DU Convocation ceremony to be held on November 19

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first_imgThe Delhi University will conduct its 93rd annual convocation on November 19. Ved P Nanda, eminent jurist professor from University of Denver Sturm College of Law will present degrees to students for 2015 session.”The convocation will be conducted on Saturday at the multipurpose hall of the university’s sports complex. Chief guest Nanda is associated with University of Denver, United Nations Association, American Bar Association, among others and is the recipient of various prestigious awards,” a Delhi University statement said.More on the convocation ceremony:”Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi will preside over the function and confer the degrees of PhD, DM, and MCh in all disciplines. 666 doctoral degrees, 37 Doctorate of Medicine degrees and 181 medals will be awarded,” it addedThe degrees of the students who passed various examinations in 2015 will be conferred in absentia and shall be released to the respective colleges, institutions, faculties or departmentsA live webcast of the convocation will also be available on the university’s website.Read: JET 2017 to be held in April 2017: Check out details Read: IIT Madras admissions 2017: Apply for MBA coursesClick here for examination, admission related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

5 Pak athletes held for shouting Go Nawaz Go

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first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Apr 22 (PTI) Five Pakistani athletes were today arrested for shouting “Go Nawaz Go” against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an annual sports event here, two days after he escaped disqualification in a corruption case.”The railways police arrested five young athletes for chanting Go Nawaz Go during the speech of Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique at the railways headquarters in Lahore,” an official told PTI.The official said the minister ordered his staff to stop those chanting slogans against the prime minister.”However, when the five athletes refused to comply with the ministers order, the railways police intervened and took them into custody. The police also tortured them for raising slogans against the prime minister,” the official said.Although railways spokesman Najam Wali claimed that the athletes have been set free, the railways police have summoned their parents to settle the matter. “The young sportsmen will be allowed to go home after they and their parents tender a written apology,” the official said.Opposition Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has been unnerved after the Supreme Courts decision in the Panama Papers leaks case two days ago.”Now from ever nook and corner of the country Go Nawaz GO slogan will be raised and how many the government will arrest,” said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ejaz Chaudhry.The Supreme Court though found that the evidence against Sharif was “insufficient”, it ordered the constitution of a joint investigation team to probe the allegations of corruption against him and his family.advertisementThe high-profile case is about alleged money laundering by Sharif in 1990s when he twice served as the prime minister to purchase assets in London. The assets surfaced when Panama Papers leaks last year showed that they were managed through offshore companies owned by Sharifs children. PTI MZ ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

How Sourav Ganguly shaped the careers of Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni

