New Delhi: Snubbed twice over for the ongoing World Cup, Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu Wednesday retired from all forms of cricket without specifying his reasons for calling it quits. The 33-year-old Andhra Pradesh batsman was in India’s official standbys list for the big event in the UK but was ignored despite the injury-forced ouster of all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Opener Mayank Agrawal was brought in on the team management’s insistence and it is learnt, Rayudu was left quite disappointed by the turn of events. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”…I have come to decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BCCI and all the state associations that I have represented which include Hyderabad, Baroda, Andhra and Vidharbha,” Rayudu said in his mail to the BCCI. “It has been a honour and privilege to have represented our country,” he added. Rayudu played 55 ODIs for India, scoring 1694 runs at an average of 47.05. The player, who could never break into the Test team, was in the spotlight before the World Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDeclared the preferred No.4 batsman by captain Virat Kohli not many months ago, Rayudu was ignored for Shankar in India’s final squad for the big event. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had justified the move by saying that Shankar had “three-dimensional skills”. Shankar couldn’t make much of an impact and was eventually forced out by a toe injury. Rayudu had taken a dig at Prasad’s statement with a cheeky social media post. “Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup,” he had tweeted at the time. He was later put in the standbys list but wasn’t called. “I would like to thank the captains I have played under, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and especially Virat kohli who always had shown great belief in me throughout my career with the Indian team. “It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought up on for the last 25 years at various different levels,” he wrote. The right-hander earned the reputation of being a temperamental player owing to several confrontations with fellow cricketers and even match officials in the domestic circuit. He retired from first-class cricket last year to focus on limited-overs format. He played in the now defunct Indian Cricket League in 2007 which came in the way of his selection to the national side. Eventually, he found himself among the 79 players, who were pardoned by the BCCI in 2009 for competing in the rebel league. He broke into the national ODI side in 2013 against Zimbabwe. Once the IPL rolled out, Rayudu was picked by Mumbai Indians (from 2010 to 2017) before also plying his trade with the Chennai Super Kings (past two seasons). He amassed 602 runs in the 2018 IPL season which included one century and three fifties. This year, Rayudu made 282 runs, including a solitary 50 to his name. Last year, Rayudu hit the headlines after being handed a two-match ban for a verbal altercation with on-field umpires during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
While parents usually take the blame for spoiling their kids by letting them spend huge amounts of time with high-tech electronics, grandparents are to be equally blamed for screen addiction in children. Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit, such as extended bedtime, too much television time, and carefree fun. In the study published in the Journal of Children and Media, researchers found that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image – allowing their grandchildren, while under their supervision, to spend about half of their time on a mobile phone, tablet, computer or TV. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe study reviewed the experiences of 356 grandparents of children aged 2-7 who take care of their grandchildren at least once per week and found that during an average four-hour visit, the children spent two hours either watching videos or playing games on electronic devices. Most of the experts suggest that grandparents should restrict technology use by setting simple rules for screen time when babysitting. This is particularly needed when children bring a device from home and expect to watch even more. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe unconditional love-shower of parents and grandparents can go to the point of spoiling children, said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in Delhi. “Over the past few years, grandparents’ responsibilities for their grandchildren have increased due to changes and issues in families and society. “If we focus particularly at the extreme amount of screen time the kids devote to the idiot box (TV), parents and grandparents may be blamed for the same, as they do not oppose this habit,” Joshi told IANS. “It’s just another sweet way for them to spend more time with children. But this habit should be kept in check before it becomes an issue,” she added. Increased screen time may critically impact a child’s development and have several negative consequences; it can stimulate the way a child behaves, even in the long run, as well as make them less physically active. Now, not all screen time is detrimental, but families need to develop limited, healthy screen habits. “Gadgets have started replacing traditional ways of engaging with children at home. Even with grandparents at home, it is getting increasingly difficult to curtail the screen time for young children. A lot of grandparents are unaware of the effects of excessive screen time,” a Child Psychologist said. We need to educate grandparents about the impact of technology on children’s lives and on its proper use that will benefit them.
