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first_imgA war of words broke out between mainstream and separatist parties on Monday over the Kashmir issue and the ramifications of shutdown politics.“Can [Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali] Geelani show me his reaction to the Pakistan Prime Minister who has repeated many times recently that Azadi (independence) is not an option for Kashmir. Hypocrisy is a Geelani trait,” National Conference leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.The former Chief Minister was hurt by Mr. Geelani’s comments on National Conference president Farooq Abdullah’s statement that Azadi was not a reality. “While Farooq Abdullah’s ancestors were engaged in Kashmir struggle, Geelani was fighting elections and aligning with the then Janata Party,” Mr. Abdullah said.A joint statement issued by Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Mr. Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik took on both NC and ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their remarks.‘Slaves of Nagpur’“The love for chair has completely blinded her [Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufit] and her ilk of opportunists to see what havoc they have wreaked upon Kashmir since their alliance with the BJP. People of Kashmir do not need the largesse of New Delhi to survive as Ms. Mufti suggests and are no beggars,” the statement said.Terming mainstream parties as “slaves of Nagpur”, a Hurriyat spokesman said, “It’s because of these people that our existence, identity, religion, culture and everything is on the verge of extinction.” He said while the NC “pushed Kashmir into a deep gorge, the PDP wants to bury us alive”.The separatists were irked by Ms. Mufti’s criticism of the business community on the shutdown politics on Sunday. “What have people achieved in the past 30 years by self-inflicting protests? An inch of land hasn’t moved. We close our shops and doors when somebody from New Delhi comes to Kashmir but afterwards we go to them asking for money,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgA far cry from the glorious days when she ran the final stretch to win the women’s 4x400m gold for India, Mandeep Kaur faced one the most ignominious days of her life as she broke down with a letter of her provisional suspension in her hands on Friday.Indian athletics has plunged into a deep crisis with five athletes testing positive for banned substances. Two of the athletes who flunked the dope tests were part of the Indian women’s 4x400m team that won the gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games last year.Mandeep and Sini Jose were flooded with accolades after their miraculous show at the two multi- discipline events but with the Asian Athletics Championships just round the corner, their positive dope tests have been a hammer blow for Indian athletics.Jauna Murmu at the Guangzhou Asian Games.Jauna Murmu, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games, has her name on both the lists of positive samples that were taken by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).Hari Krishnan (long jump), Tiana Mary Thomas (400m) and Sonia (shot put) were the other three athletes to have tested positive but none of them could not reached.Mandeep and Jauna were in the Capital on Friday at the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) office to appear for their first provisional hearing, which was conducted by an AFI panel headed by Arun Mendiratta.They will appear before the same panel on July 15. Mandeep claims she has no idea as to how the substance – methandienone – got into her body and said that the food supplements she has consumed may be responsible for the outcome.advertisementShe said she changed her vitamin supplements recently but she underwent dope tests a couple of times before the IAAF collected her sample on May 25 from National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Mandeep Kaur at the Guangzhou Asian Games.”After the Asian Games, I got myself registered under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) whereabouts clause. We have to give all our day-to-day details to the WADA. But it is shocking to me that my name has figured amongst the dope- tainted athletes,” said a teary-eyed Mandeep.”Never in my career have I used any banned substances and if there is any possibility, it could be because of the vitamin supplements that I have used,” she said.Mandeep said she will wait for the panel to come out with its verdict and is hopeful that she will come out clean.IAAF conducted dope tests on a few of the Indian athletes through an independent agency and Mandeep and Jauna were the only two athletes who flunked the tests.NADA also conducted dope tests on 59 athletes during the June 11-14 inter-state championships in Bangalore and five athletes, including Jauna failed the dope tests.Just as athletics was growing in popularity in the country, the positive dope cases have sent shock waves amongst the athletes and the administrators of the sport.While the role of the athletes during such cases is often questioned and they are subsequently penalised, the source of the problem is generally overlooked.In fact, in the last few years, majority of sports in India have been hit hard by the doping menace and the authorities have failed to arrest the situation.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already called for a judicial inquiry into the cases and also blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches at the national camps for the rising dope cases.The 2012 Olympics are nearing and suspensions of top athletes has only reduced the country’s hopes of winning medals at the quadrennial extravaganza.Former athletes have demanded a thorough probe into the doping menace. Sprint queen PT Usha questioned the need to send the athletes to countries like Ukraine and blamed the exposure trips like these as one of the prominent reasons for the disaster.”We must have a thorough inquiry into this. Whether the AFI or the government, someone has to do it. Everybody involved should be nabbed,” said Usha.”I have been hearing for more than 10 years about the futility of sending athletes to Ukraine for training and other dirty things being done there. I think had the authorities been careful and acted on the allegations then the current mess would have been avoided.”  NADA ready to nail offenders Meanwhile, the National Anti-Doping Agency ( NADA) has formulated a six-point agenda to crack down on the doping menace wherein it will get customs involved with it to check what the athletes bring in while travelling into the country.advertisementNADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar made his concerns clear and said the agency will come up with more programmes to curb the positive doping cases among the Indian athletes.”We are obviously concerned about whatever has happened over the past couple of years and we have a plan ready to tackle the situation,” Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Friday.”The athletes regularly go out of the country for exposure trips but nobody knows what they bring with them as far as food supplements are concerned. We will get the customs involved with us so that we can keep a check on what these athletes carry with them,” he noted.Besides, there are voices which have been claiming that it’s not just the athletes who are to be blamed but the coaches and other members of the support staff are also involved at some level and they get away easily.Bhatnagar said the NADA will approach the employers of the coaches to keep a strict vigilance on these coaches and act accordingly if any of their employees are found guilty.”So many times we get to hear that besides the athletes there are other people involved as well. But not much can be done so from now on we will ask the employers of the coaches to keep a strict watch on the coaches and anybody who is found to be doing anything wrong must be penalised.”He further said that the NADA will raid the rooms and camps of the athletes randomly so that the dope cheats can be nabbed there and then. There will also be an increase in the sample collection so that more number of athletes undergo the dope tests.Over the past few years, most number of positive dope cases have came from the national camps, raising a lot of questions on the activities within the training camps.Bhatnagar said that the athletes will be closely monitored during the camps. “There is a need to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of the athletes.We will see to it that where these athletes go while they are in the camp, the shops they normally visit and the products they buy from there,” he noted.last_img read more

