Another landslide reported in Odisha, 8 more dead

first_imgInformation has emerged about another landslide in Odisha’s Gajapati district during Cyclone Titli; eight people were killed in it and seven are missing.The landslide occurred late in the night on October 11 in Kainpur panchayat of Raigada block. With this, the number of people who died or are missing due to Titli in Gajapati district rose to 40. As Kainpur area remained cut-off after the cyclone, the news about it came out almost three days later.The landslide occurred in Kainpur panchayat at around midnight on October 11. Kainpur panchayat borders Gangabada panchayat, where 15 persons had died and three others went missing because of a landslide that occurred during landfall of Titli cyclone on October 11 morning.The sarpanch and panchayat extension officer of Kainpur have confirmed the landslide and the death toll. Buried under debrisAccording to sources, inhabitants of five villages of Kainpur had taken shelter in two school buildings during daytime on October 11 to save themselves from the cyclone. Around midnight, when the rain stopped, a group of them had come out to collect food. The landslide occurred shortly and 15 persons got buried under the debris.Villagers had recovered eight bodies, while seven others are still missing. As bodies were decomposing and officials had not reached the spot even on Sunday (October 14), localites are said to have cremated the bodies.Two more persons were reported to have died due to wall collapse in Gangabada panchayat of Raigada block. Unofficial numbers of persons dead or missing in other areas of Gajapati district include two each from Gosani, Gandahati, Laxmipur and one from Kashinagar. Administration has confirmed 18 deaths in Gajapati district and reports of other deaths were being verified. State government has declared to provide four lakh rupees compensation to families of each deceased.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told newsmen in Bhubaneswar that he will not celebrate his birthday on Tuesday as people of the State are suffering because of the Titli cyclone and the rains that followed. Mr Patnaik had not celebrated his birthday in 2013 and 2014 in the wake of Phailin and Hudhud cyclones.The CM reviewed the relief and restoration work in the State secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday evening. State chief secretary, A.P.Padhi, who visited Gajapati, the most affected district of Titli cyclone was also present in this meeting.After this meeting the CM declared provision of one thousand rupees, 50Kg rice and 2.5 litre kerosene to all Titli cyclone affected families. The CM has also declared that 2000 rupees more will be deposited in bank accounts of affected families in near future.As per release of CM’s office, by Tuesday polythene sheets will be provided to all families whose houses were damaged. Eleven trucks of polythene sheets reached Gajapati district for distribution on Monday and 50 more truck loads of polythene sheets will reach there on Tuesday, said Mr Padhi in Gajapati district. The chief secretary said efforts were continuing to resume power supply to all consumers in the district by October 20, while power will be provided to all block headquarters by Tuesday evening.last_img read more

3 more held in Ludhiana gang-rape case

first_imgThree more persons were held on Thursday in connection with the gang-rape of a 21-year-old woman near Issewal village here, taking the total number of those nabbed in the case to six. “All six accused involved in the case have been arrested,” DGP Dinkar Gupta said here.last_img

Urgent call: Make it Pacquiao vs Matthysse

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Meanwhile, Bob Arum has declared Pacquiao vs Matthysse an impossibility.“I see Manny has talked about fighting Matthysse,” Arum told Boxingscene. “But that’s not gonna happen.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting For the record, Pacquiao has not bothered to comment directly on Arum’s choice of Alvarado.Yesterday, veteran sportswriter Nick Giongco reported Pacquiao has bared his choice of a next opponent.“I want Matthysse,” Giongo said Pacquiao told him during a break in the Senate Tuesday afternoon.Giongco said Pacquiao believes his own aggressive style and Matthysse’s penchant for toe-to-toe combat would make for a very compelling bout.Matthysse took the WBA 147-lb belt with a stoppage of Thailand’s Tewa Kiram last month. His record is 39 wins, 4 losses, one draw with 36 KOs.“Matthysse is the fight that I like, a fight fans would also like to see,” Giongco quoted Pacquiao as declaring.Trainer Freddie Roach has himself said he would love Pacquiao to face Matthyse next.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Teng feeling like a rookie again in reunion with Jarencio at GlobalPort Veteran promoter Bob Arum made a promise to provide something unique (and nice) for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. After a long wait, it turned out the unusual opponent Arum meant was former world title-holder Mike Alvarado.Top Rank Inc. has announced that the Pacquiao-Alvarado bout would be featured side-by-side with the WBO welterweight title defense in April of Australian Jeff Horn against the unbeaten Terence Crawford of Omaha.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alvarado is a banged-up warrior who got seriously crushed in a losing title defense against Ruslan Provodnikov in October 2013. He was stopped in 10 rounds.As noted by founder and chief editor Dong Secuya, Alvarado next lost by decision to Juan Manuel Marquez in May 2014, before being stopped by Brandon Rios in three rounds in January 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was in the last Rios loss that he seemed out of it,” Dong Secuya said.It’s a bit puzzling, but if there’s anything unique Arum has found, it could be Alvarado’s four-straight wins (against unranked foes) since his return to the ring. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Pro-Tamil protests force Sinhalese pilgrims to return home