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first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly is the reason behind shaping the careers of both Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni. Ganguly believed in giving chances to youngsters and he even gave up his batting position at times to fit in a player.Ganguly revealed how he identified Sehwag’s potential as an opening batsman. Sehwag before coming to the Indian team in 2001 used to play in the middle order for his Delhi Ranji side.But it was Ganguly who promoted Sehwag to open the innings in both Tests and ODIs and the rest is history. Sehwag was the first Indian to smash a triple century in Test cricket and not once but twice.Speaking on Breakfast With Champions, Ganguly revealed the entire story of how he once insisted on getting Sehwag picked in the team for an away tour.”Like when Viru opened. During selection, people asked why are you taking for an away tour. He won’t manage bouncers. They’ll hit him in the head with bouncers.”And I replied: ‘You are judging him without even seeing him play or giving him an opportunity’. Then he ended up scoring a century on his debut in South Africa. After that, we did not have a position for him in the middle order, so one day I told him…Viru, no one made a career by sitting on the bench. Why don’t you open? And opening is not a skill anyone is born with. If [Matthew] Hayden and [Justin] Langer could do it, so can you..advertisement”Viru told me he had never opened and batted only at 5 or 6 for Delhi. ‘What if I get out?’ I told him you can get out even in the middle order. And I batted down the order so that I could have him in my team. And then he opened in England and scored a century…”He is a little mad and keeps telling me you never played me in the middle order. I told him ‘you would not have been half the player with that kind of impact and match-winning ability…that would not have come by playing in the middle order,” Ganguly said.Dhoni made his ODI debut in 2004 under Ganguly’s captaincy. Even in the Dhoni’s bipoic — MS Dhoni: The Untold Story — there is a mention how Ganguly backed Dhoni and the wicketkeeper-batsman was included in the Indian team.After a few poor performances, Dhoni was promoted to bat at No.3 and he proved his worth with a thunderous 148 against Pakistan and then a few months later blasted his way to 183 against Sri Lanka.”When Dhoni came into the side in 2004, he played at No.7 in the first two matches. We went to Vizag (vs Pakistan) I was watching the news and wondering how could make a player out of Dhoni. He had great potential.”The next day in the morning, we did our warm-ups, did the toss, won it and decided to bat. While coming back I decided I will send him up the order.. We’ll see what the result is.. He was sitting in shorts because he knew he would bat at No.7. I told him to go up at No.3 and he asked ‘what about you?’ I said ‘I will bat at No.4’. And he went and scored 148.”That is how you players are made,” Ganguly said. Ganguly also said that seeing Dhoni play for so long makes him feel happy because both of them are from a part of India where not much cricket was played those days.”Dhoni is very courageous. I feel happy seeing MS because when we started playing cricket there was no cricketer from the east. No players used to play and used to think there won’t be a player this side. And we both captained so many matches, we played so many matches…T20 wasn’t there in our time..I played approximately 450 matches. That day in Cardiff MS played his 500th. I feel good because a part of India where not many cricketers came from, 2 captains came from that side. Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni that’s the proud moment,” he said.Ganguly has also said that he has a lot of hopes from Virat Kohli as India look to win their first Test series in England since 2007.”When Virat Kohli plays, wherever you are you will come and watch that because he is playing. That is his impact. When you look at him, you will get to know that this man has a mission of making his team the best,” Ganguly said.advertisement”There is fitness and yo-yo test. People criticize it but there is a reason behind these tests. You have to be mentally tough. Now cricket is fitness oriented and sports has changed over the years. I have lot of hopes from Virat Kohli and nation believes in him,” he added.India begin their five-match Test series against England at Edgbaston from August 1.last_img read more

India’s Test warm-up ends with hundred for Vijay and 62 for KL Rahul

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first_imgMurali Vijay and KL Rahul were both back among the runs in India’s second innings on the final day of their only warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI on Saturday as the match ended in a draw.India scored 211/2 in 43.4 overs in the second innings as the match ended with Murali Vijay falling for 129 in 132 deliveries at a Daniel Fallins delivery.The Indian team management would breath a sigh of relief after watching Vijay and Rahul bat on Saturday as the team is most likely to go with the two of them as openers for the first Test starting December 6.Earlier, 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw was guaranteed an opener spot after his half century debut in Australia in the warm-up but India lost the youngster to an ankle injury.Shaw twisted his ankle when he tumbled over the rope on the third day of the warm-up while attempting to field and scans in the hospital later ruled him out from the first Test.Rahul has struggled for runs in recent times [apart from a hundred in the final Test vs England] and India’s third opening option, Murali Vijay, is on the comeback trail after he was dropped following a poor tour of England earlier this year.India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, got a second chance to bat in the tour match after the Cricket Australia XI kept them on the field for more than 151 overs, finally getting dismissed for 544 with a first innings lead of 186.Rahul, who was dismissed for three in the first innings, made a stroke-filled 62, hitting eight fours and a six in his knock after an opening stand of 109.advertisementVijay, dropped for the home two-Test series against West Indies, scored 129, his innings studded with 16 fours and five sixes. He smashed off-spinner Jake Carder for 26 in an over to reach his hundred.Earlier, four batsmen from the representative side scored half-centuries, with wicketkeeper-batsman Harry Nielsen scoring 100 to make the Indian bowlers toil.The Test series begins in Adelaide on Thursday, with further matches in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Australia start favourites in Test series vs India, says Ravichandran AshwinAlso Read | We want to make Australians proud: Justin Langer ahead of Test series vs IndiaAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: Gavaskarlast_img read more

