeared before the Arada Court of First Instance. Although the exact charges against each of them remain unclear, the UN human rights office has received information that they were arrested for “working with foreign human rights organizations and inciting violence through social media to create instability in the country.” They reportedly are being held incommunicado and some of their family members who tried to bring them food over the weekend were denied access. Since January 2012, a number of journalists have been convicted under the Anti-terrorism Proclamation to sentences ranging from 5 years to life imprisonment. Two journalists arrested in July 2012 and January 2013 under the same law are currently in detention, awaiting their trial.“The fight against terrorism cannot serve as an excuse to intimidate and silence journalists, bloggers, human rights activists and members of civil society organizations. And working with foreign human rights organisations cannot be considered a crime,” said the High Commissioner.“Over the past few years, the space for dissenting voices has been shrinking dramatically in Ethiopia,” she added. Ms. Pillay stressed that in its efforts to combat terrorism, the Ethiopian Government must comply at all times with its human rights obligations under international law. The country is party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, both of which guarantee the right to freedom of expression. The High Commissioner urged the Ethiopian Government to release all bloggers and journalists currently in detention for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression. She also reiterated her appeal for there to be a review of current anti-terrorism and civil society legislation to ensure its conformity with international human rights standards.The human rights chief’s call comes on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, observed annually on 3 May. The Day is an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. read more

Employees encouraged to register for Wellness Day

With just a few days left until the close of registration, Brock’s Wellness Day committee is encouraging staff to finalize their itinerary for the popular workshops.A new format will take the majority of workshops off campus and into the community this year. However, one on-campus favourite is using the extended time slot to provide an expanded session for attendees.Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) is expanding its Educate Your Senses seminar to include a structured tasting to showcase the continuing education courses the institute offers.“With the larger time slot, we are able to provide our colleagues with an experience that will leave them knowing a little more about wine appreciation and give them a glimpse into the programming we offer in our continuing education courses,” said session leader Steven Trussler, a senior laboratory demonstrator at the institute.The workshop will include a structured tasting of six wines and two ciders and will introduce participants to different ways of tasting and evaluating beverages.“Each course looks at wine in a different way. Some look at it from pure enjoyment, some use a descriptive tasting method and others try to find similarities and differences,” said Trussler.Craft cider, a growing addition among many Ontario wineries, will also be tasted.“For some people, cider is a completely new category of beverage alcohol,” said Trussler. “This workshop is a great opportunity to bring forward some craft cider that people may not be able to get at the LCBO.“Cider can be just as interesting and complex as wine.”In addition to Educate Your Senses offerings, Wellness Day workshops with space still available include Chocolate Decorating and Tour of Chocolate F/X, Footgolf, Game On (ball hockey), Ice Hockey, Instructional Driving Range, Journey of the Senses (wine and beer tasting at Niagara College), Nine-Hole Golf, Tri a Triatholon and Volunteer Your Time, an opportunity to spend half of a day volunteering with a community organization of the employee’s choice.To accommodate the new schedule, breakfast will be offered in lieu of lunch. Employees are asked to print or show their registration confirmation to receive a breakfast ticket. There will be no registration table.Employees can still expect an opening plenary, but no closing remarks. The bike raffle will take place at the opening plenary, which is also where a complimentary giveaway will be distributed.The popular penny sale will take place over two days this year — Wednesday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday, June 14 from 8 to 10 a.m., both in Thistle Hall near the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. A card with 25 tickets can be purchased for $15, or two cards (50 tickets) for $25.Information about Wellness Day, including the workshop guide, conference-at-a-glance and registration, is available on Human Resource’s SharePoint site. Registration closes Wednesday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m. read more

