Infantino waved in for 2nd term as FIFA president

first_imgParis: Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday he had turned FIFA into an organisation “synonymous with credibility” as he was re-elected for a second term as president of world football’s governing body. It was a formality that the 49 year-old would be waved through for a new four-year mandate, until 2023, as he stood unopposed at the FIFA Congress in Paris. The FIFA Council chose to back his re-election by acclamation, with Infantino now hoping to build on the work he started in February 2016, when he was voted in to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter at the head of the organisation. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunEager to “open up” and “globalise” the game, he will now push ahead with already approved plans to expand the Club World Cup to 24 teams, and with his ambition of expanding the World Cup itself to 48 teams. As he addressed the 211 members of the Congress in the French capital, where the Women’s World Cup begins on Friday, Infantino claimed credit for the success of the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia, the “transparent” bidding process for the 2026 tournament and the introduction of Video Assistant Referees into the game. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upHe said he was now at the head of “a new FIFA, an organisation that is synonymous with credibility, confidence, integrity.” “Today nobody talks about crises, nobody talks about rebuilding FIFA from scratch, nobody talks about scandals, nobody talks about corruption, we talk about football,” insisted the Swiss-Italian lawyer, formerly secretary general of European governing body UEFA. “The very least we can say is that we have turned the situation around. “In three years and four months, this organisation went from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be, an organisation that develops football, an organisation that cares about football.” Infantino has overseen a major increase in FIFA’s income, with cash reserves increasing from 1 billion to 2.75 billion over his first term. “FIFA has today also the most solid financial situation ever and is coming out of the period of its worst crisis,” he claimed. FIFA have had to abandon highly controversial plans to expand the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 in time for the next tournament in Qatar in 2022. alast_img

BJP MLAs daughter her husband assaulted inside HC

first_imgAllahabad: BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter Sakshi and her husband Ajitesh Kumar, who allege that they fear for their lives for marrying outside their castes, were attacked inside the High Court complex on Monday minutes after they were given protection.The couple were roughed up by some lawyers as soon as they stepped out of the courtroom after the hearing, eyewitnesses said. Justice Siddharth Verma granted protection to Sakshi and Ajitesh who had asked for security contending that there is a threat to their life from Mishra who is unhappy with the marriage as Shakshi is a Brahmin and Ajitesh a Dalit by caste. The couple had prayed that police or Mishra should not disturb them in their peaceful living as they were adult and had got married in free will. Meanwhile, another couple was allegedly abducted from outside the court premises, leading to a high drama in the area with people thinking that it was Sakshi and Ajitesh.last_img

The teacher teachers aide and teen brothers who died in La Loche

first_imgLA LOCHE, Sask. – Four people were killed and seven wounded in a mass shooting at a school and a home in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche on Jan. 22, 2016. A student, who was 17 at the time, pleaded guilty and a judge ruled Friday that he will be sentenced as an adult.Here’s a look at those who died:Marie Jaqueline Janvier:The 21-year-old was a graduate of the La Loche school and had recently been hired as a tutor or teacher’s aide. “She always felt the kids needed a little bit more. She was the one to give them that,” said former assistant principal Phyllis Longobardi. Janvier’s family said the young woman planned on going to university to become a teacher. She loved children and animals. She lived with and cared for her mother and grandmother. Jackie Janvier described her only child as a kind, sweet and caring woman who worked hard and didn’t like sitting at home. Deegan Park, her boyfriend of three years, said he would have given up the rest of his life just to spend another year with her. “I grew up not a good guy, but she turned me right.”Adam Wood:Wood, 35, started his teaching career in La Loche the September before the shooting. After completing his education degree, he studied sustainable agriculture for a year while living outside in a tent. “Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt. He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously,” his family in Uxbridge, Ont., said in a statement after his death. Wood had also worked with youth at an urban farm in Thunder Bay, Ont. “There are some people out there that hold a light. Adam was one of them,” a group member said on Facebook. “I think about the darkness that came over the school in the moments before his death. And then I think about his light. How he would have offered that to everyone around him, and how, maybe, that would have made that horrible situation somehow a little bit easier for the people near him who survived.”Dayne Fontaine:The 17-year-old was killed at a home with his younger brother. “He was a good kid,” said his father, Gerald Moise, as he started a fire at the community cemetery after the shooting to thaw the frozen ground for burials. He said his son often went hunting with his grandparents and liked to go quadding. Friend Brittney Lemaigre remembered Dayne as a caring person. “So thoughtful … He had a heart of gold,” she wrote in a Facebook conversation with The Canadian Press. Heather MacKillop, a former teacher in La Loche, wrote on her Facebook page that Dayne was an amazing student who held a special place in her heart. “He taught me my first (and several more) Dene words, taught me to tie a snare and loved sharing his hunting stories. I’ll never forget his smile.”Drayden Fontaine:The 13-year-old was found dead in the house with his older brother. The pair were later buried side by side at the local cemetery. The mother to both boys, Alicia Fontaine, posted about her grief on Facebook after the shooting. “My heart shattered into a million pieces,” she wrote. “So sad I don’t have no more babies.” Loren Lemaigre, calling himself a family friend, also posted on Facebook: “So young and for nothing.”last_img