VANCOUVER – A collection of conservation groups has teamed up to launch legal action aimed at protecting endangered southern resident killer whales.The groups said Wednesday that the federal government failed to recommend an emergency order to protect the whales under the Species at Risk Act and they want a Federal Court to review that decision.Margot Venton, a lawyer and nature program director at Ecojustice, said they want the court to force the ministers to address existing imminent threats to the whales with an emergency order under the act.The order is a legal tool that enables the government to fast-track protection for critically endangered populations like the southern residents, she said.“The whales need a quieter ocean with more fish to eat, and they don’t have that right now,” she said. “The whales’ situation is not improving, and in these dire circumstances the groups are left with no choice but to go to court to force the federal government to act.”There are just 75 southern resident whales remaining and their critical situation has been highlighted in the recent attempt by experts to save the life of a young, emaciated killer whale within the pod.Also this summer, a female orca from the same pod pushed the body of her dead calf for more than two weeks when it died shortly after birth in July.The other groups taking part in the legal action are the David Suzuki Foundation, the Georgia Strait Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund Canada.In January, the same groups petitioned the federal government to use the emergency order power to protect the unique whales, Venton said.The federal government closed down several recreational and commercial chinook fisheries off the B.C. coast in May in an effort to free up more the fish for the whales. Chinook is a favoured meal for the resident killer whales that are found in coastal waters between B.C. and California.The fisheries and environment ministers said then that a lack of prey for the whales was one of the critical factors affecting their recovery.“The law is very clear,” Venton said. “Once the ministers determine the threats are imminent they must recommend cabinet issue an emergency order. Legal protections already exist and unfortunately the ministers have failed to meet this responsibility”Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in an emailed statement that the government is committed to protecting species at risk.“Our government has taken unprecedented, sustained, ambitious action over the past two years to protect and recover the southern resident killer whale,” he said.Measures in the $170-million whales action plan include reducing chinook fisheries, funding wastewater treatment facilities, implementing vessel slowdowns and moving shipping lanes to reduce noise, and conducting additional research in contaminants and more, the statement said.In response to requests from environmental and industry stakeholders the government has convened a working group to monitor implementation and to discuss additional measures that may be required, the minister said.“We are committed to working collaboratively with all willing partners, including Indigenous communities to ensure that we effectively protect and recover this iconic species.”Michael Jasny, marine mammals director for the Natural Resources Defense Council said it’s not that the government is doing nothing, but that it isn’t acting in a way that fully addresses the threats that face the whales.“And that’s not just us saying that, that’s not just science saying that, it’s what the government itself acknowledged.”
New Delhi: A 47-year-old Delhi Police ASI allegedly committed suicide by jumping before a metro train on Thursday, police said. The law enforcement agency said that the deceased was going under treatment and was depressed.Police identified the deceased as Ajay Kumar, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), who was posted with the communications unit of the Delhi Police. According to Central Industrial Security Force, the incident took place around 12 noon at Jahangirpuri station when the train was moving towards Huda City Centre. Jahangirpuri station is located on Yellow Line that connects Samyapur Badli in northwest Delhi to Huda City Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKumar, a resident of Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, was on medical leave from February 12 to March 4. He extended his leave for another one month and was supposed to join duty on Thursday but he took the extreme step, police said. “He jumped before the metro train at Jahangirpuri station in the afternoon, following which he was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (metro) Mohammed Ali. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNo suicide note has been recovered. However, the preliminary enquiry revealed that Kumar was suffering from depression and was undergoing treatment at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in Kangra. Kumar joined Delhi Police as a constable on May 1, 1994. He was promoted to head constable in the year 2000 and later became ASI in 2015. He was presently living with his family at the police colony in Narela. He is survived by his wife, 19-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, police said. Last year, an Assistant Commissioner of Police-rank officer jumped to death from the Delhi Police Headquarters. ACP Prem Vallabh (55) jumped from the window of his office on the ninth floor of the PHQ.
By Safae KajouaneRabat – Dwight L. Bush, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco hosted “Chef Omar”, a Moroccan child with special needs. Omar is a household name in Morocco.Chef Omar has fifty thousands internet users follow him on his Facebook page for his simple way of preparing popular dishes. Mr.Bush and Omar prepared “Rfissa” a popular Moroccan dish served with chicken, lentils, fenugreek seeds (helba in Arabic), msemmen, meloui or day-old bread, and the blend of Ras el hanout.The US ambassador stressed after the preparation of the food that “If there is something takes us apart, a good food always brings us together.”