Ohio State field hockey breaks from Big Ten play to face Kent

Junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey said in an email that after OSU’s recent losses, this weekend’s games could prove to be very important in terms of preparing for the rest of the season. OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito | Managing Editor for DesignOhio State field hockey is stepping away from Big Ten play this weekend, hosting in-state competitor Kent State before traveling to Muncie, Indiana, to face off against the Ball State Cardinals. “This is very vital weekend for our team,” Humphrey said. “We have to come together now and win the weekend. Our team is great when we play together and at our best, so our mentality has to be strong this weekend against these two competitive opponents.” 10/27/15: Kent State 3, Ohio State 1 (Kent, Ohio)10/21/14: Kent State 1, Ohio State 3 (Columbus, Ohio)9/24/13: Kent State 3, Ohio State 4 (Kent, Ohio)9/19/12: Kent State 2, Ohio State 8 (Columbus, Ohio)9/18/11: Kent State 1, Ohio State 4 (Kent, Ohio) Kent State (6-4, 2-0 MAC) enters the weekend on a high note after a 3-2 win over Longwood in overtime last Sunday. Redshirt junior Alison Harmatz leads the Golden Flashes with six goals, equaling 12 points. Juniors Silvia Figa Malgosa and Shannon Talbot, along with senior Krysti Lober follow Harmatz with nine points each. Senior goalkeeper Andrea Rinehart has a .661 save percentage and a total of 41 saves this season, including one shut out against the University of California. The Buckeyes lead the series against the Golden Flashes with a commanding 22-7 record. Kent State emerged victorious in the most recent match-up of the series, which began in 1978. Previous games include: Junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey leads the Scarlet and Gray in nearly every statistical category. She has scored seven goals and tallied three assists this season for a total of 17 points. Freshmen midfielders Esther Clotet Alsina and Adelaide Penzone, who collectively have eight goals and two assists, follow Humphrey in team statistics with a combined 18 points. Ball State (4-6, 0-1 MAC) heads into the match after having lost its last four games, most recently in a competition against Ohio. Seniors Mikayla Mooney and Lexi Kavanaugh lead the offense with nine points each, made up from seven goals and four assists collectively. Senior goalkeeper Jordan Dues has a total of 61 saves this season as well as a .701 save percentage. Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro leads the Big Ten with 51 saves and an average of 5.1 saves per game. Tamburro is assisted by junior back Caroline Rath, who has a team-high four defensive saves this season. Since starting Big Ten play, the Buckeyes (3-7, 0-3) have lost four straight games, including two matches against top-10 teams. Still, OSU possesses a competitive group of players, both on the offensive and defensive lines. The Buckeyes will take on Kent State on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU will then travel to Ball State to play the Cardinals on Monday at 3 p.m.OSU vs. Kent State history “Non-conference games … give the team momentum,” Kile said in an email. “Pulling out two wins this weekend would mean we can move forward (in the season) with strength and confidence.” OSU holds a 15-7 record in the series against Ball State, which dates back to 1983. The Scarlet and Gray have not lost to the Cardinals since 2007 and have won 15 of the last 17 games. The most recent matches include: OSU vs. Ball State history Junior midfielder Morgan Kile said the Buckeyes have really been pushing each other the extra mile this past week in practice because they know how important non-conference games can be in the middle of the season. 9/11/15: Ball State 2, Ohio State 3 (Muncie, Indiana)9/14/14: Ball State 2, Ohio State 3 OT (Columbus, Ohio)10/23/13: Ball State 1, Ohio State 2 (Muncie, Indiana)10/07/12: Ball State 1, Ohio State 9 (Columbus, Ohio)9/27/11: Ball State 0, Ohio State 5 (Muncie, Indiana) read more