first_imgSporadic attacks on Sinhalese pilgrims to the famed Catholic shrines at Vailankanni and Poondi in Tamil Nadu since Monday have forced many of them to cancel their programmes and pack off. Ultra-Tamil nationalist groups have been targeting the tourists ahead of the impending state visit of Lankan premier Mahinda Rajapaksa.        Nearly 184 pilgrims are waiting at the airport in Trichy, about 300 km south of Chennai, to board a special flight on Tuesday night, police said. The contingent, hailing from Puttalam in Central Sri Lanka, comprised of 86 women and 36 children.Coming close on the heels of the deportation of two school soccer teams from the island nation, which were here for friendly matches, the attacks have rattled both new Delhi and Colombo with the latter issuing a travel advisory. Sri Lankans have been advised against visiting Tamil Nadu in view of the hostile atmosphere. While the deportation was on the orders of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has also directed the suspension of a sports official for granting the Nehru stadium for a tie, her bte noire and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has criticised the move.The annual feast of the Lady of Good Health at coastal Vailankanni in Nagapattinam district and the shrine at scenic Poondi on the banks of Cauvery in Thanjavur district attract a very large number of pilgrims from far and wide.It is usual for a large number of Sri Lankans, both Tamils and Sinhalese, to visit these places during the annual feast.Arriving in two groups at Trichy on Sunday, the Sri Lankan pilgrims headed to Poondi enroute Vailankanni. They had planned to stay in the state till September 15. Trouble first broke when a few Tamil Groups like the ‘Naam Thamilar’ party, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamil Desiya Poduvudamai Katchi (TDPK) gheroed the visiting Sinhalese within the premises of the shrine. Later, they were targeted at Vailankanni taking even the police by surprise. As the contingent neared Trichy, they were waylaid by a group which attacked their vehicle. But, police intervened and safely escorted them to the airport. No one was injured in the incident but no arrest has been made so far.”They are all Sinhalese who know Tamil. Since they are from the Hill country in the island nation, with a high presence of Indian Origin Tamils, they are proficient in Tamil. All of them will be leaving by a special Sri Lankan flight in the night,” Police Commissioner Shailesh Kumar said.advertisementlast_img read more

India to make its debut in U-17 Futsal World Cup

first_imgMumbai, Jul 8 (PTI) India will make its maiden appearance in the under-17 Futsal World Cup, scheduled in Paraguay from July 11, after being invited by the sports governing body as a wild card entrant. The five-a-side soccer sport, played on a smaller field and mainly indoors, is governed by the Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF). India, thus, would be one of the 12 countries to compete for the U-17 World Cup crown which is slated to close on July 20, a media release said here today. India, to be led by Chennai futsal player Bharatraj Selvakumar, have been drawn in Zone `A which also houses Catalonia, Kazakhstan and the host nation, Paraguay. Colombia, Belgium, Brazil and Australia make up the Zone B, whereas Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco and Curazo conclude the last Zone C. The Indian squad was selected through U-17 nationals which were hosted in Haryana from June 14 to June 16. The shortlisted players from the nationals were put through a training camp here June 26 to July 5 before 15 players were selected to represent the country at the World Cup. The squad left for Paraguay today morning and would be playing their first game against Catalonia on July 12, followed by league games against Paraguay on July 13 and Kazakhstan on July 14. “It is a great honour to be representing India at the highest level in any form. To play against other national players who have grown up playing futsal would be a great learning experience for us. We are excited and ready to test ourselves against the best futsal players in the world,” said the 15-year-old Selvakumar.advertisementFutsal Association of India Founding President Namdev Shirgaonkar said, “Futsal is at a very nascent stage in India and sending our U-17 team to the World Cup could be a great opportunity to propagate futsal in India.”We have picked 15 of the best futsal players in India and are confident of them putting up a good show at the World Cup. I am hoping this experience helps them come back as better players. We are grateful to the AMF for inviting India to compete in one of its marquee tournaments.”The squad: Bharatraj Selvakumar (Capt, Tamil Nadu), Narang Divyansh (goalkeeper, Delhi), Sarvagya Rawat (Karnataka), Ritvik Varghese, Prithviraj Kumar (both Haryana), Sanket Prasanna Coondapur (Maharashtra), Pulluru Vishruth (Telengana), Gunavanth Mahendra Duremanthi (goalkeeper Telengana), Siddhant Keshav Dalvi (Maharashtra), Pratyush Sudhir Bokadia Jain, Hriday Anant Khatri (both Tamil Nadu), Pranav Manish Chanana (Maharashtra), Jeet Sampat (Tamil Nadu), Sreejit Neelakant (Delhi), Hriday Parakh (Maharashtra). Coach: Aloysius Joseph Vaz (Maharashtra). PTI SSR RSY AH AHlast_img