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to review the process to supply food to Parliament, the Speaker’s office said today.This follows concerns raised by President Maithripala Sirisena on food supplied to Parliament going to waste. The Speaker’s office said that a strict process is followed when providing food in Parliament.However it was decided to review the process following the concerns raised by the President. (Colombo Gazette)
DEARBORN, Mich. – Alan Mulally is staying at Ford.The CEO, who was rumoured to be in the running to become Microsoft’s next leader, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he won’t leave the Dearborn, Mich., automaker before the end of 2014.“I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford,” Mulally said in an interview.When asked if this should end investor concern about his departure, Mulally said, “You don’t have to worry about me leaving.” Mulally wouldn’t say if he had talked to Microsoft about becoming CEO. But he said the speculation was a distraction for Ford.Mulally is credited with returning Ford Motor Co. to profitability and changing the company’s culture, putting an end to widespread executive infighting. Mulally said he will stick with the plan to stay at Ford through at least the end of 2014. When Ford announced that plan in November 2012, it also promoted Mark Fields to chief operating officer, making him the likely successor to Mulally.Over the last few months, there have been numerous reports that Mulally was on the short list of candidates to replace Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft announced in August that Ballmer plans to step down as CEO.Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said in an email that Mulally’s decision was a negative for Microsoft because he was the front-runner for the CEO job. But Microsoft wouldn’t say Tuesday if Mulally’s announcement came as a surprise.“Out of respect for the process and the potential candidates, we don’t comment on individual names,” a Microsoft spokesman told the AP.Ford shares rose 21 cents to $15.59 in after-hours trading. Microsoft shares fell 47 cents to $36.94.Mulally’s withdrawal from Microsoft’s CEO derby further shrinks the pool of company outsiders who have been touted as Ballmer’s potential successor.Steve Mollenkopf, the chief operating officer of smartphone chip maker Qualcomm Inc., was identified as a top candidate in a Bloomberg News report last month. But Qualcomm quickly squelched the speculation by announcing plans to promote Mollenkopf to CEO in March.With Mulally out of the running, some of Ballmer’s top lieutenants might have a better chance of replacing their boss. The list of internal candidates includes Satya Nadella, who oversees the Microsoft’s lucrative business of selling computer servers and online services to other companies and government agencies, and Tony Bates, who joined Microsoft in 2011 when the company paid $8.5 billion for video calling service Skype.Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business also has spurred talk that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will replace Ballmer. Elop left Microsoft in 2010 to join Nokia, a mobile phone pioneer that continued to lose market share to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Android devices under Elop’s leadership.Mulally, 68, was trained as an aeronautical engineer. He spent 36 years at Boeing Co. — and was president of the company’s commercial airplane division — before Ford Chairman Bill Ford lured him to the struggling automaker in 2006. He overcame skepticism about being an outsider in the insular ranks of Detroit car guys by quickly pinpointing the reasons why Ford was losing billions each year. Just months into his tenure, he mortgaged all of Ford’s assets — including its Blue Oval logo — for a $23.5 billion loan to fund a massive restructuring. It was a prescient move that helped Ford avoid the fate of General Motors and Chrysler, which both filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.During his tenure, Ford has earned $32.9 billion in pretax profit and its shares have more than doubled. The company expects to earn $8.5 billion before taxes in 2013. But it spooked some investors last month when it said pretax profits would be slightly lower in 2014 as it launches 23 vehicles worldwide.Mulally said Tuesday that the 2014 results will be “absolutely consistent with us investing even more in the enterprise for long-term profitable growth.”Erik Gordon, a business and law professor at the University of Michigan, said decision to stay ensures an orderly transition to a new CEO.“It’s important for a company as complex as Ford to do that,” he said.Mulally said he has allowed Fields to take over leadership of Ford’s now-famous Thursday management meetings — he’s even moved over one chair. But he still shares day-to-day leadership with Fields, concentrating more on long-term strategic issues such as meeting government fuel economy standards, connectivity of cars and trucks and rebuilding the company’s Lincoln luxury brand.“I’ve been really focused on the growth around the world,” Mulally said, pointing out expansion in China, the Middle East and Africa.His influence is everywhere at Ford. Many workers carry the wallet-sized “One Ford” cards he had printed, spelling out his expectation that employees work together to accelerate new vehicle development and profits.Mulally has been richly rewarded for his efforts, with total compensation of more than $174.45 million in his seven years at Ford. His pay has been a sore point for some workers, and UAW President Bob King once called it “outrageous.” But Mulally has defended his compensation, saying that it’s entirely tied to the success of the company.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this story. Ford CEO Mulally puts end to Microsoft speculation, to stay at Ford at least through 2014 by Dee-Ann Durbin And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 3:37 pm MDT FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong. Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 he will not leave the automaker for Microsoft and will stay at Ford at least through 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (left) embraces senior middle blocker Kylie Randall after OSU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern at St. John Arena on Sept. 28, 2016. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took down the No. 1 team in the country last weekend — but that doesn’t mean its conference schedule will be getting any easier.The No. 14 Buckeyes will play two more teams ranked in the Top 25 this weekend – No. 21 Michigan State on Friday and OSU rival No. 23 Michigan, on Sunday.On Saturday, OSU stunned fans as it took down undefeated, No. 1 Nebraska in four sets. This was the first time that OSU has won against a top-ranked team on the road and the third consecutive time the Buckeyes have been victorious on the Husker home court. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz said the team’s performance in Lincoln, Nebraska, was a great opportunity for people to see what Buckeye volleyball is all about.“The Nebraska match really gave us a chance to prove ourselves, and really bring us together as a team and show what we’re capable of,” she said. Wenz feels that if the team can channel its energy from the match against the Huskers into the rest of its play, the team will be able to have repeated success. “I think that bottling up the feeling and the unity we had during that match, (we’re) trying to replicate it against every opponent,” she said.First, the Buckeyes will have to battle the Spartans on Friday. Over the past two seasons, the series is split between the two teams. Currently, Michigan State holds a 13-3 record. OSU coach Geoff Carlston gave credit to the Spartans for being what he considers one of the most physically dominant teams in the nation.He added that his team’s ability to slow down Michigan State hitters will be key to OSU’s success.“They just hit the ball hard,” he said. “So our ability to slow them down with our block is going to be important.”Currently, both Michigan State and Michigan are ranked above the Buckeyes in blocks for the Big Ten conference.A player that will be imperative to the Buckeyes’ blocking game is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She is averaging 1.05 blocks per set, and has combined for 61 total blocks this season. Sandbothe ranks second in most career blocks in OSU history with 481. Sandbothe received both conference and national recognition this week: Big Ten Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s National Player of the Week. She was joined by fellow senior, libero Valeria León, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, who clinched the espnW National Player of the Week. After their bout with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will have a day off before visiting the Michigan Wolverines. Members of OSU’s team noted that this match always comes with a little extra motivation behind it.“The seniors always talk about it. You can feel it. There’s always a little edge to the match, a little more so than all of the other ones,” Carlston said.One of the members of Carlston’s senior leadership, León, added that she loves the environment of playing at Michigan. “We go out there — you have so many fans against you — and it’s all blue and yellow,” she said.The Wolverines are also carrying a 13-3 record this season. In 2015, OSU was able to pull off a 3-1 win while in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Scarlet and Gray were swept by the Wolverines at St. John Arena in the next matchup. Wenz, who hails from Springboro, Ohio, is hopeful that her team can keep their victory train rolling with a win over “That Team Up North.”“Being from Ohio, it’s always great to beat them,” she said. “So hopefully we can continue that streak.”The Buckeyes will first play Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the match against Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Ann Arbor.
OSU coach Urban Meyer looks out to the field before the Spring Game on April 15. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team released its first depth chart of the 2017 season, and seven positions have co-starters listed.The most contentious position battles on the team leading up to Thursday’s game at Indiana were the right guard, second cornerback and the free-safety spots, but it seems that only one has been decided, with redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen winning the right-guard battle.Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield are listed as co-starters at the second cornerback position, and redshirt sophomore Jordan Fuller and redshirt senior Erick Smith were given the same distinction at safety.At wide receiver, four players have been given starter status, including two at the H-back position. Sophomores Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor, redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin are the four receivers that will primarily line up on the outside. K.J. Hill will play the H-back with Parris Campbell.Demario McCall, the athletic sophomore who is regarded as one of the fastest players on the offense, isn’t listed under the H-back position, and only seen as the third-string running back and a co-starter with Hill as the punt returner.Six freshmen are on the two-deep depth chart, including running back J.K. Dobbins and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah.The entire depth chart can be viewed here.Ohio State and Indiana kickoff at 8 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.