More oversight urged after 3 cats left for 22 days in humane

first_imgEDMONTON – An animal rights group is calling for an independent investigation into how three cats were left in an Edmonton Humane Society vehicle for 22 days.The society says it did a full internal review to ensure something similar never happens again, but Animal Justice executive director Camille Labchuk says that’s not good enough.“It’s a pretty serious conflict of interest in my view because the Edmonton Humane Society is itself tasked with investigating violations of animal protection laws,” she said Tuesday.“But in this case, they would have to investigate themselves.”The society said in a statement Monday that the cats were transferred from another agency to the Edmonton shelter on March 27, but three felines were overlooked while unloading the vehicle.The animals weren’t discovered until April 18, when staff were preparing for another animal transfer.The cats were dehydrated, hungry and had urine burns on their paws. They have since been medically cleared and adopted into new homes.The society said it has reviewed the staff members involved, as well as its procedures. Checks and balances have been added to minimize future mistakes while transferring animals.It declined to provide further details for privacy reasons.Labchuk said she has no doubt the humane society is committed to helping animals and regrets what happened.But she said there needs to be outside oversight, much like how instances of police misconduct are probed by external agencies.“In 2018, we still largely leave the enforcement of animal cruelty laws to private charities and, in our view, this isn’t good enough anymore,” she said.“There should be state agents involved in investigating and prosecuting these offences and there should be a pretty high degree of transparency and accountability.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img

Hundreds gather in Montreal to remember victims of attack on Pittsburgh synagogue

first_imgMONTREAL – Rabbi Reuben Joshua Poupko looked at the hundreds gathered in his Montreal synagogue Monday night and told the crowd it often doesn’t make sense why the world is filled with such hatred toward Jews.Poupko is originally from Pittsburgh — the city where 11 Jews were shot dead over the weekend at the Tree of Life Synagogue — and he cried when he said his late father used to be a rabbi in that city for 60 years.When hateful people imagine “the other,” Poupko said, “they imagine me and you — they imagine the Jew. It makes no sense.”Surrounded by a heavy presence of police cruisers and security guards, members of Montreal’s Jewish community, politicians and other mourners gathered at Beth Israel Beth Aaron synagogue to remember those killed during a Sabbath service.“This is the most important statement,” Poupko said in an interview before the ceremony, acknowledging the size of the crowd. “There are members of all communities here. The Jewish community doesn’t stand alone and it doesn’t grieve alone. The pain is shared by many.”Brenda Gewurz and her husband, Samuel, were on the balcony overlooking the main prayer hall.“Montreal is a very close-knit Jewish community and we stand in support of our communities across the world,” she said. “It’s a very sad day and I think it’s important that we acknowledge the sadness.”Meanwhile, Toronto’s Mel Lastman Square was crowded Monday night with members of the Jewish community who held candles as they sang traditional songs “Lo Yisa Goy” and “Kol Haolam Kulo,” and later stood for a moment of silence.Among those gathered there were 20 family members of Joyce Fienberg, a 75-year-old who died in the shooting and had previously lived in Toronto. Her funeral is scheduled Wednesday in Pittsburgh.Fienberg’s cousin Judy Winberg led the crowd with a prayer that began with “grant us peace, your most precious gift.”It was enough to bring Rachel Cohen to tears and hug her seven-year-old son, standing beside her, a little tighter.“I can’t even imagine what that family has been feeling since they lost their loved one in Pittsburgh,” she said. “I’ve just been thinking that can happen here and we need to stand strong and support each other.”Sara Lefton, the vice-president of philanthropy at the United Jewish Appeal Federation, said amid tragedy, vigils being held across the country are crucial because those killed in Pittsburgh were “singled out for being Jewish.”“It’s so important at a time like this for the broader community to come together and recognize that we have to fight back against hate and stand together at a time of difficulty like this.”Earlier on Monday, leaders of a mosque in Quebec City that was the site of a 2017 mass murder carried out by a lone gunman sent condolences to Pittsburgh’s synagogue.“It reminds us of the difficult moments we went through, and it brings back some of that worry,” Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec co-founder Boufeldja Benabdallah said in an interview Monday.The January 2017 attack at the mosque killed six worshippers and injured 19 others.In a statement, the centre’s board decried “the madness of men” that “struck our Jewish neighbours of Pittsburgh … who were only praying in a sacred and untouchable place. … Today we understand very well the pain that Jewish families feel, and we are wholeheartedly with them.”In the months since the attack, Benabdallah said, a new reality has set in at the mosque. Open doors have given way to concrete barriers near the front door, magnetized locks and security cameras.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday in the House of Commons that Canadians are “horrified” by the Pittsburgh attack.“Our hearts are with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and across Canada,” he said. “May the families of those murdered be comforted and may the injured recover quickly and fully. We’re working with U.S. authorities and ready to assist if required.”Monday’s vigils follow similar gatherings Sunday in Halifax, Vancouver and Ottawa. More events are planned Tuesday in Winnipeg and Hamilton.— With files from Tara Deschamps in Toronto.last_img

