Battling depression through films

first_imgPune: Satara-based Parivartan Trust, known for its work in the field of mental health, will contribute to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global campaign against depression by releasing two Hindi short films on the theme on Friday, the World Health Day. The films, Mann ki Aankhe and Jagruti, are directed by Sumitra Bhave. They deal with depression, and the social stigma and the problems faced by people in coping with the disorder. The screening will be held at the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).Ms. Bhave, along with her co-director Sunil Sukhtankar, is known for her complex psychological study of human nature in films like Astu (2015), which dealt with Alzheimer’s disease, and Devrai (2004), which was about schizophrenia.Dr. Sudipto Chatterjee, psychiatrist, Parivartan Trust, said, “We hope these films encourage people afflicted by depression to discuss it with their families or ASHA workers. Putting the focus on depression catalyses public opinion and impels people to demand more from health services, which will take it out of the shadows.”The Parivartan Trust has been implementing the ‘Jan Man Swasthya Programme’ (JMSP) at six different sites across the country for the past three years. As part of the programme, the trust provides treatments for mental disorders at affordable prices. It has been particularly active in Pune and Satara districts.Activist Dr. Hamid Dabholkar of the Parivartan Trust, said, “In India, the recent National Mental Health Survey indicated that one in 20 people suffer from depression of sufficient severity to warrant immediate treatment. The most important objective of this programme is to enhance the recognition of this affliction and prioritise its treatment.”last_img read more

Bucks seeking 2-0 lead over Raptors in East finals

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Toronto got swept out of the 2017 and 2018 playoffs by James and the Cavs. Now they’re already facing a 1-0 deficit against Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, after dropping Game 1 despite leading for 37 of the game’s 48 minutes.“Sometimes, we just missed some shots,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry shrugged.The way the Raptors see it, the adjustment to make finals might not be an adjustment at all. They liked most everything but the outcome of Game 1 — a 108-100 Bucks win — and figure that if they play the same Friday, they’ll have another chance at stealing away home-court advantage.“This team has handled downs pretty well and ups pretty well, and that’s been one of our focuses since day one of training camp,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “So let’s hope we can keep that going a little bit.”The Bucks won a game where they shot just under 40 percent and were 11 of 44 from 3-point range. They made up for that on the defensive end and on the backboards — they held every Raptor not named Lowry or Kawhi Leonard to 1 for 23 shooting after halftime, and outrebounded Toronto 60-46.ADVERTISEMENT ‘See you again—maybe’: Kyrgios disqualified after swearing, throwing chair Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport And even Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t sure who would take his place.“I didn’t know we were going to be in the Eastern Conference finals or not,” Antetokounmpo said. “I just know that he’s a top player that we always had problems against him and the Cavs. Now he’s not playing for the Cavs, so it’s going to be a little bit easier. I didn’t see it as an opening. But when you look back and see how everything went, it’s definitely an opening not having LeBron in the East.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Bucks are three wins away from taking full advantage of that opening, and becoming the team that replaces James after his eight consecutive seasons going to the NBA Finals as a representative of the Eastern Conference. Game 2 of the East final is Friday night in Milwaukee, where the Bucks will aim to take a 2-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors.“We’re happy,” Antetokounmpo said. “But the job is not done. We’ve got to protect our home. We’ve got to be able to get Game 2.” LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king.LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Still, Toronto insists it is not worried about the offense.“Everything starts on the defensive end,” Raptors forward Serge Ibaka said.Here’s some other things to know going into Game 2:RARE LOSSThe last time Toronto had two 30-point scorers in the same game and lost — before it happened Wednesday — was Feb. 2, 2012. Game 1 was only the third time this season that the Bucks allowed two opponents to score 30 in the same game; Brandon Ingram and LeBron James did it for the Los Angeles Lakers in a Milwaukee win on March 1, and Leonard and Pascal Siakam did it in a Toronto victory on Jan. 5.RARE WINBefore Wednesday, Milwaukee had been 0-7 this season when not shooting better than 40 percent. The Bucks shot 39.8 percent in Game 1. The Raptors had been 9-1 this season when holding teams to such a low shooting percentage; the only other previous blip came in Game 2 of the second round against Philadelphia, when the 76ers shot 39.5 percent and won in Toronto.BROGDON’S IMPACTMuch gets made of Milwaukee’s bench mob, and rightly so, but having Malcolm Brogdon back after he was out for basically all of the first two playoff rounds with a heel injury is a huge plus for the Bucks. Brogdon played 27 minutes in Game 1; he scored 15 points and the Bucks outscored the Raptors 57-39 in those minutes. When Brogdon wasn’t on the floor, Toronto held a 61-51 edge.DANGER TIME Friday isn’t technically a must-win for the Raptors, but a loss might conjure up some unfriendly memories for the franchise. Toronto has dropped the first two games of a playoff series seven times; the Raptors are 0-7 in those series, and four of them ended in sweeps — one of them a 3-0 decision, the others by 4-0 counts.ALMOST PERFECTMilwaukee is off to a 9-1 start in these playoffs. It’s the 24th time in NBA history that a team has opened a postseason with at least nine wins in 10 games; of the previous 23 to start at least 9-1, 15 went on to win the NBA championship. Only six teams have started 10-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more