GT20 Canada: Umar Akmal reports match-fixing approach by ex-Pakistan player Mansoor Akhtar

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first_imgControversial Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has accused a former Test player Mansoor Akhtar of corrupt approach during the ongoing Global T20 Canada, reporting the matter to PCB’s anti-corruption unit.According to highly placed PCB sources, a few days back, Umar had reported the matter to the organizers as well as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit.He is playing for the Winnipeg Hawks franchise.Umar reported that a former Test batsman, Akhtar, who was part of the Winnipeg Hawks management had approached him and asked him to play a role in fixing some games of the league.The 61-year-old Mansoor, who is currently based out of the United States has played around 19 Tests and 41 ODIs between 1980 and 1990. He has reportedly gone incommunicado since complaint came to light.Umar was sidelined by the national selectors during the recent World Cup after being given a comeback chance in the preparatory one-day series against Australia in the UAE in March-April.But the flamboyant middle-order batsman has a tendency to get involved in controversies and last year came under the spotlight when he made claims in a television interview about being approached to fix matches by some bookmakers during the 2015 World Cup and during Hong Kong Super Sixes.last_img read more

Birmingham City appoint Garry Monk as manager after Steve Cotterill departs

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first_imgBirmingham City have moved quickly to replace Steve Cotterill as manager with Garry Monk appointed on a three-and-a-half-year contract.Monk was confirmed on Sunday evening, with the Championship club – who lie in the relegation zone after five straight defeats – “delighted to have secured the services of one of the game’s brightest young managers”. The Observer Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Birmingham City Share on Facebook Read more Championship news Share via Emailcenter_img Garry Monk Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Pep Clotet joins as assistant manager, the former Southampton striker James Beattie as first-team coach and Darryl Flahavan as the new goalkeeping coach. Sean Rush also joins Monk’s backroom staff as head of performance and Ryan Needs comes in as head of analysis.Monk has been out of work since leaving Middlesbrough in December, when he was sacked four hours after presiding over the Tees-side club’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, which left them ninth in the table. He has every incentive to start with a win at Birmingham. His first match is at home to Boro.Birmingham have been interested in Monk since he left Swansea in 2015 and moved quickly now to secure his services. They had also held talks with the former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, despite the 61-year-old being out of club management since 2010.Cotterill, 53, was appointed in September but his reign ended following Saturday’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Nottingham Forest. The result leaves the Blues third bottom in the table, two points from the last safe spot, and with their third manager of the season.“Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision,” said the club in a statement. “However, the board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the football club.” Football League: Fulham go above Derby after win, MK’s poor run goes onlast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde delighted with Levante rout: Very different to last year

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde delighted with Levante rout: Very different to last yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted with their 5-0 win at Levante.Lionel Messi shone for the Catalans as the Argentine bagged three goals and provided two assists.”We are happy because last year we played here and conceded five after a whole season without losing,” Valverde said.”That was only a few months ago, they are having a great season and they keep showing that.”We remembered last year and we managed to put it behind us and leave with a clean sheet.”Levante started well on Sunday but ultimately fell short and Valverde says he expected the game to begin as it did.”They started as we imagined,” he said.”We had to change the setup based on the casualties we had so it was difficult for us and they squeezed us.”They’re able to score and dangerous when they counterattack but we had the fortune of opening the score.” last_img read more

9 months ago​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridge

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe admits loan possible for Bradford target Surridgeby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes another loan could be on the cards for Sam Surridge.The 20-year-old is back from his spell at Oldham, where he netted 12 goals in 20 matches in League Two.But clubs such as Oxford United and Bradford want to take him for the rest of the season. And Cherries boss Howe admits it is a possibility.Quizzed on Surridge, Howe told the Daily Echo: “That’s a very difficult question to answer [on him going back out on loan]. We will wait and see.”I’ve been pleased with him and the loan spell has had a positive effect, which is not always the case.”My recent experiences have been that we have had more negative reactions from loan spells than positive.”It depends on the individual. Sam played and scored goals. He’s feeling good about himself and that has shown in his training here.”There are a lot of admirers out there which is only good for him and us.”He has built his profile to a level where people are aware of him and talking about him, which is the beauty of the loan spell.” last_img read more