201516 NBA Preview Have The Heat Moved On From LeBron

The Heat paid Goran Dragic $85 million this offseason to be the franchise’s best point guard since Tim Hardaway. If nothing else, Dragic should ignite a team that played at the NBA’s second-slowest pace last season. Now that he has recovered from season-ending treatment for blood clots on his lung, Chris Bosh hopes to play as he did in his most productive year in a Heat uniform, the 2013-14 season. His conditioning and versatility ensure that his game will continue to age like fine wine. Many want to compare Justise Winslow, a former Duke standout, to a younger version of Wade, but Wade says Winslow’s size and strength remind him of a younger version of Metta World Peace, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest. To complicate matters further: CARMELO thinks Winslow’s top comp is another Heat teammate, Deng. The post-LeBron James era got off to a disastrous start last season for the Miami Heat, who endured a 37-45 campaign that was riddled with injuries and dumped the team outside of the playoffs for the first time in seven years. A potentially devastating offseason could have followed, but some semblance of order and continuity was restored when franchise anchor Dwyane Wade patched up differences with management and settled on a one-year, $20 million contract for this season. Point guard Goran Dragic signed a long-term deal. Promising center Hassan Whiteside continued to develop, and both Chris Bosh and Josh McRoberts are healed and healthy coming off season-ending maladies last year. All signs point to a Heat revival in the East and an opportunity, if the team stays relatively healthy, to stare down LeBron in the postseason.FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO, on the other hand, projects the Heat to go 38-44 and fall just below .500. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. If Dwyane Wade had a million dollars for every game he missed last season — oh, wait. Evaluating Wade is all about vantage point. He’ll point to the fact that he was second in the league in usage rate last season, but skeptics counter that injuries prevented him from being used for at least 20 games for a second straight season. CARMELO expects Wade to be a shadow of his former self; his top comp, another great in the last chapter of his career. After spending a decade in Chicago, Luol Deng struggled with the turbulence that moved him to Cleveland and ultimately to Miami in the span of a few months. After failing to find comfort with his role last season, he’s banking on that to change in a contract year. It figures that a projection system named after a member of the longtime rival New York Knicks would take such a low-blow shot at the Heat. So a year after hitting rock-bottom and winning just 37 games during an injury-ravaged season, Miami is projected to win only one more game? If so, expect a major shakeup for what has been one of the NBA’s most stable franchises.Here are the CARMELO projections for Miami’s core players: The promising yet enigmatic big man did something last season that hadn’t been done in 50 years: Hassan Whiteside averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in less than 24 minutes a game. That’s profound efficiency, but the key now for Whiteside is to develop consistency. The route from a $21 million salary last season to the $1.6 million vet’s minimum this season involved plenty of sacrifice for Amar’e Stoudemire. But it’ll require even more if Stoudemire is willing to accept a reduced role off the bench to make this work in Miami.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more

Trump travel ban faces biggest legal test yet

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump travel ban: States urge retention of temporary blockFebruary 6, 2017In “World”Trump vows to appeal against travel ban ruling to Supreme CourtMarch 16, 2017In “World”Trump loses appeal court bid to reinstate travel banFebruary 10, 2017In “World” (AP)  President Donald Trump’s travel ban faced its biggest legal test yet Tuesday as a panel of federal judges prepared to hear arguments from the administration and its opponents about two fundamentally divergent views of the executive branch and the court system.The government will ask a federal appeals court to restore the administration’s executive order, contending that the president alone has the power to decide who can enter or stay in the United States. But several states have challenged the ban and insisted that Trump’s executive order is unconstitutional.Tuesday’s hearing was to unfold before a randomly selected panel of judges from the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Whatever the appeals court decides, either side could ask the Supreme Court to intervene.Seattle US District Judge James Robart, who on Friday temporarily blocked Trump’s order, has said a judge’s job is to ensure that an action taken by the government “comports with our country’s laws.”Trump said Tuesday that he can’t believe his administration has to fight in the courts to uphold his refugee and immigration ban, a policy he says will protect the country.“And a lot of people agree with us, believe me,” Trump said at a roundtable discussion with members of the National Sheriff’s Association. “If those people ever protested, you’d see a real protest. But they want to see our borders secure and our country secure.”On Monday, the Justice Department filed a new defence of the ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Lawyers said the ban was a “lawful exercise” of the president’s authority to protect national security and said Robart’s order should be overruled.The filing with the appeals court was the latest salvo in a high-stakes legal fight surrounding Trump’s order.Washington, Minnesota and other states say the appellate court should allow a temporary restraining order blocking the travel ban to stand as their lawsuit moves through the legal system.The panel hearing the arguments includes two Democrat-appointed judges and one Republican appointee.The appeals court over the weekend refused to immediately reinstate the ban, and lawyers for Washington and Minnesota argued anew on Monday that any resumption would “unleash chaos again,” separating families and stranding university students.The Justice Department responded that the president has clear authority to “suspend the entry of any class of aliens” to the US in the name of national security. It said the travel ban, which temporarily suspends the country’s refugee program and immigration from seven countries with terrorism concerns, was intended “to permit an orderly review and revision of screening procedures to ensure that adequate standards are in place to protect against terrorist attacks.”The challengers of the ban were asking “courts to take the extraordinary step of second-guessing a formal national security judgment made by the president himself pursuant to broad grants of statutory authority,” the Justice Department wrote.It’s possible that the panel could make a ruling on a technical point, rather than the larger merits of the case. Under 9th Circuit case law, temporary restraining orders cannot be appealed, a point noted by the states in their briefing to the court.An analysis on that point would include examining whether the lower court’s order is properly classified as a temporary restraining order rather than as another type of order, a preliminary injunction, noted Arthur Hellman, a federal courts scholar at University of Pittsburgh Law School.If the case does end up before the Supreme Court, it could prove difficult to find the necessary five votes to undo a lower court order. The Supreme Court has been at less than full strength since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death a year ago. The last immigration case that reached the justices ended in a 4-4 tie.How and when a case might get to the Supreme Court is unclear. The travel ban itself is to expire in 90 days, meaning it could run its course before a higher court takes up the issue. Or the administration could change it in any number of ways that would keep the issue alive.After Robart’s ruling, the State Department quickly said people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — with valid visas could travel to the USOn Monday, a graduate student who had travelled to Libya with her one-year-old son to visit her sick mother and attend her father’s funeral was back in Fort Collins, Colorado, after having been stopped in Jordan on her return trip. She was welcomed with flowers and balloons by her husband and other children. read more

