The Opposition on Sunday targeted Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, after his former personal assistant and ex-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office-bearer Sachin Pawar was arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of diamond trader Rajeshwar Udani. Sachin and another accused, Dinesh Pawar, were sent to police custody till December 14 on Sunday. Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who recorded her statement with the Mumbai Police, issued a statement through her lawyer Falguni Brahmbhatt saying she is cooperating with the investigation. The statement said, “Some media houses have published a false story that in the said case my client has been arrested, without verifying the facts … which has not only tarnished [Ms. Bhattacharjee’s] image and caused humiliation to her, but has caused a hindrance and prejudice in the case.” “You are therefore called upon to refrain yourselves from publishing such articles without verifying the facts. If you fail to do so and in case any such articles get published henceforth, my client will be compelled to take appropriate legal action against those who do so,” it said. The Opposition, meanwhile, sought an investigation into whether Sachin Pawar has support from Mr. Mehta. “He was with the BJP and was a personal assistant of Prakash Mehta. There has to be a thorough inquiry into every aspect of the case,” State Congress president Ashok Chavan said.Mr. Mehta had issued a statement on Saturday saying Mr. Pawar does not work with him any more and had been removed from the BJP. “I have no connection with him. The BJP doesn’t support criminals. The law will take its course,” he said.
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England manager Sam Allardyce is keen to the leave the door open for foreign-born players to enter the national team set-up and has told British media he would have no problem picking a player who qualified only through residency. (Latest Sports stories)Allardyce had earlier revealed he had hoped to call up Steven N’Zonzi, who has lived in England for six years, but his attempts were thwarted by FIFA because the Sevilla midfielder is ineligible after featuring for the France under-21 side.The Football Association has previously held discussions over possible call-ups for several players including goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, midfielder Mikel Arteta and winger Adnan Januzaj on residency grounds.”Do you pick the best squad to win the World Cup, and if one or two of those are like N’Zonzi, do you do it? Or don’t you and then suffer the consequences of not getting to the quarter-final and failure?” Allardyce said.”The percentage of English players in the Premier League is 31 percent. Surely if you’re going to win something and that player is of the calibre to force his way into that side then you give him an opportunity?”If he goes out and scores the winner will it be quite that bad?… It’s not my department to find those. We have a department to look at the whole situation at all areas for every international team.”Former Sunderland and Newcastle United manager Allardyce, who will lead England for the first time in their World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday, also said taking up the England job was likely to be “the final challenge of a long career”.advertisement
Govt. open to possibility of bidding for 2032 Olympics: IOA Chennai, Jun 16 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today claimed that the government has agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the 2032 Olympics hosting rights. Speaking to reporters here after being elected as President of the Tamil Nadu Olympic Association (TNOA), he said, “the government in principle has agreed to look into the possibility of bidding for the Olympics in 2032. It is at a very preliminary stage. We need to get all the approvals.” Ramachandran said bidding for the mega-event would involve an elaborate process. “IOA has to make a proposal and give it to the government. That has to be agreed to by the government. Then the government has to give a sovereign guarantee. Not only from the incumbent government but also from the Leader of the Opposition,” he explained. “And, the Chief Minister of the State in which the chosen city is located apart from the leader of the opposition have to say yes,” he said. Ramachandran played down the cost factor in bidding for the Games, which are next scheduled in 2020 in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.”It (the process) will take at least anywhere between six to eight years. It can be done easily. If you look at todays cost, it roughly comes to about USD 12 billion, out of which roughly 50 per cent you get by way of revenue and funding from the IOC. “The balance, for a country of Indias size, it is not great money. (Roughly) six billion over eight years, shouldnt be difficult,” he said.advertisementRamachandran also said there was no problem in his holding the post of IOA president while being the head of TN Olympic Association.”(The late) B Sivanthi Adityan was president of IOA and TNOA. There is no bar on that,” he said.The elections to the TNOA were held on May 27 but because of a High Court order, the results were withheld. The Returning Officer S Sambandham, District and Sessions Judge (retired) announced the results this afternoon after the petitioner, A K Chitrapandian, who had been sacked as TN Volleyball Association secretary, withdrew his case seeking to stay the elections.Ramachandran said the aim would be to work together and take sports forward in Tamil Nadu.”We have a huge task ahead of us, in the sense that we have to do more. It will be important to help various sports associations build infrastructure,” he said.The other office-bearers elected are: Vice-presidents: Ishari K Ganesh, S Vasudevan, Solai M Raja, M Ramasubramani, T R Narayanaswamy, D V Seetharama Rao; General Secretary: J M Fernando and Treasurer: K Rajendiran apart from two joint secretaries and nine executive committee members. PTI SS PM PDS