Amid global electriccar buzz Toyota bullish on hydrogen

first_imgTOYOTA, Japan – At a car factory in this city named after Toyota, the usual robots with their swinging arms are missing. Instead, workers intently fit parts into place by hand with craftsmanship-like care.The big moment on the assembly line comes when two bulbous yellow tanks of hydrogen are rolled over and delicately fitted into each car’s underside.While much of the world is going gung-ho for electric vehicles to help get rid of auto emissions and end reliance on fossil fuels, Japan’s top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is banking on hydrogen.Toyota sells about 10 million vehicles a year around the world. It has sold only about 4,000 Mirai fuel cell vehicles since late 2014, roughly half of them outside Japan.The Mirai, which means “future,” is not cheap at $57,500, but Toyota loses money on each one. Still, the company’s goal is to sell 30,000 fuel-cell vehicles a year by about 2020.Hydrogen fuel cells don’t suffer the EVs’ main drawback of limited range. The Tesla Model S can go about 300 miles (480 kilometres) on a single charge, although that varies depending on driving conditions, and that’s quite a distance for an EV.Other models run out of juice quicker, at about half that, because the longer the range, generally the heavier the batteries. And electric vehicles usually take hours to charge.The Mirai can run for 312 miles (502 kilometres) per fueling, under U.S. EPA conditions, and fuels as quickly as a regular car.Toyota’s chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada, believes hydrogen is an ideal, stable fuel for a future low-carbon society.“In this light, hydrogen holds tremendous potential,” Uchiyamada, known as “the father of the Prius,” the world’s top-selling hybrid car, said during a tour of the factory.“Hydrogen doesn’t exist in the natural world on its own, but you can create hydrogen from various materials,” he said.The Prius turned out to be a good bet for Toyota. The Mirai could be the same. But not everyone shares Uchiyamada’s enthusiasm for hydrogen.A fuel cell mixes hydrogen with the oxygen in the air to generate electricity that can power a motor.Producing the highly flammable gas and getting it into the vehicles requires energy. Ultimately, the idea is to convert energy from renewables like wind and solar power into hydrogen, or even make hydrogen from sewage waste.Unlike a gas-powered internal combustion engine, the only byproducts from a fuel cell are electricity, heat and water. There are no emissions of pollutants that can cause global warming. Yet the energy unleashed is powerful: Hydrogen is the fuel that sends NASA rockets into space.So fuel cells could be used to power cars, trains, buses, trucks and forklifts, and to provide electricity and heat for homes.Detroit-based General Motors Co., Mercedes-Benz of Germany, Japan’s Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai of South Korea have also developed fuel cell vehicles that are on the roads in extremely limited numbers.The global stock of electric vehicles will soon surpass 2 million, according to the International Energy Agency. It’s projected to climb to between 9 million-20 million by 2020. Fuel cell vehicles are scarcely a presence.The Hydrogen Council, made up of 28 companies that are promoting hydrogen fuel, said in a report this week that it expects hydrogen to power about 10 to 15 million cars and 500,000 trucks by 2030. It also forecasts it will be widely used for industries, heating and power and power storage.The group met this week in Bonn, on the sidelines of the COP23 U.N. meeting on the environment.Toyota and other manufacturers pursuing hydrogen fuel cells face some significant hurdles. Japan has an ample 28,000 EV charging stations but only 92 hydrogen fueling stations, and they are costly to build.Hydrogen is viewed as potentially hazardous: the 1937 Hindenberg disaster, when 36 people died when the hydrogen-fueled airship caught fire and crashed, ended an earlier era of hydrogen-powered passenger travel.Hydrogen explosions during the 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima are a more recent example of such hazards. But proponents of the fuel say hydrogen is no more dangerous than gas or electricity if handled properly.A fill-up with hydrogen takes about as long as at a gas pump, while EV charging takes about 30 minutes using special equipment for quick charging. Regular charging can take hours.“I’m not claiming that hydrogen will replace any form of energy, but it will find its place in the world energy mix,” Benoit Potier, chief executive of French industrial gas company Air Liquide, and a chair of the Hydrogen Council, said in a telephone interview.Air Liquide has been working on producing, storing and distributing hydrogen fuel for more than four decades. Potier says he expects costs for making the gas will fall as its use becomes more widespread.In one step toward widening use of hydrogen, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, an aerospace, motorcycle and ship manufacturer, is developing a technology read more