first_imgDefinitionVolkmanns contracture is a deformity of the hand, fingers, and wrist caused by injury to the muscles of the forearm.See also: Compartment syndromeAlternative NamesIschemic contractureCauses, incidence, and risk factorsVolkmanns contracture occurs when there is a lack of blood flow (ischemia) to the forearm. This usually occurs when there is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome.Trauma to the arm, including a crush injury or fracture, can lead to swelling that presses on blood vessels and can decrease blood flow to the arm. A prolonged decrease in blood flow will injure the nerves and muscles, causing them to become stiff (scarred) and shortened.When the muscle shortens, it pulls on the joint at the end of the muscle just as it would if it were normally contracted. But because it is stiff, the joint remains bent and cannot straighten. This condition is called a contracture.In Volkmanns contracture, the muscles of the forearm are severely injured. This leads to contracture deformities of the fingers, hand, and wrist.There are three levels of severity in Volkmanns contracture:Mild — contracture of two or three fingers only, with no or limited loss of feelingModerate — all fingers are flexed and the thumb is stuck in the palm; the wrist may be stuck in flexion, and there is usually loss of some feeling in the handSevere — all muscles in the forearm that both flex and extend the wrist and fingers are involved; this is a severely disabling conditionThe injury that usually causes this condition is an elbow fracture in children. Other conditions that can cause increased pressure in the forearm include:advertisementAnimal bitesAny forearm fractureBleeding disordersBurnsExcessive exerciseInjection of certain medications into the forearmSymptomsThe main symptom is pain that does not improve with rest or pain medications, and continues to get worse with time. If the pressure is allowed to continue, there will be:Decreased sensationPaleness of the skinWeaknessSigns and testsThe doctor will perform a physical exam. If you have compartment syndrome in the forearm, you will have severe pain when the doctor moves the fingers up and down. Your forearm may be very swollen and shiny. You will feel pain when your forearm is squeezed.The diagnosis can be confirmed with a test that directly measures pressure in the area. This involves inserting a needle into the affected area. The needle is attached to a pressure meter. There is a specific pressure level that confirms the diagnosis of compartment syndrome.TreatmentIf there is a forearm or elbow fracture, you should use a sling or splint to keep the area still and raise the arm above heart level. This helps prevent further injury and excessive swelling.The best treatment is early surgery to release the pressure in the forearm before any permanent injury to the muscles and nerves occurs. Reconstructive surgery to lengthen and sometimes transfer muscles is necessary to try to regain some hand function.Expectations (prognosis)How well a person does depends on the severity and stage of disease at the time treatment is started.If surgery to relieve pressure is performed before permanent damage occurs, then the outcome is usually excellent. The wounds are usually left open (covered with a sterile dressing) and closed later (usually 48 – 72 hrs later) during a second surgery, once the swelling has resolved. Sometimes, several surgeries are needed to close the wound safely.If there is high pressure in the forearm for an extended period of time, the muscles and nerves can be permanently damaged. If a nerve is compressed for longer than 12 to 24 hours, it will usually become permanently damaged.People with mild muscle contractures involving only a few fingers have a better chance of returning to normal function. People who lose normal function of all the muscles that move the fingers and wrist need major reconstructive surgery and do not have a complete recovery.ComplicationsThe more severe the contracture, the worse the function of the hand and wrist. In severe cases, the hand may not work at all, and you may have a loss of sensation (feeling) in the area.Calling your health care providerContact your health care provider for an appointment if you have had an injury to your elbow or forearm and have developed swelling, numbness, and continued pain.ReferencesJobe MT. Compartment syndromes and Volkmann contracture. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2007:chap 71.Hensinger RN. Complications of fractures in children. In: Green NE, Swiontkowski MF, eds. Skeletal Trauma in Children. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 6.advertisementMarshall ST, Browner BD. Emergency care of musculoskeletal injuries. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL,eds.Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 20.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery says he will not rush Laurent Koscielny back into the lineup as the Frenchman awaits a return from injury.Koscielny ruptured his achilles tendon in May and has been sidelined ever since, missing the World Cup as well as the start of the Arsenal season.The defender has yet to feature under Emery, and the Arsenal boss says that Koscielny will be out of action until at least December as the club takes a more careful approach to his return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We need to be calm with him. Calm because we need [to wait] more than a month,” Emery said.”He needs to feel [well] first, if he is doing some things, then he is doing well.“Then when he can play and available for games in the training, [then] we can think he is okay to play.“He is very important for us because he is our captain. He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.“I think we need also to give confidence to him, to be close with us, because it was a big injury. But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and this is very positive.”The 33-year-old Arsenal captain joined the club from Lorient in 2010 and has since made 324 appearances for the English club.During his time in London, Koscielny has won two FA Cups and two Community Shields while becoming one of Arsenal’s main figures throughout his tenure.Speculation was rampant that the defender would leave the club in the summer, but he remains a part of Emery’s plans.Koscielny recently admitted that he was rooting against France at the World Cup and remains frustrated by the fact that he was unable to take part in this past summer’s triumph in Russia.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich could not have wished for a better time to travel to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund with the champions firing on all cylinders and their opponents mired in poor form ahead of Saturday’s meeting.The Bavarians have won all six of their matches under new coach Jupp Heynckes, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti last month, claiming top spot in the league and opening up a three-point gap over Dortmund.Bayern also edged past RB Leipzig in the German Cup last week and have won their two Champions League matches under Heynckes to nail down a spot in the knockout stage with two games to spare.”We are going into this game with a lot of self-confidence,” said Bayern winger Arjen Robben. “We are not the ones under pressure. We can only be happy to be three points ahead after lying five points behind them.Reuters Photo “It can only get better for us.”Striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed their 2-1 victory at Celtic on Tuesday due to a minor thigh injury, could be back to face his former club, said Heynckes.”He has trained relatively well and is not feeling any pain,” said Heynckes. “It looks now he can play from the start against Dortmund.”Things could not be more different for Dortmund, who squandered a five-point lead over Bayern in a matter of weeks.Six wins from their first seven matches were then followed by a sudden slump in form and two losses and a draw in their last three games.advertisementDortmund have managed only one victory in their last six games in all competitions and a 1-1 home draw in the Champions League against APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus on Wednesday underlined their current struggles.”It is my job to give my players their confidence back,” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz. “The easiest way to do it is by winning a game again. Victory is the best medicine.”Bosz will have his work cut out if Dortmund continue to waste opportunities in front of goal. They created close to a dozen scoring chances against the Cypriots on Wednesday but were let down by poor finishing.”Maybe the timing of this game is right,” Bosz said. “At the start of the season when we were winning points, expectations were high. Maybe on Saturday fans will expect a bit less.”last_img read more

