Haryana cop suspended in JNU students attack case

first_imgA Sub-Inspector posted at Surajkund police station here was suspended on Friday on charges of dereliction of duty for not registering a FIR in a case pertaining to attack on a group of Jawaharlal Nehru University students earlier this week.The action was initiated after a complaint by students from JNU to Faridabad Commissioner of Police, Hanif Qureshi.Faridabad Police spokesperson said Suresh Kumar was suspended and the investigation into the matter was handed over to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Women, Pooja Dabla. Deputy Commissioner of Police, NIT, Astha Modi would oversee the investigation, said the spokesperson. “The investigation officer would also visit JNU campus to record the statements of the victims,” said the spokesperson.The case pertains to an attack on a female JNU student and her male friends by a mob at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary on August 14. The student and her six male friends were returning from a picnic at Bharadwaj Lake, located inside the sanctuary, when a group of eight-nine men allegedly attacked them. The men even threatened to rape the woman.Later, when the students went to police in Faridabad, the officer at Surajkund police station refused to file complaint and also made remarks at woman’s character.last_img read more

‘Will you declare hilsa fish infiltrators?’

first_imgAttacking the BJP-led Central government over exclusion of 40 lakh people in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday accused the ruling party of being “anti-Bengalis”.Taking a swipe at the BJP, the Trinamool Congress chief asked if hilsa fish, Jamdani saree, sandesh and mishti doi, which are originally from Bangladesh, would also be branded as “infiltrators or refugees”.Asserting that these 40 lakh people are “very much Indians”, she questioned the criteria on which they have been excluded.Ms. Banerjee said that even she would not be able to produce the birth certificate of her parents if the government asks for it.“Do not know my parents’ birth dates. I only know the dates of their death. I would not be able to provide any documents for their date of birth but there should be a clear system about such cases… you cannot blame the layman,” she told reporters at her chamber in the State Assembly.Necessary documentsMs. Banerjee has been attacking the BJP government at the Centre over the NRC, which has excluded names of over 40 lakh citizens in the final draft for want of necessary documents in Assam.“What is going on in the country is injustice. The BJP with their extremist ideology is trying to create division among the people. I think they are playing the politics of revenge among the countrymen. We are not for this kind of politics,” she said.She accused the BJP of being “anti-Bengalis” and “anti-West Bengal”.“They (the BJP) must not forget that speaking Bengali is not a crime. It is the fifth most spoken language in the world. What is BJP’s problem with (West) Bengal? Are they scared of the intellect of the Bengalis, their culture? They must not forget that (West) Bengal is the cultural Mecca of the country,” she said.last_img read more

Rush Holt, physicist and congressman, to lead AAAS

first_imgRush Holt, a physicist, educator, and eight-term Democratic member of Congress, has been named the new CEO of AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider). He will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist who is stepping down this winter after leading AAAS since 2001.Holt, 66, has represented a New Jersey district since 1999, but in February announced he would not seek another term. Although not known for sponsoring legislation, Holt has earned kudos from both Republican and Democrat colleagues for being an effective, behind-the-scenes advocate for additional funding for research and science education. He was part of an unofficial, bipartisan “physics caucus” in Congress that, at its peak, totaled three members who held physics Ph.D.s.Holt has a long political pedigree. His father was a U.S. senator from West Virginia in the 1930s, and his mother was West Virginia’s secretary of state. He was elected to Congress in 1998 after spending a decade at the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. A former physics teacher at Swarthmore College, he credits the long-running AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship program, which allowed him to spend a year on Capitol Hill, for piquing his interest in politics.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“I will continue to work on trying to bring more scientific thinking to public policy and to American society in general,” he told ScienceInsider after announcing his retirement from Congress. “Those are ongoing interests of mine. I think it’s important to maintain freedom of inquiry and to make sure that we have support not just for research but also for scientific communication.”Holt was a vocal—but often lone—advocate in Congress for reviving the Office of Technology Assessment, a well-regarded in-house think tank for legislators that Congress abolished when Republicans took control in 1995. He admitted that it was an uphill battle, but felt the fight was worth waging. “I would say that most members of Congress value science and respect scientists,” he told ScienceInsider in February. “But I don’t see more scientific thinking evidence-based, critical thinking.”This fall, Holt made an eloquent pitch for the importance of science to society when the American Academy of Arts & Sciences rolled out a report urging the government to commit to steady, long-term increases in research funding. He began by asking Americans “to banish the pessimism that is dominating our public policy on this issue and so many others.” Then he sketched a picture of where the country is and where he thinks it needs to be.“Why hasn’t Congress paid more attention to the critical point we’ve reached? I’m not sure. But it may be because we’ve taken it for granted that America’s leadership will continue as it has for a couple of centuries. The sky seemed to be the limit for what we could do. And after the Apollo flights, we even broke through the sky.“This success has continued in some respects, enough to make some members of Congress complacent But if you look at transportation, energy, and every other sectors, the transformative breakthroughs that we thought we were heading toward 20 or 30 years ago have not materialized.“What we need at this point is a return to America’s traditional optimism. I don’t mean empty, technological optimism that technology will solve all of our social problems. But I do mean optimism that we can increase economic opportunity and personal growth and create jobs and grow, to overcome our short-term problems. That’s what we have always done.”Leshner, who was a senior administrator at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation before coming to AAAS, said that “Rush Holt is an ideal choice to lead AAAS and Science into the future. His expertise, experience, and commitment to science, and to public service are sure to greatly enhance the association’s impact in all domains.”The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), founded in 1848, is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.last_img read more

‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble

first_imgOld rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals PLAY LIST 00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:42PH 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 Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian national team got into a huge brawl late in the third quarter of their match in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers that saw basketball’s governing body suspend a total of 13 players from both teams get suspended.Of the 13, 10 were from the Philippines but Fajardo wasn’t one of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTaking into account the heated atmosphere, it can be argued that it would’ve been easy for the 6-foot-10 Fajardo to jump into the melee but the five-time PBA MVP thought of the lessons his mother Marites taught him.Fajardo said back in July 2018 that his parents taught him to always stay away from trouble and the brawl happened with his mother Marites watching. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I could’ve easily joined in because I was in the middle of it all and my mother was watching,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “I looked at her and she was shocked and I know that you shouldn’t resort to violence and not all things will be resolved by getting physical.”As for Marites, she’s always taught Fajardo to be peaceful but she herself was surprised that her son would turn into what he is today.“I just told him that he shouldn’t join the fight because there are a lot of little kids who look up to him and idolizes him,” said Marites in Filipino Sunday. “He should always stay out of trouble and just stay where he is.”Marites added her son has always been family-oriented ever since he was a kid and she constantly reminded Fajardo to be close to the Lord.“June Mar was always a family-oriented person and I always tell him that he should always be close to the Lord’s teaching because it’s from Him whom we get our strength,” said Marites. “That was how we’ve taught our child.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ June Mar Fajardo with his trophies which includes a fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo returned to the venue that hosted a dark chapter in his illustrious career.San Miguel’s jovial giant went back to Philippine Arena to collect his fifth straight MVP during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 PBA season six months after the Philippine national team got involved in one of the worst basketball incidents in sporting history.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Chooks-to-Go gives financial aid to Sisters of Mary School Boystown View commentslast_img read more

MC Mary Kom to be part of Vijenders title fight

first_imgNew Delhi, July 1 (PTI) Five times World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom will be part of Vijender Singhs bout for the WBO Super Middle-weight Asia Pacific Championship Title, to be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on July 16. Mary Kom will organise a special bout for her boxing foundation in the undercards of Vijender Singh. In this bout, two female boxers of her foundation will participate in a three round contest. Commenting on this association Mary Kom said: “I am really excited to be part of Vijender?s first title fight. This biggest ever professional boxing show will give big boost to Indian Pro boxing and I am sure this will attract more and more young kids to start playing boxing as a sport. Two female boxers of my foundation will be part of the undercard fight. I would like to wish goodluck to my dear brother Vijender Singh and will be there in Delhi to cheer him.” Welcoming Mary Kom?s association with his bout, Vijender said: “I welcome my sister MC Mary Kom for being part of my title bout. I am sure boxing fans will enjoy the undercard fight of women boxers from Mary Kom foundation.” PTI BS BSlast_img read more

15 lakh cases involving petty crimes pending in Ggn courts

first_imgGurugram: There are 1.5 lakh cases that are pending in Gurugram district courts. Most of the cases are petty offences of traffic violations, cheque bounce and property disputes.The recent revelation came in the view of Lok Adalat that will be organised on Saturday, July 13. Taking cognisance of the present state of affairs the district sessions judge RS Sondhi highlighted the importance of such sessions to be held on regular affairs. Judges have raised their concern that how the delay in dealing with smaller cases is amounting to bigger cases taking more time. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThere are cases in the court that have prolonged for five to ten years without any clarity of where the case is being headed. Top lawyers and certain judges at the courts however have also stated that there are various challenges that are increasing the number of cases on a daily basis. For long there is a demand for increasing the number of judges that are still less as compared to the number of cases being heard. According to sources, a district court judge on an average hears more than three to four cases in a day. What is adding to more difficulties is a large number of cases associated with juvenile crimes being transferred from juvenile justice board to district courts. Besides setting up the Special court there are also other initiatives that are being planned to reduce the number of cases at the city local courts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderWith a large number of legal cases coming from rural areas of Gurugram, there are also plans to form village courts across rural parts of Gurugram. According to the plan a makeshift justice delivery system will be set up at certain villages in the Gurugram district. A cluster of three to four villages will be formed and the makeshift court that will be set up in different clusters. “The system of village courts (Gram Adaalats) has experimented in Kurukshetra, Haryana. We now plan to introduce this in Gurugram. We plan to send our senior judges and magistrates to these makeshift courts. There are large numbers of legal cases that are emanating from rural areas of the district. The village courts if successful will not only be beneficial in reducing the cases at the court but will also be useful for the rural citizens who have to regularly visit the District Courts for their cases,” said a top lawyer of the court. In January 2017, the foundation stone of new judicial complex was laid in Gurugram. Named the Justice tower it will be the largest judicial complex in North India and will house over fifty-five courts.last_img read more