Private Sector Promotes Nova Scotia

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first_imgTwelve private-sector organizations have joined the province to promote Nova Scotia and its attributes wherever they do business. The organizations, who signed the Nova Scotia “Come to life” charter with Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Oct. 4, included: the Brain Repair Centre; Credit Union Atlantic; Acadian Seaplants; Saint Mary’s University; Eassons Transport Ltd.; Michelin; Oxford Frozen Foods; the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters – Nova Scotia division; Glenora Inn and Distillery; the Cape Breton Partnership; C-Vision; and Eastlink Television. “The new charter members are a diverse group, representing the best things about our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “They are innovative, creative, smart and successful. They are also well connected to the rest of the world, and can help us expand our message to a much broader audience.” “We have always made a point of telling people that we are a Nova Scotian company, and it serves us well wherever we go,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president of Acadian Seaplants Limited. “We ship our product to more than 70 countries worldwide, and promoting our Nova Scotia roots reinforces the quality of our products, the creativity of our people and the innovation of our approach.” The charter formalizes the involvement of public- and private-sector organizations in telling Nova Scotia’s story. As a charter member, each organization agrees to help develop and support the “Come to life” initiative. “We are very proud to promote Nova Scotia as a great place to work, invest and live,” said Dave Miller, manager of personnel and safety with Berwick-based transport company, Eassons Transport Ltd. “In fact, we have taken the step of putting Nova Scotia signage on all of our trailers, and telling our customers and contacts about what makes our province so unique.” Nova Scotia’s “Come to life” initiative uses eight simple words to describe the attributes that make this province and its people unique: coastal, accessible, safe, genuine, dependable, creative, innovative, and resourceful. Taken as a whole, these attributes help embody the variety and balance that give the province its unrivalled quality of life. “Come to life” markets Nova Scotia as an excellent place in which to live, work, invest, receive an education, play, and visit. “The nature of our work requires international collaboration,” said Dr. Ivar Mendez of the Brain Repair Centre. “Nova Scotia provides a fertile environment for people to excel and be innovative. That point is not lost on our colleagues around the world, and we are not shy about telling people our story.” Earlier charter members include: the Halifax International Airport Authority; Greater Halifax Partnership; EduNova; International Language Institute; High Liner Foods Incorporated; Scotia Slate; Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association; Credit Union Central; Atlantic Superstore; Heritage Gas; Alexander Keith’s; and RCR Hospitality Group.last_img read more

Bullet holes blood smears shown at murder trial in Kelowna BC

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first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – Video of a luxury car riddled with bullets and smeared with blood has been shown at the trial of three men accused of murdering a gang leader in Kelowna, B.C.Former RCMP forensic officer Cora Malewski testified in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying there were holes all around the Porsche Cayenne when she shot the video.The trial has previously heard that Red Scorpion leader Jonathon Bacon and several others were ambushed in a hail of gunfire shortly after they checked out of a hotel on Aug. 14, 2011.Bacon was killed and three others were injured, including a woman who was left paralysed.Michael Jones, Jason McBride and Jujhar Khun-Khun are charged with first-degree murder in Bacon’s death, and with the attempted murder of four others. They have pleaded not guilty on all counts.Malewski, who has since retired from the RCMP, says she arrived at the scene after the victims had already been taken to hospital.Video shown in court on Wednesday showed the car’s back hatch open and loaded with luggage. Inside the vehicle, there are dark stains.Shells from both rifles and 9-mm handguns were on the ground, Malewski testified.There were also some types of ammunition that Malewski said she hadn’t dealt with before. After arriving at the scene, Malewski called RCMP counterparts in Vancouver for assistance.(Kelowna Daily Courier)last_img read more