first_imgNEW WORK PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. DIGBY COUNTY: Meteghan River Bridge Meteghan River Bridge on Trunk 1 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30.If travelling from Yarmouth towards Saulnierville on Trunk 1, adetour is available on Maxwellton Road, to Second Division Road,to Placide Comeau Road and back to Trunk 1. If travelling from Halifax or Digby towards Meteghan River, adetour is available on the Placide Comeau Road, to SecondDivision Road, to Maxwellton Road and back to Trunk 1. Local Area Office: 902-769-2192 902-769-3396 Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 Fax: 902-742-0649 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Canal Bridge The Canal Bridge in Raynardton will be closed to all traffic tofacilitate replacement of the structure from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20.Traffic control consists of detour signage. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 VICTORIA COUNTY: Seal Island Bridge Seal Island bridge is now opened to two-way traffic. Laneclosures may occur during the day until Sunday, Dec. 7. Widthrestrictions are removed. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 INVERNESS COUNTY: Little River Bridge Little River Bridge at Mill Creek near Port Hood is closed forreplacement of bridge and approaches until Saturday, Nov. 29. Adetour is available. Traffic control consists of traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Crews are surface paving and ditching about four kilometres ofTrunk 19, from River Denys Mountain Road northerly. One lane willbe closed. The work is expected to be completed by Saturday, Nov.29. Traffic control consists of a pilot vehicle and flag staff.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road Joudrey Road is closed, except to local traffic, for culvertrepairs, until further notice. A detour is available fromLouisville Road to Route 6. Work takes place 24 hours a day. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Mount Uniacke to the Stillwater overpass, isnow open. Work will continue in isolated areas. The speed limitis 100 km/h. Motorists may occasionally experience some minortraffic delays in areas where traffic has been reduced from twolanes to one. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Rissers Bridge Rissers Bridge on Veinot Road in Pinehurst will be closed between8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays until Dec. 3. During the day, a detour is available via Trunk 10, Wentzell Roadand Lower Branch Road. -30-center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lacewood Drive The Highway 102/Lacewood Drive (Exit 2A) interchange has a one-lane closure for repairs to traffic signals, curbs, gutters andsidewalks until Saturday, Nov. 29. Traffic control consists ofsignage. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Dartmouth Portland Street, Highway 111/118, MicMac Parclo and Exit 5, fromMicMac to the Woodland exit, will have partial lane closures forhighway ramp light repairs until Saturday, Nov. 29. Trafficcontrol consists of an arrow board. Work takes place from 10 p.m.to 6 a.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 PICTOU COUNTY: Black Brook Bridge Black Brook Bridge on Minto Road is closed for removal andreplacement of the bridge structure until Monday, Dec. 1. Detoursignage is available. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-6196 Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-7116 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Luther McNutt Bridge Luther McNutt Bridge on Truro Road is closed, except to localtraffic, for bridge structure removal and replacement untilMonday, Dec. 15,. Traffic control consists of detour signage. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 INVERNESS COUNTY: Sandy Gillis Bridge Sandy Gillis Bridge in Judique is closed until Saturday, Nov. 29for bridge replacement and repair to approaches. A detour isavailable on a temporary bridge. Traffic control consists ofsignage. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-869-5301 Fax: 902-864-7811 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2, between Elmsdale and Lantz, is closeduntil June 2004. A detour is available around the bridge. Trafficcontrol consists of a detour sign.last_img read more

