first_imgCongress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that corruption was flourishing in the States ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party and involved party leaders, while the PM merely talked about fighting graft with slogans. On the second day of his poll campaign as part of the Congress’s Navsarjan Yatra in north Gujarat, Mr. Gandhi talked about alleged financial dealings involving BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah, and also the recent Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) order slapping a penalty of ₹15 lakh on Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) for manipulative trades in a small company. Mr. Gandhi said that the share market regulator had termed Mr. Rupani beimaan (dishonest) and imposed a fine on him, yet there was no word from the Prime Minister on the issue. “Gujarat is more corrupt than the entire country,” Mr. Gandhi said. “Surat businessmen told me that policemen come to their units every two minutes [allegedly to demand bribes].” Mr. Gandhi said there were vast differences between Mr. Modi’s speeches on fighting graft, and the ground reality. “Jay Shah, son of Amit Shah, increased the turnover of his company from ₹50,000 to ₹80 crore in a few months after the BJP came to power in 2014. The people of Gujarat know this cannot be done without corruption or irregularity,” he alleged, also pointing to the PM’s silence on it. PM’s silence“Recently, SEBI said your Chief Minister is beimaan (dishonest) and they fined him for manipulative trades in stock market,” he said, adding, “Earlier, Modiji used to say na khaoonga, na khane doonga [I will neither take graft nor allow it]. Please open your [Mr. Modi’s] mouth now and say something. But he is silent.”“Now, Modi’s slogan new slogan is na bolta hu, na bolne dunga (I will not speak myself and I will not allow others to speak),” he said. “The people of the country want to listen what you [Mr. Modi] have to say on Amit Shah’s son’s company and on Vijay Rupani’s share transactions. If you don’t say anything on the issue, the people of Gujarat will believe that you are not a chowkidar (watchman) but a bhagidar (collaborator),” he said.SEBI hasreportedly fined 22 entities, including the Rupani HUF (Hindu Undivided Family), for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of a company.Mr. Gandhi asked the government to stop levying Goods and Services Tax on most items. Petrol, diesel and domestic gas cylinders should be brought within the ambit of the tax regime.last_img read more


first_imgTennis star Sania Mirza, Indian batting mainstay Virat Kohli and top-seeded badminton player Saina Nehwal lead the pack of over 50 Indians in Forbes’ inaugural list of top promising young leaders and game changers under the age of 30 in Asia.The Forbes ’30 under 30 Asia’ list includes 300 young and driven entrepreneurs and game-changers from countries including India, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam and Australia who are contributing to their industries in a significant way.As many as 56 Indians feature in the list with 27-year old Kohli, Mirza and Nehwal and 26-year old actress Shraddha Kapoor leading the pack. At the top of India’s cricket culture is batting sensation Kohli, who led India to clean sweep in their Twenty20 series against Australia in January, Forbes said of Kohli, who was named among India’s highest earning celebrities in 2015 at USD 11.3 million.Forbes said from the moment 29-year -old Mirza turned pro at age 16 in 2003, she has been the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest paid and highest profile athletes in the country. Also read: Kohli destined to be one of the greatest captain, says Srikkanth She is currently the world’s number one female doubles tennis player with partner Martina Hingis. Describing 25-year-old Nehwal as a role model and Indian badminton queen, Forbes said the number one ranked women’s singles player in the world is one of 24 top sportspersons from around the world standing for election for the International Olympic Committee’s Athletics Commission during the Rio Games this August.advertisementWith 10 categories in total, the Forbes30 Under 30 Asia list highlights inspiring young leaders in various fields covering consumer technology, enterprise technology, arts, healthcare and science, media, social entrepreneurship, finance, industry and retail.The entertainment and sports category also includes 27-year old Arunima Sinha, who is the first female and first Indian amputee to climb Mt Everest in 2013 and 28-year-old Chaitanya Tamhane who is the writer and director of the critically acclaimed movie ‘Court’.The retail and e-commerce category features 29-year-old Raghav Verma, who co-founded Indian tea chain ‘Chaayos’ with IIT-Mumbai alumnus Nitin Saluja. Forbes said Chaayos, which also sells chai in disposable kettles via an app, has received at least USD 5.3 million in venture capital and is expected to end 2014-15 with revenues of about USD 1.5 million.The category also includes 29-year old Mehul Agrawal, cofounder of automotive e-commerce site ‘Cars24’ and online furniture store ‘FabFurnish’.Forbes said he is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for putting technology to use. Kanika Tekriwal, 27, cofounded and heads ‘JetSetGo’, an India-based private jet concierge service that links passengers to planes through an online marketplace. She defied the odds first by breaking into a male-dominated profession as a woman and again by starting the company in 2013 after a bout with cancer, Forbes said.Ritesh Agarwal, 22, founder and CEO of disruptive hospitality business and app ‘OYO Rooms’ leads the consumer tech category.According to CB Insights research’s findings, his company is among those tipped to become the next start-up unicorns.Ankit Bhati,29, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of mobile app for personal transportation ‘Olacabs’ is also on the list.The arts category includes 29-year-old Pooja Dhingra, owner and executive chef of ‘Le15 Patisserie’ who is dubbed as the Macaron Queen and a celebrity in the culinary world. It also features 29-year old photographer Vicky Roy who rose from being a rag-picker to winning a fellowship to the prestigious MIT Media Lab.The media and marketing category includes Advait Gupt, 29 and Akshat Gupt 25, cofounders of ‘Supari Studios’, which produces content on the internet through live action and animated films. Also on the list is Sattvik Mishra, 28, CEO of ‘ScoopWhoop Media’, an online news service for India. The finance and venture capital category includes 29-year-old Manju Bhatia, joint Managing Director of ‘Vasuli Recovery’, a loan recovery company that employs only female agents and 29-year-old Anshulika Dubey, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of ‘Wishberry.in’, Indias first crowdfunding platform for creative projects.The entreprise tech category features 28-year old Paras Chopra, founder and CEO of software company ‘Wingify’, 26-year-old Dinesh Goel, founder and CEO of ‘AasaanJobs’, a jobs portal that specialises in entry level work.In the social entrepreneurs category is featured 27-year-old Faith Gonsalves who founded ‘Integrated Development Education Association’ out of concern for issues of poverty, education and gender equality and 25-year old Smriti Nagpal, the founder and CEO of ‘Atulyakala’, an organisation that commercialises products made by deaf designers such as bags, mugs and journals.Chinmay Malaviya, the 25-year old cofounder and vice president of ‘Foodpanda’ features in the manufacturing and energy category.advertisementHe helped start the regional online food delivery platform in 2012. The healthcare and science category features 29-year old Arun Chandru, cofounder and managing director of ‘Pandorum Technologies’ that designs and makes human tissues for use in testing drugs and vaccines with limited animal trials and 29-year old Neha Sinha, cofounder and CEO of ‘Epoch Elder Care’, which manages a chain of assisted living facilities for dementia care in India.last_img read more


