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Floyd Won’t Go for Win #50? Ha!

first_imgBoxingnews24.com reported earlier today that WBA/WBC welterweight champion, and near-unanimously anointed best “pound for pound” fighter in the world today, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (48-0, 26KOs), will retire after facing Andre Berto (30-3, 23KOs) on September 12.This is really it, says Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. I say hogwash.Larry Merchant famously dubbed boxing “the theater of the unexpected,” and it is certainly true. That Berto could actually beat Mayweather and thus tarnish his perfect record is highly unlikely, but not impossible. But let’s assume things go the way nearly everyone predicts: on September 13, Floyd will arise with a record of 49-0, tying the late, great Rocky Marciano.Does anyone really think that Floyd won’t try to break Rocky’s record and go for #50? Even if Floyd were merely hanging on to his undefeated streak via smoke and mirrors, it would be unfathomable that he wouldn’t be tempted to go for the big 5-0. That he continues to dominate the sport, and that one really has to think hard about any fighter in or near his weight class who would beat him (there are some, but not many), renders that possibility unimaginable.Sure, Floyd could defend against a pushover next spring to go for 50 – after all, that’s how Joe Louis padded his record: many of his opponents, collectively, were called the “Bum-of-the Month” club. But Floyd can still take on a respectable opponent whom he would have no problem dispatching, en route to a perfect 50-0.Mark my words, Floyd Mayweather will fight again, after September. I would say “you heard it here first,” but you didn’t. You’ve probably heard it everywhere, because everyone’s saying it – except Mayweather himself – and his entourage. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India vs Essex practice match ends in draw as top order struggle continues

first_imgIndia played out a draw with English county side Essex in the three-day warm up match at Chelmsford on Friday. India failed to put up a strong show ahead of the high-octane five-match Test series against England, which will begin on August 1 at Edgbaston.India failed to bowl out Essex in 94 overs and then Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara endured another failure when they went back to the pavilion for a duck and 23 runs, respectively on the final day.Essex resumed Day 3 at 237/5 and then went on to frustrate the Indians for 36 overs before declaring at 359/8, just 36 runs short of India’s first innings total.The stumps for the final day was called one and a half hours early due to rain, with India’s score reading 89/2 in 21.2 overs. The game ended rather abruptly, courtesy the first spell of rain in Chelmsford in two months.Also read – Watch: Shikhar Dhawan fails again, bags second duck in 3 daysThe away team would have been heading to Birmingham, the venue of the first Test, in a much better space if two of its key batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara had gotten some runs under their belt. However, it was not to be as Dhawan departed without scoring for the second time in the match while Pujara perished after scoring 23 off 35 balls.Lokesh Rahul, who was among the runs in the first innings alongside skipper Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay and Hardik Pandya, was sent out to open today alongside the struggling Dhawan.advertisementThe stylish right-hander made a strong case for selection in the series opener with a an unbeaten 36 off 64 balls, following his 58 in the first innings.Also read – Watch: Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan show off some bhangra skills at practice matchIt remains to be seen whether the team management sticks to the left-right combination of Dhawan and Vijay or brings in Rahul at the top. Pujara is also not a certain starter and if he is overlooked, Rahul can also bat at his number three position.After the bowlers were made to work hard by Essex, India got off to another poor start in their second innings, with Dhawan bowled for a three-ball duck in the second over. He was unable to comprehend Matt Quinn’s (1/5) swing and fell for a pair in this game having faced only four balls.Pujara improved on his first innings’ showing before falling to Paul Walter. Looking comfortable to a great extent, Pujara put on 36 runs for the second wicket with Rahul (who was dropped on 8 at second slip).Also read – Catching up with Virat Kohli after 12 years: The story of Varun ChopraBut just as he was beginning to drop anchor and have a good session or two, a low catch ended his stay at the crease with Varun Chopra making no mistake at short mid-wicket.Needing some batting time under his belt, Ajinkya Rahane then walked to the crease and saw India safely to tea. Afterwards though, it was surprising to see Rahul still walk out to bat, as Karun Nair (who scored 4 in the first innings) could have done with another hit in the middle.Perhaps the biggest news of the day, however, came in the pre-lunch session when R Ashwin (0/21) bowled five overs. He overcame the minor finger injury sustained in the nets on Thursday and took the field for a first time in three days, much to the relief of the team management.Ashwin bowled with decent control on a slow wicket not yet affording turn, and looked the best out of three spinners on display. Kuldeep Yadav (0/24) had also bowled in the morning session, his first outing in this game as well. But Walter (75 runs, 123 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) got stuck into him, hitting three fours and a six in two overs, as he attacked the wrist spinner.It was surprising that the spinners bowled only 11 out of 94 overs India sent down in the Essex innings with Ravindra Jadeja (0-17) not bowling on this final day.India’s pacers all had a good workout on day three as well, with Hardik Pandya (0/54) and Ishant Sharma (3/59) sharing the second new ball. The latter struggled to find his line for the second day running, while Shardul Thakur (1/58) put in some vital horse work.Mohammed Shami (0/68) generated enough momentum to get into reckoning, should India choose to go in with only two full-time pacers in the first Test, given how Pandya bowled well enough in both innings.As such, the stand out bowler for India in this game was Umesh Yadav who took 4/35 in 18 overs and always found enough movement to trouble the Essex batsmen. He has made a stern case to be included for the Birmingham Test, but there are far more important questions regarding the batting order and spin combination to be answered.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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India all-rounder Vijay Shankar ruled out of World Cup 2019 with toe injury