28 July 2010The United Nations today expressed its deep concern over a helicopter pilot who has been missing for two days in the south of Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region. On Monday, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, lost contact with one of its helicopters after it landed in Aborjo in South Darfur state. Three commanders from the rebel group known as the Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM), who were being transported in the helicopter, were beaten at the scene, along with the pilot. The passengers and crew – not including the pilot – were later taken to a Government military camp, and following further contacts with authorities and security officials, returned yesterday to Nyala, the capital of South Darfur. “However, the pilot is still unaccounted for,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York today, noting that UNAMID is working with the Sudanese Government to locate him. In a related development, the mission reported today that the situation in the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) is calm but remains tense following recent unrest over the current state of the peace process. Fighting broke out in the camp over the weekend following the latest round of peace talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, aimed at bringing an end to the conflict in Darfur, with some of Kalma’s residents saying they were not fully represented. The gunmen identified themselves as members of the Abdul Wahid faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), one of numerous rebel groups that have been fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen in Sudan’s Darfur region since 2003. Some 250 representatives of Darfurian civil society attended the Doha negotiations, including 60 people on behalf of IDPs and refugees, with all envoys elected after months of deliberation, community gatherings and training workshops. One person was injured and no deaths were reported following the violence. Sudanese authorities have arrested two people for attempting to assault a sheikh who attended the Doha conference. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years in Darfur due to fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by the Janjaweed. read more

