AMU V-C for judicial probe into violence

first_imgAligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor on Tuesday endorsed the students’ demand for a judicial inquiry and appealed to the protesting students to maintain calm and to focus on studies.“Under no circumstances, students should let their studies suffer, especially at a time when exams are round the corner. I appeal to all students to maintain calm and focus on studies wholeheartedly and to do well in career,” said Prof. Mansoor.Hundreds of AMU students continue to protest against the Aligarh police administration for its alleged “inaction against the vandalism and violation of law” by the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini, Hindu Jagaran Manch and ABVP. They have been demanding arrest of Hindu Jagaran Manch activists who allegedly forcibly entered the university and vandalised the university and breached the security of former Vice-President Hamid Ansari.“We should not fall into the trap of some forces, which are bent on destroying the image of our alma mater and are playing with your bright future,” the V-C said.last_img read more

Korean Supreme Court Upholds Disgraced Cloner’s Criminal Sentence

first_imgDiscredited stem cell scientist Woo Suk Hwang suffered a setback in his bid to reclaim respectability today when South Korea’s Supreme Court confirmed his conviction on embezzlement and bioethics violations. The court also sent Hwang’s plea to overturn his dismissal from Seoul National University (SNU) back to a lower court for review and upheld previous rulings acquitting him of fraud charges.The ruling comes 2 weeks after Hwang scored a victory of sorts in gaining a U.S. patent for a purportedly cloned human embryonic stem cell line.Hwang claimed to have made several breakthroughs in embryonic stem cell research that proved to be based on fabricated data. In a February 2004 Science paper, Hwang’s team announced the first stem cell line derived from a cloned human embryo. Then in May 2005, they reported the creation of several stem cell lines matched to specific patients. After questions emerged about the results, an SNU investigating panel concluded in December 2005 that there was no evidence to support the second Science paper; in its January 2006 final report, the panel stated that the data and images in the first Science paper too were fabricated. That month, Hwang publicly admitted that both Science papers were bogus, though he laid the blame on junior researchers. Both papers were immediately retracted, and SNU fired him in March. In October 2009, a trial court convicted him of embezzling research funds by using falsified data and of illegally buying human eggs for his research, but cleared him of fraud. The court imposed a 2-year suspended prison sentence. An appeals court upheld that verdict but trimmed the sentence to 18 months. 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In November 2011, an appeals court found that the decision to fire him was “excessively heavy.” The Supreme Court disagreed, and sent the case back to the appeals court for review in light of Hwang’s now-finalized criminal convictions. SNU did not issue an official statement, but an unnamed university source quoted in a news agency report said that even if the appeals court were to find new grounds for supporting Hwang’s position on his dismissal, his conviction on embezzlement and bioethics charges means that his relationship with SNU “has virtually ended.”Since the scandal, Hwang, 61 and a veterinarian by training, has been working at the Seoul-based Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, concentrating on cloning animals, particularly dogs. One of his genuine accomplishments was being the first to clone a dog. Hwang could not be reached for comment.On 11 February, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Hwang and his former team a patent for the cloned human embryonic stem cell line of the sort described in the first Science paper. This came as a surprise, as the consensus view in the scientific community is that the stem cell line was not produced through cloning, but rather resulted from an unfertilized egg that started developing into an embryo, a phenomenon known as parthenogenesis. But the patent seemed to raise Hwang’s hopes of rehabilitation. In a rare interview carried in The Dong-A Ilbo newspaper on 24 February, Hwang said he wanted to resume work on human stem cells, telling the paper: “I ask the Seoul government and the Korean people to give me just one more chance.” Today’s ruling dims his chances of resuming work on human cells.last_img read more

Philippines sets new gold medal record in Arafura Games

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine delegation in the Arafura Games. Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games Facebook.MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine delegation collected 10 more gold medals Monday to eclipse its golden haul in the previous edition of the Arafura Games.The Filipino athletes now have 28 gold medals after the third day of competitions which is one more than the last time the games were held eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Diliman College-Gerry’s routs Wangs to stay in playoff hunt Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The latest to banner the country’s campaign were swimmers Zoe Marie Hilario, Ivo Nikolai Enot, John Paul Elises, Samuel Alcos and Yarra’s Ray Martin John Martin, who all took home gold medals in record-setting fashion.Hilario, actually, bagged two golds highlighted by her record finish in the 15 to 16-year-old 200m backstroke where she clocked two minutes and 30.63 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn athletics, Romel Bautista won the men’s 400m hurdles, while the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay captured the gold.Boxing starts Wednesday at Darwin Convention Centre where Ariel Lampacan will also compete in Muay while the basketball team goes up against New Caledonia at Marrara Indoor Stadium.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Costa Rica vs Serbia Preview