It’s a cliche: Every game counts in a league that plays just 16 of them. But Benjamin Morris’s findings in his debut Skeptical Football column were nevertheless striking: A Week 1 or Week 2 game can affect an NFL team’s chances of making the playoffs by as much as 20 or 30 percent.We also see that reflected in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings playoff odds, a feature we debuted last week.What are Elo ratings? The short version: Elo ratings are a simple mathematical system originally designed to rate chess players. They’ve since been adapted to a number of sports such as soccer, and we’ve adapted them to the NFL. The Elo ratings only account for fairly basic information like wins and losses, strength of schedule and margin of victory. There are more advanced systems out there, but Elo ratings are transparent, easy to calculate and we can do a lot of fun stuff with them, like simulating the rest of the season and calculating playoff odds. For more on the methodology, see here.In our Week 1 ratings — which were based on a team’s Elo rating at the end of last season — the New England Patriots had a 73 percent chance of making the playoffs and the Miami Dolphins had just a 32 percent chance. But the Dolphins upset the Patriots, and now it’s almost even: New England is at 54 percent to make the playoffs and Miami at 50 percent.Why such a big shift? Well, every game counts (especially a divisional game; our simulation accounts for playoff tiebreakers). But also, the Patriots now look slightly worse than Elo originally pegged them, and the Dolphins look slightly better. Before Week 1, Miami had projected to win 7.7 games; it now projects to win 9.1. In other words, one NFL win for the Dolphins was worth more than one win in the Elo standings because Miami’s Elo rating improved.Here are the latest Elo ratings and playoff odds for all 32 teams:A few other comments:The teams with the largest gains on the week, in addition to the Dolphins, were the Minnesota Vikings, who gained 46 Elo points after demolishing the St. Louis Rams, and the Tennessee Titans, who added 38 Elo points after beating the Kansas City Chiefs. Both Minnesota and Tennessee are now better than even money to make the playoffs; the Titans are helped by playing in the league’s weakest division (although the NFC East might have something to say about that).It’s early, but perhaps we’re seeing the emergence of a Big Three. The Seattle Seahawks are the most likely team to win the Super Bowl, at 16 percent, followed by the San Francisco 49ers at 13 percent and the Denver Broncos at 11 percent. Then there’s a fairly big drop to the Carolina Panthers at 7 percent.Meanwhile, in the it’s-already-time-to-panic department, the Chiefs project to just a 6-10 record and have only a 13 percent chance of making the playoffs.Elo ratings can also be used to derive point spreads. We strongly advise that you don’t bet on these, at least not without considering a lot of other information — Vegas betting lines are too sophisticated to be beaten by a simple system like Elo. Still, it’s fun to track their progress. Last week, they went 8-8 against point spreads as listed at Pro-Football-Reference.com.There are some funky matchups this week. Elo has the Vikings at almost even money at home against New England, while Vegas has the Patriots as 3-point favorites. Another point of disagreement is Seattle at San Diego; Vegas has the Seahawks as 6-point favorites — a lot on the road against a playoff team. Elo thinks they should be favored over the Chargers by a field goal instead.
No. 2 Joey McKenna attempts to finish a single leg takedown on North Carolina State University’s Jamal Morris in the 141-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. McKenna won the bout by major decision, 10-2. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won 43-3 in dominant fashion against Indiana (3-7, 0-3 Big Ten) in Bloomington, Indiana on Friday.No. 17 redshirt freshman heavyweight Chase Singletary started the Buckeyes off with a pin to defeat freshman Rudy Streck. No. 2 senior(141) remained undefeated on the season pinning redshirt freshman Paul Konrath and No. 3 redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149) also won via pin against redshirt freshman Kyle Luigs.Freshman Malik Heinselman (125) won a close match 3-2 over three-time NCAA qualifier senior Elijah Oliver following Singletary’s pin to give Ohio State an early 9-0 lead, with which the Buckeyes continued to dominate, eventually winning nine out of 10 bouts.Ohio State No. 1 senior Myles Martin (184) won via pin against redshirt junior Norman Conley. No. 2 redshirt junior Kollin Moore (197) won by pin defeating redshirt junior Jake Hinz. Martin and Moore both remain undefeated on the season.Redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero (165) was defeated by Indiana’s redshirt senior Bryce Martin.Ohio State senior Te’Shan Campbell (174) has won two in a row since returning from knee injury, winning by major decision 12-2 over redshirt sophomore Jacob Covaciu.This was the first of two duels for the Buckeyes this weekend. They square up against Michigan State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Following the Michigan State duel Sunday, Ohio State has an highly anticipated battle against rival No. 6 Michigan on Jan. 25.
A 75-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested over a bomb at a Belfast pub in 1971 which killed 15 people.The man was arrested in east Belfast this morning and is being questioned by police at Antrim police station. The families of the people killed in the bomb have been informed of the arrest.The chief constable of the PSNI promised to carry out a review of the attack on McGurk’s Bar in north Belfast more than forty years ago after a report by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in 2011 into how the case was originally investigated found that it had been biased.The attack was carried out by loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).The officer in charge of the renewed investigation said that the PSNI is looking to investigate possible lines of enquiry as thoroughly and quickly as possible, even with the years that have passed since the attack.“Despite the passage of time, there remain a number of opportunities to make progress,” said Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway.He asked for anyone who knows who was involved in the attack to talk to the police.“Much has changed in the four decades since this terrible atrocity but the families of the victims and survivors continue to suffer,” said DCI Galloway. “I would ask that anyone with information or suspicions about this bomb attack to come forward”.One man was convicted of all 15 murders in 1978.Read: Tánaiste admits ‘on-the-runs’ controversy has derailed progress in the North >