“Ten years ago, world leaders transformed expectations about the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the General Assembly’s informal dialogue on the subject. “Today, on its 10th anniversary, I urgently call on governments and UN entities – especially the Security Council – to move from understanding to action.”The principle of the responsibility to protect, which was adopted at the 2005 World Summit and is commonly referred to as R2P, holds States responsible for protecting their own populations from war crimes and crimes against humanity, and requires the international community to step in if this obligation is not met.Mr. Ban noted that R2P was not only a question of law but “a matter of common humanity.” He used the occasion to call on Member States to create political space to prevent and respond to atrocity crimes; for stronger connections between early warning and early action; and for courage in publicly confronting and addressing signs of risk.Mr. Ban also recalled the responsibilities of the Security Council, noting that the 15-member body is “the only body empowered under international law to authorize military action to save lives when all else fails.” “We must do all that we can to act early, prevent atrocity crimes and support States in protecting their citizens,” he added. Speaking on behalf of General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson of Iceland told the meeting that the anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm a collective responsibility to protect populations from war crimes and other crimes against humanity.“A decade after the World Summit, the principle of responsibility to protect continues to receive recognition by Member States, regional mechanisms and other stakeholders,” he said, emphasising that “continued engagement is required for its wider acceptance and implementation, in accordance with international law.”Mr. Gunnarsson added that the primary responsibility to protect lies with State authorities, and regional and international efforts should focus on supporting national capacities in detecting and preventing crimes against humanity and war crimes. He noted that while the scale of such crimes has gradually decline, the international community continues to witness situations around the world, especially by non-State groups and actors, that constitute some of these crimes against humanity. “The heinous atrocities and terrorist attacks by groups such as ISIL, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and Al Shabaab are unacceptable, and we must redouble our efforts to stop them,” he said.At a press conference later in the day, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, said that the Secretary-General’s remarks to the General Assembly constituted “a powerful call to action,” and outlined a way forward for the international community to combat atrocity crimes.Jennifer Welsh, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, recalled that the principle adopted in 2005 arose out of the failure to protect the populations of Rwanda and Srebrenica from crimes against humanity and war crimes.“The principle is, at its core, a political commitment but is based on pre-existing legal obligations to protect populations from these crimes, to never allow them again,” she said. She also highlighted the report of the Secretary-General, “A vital and enduring commitment: implementing the responsibility to protect,” noting there was an ambitious agenda that lay ahead.“We know that in certain cases when there is concerted action, we can make a difference in addressing these kinds of situations,” she said. “And when we see in the news, on a daily basis, stark reminders of the consequences of either inaction or half-hearted action, it is imperative for the Secretary-General’s call to action in this report to be heeded.” read more

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This NWSL Season Has Been Nuts Heres How We Forecast The Finish

Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Chicago99.689.3112.58.66.64.846167 Houston93.683.6106.36.210.63.2521 W. New York120.3138.197.811.95.52.699%65%37% This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. Sky Blue97.299.494.57.36.95.82073 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Orlando90.882.1101.88.39.91.82773 Seattle109.9101.6120.26.96.36.81785 Washington115.0123.5104.311.54.44.1965829 read more

“Accessible contraceptive services are often focused on the needs of younger women and women over the age of 25 can in particular find themselves excluded from schemes providing free, pharmacy access to emergency contraception.”As so many women in the UK rely on pills and condoms as their main methods of contraception, it is vital that there is swift access to emergency options when those methods fail or a pill is missed.”She said greater access to services was also needed for women who are already mothers. “It’s time we ended the culture where abortion is seen as the only option. Women need to be supported and informed about the wide variety of alternative out there.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are committed to maintaining a safe and caring environment for all women who need an abortion. It is encouraging to see that the number of women under 18 having abortions has fallen – however we do want to better understand why rates in other age groups are increasing and we are monitoring this trend closely. We are looking at ways to increase access to contraception, which will be set out in PHE’s reproductive health action plan to be published this year.” “Unplanned pregnancy in the year after birth is not uncommon, particularly among women who are breastfeeding,” she said.”However, it is also possible that over the longer term couples are making different decisions about family size and the number of children they can afford and feel able to properly care for.”The two-child benefit cap was designed to influence reproductive decision-making and we are certainly aware of cases where that has been a factor in a woman’s decision to end a third, unplanned pregnancy.” However, anti-abortion activists said that the latest abortion data represented a “national tragedy”.Clare McCarthy, spokeswoman for the Right to Life charity, said: “Every one of these abortions represents a failure of our society to protect the lives of babies in the womb and a failure to offer full support to women with unplanned pregnancies.”Proposals from abortion campaigners to remove legal restrictions around abortion and introduce abortion right to birth would likely see these numbers get even worse.”There has been a sharp rise over the last decade in the proportion of abortions to women who are already mothers.In 2018, 56% of abortions (111,633) were to women who had had one or more previous pregnancies that resulted in a live or stillbirth, up 5% on the 106,550 the previous year. Less than half (48%) of abortions in 2008 were to women who had already had one or more previous births. Overall abortion rates have increased in the last decade for all women over the age of 25. The rates for women aged 30 to 34 increased from 15.6 per 1,000 women in 2008 to 19.9 in 2018.Among those aged 35 and over, they have risen from 6.7 per 1,000 women in 2008 to 9.2 per  1,000 women in 2018.In total, 34,380 women aged 35 and over had an abortion in 2018, up 6% on the 32,330 the year before. The data also showed there were 1,267 abortions to girls aged under 16 (0.6% of the total) in 2018.Of these, 363 were to girls aged under 15 (0.2% of the total). Overall, the abortion rate among under-18s has been falling for a decade.Nola Leach, chief executive at Christian Action Research and Education (CARE), added: “The fact that the abortion rate for women 35 or over has increased again since last year raises big questions about the pressures of modern life.“The instability of cohabitation and the intense pressure for couples to maintain two incomes are taking a heavy price. Abortions have reached the highest level ever in the UK, as new data reveals that 200,000 women had their pregnancies terminated last year.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published figures today revealing that there were 200,608 abortions for women in England and Wales in 2018. This marked an increase of 4% or 192,900 from the previous year. A further 4,687 abortions were carried out on non-residents in 2018.Experts said that the increase was as a result of older women and mothers being more likely to have abortions.Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at abortion provider the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: “The reasons for the increase in abortions for older women in England and Wales are complex. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