Mexicans Abroad: Lozano on the mark ahead of CL test

first_imgMore European leagues got started this week, with play opening in Spain and Italy, and that meant more Mexican players getting involved in European action.It was the second week of play, though, for Hirving Lozano, for whom it was business as usual. “Chucky” made a near-post run and finished off a pass from Angelino to give his club the lead over Fortuna Sittard on Saturday in league play. He then was taken out shortly after the hour mark as PSV eventually earned a 2-1 victory.He was back on the scoresheet with a beautiful goal in his Champions League debut on Tuesday. Lozano scored the second of PSV’s three goals in a 3-2 victory over BATE Borisov that sends the series back to Eindhoven for the Dutch side to close out. After having a point-blank header saved in the first half, the Mexico star unleashed a curler from outside the box that flummoxed BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Nestor Araujo is a new face in Europe, one of the few El Tri players who made the switch this summer. A knee injury kept him out of the World Cup, but he looked to be back at 100 percent for former Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed’s Celta de Vigo. Araujo went all 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.Potential El Tri center-back partner Hector Moreno was a rumored transfer target during the offseason, but also played the full match for his club in Spain. Moreno helped Real Sociedad to a 2-1 victory over Villarreal. Miguel Layun didn’t get to make his debut with the Yellow Submarine, though it will come sooner rather than later. Oswaldo Alanis is looking for a new club after being released from his Getafe contract; he never played for the La Liga side, where he signed this summer.It was the second week of action for Porto, and Hector Herrera once again was in the starting lineup for the defending champions. Herrera fired off a rocket of a shot in stoppage time that hit the post, but after a video review was ruled also to have been handled by a Belenenses defender. That led to a penalty kick being converted for a 3-2 victory. Jesus Corona came in as a substitute, playing the final 26 minutes of the contest. In England, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, made his first start of the season but couldn’t change West Ham’s luck as the Hammers fell 2-1 to Bournemouth. Raul Jimenez started a second consecutive match for Wolves but couldn’t double his scoring total for the season as the club fell 2-0 to Leicester.Even then, it was a better day for the Mexican forwards in the Premier League than for El Tri defenders in Germany. Carlos Salcedo and Eintracht Frankfurt fell to a fourth-division side in the German cup, ending their defense of the trophy in the very first round. Salcedo was booked early and came off in the 78th minute of the embarrassing defeat.last_img read more