One of the optional extras that has been appearing in new cars for a few years now is rear parking sensors and cameras. These sensors typically use a tone to help you judge how close you are to obstacles such as other cars or a wall. The camera goes a step further and shows the driver the rear of the car, but displayed on a screen in the dash.Keio University in Japan wants to go a step further and use optical camouflage to make the interior of a car effectively invisible. Optical camouflage typically works by projecting what’s behind an object in front of it, rendering the surface invisible. It’s used by a number of animals as a defense mechanism, but several projects are underway to adapt the idea for use by the military.Professor Masahiko Inami at Keio University believes the same system could work to render car interiors invisible. So the driver would no longer see the interior of the car as it is replaced with a constantly updated exterior view.That may be jarring at first, but it does make a lot of sense from a visibility perspective. Nothing outside is hidden from the driver, and turning to see where you are reversing would allow the driver to see very clearly what obstacles there are. Importantly, the projection retains a sense of depth as to where things actually are in relation to the vehicle. Another advantage of such a system is it can render daylight visuals even when it’s dark outside, again meaning better visibility for the driver.Initially, Professor Masahiko is trying to perfect making the back seat of a car invisible when viewing it through a half mirror, but eventually he wants to improve the system to the point where the entire interior of the car can be hidden regardless of your position inside the vehicle.Professor Masahiko is talking to vehicle manufacturers about using the system, with the aim being to get it installed in a car within 5 years.via DigInfo.tv
Multiculturalism is an everyday topic in Australia. But true multiculturalism – the one that was in the blood and skin of those who lived it on a daily basis, the one that didn’t need to be discussed in order to be achieved – will be the topic of a conference to be given at EEAMA on Sunday 23 June. Organised and supported by League of Greeks from Egypt and Middle East (EEAMA), in cooperation with Alexandrians Friendship Social Club (AAHA), the conference Remembering Egyptian Multicultural Society is for those interested to familiarise themselves with the wonderful country where the ‘community of nations’ was blossoming. The conference at EEAMA will be addressed to all the Greek, Italian, Lebanese, French, Armenian, Jewish and many other people who lived in Egypt before the Suez crisis started in 1956. But also to their descendants and average Australians, this lecture will give an opportunity to compare the ‘community of nations’ that existed in Egypt in the 19th and 20th century to the Australian multicultural society we live in today. A trigger for the lecture was the unusual story of Severio Minutolo, or more specifically, his father Raffaele. The family Minutolo had moved from Italy to Port Said, Egypt, in the mid 19th century. However, the events in Egypt and Port Said of 1956 and the Suez Crisis forced many families to escape their nests. “My father was engaged to a nice lady, they were going to get married. The day before the war started they greeted each other with a casual ‘see you tomorrow’. The war started, and they were forced to follow their families in different directions. Her family migrated to Australia. My father went back to Italy,” Severio Minutolo tells Neos Kosmos. The ‘tomorrow’ took 45 years to come. Raffaele visited Australia for the first time in 2001, for the wedding of his son Severio. That was when, through mutual friends that migrated from Alexandria to Australia decades ago, Raffaele found his once-fiancée Vanda in Sydney. They still keep in touch. For son Severio, this meant the start of project Suez 1956 and the beginning of exploring the Egyptian ‘community of nations’ further. In Alexandrians Friendship Social Club, in Melbourne, Severio met the president Nicolas Habib and other members, who would tell him more about the Egypt of those pre-war years, its society, the lifestyle in terms of living with Greek, Italian, Arabic people and all this meld of cultures and religions. Comparing modern Australia and pre-war Egypt, Severio says: “Multiculturalism was something that was in the skin and the blood of the people. You would hear the bells of the Catholic church, and at the same time the voice of the Muslim priest coming from the minaret; and this was considered something completely normal, with no tensions between people. “There was a deep respect and deep knowledge of the beliefs of the people, in terms of living with these differences – not like here, where we respect each other as long as we are distant and ignorant of other religions. “In my opinion, multiculturalism can’t be a real form of culture – to unify nations, people, and communities – if there is no deep knowledge of what it means. Greek, Lebanese, Jewish, Italian – it was all one Mediterranean culture in Egypt,” Severio says. Alongside Severio Minutolo, the second main speaker of the conference will be AAHA’s President, Nicolas Habib. “It wasn’t just a personal story that thrilled us, but also the other aspects of Severio’s movie fascinated us. It reminded us of life we lived in Egypt. That unique society where all of us, regardless of nationality, lived close to each other without prejudice, differences, and despite of our ethnic identity,” says born in Alexandria Nicolas Habib, who is of Greek origin on his mother’s side. The screening of digital storytelling by members of AAHA will also be presented on the night, as well as the screening of Suez 1956 – A story of memories recounted. The lecture will take place at EEAMA’s Reception Hall Stars International, at 1c Bell Street Preston, on Sunday 23 June, at 2.00 pm. Entry is free. RSVP by calling (03) 8838 8982, or contact Severio Minutolo, on 0435 041 125. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Bébés-éprouvette : des résultats inquiétantsMonde – Des études réalisées en France et au Royaume-Uni ont mis en évidence un taux de malformation plus élevé chez les bébés nés via une assistance médicale à la procréation.Les bébés conçus de façon naturelle ont 2 à 3% de risque de souffrir de malformations du cœur ou du système génital. Chez les bébés conçus par Fécondation in vitro (Fiv) ou fécondation assistée (Icsi), ce taux s’élève à 4,24%. Les petits garçons sont plus touchés que les petites filles. À lire aussiRobert Edwards, l’inventeur de la fécondation in vitro, est mort Cette étude fait suite à une enquête démontrant qu’il existait, chez les même enfants, également plus de risques de paralysie cérébrale ou d’autisme.Pour trouver les causes de ces déficiences mentales ou physiques, les recherches seront longues. La communauté scientifique est partagée sur ce point mais certains membres du corps médical pensent que les parents devraient, sans pour autant être alarmés, être systématiquement informés de ces dangers. Pour le moment, à moins de poser la question, ils restent tenus à l’écart de ces problématiques. Le 14 juin 2010 à 12:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Ozone : la région Paca est la plus polluée de FranceFrance – Selon un rapport publié en début de semaine par l’association de surveillance de la qualité de l’air Atmo Paca, la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur est la plus polluée de France. On y recense deux fois plus de pics d’ozone qu’en Rhône-Alpes et quatre fois plus qu’en Île-de-France.Ayant enregistré en 2009 trente jours d’épisodes de pollution à l’ozone, la région Paca se place largement devant les autres régions de France. Toutefois, tempère Atmo Paca, cette tendance est à la baisse après qu’un record de 80 jours a été atteint lors de la canicule de 2003. En 2008, ce sont 44,7 épisodes de pollution à l’ozone qui avaient été enregistrés. Et Atmo de préciser qu’à lui seul, le département des Bouches-du-Rhône, qui concentre de nombreux sites industriels et de grands centres urbains est responsable de plus de 50% des émissions polluantes de la région Paca.À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : les émissions de CO2 connaissent leur plus forte hausse en 7 ans”Néanmoins, la région Paca se situe toujours en tête du palmarès national, soit deux fois plus qu’en Rhône-Alpes et quatre fois plus qu’en Île-de-France” note l’association dans son rapport. Depuis début 2010, l’ozone a dépassé la moyenne horaire de 180 microgrammes par mètre cube d’air à quatre reprises, en avril et en mai.L’ozone est un polluant secondaire résultant de la transformation, sous l’effet des rayons solaires, des émissions des transports et des activités industrielles. “Il faut plus de 1.000 réactions chimiques pour [le] fabriquer” précise Atmo. En cas de pics, l’ozone et ses composés sont agressifs et irritants pour les voies respiratoires. Ils peuvent provoquer chez les personnes les plus fragiles, des inflammations des bronches, des irritations de la gorge et des yeux mais aussi des crises d’asthme.Le 27 juin 2010 à 09:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
One of nearly 350 nonprofits in contention, Daybreak Youth Services received one of five $100,000 grants from Seattle-based Washington Women’s Foundation.The award will go toward a life-enrichment program at Daybreak’s RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery in Brush Prairie.The program, Paths to Prosperity, connects Daybreak clients “to vocational and recreational activities in the community so that they can develop a love for clean and sober living and are empowered to take the next steps in building futures for themselves,” according to a news release from Daybreak.Opportunities include dance therapy, art therapy and outdoor adventures “that are proven to have a positive impact on how clients view themselves, and their path to recovery,” the news release said.The program was started at Daybreak’s Spokane facility in 2016.Since then, inpatient treatment completion rates increased 20 percent, critical incidents decreased 40 percent and there’s been improvement in satisfaction surveys where clients often list Paths to Prosperity as key to their recovery.Washington Women’s Foundation awarded grants to nonprofits in five categories: arts and culture, education, environment, human services, and health. Daybreak was the recipient in the health category.The four remaining grants went to nonprofits in Seattle, Spokane, Yakima and Washington, D.C.“With so many deserving nonprofits across the state of Washington, it is truly an honor to be selected,” Annette Klinefelter, Daybreak CEO, said in the news release.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, February 27, 2018 – Port-au-Prince – Members of The Bahamas’ advance delegation to the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met with officials from The Bahamas’ Embassy in Haiti and those from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday ahead of the anticipated arrival of Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis.The briefing took place at The Bahamas’ Embassy, Port-au-Prince. Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, who headed The Bahamas’ advance delegation, Bahamas Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jeffrey Williams; Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM, His Excellency, Reuben Rahming, Embassy officials and staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the briefing.The Inter-Sessional Meetings begin Monday, February 26 and will conclude on Tuesday, February 27 (2018). The Bahamas’ delegation is scheduled to participate in a number of High Level and other meetings leading up to the Inter-Sessional.