A Town and Country Planning official was shot dead and a PWD official injured when the owner of a guest house in Kasauli opened fire at them on Tuesday.Shailbala was killed when Narayani guest house owner Vijay Singh opened fire at the officials who had come to demolish the guest house. The injured, Gulab Singh, was taken to Dharampur hospital from where he was referred to PGI, Chandigarh.Kasauli has a number of hotels and guest houses, and many of these have been declared illegal by the Supreme Court. The Court had ordered the demolition on April 17. The officials complying with the apex court and the NGT orders are having a tough time in getting these properties vacated or demolished.
ATHENS — Asteras beat Atromitos 1-0 and Ergotelis won by the same score at Giannena in the two Greek league games played on March 7 after a one-week suspension of activity.Front-runner Olympiakos’ game at Panthrakikos never started because of a waterlogged pitch. The game has been postponed indefinitely, because the stadium’s drainage system was destroyed during the building of a new stand.The league and the government agreed that this weekend’s round would be played in front of empty stands following serious incidents two weeks ago in the Panathinaikos vs Olympiakos game, including numerous flares thrown into the field and two pitch invasions. Panathinaikos won 2-1 but was later docked the three points for the incidents.TweetPinShare0 Shares
HOUSTON — Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor says he’s embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle captured on video and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline.“It was definitely dumb on my part,” Okafor said following a shootaround Nov. 27, several hours before the Houston Rockets were scheduled to host the Sixers.“Something I’m embarrassed about. Still dealing with the league and the team but I’m not happy about it all. We’re still going through the process of what we’re going to do.”Okafor said he reacted to heckling about the 0-16 Sixers, the only team in the NBA without a win. He said he told 76ers coach Brett Brown about what happened during the team’s plane ride to Houston.TMZ posted cellphone video of the altercation on Nov. 26, showing Okafor yelling and later shoving a man outside the club. Boston police said they do not plan to investigate unless someone involved comes forward to say they were the victim of a crime.Brown said the team will handle the situation internally and he expects input from the league.“This is not something that we dismiss,” Brown said. “We pay attention. We walk that line of doing what we need to to help educate and discipline anybody and help them understand if the situation were to present itself again how are you going to handle it.”The 76ers recently discussed how to handle these kinds of situations, with Brown and team staff showing videos and saying that when out after 3 a.m., nothing good happens.The Sixers don’t have a curfew but the team asks players to make responsible decisions, Brown said. He said the team won’t change how it handles players following games.“Jahlil (Okafor) knows if he had to (tell him about an altercation) again he would walk,” he said. “It’s an unfortunate thing. As coach of the team its part of one of the many layers you have to do to coach young people.”Brown said it’s a learning experience for Okafor being one of the younger guys in the NBA.Okafor said the embarrassment is the toughest part about the situation.“I’m ashamed with what I did and that’s not who I am,” he said. “Everybody that reached out to me that’s in my circle they know that’s not who I am. So I have a great support system and they will continue to support me.”(JOSHUA KOCH)TweetPinShare0 Shares
While other heavyweights like Germany, Argentina and Spain disappointed in World 2018, Brazil and Belgium have managed to hold firm as they made their way to the last eight.And now, the two of the biggest favourites to win the tournament will take on each other in the quarter-finals in Kazan on Friday.The teams have progressed through different means but each arrive with confidence after rousing wins in their last starts.Inspired by Neymar brilliance and the wiles of Willian, Brazil sent a tough Mexico side packing with a 2-0 defeat that cemented Tite’s side as favourites to claim a record-extending sixth World Cup trophy.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt was hardly such smooth sailing for the Belgians, who suffered a huge scare in their last-gasp 3-2 win over Japan.But their marauding finish, banging in three consecutive goals late in the tie to erase a 2-0 deficit, was a sobering reminder of the firepower at Roberto Martinez’s disposal.Against Brazil, however, Belgium’s formidable attack featuring captain Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku may be hard pressed to break down a stingy defence which has conceded one goal in their four matches at the tournament, and a total of six from their past 25.Also Read – World Cup 2018: Neymar has spent an astonishing 14 minutes on the groundTheir win over Mexico showed textbook defending from the central pairing of Thiago Silva and Miranda, assisted by full backs Fagner and Filipe Luis.If there is one glimmer of hope for Belgium, it might be the suspension of holding midfielder Casemiro, who picked up his second yellow card during the Mexico game.advertisementThe Real Madrid man has been key to Brazil’s structure, so his likely replacement, the 33-year-old Fernandinho of Manchester City, will have big shoes to fill.MARCELO RECALLAlthough Luis put in a solid display against Mexico, Tite may be tempted to recall his preferred left back Marcelo, who missed the match with a back injury but returned to training.