NEW YORK — Brook Lopez helped build the big lead and Joe Johnson stepped up when it was time to save it.Lopez scored 23 points, Johnson added 22 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the New York Knicks 98-93 on Dec. 2, improving to 2-0 this season against their city rivals.Lopez and Johnson took turns hurting the Knicks. Lopez scored 19 in the first half, and Johnson had 19 in the second half after being held without a field goal in the first two quarters.“I thought early on Brook was dominating, just having his way, getting what he wanted out there,” Nets guard Deron Williams said. “And second half I think they paid a little more attention to him and other things were open, and Joe just asserted himself.”Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, but shot just 7-of-22 from the field and missed a potential tying 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left after coach Derek Fisher tried to signal a timeout that wasn’t called. The Knicks lost their fifth straight and fell to 4-15.“I thought that was a great look,” Anthony said. “I really don’t know what’s the situation with timeouts being called or anything like that. But you know, I got the ball, I looked over (and) I didn’t see anything or anybody call timeouts, so I kept it going. I didn’t want them to get a chance to set up, switch and trap and do things like that. I had a clean, 1-on-1 shot. I missed it.”Williams finished with 19 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in 10 games after blowing most of a 16-point, second-half lead. Lopez also had eight rebounds, and Johnson collected eight boards and six assists.“I thought we played a lot better. A lot better tempo, a lot more aggression,” Nets forward Kevin Garnett said. “Good game for us.”Jose Calderon had 19 points and seven assists for New York, and Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and nine rebounds in his third start this season.It was a rare compelling finish in a series where lopsided matchups have been the norm. The previous five meetings had been decided by an average of 20.8 points — none by single digits.This seemed headed that way for a while. The Knicks scored the first basket of the game but Brooklyn answered with the next 10 points and led by 11 late in the first quarter. Two 3-pointers from Williams and a pair of baskets from Johnson in an 11-2 burst midway through the third extended it to 71-55.New York cut that to three, but Anthony’s shot from behind the arc hit the back of the rim and Johnson closed it out with two free throws.“I did try to signal for a 20-(second timeout) to get something drawn up,” Fisher said. “But Carmelo taking a pullup 3 is not the worst shot we can get. Something that we would have drawn up would have included that in some way, anyway.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Vietnamese smartphone brand, Mobiistar, entered India in May last year. Since then it tried to woo consumers in the sub-Rs 10,000 market in both the online and the offline segment. The company ended the year 2018 by launching budget smartphone C1 Shine. And it starts the year 2019 by introducing its first smartphone with a notched display. This phone is the Mobiistar X1 Notch.The Mobiistar X1 Notch is available in two memory variants in India. While the variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage is priced at Rs 8,499, the variant with 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage costs Rs 9,499.The 3GB RAM variant of the Mobiistar X1 Notch is what I am reviewing and it is a decent phone, if not outright exceptional.One highlight of the X1 notch is its selfie camera, which packs a 13-megapixel image sensor, similar to what you get in the phone’s rear camera. In my experience, I found that both the front and the rear cameras snap some decent shots in good light. Images clicked at night or indoors, however, are grainy. As they say, itne paise mein itna hi milega.Mobiistar X1 Notch key specificationsScreen: 5.7-inch LCD IPS HD+ display with resolution of 720×1498 pixelsProcessor: MediaTek Helio A22RAM: 2GB or 3GBStorage: 2GB + 16GB or 3GB + 32GBOperating System: Android 8.1 OreoCamera: 13MP front and 13MP rearConnectivity: 4G Dual VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, FM RadioBattery: 3,020mAh50 shades of jazzIf you look at Mobiistar’s smartphone line-up in India right now, I think the newly launched X1 Notch with curved edges, thinner bezels and a notch is definitely one of the better looking phones in the list. It measures just 145.78 x 70.8 x 8.7mm, which can be called quite compact, and comes with a 5.7-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720×1498 pixels. The outcome of this combination is that while there is ample space on the screen for you to use apps and read text, the overall size isn’t cumbersome and you don’t need two hands while operating the phone.advertisement Weirdly, the shape and size of the phone are something that will remind you of the era of Apple iPhones when they used to have smaller screens and they would rest comfortably in the palm of your hands. While Mobiistar X1 Notch is not quite as petite, it is somewhat comparable, at least in size, which makes it equally comfortable in hands.On the back, the Mobiistar X1 Notch comes with 2.5D curved glass, which gives it a premium appeal. However, the subtle appeal of the premium look is jazzed up a bit by its gradient colour that is hard to miss and often speaks for itself. So, if you are the kind of person who likes to have a bit of bling in life, you will definitely enjoy the loud shades that X1 Notch brings on the table.The glass rear cover also helps. While phones like Micromax Infinity N12 and Yu Ace, which have plastic finish and that we reviewed recently are a fingerprint magnet, X1 Notch can be kept spotless if you are a bit careful.Weirdly, the shape and size of the phone are something that will remind you of the era of Apple iPhones when they used to have smaller screens and they would rest comfortably in the palm of your handsWhile design is a plus, what seems like a turn off is the placement of the control buttons. The X1 Notch has three buttons, two for controlling volume and one for turning the phone off, all of which are placed on the right side of the device. This is a big inconvenience, especially if you have been using Android phones that feature volume control buttons and turn off button on the opposite corners of the phone. Other than that the phone is comfortable to use.As far as the display is concerned, it is well lit and bright enough even under the sun. The colours are bright and refreshingly good. However, my issues with the display lies with the video quality. When watching videos on YouTube, the image quality degrades rapidly. The shadows in the videos show up muddy and colours lose some contrast. Now, it is easy to blame the internet speed for the video quality. However, when I played the same videos on my iPhone XR, they worked without a hitch. Suffice to say, the display of Mobiistar X1 Notch could use an overhaul.Slow and but steadyThe Mobiistar X1 Notch runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and the company has mostly kept the look and feel of stock Android intact. The buttons are well rounded and you can get access to any app that you need simply by swiping left on the home-screen.advertisementThe phone comes pre-loaded with a bunch of apps, some of which are useful, others not so much. The phone comes bundled with Google’s app package. Other than that you can find apps like Amazon, Gaana, NewsPoint, Bubble Bash and Asphalt Niro. There are also a bunch of apps by Mobiistar for changing themes and background and scanning barcodes. However, if you are big on apps like WhatsApp and Facebook, your will have to spare some of the mobile data that you have to download all the social media apps that you