He related that the police are currently investigating the matter and have no information as to how the man suffered his injuries. According to Police Public Relations and Press Officer, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, the victim, Munir Amin, 31, of First Dam, Garden of Eden, EBD, was first taken to the East Demerara Regional Hospital by his father, with severe injuries to his head and face. A male labourer who was on Monday morning found lying in a pool of blood at First Dam, Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), is presently admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, in a critical condition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPensioner killed in EBD accidentAugust 31, 2019In “Crime”Lifeless body of a 70-year-old man “neatly placed” along Garden of Eden road sideMay 3, 2017In “Crime”Labourer critical following assault from brotherDecember 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

first_imgRetailers are giving the holiday shopping season one final push today with yet another retail holiday. It’s free shipping day. Some 1,500 stores across the country are participating in the event. The event was created two years ago by Luke Knowles. It has more than double since last year, when 750 companies participated. According to a recent poll, 37 percent of shoppers plan to buy online today thanks to the holiday. A list of eligible stores can be found over at the easy-to-remember FreeShippingDay.com.AdChoices广告And while you’ve got shipping on the mind, keep in mind these cutoffs for getting those presents delivered by Christmas Day:FedEx Ground: December 17UPS 3-Day Select: December 21, Next Day Air: December 23Priority Mail: December 21Express Mail: December 22last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — The Trump administration is angering environmental groups and residents of the Columbia River Gorge by rolling back a 2015 rule on oil train safety.Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the Obama administration rule change required trains carrying highly explosive liquids to have electronically controlled pneumatic brakes installed by 2021.Those new systems were intended to help prevent fiery oil train wrecks like the one that happened in the Oregon town of Mosier in 2016.President Donald Trump’s administration says the rule change would cost three times the benefit it would produce.Chet Thompson, of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, says in a statement that the rollback a “rational decision.”Electronically controlled pneumatic brakes are supposed to be safer than air-controlled brakes because they are faster.last_img read more

first_imgWhy do people use Facebook? For students, it is often the center of their lives—they communicate within the Facebook email system, or by posting messages on each other’s sites, they send digital gifts to each other, invite people to parties, or upload thousands of pictures, which are then “tagged” with the names of all their friends. It is a great way to keep in touch with distant friends, scope out the special interests of new acquaintances, join an online support group, or share pictures. To its rabid fans, it is a critical part of their lives. But Will It Last? And is it a sustainable business model? Will students who spend two hours a day on Facebook continue to use it as much ten years from now? Do traditional banner ads work on a site like this? Or will the new models of marketing Facebook is experimenting with make a difference? And Why Does All This Matter To Publishers?I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But if you are running a media business, you’d better be asking these questions. And you should be trying to experiment with social networking in some way on your own sites. At a minimum, you can create a product Facebook page for your magazine. If you are more ambitious, consider incorporating social networking functions for all your web users. Businesses, blogs, even politicians, can create their own page on Facebook. Sen. Barack Obama’s page has nearly a million “supporters”, while FOLIO:, a recent addition, has 294 “fans”, and posts video interviews from its own Web site [Edit: FOLIO: offers its own social network at mediapro.foliomag.com with more than 1,700 members]. Even the TV show “The Office” has a page with 52,000 fans. There is no reason why almost every publishing Web site shouldn’t use Facebook for such grass roots promotional purposes. Social networking is probably most important to publishers because it represents real, albeit indirect, competition for readers and for the dollars of our advertisers. If you can’t fight it, you should join in. Advertisers are looking for new ways to attract customers. They are using product placements, Facebook applications, and their own Web sites to attract, retain, and engage customers. And just recently, Facebook, MySpace and Google have opened up their closed network sites to allow users to take their profiles, favorite applications, and networking capacity to other Web sites. “I believe (we) will look back to 2008 and think it archaic and quaint that we had to go to a destination like Facebook or LinkedIn to ‘be social,”’ explained Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li, in her own blog. Your Web developers and operators should be thinking about how to expand this new “social” function on your own Web sites, to enhance your own communities. After all, the most successful publishers are really communication enablers for communities. If you publish a magazine, there’s little doubt that you’ve developed a digital strategy. At first, publishers just loaded up the print magazine on the Web and mistakenly thought that they had one. More recently, publishers have learned to incorporate at least some of the attributes of Web 2.0, such as chat, forums, webinars, blogs But where should “social networks” fit in a publishing strategy?Facebook, the social networking site started by Harvard drop-out Mark Zuckerberg, has grown from 3 million users, when it was limited to college students a few years ago, to more than 70 million users today. Can you imagine the circulation of any magazine growing at that kind of rate, without direct advertising, just by word of mouth? It’s beyond astounding.And social networking is not just something for young people—the fastest growing demographic on Facebook is the over-40 crowd. LinkedIn and Plaxo, two professional social networking sites, are also showing significant growth. I opened a Facebook account a year ago when I started teaching a graduate class at the USC Annenberg School of Communication on the impact of the Internet on the traditional media business model. I figured I needed to personally understand what the excitement was all about. And I’m not alone. My “friends” on Facebook include Don Graham, CEO of the Washington Post Company, David Nussbaum, CEO of F+W Publications, and Laurel Touby, founder of Mediabistro.com. Jeffrey S. Klein is Chairman of 1105 Media Inc., a B2B publisher.last_img read more