first_imgIn a blow to the Indian team going into the business end, all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the World Cup with a toe injury. While the blow at the nets off Jasprit Bumrah hadnt looked very serious to start with, it looks to have been aggravated.Shankar has been ruled out and the BCCI may now make a formal request to the ICC to call in a replacement.”Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. His situation is not great and he won’t be able to take part in the tournament. He is going back home,” a senior BCCI official revealed.”The Indian team management is likely to ask for Mayank Agarwal as replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” the source added.Shankar is likely to be replaced in the squad by Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format.India skipper Virat Kohli had informed at the toss during the England game on Sunday that the all-rounder had a toe niggle and the signs weren’t too good.”Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant is in. He brings in a lot of fearlessness. Once he gets to 20, then he’s unstoppable,” Kohli had said.In fact, speaking on the eve of the England game, Kohli had praised Shankar and said: “So you can’t really sit down and pinpoint things. But I personally felt that he (Shankar) looked really solid. There’s not much that needs to be tinkered with. Sometimes in cricket you just need a bit of luck to get over from 30 to 60, and then you play a defining knock for the team. He’s very close to that, and we’re very confident that he’s going to end up playing that kind of knock for us.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Some Fans Want A Top College Coach Gone After Tonight’s Loss

first_imgA view of Auburn's stadium from behind the goal post.AUBURN – OCTOBER 16: The Auburn University band comes out of the tunnel before the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)Gus Malzahn was just given a big contract extension after last season, when his Auburn Tigers won the SEC West. For some fans, that decision hasn’t aged well.The Arkansas Razorbacks, which wound up hiring Chad Morris away from SMU, reportedly made a big run at Malzahn.He is an Arkansas native, and was a legendary high school coach in the state. Instead, he parlayed it into a deal that made him one of the five highest-paid coaches in the sport.Malzahn is set to make $6.7 million this season, per USA Today‘s recently updated database. That puts him behind Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jimbo Fisher, and Jim Harbaugh. That’s the whole list.Perhaps more importantly, his buyout is at nearly $33 million, which makes it very hard for Auburn to fire him.Even so, after tonight’s loss at Mississippi State, some Auburn fans are done with Gus Malzahn.It’s not realistic for him to be on the hot seat, but logic doesn’t often factor in to college football fandom.I don’t care how much it costs. Malzahn has to go. If he’s an offensive genius, then I’m a leading New Testament Scholar because I got a C in Greek.— Will Standridge II (@WillStandridge) October 7, 2018I hate to say it… I don’t want to say it… but the Gus Malzahn era at Auburn is over. The question is how long the administration and fan base take to align on this fact.— Ben? Max (@BenBloodworth) October 7, 2018You single handily gave him an extension. Now that you’re gone, he’s exposed. Malzahn is an opportunistic coach. He needs to go back to high school. You my friend will go down as one of my most favorite Auburn men. #wareagle #Lions— dlanie001 (@aupr0ud) October 7, 2018OUR TIMELINES ARE A MESS pic.twitter.com/LKPNmUI96Z— SpOoKy Malzahn’s Murderless Joyball (@sheabooskyy) October 7, 2018I’ve advocated for Guz Malzahn for a while, but I don’t know how to make an excuse for him anymore— juan tomas (@jtwallace_) October 7, 2018I SWEAR I’ll personally pay for the moving trucks for Stidham and the Malzahn family…@AuburnTigers @Jarrett_Stidham @CoachGusMalzahn— Solomon Crenshaw (@SolfromBessma) October 7, 2018Of course, knowing how Malzahn has ducked and dodged his way off the hot seat before, Auburn is about ready to run the table and beat Alabama out of nowhere.It shocks me how many peoplea.) don’t know about the Malzahn Cycle, this is basic football scienceb.) assume people in Alabama care about math or money when it comes to football https://t.co/CwdNb16fqi— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) October 7, 2018Malzahn’s Tigers should be able to bounce back against a struggling Tennessee team next week. That won’t be nearly enough to calm the critics though.last_img read more