need. As far as the performance is concerned, the phone mostly works without a hitch. However, there is a noticeable lag of about 4-5 second in opening some apps and browsing through them. While it won’t freeze anytime you use it, let’s just say it is a bit slow when it comes to the apps.It terms of the security features, the Mobiistar X1 Notch comes with the face ID feature and a fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the back in the top quadrant of the device. While the face ID works perfectly without a hitch, the fingerprint sensor is finicky. It has its hits and misses. To put it simply, don’t be surprised if you don’t get it right the first time.Let’s click some selfiesThe Mobiistar X1 Notch sports a 13MP camera with AI scene detection feature at the back and a 13MP camera with AI face detection feature on the front. Ideally, a 13MP lens (front or back) should click Insta-worthy images that display exceptional image quality. But in case of X1 Notch they don’t, not all the time anyway. When it comes to photography, X1 Notch produces acceptable results under certain specific conditions. It clicks decent images in optimum light conditions. Take it outside in the sun (or may be in cloudy weather) and you won’t be disappointed by its performance. However, as light conditions dwindle, so does the performance of its camera. In indoor lighting, images are passable in low-light not even that.Sadly, the AI camera feature doesn’t seem to be much of help as, under optimum light conditions, it covers the image with a layer of white, this is true for indoor lighting as well. On the other hand, it turns off the flash when used under low-light condition, which makes clicking images tad bit difficult.IMAGE SAMPLESThe front camera works in a similar way though the AI beauty mode does help in making the face better and cleaner. Under optimum light conditions, the images are good. The AI camera, as I mentioned, helps. Under indoor light condition the AI camera produces better selfies that are devoid of marks and freckles. Overall the front camera does a better job at snapping pictures than the rear camera.advertisementDecent batteryThe Mobiistar X1 Notch is a decent performer when it comes to handling the chores of everyday life. It comes with a 3,020mAh battery life, which gives you enough juice so that you don’t have to feel guilty about watching that video on your video back home.On moderate usage, which for me involve using social messaging app like WhatsApp frequently, checking my social media apps like Facebook and Twitter every couple of hours, answering a couple of calls and on rare occasions watching a video or two, the phone offered me enough power so that I didn’t have to go running looking for the charger immediately after my day ended. In effect, the battery performance of X1 Notch is comparable with that of Infinity N12, another budget phone that comes with a 4,000mAh battery. Suffice to say that the phone does a decent job with the battery.Should you buy Mobiistar X1 Notch?The answer to this question is both yes and no. Mobiistar is a decent phone. It is comfortable to hold in hands and looks like a premium-budget smartphone minus the bling. The phone despite being a bit slow while browsing through apps works without a hitch mostly. The face ID works without a hiccup, though the fingerprint sensor can falter in doing its job at times. It comes with a decent camera that is good enough to take shots outside.However, what irks me a bit is the fact that the phone sends information related to your phone, IMEI numbers, location details and other software details via automatic SMS every time you use a unique SIM or use the phone first time, charges for which will be borne by the device owner. I feel a bit uncomfortable sharing in my exact location and details of the apps that I use with the company.But if you don’t mind sharing those details, Mobiistar X1 Notch is an option to be considered.Also Read | Redmi Note 7 India launch soon: 5 reasons why you should wait for this Xiaomi phoneAlso Read | HMD Global sets MWC 2019 event for February 24, Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 6.2 expectedAlso Read | Mark Zuckerberg once killed a goat with laser gun and knife, fed it to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in dinnerMobiistar X1 Notch review6.5/10Good stuffJazzy designDecent battery lifeBad stuffcameraPerformance
Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup for 3 weeks with a fractured thumb. He had been hit on his left thumb during India’s match against defending champions Australia at The Oval on Sunday.Dhawan had sustained the injury on Sunday but went on to score a match-winning 117 against Australia. He had gone for a scan on Monday and the report reveals he has a fracture.Shikhar Dhawan will therefore, not be able to play India’s upcoming matches against New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England – all these matches are scheduled to be played in June.Shikhar Dhawan is a key player for India in ICC tournaments where he has 6 hundreds. In the 2015 World Cup, Dhawan had scored 2 hundreds.In 2019, after a poor start against South Africa, Dhawan smashed 117 to set up a 36-run win for India.Shikhar Dhawan was named man-of-the-match for his sterling innings and his injury is a huge blow to India who are hot favourites to win the World Cup this year.In this scenario, KL Rahul is most likely to open with Rohit Sharma with Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar likely to slot in the middle order.According to sources, Shikhar Dhawan’s possible replacement in England could either be Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan to undergo scans on his swollen thumbAlso Watch | Bold In, Bowled Out with Rajarshi: Yuvraj Singh retires, India smash AustraliaAlso Read | India cruising towards World Cup 2019 semi-finals? Too early to decide, says Virat KohliAlso See:advertisement
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers denies system cost Man Utd resultby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions his system stifled creativity in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.Rodgers changed from a 4-3-3 to a more defensive 4-4-1-1, which saw playmaker James Maddison pushed out wide.But the Northern Irishman doesn’t think it was the system that caused the result.”We have played a few systems and sometimes haven’t created chances,” he said. “It worked well for us at Chelsea, it worked well for us there where we played one winger on the inside, a midfield player on the outside.”I suppose, if you look at Manchester United, they do similar. They have young Daniel James as an ou-and-out winger on the one side and Pereira on the inside.”It’s something that you will do to try to get your numbers in midfield.”I just think, first half, we just didn’t connect the game well enough from behind, through the midfield. We were much better as the game wore on, but it’s something we can look at.”