first_imgA Fairbanks restaurant is in trouble with the state over a golf game that often sends balls into the Chena River. The driving range on the deck of Pike’s Landing has closed due to environmental concerns.Listen nowThe patrons of Pikes Landing can no longer try to hit golf balls across the Chena River. Pikes challenges customers to buy a ball and drive it across the water, but many end up in the river, and Department of Environmental Conservation compliance officer Tiffany Larson said that’s illegal.”We’re determining what level of violation it is because it affects water violations or solid waste violations,” Larson said. “We’re trying to ascertain exactly what’s the composition of a golf ball and what does it constitute.”Larson said the issue was never previously raised and the state only began looking into it after a complaint was filed earlier this month by Anchorage environmental activist Rick Steiner.  Steiner said he was on his way home following a float trip in Gates of the Arctic National Park, when he stopped in Fairbanks.”And came thorugh Pike’s and saw these people hitting golf balls right into the river and couldn’t believe it,” Steiner said.Steiner, a biologist and former University of Alaska marine conservation professor, said golf balls are slightly negatively buoyant in fresh water, meaning they likely carry downstream to the Tanana and Yukon Rivers and eventually the Bering Sea, where denser ocean water, floats them to the surface and the golf balls can be eaten by wildlife.”I have, in my work in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, found hundreds of dead albatross chocked full of plastic items and a lot of these dead albatross had golf balls in them,” Steiner said. “They’ve also showed up in dead whale carcasses on beaches and such like that.”Steiner admits there’s no evidence of golf balls from Pikes ending up in the ocean or wildlife, but the restaurant’s driving range has likely sent thousands into the Chena River. Pikes owner, former state legislator, Jay Ramras said the range dates back to before he bought the restaurant and lodge in 1999, and that he’s being unfairly singled out among local golf venues.“They all have state waterways that run through their property and all have ball hazards,” Ramras said. “We serve 1,600 golfers, roughly, per summer. I’m quite certain that there are more golfers on the other three golf courses in Fairbanks, you know, who are hitting into water hazards that are also state waterways everyday of summer.”Ramras cites numerous environmentally beneficial projects at Pikes, including solar energy, composting and a hydroponic greenhouse, as well as river protection efforts with various agencies and groups. Ramras said he immediately closed down the golf venue after talking to the D.E.C., but has yet to receive an official compliance letter.”Give me a letter and tell me what I did wrong and I will go about correcting it right away,” Ramras said. “But meanwhile I have a damaged small business guy who wants to do the right thing who’s good name and good stewardship of the river has been swamped by a curious media and a non-responsive state agency.”A study found a standard plastic golf ball could take up to a thousand years to naturally degrade, releasing toxins as it does. Specific to Pikes, the DEC’s Larson said more environmentally friendly options are being considered.“Such as biodegradable golf balls, some sort of reclamation effort for catching all of the golf balls,” Larson said.Larson expects the Pikes golf issue to be resolved this summer, adding that the DEC is likely to issue a statement on the broader concern. Steiner has also asked the agency to look into the annual Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic in Nome.last_img read more

