Man pushed off moving train dies, another injured in Haryana

first_imgA 30-year-old man was killed and his friend sustained head injuries after the two were allegedly pushed off the moving local train on the Delhi-Agra route near the Asaoti Railway Station here on Saturday, by a group of teenage students following a minor altercation. Three of the accused were arrested, while the fourth managed to escape.Same stationThe incident comes less than two months after Junaid, a minor Muslim boy from Khandawali village was stabbed to death, and his older brother seriously injured in a similar fashion, by a group of men, following an argument over a seat in a local train at the same railway station.The deceased in the present case has been identified as Devender Kumar, a resident of Mohan Nagar in Palwal. Lalit, 29, who was injured in the incident, belongs to Tikri Brahman village in Palwal.Superintendent of Police, Haryana Railway Police, Kamal Deep Goyal told The Hindu that the accused, all of them students, were headed to Agra for a fun trip when they entered into an altercation with the accused on the train around 8:30 p.m. “One of the accused students got down at Asaoti railway station to fetch drinking water from a tap. He had an argument with the duo travelling on the footboard of the train when he tried to board the train and asked them for the passage. Later, his friends also got embroiled into it and the four allegedly pushed the two off the moving train,” said Mr. Goyal.Three caughtThree of the accused were caught by fellow passengers and handed over to the police at the Palwal Railway Station, but the fourth managed to jump off and escape when the train slowed down. “He will also be arrested soon,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Faridabad Railway Police, Mohinder Singh.The three have been identified as Manmohan alias Mohit, Vipin Gupta and Maniket Jaiswal. While Maniket belongs to Faridabad, the other two belong to Delhi.Though the accused maintained that the duo fell off accidentally during the scuffle, the police have registered a case of murder and attempt to murder under the Indian Penal Code based on the statements of fellow passengers.Devender, who worked at a workshop in Ballabgarh, is survived by his wife and four children, including two girls. Lalit also works at a lathe machine in Ballabgarh and would usually travel with Devender on his way back home. He was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre and discharged on Sunday evening.last_img read more

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova for Olympic tennis gold

first_imgSerena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal Saturday by beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 at the London Olympics.The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.The career Golden Slam was first achieved by Steffi Graf, who did it when she won the Olympics in 1988 after winning all four major titles. Williams can add the gold medal to her 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.last_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid fail to profit from Barcelona stumble but Atletico Madrid take advantage

first_imgReal Madrid failed to take advantage of La Liga leaders’ Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo on Saturday as they were held to a goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao, while Atletico Madrid profited by beating Real Sociedad 2-1.Antoine Griezmann’s 88th minute strike saw Atletico complete a comeback after falling behind in the first half to cut their deficit with Barca to six points, while Real stay eight behind Ernesto Valverde’s side. Second-placed Valencia can go two points behind Barca, who have 36 after 14 games, if they beat Getafe on Sunday.Barca also went behind in the early game as Celta striker Iago Aspas silenced the Nou Camp by putting the visitors ahead in the 20th minute. However, goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez either side of halftime put Barca in front.Celta’s Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez levelled in the 70th minute, capitalising on Barca defender Samuel Umtiti tearing his hamstring as he tried to keep up with the Spanish forward.Real were up against an Athletic side in crisis, sitting 16th in the standings and reeling from a shock King’s Cup defeat to tiny Formentera. But the Basques upped their game with the help of the raucous home support and frustrated the champions, who hit the woodwork twice and had Sergio Ramos sent off.Photo Credit: ReutersThe Real captain returned to action wearing a protective mask after two weeks out with a broken nose and picked up an early booking for elbowing Raul Garcia. His second came with four minutes remaining for striking Aritz Aduriz, earning a record-extending 19th red card in La Liga.advertisement”Real Madrid are eight points behind Barcelona because we have lacked goals this season,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “The biggest change from last season is the results, I don’t think we are playing any different. Last season we won games in the last minute and now we can’t seem to find the net.”FRUSTRATING AFTERNOONBarca’s frustrating afternoon at a cold and sparsely attended Nou Camp was made worse by France international Umtiti being ruled out for eight weeks, including missing the Clasico at champions Real Madrid on Dec. 23.”The injury cost us the goal, it was an accumulation of catastrophes, because of the draw and the injury,” Valverde told a news conference.”Losing Samuel right now is a big loss, he was in excellent form.”Barca bombarded Celta’s area in the remaining 20 minutes after Gomez’s equaliser, with Gerard Pique hitting the near post from close range, but could not avoid dropping points for the second game in a row for the first time this campaign.”We kept trying to win the game and had chances to do that. We have dropped two points but this is nothing that hasn’t happened before,” Valverde added.Atletico moved to within six points of Barca thanks to Griezmann’s late strike after Filipe Luis had cancelled out Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose’s first half penalty in the 63rd.Photo Credit: ReutersGriezmann, who came through the academy at Real Sociedad before being sold to Atletico for 25 million euros ($30 million) in 2014, slid in at the far post to nudge in Saul Niguez’s header and keep Atletico’s title hopes alive, but chose not to celebrate the goal.”We’re happy to have got the job done in a really difficult game which quickly went uphill for us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.”We have to appreciate the pride we showed in the second half, our intensity, insistence and bravery. We now have renewed energy which helped us to take the next step. We missed a lot of chances but we never stopped trying.”last_img read more