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Grand Gala to trace Jamaica’s history, chart future – Ibo Cooper

first_imgStory Highlights Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Johnny Clarke, Junior Reid, Ken Boothe, Queen Ifrica to perform The Grand Gala celebrations will summarize Jamaica 50 celebrations Come August 6, Jamaicans will be celebrating in their black, green and gold the Independence story and history of our small but creative and vibrant country.One of the premier events for the Independence celebrations, the Grand Gala at the National Stadium, the organisers say, will portray to the country and the world, the pride and story of our ‘Out of Many, One People’ nation. The production promises to highlight not only the history, but importantly, the strength of the Jamaican people.Principal Musical Director for the Grand Gala, Ibo Cooper says this 51st year of Independence presents a great opportunity for Jamaicans to re-think the way we do things as a country and the conversations we must have and share as a people. He says in this respect, the Grand Gala celebrations will summarize Jamaica 50 celebrations as well as chart the way forward for the beginning of the next fifty years, in the form of a musical. This musical, he notes, will intricately weave our Independence story and pay homage to the traditions, religions, music and dance that have all contributed to the Jamaican culture.“Rather than a stage show concept, it will be a variety show that presents itself as a musical. So you will have stage show aspects, you will have aspects of our cultural heritage put in the form of dance, in spoken word, in song, but it will all flow as one story threaded by iconic images like Miss Lou and (folk legends like) Anancy but utilizing the present technology of the digital world, screen animations and so on,” he explains.In addition to sending to Jamaicans a message that they should respect what has gone before and those who have helped to advance the nation this far in its journey, the creative concept of the Grand Gala also seeks to position young people as the elders, icons and heroes of the future.The Principal Musical Director says patrons can look forward to authentic representations of the Jamaican culture. Among the artistes and bands to perform on the show will be Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Johnny Clarke, Junior Reid, Ken Boothe, Queen Ifrica, Judy Mowatt, Fab Five, Blue Print, Raging Fire, General Trees, Nomads,  and Cecile and others.Mr. Cooper notes that this year’s celebrations will also recognize a number of young musical talents.  A veteran within the music and creative industries, the Grand Gala Principal Musical Director says persons should not underestimate the potential of events of this nature to create a creative, cultural and entertainment outlet for people to celebrate while teaching valuable lessons about who Jamaicans are, and the direction in which we should go as a people.The Principal Musical Director references a quote from literary and political icon Kahlil Gibran: “When you go to the market place, buy from the flute players and dancers also because what they bring, though fashioned on dreams, is food and raiment for the soul.”Reminiscing on his childhood memories of Independence celebrations in 1962, Ibo Cooper discloses that as a boy he was excited to be a part of the Independence celebrations. “It was significant to hear a new anthem and to see the last of the Union Jack, to see the new flag and feel ok with our nation of our own. We had these dreams of what we could be,” he recalls.The Principal Musical Director says he believes the Jamaican society still has the opportunity to inspire a greater sense of patriotism within the youth. He hopes that at the conclusion of this year’s celebrations, our young people will be more willing to carry the baton in the relay for the reconstruction of our culture, heritage, patriotism and nationhood. “It’s their time to run their leg and in a relay; and I hope the message comes across, in a relay there are two sets of people depending on you – the guys who ran hard to give you the baton and the one waiting on the baton,” he asserts. The production promises to highlight the history and the strength of the Jamaican peoplelast_img read more

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Consultations publiques de la régie Southwest Nova

first_imgLa régie régionale de la santé Southwest Nova demande à ses résidents de partager leurs opinions sur la façon dont la province offre les services de soins continus aux bébés, aux enfants, aux jeunes, aux adultes et aux aînés. << Il est important de consulter tous les Néo-Écossais au sujet de cette question primordiale en matière de soins de santé, >> a déclaré le ministre de la Santé, Angus MacIsaac. << Les commentaires que nous recevrons nous aideront à bâtir un meilleur système. >> Les services de soins continus incluent les soins à domicile, les foyers de soins infirmiers, les soins de fin de vie, les centres de jour pour adultes, la protection des adultes et les autres services de soutien des gens de tout âge qui vivent dans la communauté. Plus de 50 réunions publiques auront lieu à l’échelle de la province en juin et en juillet. Les commentaires du public et des recherches supplémentaires serviront à élaborer des plans à long et à court terme pour les services de soins continus. Les réunions publiques de la régie Southwest Nova auront lieu le 28 juin à Digby et Clare, le 29 juin à Argyle et Yarmouth, et le 30 juin à Shelburne. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur les soins continus ainsi que l’horaire des réunions publiques sont disponibles sur le site Web du ministère de la Santé à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/health. Les soumissions écrites peuvent être envoyées par courriel à l’adresse contcaresfp@gov.ns.ca, par la poste au Gestionnaire de projet, Projet de cadre stratégique, Services de soins continus, C. P. 488, Halifax (Nouvelle-Écosse), B3J 2R8, ou par télécopieur au numéro 1-866-544-7700 (sans frais). Les commentaires peuvent également être transmis par téléphone en composant le numéro sans frais 1-877-564-3400.last_img read more

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Four judges cleared for elevation SC now at full strength