Uber suspends operation in Taiwan after fine hike

first_imgUberUber announced on Thursday it is halting operations in Taiwan, saying it is at an “impasse” with authorities which deem the ride-hailing app as illegal.The US firm has racked up fines since it entered the Taiwan market in 2013 for running a business without the proper registration to operate as a taxi service.Taiwan’s suspension comes after Uber halted services in Hungary last July due to new legislation that stops drivers from making money with their own vehicles.Last month Taiwanese authorities hiked the maximum possible penalty for Uber drivers to Tw$25 million ($803,639) — the highest in the world.The Transport Ministry Thursday said it was preparing to charge the firm Tw$230 million in penalties and would issue an order to halt operations.The order would be executed by the Taipei’s office of commerce, an official at the transport ministry told AFP.Preempting the order, Uber said in a statement on its website that it would suspend service on the island from February 10.”In the face of this impasse, we must create a new path forward,” the company said.”We hope that pressing pause will reset the conversation and inspire President Tsai to take action,” it added.Uber had in November warned President Tsai Ing-wen in an open letter that actions against the firm were scaring away foreign investors.Tsai’s administration is pushing for Taiwan to foster its own “Asian Silicon Valley” to help kickstart the economy by encouraging and fostering start-up technologies.But Uber on Thursday slammed the government for shunning new business models.”Unfortunately, the government has moved further and further away from embracing innovation and setting the stage for a 21st century transportation policy,” it said.Uber has also taken heat on social media in the United States in recent days for continuing to operate during a New York taxi strike against Donald Trump’s immigration ban.The firm this week said it was committed to assisting drivers affected by the restrictions.Across the world, the smartphone app has faced stiff resistance from traditional taxi drivers, as well as bans in some places over safety concerns and questions over legal issues, including taxes.Uber says it is not a transport company like taxi companies, and that it is simply a platform connecting drivers and passengers.It had intended to reconcile with cab drivers with a new service UberTAXI in Taiwan that lets customers order taxis with its app.last_img read more

Man killed in Coxs Bazar gunfight

first_imgA suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police near Marine Drive road in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Dil Mohammad, 36, son of Makbul Ahmed of Godarbhil village in the upazila.Police arrested Dil Mohammad from the upazila on Tuesday afternoon, UNB quotes Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station as saying.Later, a team of police along with Dil Mohammad conducted a drive at an abandoned fish enclosure in the area to recover arms and yaba.Sensing the presence of law enforcers Dil Mohammad’s associated opened fire to police and tried to snatch away Dil Mohammad from police, forcing them to fire back.At one stage, Dil Mohammad caught in the line of fire and died on the spot.Six LG gun, 13 cartridges and 7,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Second Israeli strikes hit Syria Trump calls for bombs to stop

first_imgAn Israeli soldier walks by mobile artillery cannon in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on 2 June. Photo: AFPIsrael launched a second round of strikes against Syria in 24 hours on Sunday, state media reported, as US president Donald Trump called on Russia and Iran to “stop bombing the hell” out of the war-torn country.Syria accused Israel of targeting an airbase in Homs province, reportedly killing five people, just hours after carrying out retaliatory attacks on military and intelligence posts south of Damascus, killing 10.”Our air defences thwarted an Israeli aggression and destroyed two of the rockets that targeted the T-4 airbase,” a military source told state news agency SANA said Sunday evening.The remaining rockets “killed one soldier, wounded two others, and damaged an arms warehouse,” the source added.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported five killed, including one Syrian soldier, adding that a rocket warehouse was destroyed.In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah paramilitary forces are also stationed at the airbase, according to the monitor.Hours earlier, Israel said it had carried out strikes in the province of Quneitra, which includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.It said the attack was in response to rare rocket fire from its neighbour late Saturday.Two rockets were fired from Syria at Mount Hermon in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and one had been “located within Israeli territory,” the Israeli Army said.The Observatory said 10 were killed, including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters in the attack south of the capital.STOP!Late Sunday, Trump tweeted calling for an end to the bombing in the jihadist stronghold of the northwestern region of Idlib.”Hearing word that Russia, Syria and, to a lesser extent, Iran, are bombing the hell out of Idlib Province in Syria, and indiscriminately killing many innocent civilians.”The World is watching this butchery. What is the purpose, what will it get you? STOP!” he said on Twitter shortly before he departed for a state visit to Britain.As well as killing dozens of civilians, the recent bombardments by Syrian and Russian forces allied to president Bashar al-Assad have pushed 300,000 people towards Turkey’s border, Syrian NGOs have said.Meanwhile, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.The country says it is determined to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs president Bashar al-Assad in the country’s eight-year war which has killed more than 370,000 people.The Jewish state insists that it has the right to continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah out of self-defence.”We won’t tolerate fire at our territory and will respond forcefully to any aggression against us,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, after the first strikes.The attacks come amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States.The stand-off had been simmering since the US last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear treaty which Iran reached with major world powers.In recent weeks Washington has accused Iran of alleged threats and deployed an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf.last_img read more

Black Leadership Classes

first_imgThe Fannie Lou Hamer Black Leadership classes are on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Coppin State University. For more information contact Dr. Ken Morgan at 410-951-4187 or see www.upppmaryland.org for more information.last_img