Brazilian firefighters toil in Amazon region hazy with smoke

JACUNDA NATIONAL FOREST, Brazil — Equipped with hoses connected to rubber backpacks, Brazilian firefighters in the Amazon on Monday raced in a truck along dirt roads toward plumes of smoke after a spotter in a military helicopter directed them to a fast-spreading fire.A landowner opened the gate of a barbed wire fence and the firefighters set to work, dousing a conflagration they believed was intentionally set to prepare land for crops or pasture. When their water supply ran out, they made a fire break, clearing brush with machetes and chainsaws to starve the blaze of its fuel.The smoke-shrouded scene near the lush Jacunda national forest in the Amazonian state of Rondonia, witnessed by an Associated Press team, showed the enormity of the challenge ahead: putting out a multitude of blazes and safeguarding — in the long term — a vast region described by world leaders as critical to the health of the planet.The country’s National Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has recorded that the number of fires has risen by 85% to more than 77,000 in the last year, a record since the institute began keeping track in 2013. About half of the fires have been in the Amazon region, with many in just the past month.At a summit in France, the Group of Seven nations pledged $20 million on Monday to help fight the flames in the Amazon and protect the rainforest, in addition to a separate $12 million from Britain and $11 million from Canada.The international pledges came despite tensions between European countries and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has accused rich countries of treating the region like a “colony” and suggested the West is angling to exploit Brazil’s natural resources.But the funds, which are widely seen as critical support, are still a relatively meagre amount for dealing with an environmental crisis that threatens what French President Emmanuel Macron has called “the lungs of the planet.”The AP team drove for hours at a stretch outside the Rondonia capital of Porto Velho without seeing any major fires, suggesting that many had been extinguished or burned themselves out since rapidly spreading in recent weeks. Many fires were set in already deforested areas to clear land for farming and livestock.Still, smoke billowed from charred fields and scrub, shrouding the sky. The airport in Porto Velho closed for more than one hour on Monday morning because of poor visibility caused by the haze.Under international pressure to act, Bolsonaro said he might visit the Amazon region this week to check on firefighting efforts and would make 44,000 troops available to fight the blazes. However, the military presence in the area seemed scarce on Monday, with only a few soldiers seen patrolling roads and lending a hand.At dawn, the blazing sun was hidden under thick smoke that blanketed the horizon like fog. Trucks carrying fresh timber sped through a road that cut through lands where heaps of ash were piled around charred logs.Some local residents seemed torn between knowing that the fires were devastating the environment around them, and needing to extract the Amazon’s rich natural resources to make a living.“We have to preserve the land. The government has to help small farmers more, prioritize and take care of the large reserves, where people do most of the illegal things,” said Willian Sabara Dos Santos, a farm manager. Behind him, a Brazilian flag on a pole fluttered in the wind next to a statue of a bull that he said was a replica of the iconic “Charging Bull” sculpture on New York’s Wall Street.In a nearby village, Darcy Rodrigo De Souza walked barefoot into a shop where people drank coffee and ate Pao de Queijo, traditional Brazilian cheese bread, on a street named “New Progress.”“We have many problems with the fires. But we also depend on the wood for our economy. If it wasn’t for that, there would be nothing,” said De Souza, who wore a straw hat. “It’s true that the Amazon has to be protected, but this president is going to protect it. The Americans want us to protect Brazil. But why don’t they protect their stuff?”About 60% of the Amazon region is in Brazil; although the vast forest also spans parts of Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru and Suriname. The Amazon’s rainforests are a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and described by environmentalists as a critical defence against climate change.On Monday, army Maj. Fabio da Paixão Pinheiro said officials have determined that the fires around Porto Velho have decreased as a result of rains over the last couple of days.But near the Jacunda national forest, thunder boomed as firefighters worked to suffocate flames that continued to burn into the evening.One fireman prayed for rain as he put on a protective mask. All around him, the heavy smell of burning wood permeated the air, making it hard to breathe.__Associated Press writer Luis Andres read more

Mens basketball 2018 fourstar forward Jaedon LeDee commits to Ohio State

The Ohio State men’s basketball team gained its first active commit to its 2018 recruiting class from four-star forward Jaedon LeDee from The Kinkaid School in Houston, Tuesday. LeDee is the fifth person to verbally commit to the Buckeyes, but is the only active prospect in the class as the other four players have since decommitted. This is the first player in the 2018 class to commit after receiving an offer from coach Chris Holtmann.LeDee is regarded as the 115th-best player in the class, 31st-best at small forward and eighth-best in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward chose the Buckeyes over offers from Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA among others.LeDee received his offer from the Buckeyes on July 9, 2017, the second offer Ohio State extended him after Thad Matta offered one on April 12, 2016. LeDee paid the Buckeyes an official visit on Sept. 9.