LeBron Promises To Bring The Heat

first_imgSAN ANTONIO — Early the night of June 15, LeBron James will gather his Miami Heat teammates around him and offer a few final words of wisdom before they try to extend their reign as NBA champions.James never rehearses the speech, but already knows what the gist will be.“It would be in the range of, ‘Why not us?’” James said. “Why not us? History is broken all the time. And obviously we know we’re against the greatest of odds.”Against the greatest of odds, against maybe the greatest of San Antonio Spursteams, too. Both are very much against the Heat now, and both are winning. The Spurs are a victory away from their fifth championship, and will go for it at home June 15 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.The Spurs are the 32nd team in NBA history to hold a 3-1 lead in the finals. All 31 of the previous teams have won the title.“History is made to be broken, and why not me be a part of it? That would be great,” James said. “That would be a great story line, right? But we’ll see what happens. I’ve got to live in the moment, though, before we even get to that point.”The Spurs have the same way of thinking.They took command of the finals in stunning fashion by not just winning in Miami, but winning twice — and winning big. San Antonio won Games 3 and 4 on the road by a combined 40 points, never trailing by more than two in either contest and running out to 25-point leads in each.“We’ve got to act like we’re coming into it like it’s a road game,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “It’s a mentality thing. We have to come up with the same mentality we do on the road and try to protect home court and play with desperation.”There was no talk from the Spurs about closing in on a title, or anything remotely close to that topic. They thought they had it wrapped up with 28 seconds left in Game 6 last season against Miami and saw it slip away — so even with a 3-1 lead and being at home instead the road for this potential clinching situation, it’s pretty clear that San Antonio isn’t willing to leave anything to chance.“They’re going to come out and give us their best punch possible,” Spurs star Tim Duncan said.“We know that they’re back-to-back champs and they’ve been in this situation before and they have all the confidence in the world that they can win these games. So we have to do just the same. Come out there and say, hey, we’re going to take it little by little, quarter by quarter, and see what happens.”That all sounds good, and he meant every word.Thing is, the Heat — these Heat, anyway — haven’t been in this situation before. Since James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teamed up, the Heat have never trailed 3-1 in a series.Until now.“We’re not so entitled or jaded that we’re above having to fight for it, and that’s what it is right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s competition. So we’ve got to find a way to fight and get this next game, and that’s what it’s all about.”Miami took a day off Friday. Mario Chalmers played with his son, James watched some film and rested at home, Udonis Haslem tried to relax with family. Wade, who missed nine of his first 10 shots — raising questions about his health — went a different way.He went into the gym, by himself, looking for answers. “I have very good reason that everything could change,” Wade said. “As I continue to say throughout the season, it’s a game-to-game thing.”Wade was down 2-0 in the 2006 finals, and trailed by 13 points in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of that series against Dallas. The Heat won that championship in six games.“You have to pull from your experiences,” Wade said, “and know where you came from to know where you’re trying to go.”That also applies to the Spurs.Losing the last two games of the finals last year still stings San Antonio. That series was portrayed widely as the Spurs’ last hurrah — an aging team with old stars, there’s no way they could come back from something as devastating as letting the 2013 championship slip away, right?Wrong.The Spurs finished with the best record in the regular season, and are one win shy of just being the best team, period.“Whatever success anyone has is due to a lot of factors,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Some of it is not even your doing. Sometimes things just happen. So success is a pretty complicated thing.”So are comebacks. But James is eager for the chance. “For me, it’s like you either don’t make the playoffs or you win a championship,” James said. “There’s no in-between.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