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: livescore)The first match of Group E sees Costa Rica take on Serbia. This will be the first time ever that the two teams meet each other.Costa Rica have won each of their opening matches in world cup competition with the only exception coming in 2006 while Serbia have lost their previous 2 opening encounters.Leaving out the penalties Costa Rica were the only unbeaten side 2014 apart from Germany. With Costa Rica being tipped to make it to the knockouts they will look to get past this Serbian side.Here are the teams for the following match.Who’s ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB 👀#WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018Also Read : FIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi :’I take full responsibility for missing the penalty and letting the team down.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Baylor Holds Off Notre Dame 82-81 for Women’s Title

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Baylor lost a star player, then the rest of its 17-point lead. But the Lady Bears, led by the ever-poised Chloe Jackson, kept their composure.Jackson drove for a tiebreaking layup with 3.9 seconds left, and that put the game into the hands of another tournament hero.Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale missed the first of two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, and Baylor held on for an 82-81 victory Sunday in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game.“They just kept doing what we’ve been taught to do, and that’s guard people,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “We just beat the defending national champions. That team is so good, so talented. You’re going to see those guys play at the next level. Wow.”Baylor was able to pull off the win without star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee in a frightening scene late in the third quarter. The Irish were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie it at 78 in the fourth. Jackson then scored a jumper from the foul line, and Jessica Shepard countered with two free throws to tie it, setting up the exciting finish.“We had to do it for LC,” said Jackson, who was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. “She got us here. We had to finish the job for her.”The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years. Mulkey and Baylor have won titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019. The 2012 championship game also pitted the Lady Bears against Muffet McGraw’s Irish in the last meeting of two female coaches for the title.The Lady Bears were primed to run away with the game as Notre Dame struggled to score. But the Irish have a knack for big comebacks, doing it against UConn in this year’s semifinal and against Mississippi State in last season’s title game, when they rallied from 15 down in the third quarter.Ogunbowale was instrumental in all those victories, forever becoming a part of the Final Four during last year’s title run. She made a shot with one second remaining to beat UConn in the semifinals, then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to top the Bulldogs in the title game.Ogunbowale led the charge again Sunday, scoring 17 of her 31 points in the second half. That included a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the third quarter, sparking an 11-0 Notre Dame run.“It just wasn’t meant to be. It’s going to be a hard pill to swallow,” Ogunbowale said. “But things happen. I had a fun, great career here at Notre Dame.”It helped the Irish that the Lady Bears had to play the last 11 minutes without Cox. She got tangled up with Kalani Brown on the defensive end and went down clutching her left knee with about a minute to go in the third quarter. The 6-foot-4 junior was crying in agony before they took her off the court in a wheelchair. Her mom was tearing up in the stands, and her dad had his hands over his face.“I’m emotional for a lot of reasons, but mostly for Lauren Cox, and I’m so happy,” Mulkey said. “These are tears of joy, but they’re also tears of thinking about injuries.“The worst part of the game was Lauren Cox,” she added. “We had control of that game from the start to the time she went off the floor. We had to regroup. For us to win was a miracle in itself when you lose a player of that caliber.”Cox came back to the bench in the fourth quarter on crutches, with a big brace on her left knee. She was the first one to hold the trophy after the game.“I’m one of the leaders on the team, so just to have my voice there (on the bench) and tell them I’m still OK, they told me they were going to do this for me,” Cox said.Mulkey was able to celebrate her third title with her family close by. Daughter Makenzie is on the coaching staff, and infant grandson Kannon Reid was sitting in the front row behind the bench. As the final second ticked off, she hugged her daughter and the rest of the staff at midcourt.With the game tied at 80, Jackson drove with her right hand and hit a layup that bounced off the rim before dropping in.Sunday’s game marked the eighth time in the past 20 years that there have been two women head coaches in the title game but only the second time since 2008. The last time was in 2012 with these same coaches. As of 2018, only 59.5 percent of head coaches in Division I women’s basketball are female.The victory broke a tie for third all-time between Mulkey and McGraw for career NCAA titles. Mulkey has three, placing her behind Geno Auriemma (11) and Pat Summitt (8).TIP-INS: The Irish remained at 999 victories in school history. McGraw has been the coach for 835 of them. … The 11-point differential for the three games in the Final Four was the closest in the history of the tournament, topping last season’s 15-point margin.STRONG ATTENDANCE: Nearly 275,000 people attended the NCAAs, which ranked eighth all-time, including 20,127 for the title game. It was the highest attendance in over 15 years.“We’ve had a really great championship. Our first and second round numbers is the best we’ve seen in 11 years,” NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said.The regionals provided a strong boost. Portland, Oregon, a first-time site, averaged over 11,400 fans and will host again next year. The regional attendance was its highest since the NCAA switched to neutral sites after the 2014 season.By:Doug Feinberg, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Hashim Amla breaks a Virat Kohli record but was he too selfish vs Pakistan?