Four killed as car falls into gorge in Pauri

first_imgPauri (UKD): Four people, including a father and his two children, were killed when their car fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred late on Tuesday night when the vehicle fell into a 150 feet deep gorge near Badethkhal on Lakshman Jhula-Silogi Dwarikhal motor road, Lakshman Jhula police station incharge Rakendra Kathait said. He said, all the four occupants of the car, Deshbandhu Singh Negi (60), his daughter Komal (11), son Abhinav (7) and a relative Kuldip Singh Rawat (42), died on the spot. The family was en route to Dehradun to attend a wedding when the accident occurred, the officer added. Police learnt about the accident on Wednesday morning when villagers spotted the car’s wreckage in the gorge and reported it to the authorities, he said.last_img read more

Polisario Sportsmen Participate in Algerias African Sport Event

Rabat – Algeria hosted the first African Games of Sport and Work December 20-23 after Senegal withdrew from hosting the event.Some sportsmen of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) participated in the event. Pro-Polisario media covered the event, saying, “Sahrawi sportsmen made excellent and unprecedented results in the African games organized by the African Organization of Sports and Labor [OSTA].”The sportsmen “won medals and gold, silver, and bronze cups,” and ranked second after Algeria. In addition to Algeria, only six countries participated in the event: Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, the Congo, and Eritrea.While the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and other internationally-renowned sports organizations do not recognize the Polisario Front, some Sahrawi media claimed SADR has “entered African records for the first time in its history.” The statement referred to one player winning a medal gold in a table tennis tournament.Read Also: Khat Echahid: Polisario Not Legitimate Representative of the SahrawisOSTA was established in 2001 in Gambia and has its headquarters in Yaounde, Cameroon. OSTA’s main role is to organize and lead labor sport in Africa, while promoting the creation and entertainment of national labor federations and groups.Although Algeria has always denied supporting the Polisario Front, by hosting SADR in the sport event, Algeria confirms its support for the front.However, Algeria has declined to take a role in the UN-led  political process to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict. Algeria claims it is an observer to the conflict, while Morocco is firm that the Algerian government should negotiate as a main party to the conflict and not only as an observer or a neighboring country. Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel represented Algerian President Bouteflika’s cabinet at the UN’s Geneva roundtable on Western Sahara earlier this month at the request of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler, who called on all parties to show willingness to finding a political solution to the conflict. read more

Four Canadians charged in largest international penny stock fraud scheme in history

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Four Canadians and five Americans have been charged in what U.S. officials call one of the largest international penny stock frauds in history.One of the Canadians was arrested in Ontario and another one was among six suspects arrested in New York, Arizona, New Jersey, Florida and California, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.Two other Canadians are being sought.The arrests were the result of a multi-year investigation involving the FBI and the RCMP, the department said, adding it relied on wiretaps in the U.S. and undercover agents abroad.It said the suspects are accused in two separate but connected schemes that netted more than $140-million and affected investors in dozens of countries.“Where others saw citizens of the world, the defendants saw a pool of potential marks,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.“They cheated, lied and swindled investors into buying billions of shares of worthless stock, then turned around and used a second scam to cheat those investors again.”An indictment accuses the defendants of artificially inflating the value of worthless penny stocks and selling them to investors across the globe.They also allegedly tricked the victims into paying to join phoney lawsuits to recoup their losses.In some cases, it’s alleged the accused pretended to work for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and collected a “bogus advance tax” from investors before they could unload their penny stocks, the Justice Department said.Two of the Canadian suspects — Gregory Ellis, 46, and Kolt Curry, 38 — have been arrested. But authorities said Sandy Winick, 55, remains at large in Thailand and Gregory Curry, 63, has yet to be located.The American suspects are Gary Kershner, 72; Joseph Manfredonia, 45; Cort Poyner, 44; Songkram Roy Sahachaisere, 43; and William Seals, 51.The charges include conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud and false personation of an officer of the United States.If convicted, the accused could face up to 20 years of imprisonment for each count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud, as well as up to five years for conspiracy to commit securities fraud.The false personation charge could carry a three-year prison sentence. read more