first_imgThe Openers:Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag: A perfectionist and a destroyer. Sunny bhai was the anti-thesis to Sehwag. One could bat a couple of days to save a Test, the other barely needed two sessions to dismantle the opposition. No other candidate even in the vicinity of the two.Opening batsmen for the All-Time India XI. (BCCI Photo) The sheet anchor:Rahul Dravid: Open and shut case. India’s second-highest Test run-getter, the one who averaged more in overseas conditions than in India and the one with the big-match temperament. Rahul wasn’t just solid he was rock solid and like Gavaskar he had the gumption to battle for life. And with SMG at first slip, Rahul would have been a perfect foil at second slip. Middle-Order:Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly: Sachin could change gears, could change destiny of any given situation. While he limited his strokeplay so as to score big in the later half of his career, Sachin was no less intimidating. You don’t even have to scratch much to know that statistically no batsman in cricket’s history has scored more runs, or scored more Test centuries or had a greater impact on the game than him. At No. 4, he could defend or attack as per the game’s flow.Master Blaster walks out to bat one final time. (Reuters Photo) Ganguly would possibly nudge VVS Laxman from the XI. Both starred in famous Indian wins, both looked at ease while dominating pace or spin but Ganguly would provide the only left-handed option in the team; what if the rivals have a leg spinner or a left-arm spinner bowling into the rough? And he would also then be a strong contender for captaincy. Wicketkeeper/BatsmanMahendra Singh Dhoni: While there have been others with a better glovework, Dhoni was a complete package. His batting, though a bit subdued in Tests outside the subcontinent, could change the game in a session, and he packed the real punch. Dhoni has also been one of the fittest and most natural athletes to have played for India and like Ganguly, MSD would also be a strong contender to lead this side.India’s most successful captain. (Reuters Photo) The All-rounder:Kapil Dev: He was magical and a Legend. Kapil once held the world record for highest Test wickets (finishing with 434) and scored more than 5000 Test runs with the bat. He could catch, he could throw and he was India’s equivalent of Sir Gary Sobers. It was Kapil who changed the face of Indian cricket in late 70s and during the 80s he famously battled for the tag of world’s best all-rounder with Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan. It is said that he could bowl those banana outswingers even in his sleep. Fast bowlers:Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath: Both blossomed a little later in their careers, going from being tearaway fast bowlers to dangerous exponents with the new and the old ball. They could bowl in bursts and get the ball to swing and seam. Alongwith Kapil, Zaheer and Srinath had the ability to run through teams. Spinners:More than a thousand Test wickets between them. (Reuters Photo)Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh: The romantics would go in with Kumble and the left-arm great Bishan Bedi but Harbhajan’s match-winning ability (and the swelling kitty of 417 wickets, the third highest in India’s history) cannot be ignored. Kumble was the greatest match-winner and MVP (Most Valuable Player) India has ever had. Even though he got the ball to turn just a trifle away from the right hander’s bat, Kumble had everything – persistence, patience, skill, temperament. Harbhajan would give variety as an off-spinner plus he could bat. Not to forget, he was the star of India’s greatest Test (Kolkata 2001) and probably the series (India-Australia 2001) win. 12th ManVVS Laxman: For one who starred in India’s most difficult and famous wins, in India and overseas, there could be no Indian team without Laxman’s name on the players sheet. Just, plain unlucky not to be in this one!We haven’t named any captain. That decision should be left to the players in this team, all of whom are as capable as the other.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMomin, a 15-year-old is a Class 9 student is suffering from anxiety. Psychiatrists at the local hospital have advised his parents to keep him away from smartphones and social media.Excessive use of social media and the continuous use of smartphones have made Kashmiri youths susceptible to mental disorders and stress. More and more young people are suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to mental health professionals.Just a few years back Momin was excellent in studies and doing well in sports too. Now he’s not interested in studies and rarely goes out to play. He spends all his time staring at his smartphone, Momin’s worried father says.Kashmir Valley is not immune to mental stress. A survey conducted by Medecins Sans Frontieres in collaboration with local mental health professionals found almost 45 per cent of the total population living under mental stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).What is keeping medical professionals worried in Kashmir is the growing number of young people, and especially those below 10, who are becoming hooked to their smartphones.Due to certain reasons people in Kashmir are living under mental stress and anxiety; smartphones have added to this scourge, especially among teens and children, says Dr Nisar ul Hassan, president, Doctors Association Kashmir.Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to be depressed. Participants who checked social media more frequently were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who checked less frequently,” Dr Hassan says.advertisementGiving an example, Dr Hassan says that when a youth uploads a photo of his on social media and receives negative comments, he becomes depressed. This is just the beginning of a downward spiral towards serious mental health issues.Without sufficient recreational options in the Valley, for the young smartphones become the only outlet spending hours scrolling it. Children are becoming rebellious, not getting enough sleep staring at their phones even when in bed.Social media is influencing the academic performance of students negatively as it distracts students from their studies. I caught many students in my class who bring smartphones along with them, hardly concentrating on studies, playing online games, chatting with friends even during important lectures, says Samina, a teacher, who has been teaching senior school for nearly a decade.Weather and political conditions both contribute to this malaise. Kashmir has no recreational or entertainment avenues. Shutdowns and curfews during the summer months force the young inside. Winter months are no better with the harsh weather keeping the youth are cooped up inside their homes.Social activist blames parents for their wards choosing online games to outdoor games. Unfortunately parents do yet not understand the importance of outdoor sports for kids. Instead of getting their kids to play outdoor sports like football, cricket or even indoor games, parents are facilitating the use of gadgets, he says.Srinagar-based psychiatrist Dr Arif Maghribi Khan says part of the problem lies in the growing consumerism where an expensive smartphone trumps education.Instead of investing trust in their personalities and qualifications, they feel that gadgets will fetch them respect; and if they are taken away from these gadgets especially by parents, an emotional vacuum overwhelms them, Dr Khan says.Aggression and behavioural issues, memory problems, disturbed sleep cycle…at the root of all these are the excessive use of smartphones and social media. And mental health professionals are warning of a ticking bomb.ALSO READ | Children caught in conflict: Kashmir’s untold storyALSO WATCH | Kashmir’s children worst affected from unrest, education sufferslast_img read more