FIFA Chief Blatter Wants to Stay

first_imgZURICH — Sepp Blatter says he can solve his sport’s problems if re-elected as FIFA President after the arrest of leading soccer officials this week “unleashed a storm.”FIFA’s reputation has been bruised by the biggest scandal in its 111-year history, and Blatter’s leadership is coming under severe scrutiny.The 209 FIFA member nations will decide later May 29 whether to stick with the 79-year-old Blatter or end his 17-year rule by backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.At the opening of the second day of the FIFA congress, Blatter says he is “appealing for unity and the team spirit so we can move forward.”(ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

EB to face Malaysia Premier League sides in pre-season friendlies

first_imgKolkata, Oct 5 (PTI) Kolkata giants East Bengal will play two pre-season friendlies against Malayasia Premier League second tier teams UiTMFC and UiTMFC in Kuala Lumpur, the club announced Friday. East Bengal, who were dethroned by arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the Calcutta Football League this season, have travelled to Kuala Lumpur under new coach Alejandro Menendez for a training camp ahead of the the I-League, that is expected to start at the end of this month. The Red and Golds will first lock horns with UiTMFC Sunday followed by UiTMFC on October 10. The team will be training at the MSN Sports Complex in Malaysia till October 22 and organisers are trying to arrange a few more matches during their stay, according to a media release. Bengaluru FC was the last I-League club to have an overseas pre-season camp when they travelled to China in 2014 under Ashley Westwood. The Red-and-Gold brigade finished third in CFL Premier Division A, trailing champions Mohun Bagan by six points. Spaniard Menendez then took over as the head coach of the club who have parted ways with technical director Subhas Bhowmick. PTI TAP APA PDSPDSlast_img read more

Hashim Amla not bothered about playing XI spot ahead of India opener

first_imgHashim Amla is still not a certainty in the South African playing XI but the senior opener has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up games ahead of World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5.Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest Test match players, scored 65 and 51 not out respectively in the two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies (rain affected) and will be keen to add to his tally of 27 ODI hundreds.However, with young Aiden Markram in the side, there is competition as to who would open with Quinton de Kock.”Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team,” Amla was quoted as saying by the ICC website.The veteran opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition’s knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.”T20 is different from fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t,” said Amla, who needs another 90 to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Amla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.”It’s (guidance) something you don’t try and force. It happens naturally. It’s not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There’s a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway.”advertisementAlso Read | Selfie obsessed to worst roommate: Rohit Sharma reveals secrets about his Indian teammatesAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1992 – Pakistan ace a World Cup of many firstslast_img read more

Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s new £3.6m horse could prove ‘cheap’