Stars Record Musical Tribute Benefitting Victims And Families Of Orlando Massacre

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first_imgGLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando.Video: “Hands” – A Song for OrlandoThe song features Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, Pink, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.The tribute will be made available at iTunes exclusively. Proceeds from the sale of the new tribute single in the United States will benefit Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.“Hands” is available now for digital download via iTunes.“Orlando’s broken hearts have been lifted by the outpouring of love and support from people near and far,” said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith. “There has been beauty in the midst of our grief and we are grateful to these talented artists, producers, and GLAAD for helping us mourn and laugh and cry and sing together.”“The horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando has left us devastated, but not defeated,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As we continue to mourn the crushing loss of 49 Americans, the majority of whom were Latinx and whose lives were lost to hate, we stand resolved in paying tribute to their memory, supporting the victims and families, and working together to achieve full acceptance once and for all.”“This senseless tragedy is a call to all of us to stand together and face down hatred, intolerance and violence… and having grown up a short drive from Orlando, it really brings it right to my doorstep,” commented John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M. “We all know music has the power to heal, and I’m honored and grateful to be a part of whatever our business can do to help.”“The second I heard about this horrible tragedy where so many of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters lost their lives, I immediately got on a plane to Orlando to volunteer my help anyway I could,” said “Hands” writer and producer Justin Tranter. “Putting this charity single together is just a way for me, and everyone involved to keep volunteering our help and promote peace and love in the world.”“Hands” was written by Warner Chappell writers Justin Tranter & Julia Michaels, and BloodPop; produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.GLAAD is on the ground in Orlando, working to support the work of local LGBT advocates and organizations, including Equality Florida. GLAAD has also been working with local, national, and international media outlets on the ground in Orlando to shine light on the disproportionate rates of violence LGBT people face, especially LGBT people of color.last_img read more

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeaus blackface scandal makes international headlines

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first_imgIn its story, Politico tried to put Trudeau’s conduct into a national context for global readers, concluding that the photos had potential to do real damage.“A vast swath of Canadians finds these incidents every bit as disgraceful as their American neighbours,” the article reads. “They argue that historical differences are no excuse because blackface holds an equally objectionable — if lesser-known — place in Canada’s story.” The blackface scandal engulfing Justin Trudeau and his re-election campaign has spilled beyond Canada’s borders, with prominent international media devoting considerable space to the Liberal leader’s apology and challenging his global reputation as a champion of progressive ideals.Newspapers, websites and television stations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and beyond gave the burgeoning scandal prominent play on Thursday, hours after an American news outlet first released a 2001 photo that threatens to upend Trudeau’s re-election bid.Time Magazine first released the image of Trudeau wearing brownface while clad in a turban Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, Trudeau apologized for the image, taken at a  British Columbia private school where he used to teach. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019. Since then, however, at least two other images have surfaced depicting Trudeau in blackface and drawing increasing attention from international press that once showered him with plaudits.“Mr. Trudeau has long cast himself as a glittering spokesman for the world’s beleaguered liberals, standing up to (U.S.) President (Donald) Trump, supporting gender and Indigenous rights, welcoming immigrants, and fighting climate change and racism,” wrote the New York Times. “…that carefully calibrated image suffered a major blow.”The tone was similar in many of the outlets that shied away from commentary or analysis in their coverage. Trudeau’s acknowledgment of poor judgment and racist conduct, coupled with his apology for the 2001 photo, was presented alongside his vocal espousement of progressive values and his appointment of a gender-balanced cabinet upon taking power in 2015.Such accounts could be found in outlets ranging from The Associated Press, The Guardian in the U.K., the BBC, Australia’s Sidney Morning Herald and Al Jazeera’s English service.Elsewhere, however, the coverage fell along more partisan lines.Fox News presented a fairly clinical online account of the scandal, but devoted considerable airtime to the story on the “Fox and Friends” morning show.” The outlet also penned an article taking aim at a network rival using the Trudeau controversy as a jumping-off point.center_img Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press CNN aired a panel where pundits weighed in on the Trudeau affair. While they condemned his previous conduct, all present focused on his subsequent apology and contrasted his behaviour with the brash approach usually favoured by Trump.“Wow, a leader apologizing,” quipped anchor Don Lemon. “It seems odd, doesn’t it? Because we have one who doesn’t.”Other outlets attempted to pull back from the immediate controversy by focusing on both Trudeau’s political past and the way in which the scandal could impact his chances for re-election. Trudeau is currently embroiled in a tight race with Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer, with recent polls suggesting the two were in a dead heat before the photos were released.An article from The Associated Press presented Trudeau’s current woes alongside a chronicling of the SNC-Lavalin affair that dominated Canadian headlines earlier in the year. It also contrasted the images of Trudeau with similar photos of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam that emerged earlier this year, prompting calls for his resignation.last_img read more