first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah and New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult have been fined 10 and 15 per cent of their match fees, respectively, for breaching Level 1 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct in separate incidents during the second ODI in Christchurch on Saturday.Mahmudullah was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match,” while Boult was found to have violated Article 2.3 which deals with “use of an audible obscenity during an international match.”In addition, one demerit point each has been added to the disciplinary records of both players, for whom it was their first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.Mahmudullah, when leaving the ground after being given out during Saturday’s match, struck the picket fence with his bat, while Boult used audible obscene words twice when his side was bowling. Both players pleaded guilty to the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by match referee Steve Bernard and, as such, there was no need for formal hearings.The charges on Mahmudullah were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, third umpire S. Ravi and fourth official Wayne Knights, while the charges on Boult were levelled by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Shaun Haig, and third umpire S. Ravi.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.advertisementAlso Read | 2nd ODI: Martin Guptill century gives New Zealand unbeatable series lead vs Bangladeshlast_img read more


first_imgHyderabad: The NDA government has been working towards making the country powerful in various sectors and several changes will come in the next five years, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said here Saturday. The NDA government has been making efforts in this direction, Reddy said at the 79th Foundation Day of Keshav Memorial Educational Society here. “I assure you all that many changes will come in the coming five years. We are hoping to become a powerful nation economically. In all sectors, power production or in ‘Make in India’, we are moving ahead,” he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed India has the largest youth population in the world and if they are educated and their energies channelised in the right direction, the country would emerge more powerful, he said. Noting that India was a leader in software, medical, pharma and other sectors, he said there was a need to promote research in the country while the prevailing teaching and learning methods should be tweaked as well. The educational institutions and teachers have a key role to play in making the country strong, he said. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s Shamli The Central government was holding consultations on the draft educational policy submitted by former ISRO chairman Kasturirangan, he said. Youth from India, particularly from Telugu-speaking states, are present in large numbers in foreign countries but we must develop our infrastructure to attract such students to return and pursue their studies in India, he said. Efforts are being made by the Centre in this regard, he said. Describing himself as a student, Reddy said he was trying to learn new things on the functioning of Parliament and the Home Ministry. “I am a new student in north block… I am fully confident,” he said. “In the coming days, whether it is Kashmir issue or North Eastern states or atrocities against women, we should bring awareness among people and take the country on the path of progress,” he added. While some organisations and individuals are working with a negative attitude, people with a nationalistic outlook should strive to take the country forward, he said further.last_img read more