TVS Racing signs up first woman rider,TVS Racing signs up first woman rider

first_imgShreya Iyer to represent TVS Racing in Indian National Rally championship COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Shreya Iyer, first woman rider representing TVS Racing in Indian National Rally Championship. Photo: G Sampath Kumar   –  The Hindu April 26, 2016 TVS Racing has signed its first woman rider – Shreya Sunder Iyer – to race for their team.Shreya, 24, who is the first woman rider to be a part of any racing team in India, will be part of the TVS Racing team at the Indian National Rally championship this year.Shreya who has a dream of building a career in motor racing began riding at 17 and became the first Indian woman rider to successfully complete a ride across the sand dunes in Dubai.She has ridden extensively across India including the isolated Suru valley in the Himalayas and also completed a rigorous Southern India biking expedition of 2,000 kilometers in just 6 days.In a statement, Arvind Pangaonkar, Head of Team TVS Racing said, “We believe that her participation will encourage women to consider racing as a career. TVS Racing is strongly committed to promote 2-wheeler racing in India and generate interest and improve support for the sport in India. We make continuous efforts to take the sport to as many section of the society as possible and create the ultimate machine and promote the riders for these machines.”Shreya Sundar Iyer added, “I am proud to be a part of the TVS Racing team. TVS Racing is by far the best Indian racing team with the best motorbikes and trainers. This association will help me work with the best in class machines, racers and technology. I also hope to encourage young bikers, especially women to follow their passion for racing and live their dreams.”TVS Racing began 33 years ago when Sundaram Clayton Limited (a TVS Group company) introduced its 50 cc mopeds into road racing. Since then it has been actively participating on and off- road racing events such as road racing, Super-cross and Motocross, Dirt Tracks, Rally etc.In early 2015, TVS Racing became the first Indian factory team to take part in the Dakar rally, which is the longest and toughest rally in the world.center_img SHARE sport × Shreya Iyer, first woman rider representing TVS Racing in Indian National Rally Championship. Photo: G Sampath Kumar   –  The Hindu COMMENTSlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: France and Denmark play it safe to secure progression

first_imgAdvertisementFrance’s Kylian Mbappe trying to advance with the ball amidst Danish defenders. Photo Credits: ReutersFrance and Denmark advance to the knockout stages after the first goalless draw of World Cup 2018.Les Bleus finished top of the group despite another run-of-the-mill performance, while Peru’s win over Australia confirmed Denmark’s place in the knockout stages.France, already qualified, used the match as an opportunity to give several squad players some game time, which resulted in an incoherent performance.Denmark still had work to do to ensure qualification for the last 16, but Peru’s early goal in the other Group C match meant Australia’s chances of progressing ahead of the Danes looked slim. A second Peru goal after half-time made qualification all but certain.Deschamps brought on Kylian Mbappe in the final 10 minutes in an attempt to find a goal but not even the Paris Saint-Germain forward could find a goal in this dreadful affair, ending this World Cup’s 36-game run of goals. Advertisement Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Iceland will have to rely on luck and determination if they want to advance to the knockout stageFIFA World Cup 2018 : Peru Spoil Australia’s Plans As They Secure First Win Of The World Cupcenter_img Group winners France will play the runner-up of Group D (either Iceland, Nigeria or Argentina) on Saturday, while Denmark will face Croatia on Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals.The video highlights of the match: last_img read more