first_imgA price tag of more than £3.6m for a one-year-old horse was described on Wednesday night as potentially ‘cheap’ as Sheikh Fahad al-Thani of Qatar won the battle to own a much-admired young colt, sold by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stud. The unnamed animal is a brother to the unbeaten Too Darn Hot, the even‑money favourite for the Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. While Fahad will decide that, it seems probable this colt will be sent to John Gosden, trainer of both Roaring Lion and Too Darn Hot. Gosden was here and said Too Darn Hot had breezed well under Frankie Dettori on Tuesday morning.Of his Arc winner Enable he said: “She’s eaten up and she’s in great, great form and we are very happy with her.” A decision is 10 days off but it appears there is every chance she will race again this year, at the Breeders’ Cup. Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Show Worcester 1.25 Desirable Court 1.55 Nightfly 2.25 Freedom Run 3.00 Back On The Lash 3.30 Winter Spice 4.00 The Dawn Man 4.35 Braddan HeadAyr 1.35 Pendleton 2.05 Syndicate 2.35 Hot Hannah (nb) 3.10 Inexes 3.40 Redarna 4.10 Drover 4.45 Havana Go 5.15 Pammi (nap)Bangor 1.45 Markhan 2.15 Handy Hollow 2.50 Molly Childers 3.20 Eyesopenwideawake 3.50 Forget Me Knot 4.25 Jaunty Thor 5.00 Marju’s QuestChelmsford 5.10 So Hi Class 5.45 Airwaves 6.15 Fintas 6.45 Big Country 7.15 Oscar’s Ridge 7.45 Haroon 8.15 Majeste 8.45 Jumping CatsTips by Chris Cook. Horse racing tips Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics Enable joins horse racing greats with second Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe win Read more Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 October “I think he’s the one we all wanted,” said the Sheikh’s racing manager, David Redvers. Fahad joined the bidding as it passed £3m and saw off competition from Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum and Japanese interests, eventually signing for 3.5m guineas, a record for a yearling sold at auction this year. “These horses don’t come up very often. If he’s as good as his full brother, he’s a very cheap horse today.”Whether this colt has any speed is a matter of pure conjecture at this stage, for all that his pedigree is flashy and his physique was described by Redvers as “pretty faultless”. But the available clues are about as promising as they could be; in addition to Too Darn Hot, the colt has two sisters who were both placed in top-class races. Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Hide Read more news Since you’re here… Horse racing Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook This time next year we will be a lot closer to knowing whether Fahad has spent wisely. He is surely aware of the potential downside, having shelled out 2.5m guineas for the hopeless Hydrogen at this sale in 2012, but he struck gold when buying Roaring Lion for $160,000 in Kentucky two years ago, the grey having since won more than £2m in prize money, guaranteeing himself a lucrative stud career.“Sheikh Fahad and his brothers want the very best,” Redvers said, “and they’ve had a major taste of what that’s like this year with Roaring Lion, which has been wonderful to be part of and hopefully it’s not over yet. You can draw your own conclusions about where this one is likely to be trained.” Talking Horses: Longchamp had an opportunity, it delivered a shambleslast_img read more

The Sugar Bowl Is Getting Crushed For What Happened Pregame

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe Sugar Bowl is facing some serious criticism for what happened before tonight’s Texas-Georgia matchup in New Orleans.We had one of the most-viral mascot moments in bowl game history, when Texas’ live mascot, Bevo, charged Georgia’s live mascot, Uga.It was scary.Bevo is not here for this mascot meeting. #HookEm— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) January 2, 2019Thankfully, no one appeared to get hurt. It clearly could have been much, much worse.The big question: Who’s idea was it to bring two live mascots together on the field, with one of them being pretty dangerous?Where was Jack Hanna to tell ‘em it wasn’t a good idea?!— Michael Castillo (@MichaelCastFS) January 2, 20191. Whose brilliant idea was it to have them in the same area?2. Will PETA complain about humans corralling Bevo? Or will FWAA complain about Bevo threatening the media?#SugarBowl— Chris Yandle (@ChrisYandle) January 2, 2019Live mascots meeting each other on the field before a game is something that probably shouldn’t happen again.Texas and Georgia, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.last_img read more

Welcome to New India Jairam Ramesh on Bombay HCs War and Peace

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Thursday termed “truly bizarre” the Bombay High Court asking an activist to explain why he kept a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”. “Welcome to New India,” Ramesh said, a day after the Bombay High Court Wednesday asked Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case accused Vernon Gonsalves to explain why he kept “objectionable material” like a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and some CDs at his home. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The single-judge bench of Justice Sarang Kotwal, hearing the bail plea of Gonsalves and others, also said “such books” and CDs prima facie indicated they contained some material against the State. “Truly bizarre that somebody is being asked by a judge of the Bombay High Court to explain why he has copy of Tolstoy’s War & Peace, a true classic. And to think Tolstoy was a major influence on the Mahatma. Welcome to New India!” Ramesh tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The classic novel about Russia during Napoleonic wars became a point of contention after Pune Police claimed the book was part of the “highly incriminating evidence” it had seized from Gonsalves’ house in Mumbai during raids conducted a year ago. Pune Police also read out titles of several other books and CDs allegedly recovered from Gonsalves’ house, which included CDs titled ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ released by Kabir Kala Manch. “The title of the CD ‘Rajya Daman Virodhi’ itself suggests it has something against the state while ‘War and Peace’ is about a war in another country. Why did you (Gonsalves) keep objectionable material such as books like ‘War and Peace’, books and CDs at home? You will have to explain this to the court,” said Justice Kotwal.last_img read more