first_imgToday UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham, appealed to readers of the Daily Mirror to help the estimated 5 million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.“Last Friday, when most of us were looking forward to our weekends, several islands far away in the Philippines were struck by a devastating storm,” he wrote. “It wasn’t until the next day that the true enormity of the so called ‘Super Typhoon Haiyan’ was understood.“This was the most powerful typhoon ever to hit land anywhere in the world. Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed, roads are unable to be used and children still urgently need food, water, shelter and power. In areas of the worst affected island, it’s reported to look like the aftermath of the terrible tsunami that struck on Boxing Day almost a decade ago.“The news trickling through was, and still is, absolutely horrifying. Thousands dead, homes flattened, with children lost and separated from their parents, surviving without food or water.“In any emergency, children are the most vulnerable and with each passing day, the danger these children face is heightened. So now, I am writing this to you, fellow readers of ‘The Daily Mirror’, as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and as a Dad to four children.“An estimated 5 million children are now affected. Those figures so huge that it’s hard to really get how many children that is. In footballing terms, it’s enough children to fill 64 packed Wembley stadiums. Any parent seeing the news will be thinking of their own children, I’m certainly thinking of mine. It’s terrifying to imagine them alone after the storm, injured, lost and confused, just trying to survive each day on their own.“But there is hope. And everyone really can make a difference. A real, life-saving difference. Responding to an emergency of this level is complicated, unimaginably so. It feels impossible but organisations like UNICEF do make it possible to ease the suffering. UNICEF is working around the clock to deliver life-saving aid to these children.“Several plane-loads of supplies landed in some of the most badly affected areas last week, delivering supplies such as emergency food for malnourished children, health kits, water pumps and generators, which are being used to get the water supplies up and running again. Providing clean water is one of the most important steps in preventing an outbreak of disease. Hygiene kits, that contain things like soap and water buckets, have now reached children and their families in Tacloban. UNICEF will continue to deliver supplies to children affected, providing life-saving emergency food for malnourished children and setting up safe spaces for children to play, while their families are traced.“Weeks and months later, when the news coverage has moved onto another story, UNICEF will still be there, helping children to survive and recover, reuniting children separated from their families during the typhoon, protecting them from the threat of abuse or trafficking and helping them to overcome the trauma of what they’ve seen and experienced.“I was with UNICEF in the Philippines two years ago so I know with utter certainty that the team will be doing everything in their power to help. UNICEF has been working in the Philippines since 1947 so their experience and local knowledge is huge.“As a father I know there is nothing I wouldn’t do for my children and I am sure you feel the same – but for those families in the Philippines facing an uncertain future, they need you to do something. £10 could provide a water kit for a family, so that they can collect, store and make water safe to drink which could make a life or death difference.“UNICEF receives no funding from the Disaster Emergency Committee, but its crucial work for children relies solely on the generosity of individuals such as you.To give £5, please text UNICEF to 70800, or telephone 0800 044 5888, or visit www.unicef.org.uk/mirror – children in the Philippines need your help now. I promise your donation will make a huge difference.”Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more


first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsThere’s a statistic that has been around since Nunavut was founded – the territory has Canada’s youngest and fastest growing population.It is often seen as a threat, a territory pressed to provide basic services facing a population bubble.APTN News met with one young mother and she’ll explain that in Nunavut, the challenges are basic, and daily.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img


first_imgNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kyrghyztan on Tuesday where she will represent India at the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)here. In a statement released here on Monday, the External Affairs Ministry said this will be the second CFM meeting that India will be attending as a full member of the SCO. Sushma Swaraj had attended the last CFM meeting in Beijing in April 2018. “India actively took part in various SCO dialogue mechanisms under the Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic over the past year. The next SCO Summit will be held in Bishkek in June,” the statement said. Sushma Swaraj will also issue a joint call of SCO Foreign Ministers on Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. The CFM meeting iwill review the preparations for the forthcoming SCO Summit in Bishkek on June 13-14 and also exchange views on topical issues of international and regional importance.last_img read more