first_imgSouth Africa great Hashim Amla on Saturday broke yet another record of India captain Virat Kohli as he became the fastest to get to 27 ODI hundreds during the first of a five-match series against Pakistan at home.Amla got his 27th century in his 167th ODI innings while Kohli had taken 169 innings to get to the landmark. The latter, who now has 39 ODI tons, had scored his 27th century way back in 2017 in an ODI against England at home.Amla made a 120-ball 108 but his efforts went in vain as Pakistan won the first ODI in Port Elizabeth by five wickets, comfortably gunning down a target of 267 runs.Amla has been receiving some flak for his knock that came at less than a run-a-ball. The South Africa opener 155-run stand for the second wicket with Rassie van der Dussen but the hosts managed only 266 in their quota of 50 overs despite losing only two wickets.South Africa’s total became the lowest total in a 50-over match after losing only two wickets since the 1992 World Cup.Amla remained unbeaten on 108 but South Africa were able to add only 106 runs in their last 15 overs, failing to get the big push in the death overs.Former opener Herschelle Gibbs lashed out at the approach of Amla and Dussen, who had made his ODI debut on Saturday. Cricket fans on social media also criticised the former, calling his knock “a selfish” one.#SSCricket Never thought id see this stat esp with the t20 revolution Gibbs (@hershybru) January 19, 2019Still looking for singles in the 48th over with 8 poles left? You serious?Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) January 19, 2019Not sure how both batsman can have the same approach for so should pulled the trigger ages ago.#SSCricketHerschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) January 19, 2019South Africa totally deserves what they are getting here from Pakistan, who have been superb. Hashim Amla’s selfish innings deserves nothing less than a big defeat.Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 19, 2019Selfish amla ?????? @amlahash (@Fantasy11_Pro) January 19, 2019Captain Faf du Plessis though defended Amla and Dussen, saying the Pakistan bowlers were better in the middle overs. However, he conceded that his team ended up 10-20 runs short towards the end.”We were 10-15 runs short. The foundation was good but we could not add those extra runs in the end. They batted really well. These games are all about learning for us. We have had a great couple of weeks but today was a great learning curve for us,” Du Plessis said.He added: “In-form Hashim is really important for us. Amla showed intent from the starting for us and his innings is a positive for us. They bowled really well in the middle overs. They bowled better than us in that phase.”Pakistan, who were whitewashed in the Test series, crossed the finish line with five balls and five wickets to spare. Imam-ul-Haq laid the foundation for the chase with a 101-ball 85 while Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten on 71 (63 balls) to help the visitors take a 1-0 lead.Also Read | Glenn Maxwell should lead Australia at World Cup 2019, says Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsmanlast_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Take Steps to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