Closing Bell Oil gold stocks send TSX slightly higher amid weaker than

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a minor gain Wednesday as traders largely brushed off negative U.S. data.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,974.65+12.28 0.08%S&P 500 —  1,959.53+9.55 0.49%Dow — 16,867.51+49.38 0.29%Nasdaq — 4,379.76 +29.40 0.68%The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 12.28 points to 14,974.65, led by gains in resource and industrial stocks.The final revision to American economic growth in the first quarter showed that U.S. gross domestic product shrank 2.9%. That was larger than the 2% contraction economists had expected. However, the decline was due in large part to severe winter weather and the damage to the economy was expected to be short-lived.“It doesn’t matter what we throw at the market, it seems to just show its resilience and deflect it,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company, in Ottawa.“So we have seen uncertainties from Russia/Ukraine, from Iraq, economic data that hasn’t been overly exciting. In fact, we saw U.S. GDP numbers . . . (that were) really disappointing and it had no impact on the markets at all.”Other data showed that U.S. durable goods orders fell 1% in May, against an expected 1% gain. The drop was driven by sharp reduction in demand for military equipment.The Canadian dollar ticked up 0.19 of a cent to 93.27 cents US as the greenback weakened in the wake of the data. U.S. indexes were higher with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 49.38 points to 16,867.51, the Nasdaq up 29.4 points to 4,379.76 and the S&P 500 index advancing 9.55 points to 1,959.53.The gold sector rose about 0.55% as August bullion added $1.30 to US$1,322.60 an ounce.Oil prices edged up 47 cents to US$106.50 a barrel. Prices have advanced steadily over the last couple of weeks amid a rising insurgency in Iraq but stepped back over the last two days as fears receded that the insurgency would greatly affect the country’s oil production and exports.The TSX energy sector was ahead 0.17%.Support also came from the industrials group, up 0.3%.The base metals sector was the major decliner, down 1.56% even as July copper rose two cents to US$3.17 a pound. The base metals sector has been a major decliner, losing about half of its gains for the year over the past month.At the same time, indexes in Toronto and New York are close to record highs and investors wonder where the next catalyst is coming from. Also, inflationary pressures are building, raising concerns about when the U.S. Federal Reserve might boost interest rates.On the corporate front, Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) announced a doubling of the value of its proven reserves at its flagship Lindbergh bitumen project in Alberta from C$1 billion to $2 billion. Pengrowth shares advanced 14 cents to C$7.46.In the U.S., General Mills Inc. posted quarterly earnings of US$404.6 million, or 65 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, it earned 67 cents per share, which was below the 72 cents Wall Street expected. Total sales declined 3% to $4.28 billion, which was also below the $4.42 billion analysts expected and its shares fell 3.6% to US$51.76.And CBS and other TV companies advanced after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that startup Internet company Aereo would have to pay them when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on portable devices. CBS rose 6.19% and Walt Disney, which owns ABC, rose 1.48%.TOP STORIESCanada’s coming economic headache: A serious shortage of skilled workersGoogle announces two Android-powered smartwatches available today, unveils Android TV‘Complete writeoff!’ U.S. economy shrank in first quarter by most since the depths of recessionThe U.S. Supreme Court basically just wrote a death sentence for popular U.S. Web TV startup AereoWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 310,000 new claims, down from last week Personal income and consumption (May):  Economists expect a 0.4% rise in income, 0.4% rise in spending CORPORATE NEWSCANADAEmpire Co ‘a’    Q4 earnings: Analysts expect    $1.21 a share UNITED STATESAccenture  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.21 a share ConAgra Foods  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 58¢ a share Nike  Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 75¢ a share read more

Bolivia UN human rights office condemns killing of vice minister and three

“We condemn the brutal murder last Thursday of the Vice Minister of Interior and Police, Rodolfo Illanes, as well as violent clashes between demonstrators opposing a new mining law and police forces, which have left three miners dead and hundreds of people, including police officers and journalists,” Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva.According to OHCHR, Mr. Illanes was reportedly beaten to death, and his security officer badly injured, by a group of striking miners in Panduro, some 160 kilometres south of the Bolivian capital, La Paz, while on his way to negotiate a peaceful resolution to a road blockade staged by miners.Noting that six people are currently detained in connection with this murder, the UN human rights office urges the authorities to ensure that a full and objective investigation into the deaths of Mr. Illanes and the three miners is carried out in line with Bolivia’s international human rights obligations, the spokesperson said.“We call on all sides to engage in an immediate, genuine and constructive dialogue and to refrain from resorting to violence,” he added. read more