Study New NAFTA auto rules would act as a multibilliondollar tax hurt

first_imgWASHINGTON – New NAFTA rules could increase the cost of a car by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, act as a multibillion-dollar tax and ultimately hurt sales as consumers keep their wallets shut, a new study predicts.The study by the Center for Automotive Research attempts to assess the impact of proposals under consideration as the three North American countries huddle in a marathon negotiating session in Washington.Negotiators are refining a plan that would require that every car include more North American parts; use primarily North American steel; and favour production in high-wage jurisdictions, meaning the U.S. and Canada.The study calculates that at least 46 vehicle types currently produced on the continent would fail to meet these new standards, a dramatic increase in the number of products that fail to comply with existing NAFTA rules.The companies making these vehicles always have a choice: comply with the NAFTA rules, or pay the tariff, which is 2.5 per cent for a light vehicle in the United States, 6.1 per cent in Canada.The study offers a broad estimate, with a range of outcomes. It finds that 25 per cent to 87 per cent of vehicles currently sold in the U.S. would fail to meet the standard and would wind up paying a tariff.”Tariffs (would) add at minimum a US$2.1-billion to US$3.8-billion tax on U.S. consumers,” said the study, released Thursday.”The tariffs would add between US$470 and US$2,200 to the cost of these particular vehicles … (and) the result would be an estimated loss of 60,000 to 150,000 annual U.S. light vehicle sales.”The group behind the research is funded by the auto industry, governments, unions and other organizations. The study was commissioned by Trade Leadership Coalition, an industry-funded group.But its findings are consistent with the view of Jeff Rubin, a senior fellow at Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation and a former chief economist at CIBC World Markets.He says that under the current NAFTA many groups win: consumers with cheaper cars, car companies with higher profits and Mexican auto workers with higher salaries than Mexicans in other sectors.The losers under the current NAFTA, he says, are auto workers in the U.S. and Canada, where employment has dropped and, Rubin says, the auto sector faces a long-term terminal decline.He’s unsure the new NAFTA rules will change that.He said it’s a no-brainer for companies trying to decide whether to adjust practices to comply with the new rules. He figures compliance with NAFTA might add five per cent to the cost of a vehicle, versus the tariff of 2.5 per cent for light vehicles sold in the U.S.”If I was a shareholder at (auto-parts-maker) Magna, or GM, I know what I would be telling management to do — which is, instead of tripling wage costs (in Mexico), pay the tariff,” Rubin said.”Ultimately GM and Magna are going to do what’s in the best interest of their shareholders. And right now the best interest would be keep the production in Mexico, pay the low wage rate and pay the 2.5 per cent tariff.”As long as the tariff remains low, Rubin added that the new NAFTA will be “a paper tiger.”However, it would be “a totally different ball game,” if the countries raise their tariff, he says, arguing that it would make paying the higher cost of compliance the better alternative and steer production back to the U.S. and Canada.”It would be a total game-changer.”But under the current proposal, with no change to the tariff level, Rubin sees the new NAFTA as producing a 2.5 per cent added tax on cars and no improvement in the lives of Canadian and American workers — a scenario that “isn’t going to bring a single job back to the U.S.”last_img read more

Soon rain respite for South Bengal

first_imgKolkata: There seems to be some respite in sight for South Bengal that may get the much-awaited relief from the scorching summer heat early next week as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has predicted thundershowers for a couple of days from Tuesday onwards.The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday bringing moderate rainfall accompanied with gusty winds. The entire South Bengal has been under intense heat spell for the past few days with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. The poll-bound districts where elections will be held in as many as eight constituencies on Sunday may continue to burn on poll day, the MeT office warned. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Rain and thundershowers are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts including Kolkata during the afternoon hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week,” a senior official of the Alipore MeT office said. The districts including West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia were among the others to have registered highest temperature on Saturday with mercury hovering over 40-43 degree Celsius. In case of other South Bengal districts, the mercury remained between 35-37 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, two poll personnel including a presiding officer fell ill in Bankura and East Midnapore respectively on Saturday. A polling person who went to the distribution centre at Bankura Christian College to collect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) fell ill. He was admitted to Bankura Sammilani Hospital. On the other hand, another presiding officer also complained of heat-related discomfort at the distribution centre in East Midnapore’s Tamluk. He was taken to the Tamluk district hospital for treatment.last_img read more