UN humanitarian agencies local staff keep on working in Iraq

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In the first of daily briefings, in Amman, Jordan, on the humanitarian situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said more than 328 staff were continuing to work and prepare for the potential impact of conflict, using supplies propositioned in Iraq. The World Food Programme (WFP) said 800 national staff would continue to work as far as security conditions permit and food supplies last.WFP spokesman Khaled Mansour said the agency believed most people have enough food to sustain them for up to six weeks in the south and centre of Iraq, where the government is in charge of the UN oil-for-food programme, under which Baghdad is allowed to use a portion of oil revenues to purchase food and humanitarian supplies. Outside Iraq, WFP has already secured enough supplies in neighbouring countries for two million people for one month, he added.The WFP will also launch a phased series of humanitarian operations to ensure that the Iraqi people continue to receive their basic food needs, he said. As now envisioned, the operation could cost over $1 billion and aims to guarantee that the monthly food distribution system, the lifeline for the majority of the people in Iraq, continues to function.“In a few weeks we may be called upon to sustain the operation of the monthly food rationing system in Iraq, possibly assisting the whole Iraqi population, up to 27 million people,” Mr. Mansour said.WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said the agency had been working for months to prepare for the potential impact of conflict. Fifteen emergency health kits are already in place in Iraq, each containing supplies for the basic health care of 10,000 people for three months. In surrounding countries, kits to cover around 150,000 refugees for three months are in place and supplies for another 750,000 people are reported to be in the pipeline or available to be called on within a few days for use in Iraq.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it had so far received no reports of refugees moving out of Iraq, although it has contingency plans based on an initial preparedness figure for 600,000. Spokesman Peter Kessler said UNHCR had made preparations with Iraq’s neighbours – Syria, Jordan, Iran and Turkey – to deal with the expected flow.To help Iran cope, UNHCR announced it is releasing $1 million to prepare four campsites, each with a capacity for 15,000 refugees for a possible initial influx of 60,000 people. To the west, in Jordan, UNHCR is working with the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) to prepare Ruwaished refugee camp, 60 kilometres west of the border, for up to 5,000 Iraqi refugees within one week, and later for up to 10,000 people, enlarging it further as needed.In Syria, El Hol camp, about 100 kilometres from the border, has an initial capacity for 4,000 to 5,000 people and will soon be ready to shelter up to 10,000 once on-going sanitation works is completed. UNHCR has four mobile teams in Turkey. read more