Gini Wijnaldum warns Liverpool: We could fall away like Man Utd!by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they will not under-estimate Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.United have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign, but Wijnaldum says Liverpool still respect them.“The way we handle every match is to respect the opponent and give 100 per cent,” he said. “We try to do everything as good as possible, to work as hard as possible.“Every game in the Premier League is tough. Look at the results we have had. I can’t remember a game where it was easy. “We have won them all so far because we give everything and were totally concentrated. Also we have had a little bit of luck.”United’s decline is a shock to those fans who grew up during the trophy-laden years of Sir Alex Ferguson and Wijnaldum claims it could happen to any big club – even Liverpool.“It can happen to anyone,” he said. “It could happen to Liverpool, or Manchester United. It has happened to big clubs in Holland, but I don’t really think about it. I concentrate more on Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
French Open: Serena Williams to face 20-year-old Sofia KeninKenin had played against one of her childhood role models Maria Sharapova in the third round of 2017 United States Open and lost 7-5, 6-2 in the night session in Arthur Ashe Stadium.advertisement Associated Press ParisMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 14:41 IST Serena Williams plays a shot against Kurumi Nara in French Open. (AP Photo)When Serena Williams saw a young U.S. tennis player distraught after a loss at a tournament earlier this season, she did what just felt right.Williams, 37, went over to console 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, even if that sort of thing doesn’t usually happen on tour.”I really take to all the young girls out there that are doing well. I was heartbroken when she walked into that locker room, and I wanted to be there for her, because I have been there. And it’s an interesting position, because it’s just, like, no one ever says anything, even though I feel like a lot of people want to,” said Williams, who will meet Sofia Kenin, another up-and-coming American, in the French Open’s third round Saturday.”I’m just going to go for it now and do what my emotions want me to do and not do the ‘professional thing’ because maybe that’s not professional,” she continued. “I’ve just got to do what I feel and act how I feel.”Here is how Anisimova recalled the post-match encounter with Williams at the Miami Open: “It was a really long match and I was super upset in the locker room. Serena actually came up to me and we shared a little bit of a chat. That was really nice of her, and I’ll remember it forever.”Anisimova reached the third round in Paris for the first time with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Thursday. When the New Jersey native got to the fourth round at the Australian Open in January, she was the youngest American to get that far at any major tournament since guess who! the 16-year-old Williams at the 1998 French Open.advertisementThe following year, Williams played Steffi Graf twice, their only meetings. Graf retired in 1999 with 22 Grand Slam singles titles, then a record in the Open era; Williams eclipsed that total in 2017.”I remember thinking, ‘Thank God I had a chance just to play her, because I grew up watching her,” Williams said.Now Williams is the one facing opponents who grew up watching her.”I really love all the new young players. Like, it’s just so exciting. I feel like tennis has done so much for me,” Williams said, “and to see a new generation come through is great.”Kenin, a 20-year-old who is ranked 35th and based in Florida, is a big hitter who has yet to get to the fourth round at a major tournament in eight previous appearances.She has played only one match so far in Paris this week, because the woman she was supposed play in the second round, 22nd-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada, withdrew beforehand with an injured right shoulder.”I have been watching her. I think it will be a good match,” Williams said. “She has a lot to bring to the table.”Also Read | French Open 2019: 20 years on, Roger Federer faces son of rival from debutAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Serena Williams Next
N.S. BUSINESS INC.-Film Production Announced Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced a newly approved production through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, Feb. 28. Documentary, Redneck Psychic, produced by Beyond Productions Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $105,418 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $340,060. To learn more about the production, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles. As funding commitments are approved, details will be available at www.nsbi.ca. the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca. -30-
31 January 2011Only when rape in armed conflict becomes a liability for armed groups rather than a tool in the struggle for power – a war crime that will bring inevitable punishment – will progress be made in eliminating the scourge, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “We have to raise the cost of committing atrocities to the point where they harm the perpetrators even more than the victims,” he told a news conference on sexual violence in conflicts in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he is attending an African Union (AU) summit.“That means that when a peace process begins, perpetrators are never permitted to get or to retain positions of military, political or economic influence. Where sexual violence has been part of the fighting, ending it must be part of making peace.”Mr. Ban noted that Africa has some of the world’s most progressive legal instruments to address sexual violence in conflict and advance women’s rights, including the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, and he hailed the AU’s decision to ensure that its Peace and Security Council holds an annual session on women and children in armed conflict. “The challenge now is to ensure these laudable commitments are felt where they matter most, in the marketplaces where women trade, at water-points, and along the roads where girls walk to school,” he said.“The United Nations wants to work closely with the African Union and African troop contributors to better prepare our peacekeepers to respond to sexual violence as a security threat. We need Africa’s leaders and leaders around the world to support this campaign.”Stressing that prevention is possible, Mr. Ban noted that in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, joint so-called “firewood” patrols by the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have increased women’s freedom of movement and cut the number of rapes. Women were often attacked when they left internally displaced persons (IDP) camps to fetch firewood or water. In Liberia, the presence of female police has improved reporting and response, he added. Just this month, UN officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported at least 120 alleged cases of rape perpetrated by both rebels and the national army in the conflict-rife eastern part of the country, where more than 300 civilians, including some boys and men, were raped in a single weekend last summer by members of rebel armed groups.But Mr. Ban’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström stressed that the scourge is not just African but global. “I have recently been to Sarajevo, where you know 15 years ago, maybe between 15,000 and 16,000 women were held in rape camps,” she said, referring to the 1992-1995 Balkans war between Bosnia and Herzegovina (whose capital is Sarajevo), Serbia and Croatia. “We know reports today from Haiti. From everywhere, we have heard that this is the weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and very effective… this is an element, a phenomenon that we have to stop. And it takes political leadership, political ownership of this issue and a very strong sense of the line of command. Because it has to start with the political leaders who say: ‘this has to stop, this is an international crime, it is criminal, not cultural or sexual, it is criminal.’” Describing the terrible trauma that befalls rape victims Ms. Wallström recounted the story of a woman she met in Sarajevo who had been raped and held in one of these rape camps: “She said ‘sometimes I wish that they had shot me instead because they took my life without killing me.’ “But it is a kind of invisible war damage, the way she has been wounded. And others with visible wounds, they will become war veterans, they will be honoured by their societies, but [there is no access to justice for the woman]. She meets her rapist in the bank, and he smiles at her.”