Guinean National Arrested in Casablanca Airport for Drug trafficking

Rabat – Moroccan security services arrested, Sunday in the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, a Guinean national for attempted international drug trafficking, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said. After searching the luggage of the suspect, 30, who arrived Sunday in Casablanca from Conakry, the authorities discovered of 26 kg of hashish leaves, the DGNS pointed out in a statement. Showing signs of a health malaise, the man was carried to the Berrechid provincial hospital to receive the necessary care and check if he has not ingested drugs, the same source added. read more

African UnionUN envoy and Sudanese official discuss recent fighting in Darfur

Marie Okabe told reporters in New York that the AU-UN Joint Special Representative, Rodolphe Adada, met with Minni Minawi, a former rebel who is now the Senior Assistant to the Sudanese President. “They discussed the latest developments in Darfur, particularly the recent fighting between the Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA/MM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). They also discussed rising tensions between Chad and Sudan,” Ms. Okabe said.Fighting between the two groups flared up some ten days ago in the north Darfur town of Umm Baru. Mr. Adada said the AU-UN peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, had taken 26 people injured in the fighting to the North Darfur capital of El Fasher for treatment at a military hospital. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday voiced his concern at recent violence and tensions in the border area between Chad and Sudan and called on all parties to cease fighting.“He underscores that there is no military solution to the situation in the sub-region and urges the Governments of Chad and Sudan to refrain from any act that may lead to a further escalation of tensions,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Last week Mr. Adada met with the Under-Secretary of the Sudanese Foreign Affairs Ministry, Mutrif Siddiq, and Presidential Adviser, Mustafa Osman Ismail, during separate meetings in Khartoum. In a briefing to the Security Council in April, Mr. Adada estimated that around 2,000 civilians have been in killed in Darfur since UNAMID deployed last year. Some 15 peacekeepers have also lost their lives since the Security Council established UNAMID to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes in more than five years of fighting, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. Ms. Okabe said that in the past 24 hours, the military component of UNAMID conducted 72 confidence-building patrols, escorts, night patrols and investigative patrols in and around villages and camps for internally displaced persons. 19 May 2009The joint African Union-United Nations envoy to Darfur met with a senior Sudanese official today to discuss recent fighting in the strife-torn region and rising tensions between Sudan and Chad, a spokesperson for the world body said. read more

Heart diseases and strokes are becoming more deadly UN health study shows

The Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke, released to coincide with World Heart Day this Sunday, shows that the two diseases are also becoming more deadly, with a projected combined death toll of 24 million by 2030.WHO officials said the world therefore needs to do more to tackle diseases that are both preventable and capable of striking a much wider demographic than popularly understood.WHO’s Director of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, Dr. Robert Beaglehole, said “the old stereotype of cardiovascular diseases affecting only stressed, overweight, middle-aged men in developed countries no longer applies.”Today, men, women and children are at risk and 80 per cent of the burden is in low- and middle-income countries,” he said.While some inhabitants of these nations are acquiring the lifestyle habits of their counterparts in industrialized States, such as little exercise and fatty diets, they do not have access to comparable medical treatment.For these countries, the high death rates are also a major national economic burden, soaking up health-care costs and depriving families of income-earners.Heart diseases and strokes already account for nearly a third of the 57 million deaths worldwide every year, outstripping violence, cancer, respiratory diseases and HIV/AIDS to be clearly the biggest cause.One of the co-authors of the atlas, Dr. Judith Mackay, said that even if there are major breakthroughs in medical research, “any major reduction in deaths and disability from heart disease and stroke will come primarily from prevention, not just cure.”With children and adolescents the focus of this year’s World Heart Day, WHO said they should be encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle – especially diet and exercise – as early as possible, well before they can develop any serious problems.The atlas contains detailed maps explaining the data on heart disease and stroke for every country, as well as such measures as the number of “healthy life years” lost to the two conditions and the prevalence of smoking. The nations’ health policies and laws are also explained. read more