Meet the future at ESC Silicon Valley 2017

first_imgI’m currently gearing up for the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Silicon Valley. This will take place December 5-7, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA. Eeek! That’s only seven weeks away, as I pen these words.One thing I find amazing is just how fast things are evolving in technology space. When I look around at today’s computing systems, embedded systems, cognitive (thinking, reasoning) systems, the IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, deep learning, and artificial intelligence, it blows me away to see just how far we’ve come.As a case in point, my chum Michael Dunn, who is the Editor in chief of, sent me a link to this video of a Rogers 6047 Additron tube.Designed circa 1950 by Canadian engineer, Dr. Josef Kates, the Additron tube was a miniature vacuum tube that represented a triumph of engineering ingenuity, acting as a full one-bit binary adder with inputs A, B, CARRY_IN, and outputs of SUM and CARRY_OUT.The Additron was capable of replacing the myriad tubes and support components that were typically required to implement the function of a single-bit full adder, which meant it could have been a real game-changer. All other things being equal, it would have changed the face of computing, reducing size and power consumption while increasing performance and reliability. Sad to relate, the invention of the transistor and — later — the integrated circuit, meant that the Additron was destined to disappear before anyone really knew it had arrived.The reason I mention this here is that the Additron was showcased in an early computer game called Bertie the Brain, which made its debut at the 1950 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). The best Bertie could manage was a game of tic-tac-toe, but having a computer play any form of game was so revolutionary at that time that Bertie quickly became the star of the show.Comedian Danny Kaye photographed having just won a tic-tac-toe match against the machine (Source: Life Magazine) Visitors to the 1950 CNE were told they were playing against an “artificial intelligence,” which — I guess — is true from a certain perspective, but it’s nothing like the artificial intelligence-enabled systems we have today.Now, I know that 1950 was 67 years ago at the time of this writing, and I know this may seem to be a long time ago to some readers, but I celebrated the 19th anniversary of the 20th anniversary of my 21st birthday earlier this year, so it really doesn’t seem all that far away from my perspective.Just think how much things have changed between Bertie the Brain and a modern smartphone or tablet computer, and compare a game of tic-tac-toe to one of today’s virtual reality gaming experiences. If visitors to the 1950 CNE were entranced by Bertie the Brain, what do you think they would have thought about a modern VR-capable laptop computer driving an Oculus Rift VR headset?The bottom line is that the people in the middle of the 20th Century didn’t have a clue as to the technologies we would have in the early part of the 21st Century. They also didn’t have any idea how these technologies were going to change the way people lived and interacted with each other.Similarly, I don’t think many people today have much awareness as to the sort of new technologies we will be seeing in the next 5, 10, 15, and 20 years, or how these technologies are going to impact all of our lives.You know what I’m going to say now, don’t you? If you want to stay abreast of current technology and get a glimpse of what’s to come, then one of the best venues to do this is ESC Silicon Valley 2017. By some strange quirk of fate, yours truly will be presenting a paper — Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems — and it would be wonderful to see your smiling face beaming up at me from the audience.Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, and if you see me ambling around, stop me to say “Hi!” I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Machine vision and plumbers’ helpers at ESC Minneapolis 2017Next The clock is counting down to ESC Minneapolis 2017center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry last_img read more

Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve Harmison

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 13:13 IST Steve Smith has scored two centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings of the Ashes series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith has scored 671 runs in 5 innings in the ongoing Ashes seriesSmith’s immaculate form has helped Australia retain the Ashes Urn on English soilSmith missed the 3rd Ashes but still has 2 centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings144 and 142 in Birmingham. 8 runs short of a third successive Test hundred at Lord’s. Double hundred (211) at Old Trafford. Out for his lowest series score (82) in the second innings of the 4th Ashes Test.Credit to the above scores from Steve Smith’s bat that helped Australia retain the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001. When arguably every cricket fan on the planet is terming it as indisputably Steven Smith’s Ashes, former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.”I don’t think you can forgive him,” Steve Harmison told talkSPORT.”When you’re known as a cheat – and he is, I’m not going to sugar-coat it – that’s on your CV. You’re marked and you take it to the grave.”Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa.”That’s something he’s got to live with. I can’t see anyone’s opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner – because they’ve tarnished the game.”The then Australia captain Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a year ban for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident. Playing in his comeback Test series after serving the ban, Smith exhibited a daunting form in England that saw him regain the top spot in ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen.Steve Smith has amassed 671 runs in 5 innings amid constant booing from the England fans. This is after he missed the 3rd Ashes Test with concussion after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second match.advertisementSmith is now the only batsman to have scored 500+ runs in 3 consecutive Ashes series – 508 runs in 2015 Ashes in England and 687 runs in the 2017-18 home Ashes before his ongoing epic. Bradman scored 500-plus runs in 5 different series, but even he couldn’t achieve the feat thrice in a row.Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso Read | Steve Smith becomes 2nd Australian cricketer to score 500 runs in consecutive AshesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow ball-tamperingFollow Steve Harmison Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAshes 2019: Former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.advertisementlast_img read more