Researchers from across the globe will be at Brock this week to explore nutritional practices of the past in hopes of impacting health policies of the future.Using a conference grant from the Canadian government, Elizabeth Neswald, associate professor of History, has organized a symposium for this Friday and Saturday focusing on the history and politics of nutritional practices.The two-day event, which includes lead researchers from the United States, Germany, Scotland and two researchers from Brock, will be a chance for colleagues from around the world to swap notes on their research. It will also include invited guests from today’s public health schools, and a chance to ask critical questions about current public health policy.“If you look at the history of nutrition, you can contribute to the understanding of the practices of today,” said Neswald, Brock’s first professor of the history of science and technology. “Some assumptions are still the same. We need to take a step back and critically examine how these ideas developed.”Neswald’s former colleague and co-organizer, David Smith, is an international expert on the history of nutrition. He will travel from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland to talk about his research on the history of nutrition and nutrition and food policy in 20th-century Britain. Smith researches historical debates on protein and calorie needs as wells as the impact of class and gender on nutrition.Other speakers include Brock’s own Ian Ritchie, associate professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology. Ritchie will speak on nutritional supplementation in athletics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ulrike Thoms, from Charité Medical School in Berlin, will talk about the evolution of food given to soldiers in Germany between 1850 and 1960. Suzanne Junod, from the United States Food and Drug Administration, who will speak on the origins of U.S. mandatory food labelling.An edited volume of the symposium will be produced in the near future.Neswald, who came to Brock in 2006, currently holds a five-year grant from CIHR to investigate the history of energetic theories of nutrition in late 19th- and early 20th-century Germany and the United States, and the translation of these physiological theories into nutritional practices.
CLEVELAND — After Golden State snatched what would’ve been a momentum-shifting win from the Cavs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green revealed a prophetic word he’d shared with teammate Kevin Durant earlier in the season.“To be honest with you, we don’t really need you that much in the regular season,” Green recalled telling Durant, who silenced the crowd with the biggest shot of his career — a 26-foot, go-ahead 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of LeBron James with just under a minute to play — in the 118-113 victory. “But you know when those NBA Finals come around we’re really going to need you to play big for us.”When all’s said and done, and this club inevitably wraps up its second NBA title in three years, the degree to which the Warriors didn’t need to rely on Durant earlier this year will stand out; if only in contrast to the mileage James accumulated carrying the Cavs all season.Durant was spectacular and will undoubtedly be named Finals MVP once the Dubs win a fourth game.1Even though Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double in the Finals, which is crazy. His impressive showing here, largely against the best player of the past generation, figures to prompt conversation about whether we’re seeing a changing of the guard concerning which player deserves to be considered the best in the world.We watched this movie play out for a third straight game on Wednesday night: LeBron being on fire for a half, then suddenly becoming less aggressive when he runs out of gas in the fourth quarter, while Durant saves his best for last. LeBron James3925211170%71%40%36% PLAYERQ1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Kevin Durant2628173165523967 LeBron’s 4th-quarters lag in the 2017 Finals, Durant’s improve Source: NBA The pace in this matchup has played a key role in that dynamic — particularly for James. But the accumulation of minutes and miles on James’s legs this season — and over the past seven seasons, during his incredible Finals streak — probably hasn’t helped, either. This year alone, in which the 32-year-old averaged an NBA-high in minutes per game, James has run 47 miles more than the 28-year-old Durant,2This was the disparity heading into the NBA Finals, when combining both regular and postseason games. who missed just over a month’s worth of games during the regular season following an injury. (Golden State went 16-4 without him.)It would be unfair to the Warriors, who figure to go down in NBA history as perhaps its greatest team, to suggest that fatigue alone is the deciding factor in what may be a four-game sweep. The Warriors have so much more talent, and defensive skill, than the Cavs do. But James — who was sensational, and finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists — having more burst in the fourth quarter Wednesday might have at least helped Cleveland hold onto that game. And a 2-1 series, with Game 4 at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, would have been promising.Warriors dominated with LeBron sittingRecognizing the importance of Game 3, James got hardly any breathers. Of the game’s 48 minutes, he took a seat for a grand total of two minutes, 24 seconds. Yet in that span of rest, his Cavaliers were outscored 12-0, an enormous margin in a game decided by just five points.3Yes, it’s only fair to point out that James was on the court for Golden State’s stunning 11-0 run to end the game over the final three-plus minutes of play.Almost all of the trouble stemmed from a lack of ball movement, starting with Kyrie Irving, who played a fabulous game with 38 points, but didn’t look good in this stretch.4He also got a very poor 1-on-1 look against Klay Thompson that misfired just before Durant hit the go-ahead 3-pointer. Cleveland had six offensive possessions without James on the floor; five of them featured one pass5Not counting outlet or inbound passes or no passes, while the other possession was this.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/withoutbron1.mp400:0000:0000:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, the Cavs didn’t take advantage while the Warriors’ superstars sat. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a handful of costly rotation choices in last year’s NBA Finals, trotted out lineups without Durant or Stephen Curry on Wednesday. (This is likely the biggest reason why the Warriors have struggled in second quarters this postseason relative to their dominance in the other three periods.) In fact, Kerr did this twice, for a total of five minutes, 34 seconds. Yet Cleveland didn’t create a real gap, only outscoring Golden State by three, 14-11, in that time.Curry’s unexpected rebounding was criticalWhen you think about the NBA’s most gritty players, people like Green, Tony Allen and Patrick Beverley might come to mind. Curry? Not so much.But the 6-foot-3-inch sharpshooter came up big in the trenches Wednesday, logging 13 rebounds,6This was tied for a game-high, along with Kevin Love’s 13 boards. the most for a point guard in the NBA Finals since at least 1984, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index.7The Play Index only goes back to 1984 in some categories. Even more impressive: Five of those rebounds were offensive, and the Warriors ended up scoring seven points off those extra chances — a huge boost in a five-point victory.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/curryboard2.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To put Curry’s rebounding into context, consider that he had more total boards on Wednesday alone than ace rebounder Tristan Thompson — whom the Warriors have neutralized beautifully by getting bodies on him while the ball is in the air — has had in this entire series.Curry doesn’t get quite enough credit for mixing it up to help his team win. Aside from defending pick and rolls a bit differently in this year’s finals, he’s also been arguably the NBA’s best off-ball screener, because of how much opponents sell out on the threat of his jumper, and how it opens up things for his teammates.For one night, Curry’s offensive rebounds were just about as lethal as his 3-point shooting. And in part because of them, we may have a new NBA champion by tomorrow night. POINTSFIELD GOAL %
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. “We can’t keep resettling the family and we’re not prepared to do that anymore. The military is too inflexible.”I’ll always be a working mother, but when I went back after maternity leave whilst I thought ‘thank god’, it was written on their faces – why are you 10 minutes late? I couldn’t explain that I’d just spent 10 minutes on the way to nursery staring at a fascinating puddle.” RAF personnel were pivotal in saving the Toddbrook Reservoir dam near the village of Whaley Bridge. Here a Chinook Mk6a helicopter is directed from the ground as it approaches the dam. Aug 6, 2019. Credit:Cpl Rob Travis/MoD/PA The top factor influencing people to leave was ‘impact of service life on family and personal life’, which was cited by 62 per cent of service leavers’ as a reason for going. The second most stated reason, at 56 per cent, were job opportunities outside the service, a constant drain on military personnel when the country experiences high employment. The impact of service life on a spouse or partner’s career was cited by half of service leavers as the reason they ‘turned to the right’; the military expression for leaving. Collectively the figures suggest the military, which is always criticised for being 20 years behind wider society, is experiencing changes the civilian workforce went through a generation ago and the MoD can no longer expect partner’s of service personnel to not have their own careers and to move every two to three years.Sasha Lilley, who served in the RAF for 12 years alongside her husband and has two children, both of which had been to four nurseries before the age of five, said: “I’m a very different woman from the one who joined the military. As I’ve got older I’ve changed and the military can’t accommodate me anymore. The British armed forces now have a retention crisis rather than a recruitment crisis, new figures suggest, as modern soldiers are no longer willing to move around the world.Government data released on Thursday revealed that the strength of the British military fell for the ninth year in a row.The figures also showed that recruitment is increasing but the Army, with 74,400 regular fully-trained troops, is over 7,000 short of the target figure of 82,000, a deficit of over nine per cent.The Royal Navy and Royal Marines with 29,090 “full-time trained strength” are under the requirement of 30,600, and the RAF, with 29,930 personnel, is six per cent under the MoD’s target of 31,840.A survey of those leaving the armed forces reveals that the recruitment crisis is largely down to personnel being unwilling to uproot their families to move posting. Most service leavers – 61 per cent – went for voluntary reasons, with just over a quarter reaching the end of their engagements and around 14 per cent leaving for medical or compassionate reasons, being discharged for poor conduct or dying whilst in service. Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith said: “Ministers are either in complete denial about this crisis in recruitment and retention, or they are actively in favour of cutting the Armed Forces to these historically low levels. Crew members from HMS Westminster exercise their “Freedom of the City” by marching past Nelson’s Column and Westminster on August 07, 2019 in London.Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Europe Possible reasons for dissatisfaction with military service and the decline in numbers were shown in the recent Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey. “The new Defence Secretary should come clean about which it is.” However, the data show that Britain’s armed forces may actually be suffering a retention, rather than recruitment crisis.Encouragingly for the MoD, the figures show that recruitment is increasing, possibly indicating that controversial campaigns such as the Army’s ‘Snowflake’ series resonated with target audiences.The recruitment campaign – officially called ‘Your Army Needs You’ – caused controversy when launched in January this year as it featured Kitchener-style illustrations of soldiers with labels such as ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’, ‘binge gamers’ and ‘selfie addicts’. Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander Home Command, said at the time: “You may feel like the army is dumbing down on who it seeks to recruit as these ads are a change to the norm, [but] the army is open for business”.But more worryingly for the military the new personnel statistics suggest the trend for servicemen and women is against regular employment, with Britain’s reserve forces enjoying an increase in numbers as the regular totals decline.It is not possible to prove that the increase in part-time military service has been exclusively filled by ex-regular service personnel, but all three services have shown an increase in reserves and decrease in regulars in recent years.