first_img Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging persons to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by undertaking energy efficiency and conservation measures.“We can use less air conditioning; we can replace our incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs; we can drive less, we can drive smart; we can buy energy-efficient products; and we can use the off switch in our homes and offices,” she advised.The Minister further suggested that persons plant trees as part of the reduction measures.She was speaking at a forum, titled, ‘Uncut Conversations on Climate Change’ – at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Thursday (April 9).Mrs. Williams noted that Jamaica has made significant strides in renewable energy efforts and carbon dioxide avoidance by undertaking several initiatives.These, she said, include the installation and operationalisation of the 37-megawatt BMR Energy facility; expansion of the Wigton Wind Farm, which now has capacity of 63 megawatts; and Content Solar’s 20-megawatt plant in Clarendon.“By way of these projects, we have achieved much in terms of carbon dioxide avoidance. Through Wigton, phases one to three, we have avoided over one million tonnes of carbon dioxide. For BMR, we have avoided 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year,” Mrs. Williams informed.In the case of Content Solar, the Minister noted that carbon dioxide emissions are expected to be reduced by 35,000 tonnes in the first year of operation and by more than 800,000 tonnes over the useful life of the project.Additionally, she said other projects are under way, including retrofitting of several government facilities in terms of air conditioners and also involving the tinting of windows to improve energy efficiency and conservation.“The JPS Bogue Plant was converted to use natural gas recently. Also… once the (JPS’s) new 190-megawatt power plant comes on stream in Old Harbour, it will use natural gas as its primary fuel,” she noted.This, Ms. Williams said, will also bolster the national emission-reduction and diversification efforts. The old plant will be decommissioned in phases until it is completely offline by the first quarter of 2020.“We are also well aware that several industries, manufacturers and bauxite/alumina plants have already retrofitted their entities or are currently taking steps to make the transition to liquefied natural gas,” she said.Mrs. Williams also informed that the Ministry is working to advance the introduction of the electric vehicles, adding that she is aware of efforts in the private sector to use compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel in the transport sector.“These augur well for our country as we move towards meeting the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) [for climate action] targets of reducing emission levels by 7.8 per cent by 2030…and reducing 13 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence to about 12 million tonnes,” she said.‘Uncut Conversations on Climate Change’ is an unscripted, open multi-stakeholder forum that recognises the need to continuously evolve the way in which technical experts, practitioners and interest groups dialogue and exchange information, expertise, experiences and ideas on climate change.(more)Jamaicans…3The forum sought to engage a variety of stakeholders, including government representatives, the private sector, Jamaica’s development partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations and academia on a number of topics surrounding the issue of climate change. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging persons to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by undertaking energy efficiency and conservation measures. The Minister further suggested that persons plant trees as part of the reduction measures. “We can use less air conditioning; we can replace our incandescent light bulbs with light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs; we can drive less, we can drive smart; we can buy energy-efficient products; and we can use the off switch in our homes and offices,” she advised.last_img read more

Caring for the elderly

first_imgEconomic developments and technological innovations have helped increase life expectancy worldwide. There was a time when thousands would perish because of epidemics like plague and smallpox which had an adverse effect on life expectancy. Such deadly diseases are under control now. Life expectancy in India was 32 years at the time of independence in 1947. In 1969 it rose to 47 years further growing to 60 years in 1994 and 69 years in 2019. India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund. The number of young people in our country increased at a rapid rate and the number of elderly also grew steadily. Also Read – A special kind of bondAccording to the law, a “senior citizen” means any person being a citizen of India, who has attained the age of 60 years or above. Population Census 2011 revealed that there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India; 53 million females and 51 million males. A report released by the United Nations Population Fund and Help Age India suggests that the number of elderly persons is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026. From 5.6 per cent in 1961, the proportion of the elderly increased up to 8.6 per cent in 2011. (Source: Elderly in India 2016) Also Read – Insider threat managementAn elderly person has to face manifold challenges, including physical, mental, emotional, social and financial. They are always worried about social security. As one grows, both the physical and mental faculties face a downward trend. The person is more prone to fall prey to various types of diseases. Most of these diseases are of degenerative nature and thus are of chronic nature. List of risks including illnesses, disorders, ailments, maladies, and diseases associated with old age are quite long. Through various researches around 125 diseases have been identified to be directly connected with this age group. Arthritis is a very common condition leading to pain in the joints and lowering the quality of life by prohibiting day to day activity and movements of the person. It may be fatal in a little number of cases. Heart Diseases are the leading killers of persons above the age of 65. An elderly person needs to get his heart monitored time to time to get to know any disease cropping up well on time. This needs awareness and has financial implications as well. Cancer is the second leading cause of death. The person has to pay repeated hospital visits requiring expensive investigations, monitoring and medical or surgical intervention for a long period of time. All this seriously affects the economy of the whole family and psychology of the patient. Depression is one of serious issue associated with it. Respiratory Diseases are the third common cause of death among the elderly who are more vulnerable to pneumonia and other infections. Many of them in this age group develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) which requires repeated hospitalisation and intensive treatment. Cerebrovascular accidents occur as a result of leakage or clotting of blood in the brain or tumours in the cranium. A person may develop paralysis. His quality of life becomes very poor and he becomes dependent on others. This becomes a cause of serious psychological disturbance and a matter of stress for the whole family. Parkinsonism hampers the person’s capabilities and gradually cripples the physical capacities. Alzheimer’s disease occurs because of the degenerative process of the brain. The patient develops cognitive impairment and is unable to take care of himself. He is a concern to the family for safety and cost involved in his care. Osteoporosis makes bones brittle and the person is more likely to develop fracture of any bone. The fracture of vertebral bodies can cripple the patient. Falls are more common and these are an emergency condition, which requires hospitalisation. Incidence of Diabetes is increasing in our country. Those who had developed Diabetes in early age develop several complications by the time they reach elderly age. Complications may be related to the nervous system, heart, kidney, muscles and other body systems. Infections occur more commonly in this age group because of the lowering of immunity in this age group. Sometimes these may prove to be fatal. Depression is an increasing problem in our country which is occurring as a result of changing family relations, increase in the cost of healthcare, physical incapacities which increase with the age and person’s dependence on his siblings. Losing one’s life partner causes loneliness and isolation leading to depression. Poverty affects senior citizens health. Older women are slightly more likely than men to be living in poverty, and that gap widens in those over 80 years. Single older adults are also significantly more likely to live alone with fewer resources. Elderly age group is a challenging period in one’s life. Feeling of dependence on children for many day-to-day needs is difficult to accept. Financial deprivation adds up to the difficulties. The situation gets worse if the family is uncaring and neglecting the elderly. In our country where the social security net is very poor, elderly people face great difficulties as far as healthcare is concerned. To ameliorate the situation several steps have to be taken. Elderly need compassion. They need emergency care – sometimes repeatedly. Health care of the elderly has to be designed accordingly. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Sudbury Ont police investigating 16 poppy donation box thefts from businesses