Construction workers on the Panama Canal expansion project. Photo: World Bank/Gerardo Pesantez The report, What works: Active labour market policies in Latin America and the Caribbean warns that the achievements made in the region since the 2000s, in terms of social inclusion and work quality, have stalled and are even beginning to reverse, which can lead to a dangerous “structural stagnation” in labour markets that could, in turn, generate an increase in inequality and informality and erosion in the middle class. “The alarm bells are ringing, the economic slowdown will impact the region’s labour markets in 2016 and over the next years,” said José Manuel Salazar, the ILO’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Now what we are talking about are effective solutions. The so-called active labour market policies represent a policy shift that seeks to improve and update the skills of the labour force, readjust labour supply and demand, and promote productive employment. This integrated approach is what labour markets in the region need,” he added. According to the report, which was developed by the ILO’s Research Department in Geneva, despite some years of solid growth in which social progress and unemployment advanced, those achievements were not consolidated, thus revealing structural deficiencies. To tackle unemployment, informality and low productivity growth, a policy reorientation is needed in Latin America and the CaribbeanSpecifically, the report warns that “even with remarkable progress, the shift to a knowledge driven economy and one based on better quality jobs has not been completed.” Based on a summary and analysis of labour market policies over the past two decades, the analysis concludes that many countries in Latin America do not have an integrated system of active labour market policies, even if evidence resulting from the implemented programmes in the region show that these policies have positive impacts. Active labour market policies are interventions that help people find sustainable jobs, directly or indirectly promoting the creation of productive jobs, improving qualifications and productivity of people, and guaranteeing links between those looking for jobs and employers.The report highlights that the available evidence suggests training programmes, employment subsidies and programmes to support self-employment and micro-entrepreneurship have shown positive results in the region, but that only in few a countries – such as Argentina, Brazil and Chile – is the level of investment in active labour market policies comparable with the levels registered in high-income countries. In other countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, there are either no such policies or spending levels are very low, according to the report, which highlights the need to improve the active labour market policies in the region so that countries can take full advantage of their positive effects. The report also proposes a series of improvements in the design and implementation of active labour market policies, such as creating incentives to increase the number of beneficiaries, adapting the policies to the specific context, and making sure that programmes benefit all of the target population. “Even if these policies have great potential, we need to highlight that the design, targeting and implementation are essential to guarantee their effectiveness,” said ILO specialist Veronica Escudero, one of the authors of the report. In this sense, it is necessary to “be very clear about the employment barriers that people in a country face, as well as the needs of the local labour market, to ensure the relevance of the policies and to maximize their impact, including the number of beneficiaries,” she explained. The report includes analyses of data from the entire region, with an emphasis on Argentina, Colombia and Peru, in order to understand the needs and challenges of the generation and implementation of these policies. read more


“It has been brought to my attention that the evictions may have involved the extreme use of force and fire by the Nigerian police force and Lagos state government, leaving individuals and families scrambling in the middle of the night to find safety and shelter,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, in a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Four people are reported to have died in the latest operation to clear irregular developments along the state’s waterfronts. Residents in the Otodo Gbame community say they suffered brutal treatment and are now homeless. Most of the people affected lived in poor fishing communities and say they have lost their livelihoods and food sources as well as their homes and possessions.“The mass displacement and reports of four deaths are deeply disturbing,” she stressed.In an urgent communication, Ms. Farha has asked the Nigerian Government for information on the evictions, the methods used and their compliance with international human rights law. She is also questioning whether the community was given adequate notice or alternative accommodation, as required by international law. The operation took place only days after the Lagos state High Court had issued an injunction restraining demolitions in the waterfront communities.It takes many years to build a home, a community, and a sense of trust with government, but only days to destroy it“What makes these evictions particularly concerning is that they were carried out in blatant disregard of a court order and have completely ignored international human rights guidelines on forced evictions,” the UN Special Rapporteur said. “International law is clear: there must be consultation with the affected community, all alternative options to eviction must be explored, and a resettlement plan must be in place should the evictions be carried out,” she noted and urged: “Under no circumstances should force or fire be used.”The people affected, from the Egun and other ethnic minority populations, with no other options, lived in poor-quality homes along creeks and other waterfronts.“It takes many years to build a home, a community, and a sense of trust with government, but only days to destroy it. It is truly unfortunate that so many people are left with literally nothing but memories of their former lives and questions about their human rights,” the independent expert said. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more


All newsletters See more NFL predictions We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeKareem Hunt is incredibleRookie running back Kareem Hunt has opened his NFL career with a staggeringly good trifecta of games. He’s accumulated 538 rushing and receiving yards in three starts for the Kansas City Chiefs, with a fourth game tonight against Washington on Monday Night Football. Of the 812 rookies who have racked up more than 100 yards in their first three games, Hunt sits behind only Billy Simms, who put up 562 yards for Detroit in 1980. [FiveThirtyEight]Niners (D-CA) vs. Bucs (R-FL)The NFL has been a nexus recently for protests, particularly last weekend after some goading from the president on Twitter. This sent league executives into a crisis, and it’s clear why: The NFL appeals to people across party lines in a way few other sports do, with fans in San Francisco (who have a +22 point Democratic lean) to Tampa Bay (a +9.5 Republican lean). [FiveThirtyEight]MLB teams waffle on jumping lowest possible bar for safetyA devastating line drive foul that severely injured a child has spurred league-wide introspection about how much netting should protect spectators from baseballs. People in luxury boxes hate mildly obstructed views, but also baseballs can be dangerous projectiles as seen in New York last month. Only 10 of 30 teams have netting that goes to the end of the dugouts. At least four teams have announced they will extend the netting in the wake of the injured 2-year-old in Yankee Stadium. [The New York Times]WatsonThe Texans set a franchise record for points scored in their 57-14 win over Tennessee, with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tying a 1961 Fran Tarkenton record for five touchdowns — four thrown, one rushed — for a rookie quarterback in a game. [ESPN]New Jersey man fails to pay protection racketThe New York Giants tried their third offensive line in four games. It didn’t work either, and the team lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs on the road. If you ever wanted to tackle Eli Manning, your next available opportunity is by working for the Chargers next week. [ESPN]2016 repeat?Two of the best teams in college football right now are Clemson and Alabama, the two teams who incidently played in the college football championship game last year. Despite the loss of Deshaun Watson — you remember the phenom on the Texans you read about mere moments ago – Clemson pivoted terrifically to a rushing offense and we could see a rematch later this year. [ESPN]Big Number5 under 5There are five teams in the NFL who — based on FiveThirtyEight’s projections — currently have less than a five percent chance of making the playoffs. Those teams are Cleveland (0-4) and San Francisco (0-4), each with less than 1 percent chance of making the postseason; the L.A. Chargers (0-4), with a 1 percent chance; Chicago (1-3) with a 3 percent chance, and the New York Giants (0-4) with a 4 percent chance. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack[in which three reporters monitor the AFC East]neil:Pats haven’t lost more than 3 home games in a season since Brady became starting QBThey have 2 home losses already this yearwalt:dangis tom brady an elite quarterback? tbd.heynawl-enten:Who is watching this Jets game?Heading towards a tie and fastneil:I gave up on it lolTurned to NFL Network gameday liveheynawl-enten:[4:35 PM] Here we go[4:35] Jets kick for the win[4:35] let’s see[4:36] IT’S GOOD![4:36] Oh wait[4:36] flag down[4:36] NOPE[4:36] IT’S GOOD[4:36] JETS WIN[4:36] LOLPredictions MLB NFL Oh, and don’t forgetThe tick tock of the Adidas scandal read more