First mine to ever achieve six million fatality free shifts

first_imgA new mining safety record has been set by De Beers Finsch diamond mine, a mine that is the feature of an Operations Focus article in the January 2008 issue of International Mining. De Beers Finsch mine achieved the first six million fatality free shift milestone by any mine in South Africa on Friday November 14, 2007. Finsch is a highly automated underground diamond mine, situated in the Northern Cape Province and is the only mine (open cast or underground) to ever achieve this record in the history of the South African mining industry. Former World Boxing Champion, Baby Jake Matlala joined De Beers Consolidated Mines managing director, David Noko in congratulating Finsch diamond mine workers. Northern Cape Principal Inspector of Mines, Mrs. Enid Babuseng, presented the award to the mine led by Gerhard van Niekerk, the Operations Manager – all shown in the picture. Finsch Mine has been operating without a single fatality for the past 11 years. Noko congratulated the miners saying; “This achievement is especially significant at a time when the mining industry is battling to reduce significantly the injury and death rate on mines.” He noted: “Miners more than most people appreciate the huge consequences accidents have on families and at this year end all of us in the mining industry; the companies, unions and government, call on every single person in whatever role they have in mining to be more careful and aware of the danger they face in both the work place and when off duty – particularly when on the roads. De Beers as a company will share the best practices that enabled this diamond mine to achieve what its employees and management have succeeded in doing.” He concluded: “A safety culture in mining requires continuous and visible commitment, and leadership from the top with health and safety being a priority in management responsibility. Visible leadership in safety needs to be exercised at all levels of an operation and company and in all roles”.Meanwhile, in its October circular to the industry, the Department of Minerals and Energy in the Northern Cape Region, congratulated Finsch for working 11 years without a fatal accident. “This is a fantastic achievement, particularly for an underground mine of this scale,” said Babuseng.Operations Manager, van Niekerk said: “Safety remains a high priority for employees and management who, working as one committed group, will continue to intensify efforts to encourage safe working practices through various initiatives in the work place and in the public domain. We are making every effort to entrench a zero tolerance approach to safety risk across De Beers’ six South Africa operations, including Finsch. The challenge is for all of us to reach our next safety milestone and achieve our safety vision, SAFETY FIRST; AN ACCIDENT FREE MINE.”Since Finsch achieved the first million fatality free shift milestone in 2000, the mine’s Lost Time Injury Frequency rate has decreased from 0.61 to 0.19 in 2007. Finsch mine was also OHSAS18001/1999 (Occupational Hygiene and Safety Association of South Africa) re-certified during 2007.last_img read more