Melbourne composer funds a historic renovation

first_imgWell-known to the Greek Australian community, music composer Pantelis Volaris recently unveiled the historic ‘Kountouriotis bridge’ in Lemnos, the renovation of which he funded. The gesture by the Greek Australian composer to renovate the historic bridge, where Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis raised the Greek flag after the liberation of Lemnos in 1912, was greatly appreciated by local authorities of the island. During Volaris’ annual trip to Greece, he stayed in his native Lemnos to attend the celebrations of the liberation of the island, on 8 October. The residents of the island used the opportunity to honour and express their gratitude to Volaris, who, on his own initiative, funded the renovation of the historic bridge, while also contributing – alongside other Greek Australians – to the erection of a monument at the seaside location of Vourlidia, where the liberation army of Pavlos Kountouriotis landed in 1912. During the ceremony, Volaris thanked his islanders for honouring him and hoped that they would always celebrate this anniversary and remember the sacrifices their compatriots had made in past. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lyft will begin offering Waymo selfdriving car rides in Phoenix

first_img Tags Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle 18 Photos 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Post a comment Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Subaru Ascent reviewcenter_img Waymo Lyft Self-driving cars 0 Enlarge ImageLyft users in Phoenix will soon have the option of getting a ride from a Waymo self-driving car. Waymo Waymo has been running its Waymo One self-driving car taxi service in the Phoenix metro area for a while now, and for the most part, it’s been pretty successful with over a thousand people using the service. Now though, Waymo is ready to expand the program and make it available to Lyft users, according to a blog post issued by the company on Tuesday.The way it would work is this: Waymo would deploy 10 vehicles to begin with for use by Lyft riders over the coming months. Those riders using the Lyft app would have the option to select a self-driving Waymo car for eligible trips. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, that’s the idea.By teaming up with Lyft, a well-established ride-hailing service, it might take away some of the fear first-time passengers might be feeling about getting in a car that drives itself. In exchange, Lyft gets a huge leg up by partnering with arguably the most established brand in autonomous vehicle development.This program will stay in the Phoenix Metro area for now, but we wouldn’t be shocked if it began to expand to other markets as regulations for self-driving cars on public roads are put in place. Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry Car Games and Apps Self-driving cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

West Bengal doctors protest Doctors resign en masse from staterun facilities

first_imgExpressing their discontent with the situation in the state, the doctors resigned in a letter to the Director of Medical Education and Ex-officio Secretary.TwitterMore than 70 doctors from state-run medical facilities in West Bengal have tendered their resignation on Friday, June 14, in solidarity with the protesting junior doctors from Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital.Expressing their discontent with the situation in the state, the doctors resigned in a letter to the Director of Medical Education and Ex-officio Secretary.”We the following doctors of R.G. Kar Medical College have so far been trying our level best to run the hospital service smoothly. You are aware that the present situation is not ideal for patient care service,” the doctors wrote.Mass resignation by the senior faculty members at R.G.Kar Medical College & Hospital, #Kolkata.We are thankful to our seniors for not bowing down in front of humiliation from the CM.Unprecedented solidarity from all around! #StandWithNRS#SaveTheDoctors pic.twitter.com/ecOFXaWfwl— Dr.Titas Kar (@titask9) June 14, 2019A similar situation prevailed in the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri as well.”Already 15 senior doctors have submitted their resignation to Director of Medical Education and this figure may rise. It is not possible to carry on the services normally without the junior doctors,” Sudipta Mandal, Assistant Superintendent of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital reportedly said.”We are shocked to see the attitude of the state government. Our Chief Minister should have handled the situation sensibly. We all have resigned today in solidarity with our students,” said Dr Nirmal Kumar Bera of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital reportedly said.Reports of the resignation of about 67 doctors from Suri Hospital in Birbhum district had also come out.Professor Saibal Kumar Mukherjee, the principal of NRS Medical College and Hospital, and Professor Saurabh Chattopadhyay, the medical superintendent and vice principal, had also resigned from their posts on Thursday. They cited “regret for being unable to overcome the crisis” as the reason.Meanwhile, Dr Kunal Saha filed a petition before the division bench of the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court seeking the court’s direction to end the present crisis.last_img read more