Centre sets up tribunal to decide if JeI JK is an unlawful

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has constituted a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir as an unlawful association.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on March 23 issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Justice Gupta is presently heading another tribunal set up under UAPA to ascertain whether there was sufficient cause to extend the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an unlawful association. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The tribunal’s proceedings with regard to the ban on SIMI commenced on February 28 and is ongoing. As the proceedings against SIMI commenced, the same day, the Centre banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir for five years under the anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state. The government in its February 28 notification banning JeI said it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.last_img read more

Migrants must be treated with dignity and respect for human rights UN

“Sealing the borders is a fantasy; migration happens and we have to live together,” UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau told the General Assembly’s third committee, emphasizing that so-called illegal immigration is not a crime since in itself it does not cause victims.“Migration is in the DNA of mankind, is how we cope with environmental threats, with political oppression, but also with our desire to create a meaningful future for ourselves and our children.”Warning that xenophobic discourse on migration is increasingly gaining ground in many countries, he pointed to a lack of push-back and of a “credible political counter-discourse.” The difficulty of migrants, especially those in irregular situations, to organize themselves and be able to convince relevant constituencies of their cause partly explains why anti-immigrant rhetoric continues to thrive, he said.“We are all migrants and as such are contributing to the global economy and to global cultural diversity,” he noted. “How many of us live today in the city of birth of our grandparents? Not many. We are all children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of migrants. Rare are those who have settled in one and the same place for numerous generations.”Mr. Crépeau, a Canadian law professor who acts in an independent capacity and reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, said irregular migration is not a crime.“Crossing borders may be in violation of the law, but it is an abstract violation of it, since moving from one country to the other does not per se hurt or endanger anyone else,” he added.“Migration concerns us all and no State can escape from its obligations under international human rights law to protect and ensure respect for the human rights of migrants, irrespective of their migration status. We often apply to foreigners, legal standards that we would abhor if they were applied to our sons and daughters,” he stressed, voicing concern at administrative detention of migrants resulting in long periods without access to legal representation or review. Recalling that “dignity has no nationality,” he reiterated the shared responsibility of all for ensuring respect for the human rights of migrants. The principle of equal rights for all means that migrants must never be discriminated against because of their “foreignness,” he said. 21 October 2011Stressing that migration is in the DNA of humankind and dignity has no nationality, a United Nations expert today called for a balanced approach based on equal rights, non-discrimination and dignity, as well as reality, in light of increasingly xenophobic statements. read more

Syria with aid efforts dramatically hobbled UN officials call on Council to

“I cannot overstate the seriousness of the current situation in Syria,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said, listing a litany of hurdles facing aid agencies, including visas delayed for up to two months, a three-day notice requirement imposed on all aid convoys and other bureaucratic delays, dozens of road blocks, and a reduction of approved non-Government Organizations (NGOs) from 110 to 29.She stressed that conditions are most severe in combat- and opposition-controlled areas with latest figures showing 6.8 million people in need, 4.25 million people internally displaced and an additional 1.3 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries from a conflict that has killed over 70,000 people since opposition forces sought to oust President Bashar Al-Assad in 2011. “And this body has been unable to reach the consensus necessary to support a political solution to the crisis,” she said. “While the humanitarian situation on the ground is becoming more and more disastrous every day, the limitations on the ground have forced us to being precariously close to suspending some critical humanitarian operations. “We are approaching a point of no return. Members of the international community, particularly Members of this Council must urgently come together in support of the Syrian people,” she added. “This Council must also request the parties to ensure the safe and unimpeded access of aid organizations to those in need in all areas of Syria.” Contrary to widely held perceptions, aid-flows across the Turkish border to Aleppo have been significantly reduced in the past two months while humanitarian convoys are regularly attacked or shot at and staff intimidated or kidnapped, she said.Syria’s main cities have been devastated, waste is piling up, and concerns about outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera are growing absent the urgent restoration of the most basic services. In Aleppo, doctors lack blood banks, anaesthetic or even suture thread while the hospital and its staff are regularly hit during fighting.Children are among those who suffer most with three million already affected, including 2 million displaced, Ms. Amos said, noting that children have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence, many do not have enough food to eat and millions have been traumatised by the horrors they have witnessed. “This brutal conflict is not only shattering Syria’s present, it is also destroying its future,” she stressed. Ms. Amos was able to report some improvement in funding, with about half of the $1.5 billion required to cover Syria’s humanitarian needs until June now received thanks to the recent allocation of the $300 million pledged by Kuwait in January. “We all look to this Council to guarantee the peace and security of the people of our world,” she concluded. “My appeal to this Council is on behalf of the Syrian people but it is also on behalf of all those seeking to assist them. We are losing hope. We cannot do our jobs properly. We look to you to take the action necessary to end this brutal conflict.”UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned the Council that without an end to the fighting soon, almost half of Syria’s 20.8 million people could be in need of humanitarian help by the end of this year, noting that 400,000 refugees had fled in the last seven weeks alone, bringing those registered as refugees or waiting to be registered to 1,367,413.If current trends continue, he said, then by the end of the year there may be up to 3.5 million Syrians refugees, together with 6.5 million people inside Syria who may be in need of help, he said by video-link from Geneva.“These figures are terrifying,” he added. “This is not just frightening, it risks becoming simply unsustainable. There is no way to adequately respond to the enormous humanitarian needs these figures represent. And it is difficult to imagine how a nation can endure so much suffering.“I know that, as High Commissioner for Refugees, I should confine my remarks to the scope of my mandate. But as a citizen of the world, I cannot refrain from asking: Isn’t there any way to stop this fighting, to open the door for a political solution?”Zainab Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said women and children are being raped and abducted, with both Government and opposition forces allegedly involved. “We have watched, we have discussed, and now it is time to take concrete action,” she told the 15-member body. For her part, Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, also pleaded for a halt to the fighting to protect Syria’s children. read more