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government is learnt to have cleared the names of four judges for their elevation to the Supreme Court, sources said Wednesday.Once the appointments formally come through, the top court will have its full sanctioned strength of 31 judges (including the chief justice). As of now, the apex court is functioning with 27 judges. The four names cleared by the government are justices Aniruddha Bose, A S Bopanna, B R Gavai and Surya Kant. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe names of justices Bose and Bopanna were earlier returned by the government to the SC collegium citing seniority and representation of regions as the reasons. But in its resolution passed earlier this month, the collegium had reiterated its recommendation to elevate justices Bose and Bopanna to the apex court, observing that nothing adverse has been found regarding their competence, conduct or integrity. The collegium had also recommended the names of justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant for elevation to the apex court. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe five-member Collegium is headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Sources aware of the development said the notification is expected either Wednesday evening or on Thursday morning once the President signs their warrant of appointment. Justice Bose, whose parent high court is Calcutta, is the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and is at number 12 in all-India seniority of judges. Justice Bopanna, whose parent high court is Karnataka, is the Gauhati High Court Chief Justice and stands at number 36. Justice Gavai is a judge of the Bombay High Court and Justice Kant is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. Last year, the government had locked horns with the judiciary, refusing to clear the name of Justice KM Joseph for elevation to the top court. But the government was forced to accept his elevation when the collegium reasserted its choice and Justice Joseph took oath in August last year.last_img read more

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Big push likely for PSU asset monetisation in Budget

first_imgNew Delhi: Governments asset monetisation programme involving development and sale of surplus land parcel and other non-core assets of public sector enterprises (PSEs) is expected to be big focus of Budget 2019-20 that is constrained to look at various innovative models to mobilise additional resources amidst a slowing economy. Senior government officials said that the new asset monetisation programme will hinge on a two-pronged strategy. One involving strategic sale of loss making and defunct PSEs sitting on large tracts of land that could be commercially utilised. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The second part of the strategy will be to get even existing profit making PSEs such as ONGC, NTPC, SAIL, BHEL, Airports Authority of India (AAI), PowerGrid, to sell some of their non-core assets, including manufacturing units and surplus land to realise funds that could be invested in new projects where private investments is not forthcoming. The government will benefit from such exercise as portion of gains from such sale by PSUs will be recouped to it by way of higher dividend pay-out. Also, it will receive a portion of the commission charged by state-run construction company NBCC Ltd that may get mandate to auction some of the PSU assets. DIPAM has also sought Expression of Interests (EoI) from international property consultancy firms to offer advisory services in its CPSE land and building asset monetisation drive. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “There are huge tracts of land in prime areas that could realise good commercial value on sale. Some of the land parcels are with loss making and defunct PSEs that could offer good revenue to the government under the strategic sale route. A portion of this land can also be used for making affordable housing for poor,” said a government official asking not to be named. “Though the asset monetisation scheme was announced in 2016, it never took off due to differences over the scale and end use of such assets. Moreover, the earlier plan weighted heavily on involving NBCC to facilitate quick monetisation of assets. But this was not the right path to take,” the official added. The renewed focus on asset monetisation this year will active participation of both NBCC and international property consultants and other consultants selected through a competitive bidding process. On its part, DIPAM and Niti Aayog, the government’s think-tank, have already started the exercise to identify projects that would be put up under the scheme. The consultants would assess their valuation and decide on a mechanism to sell them. The plan could take up land parcels such as surplus land available with NTPC on its now closed Badarpur power plant in Delhi. Though an eco-park is proposed over 884 acre of land, sources said some way to commercialise extract the prime land could be explored. Also, erstwhile Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s (VSNLs) surplus land measuring 773.13 acres located at five locations in four cities, namely, Pune, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennai could also be put up under asset monetisation. Last year, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had approved a scheme which cleared the way to de-merge surplus land of nearly 773 acres from Tata Comm that bought VSNL in an earlier disinvestment round, settling a 16 year old matter. At a meeting of officials from DIPAM, Niti Aayog, oil ministry and other departments recently, a decision has been taken to monetise non-core assets of ONGC and BPCL. This will involve sale of the sports club owned by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Chembur, Mumbai and few of the golf courses of ONGC with priority sale of two at Ahmedabad and Vadodara being located on prime land. ONGC also owns a few more golf courses — in Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) and one in Assam. Moreover, six CPSEs, including IDPL, HMT, Hindustan Antibiotics, Scooters India and Tungabhadra Steel Products, have more than 3,000 acres of prime land that may be monetised. The entire sale proceeds from these loss-making entities would flow to the Centre. Huge land parcels are also available with Port Trusts. The whole plan on asset monetisation is being finalised based on its success in the highway sector where National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been successful in getting good investor interest in some of its operational road projects. In fact, Niti Aayog has favoured reverse BOT (build, operate and transfer) model for all state-run infrastructure projects so that these projects are sold out and allowed to be run by the private sector. While the government seems determined to move ahead with its innovative idea that found its place first in then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget speech of 2016, a few PSU heads are not comfortable with the idea to hand over projects build with their sweat on a platter to the private sector. “We should look at finding buyers for some of our idle and deadwood projects rather than handing over those where PSUs have worked hard to get clearances and create a market,” said a PSUs head not wishing to be named. NTPC is already looking at selling or closing down some of its old power plants that have depleted value for it. For SAIL, the plan is to identify private sector investors for its loss-making units.last_img read more