Victoria Beckham considering legal action against takeaway that claims its pizza crusts

first_img 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. However, the manager of the shop, Soni Sidhu, told ITV: “As the manager and on the behalf of all our staff and owners I would like to state we recognise how serious eating disorders are and would never make light the seriousness of people with eating disorders.”We would like our customers and all people in general to take our advertising in context.”We are not a fly by night business trying to make a quick buck.”Anorexia and any mental illness are very serious.”Marg Oaten, of anorexia charity Seed, has said the advert puts people at risk. Victoria Beckham is considering legal action against a fish and chip shop in Tyneside after the shop claimed its pizza crusts were thinner than the former Spice Girl.Sidhu Golden Fish and Chips in Battle Hill put the slogan on the back of its delivery van, which caused Mrs Beckham to make the issue into a “legal matter”.On the van, there is a caricature of Mrs Beckham wearing a sash which reads “Anorexic Fashion Icon”.  A spokesperson for the fashion designer said: “It is highly inappropriate to trivialise such a disorder, and defamatory to be so thoughtless with a person’s reputation in this way, therefore we are taking legal advice” The offending van She said that the advertisement “trivialises” anorexia and that it is a “step in the wrong direction.” The offending vanCredit:Will Walker / North News Soni Sidhu, the manager of the shop which used the image  Soni Sidhu, the manager of the shop which used the image Credit: Will Walker / North News Ms Oaten said: “Twenty per cent of people who suffer from an eating disorder die each year.”To trivialise anorexia in a pizza advert is appalling.”There has been a lot of good work done around mental health recently, especially by the royals, in reducing the stigma attached to eating disorders.”This is a step in the wrong direction. The people responsible for this should hang their heads in shame.”The advert puts people at genuine risk. Those who suffer from eating disorders are constantly battling with their feelings and thoughts.”They will see the advert and start comparing themselves to the size of Victoria Beckham.”These people need to be brought to account. There should be legislation banning this kind of thing.”last_img read more

Prince Charles refused to give formal statement to sex abuse inquiry

“This will inevitably raise concerns that the letter may be less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter Ball and that it contains matters to which he s reluctant to attach a formal statement of truth,” he said. Prince Charles refused to provide a formal witness statement to the child sex abuse inquiry, lawyers told a hearing on Monday. The inquiry is currently hearing evidence relating to abuse carried out by Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, who knew the prince and exchanged letters with him. Lawyers for the Prince of Wales used human rights law to object to block efforts to compel him to send a witness statement in the format used by the inquiry, instead sending a signed letter. Fiona Scolding, lead counsel to the investigation into the Anglican church, said that his lawyers had previously argued that compelling him to give evidence was outside its powers. Ball was convicted in 2015 of misconduct in public office after admitting abusing 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s. His abuse had first been reported to the church in 1992, but police and CPS decided to give him a caution, and he was stripped of his role as bishop. He was later allowed to officiate at events including at schools and confirmations. Ms Scolding said there would have been “no doubt” about what the inquiry’s lawyers were asking for, as they sent a template for the document and used the word “statement” five times in one letter asking for the document to be signed.  This will feed concerns that the letter is less than entirely frank about his relationship with Peter BallRichard Scorer The prince’s statement is expected to say that he was “not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution that Peter Ball had accepted”, including the fact that a caution involves admission of guilt. On Tuesday the Inquiry is expected to hear evidence in person from former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, who was found in an independent inquiry last year to be among senior church figures who “colluded” with Peter Ball. Earlier in the day the inquiry heard that the church was dealing with a “turbulent” period in 1992, with Lord Carey raising the “constitutional crisis” caused by the Prince’s split with Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the decision to allow women to be priests.William Chapman, a lawyer from Switalskis, also representing victims and survivors, told the inquiry that there had been concern that gay clergymen would be outed by a full criminal investigation, ending their career in the church. A Clarence House spokesman said: “The prince made it clear that he was willing to help the Inquiry and voluntarily answered all the questions asked in the form of ‘free flowing text’ as requested by the Inquiry itself. “The final submission includes a statement of truth in common with all witness statements.  The legal exchanges, which have been extensively referred to by the Inquiry’s solicitors, were necessary to ensure clarity regarding both the structure, relevance and content of the statement.   “Despite lengthy correspondence, including assertions from the Prince’s solicitors that the Inquiry’s requests for evidence were outside its powers, i.e. ‘ultra vires’, there was never any suggestion at any point that the statement would be provided by letter,” she said. The inquiry made several attempts to compel the lawyers to provide a witness statement with a formal statement of truth, which is essentially equivalent to swearing on oath.The prince’s law firm Harbottle & Lewis also tried to argue that asking for a witness statement was “unfair”, and constituted a request for “intensely private and confidential” personal data. Following “lengthy and extensive correspondence” an agreement was reached and the inquiry has decided to treat the letter, which ends with a sentence saying that its contents are true, as equivalent to a witness statement, she said. The Prince will not give evidence in person but will have the statement read out at the hearing on Friday. Earlier in the hearing Richard Scorer, of law firm Slater and Gordon, who is representing victims and survivors, expressed “surprise and concern” at the decision.  “Once resolved, the Inquiry raised no objection to the format of the prince’s submission.” 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. read more