(Bahamian officials also participated in a briefing with their counterparts from the Government of the Republic of Haiti head of the High-Level Meeting scheduled between the two countries.)The Bahamas’ advance delegation arrived in Port-au-Prince on Thursday (February 22, 2018). Prime Minister Minnis and the remainder of the delegation are expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince on Saturday (February 24, 2018).The Prime Minister is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, His Excellency Joshua Sears and Mr. Gregory Rahming, Acting Director, Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.Key items to be addressed on the agenda of the Inter-Sessional Meetings include Disaster Management and Recovery, Tourism, Regional Security, and Blacklisting and De-Risking.The Bahamian delegation has a full weekend schedule ahead of them, beginning with the High-Level Meeting between the Governments of The Bahamas and the Republic of Haiti. Prime Minister Minnis and President of the Republic of Haiti, His Excellency, Jovenel Moise, will lead the respective delegations.Prime Minister Minnis is expected to wrap-up a full day Saturday evening when he and Mrs. Minnis host a Dinner for members of the Bahamian Diaspora in Haiti, staff of The Bahamas’ Embassy, Haiti, and members of the Bahamian Delegation to the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings.Saturday’s full schedule will be followed by another full schedule of events on Sunday. The Inter-Sessionals then begin on Monday, February 26.“I am here as part of the advance team to ensure that all of the preparations that are made are known in time for the arrival of our Prime Minister and the remainder of the delegation,” Minister Campbell said.“It is very important for the team to be fully aware of any changes in the programme, changes in the schedule, or changes in the logistics to ensure there are no hiccups,” Minister Campbell added.
Harry Redknapp believes the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will help the club challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Bournemouth striker will have a medical on Saturday before finalizing an 18-month loan move to the Gers.The former England international is expected to join up with the Steven Gerrard’s men for the start of their winter training camp in Spain on Monday.Redknapp coached Defoe at a number of clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham and feels optimism among the Ibrox fans about the addition of the 36-year-old is well justified.With Steven Davis expected to join from Southampton, Redknapp believes the Light Blues can challenge Celtic for the league title this season following their recent Old Firm victory.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“He’s a fantastic player,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mail.“And still very fit. I’m sure he’ll score plenty of goals at Rangers.”“He’s a great finisher, he’s got fantastic movement. If they’ve got people that can slide passes into him then he’ll score goals all day.”“He’ll be a real big signing for Rangers and I’m sure Stevie (Gerrard) will be delighted to have him.”“If he gets Steven Davis as well that would be two amazing signings, I can see it making a big difference to their team. They could push Celtic all the way with those two in the team.”
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistan has decided to set up a special cell on Kashmir at foreign office and a desk at all embassies in light of the Kashmir crisis. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said this, here on Saturday, after chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the Kasmir situation and devise a plan of action following the UN Security Council (UNSC) meet on Friday where Pakistan failed to get India censured over revocation of special status to J&K. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The special cell on Kashmir would be responsible for devising future course of action, subject to his approval, said Qureshi, according to Geo News. Addressing the media with Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor after a top-level meeting on Kashmir, Qureshi said Pakistan and its army were ready to defend if India “resorts to any misadventure” in an attempt to divert the global attention from the lockdown in “occupied Kashmir”. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “India can (resort to) misadventure in its attempt to divert the world’s attention away from its actions in occupied Kashmir. The Pakistan army and the nation are ready to defend if India attempts any misadventure,” he said. The UNSC meeting was held on Friday on China’s insistence to discuss the situation in J&K following abrogation of its special status. The UNSC had earlier declined Pakistan’s request to hold a formal session on Kashmir with its participation. Advertise With Us Talking about the UNSC informal consultation on Kashmir, Qureshi said, Pakistan “achieved a (milestone) yesterday (Friday), which shocked India. The Kashmir issue was raised at a platform, which is responsible for resolving the dispute.” On the high-level meeting, Qureshi said, “All participants agreed that (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi has murdered (former Prime Minister Jawaharlal) Nehru’s Hindustan. Today, it is not Nehru’s Hindustan. It is Modi’s Hindustan.” Pakistan-occupied Kashmir president Sardar Masood Khan and various other federal Ministers and special advisers to the Prime Minister attended the meeting, Geo said. Ghafoor echoed Qureshi saying Pakistan’s armed forces were prepared to respond to any Indian “aggression”. The UNSC acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to the Union Territory of J&K, according to India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin. “We are gratified that the UNSC in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them, and indicated that this is the direction that it would like the international community to move. We are committed to gradually removing all the restrictions,” he said.