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Stars Call To End Animal Experiment Secrecy

first_imgThe National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) has welcomed support from Ricky Gervais and Paul O’Grady, who have joined the NAVS campaign to end secrecy in animal experiments in the UK.They are among 24 celebrities who have signed up to a statement urging the repeal of Section 24, the animal experiment ‘secrecy clause’ which is currently under review by the Government. Members of the public have until June 13th to have their say.The NAVS President Jan Creamer, “The repeal of Section 24 is long overdue and a growing number of voices, including the Government themselves, agree that action must be taken. The situation as it stands is untenable. Please join the NAVS campaign to end animal experiment secrecy by responding to the Government’s public consultation before June 13th.”The NAVS campaign to repeal Section 24 is supported by 24 celebrities, including Ricky Gervais, Paul O’Grady, Chris Packham, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Brian Blessed, Colin Baker, Annette Crosbie, Gemma Atkinson, Meg Mathews, Alexei Sayle, Sadie Frost, Benjamin Zephaniah, Eddie Izzard, Jenny Seagrove, Lynsey de Paul, Peter Egan, Julia Peasgood, Samantha Womack, Wendy Turner-Webster, Martin Shaw, Prunella Scales, Julian Clary and Ann Widdecombe, who has written an article on the need for openness in animal experiments.The celebrities join over 30 organisations, companies and eminent individuals who have signed the NAVS statement of support to date, including Sir Jonathon Porritt, Peter Tatchell, Campaign for Freedom of Information, Voice for Ethical Research at Oxford and The Kennel Club. MPs from all parties have supported motions calling for reform and Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach has stated that the provisions in Section 24 are “out of step with government policy on openness and transparency”.Over 4 million animals are experimented on in the UK each year, and the use of animals in research is an issue of considerable public concern. Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act – the legislation governing the use of animals in research – prevents details of animal experiments being revealed; to do so would be a criminal offence carrying a two year prison term, even with the researcher’s consent. The clause has constrained public debate and inhibited scientific and ethical scrutiny of the use of animals in research.The NAVS is leading the call to remove Section 24 and is also urging the Government to allow licence applications for research projects using animals to be made public before experiments are given the go-ahead. Opening up the application process for animal experiments would allow organisations to help identify duplicate experiments and highlight where non-animal technology can be used to benefit humans and animals alike.The NAVS has produced postcards to enable members of the public to take part in the Government consultation which can be ordered by calling the NAVS on 020 7630 3340. You can also complete the consultation online, using the NAVS guide. The consultation closing date is Friday, 13th June.last_img read more

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UN produces manual for humanitarian workers on negotiating with armed groups

Humanitarian groups in conflict zones trying to provide civilians with food, protection, or safe passage are faced with the daily possibility that they may have to negotiate with armed groups and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is releasing a handbook to tell them how.Ahead of the official launching tomorrow of the first ever comprehensive UN “Manual on Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said: “I strongly urge all those engaged in negotiations with non-state armed groups to consult the manual in order to prepare and conduct the dialogue with these groups carefully.” “We envision that the manual and the companion set of guidelines will become essential guides for humanitarian practitioners in the field,” he added.After research, extensive consultations with key UN units and non-UN humanitarian partners and several field visits, all supported by the Swiss Government, OCHA has produced the manual and guidelines, as well as a CD-ROM version that includes background papers. The project responds to resolutions passed in the General Assembly and the Security Council, OCHA said.In approaching negotiations, the publication says, humanitarian organizations should build a profile of the armed group’s motivations, structure, principles of action, interests, constituency, needs, ethno-cultural dimensions and control of population and territory. At all stages, humanitarian organizations must ensure that the talks are conducted in accordance with relevant security procedures, it cautions.Humanitarian organizations must also bear in mind that armed groups may sometimes use their ability to exert force against civilian populations as a bargaining tool, or misuse the negotiations to enhance their position in political talks or to support their claims of legitimacy. In that regard, an important framework for negotiations is provided by international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international criminal law, in addition to fundamental humanitarian principles, the manual says. read more