TUI Arena is home of DKB Bundesliga leaders – TSV Hannover Burgdorf

8.Leipzig221219591:57125 TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF – THW KIEL: 28:27 (14:13) 17.Ludwigshafen212316485:5707 2.Rhein-Neckar201703618:48434 13.Erlangen224612519:59914 TSV Hannover Burgdorf are the new leaders of DKB Bundesliga! The team of Spanish coach Antonio Carlos Ortega beat THW Kiel 28:27 (14:13) once again in this season (third time) to come ahead of Rhein Neckar Lowen, but with two matches more than their first rivals.The TOP scorer of the DKB Bundesliga, Casper Mortensen netted nine goals for the winning team in front of 9.300 fans at TUI Arena, while on the other side, Niklas Ekberg ended match with five goals. STANDINGS: 6.Kiel221417649:56029 18.Huttenberg222317545:6487 1.Hannover-Burgdorf221633634:57935 15.N-Lubbecke213414473:55310 19:00Huttenberg23 – 30Flensburg-H. 14.Gummersbach216015530:58912 5.SC Magdeburg221516655:59131 12.Goppingen226610595:60418 3.Flensburg-H.221624644:55734 19:00Erlangen26 – 26Minden 9.HSG Wetzlar219210550:53120 TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Ziemer (1.-33. 9 odb), Semisch (33.-60., 3 odb); Johannsen, Mortensen (9/7), Patrail (1), Pevnov (3), Lehnhoff (4), Häfner, Atman, Böhm, Karason (1), Olsen (5), Brozovic (1), Kalafut, Christophersen, Kastening (4); Trainer: OrtegaTHW Kiel: Landin (1.-17., 51.-60., 3 odb), Wolff (17.-51. 6 odb); Duvnjak (3), Firnhaber, Weinhold (3), Dissinger (3), Wiencek (4), Ekberg (5/3), Frend Öfors (n.e.), Rahmel (n.e.), Dahmke (1), Zarabec (3), Vujin (2), Bilyk (1), Nilsson (2), Santos (n.e.); Trainer: GislasonResults – Round 22: 19:00Fuchse Berlin24 – 20Leipzig 7.MT Melsungen211326576:53728 16.Stuttgart214116505:5899 19:00Hannover-Burgdorf28 – 27Kiel 19:00SC Magdeburg30 – 27Goppingen 10.Lemgo21849543:57920 4.Fuchse Berlin211623611:55434 11.Minden22679589:61719 ← Previous Story Germany against Serbia in April Next Story → Momir Ilic dismisses rumours about playing for Hungary PHOTO: TSV HANNOVER BURGDORF read more

Greeces growth undermined by lack of investment

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram All indicators agree: the Greek economy is on the way to recovery, yet all optimism coming from this return to growth is undermined by a basic element which is still missing: investment. With the country’s unemployment still perched at 21 per cent (despite having fallen from 24 per cent), the need for investments becomes more evident every passing day. According to a Bloomberg media analysis, investment is the only thing that would drive unemployment below 20 per cent and push down social costs.The report quotes economist Nicholas Magginas, a leading economist with the National Bank of Greece, who estimates that Greece will need investments to grow at an average rate of 8 per cent for the next few years: “You can’t have sustained growth without investment,” he says. “So far the employment pickup has been in labour-intensive, low-skilled sectors like tourism, which don’t improve productivity. But that was the easy part and now it needs to be more capital-intensive.”The Greek government has been trying to create confidence, advertising the country’s return to stability and hoping that this would lead to investment, but this has yet to happen – and the public debate on high-profile investment projects being stalled due to environmental or archaeological reasons, is not helpful. Despite signs of life becoming evident in almost all industries, from manufacturing, which hit a nine-year high last month to retail, which has seen sales growing while crisis-stricken consumers slowly return to spending, gross fixed capital formation was stagnant in 2016, and grew just 2.7 per cent in the first half of this year.last_img read more