My husbands devastating dementia has made him believe every day is Christmas

The former Telegraph journalist, 64, has developed frontotemporal dementia (FTD), an unusual form of dementia which affects the parts of brain responsible for behaviour, language, problem-solving and emotion. It sounds like a nightmare – but it is a daily reality for Christopher Middleton, who believes it’s Christmas every day. It occurs when nerve cells in the frontal or… Imagine waking up on Christmas morning panicking because you’ve forgotten to buy any presents and have no idea how to feed all those people coming for lunch. FTD only accounts for around one in 20 cases of the 850,000 people who have dementia in the UK, although it is one of the leading causes of the condition in under 65s.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––

Loesche – mobile oregrinding plant

first_imgLoesche’s first OGPmobile is currently being used in southern Asia. Loesche says it is proving the concept on site. The dry milling of ore in its vertical roller mills has shown significant process advantages, as well as economic and ecological benefits. To demonstrate these, a mobile ore-grinding plant, the OGPmobile, has been developed. This allows the customer to test the effectiveness of Loesche’s grinding technology and its influence on the total material flow of the existing processing plant. The degree of mineral liberation, particle size distribution, energy consumption and throughput can be optimised individually for each deposit and each treatment process, depending on the ore characteristics. The main advantages of the Loesche grinding technology, compared to conventional milling technology, are, the company says:Increased value recovery due to improved mineral liberationReduced operating costs through lower specific energy consumption and less wear of grinding partsNarrow particle size distributionRapid adaptation to changes in ore characteristics within a depositAutomatically controlled mill circuit using online control systemReduced total water consumption by dry grinding and classifying.“Past experience shows that these  benefits are achievable on various ore types with differing characteristics, such as lead/zinc and nickel.”The OGPmobile is a fully functional grinding plant, which is comparable with the test circuits in the Loesche Test Centre in Neuss, Germany. The flexible circuit allows operation in an airflow as well as in overflow mode without gas sweeping.Large samples of milled material – 200-300 t for further direct processing in subsequent process steps – can be produced. The quality of the milled products is checked by analysis in the integrated laboratory.The OGPmobile consists of three 40ft-high cube sea containers, which makes global transportation easy. The mechanical equipment for grinding, sizing, material handling and product separation is installed in two containers. In the third one, the laboratory and process-control system is installed, along with the control room.The minimum requirements for operating the OGPmobile are an appropriate power supply and a compacted base measuring approximately 17 m x 7 m.Environmental conditions in which it can operateAltitude: 0-3,500 m a.s.l.Outdoor temperature: -20 to 50°CClimate: arid to humidSupply voltage: 380-520VFrequency: 50Hz or 60HzInstalled power: 420kW (of which 300kW is drying capacity, if required)Its throughput is nominally about 1t/h; maximum about 3t/h. Dust emissions <20mg/m³ in the air.Its total weight is about 65 t (working condition).The first OGPmobile is currently being used in southern Asia, where its transport to site was handled by Loesche logistics experts. The operation of the facility and the testing program are being carried out in close co-operation between the customer and Loesche specialists. After this series of tests has been completed, further deployments are planned.last_img

Christmas Is Coming To Kenai

first_imgJohna Beech, President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce: “There will also be the boutique open at the Challenger Learning Center, and that’s been going on for about 7 or 8 years. Don’t forget to head on over there.”  Beech said Santa is available for free photos with candy canes and cocoa: “He will listen to kids make Christmas wishes until probably about 2pm or when all the kids are gone.”  The annual Christmas Comes to Kenai kickoff starts at 10 a.m., with the Kenai Fine Arts Center Annual Arts & Craft Bazaar at Kenai Central High School. Santa will be arriving at the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center, at 11 am, on board a City of Kenai fire engine to hear children’s wishes with his jolly elves. There will be a photographer present to take photos with santa, or you can take your own picture. The Chamber will either mail or email your photos to you.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Christmas is coming to Kenai in a big way on Friday, November 23. The Grand Finale Fireworks will take place at 7 pm to wrap up the Kenai Christmas festivities. An electric light parade will be held at 6pm, starting at Spur View Road and continuing along Frontage Road to the Kenai Chamber parking lot followed by a bonfire and hot chocolate. Beech wants to remind commuters that the downtown Kenai area will be closed to traffic during the parade.last_img