Arizona Chief Hires Former Prosecutor to Review Use of Force

Arizona Chief Hires Former Prosecutor to Review Use of Force

first_imgBy ANITA SNOW, Associated PressMESA, Ariz. (AP) — The beating of a 33-year-old man and the rough treatment of teenager prompted the chief of a suburban Arizona police department to enlist a former prosecutor Friday to investigate the videotaped encounters and report directly to him.Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista said the body camera footage of the two incidents last month left him “angry and deeply disappointed.”Robert Johnson, 35, left, leaves after his statement at New Beginnings Christian Church, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. Police in the Phoenix suburb are under fire after a video surfaced showing several officers punching Johnson who does not appear to be resisting or attacking officers. The union representing the officers says the video does not show the whole story. (AP Photo/Matt York)“We will work every day to make sure these situations don’t happen again,” Batista said at a news conference. “I will be relentless in my pursuit of organizational excellence … I promise you I will fix this.”Batista said he had hired former Maricopa County attorney Richard M. Romley to undertake a separate investigation to ensure transparency and accountability in the process.Romley told reporters his review will take several months and is not intended to determine if any officers should be charged.“I will report directly to the chief, working to ensure there is thoroughness and objectivity in this review,” Romley said.Internal investigations are also underway in both cases, and the police department in nearby Scottsdale will investigate and make recommendations to prosecutors about possible charges.Batista said he has also asked the Washington-based Police Executive Research Forum to conduct an independent review of cases involving force by Mesa police over the past three years.On Friday night, about two dozen people marched in the streets near police headquarters in Mesa to protest the officers’ actions.The most recent video footage to come to light from body and security cameras shows Mesa officers roughly treating a teenager who was arrested May 17 on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.The footage shows officers cursing the youth and grabbing the collar of his T-shirt tightly around his neck.In the other case, video shows Mesa officers punching 33-year-old Robert Johnson as he stands against a wall on May 23.Seven Mesa officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay — two in the teen’s arrest and five in the case involving Johnson.A police report says Johnson was “verbally defiant and confrontational,” but his attorneys have challenged that and said there was no reason to attack him.Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct and hindering prosecution. His attorney Joel Robbins said Johnson suffered a concussion, scrapes and bruises.Police said the encounter with Johnson occurred when officers responded to a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was trying to break into her apartment. Arriving officers found the ex-boyfriend with Johnson, who said he was helping a neighbor get something from the apartment.Representatives of Lodge 9 of the Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing Mesa members, said they worried the officers involved in the two cases might not get a fair hearing in the rush to investigate.“I understand. There is a lot of political pressure,” local president Will Biascoechea said.After 20 years with the department, “I don’t see a systemic problem at all,” he added.With about 750 sworn police officers currently serving the city of nearly a half-million people, the Mesa department has been criticized previously for its use of force.A former Mesa officer who was fired for violating department policy was tried and acquitted of a murder charge in the 2016 fatal shooting of a Texas man who was unarmed and on the ground.In February, the family of an 84-year-old woman complained that she was left with severe bruises after an encounter with Mesa police who went to her home investigating a suicidal man with a gun.Police at the time said the woman was injured when they were trying to keep her safe from the armed man and an internal inquiry was launched. Mesa Police Sgt. Diana T. Williams saidFriday that case is now in the final stages of the investigation.last_img read more

War Eagle Challenge Schedule Change

first_img Due to rain in the weekend forecast the War Eagle Challenge schedule has been altered. The Cardinals will now open the tournament Friday at 10 a.m. (ET) against Radford, followed by a 12:30 p.m. matchup with Michigan State. On Saturday, Louisville will take on Radford again at 10 a.m. and will face host No. 19/20 Auburn at 3 p.m. The Cards will wrap up the tournament Sunday at 10 a.m. against Mercer. Story Links Updated War Eagle Challenge Schedule(All times ET)FRIDAY, MARCH 810:00 AM            Louisville              vs.          Radford12:30 AM            Louisville              vs.          Michigan St.SATURDAY, MARCH 910:00 AM            Radford                vs.          Louisville3:00 PM               Louisville              @            AuburnSUNDAY, MARCH 1011:00 AM            Mercer                  vs.          Louisville Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