Radiologie définition comment se passe un examen et y atil des risques

first_imgRadiologie : définition, comment se passe un examen, et y a-t-il des risques ?La radiologie est un terme générique qui regroupe en son sein les différentes techniques médicales dont le principe de fonctionnement est basé sur l’utilisation du rayonnement pour diagnostiquer ou traiter certaines pathologies.Qu’est-ce que la radiologie ?Spécialité appartenant aux sciences médicales, la radiologie désigne une technique d’imagerie médicale qui emploie soit des rayonnements ionisants, soit des rayons X pour obtenir des images de différentes structures anatomiques. Le recours à ce type d’applications médicales est principalement indiqué pour obtenir des clichés du squelette, des poumons, de la cavité abdominale ou encore des seins. La radiologie se fonde essentiellement sur les propriétés intrinsèques des rayonnements qui présentent la spécificité de traverser la matière vivante et d’impressionner les films radiologiques photosensibles. Les différentes nuances obtenues (du noir au blanc) vont dépendre de la densité des tissus traversés. La radiologie peut ainsi être utilisée à des fins dediagnostic, mais également dans un objectif curatif puisqu’elle permet de traiter certaines formes de cancers. On parlera alors de radiothérapie.Radiologie : comment se déroule l’examen ?L’examen de radiologie peut être pratiqué dans un cadre hospitalier ou dans un cabinet spécialisé “en ville”. Mais quelle que soit sa nature, il doit nécessairement faire l’objet d’une prescription médicale pour être pris en charge par l’Assurance maladie. Après son enregistrement administratif auprès du secrétariat, le patient est accompagné par un manipulateur en radiologie qui va lui indiquer les consignes à suivre. Selon l’examen, il est possible qu’une voie intraveineuse soit posée préalablement afin d’injecter un produit de contraste. À lire aussiUn nouvel appareil de radios médicales en 3DUne fois l’étape préparatoire achevée, le patient est conduit en salle d’examen où il va être positionné entre le tube qui émet les rayons X et la plaque photosensible sur laquelle les images seront impressionnées. Les clichés sont généralement pris lors d’un arrêt de respiration afin d’obtenir des résolutions de bonne qualité.Radiologie : quels sont les risques pour la santé ?Les examens de radiologie ne sont préconisés que lorsque le bénéfice de leur réalisation est supérieur aux risques encourus par l’émission des rayons X. En effet, les différentes radiographies employant des rayonnements ionisants sont considérées comme étant irradiantes. À ce titre, ils font l’objet de l’application du principe de précaution. Cela signifie que la prescription d’une radiographie doit être justifiée et que les doses de rayons reçues doivent être les plus faibles possible. Si la probabilité de développer un cancer face à des doses de rayonnement minimes est faible, celle-ci augmente lorsque les doses excèdent les 200 millisieverts. Il faut savoir qu’une tumeur secondaire à une irradiation peut survenir des années plus tard.Le 7 juillet 2017 à 13:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Petition Seeks to Sell Montana to Canada for 1 Trillion

first_imgStay on target An online petition seeking to sell the state of Montana to Canada for $1 trillion is going viral.Ian Hammond, who created the petition on Change.org, wants to sell The Treasure State to the Great White North for $1 trillion to help ease the U.S. national debt.“We have too much debt and Montana is useless,” says the petition. “Just tell them it has beavers or something.”More than 8,500 people have already signed the petition since its creation last week.The petition at Change.org. (Photo Credit: Change.org)Several Montanans actually support the idea of the state being sold to their neighbors to the north.“I’m Montanan and hoping to join Canada without the moving costs. Let’s do this. Please adopt us,” said one supporter.Some Montanans are already embracing Canadian culture. “Montana native thinks this is a great idea, eh!” said another supporter.And some Canadians are looking forward to the sudden population growth, too. “As a Canadian, I would love to have Montana and any other state you want to throw in. The more the merrier. Bring it on!” posted one petition supporter.Marvel fans even chimed in: “Thanos would want it this way,” said another petition signer.More on Geek.com:Dozens of Cute Seals Are Stranded in a Canadian TownWatch: Canadian Transforms Ice Rink Into Snowy ‘Mona Lisa’ MasterpieceEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Ever Found in North America Dr Pepper Launches Petition to Become Texas’ Official Soft DrinkA Lot of Really Silly People Want Fortnite Banned last_img read more

Wash lawmakers near special session deadline

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — Lawmakers could work through the weekend as the end of an overtime special looms.Late Thursday night, the Democratic-controlled House passed a new budget proposal that dropped an extension of business taxes, and the House also voted to add more money to the state’s education system by closing a group of tax preferences, such as requiring nonresidents to apply for sales tax refunds instead of getting them automatically. Gov. Jay Inslee lauded the House budget in a written statement issued Friday, saying it “shows serious compromise, and meets the Senate more than half way.”The House and Senate have been locked in weeks of fruitless budget negotiations, with a Republican-dominated majority in the Senate opposing any tax changes. Senators have expressed concern about the House plan but also say the two sides are making progress toward a final solution.The special session ends Tuesday. Inslee has said another special session would start Wednesday if needed.last_img read more