Myanmar accused of laying mines causing Rohingya injuries

first_imgLocal Bangladeshis help Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi side of Naf river near Teknaf on September 11, 2017. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s military has been accused of planting land mines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in its western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting two people wounded Sunday.Refugee accounts of the latest spasm of violence in Rakhine state have typically described shootings by soldiers and arson attacks on villages. But there are several cases that point to anti-personnel land mines or other explosives as the cause of injuries on the border with Bangladesh, where 300,000 Rohingya have fled in the past two weeks.AP reporters on the Bangladesh side of the border on Monday saw an elderly woman with devastating leg wounds: one leg at the calf apparently blown off and the other also badly injured. Relatives said she had stepped on a land mine.Myanmar has one of the few militaries, along with North Korea and Syria, which has openly used anti-personnel land mines in recent years, according to Amnesty. An international treaty in 1997 outlawed the use of the weapons; Bangladesh signed it but Myanmar has not.Commanding officer of the Bangladesh border guard in Teknaf Lieutenant Colonel SM Ariful Islam said on Friday he was aware of at least three Rohingyas injured in explosions.Bangladeshi officials and Amnesty researchers believe new explosives have been recently planted, including one that the rights group said blew off a Bangladeshi farmer’s leg and another that wounded a Rohingya man. Both incidents occurred Sunday. It said at least three people including two children were injured in the past week.“It may not be land mines, but I know there have been isolated cases of Myanmar soldiers planting explosives three to four days ago,” Ariful said Friday.Myanmar presidential spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer phone calls seeking comment Sunday. Military spokesman Myat Min Oo said he couldn’t comment without talking to his superiors. A major at the Border Guard Police headquarters in northern Maungdaw near the Bangladesh border also refused to comment.Amnesty said that based on interviews with eyewitnesses and analysis by its own weapons experts, it believes there is “targeted use of landmines” along a narrow stretch of the northwestern border of Rakhine state that is a crossing point for fleeing Rohingya.“All indications point to the Myanmar security forces deliberately targeting locations that Rohingya refugees use as crossing points,” Amnesty official Tirana Hassan said in a statement Sunday. She called it “a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution.”The violence and exodus began on 25 August when Rohingya insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect their ethnic minority from persecution by security forces in the majority Buddhist country.In response, the military unleashed what it called “clearance operations” to root out the insurgents. Accounts from refugees show the Myanmar military is also targeting civilians with shootings and wholesale burning of Rohingya villages in an apparent attempt to purge Rakhine state of Muslims.Bloody anti-Muslim rioting that erupted in 2012 in Rakhine state forced more than 100,000 Rohingya into displacement camps in Bangladesh, where many still live today.Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination and persecution in Myanmar and are denied citizenship despite centuries-olds roots in the Rakhine region. Myanmar denies Rohingya exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.last_img

New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight to become better swimmers

first_img More information: High flight costs, but low dive costs, in auks support the biomechanical hypothesis for flightlessness in penguins, PNAS, Published online before print May 20, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304838110 AbstractFlight is a key adaptive trait. Despite its advantages, flight has been lost in several groups of birds, notably among seabirds, where flightlessness has evolved independently in at least five lineages. One hypothesis for the loss of flight among seabirds is that animals moving between different media face tradeoffs between maximizing function in one medium relative to the other. In particular, biomechanical models of energy costs during flying and diving suggest that a wing designed for optimal diving performance should lead to enormous energy costs when flying in air. Costs of flying and diving have been measured in free-living animals that use their wings to fly or to propel their dives, but not both. Animals that both fly and dive might approach the functional boundary between flight and nonflight. We show that flight costs for thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia), which are wing-propelled divers, and pelagic cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) (foot-propelled divers), are the highest recorded for vertebrates. Dive costs are high for cormorants and low for murres, but the latter are still higher than for flightless wing-propelled diving birds (penguins). For murres, flight costs were higher than predicted from biomechanical modeling, and the oxygen consumption rate during dives decreased with depth at a faster rate than estimated biomechanical costs. These results strongly support the hypothesis that function constrains form in diving birds, and that optimizing wing shape and form for wing-propelled diving leads to such high flight costs that flying ceases to be an option in larger wing-propelled diving seabirds, including penguins. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ( —An international team of wildlife researchers has found evidence to support the theory that some birds, such as penguins, lost the ability to fly because of adaptations that allowed for better swimming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the results of testing energy efficiency levels of birds that both fly and dive as compared to birds that have lost the ability to fly. Explore further To gain a better understanding of the factors that led to flightlessness in some birds, the team traveled to two remote locations: Nanavuk, Canada and Middleton Island in Alaska. By attaching sensors to captured cormorants and murres, the team was able to measure energy efficiency in both species. Both kinds of birds are able to fly and both find prey by diving underwater and swimming. Cormorants use their webbed feet to maneuver underwater, while the murres use their wings.In analyzing the data from the sensors, the researchers found that murres are relatively efficient swimmers—the amount of energy they burn is just 30 percent lower than that of similar sized penguins. In the air, however, things were quite different. The birds set a new record for inefficiency—they burned 31 times more energy when flying than when sitting still—the highest ever seen in a bird. Studying murres is particularly important when looking to find why penguins lost the ability to fly because they are so similar to their non-flying cousins. Because of their coloring and body shape, they actually look like flying penguins.The data shows, the researchers claim, that penguins and other flightless birds almost certainly lost the ability to fly as their swimming abilities grew stronger. You can’t have both, they note—becoming better at swimming causes wings to slowly morph into flippers, which of course won’t allow for flight. They suggest that murres are at a crossroads—just good enough to get by in both the air and water. If the need arises to dive deeper, the team notes, the murres could also lose the ability to fly. On the other hand, if the need to avoid predators by flying away remains critical, they could become bet This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Researchers find emperor penguins outer feathers colder than surrounding air © 2013 Citation: New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight read more