first_imgCris d’alarme chez les chimpanzés : urgence mais discernementPubliant leurs travaux le 29 décembre dans la revue Current Biology, des chercheurs allemands et britanniques ont mis en évidence la façon dont les chimpanzés sauvages, en cas de danger, avertissent leurs congénères toujours à bon escient.  Dirigée par Catherine Crockford et Roman Witting, une équipe de primatologues de l’Institut d’anthropologie évolutive Max Planck de Leipzig (Allemagne) et de l’Université St Andrews (Écosse) a étudié les cris d’alarmes d’un groupe de 33 chimpanzés sauvages de la forêt de Budongo, en Ouganda.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la foisPour cela, ils ont placé à plusieurs reprises durant plusieurs semaines des serpents factices sur le bord des sentiers empruntés par les primates. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que, loin de pousser des cris de la même façon à chaque fois qu’ils sont en présence du danger, les chimpanzés adaptent ceux-ci aux circonstances : ces “hou” d’alerte sont bien plus intenses lorsque le danger vient d’être découvert (et que ‘personne’ n’est donc encore au courant), ou qu’ils s’adressent à des individus qui étaient trop éloignés pour percevoir les premiers cris d’avertissement.Autrement dit, ce type de communication tient compte du degré de connaissance (ou d’ignorance) des individus auquel il s’adresse : une des composantes des processus du langage humain, présente également, donc, chez le chimpanzé, soulignent les auteurs. Le 4 janvier 2012 à 18:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgLe salmétérol utilisé contre l’asthme ne serait pas toujours efficaceSelon des médecins britanniques, le salmétérol, un traitement de fond utilisé contre l’asthme ne serait pas efficace chez un enfant sur sept et pourrait même aggravé les symptômes.L’asthme est une maladie respiratoire qui peut s’avérer très handicapante, en particulier chez les personnes souffrant d’une forme chronique. Pour réduire l’intensité et la fréquence des crises, des traitements de fond peuvent ainsi être administrés. Mais certains ne seraient pas efficaces chez tout le monde, et notamment chez les enfants. C’est ce que révèlent des chercheurs britanniques dans la revue Clinical Science, évoquant le cas du salmétérol. Utilisée dans plusieurs traitements contre l’asthme, cette molécule est un bronchodilatateur qui lutte contre la contraction anormale des muscles de la paroi des bronches. Toutefois, celle-ci ne serait pas efficace chez un enfant sur sept, d’après le professeur Somnath Mukhopadhyay de la Brighton and Sussex Medical School et ses collègues de la Dundee University. Ce “traitement commun ne fonctionne pas dans une proportion significative de la population”, a expliqué le scientifique, soulignant que ceci est bien trop souvent nié par les médecins. Or, lorsque les symptômes ne s’améliorent pas, ces derniers ont tendance à blâmer la mère de l’enfant l’accusant de ne pas donner la salmétérol correctement à leur enfant, plutôt que de conclure que le traitement ne fonctionne pas. Et pourtant, ce n’est pas la première fois que l’inefficacité potentielle de la molécule est évoquée : une précédente étude a suggéré qu’un gène particulier serait capable de bloquer l’action de certains traitements chez les enfants possédant la version concernée.Un traitement inefficace voire aggravant les symptômes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour savoir ce qu’il en était, le Pr Mukhopadhyay et ses collègues ont décidé de comparer le salmétérol à une autre molécule, le montélukast, également utilisée pour traiter l’asthme. Ils ont pour cela recruter des enfants asthmatiques dont 62 présentaient le gène en question et leur ont administré pendant un an soit le salmétérol, soit le montélukast. Pendant cette même période, ils ont attentivement surveillé leur santé et leur qualité de vie. A l’issue de l’étude, ils ont constaté qu’à une échelle globale, le salmétérol état plus efficace que le montélukast. En revanche, si l’on considérait seuls les enfants porteurs du gène, le constat était l’inverse. Traités au montélukast, les sujets ont montré moins de dépendance au médicament, une meilleure qualité de vie, une respiration moins difficile, moins de toux et ont manqué moins souvent l’école. Au contraire, ceux traités au salmétérol n’ont montré aucune amélioration voire une aggravation de certains symptômes, d’après les médecins. Si le salmétérol reste efficace chez la plupart des enfants, le Pr Mukhopadhyay et ses collègues ont donc tout de même appelé le Department of Health à donner de nouveaux conseils. Outre l’utilisation d’un autre traitement comme le montélukast, ils ont suggéré qu’il serait possible de soumettre les jeunes asthmatiques à un test génétique afin de déterminer s’ils sont ou non porteurs de la version du gène mise en cause. Ceci permettrait alors de choisir un traitement plus adapté. “Je pense que le temps est venu d’aller de l’avant et d’être capable de fournir quelques conseils cliniques aux parents”, a précisé le principal auteur de l’étude.  Le 8 janvier 2013 à 15:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgOliver Queen, the man who would be draped in green and armed with arrows. Debuting in 1941 thanks to Mortimer Weisinger and George Papp, in More Fun Comics Issue #73. The Star City billionaire took his fashion cues from Robin Hood and the Hulk….just kidding. Not Hulk, obviously.via Comicker GirlBut he did adopt Robin’s knack from archery and helping those less fortunate. His good deeds don’t go unnoticed as hi big heart and bravery win over none other the Black Canary herself. Dinah and Ollie team up to make one of the best duos in comics history.With the popularity of the CW’s Arrow Oliver has found a whole new group of fans to dazzle. Here’s to the man in Green never without his quiver or impeccably groomed facial hair.Feast your eyes on these 15 tributes to the truest aim of all in DC Comics’ long storied history. Happy Birthday to Star City’s emerald son.View as: One Page Slides1. Mandy Wang2. Phil Cho3. Matt Wagner4. Jok5. Lap Pun Cheung6. Dennis Salvatier7. Marcos Martin8. David Mack9. Phil Hester10. Mitch Breitweiser11. Laurie B12. Ryan Ottley13. Mike Mayhew14. Cat Staggs15. Terry Huddlestonlast_img read more