first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – Police say 16 Remembrance Day poppy donation boxes have been stolen from businesses in Sudbury, Ont., over the past few days.Investigators are reviewing security camera footage after four consecutive days of donation box thefts.The money collected in the boxes goes to the Royal Canadian Legion, which uses it to support veterans and their families in the Sudbury area.Police say they do not know how much money was contained in the stolen boxes.Officers are advising businesses to remove the poppy boxes from public view when employees are not present.last_img read more

A life of pie BC woman bakes works of art hopes to

first_imgVANCOUVER – Jessica Clark-Bojin remembers at one time having a reputation for her lack of cooking skills.“I couldn’t crack an egg. I was shooed out at family gatherings,” says the Vancouver native, laughing. “I had no experience in a kitchen whatsoever.”Now Clark-Bojin is shaking up the baking world with her elaborate pie creations, which range from detailed celebrity portraits to towering three-dimensional “pie-scrapers.”The former filmmaker’s journey from kitchen klutz to pastry pro started with a New Year’s resolution to cut down on sugar in 2016, when she began experimenting with pies to sate her dessert cravings. What began as a creative foray has become a full-time gig.“It’s the most fun job that I’ve ever had in my life,” she said. “I never thought I’d be doing anything like this.”Clark-Bojin’s multi-tiered masterpieces include Calvin and Hobbes riding a wagon down a hillside and an Aladdin-themed castle. The self-described science fiction nerd has also concocted a glow-in-the-dark Tron apple pie and Star Wars themed fruit turnovers shaped like Jabba the Hut.Along the way, Clark-Bojin has tapped into her science background as a former university physics student to develop new methods and materials. Her innovations include colouring pastry dough, creating pigments that glow in the dark and baking three-dimensional shapes.“This isn’t cooking. This is chemistry!”The American talk show The Chew invited Clark-Bojin to New York to present a pie on the show in late 2016, which was followed by an invitation from the Food Network to start making videos for the cooking channel, she said.Pies are especially challenging because pastry dough quickly becomes tough when overworked and its inconsistency means it often changes shape unpredictably in the oven, Clark-Bojin said.She said one “aha moment” came while designing an alien face from the sci-fi franchise “Predator,” when Clark-Bojin came up with a method of blending different layers of pastry together, “like modeling clay,” using an egg mixture.“That opened a whole new world,” she said.Clark-Bojin said most of her baking gets done late at night after her five-year-old son, Cillian, is in bed. She described him as her harshest critic.“He’ll look at something that I’ve been slaving over for days and I’m really proud of and he’ll be like, “Hmm. It’s not your best work, mommy,’ ” she said.Clark-Bojin doesn’t sell her pies directly. She supports her work by offering how-to guides and dough stencils for sale.Her next task is to simplify her techniques.“My mission with all of this is not just to be a snooty pie artist,” she said, adding that the overall goal is to create a new industry.“I want to teach other people and inspire other people to create cool things in this medium that they love with this food that they love.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Ban urges UN rights body to avoid selectivity rise above national interests