Rohit wishes Olympic-bound athletes best of luck

first_imgPune, May 5 (PTI) Star cricketer Rohit Sharma today wished luck to the Indian sports contingent which will take part in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games from August 5-21 by presenting an autographed bat to ace marksman Gagan Narang who is a bronze medallist from the last edition.Rohit, who is leading defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, which is in progress, presented a signed bat with the words “Go for the Gold” written on it to Narang, a bronze medalist in the mens 10m air rifle event at the 2012 London Olympics.The bat was presented to Narang by Rohit after the duo had inaugurated the Pune International Sports Expo (PISE) at the College of Agriculture Grounds here, said a media release.Narang spoke about the challenges the Olympic athletes face to achieve their goals.”Winning medals for India is my job, but while I pursue my dream of yet another Olympic medal, this time in Rio, I want to reflect on the challenges that we face,” said the 32-year-old Hyderabad-based Narang, winner of eight gold medals in the Commonwealth Games of 2006 and 2010.”We often talk about level playing field. While in corporate boardrooms this still is an Utopia, but in sports this is what we strive for. However, in a country like ours democracy or level can only come once we think of opportunity or playing fields,” said the ace rifle shooter.Recently, the Parliament was told by the Sports Ministry that the Government expects 10 medals from Rio, while the target is 25 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementSpeaking about the figure that has been projected by the sports ministry, Narang said whether or not that figure was achievable, it was more important to view the efforts that go behind the final results.”Surely that is a number that Government wants to achieve given the grants they give. But is it practical? It can become practical if there is democratisation of sports and if Indian sports had many more stake holders,” felt Narang. (More) PTI SSR NRB KHS KHS BASlast_img read more

BCCI revises India-New Zealand Test series itinerary

first_imgThe BCCI on Tuesday swapped the venues for the second and the third Test matches against New Zealand while the first match will be hosted in Kanpur from September 22.The board had earlier announced Indore’s Holkar Stadium as the venue for the second Test from September 30 to October 4 and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens for the third and final match from October 8 to 12.But with Durga Puja celebrations clashing with the third Test, the iconic Eden Gardens will host the second Test from September 30 while the third match will be played in Indore from October 8.There were no changes for the other fixures. Dharamsala will host the first ODI on October 16 and Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla the second on October 19.Mohali will host the third game on October 23 while the fourth and fifth matches will be played at Ranchi and Visakhapatnam on October 26 and 29 respectively.last_img read more

Ashes 2017: MCG pitch rated ‘poor’ by ICC after drawn fourth Test

first_imgThe Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch (MCG) used for the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England has been rated as “poor” by the International Cricket Council (ICC).The match ended in a draw and saw only 24 wickets fall over five days.The track drew criticism from both competing teams after Australia scored 327 and 263-4 declared in their two innings while England scored 491 in their only innings.The track was criticised by both the teams after Australia complied 327 and 263/4 declared in their two essays whule England posted 491 in their first innings out which Alastair Cook scored 244 not out.Speaking about the given rating match referee Ranjan Madugalle said in his report to the ICC, reflecting the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch.”The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed,” said Madugalle.”The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration.”As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets,” he added.The ICC has announced that the pitch for the fourth Test between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been rated as �??poor�?�.More �?�️ ICC (@ICC) January 2, 2018Cricket Australia (CA) has two weeks to respond to the report, the sport’s governing body said in a statement.advertisementCricket Australia (CA) has been given two weeks to respond to ICC. Speaking about that, CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said the body will look to avoid a repeat and also speak to the groundstaff.”Such a rating is extremely disappointing for all involved,” Sutherland said. “We work closely with all our venues to encourage the best possible international cricket playing environment.”We’ll be taking on board advice from the ICC, players and relevant experts to work with the Melbourne Cricket Club to ensure this rating is not repeated.”The MCG Test was the last to be rated under the ICC’s pitch and outfield monitoring process, with a revision of the process set to come into effect from Thursday.Under the new process, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points, which will be active for a five-year period.”One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively,” the ICC said.”When a venue accumulates five demerit points, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 12 months, while a venue will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 24 months when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points.”The fifth Ashes Test begins in Sydney on Thursday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Triumph for PAOK at Fiorentina, Olympiakos is through