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Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds

first_imgMotorised molecules that target diseased cells may deliver drugs or kill the cells by drilling into the cell membranes. The ‘motor’ is a rotor-like chain of atoms that can be prompted to move in one direction, causing the molecule to rotate at high speed.Dr Robert Pal of Durham University said: “We are moving towards realising our ambition to be able to use light-activated nanomachines to target cancer cells such as those in breast tumours and skin melanomas, including those that are resistant to existing chemotherapy.“Once developed, this approach could provide a potential step change in non-invasive cancer treatment and greatly improve survival rates and patient welfare globally.” The prostate cancer cells start to 'bleb' or disintegrate, as seen in the bottom image  Motorised molecules that target diseased cells may deliver drugs or kill the cells by drilling into the cell membranes.Credit:Tour Group/Rice University A graphic showing the tiny nanomachine Credit:Tour Group/Rice University The molecules could be used either to tunnel into cells carrying therapeutic agents, or to act as killer weapons that blast open tumour membranes.Videos showed the cancer cell membranes bubbling under the assault.Without an ultraviolet trigger, the motor molecules located target cells but then remained harmlessly on their surfaces. The scientists, whose work is reported in the journal Nature, created several different light-activated motorised molecules designed to home in on specific cells.They found that the nanomachines needed to spin at two to three million times per second to overcome nearby obstacles and outpace natural Brownian motion, the erratic movement of microscopic particles suspended in fluid. Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.In one test conducted at Durham University the nanomachines took between one and three minutes to break through the outer membrane of prostate cancer cell, killing it instantly.   The prostate cancer cells start to ‘bleb’ or disintegrate after just 60 seconds, as seen in the bottom image Credit:Robert Pal/Durham University) The researchers are already proceeding with experiments in microorganisms and small fish and hope to move to rodents soon, ahead of clinical trials in humans if animal testing is successful. 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. When triggered, the molecules rapidly drilled through the cell membranes.Dr James Tour, a member of the international team from Rice University in Houston, US, said: “These nanomachines are so small that we could park 50,000 of them across the diameter of a human hair, yet they have the targeting and actuating components combined in that diminutive package to make molecular machines a reality for treating disease.”In this study we have shown that we can drill into cells, animal cells, human cells using these nanomachines, they will attach to the surface and then a light will be shone upon them and they will drill right into the cell.”For many years I never had envisioned the nanomachines being used medically, I though they were way too small, because they are much much smaller than a cell, but now this work has really changed my thoughts on this and I think therapeutically this will be a whole new way to treat patients, it’s going to be an excellent application for cancer treatment, not just for killing of cells but for the treatment of cells, interacting with the human body using molecular machines.” A graphic showing the tiny nanomachine last_img read more

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Minecrafts Notch working on new game called Scrolls

first_imgWhen Minecraft first appeared for download no one could have foreseen how popular it was going to be. The one man developing it, Markus “Notch” Persson, certainly didn’t, but now he could sit back and relax watching the money roll in from his block world sandbox.But like all talented game designers, he’s not going to work on the same project forever and gets itchy feet, so it doesn’t come as a great surprise that the first details of his next game have appeared on the web. That game is called Scrolls and it couldn’t be more different from Minecraft.Unlike Minecraft this next game is not being created by a single person. It’s a team effort consisting of two people, the other person being Jakob Porser who is listed as lead designer on the new project.Scrolls is at its core an interactive collectible card game that has spent the last five years being created as an idea that could be turned into a game by the duo. It takes elements of both battle card games and board games to form a new strategy game with an emphasis on tactical gameplay.What both Notch and Porser want is an ever-changing strategy battle that allows you to compete against another opponent using a range of battle templates. They also want it to scale to allow for tournaments to take place and leagues to form around it. If nothing else it sounds as challenging and audacious as Minecraft did on paper.The game is in the very early stages of development at the moment with only concept art available to view. We can assume that this will be a digital card game, and there’s sure to be online gameplay elements. What game ships without them these days? And as Scrolls requires opponents it suggests that online will be a core prerequisite if the game is ever to work.Read more at the Scrolls website, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

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Enda Kenny should step aside as Brexit Minister when he leaves office

first_imgEnda Kenny should step aside as Brexit Minister when he leaves office – poll The poll also showed strong support for a united Ireland to avoid a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland. http://jrnl.ie/3307451 Share178 Tweet Email Short URL 52 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 4:10 PM THE VAST MAJORITY of Irish people think Enda Kenny should step aside as Brexit Minister when he leaves office, according to a recent poll.The Red C/ Sunday Business Post poll shows that 60% of those polled think that Kenny should relinquish his title as Brexit Minister once he resigns as Taoiseach.Although Kenny hasn’t officially announced when he will leave, he’s expected to give a timeline for his departure soon – sometime after 29 April is one reported deadline.That’s the date set for the European Council – a summit that will set the negotiating criteria for talks between the EU and UK.Kenny has signaled that he wishes to stay on to ensure Brexit negotiations and talks in Northern Ireland progress smoothly – a move Simon Coveney, who’s a leading candidate for the Fine Gael leadership described as ‘unsurprising’.The same poll also showed that People were split on whether there should be a general election when Enda Kenny steps down and there’s another Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach.The poll also showed that the vast majority of people didn’t think the government had a clear plan to deal with Brexit (68%) and that 58% of people thought that a united Ireland was the best way to avoid a hard border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.Read: ‘Silence from the rebels’ as Kenny talks to Fine Gael TDs about his futureRead: Michael Noonan wants Enda Kenny to stay on as Taoiseach until at least the summercenter_img Image: RollingNews.ie As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 18,440 Views Mar 26th 2017, 4:10 PM Image: RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Guerre des brevets Apple doit faire de la pub pour Samsung