first_img Triple H Facebook WWE & ABG issued the following press release:ABG AND WWE® LAUNCH TAPOUT™ JOINT VENTURENEW YORK AND STAMFORD, CONN., March 25, 2015 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Authentic Brands Group, LLC (ABG) today announced a joint venture for Tapout™, a newly repositioned fitness lifestyle brand. Tapout™ is now the official fitness and training partner of WWE, and will be integrated across WWE’s global platforms including TV programming, WWE Network, pay-per-view broadcasts, live events, digital, and social media.“Tapout was ABG’s first acquisition and it continues to be a global brand with strong sales and blue chip partners all over the world. We have a very strong commitment to the brand’s ongoing success,” said Jamie Salter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ABG. “WWE is a media and entertainment force and we are excited to partner with them on Tapout’s future growth.”“WWE is always looking for new opportunities to partner with best-in-class organizations, develop new products for our fans and drive shareholder value,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “This joint venture aligns with our strategic approach, and we look forward to building the Tapout brand.”As part of this strategic partnership, WWE will create new content featuring its Superstars and Divas in Tapout™ apparel and market the brand across all platforms. Tapout™ branding will also be featured at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and all performers, trainers, and staff will be outfitted in Tapout™ workout apparel.“WWE’s expansive reach provides a global platform to broaden Tapout’s presence and consumer base,” said Nick Woodhouse, President and Chief Marketing Officer of ABG. “This is a powerhouse pairing given the synergy between Tapout’s brand promise to be the premiere hard-body fitness brand, and WWE’s commitment to training and fitness.”“Combining ABG’s strengths in retail brand development, licensing and distribution with WWE’s marketing expertise, global reach and passionate fan base, makes for a powerful partnership,” said Michelle D. Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “The Tapout brand will enable us to expand into new product categories and further grow our current $1 billion consumer product retail business.”The next generation of Tapout™ preserves the original brand essence and drives a hard-body, fitness-centric message positioned around motivation, discipline and determination. An all new line of men’s and women’s performance apparel and accessories will launch at retail in Spring 2016. New Tapout™ branding and packaging will roll out in key categories throughout 2015 starting with beverages, supplements and fitness centers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Pinterest Vince Mcmahon Videos Articles RAW Preview: Stephanie to make WrestleMania announcement, Live RAW Post-Showcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Twitter WWE RAW Results – 4/1/19 (Stephanie McMahon’s to make WrestleMania announcement) Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remissionlast_img read more


first_imgThe Manchester United striker is out with the Belgium squad getting ready for the World Cup, and a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal in Brussels on Saturday.But in a brief press conference at Belgium’s training camp, the forward was asked to choose between Belgium and United with a clear answer to the question “is the current Belgium squad better than the Manchester United squad?”, he acknowledged that Belgium squad is better by answering “Yeah”. However, it was after winced, took a deep breath and smirked his face, signaling how tough the decision was for him to make, according to the Mirror Uk.Also, in fairness to the striker, most football fans will also take his stance if asked and would surely agree with him so far Belgium’s preliminary squad for the World Cup includes Lukaku,Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Jan Vertonghen, Thibaut Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Mousa Dembele and more.last_img read more