first_imgOlympiakos sealed its place in the last 32 of the Europa League and PAOK is close to joining the Reds after scoring an impressive win at Fiorentina on Thursday, while Panathinaikos crashed out as it lost for the fourth time in five games.PAOK defeated Fiorentina 3-2 in Florence as a spectacular Garry Rodrigues injury-time solo effort capped a great performance for the Thessaloniki club in its first ever victory on Italian soil.The Greeks led 2-0 via goals by Yevhen Shakhov on the 5th and Djalma Campos on the 26th minute, but the Florence giants equalized 2-2 through goals by Federico Bernardeschi on the 33rd and Khouma Babacar five minutes into the second half.The Italians put more pressure on the Greeks for a winning goal, but this came at the other end on the third minute of time added-on, as Rodrigues wrong-footed two of its opponents after a great run from the left and as he cut inside he unleashed a great shot for 3-2.PAOK now needs to better the result that Qarabag has with Fiorentina in Azerbaijan when it hosts Liberec in two weeks’ time.Olympiakos required just one point to advance to the knock-out stages and got just that on Thursday, drawing 1-1 with Young Boys in Piraeus with a rather lackluster performance.After a quite boring first half, Costas Fortounis opened the score on the 48th through a direct free-kick. Young Boys responded with a Guillaume Hoarau goal 10 minutes later, but that was not enough for the Swiss.Both teams missed good chances to win, they both had a goal disallowed as offside, but the result was good enough only for the Greeks. Still, their fans did not forgive their poor performance and booed them of the pitch,m while chanting the name of Chori Dominguez, Olympiakos’s star player who was left out of the squad for one more game by coach Paulo Bento.The summit of the group will be determined by the APOEL vs Olympiakos game in Nicosia next month, where Olympiakos needs to win to finish first.Finally Panathinaikos lost 2-0 to a second-string Ajax team in Amsterdam and is certain to finish bottom of its group, having one point from five games.As usual the Greens had a rather positive start to their game and were denied by the woodwork at Victor’s Ibarbo’s 26th-minute shot, before crumbling for the rest of the match.Ajax scored the opener five minutes from half-time due to an error of judgment by goalkeeper Luke Steele who let in a Lasse Schone free-kick, and Kenny Tete sealed victory for the Dutch on the 50th after capitalizing on a ball given away by Niklas Hult.The 3,000 Panathinaikos fans at the stands of Amsterdam ArenA jeered their own players after the final whistle.The result – the third loss in the last three games in the league and in Europe – is going to increase pressure on Panathinaikos manager Andrea Stramaccioni.Source: kathimeriniResults from Thursdays other Europa League matches:Fenerbahce 2 – Zorya Luhansk 0Fiorentina 2 – Paok Salonika 3Slovan Liberec 3 – FK Qarabag 0Hapoel Be’er Sheva 3 – Inter Milan 2Sparta Prague 1 – Southampton 0FC Zurich 1 – Villarreal 1Steaua Bucharest 2 – Osmanlispor 1Olympiacos 1 – Young Boys 1FK Qabala 1 – Anderlecht 3Saint-Etienne 0 – Mainz 05 0Zenit 2 – Maccabi Tel Aviv 0Dundalk 0 – AZ Alkmaar 1Austria Vienna 1 – Astra Giurgiu 2Roma 4 – Viktoria Plzen 1Athletic Bilbao 3 – Sassuolo 2KRC Genk 1 – Rapid Vienna 0Ajax 2 – Panathinaikos 0Celta Vigo 1 – Standard Liege 1KAA Gent 2 – Sporting Braga 2Shakhtar Donetsk 4 – Konyaspor 0Schalke 2 – Nice 0FK Krasnodar 1 – Red Bull Salzburg 1TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former Florida Player Has Called Out Urban Meyer