A more indepth way to predict gunshot wound blood spatter

A more indepth way to predict gunshot wound blood spatter

first_img Researchers shoot pigs in the head in blood-spatter study This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: A more in-depth way to predict gunshot wound blood spatter (2016, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-in-depth-gunshot-wound-blood-spatter.html (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Iowa State University has developed what they describe as a theoretical model for both interpreting and predicting blood-spatter that results from a gunshot wound. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Fluids, the group describes the factors they took into consideration in developing their model and how well it worked in experiments conducted with pig blood and sponges. Explore further More information: P. M. Comiskey et al. Prediction of blood back spatter from a gunshot in bloodstain pattern analysis, Physical Review Fluids (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.043201ABSTRACTA theoretical model for predicting and interpreting blood-spatter patterns resulting from a gunshot wound is proposed. The physical process generating a backward spatter of blood is linked to the Rayleigh-Taylor instability of blood accelerated toward the surrounding air, allowing the determination of the initial distribution of drop sizes and velocities. Then the motion of many drops in air is considered with governing equations accounting for gravity and air drag. Based on these equations, a numerical solution is obtained. It predicts the atomization process, the trajectories of the back-spatter drops of blood from the wound to the ground, the impact angle, and the impact Weber number on the ground, as well as the distribution and location of bloodstains and their shape and sizes. A parametric study is undertaken to predict patterns of backward blood spatter under realistic conditions corresponding to the experiments conducted in the present work. The results of the model are compared to the experimental data on back spatter generated by a gunshot impacting a blood-impregnated sponge. When a person is shot dead and there are no witnesses, forensic investigators attempt to use every bit of evidence they can find at a crime scene to figure out what happened; one source is blood spatter that occurs when a victim’s blood is sent flying against walls or onto the floor as a bullet enters the body and then again as it exits. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a model to help better describe spattering events which could lead to a more accurate depiction of a crime scene.Up till now, forensic experts have used three basic types of spatter results to assist in identifying the type of bullet wound that caused it: high, medium and low velocity. Using such categories helps to identify the type of weapon used to propel the bullet. But this approach, the researchers claim, fails to take into account other factors such as gravity and air resistance which can cause blood to follow an arc as it falls. To correct that problem, the researchers built theoretical models meant to describe what happens when a dense liquid such as blood runs directly into a gas such as air. They also factored in the mass of the bullet, its speed and its angle as it strikes the body. The result was a mode that describes a resulting “blood cloud” for a given set of circumstances.To test their model, the researchers soaked sponges in pig blood and shot them, taking measurements of the blood spatters that resulted. They report that their results were mixed, though they were within an order of magnitude of predictions. They plan to run more experiments using different types of guns and bullets to make their model progressively better. They believe that at some point the model will be good enough for use with real crime scenes. (a) Reconstruction of the trajectories associated with four bloodstains using straight trajectories versus ballistic trajectories and the geometry (locations of the stains, of the victim, and the impact angles). Panel (a) is reproduced from teaching material graciously provided by H. McDonell. Drop size is assumed to be 3 mm, implying velocities in the 5.3–7.5 m/s range. (b) Definition of the angle of drop impact α and directional (sideways) angle γ, which is equal to the angle between the vertical plane containing the drop trajectory and another vertical plane containing the bullet trajectory and the target. Credit: (c) Physical Review Fluids (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.043201last_img read more

Modimania and the Muslim turnaround

Modimania and the Muslim turnaround

first_imgFilmmaker and social activist Mahesh Bhatt, who once campaigned for the Congress during elections, has taken a positive attitude towards Narendra Modi. ‘We as civil society must acknowledge, applaud and reciprocate the gesture of Gujarat chief minister,’ Bhatt told Sudesh Verma, author of the new book Narendra Modi: The Gamechanger. Mahesh Bhatt’s statement came after Modi’s expression of remorse in his blog following his exoneration by the Ahmedabad Court in the case involving Zakia Jafri. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The aggrieved side should now take the initiative to set aside the acrimony and create conditions to enable people to live in peace and harmony, he said. ‘I personally feel, whenever anybody — no matter how opposed I may be to his politics — makes a gesture of reconciliation, talks about harmony and talks about healing the wounds; it must be applauded, acknowledged and reciprocated. This is my response. If I keep talking about peace and I do not take the initiative to bring peace, then I do not want peace. And I do not live of conflict, there are people who live of conflict.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis is the biggest indictment of that section of public opinion makers that thrives on conflict and hate. Bhatt’s gesture of reconciliation is being echoed by many prominent Muslims who have begun to look at Modi with hope. The book, in fact, argues that there is likely to be a Muslim turnaround for Modi in the country.The biggest example is the statement by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, the youngest member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, who says Modi will be a good Prime Minister who will deliver justice to all.He said that worse riots had taken place in the country. It was Modi’s bad luck that he was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002, the book has quoted the Mufti as saying.last_img read more