first_imgFor all the fuss that Newsweek is chaperoning a new era in journalism with the print and online versions soldered together, Newsweek, in fact, is a throwback to another century.This is because everything that appears in the magazine is dictated by one person’s tastes. The big question is this: can Tina Brown’s world be of constant interest to a couple of million people?On one hand, I admire her extreme confidence; but on the other, I worry that she’s sometimes off the mark.Take this week’s cover with Kate (Kate the Great) Middleton. Is there anything that Newsweek can bring to that royal party that People and US wouldn’t do better? The deck announces “In a world gone to hell-thank God, a wedding”. Really? A wedding is going to bring back ten thousand tsunami victims, exile Kaddafi to Switzerland, bring back $1.20 a gallon gas and stop the ice cap from melting?In fact, Newsweek‘s cover is relying on what makes The Daily Beast fun: gossip. Every cover line is either a gossip story (Kate, Madonna’s African charity) or a gossipy take on an existing story (male-rape in the military, Sarkozy’s supposed war advisor, Syria’s evil ruling class). But is any of this indispensable?There’s good news however. Newsweek has greatly improved its design and overall packaging.1. The cover: There is now more than a single cover line, which was the last regime’s limit. There are at least five stories and, most important, cover story number two, above the flag.The bad? There’s no eye contact from Kate. Maybe it’s a deliberate choice not to have eye contact this time, but eye contact has proven effective on covers because it makes them more accessible. Out of 69 covers on my local newsstand, I counted 65 with people and all of them were looking at the reader.2. Pictures: They were considered a nuisance under the last regime but they’re back. And most of them have captions.Best new addition is NEWS GALLERY, which consists of several double page pictures from around the world with long captions, something that would have been unheard of a few weeks ago.There are a number of mini picture essays. Most are gossip-based and superficial. Dumbest of the bunch is a group comparing Kate to Diana. Did you know that they both wore khaki sweaters? Now you do, thanks to Newsweek.3. Navigation: It goes from a D before to an A now. The body type is easier to read, the headlines come with decks and there are pull-quotes to break-up grey pages.4. Graphics: There’s a concerted effort to bow to the state of the art with side bars, info-graphics and time-lines.The most ominous is a two-page chart right out of the old SPY magazine called THE DESPOT INDEX which compares ten dictators around the world.The stuff is fun; however, by no means indispensable. Did you know that Kim Joong-Il’s trademark is matching pajamas? Did you know that Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko’s vice is roller-skating?Now you know, thanks to Newsweek.5. Pet Peeves:*Dumb section names: “The Big Fat Story” is especially irritating.*Me-too graphics: “Conventional Wisdom” which sports arrows pointing up and down looks like it’s been xeroxed out of Time.*Gratuitous pictures: A full page portrait of a model pretending to be a repentant Marine illustrates “The Military Secret Shame”. It’s clearly not a news picture, but will everybody know it?last_img read more


first_img Comments YouTube encouraged users to flag questionable videos. The company also noted in a blog post that creators are allowed to discuss, report or educate people about the Momo Challenge or character. YouTube said that images of Momo won’t be allowed on YouTube Kids, however, and that it’s putting safeguards in place to exclude it from content.Police and schools this week issued warnings to parents about the challenge after reports that it has resurfaced in the UK on YouTube, according to CBS News. The supposed Momo Challenge reportedly originated on the WhatsApp messaging platform, went viral last year and then largely disappeared. The challenge involves Momo, a gruesome puppet-like creature that instructs kids to complete a series of challenges, including harming themselves and others. However, charities like the Samaritans and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children have said the challenge is a malicious hoax, reported The Guardian on Thursday, and that there’s no confirmed evidence it poses a threat to children. The image of Momo, in fact, is a sculpture called “Mother Bird” by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa. There doesn’t appear to be any link between the artist and the challenge.First published Feb. 28 at 11:11 a.m. PT.Update, 1:07 p.m.: Adds more information from YouTube. Tags Keisuke Aisawa/Instagram YouTube on Wednesday disputed claims that the alleged Momo Challenge is appearing on the giant video site.”We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube,” the company tweeted. “Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.” 2 We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube. Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.— YouTube (@YouTube) February 27, 2019 Share your voice Mobile Culture YouTubelast_img read more


first_imgMizanur Rahman, father of deceased college student Sumon, cries on the premises of Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloA college student died of dengue at Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Sumon Bashar Raj, 18, from Changpur village in Magura district. He was a second year student of a government college in Magura.Mostafizur Rahman Bulu, assistant director of Faridpur Medical College Hospital, said Sumon was admitted to the hospital on 12 August and breathed his last around 10:00am today.Victim’s father Mizanur Rahman said Sumon was diagnosed with dengue at Magura Hospital on 8 August and was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on 12 August.Faridpur civil surgeon’s office sources said at least 73 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the districts in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning while 396 are undergoing treatment.A total of 1,719 people infected with dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,929 on Thursday while 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,200 on Tuesday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.The DGHS said 49,999 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 42,243 had made full recovery.Currently, 7, 716 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics in the country.last_img read more