Ohio State mens basketball hoping to extend win streak against Penn State

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The road hasn’t been too kind to the Ohio State men’s basketball team this season. Of the Buckeyes’ four losses on the year, three (Duke, Illinois, Michigan State) have come outside of the friendly confines of the Schottenstein Center. OSU (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) is set to play an away game Saturday, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble notching a win. The team the Buckeyes are traveling roughly five hours to play is the conference’s worst club: Penn State. The Nittany Lions (8-11, 0-7) are the Big Ten’s only winless team in conference play. Their leading scorer, senior point guard Tim Fraizer, is out for the year with an injury after playing in just four games. PSU has struggled heavily to score the ball, as the Nittany Lions rank near the bottom of the country in nearly all offensive team statistics. Still searching for a team identity, as senior forward Evan Ravenel said, the Buckeyes are looking to start a win streak after defeating Iowa Tuesday night in Columbus, 72-63. If history is any proof, OSU shouldn’t have too much trouble doing that Saturday. The Buckeyes have won 17 straight games against PSU and have been victorious in the last six meetings that took place in State College, Pa. “I don’t know what it is. I do like the way we’ve come out of there in the times we’ve gone, though,” OSU coach Thad Matta said, speaking about his team’s previous treks to play the Nittany Lions on the road. Matta said has been sure to point out to his team that PSU has shown the capability in the past to knock off a ranked opponent, though. “He doesn’t want it to be us,” Ravenel said. The Buckeyes played like they were ready to go in practice this week, according to Matta. “If you don’t come to practice ready to play, you’re going to look really bad. I think guys have caught on to that,” Matta said. OSU’s leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, will be coming off an injury Saturday. The junior forward gashed the area above his right eye in the contest against the Hawkeyes Tuesday and received six stitches. Thomas has been playing in the Big Ten for two-plus years, but the battle scar was the first he’s gotten. “In high school people barely touched me. Now, the Big Ten is physical,” Thomas said. OSU and PSU are set to tip-off at noon Saturday. read more

Children face curfew on nighttime social media use under new code

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Children could face a curfew on night-time social media use, under plans being considered by the information commissioner. Details of the consultation on the code, which aims to protect children’s privacy, their rights and to ensure they only access material appropriate to their age, are due to be unveiled this week. Elizabeth Denham is to ask parents and children what measures they want included in a new legally-enforced code, which could include forcing social media firms to switch off technology that keeps children awake at night and hooked to their devices for hours. “We are looking to do research directly with children and parents,” said a senior official. “We are looking to make sure it’s…

Four superb goals but which one was the best

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first_img Poll Results: YOU’LL BE WATCHING football for many, many more weekends before you get another Saturday with such a selection of quality goals.Here are the three that everyone is talking about this morning — and one from last weekend that possibly tops the lot.Jack Wilshere (Arsenal v Norwich)A breathtaking team goal. Wilshere’s finish was relatively simple but his build-up play with Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud was jaw-dropping.Paddy McCourt (Barnsley v Middlesbrough)A brilliant solo slalom from “the Derry Pele” Paddy McCourt who wriggled his way past five or six Boro defenders before scoring.YouTube credit: Barnsley FCZlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain vs Bastia)If ever a goal could be described as typical Zlatan Ibrahimovic, this inspired back-heel flick might just be it.YouTube Credit: jeriel80Stephanie Roche (Wexford Youths Women v Peamount United)Ok, so this one is from last weekend but Stephanie Roche’s goal for Peamount in the Women’s National League deserves all the plaudits it gets.Since it was uploaded on Saturday, Roche’s brilliant juggle, swivel and volley has 600,000 views on YouTube — and the number keeps on rising.YouTube Credit: Eileen GleesonThey’re all pretty special — obviously — but which is the best of the four? Jack Wilshere (677) Paddy McCourt (782) Jack WilsherePaddy McCourtZlatan IbrahimovicStephanie RocheVoteLegendary defender Alessandro Nesta set to retire from football Zlatan Ibrahimovic (185) Stephanie Roche (1421)last_img read more