25 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the main United Nations body tasked with addressing human rights challenges worldwide to be impartial, objective and constructive as it carries out its vital work. “Facing human rights problems is the first step, acting to fix them moves us forward on the path of progress. As we walk this road we must shine light on abuses everywhere,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.He noted that the Council’s system of special procedures – experts who travel the world, record what they see, and report to the 47-member body – makes this possible. The Council also convenes special sessions, carries out fact-finding missions and responds to breaking developments.“But more must be done to fully rise above national and regional interests. If this Council is to deliver on the promise of its founding, you must go beyond narrow considerations,” said Mr. Ban, stressing that for the Council to fulfil its mandate, it must be seen as impartial and fair. “It cannot be seen as a place ruled by bias or special interests. It cannot be a place that targets some countries, yet ignores others. It cannot be a place where some members overlook the human rights violations of others so as to avoid scrutiny themselves.” The Secretary-General added that while the independence of human rights rapporteurs cannot and should not be limited, irresponsible behaviour that undermines the Council and the UN cannot be condoned. He noted in particular recent comments by one special rapporteur who suggested that there was an ‘apparent cover-up’ in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. “I condemn this sort of inflammatory rhetoric,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the comments made by Palestinian rights expert Richard Falk in a blog post this month. “It is preposterous – an affront to the memory of the more than 3,000 people who died in that tragic attack.” In addition, Mr. Ban cautioned against being “selective” in promoting human rights. “We must address the full spectrum of rights with equal force – civil, cultural, economic, social and political. Put simply, our watchword should be: all people, all countries, all rights.”He highlighted the need to reject all forms of intolerance, continue working to protect civilians caught in conflict, address rape and gender-based violence, and reject persecution of people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “I understand that sexual orientation and gender identity raise sensitive cultural issues. But cultural practice can not justify any violation of human rights,” he stated. “When our fellow humans are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we must speak out.” Earlier today, the Secretary-General, together with UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, opened a conference aimed at securing sufficient and predictable funding for the world body’s urgent, life-saving humanitarian work.He also visited the International Olympic Committee and met with its chief, Jacques Rogge, as well as the heads of some international sports federations. read more

Obama to hand over social media accounts to new president

Obama to hand over social media accounts to new president President Barack Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama greet children from Washington area and children of military families to trick-or-treat celebrating Halloween at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 9:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The next president of the United States will start with a huge following on Twitter but a clean slate of tweets. It’s all part of the peaceful transition of power in the social media age.The White House said Monday that Obama’s official @POTUS account will be taken over by the next president. Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, @POTUS44, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.Similar changes will take place with Obama’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, along with other Twitter accounts, including Michelle Obama’s @FLOTUS and Joe Biden’s @VP accounts.The White House said it has three goals for the digital transition:First, all the material published online during Obama’s presidency will be preserved with the National Archives and Records Administration, just as previous administrations have done with handwritten notes, faxes and emails. Second, materials will continue to be accessible on the platforms where they were created, allowing for real-time access. Third, the White House is working to ensure the next president can continue to use and develop the digital assets the Obama administration has created to connect directly with the people they serve.Obama is leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president. Thousands of hours of video and millions of photos will have to be transferred. Eventually, they’ll be available to download in compact form, such as zip files.The White House also said in a blog post that it’s inviting students, data engineers and others to come up with creative ways to archive the digital content and make it useful and available. The administration said it will make the material available early to people who are interested in building something for the public.“From Twitter bots and art projects to printed books and query tools, we’re open to it all,” the White House said. read more