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joyAt the other end, Brazil’s attack has clicked after a disappointing start to the tournament, and even Neymar’s much-criticised histrionics could not completely overshadow a dominant performance against Mexico.They will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.Belgium, bidding to reach their first semi-finals since 1986 in Mexico, face a huge challenge to knock off Tite’s men but after surviving Japan, they already feel they are playing with house money.”We can enjoy it from the first minute,” Martinez said.”I don’t think anyone expects us to go through to the semi-finals.”The winner will bid for a place in the final against either France or Uruguay.(With Reuters inputs)
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Sony Electronics have announced the beginning of a limited edition auction of Eight Hours/Taylor Swift, a 34 page, oversized photo book featuring the 6-time Grammy award winning artist, Taylor Swift, photographed by renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker.Ten copies of the limited edition books, donated by Sony, signed by both Barker and Swift, will be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America.The book is a collection of Barker’s photos taken on Sony cameras during “one 8-hour day” with Taylor on location in Southern California. It is one of the most extensive photo collections of Swift published to date. The creative vision for the book was conceived by Swift and Barker and is a fusion of three themes that represent the different sides of Taylor: every day casual, Hollywood glamour and performer chic.The auction runs through December 17 and can be found at eBay here.Source:PR Newswire
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsMention the name Billy Two Rivers to someone, and there’s a good chance they’ll know him for any number of reasons.Especially old school wrestling fans, who will remember his 24 years in the ring, where according to Two Rivers, he never played a villain.“No, I didn’t have a choice, they loved me,” the 83 year old said with a laugh.Ever the showman, he agreed to meet with APTN even though he’s currently rehabbing a back injury in the hospital.Two Rivers made his debut in 1953 after being trained by fellow Mohawk wrestler Don Eagle.Eagle saw Two Rivers playing lacrosse in his home of Kahnawà:ke, and recruited him.They trained in Columbus, Ohio until Two Rivers made his debut in Detroit in 1953 at the age of 17.When asked to describe his first match, Two Rivers guffawed.“The first one was a laugh on me.”Two Rivers always entered the ring by vaulting over the top ropes.Aside from being flashy, it was also a way to avoid getting his famous headdress stuck between the ropes on entry.But nerves got the best of him during his first match ever in Detroit.“My first time there, my knees were knocking. So I went, I got up on the apron on the ring, I grabbed the top two ropes, and I vaulted,” he said. “I was so nervous, as I was clearing it my toe caught the top rope and you ever see a chicken fall into a ring? There I was on the mat in a pile of feathers. Well, I never lived that down for about 10 years.”It didn’t help that there was a group of Mohawk ironworkers on the crowd to help him remember.(Billy Two Rivers enters the ring in classic style)Still, despite a rocky start, Two Rivers combined a fierce wrestling style with colourful regalia to travel the world.The United Kingdom, Japan, the United States all came out to cheer him on.Well, most of them.Right before a match in Hanover, Germany a spectator criticized Two Rivers for wearing an inauthentic pan Indigenous outfit.Two Rivers said he had to explain that even though he’s Mohawk, he was proud to wear boots made by Huron-Wendat and a headdress gifted from the Blood tribe in Alberta,“He says to me ‘what is this you’re not Indian, what are you?’ I said ‘yeah I’m Indian, I’m a native North American Indian’ he said ‘what are you dressed like this for’ I said it’s because I’m an ambassador and I represent the people all across the country,” said Two RiversBut being an ambassador wasn’t enough to make him feel safe when it came to wrestling in places like Belfast during the late 60’s, when the violence known at as “the Troubles” was among its worst in Northern Ireland.“They had four gates to get into the city,” recalled Two Rivers. “At night the soldiers would come out, their faces darkened, they would stand in a corner so as not to be seen, waiting for the rebels or something. And the greatest concern was that they were going to put a bomb underneath the ring or something,” said Two Rivers.“They were bombing everything back in those days.”That wouldn’t be the last time in his life Two Rivers would end up in a militarized zone.(Billy Two Rivers in hospital with a picture of himself jumping into the ring)After ending his wrestling career in the mid 70’s at the request of his daughter, Two Rivers became a council Chief for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke.He was among the leadership group charged with brokering peace after Kahnaw:àke barricaded the Mercier bridge in support Kanehsatake during what’s known as the Oka crisis.