A platinum production and smelting partnership

first_imgBraemore Resources and Jubilee Platinum, both junior platinum miners, have entered into a binding Heads of Agreement. Braemore will provide smelting and refining facilities as part of its commercialisation strategy to process platinum group element (PGE) concentrates, the source of which Jubilee has the rights to recover. This agreement provides a vehicle for Braemore and Jubilee to exploit the synergies between the two companies and demonstrates the commercial viability of the Braemore offering, which includes the ConRoast smelting process. The value of PGE concentrates from tailings will be enhanced by ensuring exposure to downstream beneficiation and upside value. Both Braemore and Jubilee believe that this technology will provide considerable enhancement to the smelting and refining of PGE concentrates as opposed to the conventional route. The development of the ConRoast process for PGMs over the past 12 years has been focused on improving the environment aspects (in terms of lower SO2 emissions) of PGM smelting, as well as the ability to treat PGM-containing materials that have very high chromium contents. This process was developed by Braemore and its technology partner Mintek. Leon Coetzer, CEO of Braemore, said: “This is a new dawn in Braemore’s evolution. We are no longer a technology or development company, the acceleration of ConRoast’s commercialisation is now well underway.”Colin Bird, CEO of Jubilee, commented: “This agreement is a key step in ensuring we maximise returns across the mining process for Jubilee shareholders and we see the Jubilee-Braemore alliance as an important step for our short term production mission.”last_img read more