District TMC leader found dead body recovered from septic tank

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a district Trinamool Congress leader whose body was found inside the septic tank of a factory with several injuries on his body.So far three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. Police suspect that he might have been murdered.The incident took place in Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas on Sunday morning. The incident triggered tension among the locals. The victim has been identified as Sudhir Das (52), who had been the president for Trinamool Congress at ward number 1 under Madhyamgram municipality. The factory is situated in Digberia area of Madhyamgram. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that the victim used to work as a security guard at the local factory. He had been missing since Saturday afternoon. The family members of the victim told the police that he went to work on Saturday morning. Unlike other days, he did not come home to have his lunch in the afternoon.The family members thought he might have been busy at his work and hence unable to come home. As he did not return home after his work hours, the family members started a search operation in the nearby area and informed the relatives. After failing to get any trace of the victim, his family members registered a missing dairy at the local police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the basis of the complaint, police started a search.They carried out a search inside the factory and finally spotted his body inside the septic tank.Police found several deep injury marks on his body as well as his head, which suggest that he might have been hit with a heavy substance before being pushed into the septic tank, police suspect.The body was recovered at around 5 am on Sunday. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that he might have been murdered following rivalry.They are yet to ascertain the real motive behind the murder. The investigators are looking into the CCTV footages of the factory.The district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. After examining the CCTV footages, police have found out that the victim was sitting near the septic tank on Sunday afternoon when an unidentified man entered the factory with his face covered with a cloth.The suspected accused came out of the factory after 50 minutes.According to a senior police officer in the district, the victim had deep head injuries, suggesting that someone had hit him with a heavy substance.Four persons including another security guard of the factory have been arrested in this connection so far.Rathin Ghosh, Chairman of Madyamgram municipality and also the local MLA called the incident unfortunate and assured that the assailants would be arrested soon. Stringent action would be taken against those who have committed the crime, he said.last_img

Dadri lynching SP BJP continue sparring match

first_imgFuelling the ongoing controversy over the Dadri murder, controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som on Sunday attacked Samajwadi Party (SP)-led UP government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community, and that innocent people were being framed for lynching a man over a beef-eating rumour. Som, accused of making inflammatory speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, alleged that state government was acting in a biased manner like it did during violence in western UP two years ago and was shielding those who were involved in cow slaughter. He said, “Like they had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those who have slaughtered cow in a plane. Even when a person is killed, they have a different set of rules. Sanjay Rahul Yadav was shot in the incident, but is anyone aware. Did the government help him?”Also on Sunday, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met the victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s family in Lucknow saying that justice will be delivered, also announcing an assistance of `45 lakh for the family. Yadav also asserted that his party will “never do politics” over such matters even as his government came under intense attack from political opponents following the incident. After a two-hour meeting with family members of Akhlaq, who was lynched and his son seriously injured, Yadav announced raising of the financial assistance to 30 lakh from 20 lakh besides five lakh each to his three brothers. “The government is with the family in its time of grief. No one can imagine what they have gone through. I have assured the family that justice will be done and legal action will be taken against the accused,”  he told reporters in Lucknow after meeting Akhlaq’s mother Asgari Begum, brother Mohammed Afzal, and daughter Shaista. Meanwhile, the Police have arrested eight persons and have detained a Home Guard for questioning. Police said the constable was detained after the local temple priest stated that the home guard allegedly forced him to make the announcement about a Muslim family allegedly consuming beef. Meanwhile, Congress attacked the BJP and its government at the Centre over the incident and said all progressive-thinking people should stand up against it.“This is a politico-ideological murder. There are some people who are trying to change the narrative of the country. They want that the minority should be second-grade citizens. The Government wants to dictate what people should eat, wear, how people should talk,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.last_img