“I got a call about 5:30, six in the morning, and it was [Grand Chief] Joe [Norton] and he says ‘Billy, the bridge is blocked’ I said ‘What!’”Despite having travelled the world over, the summer of 1990 was witness to the worst act of racism he ever saw… and it was right next door to his own community in Montreal.In what’s become known as the “Rocks at Whiskey Trench” incident, a convoy of Mohawk women, children, and elders leaving Kahnawà:ke were stoned in their cars by Quebecers on August 28, 1990.Two Rivers says the incident was premeditated.“There was fellows going to the different businesses there and saying ‘come on out, and let’s stop these Indians.’ These people, they didn’t care,” said Two Rivers.Still, Two Rivers takes pride in helping to broker peace on the Kahnawà:ke side near the end of the 78 day stand-off.Then, in 1998, after 20 years on council, Two Rivers retired.Well, retired might be a misnomer.Since then he’s done acting in films and TV shows like Mohawk Girls, had a photo of himself used on the cover of a Van Morrison album – without his permission – (that led to an out of court settlement) and served as an elder for the Assembly of First Nations.But most of all, Two Rivers is proud of his nine grandchildren.Many of whom speak Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, the Mohawk language, with him.Judging from pictures of his family pinned to a bulletin board, it also appears they have also inherited his athleticism.“There’s my granddaughter, she won her [Olympic] wrestling championship,” Two Rivers says of a photo of her pinning another wrestler with a headlock.To say that Two Rivers has lived a rich life is to state the obvious.“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be in this world over here, I’m trying to pass everything I know on to the next generations,” he concludes.But to assume that Two Rivers doesn’t have at least few more chapters left would likely be a mistake.And while he doesn’t mind being remembered for his wrestling, his body of work suggests he should be better known as something else: Billy Two Rivers, renaissance email@example.com@tfennario
“Growing numbers of asylum-seekers and migrants are now making their way to Djibouti, raising fears that the tiny Horn of Africa nation could become the alternative migration route for Somalis looking for better opportunities in the Middle East,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said today. Over 2,000 Somali asylum-seekers and migrants have crossed the border into Djibouti since January, compared with 700 people who went there in all of 2007. Once in Djibouti, many Somalis attempt to cross the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. Some 200 of them are intercepted daily and are detained in an old jail in the port city of Obock, which was built to hold 20 detainees but now houses 200 at a time. According to UNHCR, there are limited resources to care for the intercepted Somalis who are served meals in flimsy plastic bags because there are no utensils. In the capital Djibouti City, Government offices are packed with large numbers of refugees. Once registered, these asylum-seekers are transferred to UNHCR-backed Ali Adeh camp sheltering 7,000 Somalis. Kenya has received almost 8,000 Somali asylum-seekers, who have made their way directly to the Dabaab camps which house 184,000 people, mainly Somalis. Almost 4,000 Somalis have arrived in the eastern town of Jirga in Ethiopia, joining the 8,500 Somalis who arrived in the area last year. The Tereri Ber camp with a 10,000-person capacity is almost full, and a new site is being sought. Meanwhile, 1,300 Somalis asylum-seekers – the majority of whom are single young men and women fleeing Mogadishu – have entered eastern Sudan so far this year, six times more people than all of 2007. In a related development, the UN and World Bank – in tandem with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government – are meeting in Nairobi to discuss the country’s economy. The two-day talks will cover the advancement of peace, economic prospects, investment in African nations, youth employment and job creation, among other issues. Yesterday, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed to Somalia’s international partners to step up their humanitarian efforts. “The international community must put Somalia at the top of its agenda and press for change before it is too late,” said Peter Goossens, WFP’s Country Director for Somalia. “We call on all authorities in Somalia to help us reach those in need and urge donors not to give up on this country.” In another development, the UN Special Representative for Somalia has welcomed the announcement by the country’s transitional government that it is ready to hold talks with the opposition. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said the opposition had also informed him of their willingness to meet Government representatives and resume long-stalled reconciliation talks. 28 March 2008As many as 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum since the start of this year in neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan to escape the violence engulfing many parts of their homeland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.