PROVIX deploy camera system for drilling and bolting at Diavik diamond mine

first_imgPROVIX has recently deployed two Pan/Tilt and Zoom cameras to bolters at Rio Tinto’s remote Diavik diamond mine in North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. A complex video camera system was required to support remote drilling and bolting operations.PROVIX designed and manufactured a triple camera video system, initially for a Boltec Bolter for underground operation at Diavik. The first PTZ video system was deployed in the spring of 2013 and after a successful trial and familiarisation period, Diavik has outfitted their remotely operated bolters and jumbos with the same PROVIX camera system.The two rugged Pan/Tilt and Zoom cameras were fitted on either side of the bolter, to provide visual guidance and support for both drilling, bolting and screening operations. A smaller fixed camera was added to provide a constant frame of reference for the equipment operator, who is positioned about 100 feet back from the face. The operator runs both the Tele-Remote controls and the PROVIX video system from the safety of a sea-can, where three large LCD monitors provide an up close and personal display of the back, the face, the booms, the screens and the positioning of the drill.User feedback indicates that drilling is up to 50% faster than when performing the same bolting operation without the PROVIX camera system. When asked for feedback on the video system both supervisors and operators stated conclusively that the operator can view  the work area and the task at hand, more effectively on the large LCD monitors, than if they are actually in the cab of the bolter. I’m including the comments from the production engineer at Diavik.“We had our first test with the bolter and camera system this morning.  I can say without reservation that we are extremely pleased with the results we got.  Our operator was very pleased and was able to start bolting right away and had no issues using the camera controls”.The rugged robotic PROVIX PTZ camera has been designed hazardous environments and is suited for both surface and underground mining operations as well as other applications in construction, petroleum processing and oil field applications: the cameras are ideal for vehicle and equipment mounting for remote operation, process monitoring and with up to 26x zoom capability, surveillance of any activity.The high speed PTZ cameras are shock-proof with upgraded bearings and with integrated pan, tilt and 26x optical zoom. The reinforced metal camera housing is literally bullet proof and has been constructed to be resistant to flying rocks and debris and includes an integrated wiper system for lens cleaning during operation.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Sunday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Sunday Teenager killed in hit-and-run, polls show Clinton has 12 point lead over Trump and anniversary of Philip Cairns disappearance – it’s the Evening Fix. Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 7:45 PM No Comments Kathy Lee and her Yorkie Freddy pose as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Source: AP/Press Association Images#US: Hillary Clinton has soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released today.#MOSUL: Iraqi forces are battling through sniper fire and suicide bombs to retake IS-held city.#SYRIA: The White House has today condemned the Assad regime’s “defiance” of international norms after United Nations experts found the Syrian army had conducted three chemical weapons attacks against its own people in 2014 and 2015.INNOVATIONThis Dublin fintech startup wants to make money as shareable as cat videos.Facebook apologises for another censorship slip, as it promises more graphic news.PARTING SHOTHere are 11 little things that Irish people can feel guilty about! [DailyEdge] Source: Oct 23rd 2016, 7:45 PM center_img NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A teenage boy was killed in a hit-and-run in Dublin.Nine people were taken to hospital last night after an accident at the Tayto amusement park in Co Meath.It’s 30 years today since schoolboy Philip Cairns vanished on his way to school in Rathfarnham in Dublin.Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has steamed ahead of Simon Coveney as the probable next leader of his party, according to a Fine Gael leadership poll.A protest against animal cruelty took place in Cork city today after it was revealed that only two people have been convicted of cruelty to animals so far this year.An investigation has been launched after two bombs were discovered at a derelict house on the outskirts of Cavan town.INTERNATIONAL Get our daily news round up: By Cliodhna Russell 12,007 Views last_img read more

Trainee doctors in the US can work 24hour shifts under new rules

first_img Source: Andrew Matthews/PA ImagesTRAINEE DOCTORS IN the US can work up to 24 hours straight under new work limits taking effect this summer – a move supporters say will enhance training, and critics say will do the opposite.A Chicago-based group that establishes work standards for US medical school graduates has voted to eliminate a 16-hour cap for first-year residents. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced the move Friday as part of revisions that include reinstating the longer limit for rookies – the same maximum allowed for advanced residents.An 80-hour per week limit for residents at all levels remains in place under the new rules.Dr Anai Kothari, a third-year resident on a council panel that recommended the changes, says he only occasionally works 24-hour shifts. The extra hours give him time to finish up with patients instead of being sent home in the middle of a case, said Kothari, who works at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago. Dr Samantha Harrington Source: Steven Senne/PA ImagesBut first-year resident Dr Samantha Harrington thinks it will endanger the safety of residents and patients.Harrington says her 14-hour shifts this winter at Cambridge Hospital near Boston are already plenty long. To stay awake while driving home after work, she sometimes rolls down the window to let the freezing air blast her in the face.Harrington says the grueling hours are “based on a patriarchal hazing system,” where longtime physicians think “‘I went through it, so therefore you have to go through it too.’”She is a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, a union group that opposes the work-shift changes. So does the American Medical Student Association.Dr Kelly Thibert, the group’s president, says putting a 16-hour cap on all residents’ work shifts would be a safer way to even the playing field.There are more than 120,000 US doctors-in-training including rookies. Source: Steven SenneThe accreditation council has for years wrestled with ensuring that doctors are adequately trained but not over-worked.The 1984 death of an 18-year-old college student in a New York hospital while under the care of medical residents working long hours put a national spotlight on the issue.Medication error and inadequate supervision were cited in that case, which prompted a lengthy investigation and state limits for residents’ work hours.In 2003, the council implemented national standards that established the 24-hour shift cap and 80-hour work week for all residents. After an Institute of Medicine report raised additional safety concerns about sleep-deprived residents, the council in 2010 shortened work shift caps for first-year residents to 16 hours and strongly recommended “strategic napping.”Critics of the shorter limit said it short-changed rookie doctors. Dr Karl Bilimoria, a Northwestern University surgery professor, said some residents have complained that they’ve had to leave work in the middle of surgeries.Bilimoria led a study published last year suggesting that first-year residents could work longer without endangering patient safety or their own well-being.The research was among published findings that helped persuade panel to recommend lifting the 16-hour cap.The council’s board approved the recommendation in a vote last month. The group delayed announcing the vote until its annual education conference, which ends today in Orlando, Florida.“We all agree that nobody wants tired physicians” said Dr Rowen Zetterman, board chairman.He said the new rules give training programs more flexibility, help eliminate abrupt handoffs of patients and will enhance teamwork among new doctors and their supervisors. The rules say rookie doctors must have supervisors nearby, and those more experienced doctors can step in if a new resident is exhausted, Zetterman said.US doctor training generally includes an undergraduate science-related degree followed by four years of medical school. After that, newly minted doctors pursue several years of on-the-job training as medical residents, usually in hospitals. Fellowships or extra training in medical specialties may follow after that.Read: Republican introduces ‘World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan’ as politicians debate Trump proposals Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 7:10 AM 12,017 Views Mar 12th 2017, 7:10 AM Trainee doctors in the US can work 24-hour shifts under new rules Groups representing medical students, interns and residents oppose the loosening of work-shift caps. 17 Comments By Associated Press Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Assembly to expand in Victoria