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer has officially retired from college football and the tributes for the three-time national champion head coach are pouring in on social media.One former Florida Gators player, though, has called out his former head coach.Former Florida/NFL player Ahmad Black took to Twitter with the following message:“Urban getting Ohio State team rings for winning the rose bowl but he DID NOT give us rings for winning the Sugar bowl in 09 AND we finished higher than Ohio State will….hmmmm,” he wrote.Urban getting Ohio State team rings for winning the rose bowl but he DID NOT give us rings for winning the Sugar bowl in 09 AND we finished higher than Ohio State will….hmmmm???— ahmad black (@ahmadblack35) January 2, 2019Black appears to be getting misled here, though.Ohio State is not getting “Rose Bowl” rings. The Buckeyes are getting team rings for their 2018 season to celebrate their Big Ten championship and a section of the ring will be in honor of the Rose Bowl win. Ohio State will probably also have a section for its win over Michigan.Meyer was Florida’s head coach from 2005-10, winning two national championships and two SEC titles.The retiring head coach is becoming an assistant athletic director at Ohio State. He’ll also be teaching a class in the business school.Meyer has said that he “believes” he won’t coach again.last_img read more

50-year-old Jonty Rhodes’ fitness drills still awes younger athletes

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ColomboSeptember 1, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 22:30 IST Jonty Rhodes (Reuters Photo)Jonty Rhodes, who is conducting a series of coaching stints with his coaching partner Ryan Maroon in Sri Lanka, was seen giving fielding tips to budding cricketers.In a video, that went viral on social media, South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes was involved in a drill in which he showed his fielding skills to the young cricketers.Former Dutch-South African cricketer Ryan Maroon posted a video on Twitter and wrote, “He may be 50 years old but he still has it! Been another amazing chapter mentoring and coaching 500 plus amazingly talented and gifted cricketers over this past week in Colombo – Kandy – Negombo with ama sports”.Glad the person filming the drill was not focused on the stumps @ryammaron1 1 out of 5 hits #nothinghaschanged Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) September 1, 2019Before the start of Jonty’s coaching stints in Sri Lanka, Alex Nishantha, the coordinator of the programme, was quoted as saying to a website, “This will be the first time Jonty (Rhodes) will come on such a mission to Sri Lanka. He has been a part of the Sri Lanka coaching unit in the recent past, but during the upcoming camps, he will mostly focus on youngsters, while we also receive inquiries from First Class cricketers as well. He will be willing to have anybody on board, who are eager to learn and perfect their skills”.Earlier, Rhodes had applied for the post of India’s fielding coach but finished outside of the top-three in the race as R Sridhar retained his post as the fielding coach of the Indian cricket team.advertisementThe greatest fielder of all time was keen to help the side improve their catching especially on overseas tours.However, later he revealed the reason why he applied for the job. “As a fielding coach I did a couple of years of coaching with the South African team till the 2007 World Cup. Since then, I have only worked in India. I am way more familiar with the cricketing set up in India than I am in South Africa,” Jonty added.Also Read | Ishant Sharma goes past Kapil Dev’s record with 156th Test wicket outside AsiaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jonty RhodesFollow Sri Lanka 50-year-old Jonty Rhodes’ fitness drills still awes younger athletesIn a video, that went viral on social media, Jonty Rhodes was involved in a drill in which he showed his fielding skills to the young cricketers.advertisementlast_img read more

Salvage Giant Formed in the Med

first_imgzoom Ardent Global has partnered up with Greek salvage company Vernicos and Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. to form the largest salvage alliance in the Mediterranean.The three companies signed a cooperation agreement on March 20, 2018, to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities.The alliance creation was assigned to shared values with regard to safety and performance.The partnership combines the know-how and assets of a salvage expert, emergency response and wreck removal companies, enabling the alliance to handle casualties of all types and sizes by providing a well-rounded portfolio of services.                          Image Courtesy: Ardent“The alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of salvage emergency response in the region, providing a  well-rounded emergency response effort in a timely manner. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions,” said Jean Benzonana, Vernicos Tugs Chief Executive Officer.‘’The synergies between the three companies will guarantee the provision of timely solutions in responding to marine incidents in the area of Eastern Mediterranean, and safeguarding the environment at the same time,” Vasilis Mamaloukas, EPE Director, commented.Ardent, created through the merger of Svitzer and Titan Salvage in 2015, brings to the table experience in technically challenging salvage and wreck removal, along with specialized, proprietary equipment.Greek Vernicos owns a large fleet of salvage and emergency response tugboats in the Mediterranean, while Environmental Protection Engineering has over 40 years of experience in responding to pollution incidents.last_img read more