Ravindu Gunawardena was arrested in the Borellesgamuwa area by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID). (Colombo Gazette) Ravindu Gunawardena was further remanded till August 14 by the Colombo Additional Magistrate.He was arrested over the case involving the murder of a Muslim businessman in which his father is also a suspect. Ravindu Gunawardena, the son of former DIG Vass Gunawardena, will be in the same cell as his father owing to security concerns.Colombo Additional Magistrate (Traffic) J. Trotsky today approved the request after Ravindu’s lawyers made the appeal saying his life was under threat.
Canada’s telecom companies want clarity on part of the new wireless code MONTREAL – Canada’s major telecom companies are challenging part of the CRTC’s new wireless code of conduct, saying it would affect millions of three-year cellphone contracts retroactively.Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE), Telus (TSX:T), SaskTel, Manitoba Telecom Services (TSX:MBT) and others say the code would retroactively apply to three-year contracts signed before it comes into effect on Dec. 2. They say that would include this year’s busy back-to-school and pre-holiday sales.The telecom companies said Wednesday the result will be confusion for carriers and consumers and have turned to the Federal Court of Appeal to resolve the issue.“Wireless service providers that continue to offer three-year fixed-term contracts with a heavily subsidized device do not know whether these customers will be entitled to cancel those contracts after two years starting June 3, 2015, without repaying the unpaid portion of their device subsidy,” the telecom companies said in their legal brief seeking leave to appeal that part of the code.The sticking point for the companies is the subsidy on a device, usually an expensive smartphone that can cost as much as $700, that customers receive when they agree to a three-year contract.“The application of the wireless code to those contracts that terminate after 3 June 2015 is uncertain,” the companies said in their brief.The CRTC has said the “wireless code should apply to all contracts, no matter when they were entered into, by no later than 3 June 2015,” the brief said.The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it had no comment on Wednesday since the matter is now before the courts.Under the new rules unveiled last month by the CRTC, cellphone customers will be able to walk away from their contracts after two years without any early-cancellation penalties.The CRTC ruled early cancellation fees must not exceed the value of a device subsidy and must be gradually eliminated over 24 months.But the telecom companies note that the CRTC through its staff members has taken “inconsistent positions” on whether the code applies on a mandatory basis to contracts signed before Dec. 2.Telus spokesman Shawn Hall said changing contracts that have already been signed by consumers is a “troublesome precedent” and the company has been unable to get a firm answer from the CRTC on whether its decision is retroactive.“So we are seeking clarity from the courts,” Hall said.“We support the code and are actively working to implement the code, but we’re concerned about this one aspect of it.”Advocacy group OpenMedia.ca said the code should be applied retroactively and Canadians will be upset otherwise.“What big telecom are trying to do is they’re just trap Canadians into these completely unfair, extortionist contracts for even longer,” spokesman David Christopher said.“What the CRTC had said is from June 2015 onward, all cellphone users in Canada could escape their contract after that two-year period. That’s why so many people are going to be very disappointed and very, I think, outraged at big telecom for making this move,” Christopher said.Industry Canada said it continues to support CRTC’s wireless code.“Our government supports measures that put consumers first and fosters greater competition,” Industry Canada spokeswoman Alexandra Fortier wrote in an email.“Greater competition means better prices for Canadian consumers. The new wireless code is a step in the right direction.”Telecom analyst Troy Crandall said there’s roughly a six-month period where the telecom companies could be on the hook for unpaid subsidies which were agreed to with customers.“Somebody’s going to take a hit, basically, for the six months’ amortization and the way it currently stands it would be the telecoms,” said Crandall, of MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.“The non-clarity here doesn’t help anybody,” he said.Rogers said its supports the wireless code, including the new two-year contract provisions, but it is seeking clarity on how it will be applied.“We believe that both consumers and carriers need predictability and transparency on how the code will be applied,” Rogers said in a statement.“It is unclear whether the code should apply retroactively to contracts signed before the code takes effects. As such, we are seeking clarification from the courts.” by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2013 11:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Speaking to journalists in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the families arrived on 20 November, forced to flee fresh violence in Nabek and Yabroud.The WFP is working closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to ensure that individuals have quick access either to food parcels or electronic vouchers to buy their choice of food products without having to move to a distribution point.So far, the UN agency has helped and assisted 10,000 people by giving them food parcels for a month containing 19 different categories of foods, including vegetables, sugar, and canned meat.By the end of next month, 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon would be using the electronic voucher system, injecting $95 million into the Lebanese economy, said Ms. Byrs.Since the beginning of the year, WFP has increased its food assistance in Lebanon five times. Meanwhile, the WFP today reiterated a $52 million funding gap in its $116 million budget for the overall WFP operation in Lebanon between November 2013 and January 2014.