LABOUR HAS SELECTED current MEP Emer Costello to stand in the Dublin constituency in the elections to the European Parliament in May.Costello, who became an MEP following the resignation of party colleague Pronsias de Rossa in 2012 and who has been vocal about youth unemployment and human rights, was the sole candidate from the party.Party members met in Liberty Hall this afternoon to confirm Costello as the candidate and to choose a substitute list of people who would take her place if she were to leave the role.Party leader Eamon Gilmore and deputy leader Joan Burton both spoke at the convention to praise Costello for her work in the European Parliament.Separately, Fine Gael is holding its selection convention for the Midlands-North West European constituency today. Sitting MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins are set to get the seal of approval from their party to stand again.Read: Mitchell cites technicality as he is only Irish MEP to abstain from EU anti-homophobia vote > Read: Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in ‘a political abyss’ >
Share34 Tweet Email GARDAÍ IN DUBLIN are appealing for information about a potential hit and run early this morning.A 24-year-old man was found lying on the road near the intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road in Dublin 12 at approximately 5.55am.Investigating gardaí believe he may have been struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene. The injured man was removed to St James’s Hospital with serious head injuries.It’s understood that the man had made his way from Camden Street at about 4.30am towards Portobello, Harrington Street, South Circular Road, Harold’s Cross Bridge, Parnell Road and Clogher Road.A garda technical team has examined the scene.Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information or drivers with relevant dash cam footage to contact Sundrive Road Garda Station on 01 666 6600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 -111 or any garda station.Investigations are continuing.Read: Man seriously injured after being hit by bus in Limerick cityRead: Gardaí recover knife used in stabbing incident as 21-year-old man remains in critical condition Feb 18th 2018, 2:21 PM 29,055 Views Short URL The intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 2:21 PM 6 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3858605 The intersection of Parnell Road and Clogher Road Image: Google Maps Man seriously injured in potential hit and run in Dublin Gardaí have appealed for information. Image: Google Maps By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Source: Shane Ross/Twitter Letter to PAC from Rehab’s solicitors!At tomorrow’s meeting they will refuse to answer ANY questions on pay.Two fingers to Dail. Won’t Run,— Shane Ross (@Shane_RossTD) February 26, 2014 33 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 4:22 PM Timeline: Angela Kerins, charity salaries, and the saga of the baying PAC Today’s High Court judgement against the former Rehab Group CEO brought to an end a saga that lasted almost three years. Share96 Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3214906 Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 4:22 PM By Cianan Brennan Angela Kerins Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieTODAY, FORMER REHAB chief executive Angela Kerins officially lost a High Court action she had taken against the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, stemming from an appearance she made before it in February 2014.The fallout from that appearance was seismic. Pay at executive level at Ireland’s charities became a hot topic. A series of scandals regarding oversight and accountability followed, with the demise of suicide charity Console last year just the tip of the iceberg.Kerins herself resigned her post after divulging her salary to the PAC, the loss of her career being just one of the grievances cited in her action seeking damages against the committee.Today’s hearing finally brought that particular saga to a conclusion. Here’s a timeline of the key events:2006Waterford native and former nurse Angela Kerins is appointed chief executive of the Rehab Group after 15 years with the charity.March 2012It is disclosed that, on top of a €234,000 salary, Kerins has benefited to the tune of €23,000 from her role on the boards of two state bodies. She subsequently claims that the funds received from those roles are donated to charity.January 2014Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Kerins declines to say what her current salary is. In the aftermath of that interview, the charity comes under increasing pressure to disclose its CEO’s remuneration. It eventually states it will make a decision on whether or not to disclose the information the following month. Kerins, pictured at a meeting of Rehab Group’s board Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieFebruary 2014Rehab reveals that Kerins’ annual pay amounts to €240,000, together with a company car. The charity does not pay for its chief executive’s health insurance however.In the fallout from this disclosure, Kerins agrees to appear before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the 27 February. In advance of that hearing, solicitors for Kerins send a letter to the members of the committee instructing them not to ask her any questions relating to her salary. The request is met with scorn by members of the PAC – then Independent TD Shane Ross describing it as “two fingers to the Dáil”. It is duly ignored. The subsequent hearing lasts nearly seven hours. From the off Kerins receives a grilling as to the extent of her salary. She defends herself from Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, saying it is not funded by the taxpayer: “I don’t decide what my salary is.