Guerguerat: New Photo Shows Polisario Militias Harass Moroccan Drivers

Rabat – Polisario militias are still harassing the Moroccan truck drivers in the buffer zone of Guerguerat, in the southernmost part of Western Sahara, in southern Morocco.A new photo circulating online shows Polisario mercenaries continuing to stage  illegal checkpoints in the area, harassing drivers and attempting to hinder trade between Morocco and other African countries.The photo also shows the mercenaries self-proclaiming themselves “National Gendarmerie” of Polisario, raising the flag of the separatist force. Last week, Polisario militias have thrown stones at four vehicles, according to a source from Sahara, “With these provocations, the militias of Polisario Front want to disrupt trade between Morocco and Africa by scaring truck drivers,” the source said.The same source noted that the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) continued to observe and record these illegal actions without intervening.Given these frequent provocations, Polisario appears to be ignoring the requests made by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who urged both Morocco and Polisario to “exercise maximum restraint and take all necessary steps to avoid escalating tensions.”To avoid escalation and comply the United Nations’ 1991’s ceasefire agreement, Morocco unilaterally withdrew from the Guerguerat region late February after dispatching police forces to the area last August to combat drug trafficking.Several countries and organizations praised  Morocco’s withdrawal , including France, Spain, the UN and the European Union.King Mohammed VI called upon the UN’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take urgent and necessary measures to put an end to “an unacceptable situation,” which threatens the UN-brokered ceasefire and stability in the region of Guergarate. read more

Morocco finalizes military cooperation deal with Czech Republic

Rabat – Following royal instructions, Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister-Delegate for National Defense, received the Czech Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Martin Tlapa, on Monday, March 5.According to the National Defense Administration, the two officials exchanged views on methods for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the field of national defense. Aiming to consolidate military and defense technical collaboration, the two countries have finalized a military cooperation deal and discussed means to ensure its smooth implementation.   Martin Tlapa, who is leading a large delegation on a working visit to the Kingdom, has lauded Morocco’s progress and active commitment to international and regional peace.Tlapa also met Mounia Boucetta, the Moroccan Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who indicated that this meeting is an opportunity to highlight the excellent relationship between Morocco and the Czech Republic on political, economic, and social levels.In a previous visit to Morocco in 2016, the speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Vojtech Filip, expressed the Republic’s support for Morocco’s integrity regarding the Sahara issue, saying that his country will strive to find a solution that respects international law. read more

5 things to know about risks in Japans recession and hope ahead

5 things to know about risks in Japan’s recession and hope ahead for economic recovery Shoppers take photographs at a shopping street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. One good sign in this week’s data on the gross domestic product, or GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, is that consumer spending remains relatively strong. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) TOKYO – Here are five things to know about Japan’s ailing economy, which sank into technical recession in the third quarter, contracting at an annualized pace of 0.8 per cent:EXPORT FACTOR: Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, is highly dependent on the health of other economies, such as the U.S. and China, to keep growth going because much of the Japanese economy is export-led. One concern is that China’s growth is gradually slowing. Investors are also wary of when the U.S. Fed may raise its key interest rate. The Japanese government’s longtime effort to shift the driver of growth to domestic demand is limited because this nation’s population is aging. The government has been trying to encourage families to have children by promoting policies at companies and communities to make having and raising children easier, such as work leaves and day care.CHEAP YEN: A big boon to exports is the cheap yen, which lifts the value of overseas earnings. The favourable currency factor has significantly helped lift the financial results of giant exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp., adding 160 billion yen ($1.3 billion) to the automaker’s operating profit for the July-September period. The dollar has been trading at about 122 yen lately, when it cost about 101 yen or 102 yen a year ago. Although the cheap yen hurts the economy in some ways by making imports more expensive in yen, including critical items like oil, overall it has given Japan Inc. a perk it’s not really even counting on.PARIS JITTERS: The attacks in Paris last week are likely to hurt some sectors of the economy. Travel-related stocks, such as airlines and travel agencies, initially fell, although they have recovered. If fear of travel persists, it could deter tourism to Japan, which has been one booming area of the economy. The government has been aggressive in promoting a “cool” Japan, such as “manga” cartoons, sushi and other exotic food, as well as traditional crafts. Tourism traffic hit a record last year at 13.4 million people and has already topped last year’s sum with nearly 15 million arriving by the end of September.ABENOMICS: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing his so-called “Abenomics” program, based on stopping deflation and loosening old-style regulations that have discouraged new and foreign businesses. In the area of public spending the government is expected to announce a spending package soon. Although critics say Abenomics has not helped the poor, Abe is credited with venturing forth with new measures, such as lowering corporate taxes, to wrest the economy out of decades of stagnation.GOING SHOPPING: One good sign in this week’s data on the gross domestic product, or GDP, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, is that consumer spending remains relatively strong. Angus Nicholson, market analyst at IG in Melbourne, Australia, called that a “bright spot” in the report. Masayuki Ichikawa, economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, says the contraction figure came largely because of inventory adjustments. He doesn’t categorize Japan’s technical recession as a real recession, and expects the economy to expand in the October-December quarter.___Follow Yuri Kageyama at work can be found at by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Nov 17, 2015 2:43 am MDT Last Updated Nov 17, 2015 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban condemns violence surrounding Kosovo municipal elections