A judge used a rare legal power to dismiss a jury and take the case on himself after jurors said they were offered bribes outside the courtroom.Mr Justice Goss made the nearly unprecedented decision during the trial of four men accused of killing an elderly pensioner in an alleged ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam. Driver Sabbir Hussain, 25, and alleged passengers, Raja Hussain, 30, and Shahrear Islam-Miah, 26, deny manslaughter and a second charge of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation between September 1-11, 2014. A fourth man has already pleaded guilty.Betty Laird, 88 was a passenger in the car which was struck and died from her injuries.The judge said a “concerted attempt” had been made to tamper with the jury at Leeds Crown Court and he would continue to try the case alone and give verdicts on the three defendants next Monday. Three jurors in a group together were approached by a woman in the city centre and were offered £500 to return verdicts of guilty in the case.Mr Justice Goss said in view of the accumulation of evidence about jury tampering he felt it would not be right to make further inquiries of the remaining jurors. “I therefore have reached the conclusion the whole jury should be discharged in this case.”He said it was not necessary to establish who was behind the activities at this point.Discharging the jurors, the judge told them if the integrity of the jury was threatened “the whole trial system has been effectively thwarted.”“One of those jurors was upset and felt so disconcerted by what had taken place they felt unable to continue to serve in the case,” the judge said.A fourth juror had been separately approached by a man and offered the same amount to return not guilty verdicts while a fifth juror had been followed by a different man.That fifth juror believed the man was holding what appeared to be money. “The pursuit of this man was persistent and disconcerted him to such an extent he felt he could no longer remain loyal to his jury oath and I have therefore discharged him.”The judge said that had happened in the context of an earlier incident on Monday when “an unknown person deliberately activated a fire alarm in the course of this trial thereby causing the building to be evacuated.”He said while the jury were outside the crown court “when a vehicle drove past them and a person holding a recording device apparently filmed them. This was seen by a number of jurors and was discussed between a few of them.”The judge told the defendants and their counsel he felt he could continue with a fair trial for the defendants and will give the verdicts next Monday.It would be the second Crown Court case in England and Wales to be heard by a judge alone under seldom-used powers under Sections 44 and 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which came into force in July 2007.The first time the power was used was a case concerning four men accused of an armed robbery at Heathrow Airport in 2004, in which the judge said jury “tampering” was a “very significant” danger. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
However some estimates put the proportion of adults adhering to gluten-free diets in the UK at more than 12 per cent, many believing that it is better for the heart.Researchers at Harvard University looked at data from nearly 120,000 people over 26 years and found that going gluten-free did not cut the risk of heart disease.And they warned that restricting dietary gluten may result in a low intake of whole grains, which are known to be beneficial for the heart.“The popularity of a low gluten or gluten-free diet in the general population has markedly increased in recent years,” said Dr Andrew Chan, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in the BMJ.“However these findings underscore the potential that people who severely restrict gluten intake may also significantly limit their intake of whole grains, which may actually be associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes“The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without coeliac disease should not be encouraged.” The UK “free from” market is growing rapidly and expected to be worth £550 million by 2019.Market analysis Mintel claim that in 2015 12 per cent of new food products launched in the UK carried a gluten-free claim, up from 7 per cent in 2011.Last year Catherine collins, the chairman of the British Association of Dieticians, said the dramatic increase in people opting for free from diets was partly down to the rise of celebrity food bloggers such as Gwyneth Paltrow, and “clean eating” gurus such as Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, as well as a new culture of posting photographs of food on social media. However a recent study by Harvard also suggested that ingesting only small amounts of gluten, or avoiding it altogether, increases the danger of diabetes by as much as 13 per cent.The authors point out that the new research is only an observational study, so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.However they warn that “promotion of gluten-free diets for the purpose of coronary heart disease prevention among asymptomatic people without coeliac disease should not be recommended.” The Hemsley sisters Credit:Rex/Shutterstock People who go gluten-free could be missing out on whole grains which are vital to heart health, say scientists Credit:Keith Leighton / Alamy Gluten-free diets should not be encouraged among people who do not have coeliac disease, scientists have said.Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and gives food a chewy texture and elasticity during the baking process.Around one per cent of Britons are genuinely gluten-intolerant, and face a string of debilitating symptoms including vomiting, nerve problems, anaemia, inflammation and an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The gluten free lifestyle has soared in recent years
The Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock played at the Belgazprombanka Cup in Meshkov, Belarus, where Manolo Cadenas and his guys won the second place behind the organizer and home team – Meshkov Brest. In the decisive match, home team won 24:22. WISLA TV was there… handball videoWisla TV ← Previous Story RK Vardar win the “own tournament” – Vardar 2015! Next Story → Veszprem win Hungarian Super Cup
IKEA IS RECALLING a range of bed canopies for children over concerns that they could strangle infants.The company says that there has not been any permanent injuries reported from the canopies but they have received reports of the net being pulled into cots or beds and then becoming entangled around infants’ necks.Customers who bought the canopies are being asked to bring them back to any IKEA store for a refund.The affected products have been sold in all IKEA markets since 1996 and include a range of brands including the Legendarisk, Minnen and Barnslig.In December of last year, IKEA issued a similar warning to parents who purchased a SMILA wall mounted lamp that the product may present a strangulation hazard to infants and young children after the death of a young child.Read: IKEA is selling solar panels, yay! But not in Ireland, boo! >Read: IKEA recalls two kids’ beds due to ‘sharp metal edges’ that could wound >
EVERY MORNING,TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1. #YOUNG OFFENDERS: Children’s Court judge Ann Ryan has called for Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the head of the Irish Youth Justice Service to come before a court today to account for the lack of detention places for young offenders. Figures obtained by RTÉ show that the court has been unable to detain children charged or convicted of crimes in at least 18 separate cases over the last three weeks.2. #ARRESTS: A man in his 20s and a woman in her 50s have been arrested this morning in Co Kerry in connection with the murder of James Cahillane in April last year. Cahillane’s body was found by the fire service responding to a fire at his home but a post mortem later revealed injuries consistent with an assault.3. #NURSES: Health Minister James Reilly will face nurses and midwives at their union’s conference today in Donegal. The INMO will present Reilly with the findings of their trolley watch and newly launched ward watch survey which show an increase in the number of people on trolleys and in wards since 2007.4. #CROKE PARK 2: Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has indicated that the government will fail in its efforts to reach a revised pay deal for public sector workers. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Howlin said any deal would require a major shift in policy and admitted an all-encompassing deal is unlikely.5. #TRAGEDY: The HSE is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a toddler in Cork this week after his parents were told to bring him to the hospital themselves. The three-year-old fell from a top-storey window at his home and his parents were told that no ambulance was available for him, the Irish Examiner reports.6. #SUGAR DADDY: Over 4,000 Irish students have joined a ‘sugar daddy’ dating service in order to help pay for college, the Irish Independent reports. The US-based website arranges “mutually beneficial relationships” between ‘Sugar Babies’ and wealthy – and mainly older – men who offer gifts and financial help.7. #BANGLADESH: The death toll in Bangladesh’s worst industrial accident ever has passed 1,000 as rescue teams sort through the rubble of a collapsed factory near Dhaka. Authorities say around 2,500 people have been injured in the incident and a total of 1,021 bodies have been recovered.8. #OHIO: A US prosecutor has said he will seek to press charges that carry the death penalty against the man accused of kidnapping and raping three Ohio women over the course of a decade. Though Ariel Castro has already been charged on these two counts, prosecutor Timothy McGinty said investigators will now go back over the many torments inflicted on the women with the aim of bringing more serious charges against him.9. #HARPOON: A woman has miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon in Brazil. The woman’s husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.