first_img“It’s great to see successful homegrown startups like Assembly Payments stay true to their roots and expand here in Victoria,” Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said while welcoming fintech payments platform Assembly’s growth in Melbourne.“We have the highest number of tech graduates in the country and this expansion will mean more high skill jobs for our future,” he said adding that Assembly’s new global HQ will create 60 new full-time jobs in the city over the next three years. Founded in 2013, Assembly (previously called PromisePay) boasts the world’s most flexible designed-for-business payments platform and has employees in Melbourne, St Louis, and Manila, and was initially planning on expanding its Philippine operation.The state government decided to help the Collingwood company grow their current Victorian workforce instead, keeping investments from high-end customers such as Gumtree, Carsales, Airtasker, and Flippa in Australia. Victoria has also seen Hired, Square, and Slack set up regional HQs, alongside a growing list of successful local startups including Kogan and The state’s tech industry now generates more than $34 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 91,300 people, with numbers primed to grow this year. “With our ability to attract some of the world’s leading tech companies and at the same time help our homegrown talent expand, Victoria is fast becoming the number one destination for business investment across the Asia Pacific,” Dalidakis concluded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Unai Emery under investigation for bottle incident

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery could face punishment from the English Football Association (FA) for kicking a bottle towards Brighton supportersThe frustrated Spaniard was witnessed kicking a bottle in the dugout towards the latter stages of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.Emery later confessed that the bottle he kicked had indeed hit a supporter in the stands and apologised for his actions.“I said to them [the supporter], apologies, because I kick the bottle after a disappointing action for us in the last minutes,” said Emery.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It wasn’t hard, but it touched one supporter for them. I said to them ‘I’m sorry’.”But Sky Sports reports that the 47-year-old isn’t in the clear with the FA investigating the incident that occurred at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day.The report adds that Emery’s actions were likely left out of the referee’s match report.A decision on the former Paris Saint-Germain coach’s fate could be made later today.last_img read more

Officials hold ceremony for opening of Douglas Park

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A popular park in Miami has officially reopened after a lengthy renovation.Officials held a ceremony Thursday to commemorate the reopening of Douglas Park. It is now safe for children to enjoy the sprawling green fields, located near Southwest 37th Avenue and 28th Street.It was previously shut down several years ago due to a hidden safety hazard.“We’re very happy today to be opening Douglas Park,” said City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell. “This park was closed due to contamination about four years ago, and the kids have been missing their park, and it’s been our responsibility to bring it back but most importantly bring it back the right way.”The extensive renovation project removed the contaminated soil, installed an impervious liner, and then refilled the park with clean soil.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

FIU hosts vigil for victims of Stoneman Douglas shooting

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida University honored the lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Florida International University hosted a vigil, Wednesday, where they remembered the 17 victims of last week’s deadly shooting.School administrators welcomed students, faculty and the community to grieve and speak out against senseless violence.“We must be a community that listens to one another, allows members to share their pain and supports one another,” said FIU VP of Student Affairs Dr. Larry Lunsford. “We must be a community that speaks up and speaks out about all forms of violence.”Former graduates of Stoneman Douglas were among those in attendance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more