What Is Keeping Wearable Tech From Being Fashionable

first_imgBendable displays are a big part of this requirement. Imagine a triathlete with a sleevelike garment that tracks everything from wind speed and water temperature to GPS location and heart rate. Stretching the boundaries of what can be sensed and for how long is necessary if wearables are to address the complexity of people’s lives and what they really care about. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Some progress is being made in manufacturing devices that bend around body parts and a few product developers are working on bendable, bright and energy-efficient displays that meet rigorous standards. Related: Gadgets, Apps, Video Games and Social Media: All Things Tech With Veronica Belmont Related: How Wearable Tech Could Save Your Life Simply put, a true over-the-airwaves approach is needed. When someone walks into a room, their devices would start charging automatically and without their being removed. Several companies are working on developing this. 3. More robust sensors. Sensors that can count steps or measure heart rates are helpful. But what if a triathlete could also track blood glucose levels. Imagine if heart-rate data could be captured not just over a three-hour race, but every day for a three-month span? Instead, these devices should be wrapped in fabrics, polymers, precious metals and ceramics whose popularity changes constantly. There should be design for variations of the human form. And fashion designers and retailers should be embraced as early adopters, product evangelists and toughest critics. Already there’s been shift to this fashion-driven thinking, with the arrival of smartwatches, gesture control armbands for gaming and ski goggles with heads-up displays. This explains my company Intel Corp.’s  significant investments in wearable-technology companies, including the acquisition last month of Basis Science, the maker of the Basis band for health tracking. In the wearables market, however, it won’t be enough to crank out rectilinear heart-rate monitors, temperature sensors and GPS receivers crammed into just as boxy designs. Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 2, 2014 But if greater amounts and more sophisticated types of data from wearable devices could be stored, could people be made healthier proactively? Could my heart rate, blood pressure and other measurements be captured over time, with big data-style analytics applied to detect negative and positive trends, and then could I be alerted so I could change my habits and improve my chances of living longer?    Related: Why This Will Be a Huge Year for Wearable Tech 2. Bendable displays. No two bodies are alike; sometimes, no two body parts are alike. Thus, wearable products must fit a slim wrist, a wide neck or a short waist. A lot of experimentation is going on in this area. But there are challenges. How can a sensor read blood characteristics accurately? Must it be worn against the skin like a chest band or can it be held loosely like a bangle bracelet? There is still much work ahead. The activity in the wearable technology space is coming from multiple vectors — consumers, startups, established tech companies, venture capitalists, retailers, fashion designers, and consumer-goods players, but this is just the start. What is coming next will be even more exciting. In fact, four technologies will drive the wearables market far beyond where it is today and make a significant contribution to the quality of our lives. 4. Big data-style alerts. Envision even more capable sensors capturing even greater amounts of biological and environmental information. The next question is, What can be done with all this data?  Related: The Next Big Thing: Embeddable Tech? Take health-related measurements. Traditionally, a physician’s office captures these metrics, either as part of a regular checkup or when someone feels ill. Old habits and new partners. In many ways, the technology side of the wearables market simply requires what the technology industry does best: miniaturizing, integrating and innovating. In other words, we’ve seen this movie before, albeit not in leopard print. 6 min read Think about computing devices for the last 50 years. By and large, they have had the same shape: rectangular. Even with the rounded corners of today’s tablets and phones, the aesthetic remains solidly Euclidian. Going forward, engineering feedback loops will include fashion designers and boutique retailers. The toughest critics will range from professional athletes to teen video bloggers. The tech industry will be pushed to consider the vanity of a market whose first question is almost always “Does this look good on me?” What is fascinating about the wearable technology market is how far it will carry the computing industry out of its comfort zone — and the breakthroughs that are likely to result. Register Now » Yet these expectations will spur some of the greatest innovations to change people’s lives for the better — and set the stage for a market far greater in size, scope and profitability. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals What is different today is that tech people no longer call all the shots in acceptable design. A box on a desk is one thing; a boxy design on a body is another. Yet no one plugs in their favorite jacket, blouse or shoes; they just put them on and go. So, for wearable technology to really take flight, the activity of providing power must move into the background via wireless charging. Potentially, quite a bit. Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon, DNA Hacking and Real-Life Iron Man Gear “If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top.” — R. Buckminster Fuller Definitive answers are not yet known to these questions but evidence suggests the answer may be “yes.” If so, what might seem like a fun and fashionable device could end up being a life-changing device for  consumers of all types. 1. Wireless charging. The array of computing devices in contemporary lives has created an annoying ritual: the quest for an available charging outlet.last_img read more

Tunisian government says top terrorists killed

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The Tunisian minister called the operation a major security success.Tunisia, the only country to succeed in building a democracy after Arab Spring uprisings, is trying to defuse criticism from Britain and others that it hasn’t done enough to protect tourists. Islamic extremists killed 60 people in attacks on a beach resort and major museum in recent months.The interior minister said the brigade was plotting attacks in Tunisia and sending Tunisians to fight jihad abroad.The brigade, based in the mountains near the Algerian border, is allied with al-Qaida’s North African branch.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s interior minister said the government has killed an extremist leader and nearly wiped out his group, as European tourists continue to leave the country amid fears of new attacks.Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told reporters late Sunday night that recent security operations have targeted key members of the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade. He said that one of the five people killed in an operation Friday was brigade leader Mourad Gharsalli, accused of links to prominent warlords in Algeria and Mali. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologistcenter_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more