With the rise of ultrabooks in 2012, we have seen two distinct classes of the ultra-thin laptops emerge. There are those clearly aimed at the budget-conscious, featuring little to no aluminum in the chassis and the minimum specs required to get the ultrabook label from Intel.On the other end of the spectrum are ultrabooks that aim to redefine the term premium, incorporating goodies like Gorilla Glass, full-size SSDs (compared to the mSATA SSD cache that meets the minimum ultrabook requirements), soft-touch surfaces, single-piece aluminum designs, and more. In mid-2012, we usually saw these premium models priced around $1000 or more.Dell’s XPS 13 is technically a last generation ultrabook, coming equipped with a 2nd gen Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor, but in our eyes this is a perfect reasonable sacrifice to get a boat load of premium features at a bargain price. The specs list gets you the dual-core Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD; but the real value is in every nook and cranny of the XPS 13.It starts with a carbon fiber base for added durability over aluminum and lower weight. The top cover does use aluminum, making for a computer that is 6mm thick at the front and just 18mm in the rear. Even the palm rest of made of magnesium and covered in lush soft touch paint.Moving up to the display, you get a 13.3-inch screen with a nearly-frameless design, keeping the overall dimensions to a minimum. The screen itself is covered in Gorilla Glass for even more durability. You also get a backlit keyboard and glass touchpad, all standard.You don’t have to worry about connectivity either, with a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, Mini DisplayPort video output, Wireless-N, webcam, and Bluetooth. Being a premium product, Dell backs it up with one year of on-site warranty coverage and 24×7 premium phone support.The XPS 13 has every bell and whistle you can think of, but for a limited time you can snag it for just $799.99 with free shipping AND a free $100 Dell e-gift card. The gift card is good for anything from Dell.com, making for the perfect opportunity to grab some accessories for your slick new laptop. This is the lowest price we have ever seen on the XPS 13, especially if you consider the value of the gift card, and an amazing value on such a feature-filled Ultrabook.Dell XPS 13 Core i5 13.3-inch ultrabook and $100 Gift Card for $799.99 + free shipping & $100 GC(reg. $949.99 | $100 e-gift card delivered by email | ends Jan. 16 or sooner)Our other top deals:Samsung 23-inch Full HD LED-Backlit Monitor for $149.99 + shipping (reg. $219.99)Cohesion XP 10.2 Gaming Chair with wireless audio for $65 + free shipping (reg. $150)Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 convertible ultrabook running Windows RT for $699 (reg. $849)
Winter is still several months away, but a brewing El Niño could mean the Northwest is in for a mild one, federal forecasters said Thursday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated outlook pegged the chance of an El Niño at 80 percent by this fall and winter. The weather phenomenon often brings warmer and drier conditions to the Northwest. La Niña winters, by contrast, tend to be cooler and wetter. But neither is a guarantee.Above-normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean suggest El Niño is on the way this year, said Mike Halpert, acting director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in Maryland. But scientists will be looking for other climate patterns in the coming months, and should have a clearer picture by the end of this summer, he said.“The strength of what this becomes is really an open question at this point,” Halpert said.The Northwest hasn’t seen an El Niño winter since 2009-10. That was followed by back-to-back La Niña years. Last year, a neutral winter — with neither pattern present — delivered a mixed bag that included a bitter cold snap in December and a blast of snow and ice in early February.In Portland, the local office of the National Weather Service keeps tabs on extended predictions. But forecasters there deal more in the immediate day-to-day range, said meteorologist Liana Ramirez. That’s part of the distinction between climate (long-term) and weather (short-term), she said.
Ajith vs Vijay.PR HandoutTamil actor Ajith Kumar is celebrating his 48th birthday on Wednesday, 1 May. Like every year, it will be a low-key day for him, but it is not going to stop his fans from celebrating the occasion in a big way.What makes the fans special is the Tamil TV channels trying hard to attract the viewers’ attention by screening his movies. The leading channels have lined up some of his hit movies to be aired from the morning till the midnight on 1 May.Jaya TV is going to telecast some of his recent hit films that include Vedhalam. Among all the movies, Sun TV has planned for the world premiere of this year’s superhit movie Viswasam.The interesting part of the story is that rival Zee Tamil has decided to telecast Vijay’s blockbuster movie Mersal around the same time. By scheduling it, the channel is apparently trying to draw the attention of the loyal Thalapathy’s fans even though it is not the world premiere of the Tamil flick.TRP Battle Ajith’s Viswasam will be aired at 6.30 pm on Sun TV. Whereas Mersal will be aired at 5 pm on Zee Tamil.Viswasam: The Siruthai Siva-directorial movie has turned out to be the biggest hit of 2019 in Tamil Nadu. The movie won the hearts of the rural and family audience. It is about a father trying to reunite with his wife and daughter.The movie was packed with mass elements peppered with romance, comedy and emotions. Nayanthara played Ajith’s wife in the flick, which has reportedly earned over Rs 130 crore in Tamil Nadu.Mersal: Thalapathy Vijay’s Mersal was directed by Atlee Kumar. The film raised serious questions about our healthcare industry and how the loopholes in the industry exploit the people in the country. Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha and Nithya Menen played female leads in the flick.