Limit screen time to an hour a day for under 5s with

The guidance, which will be launched at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow this weekend sets out different advice for children of different ages, up to the age of five. It stresses the importance of avoiding sedentary screen time, in a bid to ensure children get sufficient exercise.  Screen time for children below the age of five should be limited to an hour a day and infants should not be exposed to it at all, the World Health Organization says today.The recommendation comes from the first ever WHO guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for kids below the age of five. The guidance, drawn up in response to global obesity crisis, sets out how young children of different ages should spend their time. It warns: “Physical activity has been identified as a leading risk factor for global mortality and a contributor to the rise in overweight and obesity. Early childhood is a period of rapid physical and cognitive development and a time during which a child’s habits are formed.”The recommendations go much further than recent guidance from the UK’s chief medical officers.This recommended a break from screens every two hours for all children. It also said phones should be banned from meal times and overnight.  One in five children in England are overweight or obese by the time they start primary school, rising to one in three by the time they leave. But some experts said parents were being given conflicting advice based on limited evidence. In January the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health shied away from recommending a limit, but said children should not be exposed to screens for at least an hour before bedtime. Tim Smith, Reader in Cognitive Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London, said: “In recent months UK parents of 0- to five-year-olds and early-years practitioners have been bombarded with conflicting recommendations and guidelines about how and whether they should be managing their children’s screen time and sedentary behaviour, e.g. from the RCPCH and Chief Medical Officers.“The release of new WHO guidelines does not help to clarify the situation, as its specific recommendations with regards to ‘sedentary screen time’ and their negative impacts on physical, cognitive and psychosocial health are, by its own admission based on ‘moderate to very low-quality evidence’.” 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. read more

You can now earn a PhD from an Irish university — while

first_imgAN IRISH UNIVERSITY is now offering students the chance to study doctorate courses online.In association with Plymouth University, Hibernia College will begin taking applications for online PhD courses, the first college in Ireland to do so. The college will also be awarding three full-time PhDs worth €16,000 each year.Four programmes relating to education are on offer, from “the impact of learning technologies on learning experiences” to “comparative education and internationalisation”.Plymouth University has previously worked with Hibernia College in the area of teacher education.The new programme was launched this morning by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, who emphasised the need for “high quality research” in this area:The 2012 report on the structure of Initial Teacher Education provision in Ireland highlighted the crucial role that high quality research plays in informing best practice in teacher preparation.President of Hibernia College, Dr Seán Rowland, said that online education will “help expedite the return to more stable economic times” as people can continue to study around their existing lifestyle.“Higher education has become an absolute necessity in Ireland,” he said, “and will be a major factor in our ability as a country to break out of the recession.”The 13 year-old online college is currently the only of its kind in Ireland to receive government HETAC accreditation.Read: College offers online course in what it means to be Irish >Column: An Open Letter to Ruairi Quinn >last_img read more

Space rock leaves a bullet hole in the ISS solar array

first_imgThe International Space Station is a relatively large moving target floating around above the Earth. Not only can it be hit by man-made space junk, but there’s also a lot of space rock out there traveling at hull-damaging speeds.Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut currently aboard the ISS has just been reminded of this fact when he looked out the window and saw a “bullet hole” in the station’s solar array. According to Hadfield’s Twitter account, he believes a “small stone from the universe” came into contact with the solar panel and smashed right through it leaving the bullet-sized hole you can see above.Hadfield also commented that he’s glad the object missed the hull, and you can understand why. Such objects can be traveling in excess of 25,000 mph and would certainly cause some damage through a direct hit. However, a hull breach is very unlikely due to the way the hull is constructed from multiple layers. At best the astronauts inside would have their attention grabbed by the sound such an impact could make.It’s unclear at the moment what the damage will do to the ISS’s energy generating capabilities. Is it a case the whole panel has stopped working, or just a small area around the hole? We’ll have to wait and see what NASA says after they’ve inevitably carried out some tests and checked the data.last_img read more