Sunday’s polls were considered crucial for strengthening peace and security in Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 – a move not recognized by Belgrade – following years of ethnic tensions. Initial assessments reportedly said the polls were a success, despite the intimidation and attacks. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban welcomed “the active participation of the Kosovo population, including the Kosovo Serbs, in these elections which is a key element of implementation of the 19 April agreement between Belgrade and Pristina.”At the same time, the Secretary-General condemned the attacks perpetrated against a number of polling stations in northern Mitrovica, including physical threats against election officers and voters, as well as the destruction of electoral materiel. “In calling for an immediate investigation of these attacks, the Secretary-General strongly deplores any attempts to undermine the electoral process and the fundamental right of people to express their democratic will,” said the statement.“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to ensure the peaceful completion of the electoral process in an atmosphere free of intimidation and violence.”The violence was condemned earlier this week by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Farid Zarif, who urged everyone involved with the elections to remain calm, and for all residents to respect the democratic process and cooperate with local and international law enforcement. read more

NonEnglish speaking victims of crime to be given priority police chief suggests

first_imgVulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties… some people for whom English isn’t a first languageDeputy Commissioner Craig Mackey Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has said she was talking to the government about reconsidering fundingCredit:Victoria Jones/PA Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said she was talking to the government about reconsidering the force’s funding.The Home Office has said it is “undertaking a period of detailed engagement with policing partners and relevant experts”.What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. Cressida Dick He suggested the idea could help the Met to cope with a reduction in funding. In the last four years, the force has had to make £600m of savings and it is due to lose an extra £400m by 2020.Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mr Mackey described how the force will have to change its approach to cope with less money.He said: “That’s where you get into some of the difficult areas around do you always offer the same service to everyone? center_img “Increasingly, as we go forward we will look at things like trying to assess people and crime on the sort of the threat, the harm, the risk, and people’s vulnerability. “It’s absolutely feasible as we go forward that if my neighbour is a vulnerable elderly person who has experienced a particular type of crime, that she gets a face-to-face service that I don’t get. So we triage things… we assess people’s vulnerability.“Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties, a whole range of things, some people for whom English isn’t a first language. “That’s about how we get those resources focused on the things you can make a difference with. But also as we go forward, as demand grows, you have to have a way of controlling and triaging.” Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently “vulnerable”.He said it is “absolutely feasible” that “face-to-face” visits by officers could be reserved for the “vulnerable” – giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.Mr Mackey said that crimes such as vehicle thefts are the types of offences that officers might not be sent to in person unless the victim was assessed to require one under a new triage system. 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.last_img read more