first_imgGuerre des brevets : Apple doit faire de la pub pour SamsungApple a perdu son procès contre Samsung au Royaume-Uni. Non seulement le tribunal a déclaré que le Galaxy Tab n’a pas copié l’iPad, mais il a aussi obligé Apple à l’indiquer sur son site Internet.Le Galaxy Tab de Samsung serait moins “cool” que l’iPad. Aussi étonnant soit-il, c’est bien sur ce critère que le juge Colin Birss a donné raison à la marque coréenne le 9 juillet. Elle était opposée à Apple au Royaume-Uni pour violation de brevet. Cette dernière accusait en effet Samsung d’avoir copié l’iPad. Plus surprenant encore, le juge a indiqué mercredi dernier à nos confrères de Bloomberg, que la marque à la pomme devra faire de la publicité pour Samsung sur son site anglais. Ainsi, durant six mois, Apple se trouve contraint à afficher un encart dans lequel est indiqué que le Galaxy Tab n’est pas une copie de l’iPad. Par ailleurs, la firme de Cupertino devra également publier ce message dans des journaux et magazines locaux, dont le Financial Times et le Daily Mail.Ce jugement pourrait donc calmer les ardeurs d’Apple qui multiplie les procédures dans les nombreux pays et aussi relativiser la victoire de Samsung. Colin Birss avait en effet estimé que la tablette de Samsung “n’a pas la même simplicité raffinée et extrême qui est intrinsèque au design d’Apple” et qu’elle “n’est pas assez cool”.Prochain round aux States À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Samsung s’est bien évidemment félicité de cette décision de justice, malgré la pique du juge. Mais de son côté, Apple devrait rapidement faire appel de cette décision. Pour rappel, la marque à la pomme avait déjà subi une défaite similaire il y a quelques semaines contre le taïwanais HTC. Aux États-Unis, le procès qui oppose Apple à Samsung commence le 30 juillet. La firme de Cupertino avait néanmoins réussi à interdire la vente du Galaxy Tab 10.1outre-Atlantique en attendant le procès fleuve. Concernant celui-ci, la juge américaine Lucy Koh a indiqué mercredi dernier que le Sud-coréen ne pourra pas utiliser comme pièce pour le dossier les commentaires à l’emporte-pièce de Steve Jobs à l’égard d’Android. Dans sa biographie, le co-fondateur d’Apple avait en effet déclaré : “Je vais détruire Android, parce que c’est un produit volé. Je veux lui déclarer une guerre thermonucléaire”.Le 20 juillet 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Gerrard warns Rangers players to learn from dismissals

first_imgSteven Gerrard has warned his Rangers players to avoid more red cards in the future in order not to derail their campaign goals.Jon Flanagan was sent off in Ufa, while Daniel Candeias has been sent off twice and Ross McCrorie and Scott Arfield were dismissed against St Mirren and Hearts respectively.Rangers have coped well in difficult situations throughout the season but boss Gerrard knows luck could run out on them at a later date.“Yes, this morning,” he told the Evening Times when asked if he had spoken to his squad about the dismissals.“Look some red cards we have deserved, some we feel a little bit hard done by, but it is what it is. We’ve had seven red cards which is too many and we’ve told the players that.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Now that’s not my main concern because I am confident we can help the players and channel it in the right direction.“We want them to be tough and compete and be fair and be as hard to play against as we can. But we have to make the players aware of the knock-on effect.“We have played over 280 minutes with either ten men or nine. Now we have coped very well in those circumstances but it’s the knock-on effect it has.“Players have to work hard in those minutes, they do more sprints, more accelerations, and decelerations so it has more strain on the body so that makes it more of a high risk of injuries.“We also lose key players for important fixtures in the future, so it’s not just the isolated incidents that concern us, it’s the knock-on effect it has on the squad.”last_img read more

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The World Soy Foundations Why I Support Series Features Dan Farney of

first_imgYou may have already heard, but the World Soy Foundation (WSF) has declared July to be “Acre Challenge Month.” To celebrate, we’re sharing more videos of our farmer supporters telling us why they choose to support the WSF. This week, check out Dan Farney—Illinois farmer, WSF Board Trustee, ASA/WISHH Committee Member, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Board Member and Illinois Soybean Association Board Member—as he tells us why he believes in giving the gift of protein! Click HERE to view the video.Thank you, Dan, for your support! If you’d like to join Dan in helping to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy, visit us online  www.worldsoyfoundation.org or check us out on Twitter (@TheWSF),  and YouTube!last_img

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Town Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department DPWRelated Services  Products