Volpara Solutions Launches VolparaEnterprise 20 Software at RSNA 2016

first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content News | Breast Imaging | December 02, 2016 Volpara Solutions Launches VolparaEnterprise 2.0 Software at RSNA 2016 Software helps breast imaging providers deliver high-quality, personalized breast screening and comply with the FDA EQUIP program IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. December 2, 2016 — Volpara Solutions announced the launch of VolparaEnterprise 2.0 software, which helps breast imaging providers deliver high-quality, personalized breast screening, at the 102nd Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 2016.VolparaEnterprise software, which was commercially launched in 2016, delivers key performance indicators (KPIs) for hundreds of performance and quality metrics, including positioning, compression and equipment utilization. The Microsoft Azure–based solution provides continuous quality assurance and performance monitoring through dynamic, interactive dashboards. Updated with every mammography or tomosynthesis exam, the VolparaEnterprise ConstantQuality metrics may help facilities comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new EQUIP inspection program.Designed to support large or small enterprises, VolparaEnterprise software enables breast imaging providers to provide objective evidence to demonstrate compliance and quality of care. Users can perform rapid quality control checks to optimize the productivity and efficiency of imaging resources, to help reduce costs through the reduction of retakes, and to increase staff effectiveness.Updates to VolparaEnterprise 2.0 software include additional data and analytics tools to help improve imaging providers’ understanding of their performance and provide better understanding of their patient population and referral patterns. A new technologist-specific dashboard enables technologists to monitor their own performance, and the new technologist Quality Quadrant diagram summarizes staff performance on patient positioning and compression to identify training opportunities. A broader use of infographics makes data easier to interpret, and new role-specific “landing pages” summarize performance data for each user. “VolparaEnterprise has given us the ability to monitor performance and quality every single day. With real-time, objective information, we no longer have to wait for ACR accreditation or for a radiologist to complain about inferior images to learn about quality concerns” said Mindy Shikiar, VP of operations at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “We are now beginning to use VolparaEnterprise to reshape the training of our technologists. VolparaEnterprise contains this amazing capability for analyzing patient positioning, which now gives us the ability to objectively identify which technologists are doing well and offer additional training to those who may need it.”VolparaEnterprise software provides Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs1) sought by payers to justify supplemental screening. The objective assessment of volumetric breast density helps reduce time spent by radiologists and technologists on recalls that are not clinically beneficial, such as ultrasound on Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) A/B breasts inadvertently deemed “dense” due to subjective assessment of density. This not only results in better read more

PEOPLE Trafalgars Jason Stremble is promoted to Sales Manager for GTA

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Trafalgar’s Jason Stremble is promoted to Sales Manager for GTA Wednesday, October 4, 2017 TORONTO — Jason Stremble of Trafalgar has been promoted to Sales Manager for the Greater Toronto Area.Having been with Trafalgar since 2012, and after years in the travel industry working with Globus and Thomas Cook, Stremble has moved up the brand representing Southwestern Ontario as well as Eastern and Northern Ontario in a sales manager capacity. He has also travelled extensively around the world, most recently to Japan and Ireland.“I am very excited about the new role with Trafalgar’s emphasis on placing #agentsfirst and our upcoming ‘Love To Talk Travel’ events,” said Stremble. “I’m looking forward to further strengthening our relationships with our valued agents across the Greater Toronto area.”Vice-President of Sales Anita Emilio also added: “We are very pleased that Jason has been promoted to this new role with his 23 years of extensive industry experience including sales, business development and FIT. We look forward to having Jason work more closely with our loyal Greater Toronto agent partners as we kickstart our 2018 Europe and Britain launch.”Stremble can be reached at or via telephone at (416) 932-9589 ext. 7434. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img

Netherlands becomes the new European gateway for Jet Airways via Amsterdam

first_imgJet Airways (India) Ltd has launched daily non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, increasing connectivity between India, Europe and North America. In addition, Jet Airways would also operate a daily flight to Toronto from Amsterdam. Schedules of all three flights have been planned to allow quick, convenient and seamless connections between India and Toronto via Amsterdam, the airline said. With this Jet Airways is set to make Netherlands its new European gateway.In the wake of Jet’s connectivity to Amsterdam, Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC) Holland Marketing has renewed their destination marketing activities in the Indian market with new vigour.Jos Vranken, MD, NBTC Holland Marketing explained they would embark on a joint destination marketing campaign in the market with Jet Airways and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. Simultaneously, NBTC would start travel trade marketing and press and PR activities. “We also have plans to organise trade and media familiarisation trips,” he said.Vranken informed that the communication strategy would be to position ‘Holland as a City’ in the Indian market and the focus would be to target family market, luxury travellers and wedding and honeymoon segments from India.last_img

ITDC collaborates with states for tourism promotion

first_imgThe management of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) recently invited the state tourism departments from pan India for a roundtable to discuss the possible areas of synergies for collaboration between ITDC and state tourism authorities to enhance tourist convenience and overall experience.The session was presided over by Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson and Managing Director, ITDC in the presence of Piyush Tiwari, Director-Commercial and Marketing, ITDC and other respective heads of the divisions. Shivdular Singh Dhillon, IAS, CEO, Punjab Heritage Tourism Promotion Board and Suman Thapa, SCS, CEO, Sikkim Tourism Development Board were among the senior delegates who attended the meeting. Other state tourism corporations that were present at the event were Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura.The strategic business units of ITDC presented the wide spectrum of services through which state tourisms can collaborate with ITDC.last_img