(PhysOrg.com) — A new study of the skeletal fossils of Neanderthal and Early modern man suggest the lack of a “throwing arm” may have made the difference in human evolution. Researchers Jill A. Rhodes and Steven Churchill, evolutionary anthropologists published their findings in the January 2009 edition of the Journal of Human Evolution. The paper entitled, “Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion,” provides some clues to the extinction of Neanderthal. Projectile weaponry was an important component of early man’s survival toolkit. Traces of projectile weaponry have been found in Africa dating back some 80,000 years. The mass migration by early man out of Africa into Europe some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, show early European man developed and used bow and arrows and other projectile devices. The Rhodes/Churchill small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains indicate he was outmatched by early modern man’s development of a “throwing arm”. This anatomical feature is measured by the degree of humeral retroversion in the dominant arm and in bilateral asymmetry. Neanderthal’s short squat body, massive limbs and lack of backward displacement at the shoulder joint may have hampered their ability to incorporate projectile weaponry. According to Jill Rhoades, an evolutionary anthropologist examinations of early modern European fossils show the backward displacement at the shoulder joint, but none of the small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains carry this anatomical characteristic. Modern athletes like baseball pitchers have this characteristic in one shoulder joint and it is referred to generally as their “throwing arm”. When engaging in over head throwing activity, such as throwing a baseball or a spear, this increases the movement of the muscles and gives greater velocity and speed to the throw, according to Steven Churchill an anthropologist at Duke University. This missing technology, along with climate change and competing arrow-shooting humans significantly challenged Neanderthal and may have led to an eventual extinction. According to the Rhodes/Churchill study, habitual behavior patterns, including those related to the production and use of technology, can be imprinted on the skeleton through both genetic and epigenetic pathways. Samples of bilateral humeri sufficient for measurement of Neanderthals are rare. The study consisted of two males and one female. The study concludes, that while the sample was small, consistently it was found that Neanderthal lacked the characteristic “throwing arm” found in early modern man. According to archeologist Eric Boeda of Paris X, Nanterre, Neanderthal was not without his resources. Boeda’s team identified bitumen, a tar-like substance on sharpened stones in Syria inhabited by Neanderthal nearly 70,000 years ago. The bitumen was used as an adhesive to attach sharpened stones to wooden handle in a procedure called hafting. This finding by the Boeda research team using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and carbon isotopes at 40km from the source places the hafting practice back 30,000 years from the date previously set in other research. Anthropologists agree, Neanderthal could throw spears short distances, but never graduated to the use of bow and arrows or spear-throwing technologies. Some 40,000 years ago, modern humans trekked out of Africa to Europe taking their bows and arrows with them for fishing, hunting and warfare. The bow and arrow enabled modern man to engage his environment and adapt to various environments. While it is cannot be stated with absolute certainty, Neanderthal’s inability or lack of interest in developing projectile weaponry may have been an important factor in his eventual demise. Scientists are uncertain as to whether modern human used bow and arrows or projectile devices against Neanderthal, but it is a distinct possibility. For further reading on the subject, See Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 56, January 2009, Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion, Jill Rhodes and Steven Churchill.© 2009 PhysOrg.com The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) Citation: Neanderthal Lacked Anatomical Competitive Edge: Skeletal Remains Tell the Story (2009, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-neanderthal-lacked-anatomical-competitive-edge.html 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.
Colin says:Tom Brady should have handled Deflategate like Peyton Manning handled his Al-Jazeera scandal.Why Andrew Luck will be an MVP candidate.Internet journalism is right about half the time.Jim Harbaugh is way ahead of schedule.Colin’s 2016 NFL predictions.Guests:Chris Spielman – Former Ohio State All American, 4-time NFL Pro Bowler, and Fox Sports college football analyst joins the show from B1G Ten Media Day to look ahead to the upcoming season, expectations for Jim Harbaugh year two, and his opinion on Iowa’s questionable schedule.Gary Myers – New York Daily News NFL Columnist and author of “Brady vs. Manning” discusses the handling of the Deflategate scandal compared to the Manning Al-Jazeera scandal, the discrepancy in the NFL treatment of the two, and how the internet has hurt the credibility of journalism.Shannon Sharpe – NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champ talks the NFL clearing Peyton Manning of PED’s, and his own experience of having to deny steroid use.