Gekko cyanide detox system for Phoenix gold project

first_imgRubicon Minerals is an advanced-stage gold development company focused on the environmentally sustainable development of its high-grade Phoenix Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario. Gekko Systems is supplying a complete turnkey Cyanide Detox System, designed to reduce cyanide in the plant discharge to less than 1 ppm weak acid dissociable (WAD) cyanide using liquid sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxygen generators for the detoxification process. The supplied plant will include the cyanide destruction tank, liquid SO2 handling, storage and dosing systems, oxygen generation system and process control instrumentation.In early 2012 Gekko’s technical team created a Cyanide Detox Group in conjunction with Randy Agius, a knowledge leader in this field. “Gekko’s experience gives us great confidence in the successful design and operation of this critical process ensuring we continue a responsible and environmentally sustainable development,” said Dan Labine, Vice President of Operations for Rubicon. Gekko draws on proven technologies and methods for detoxifying cyanide, including SO2/O2, peroxide and Caro’s Acid processes. The company understands the benefits and pitfalls of each detox method and will be providing specialist knowledge in the development of the Phoenix gold plant design.  Gekko provides a full range of client support from test work, design and supply to commissioning and process optimisation to ensure the best possible outcome.last_img read more

Amec Foster Wheeler creates new force in global engineering and project delivery

first_imgAmec Foster Wheeler has announced the creation of “a new force in global engineering, project delivery, asset support, power equipment and consultancy” following the completion of the £5 billion combination of AMEC plc and Foster Wheeler AG. The new company, Amec Foster Wheeler, has a highly skilled workforce of over 40,000 in more than 50 countries, 2013 annualised scope revenues of £5.5 billion and a £6.3 billion order book. The combined company would have generated pro-forma trading profits of £521 million in 2013. The completion follows Foster Wheeler’s merger with South Africa-based MDM Engineering.Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex infrastructure assets across a range of markets. It has a strong presence across the onshore and offshore oil and gas value chain – from production, through processing, gas monetisation, midstream, oil refining and chemicals. Amec Foster Wheeler is also a major player in the mining, clean energy, power generation, environment and infrastructure markets, using its increased scale to widen and deepen customer relationships. In addition, Amec Foster Wheeler is a leading designer, fabricator and supplier of advanced boiler systems for the power generation and industrial markets.The group said the combination “strengthens its already considerable positions in North America and Europe and further enhances its established presence in growth markets of the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.” Amec Foster Wheeler has more entrenched market presence and penetration prospects and will also enjoy a broader spread of customers among both independent oil majors and the world’s national oil companies. Based on 2013 pro-forma numbers, 56% of its revenues came from oil and gas, 19% came from clean energy, 9% from environment and infrastructure, 8% from the Global Power division and 8% from mining.The engineering and project delivery operations will be managed through three geographic business units: Americas; Northern Europe & Commonwealth of Independent States; Africa, Middle East, Asia & Southern Europe. The Global Power Group, the power equipment business, will operate across all geographies. These four business units will be supported by a global strategy and business development function – focused on the development of market and regional strategies, customer relationship management and business acquisition, and a project delivery function – to assure and drive project excellence and leverage Amec Foster Wheeler’s global talent and experience. High Value Execution Centres and Centres of Expertise will support this activity.Samir Brikho, Chief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler, said: “In creating our new company we are building on the proud heritage, skills and customer relationships of two already successful and highly respected businesses. Amec Foster Wheeler operates in more than 50 countries worldwide, in strong end markets and throughout the value chain. With our strong management team and talented workforce, we will not only serve our customers better, but can also offer our highly skilled employees even better career opportunities. I am proud to be leading the combined business into a new phase of growth.”last_img read more

Microsoft Kinect has problems recognizing the faces of dark skinned users

first_imgOne common message in Microsoft’s $500 million advertising push for their Kinect motion-control accessory for the Xbox 360 is the idea that the Kinect is an inclusive device meant to bring friends and families together. Someone should tell the Kinect’s facial-recognition software that, though, because it anecdotally appears to have a reluctance to accurately track black people.According to Gamespot, while testing the Kinect, two of their darker-skinned employees couldn’t accurately get the system’s facial recognition to work. In fact, one of the employees simply couldn’t have his face recognized by the Kinect at all.It’s easy to make a big stink about this, but in actuality, this is a problem with facial recognition technology: it requires a lot of differences in contrast to work properly, and darker skinned individuals can often puzzle cameras because there’s necessarily less contrast in their face.Consider last year’s “HP Media Smart Is Racist” story. It’s basically the same thing with the Kinect, and can be solved the same way: dark skinned users will need to make sure to illuminate their faces more than lighter skinned users.There’s a lot of problems with the Kinect, including laggy controls, sporadic voice recognition and limited field of view. Thankfully, though, racism isn’t one of them.Read more at Gamespotlast_img read more