Upcoming UN forum to focus on womens empowerment sustainable development

Advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, will be the focus of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which begins its 60th session in New York next week.“It will be a festival of ideas channelled to implementation,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director, told journalists, briefing alongside Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Ambassador of Brazil and Chair of the Commission’s Bureau.“We want to make sure we balance between [the] greatest challenges that we face and the greatest opportunities,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, referring to the multitude of topics that will be covered in the more than 400 events planned throughout the city.The CSW, which will begin on Monday and last through 24 March, will bring together representatives from the UN system, Member States, and civil society from around the world to review the progress so far towards gender equality and women’s empowerment and plan new initiatives and actions.The priority theme for the events will be on women’s empowerment and sustainable development, given that this is the first session of the Commission since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. The Agenda includes a stand-alone goal on women’s empowerment and participation.“CSW has already been working under the framework of universal applicability,” Mr. Patriota said. “No single country, however developed, has achieved full gender equality, a reminder of the universal challenge we face in promoting gender equality.” The Commission will build on the leaders’ forum in September 2015 when more than 90 world leaders answered UN Women’s call for action to “Step It Up for Gender Equality” by pledging specific actions to tackle barriers to gender equality. These include women’s economic inclusion, protection from violence, and support in areas where women and girls are on the frontlines – such as with climate change or the Zika virus outbreak. Ahead of the start of the CSW, a youth forum has been organized on Saturday by UN Women, the UN Inter-agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality and partners. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said the Forum would provide an “historic opportunity for young people to come together and advocate for issues that affect them.” The conclusions of the forum will be shared at CSW’s political discussions. read more

FROM THE FIELD Harvested rainwater saves Tanzanian students from stomach ulcers typhoid

Drought, rising sea levels and erratic rainfall made the local water well so salty that when they drank, they would get headaches, stomach aches and even ulcers. Unsanitary conditions turned it into a disease-spreading font.However, thanks to a project run by UN Environment and its partners, the situation took a turn for the better.They constructed a rainwater harvesting system, which involved rooftop guttering and a series of large water tanks, that provided the students with fresh water for drinking, washing and cooking.“This water is very sweet and when we drink it, our health gets better because that water is pure,” said one happy student customer.Click here for the full story. Students atTanzania’s Bagamoyo secondary school now have more time to study and less days off sick thanks to a UN Environment-supported rainwater harvesting system., by UN Environment/Hannah McNeish read more

Forensics firm hit by cyber attack pay ransom

But following the cyberattack a decision was taken by police leaders to suspend work with the firm.It is thought the suspension of services has already led to a delay in some court cases with a number of trials having to be postponed. Eurofins was hit by a cyber attack in June In the wake of the attack, security minister Ben Wallace said immediate steps had been taken to minimise the impact on the criminal justice system.He said: “The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is working to ensure all hearings remain based on reliable evidence.”If prosecutors or the police believe that there may have been an impact, they will contact the victims or witnesses involved. But if any victims are concerned, national support services are also available.”However, I want to stress that at present we have no reason to believe there has been an impact on the forensic evidence tested by EFS.”The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) refused to comment on the ransom payment but sources said “excellent progress” had been made in dealing with the fall-out of the cyber attack.Ransomware software is a virus that prevents the user from accessing their systems and can cripple an organisation.The hackers then often send a demand for payment in order to unlock the frozen systems.A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre spokesman said: “It is a matter for the victim whether or not to pay the ransom.”But the decision to pay the hackers could lead to concerns that the firm could be targeted in the future. Eurofins was hit by a cyber attack in June A leading forensic science firm, which is used by the UK police to help investigate major crimes, has paid a ransom to criminals after being targeted in a cyber attack, it is understood.Eurofins Scientific, which is based in Belgium but has laboratories all over the world, was hit by a ransomware attack last month, which affected the firm’s IT systems.The National Crime Agency has been investigating the source of the attack, but sources claimed the company had already paid a ransom to recover its network.It is not clear how much was paid and spokesman for the firm said: “With regards to any ransom payment we can’t comment at the moment.”Eurofins, which helped catch the Babes in the Wood killer, Russell Bishop, accounts for more than half of the forensic science provision for UK forces.Its scientists handle forensic evidence relating to around 70,000 criminal cases in the UK each year, carrying out DNA testing, toxicology analysis, firearms testing and other services. The state run Forensic Science Service (FSS) was abolished in 2012 with the work being taken on by a number of private firms.However the sector has been beset with problems with an alleged data tampering scandal at Randox Testing and the collapse of Key Forensic Services.In May a House of Lords report warned that the provision of forensic science in England and Wales had reached breaking point, risking crimes going unsolved and miscarriages of justice occurring. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