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Invitations To BidWater & Sewer Division – Fire Hydrants — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Valve Boxes & Curbstop Boxes — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Gate Valves — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Miscellaneous Water Supplies — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Ductile Iron Pipe — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Laboratory Services — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Generator Maintenance Contract — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amWater & Sewer Division – Instrumentation Maintenance/Calibration — Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Screener Rental — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Guardrail Installation — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Pavement Markings — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Roadway Management Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Bituminous Products — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Crack Sealing — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW – Tree Planting Services — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amDPW — Stormwater Pond Maintenance Service — Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:00amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at]wilmingtonma.gov with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town Posts 15 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding and Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 13 2015

first_imgHaines Sees A Spike in Avian RescuesEmily Files, KHNS – HainesThe American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines has seen such a dramatic increase in bird rescues that they’re asking for the public’s help. The foundation plans to form a volunteer Avian Rescue Team. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio State Says Sockeye Fire Sprung From A Burn Pile; 2 Face ChargesEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageTwo Anchorage adults have been charged with igniting the Sockeye fire, which destroyed 55 homes near Willow in June.Marriage Ruling Doesn’t Protect LBGT Alaskans Against Workplace DiscriminationLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauAlaska is one of 28 states that allow workplace discrimination against someone based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.Calista Shareholders Vote to Enroll ‘Afterborns’Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThousands of so-called afterborns will be eligible for shares of Calista Corporation after shareholders voted Saturday. The preliminary results from the annual meeting in Kasigluk dramatically reshape the ownership of the Y-K Delta’s regional Alaska Native Corporation.Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean AcidificationShady Grove Oliver, KBBI – HomerA recent NOAA study named 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Earlier this week, we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.On the Nushagak, Sportfishers Struggle to Reel In the KingsMatt Martin, KDLG – DillinghamThe Nushagak River is becoming one of Alaska’s premier destinations for king salmon sport fishermen. The king return to the Nushagak is proving stronger this year than last, and Fish and Game says they’re on track to meet the escapement goal. But sport fishing guides say the angling has been less than average.New RX Drug Drop Gives Community a Chance to Safely Purge MedsElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauStarting Monday, Juneau residents will be able to walk into the police department and hand over drugs without consequence. It’s been several months since the community could safely dispose of prescription medications.last_img read more

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When Salman Khan insulted Katrina Kaif with success has gone to her

first_imgKapil Sharma, Salman Khan, Katrina KaifSony TVRemember how Salman Khan, during the entire promotional events of Bharat, had made Katrina Kaif uncomfortable with his behaviour? And how Katrina chose to remain silent despite looking visibly upset and sad every time Salman insulted her? Well, at one point of time, Salman even went on to say that success had gone to Katrina’s head after doing a few blockbuster films with him.In a clip of The Kapil Sharma Show’s Undekha Tadka, when Kapil Sharma asks Katrina about her eating habits, she says that she talks to the food items which she doesn’t want to eat considering her diet. Within no time, Salman interjected and while talking about Katrina’s eating habits, told Kapil that “success has gone to her (Katrina Kaif) head” especially after doing a role in Bharat wherein she portrayed an older woman.Though Katrina looked surprised and shocked to hear such a statement coming from Salman on the show, she laughed it off and asked him what makes him think in such a way about her. Salman, then, said that earlier Katrina used to eat from everyone’s plate and now with time, she has kept herself away from everything.Salman had also reminded Katrina how she had got tagged as the ‘most talented actress’ by the media after doing a few blockbuster films like Tiger Zinda Hai and Bharat alongside him. Katrina had no answer but to nod her head sarcastically on his jibes.Nevertheless, Katrina has surely evolved as an artiste over the past few years and her notable performances in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zero, Thugs Of Hindostan and Bharat prove that.On the work front, Katrina will be seen next seen in Rohit Shetty directed cop-drama Sooryavanshi which also stars Akshay Kumar in the lead. Akshay’s character of an ATS officer was introduced in Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba which had created a huge anticipation among the audience. Katrina, on the other hand, will be playing Akshay’s love interest in the film and the two will recreate Tip Tip Barsa Paani, the iconic song from 1994 hit film Mohra.last_img read more

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Dentist That Drove Over Husband Granted Parole

first_imgPhoto via My Life Of CrimeClara Harris drove over her husband three times with her Mercedes back in 2002Clara Harris, the Friendswood dentist convicted of killing her cheating husband in 2002, is being granted parole. Harris was sentenced to twenty years in prison in 2003 after driving over her husband multiple times in July of the previous year.She hired a private investigator to follow her husband, whom she believed was having an affair with his assistant Gale Bridges. When the investigator alerted her that her husband David Lynn Harris, a 44 year old orthodontist, and his assistant were at the Hilton-NASA Clear Lake hotel, she drove to the hotel to confront them.Photo via My life of cime blogDavid Lynn HarrisClara Harris drove over her husband three times with her Mercedes, while David’s teenage daughter from a previous marriage was in the car. David Harris died in the Hilton parking lot. The crime was filmed by the investigator she had hired to follow her husband.In addition to the step-daughter, Clara and David were raising their twin sons, born in 1998, at the time of the murder. Harris was denied parole in 2013 and 2016. She is still in custody according to state records but is scheduled to be released after approval on Friday, November 10, following the completion of a program to prepare her for life after prison. Sharelast_img read more

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