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeThe executives appearing with Kerins (Laura Keane, John Maguire, and Marie Kelly) refuse to disclose their own pay deals under questioning. HSE chief Tony O’Brien, also appearing before the committee, then says he will provide that information later under absolute privilege. Source: Hugh O’Connell/YouTubeVarious members of the committee express their dissatisfaction that Kerins’ predecessor as Rehab CEO (and then Fine Gael director of elections and member of Rehab’s remuneration committee) Frank Flannery has not presented himself in order to answer questions as to how the chief executive’s salary is determined.March 2014In the fallout from Kerin’s infamous PAC appearance, the committee requests that Flannery appear to face questioning, and that Kerins likewise appear once more to clarify details given during her first session.On 11 March the salaries of all Rehab’s executives are disclosed as promised – and it’s revealed that 12 of them earn more than €100,000.April 2014Kerins resigns from her role as chief executive on the 2 April, citing “the toll that public controversy has taken on the Rehab Group and my own family”.Despite this, the PAC insists that both Kerins and Flannery are “absolutely expected” to appear before it the following week. Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins, pictured in September 2002 while Flannery was still CEO of Rehab Source: Gareth Chaney/Rollingnews.ieThe ensuing will-they-won’t-they saga lasts until the following week, when both inform the committee they won’t be keeping their scheduled appointment for 10 April. Flannery, in a statement, says he had wanted to appear but had “no alternative but to decline to attend” given the “partisan political agenda” displayed by the PAC’s members.Rehab subsequently tells PAC on the same date that they have been ordered legally by Kerins and Flannery not to reveal any further details as to their pension or salary arrangements. In the absence of either of the invitees, PAC instead pores over the details of a coffin-importing business involving Kerins’ husband Seán and a Rehab enterprise in Kilkenny.May 2014PAC searches for powers of compellability in an attempt to coerce Flannery and Kerins to appear before it. The two respond with legal letters which Mary Lou McDonald describes as effectively throwing “the kitchen sink at the committee”. The letter from Kerins’ solicitor claims that the former-CEO was hospitalised in the wake of her previous PAC appearance. Source: Oireachtas.ieIn the aftermath committee chairman John McGuinness declares that the contretemps “isn’t anything personal”.July 2014In a move seemingly determined to bring the saga to a close, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges directs that PAC can not compel Flannery and Kerins to appear before it.One week later, Kerins announces that she will take legal proceedings seeking damages against the committee members, saying that its probes into her involvement with Rehab were “unfair, unlawful, and prejudicial”. Such a move is unusual given the generally accepted status quo that the judiciary and parliamentary activity work independently of each other per the separation of powers enshrined in the Irish Constitution.March 2015In a preliminary hearing for the case, senior counsel representing the committee’s members (all of whom are named as respondents to the legal action) Paul Gallagher says that it would be “both novel and astounding” to hold members of the Oireachtas liable for utterances they made in conducting an inquiry. Kerins pictured leaving the Four Courts in October 2016 Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieJuly 2016On the first day of the High Court hearing, counsel for Kerins reveals that his client “self-harmed” and became unconscious in her own home on 14 March 2014 in the aftermath of her appearance before the PAC. Kerins is present in court for much of the ensuing trial.“This is absolutely critical,” barrister John Rogers tells the three-judge panel regarding the PAC hearing. “From the very beginning Ms Kerins was asked about things that are totally unrelated to what she was there for.”Rogers draws particular attention to the input of now-Minister for Transport Shane Ross at the PAC hearing on 27 February 2014. “I will not focus on individuals in this matter, apart from to say that Shane Ross does not take no for an answer,” he says. The key to Kerins’ case is the suggestion that the members of the PAC overstepped their remit in their questioning of her.A letter from Kerins’ doctor in Waterford is later read to the court, in which the doctor suggest that Kerins had suffered from anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia, cardiac arrhythmia, abdominal and chest pain, and had collapsed repeatedly in the months prior to March 2014 as media attention and her appearance before the PAC took its toll.January 2017Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the PAC. In his ruling, President of the High Court Peter Kelly states that the separation of powers means that “Oireachtas respondents cannot be made amenable to the jurisdiction of the court”.“For upwards of four centuries it has been recognised in common law jurisdictions throughout the world that the courts exercise no function in relation to speech in parliament,” he says.“The court is of the opinion that this claim must fail,” he concludes.Kerins is not present in court to hear the verdict. The issue of legal costs in the case has yet to be decided.Read: Woman subjected to ‘grossly offensive comments’ on fatal foetal abnormality on 98FM showRead: CAB seize 125 cattle after 11-year investigation into Kilkenny farmer 18,062 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
RICHLAND — Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first visit Tuesday to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which has been plagued by a series of problems.Perry kicked off his tour at McNary Dam near the Tri-Cities on Monday. Tuesday he toured the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and other Hanford sites near Richland.“I’m proud to be a part of your team,” Perry told workers at the national laboratory. “Your work saves lives.”Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in a massive cleanup of nuclear wastes that is expected to take decades and cost $100 billion.The Tri-City Herald reported that the Trump Administration has proposed cutting $120 million from Hanford’s budget next year, but the House and Senate budget proposals have restored a large portion of those cuts.In the first of two high-profile incidents this year, thousands of Hanford workers were evacuated May 9 when the roof of a 1950s rail tunnel storing a lethal mix of nuclear waste collapsed. Tests showed no radiation was released into the environment.
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