You have to keep positive about everything The week in quotes

first_img 17,351 Views Mar 24th 2019, 6:30 PM ‘You have to keep positive about everything’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Share2 Tweet Email You can’t really dwell on the questions like ‘why did this happen to me?’” she said at the time. I’m only 25, this isn’t supposed to happen to women my age. You have to keep positive about everything.The words of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan. She passed away this week. Short URL 2 Comments center_img Source: PA Images We are running out of time.Caroline Haga, spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on the growing humanitarian crisis facing three southern African countries in the wake of tropical cyclone Idai. Source: PA ImagesI gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted, which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this. I didn’t get thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way, but I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.President of the United States Donald Trump on the funeral of Republican senator John McCain, who died of a brain tumour last year. Source: Vincent ThianHe sought many things from his act of terror, but one is notoriety. And that is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless. And to others, I implore you: Speak the names of the lives who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has promised that the man responsible for last week’s deadly mosque massacres would face “the full force of the law”, as she vowed never to utter his name. Source: PA ImagesI sometimes have the feeling that I’m in the waiting room waiting for Godot, and Godot is never coming.Xavier Bettel, the prime minister of Luxembourg, on the mood in Brussels waiting for clarity on Brexit. Source: PA ImagesLook, I have every respect for Theresa May. She reminds me occasionally of that character from Monty Python where all the arms and legs are cut off but he then tells the opponent: ‘Let’s call it a draw.’ She’s incredible. She goes on and on. At the same time, I do not blame her, but British politics.Another take on Brexit from another EU prime minister, this time Mark Rutte of Denmark. Source: AAP/PA ImagesHere’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals.Australian rules football league star Tayla Harris, reacting after this picture of her was deleted due to the large number of derogatory comments it attracted. By Nicky Ryan Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Progression encourageante du nombre de tortues luth venant pondre en Floride

first_imgProgression encourageante du nombre de tortues luth venant pondre en FloridePubliée dans la revue Ecological Applications, une étude américano-britannique montre une progression constante  du nombre de nids de tortues luth (tortues marines) sur les plages de Floride. Une augmentation liée aux mesures de protection, mais aussi à la modification de facteurs écologiques divers.Parmi les 68 plages étudiées, les plus prometteuses ont affiché des hausses annuelles de plus de 16% depuis 1979, et les moins favorisées, de 3,1% : le dénombrement des nids de tortues luth en Floride rend optimistes les auteurs de cette étude, membres de l’Université de Bath (Royaume-Uni), de la Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, et surtout du Duke Center for Marine Conservation (États-Unis).À lire aussiUn alligator pris en flagrant délit de… vol de pastèque en FlorideSon directeur, Larry B. Crowder, explique : “Cela suggère que les efforts de conservation et de valorisation, faits en vertu de la loi sur les espèces en voie de disparition, sont payants à l’échelle régionale. Mais la nidification est en hausse même là où la protection n’a pas été améliorée. Des changements dans les conditions océaniques, liés à la variabilité climatique, peuvent influer sur la chaîne alimentaire marine, et créer un environnement qui favorise les tortues en réduisant le nombre de leurs prédateurs et en accroissant l’abondance de leurs proies, en particulier les méduses”.Abondance de nourriture et effondrement des populations de requins dans le nord-ouest de l’Atlantique au cours de la dernière décennie : des facteurs clés permettant probablement aux tortues luth femelles de nidifier plus fréquemment, selon Kelly Stewart, auteur principal de l’étude, qui a fait sa thèse de doctorat sur ce sujet.En revanche, les populations ont chuté sur les plages du Pacifique est, au Mexique et au Costa Rica. “La bonne nouvelle est que, bien que la plupart des tortues de mer continuent à disparaître, certaines populations sont en progression. Nous avons besoin de comprendre pourquoi elles augmentent ici autant que pourquoi elles baissent ailleurs, afin que nous puissions transférer cette compréhension à d’autres espèces à risque, comme les tortues luth du Pacifique”, conclut Crowder.Le 10 avril 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Leash Laws Loosen up for Dogs

Leash Laws Loosen up for Dogs

first_imgLeash Laws Loosen up for Dogs Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, August 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Dog lovers in Del Mar have something to be happy about tonight.The City is about to loosen “leash laws” for good. KUSI’s Dan Plante was at Dog Beach earlier this afternoon to tell us more. Dan Plante Posted: August 6, 2018last_img read more

Nashville fugitive arrested in Gresham OR

first_imgGRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Nashville was arrested late Tuesday in Gresham by the U.S. Marshals Service Oregon Fugitive Task Force.Police say 21-year-old Evan Kenyon Knox is wanted on homicide and attempt homicide warrants.The Oregonian says Knox reportedly is suspected of shooting of 22-year-old Thomas Rutledge while he was riding a four-wheeler through a public housing project with his 4-year-old stepson. The boy was not hurt.last_img