Ireland is a nation of recordbreakers Here are some of our best

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first_imgDID YOU KNOW the world’s first road traffic death occurred in Ireland? Or the world’s best-selling musician was Irish and, despite her success, never performed a solo gig?The answers lie within the pages of the Guinness World Book of Records. We’ve had a flick through and come up with some of the lesser-known records achieved on this island.Tea Drinkers AnonymousAre you sitting down? This could shock you. Between 1998 and 2000, Ireland had the greatest annual consumption of tea……….Have you taken that in? Ok, moving on.We consumed a grand total of 2.69 kg of the golden stuff per capita, which is about 1,184 cups per person per year. Go on, go on, go on, etc.(YouTube: FatherTedChannel)Sail Away, Sail Away(Image: Photocall Ireland)The Donegal native holds the honour of being the world’s best-selling act having sold more than 70 million albums across the globe since splitting from Clannad in 1988. She achieved that without ever performing a solo concert. You want to Orinoco Flow now, right?(YouTube: kassyhinata25)We’ll answer Ireland’s call(Image: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images)Last summer, the International Olympic Council said the Irish crowd created the most noise of any London 2012 audience while cheering on Katie Taylor in the Excel Arena. And it turns out we have form in the area. On 7 February 1998, the loudest crowd roar ever was recorded at Lansdowne Road during a Ireland versus Scotland Five Nations tie. A peak reading of 125.4dBA was noted. It didn’t do the team much good though as they went on to lose by one point (16-17) and were rewarded at the end of the season with the wooden spoon. Ouch.In the name of science(Image: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive)Ireland’s track record on road safety is not pleasant reading and it starts way back in 1869 when the world’s first road traffic death was recorded here. The victim was Mary Ward, an amateur scientist, who was killed when she fell out of her cousin’s experimental steam car on 31 August. The car ran over her and broke her neck. The vehicle speed was estimated to be about 3.5 to 4 miles per hour.At the inquest, the presiding coroner John Corcoran said, “This must never happen again.”Now that’s what we call dedication(Image: Xavier Luque via Flickr)Many Irish children served at Catholic masses during their primary school careers but Wicklow native Tommy Kinsella took it to a whole new lever. In 1917, he served his first Mass at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, aged 11. He continued the practice until his death on 1 April 1999. I’ll do the maths for you – that is 81 years. That is 4,212 Sundays.Mapping Moone(Image: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)No, not that Moone.(Image: Niamh Pitts)Yes, that’s better.The oldest Moon map in the world can be found carved onto a rock at Knowth in the valley of the River Boyne. It is estimated to have been carved around 5,000 years ago.Endless space(Image: Stephen Rafferty/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images)The world’s largest data warehouse is not located in some US desert but in Ireland’s capital. The IBM Technology Campus is home to a warehouse that contains 3 petabyte (3,000 terabytes) of raw data.Renewable Energy?(Image: Emmet McLaughlin/CuriousIreland.ie)The world’s tallest windmill stands proud in the St Patrick’s Distillery Mill on Thomas Street in Dublin. It now lives its life without sails but is quite content with its height of 150 feet.Related: The world’s oldest woman has a 90-year-old sonMore: 5 off-the-beaten track places in Ireland you really should visitlast_img read more

Sommeil une seule nuit blanche parvient à affecter le système immunitaire

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first_imgSommeil : une seule nuit blanche parvient à affecter le système immunitaireUne nouvelle étude anglo-néerlandaise a récemment mis en évidence les méfaits d’une nuit blanche sur l’organisme et particulièrement sur le système immunitaire.Gare aux conséquences d’une longue nuit passée éveillé ! Une équipe anglo-néerlandaise de chercheurs a en effet récemment prouvé comment quelques heures de sommeil en moins peuvent avoir des effets néfastes sur l’organisme. En effet si l’on savait déjà que le manque de sommeil était mauvais pour l’organisme, l’équipe du Dr Katrin Ackermann de l’Eramus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam aux Pays-Bas a voulu s’intéresser plus particulièrement à l’impact d’une seule nuit blanche. Leur étude, publiée le 1er juillet dans la revue américaine SLEEP, démontre ainsi que les nuits blanches perturbent particulièrement l’activité des granulocytes, globules blancs du système immunitaire.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont mené une série d’expériences sur quinze hommes, âgés d’en moyenne vingt-cinq ans. Le protocole était le suivant : pendant une semaine, les volontaires ont été invités à équilibrer leur rythme circadien en dormant 8 heures par nuit, et en s’exposant au moins 15 minutes à la lumière du jour 90 minutes après leur réveil. Les trois derniers, il leur a également été interdit de boire du café, de consommer de l’alcool ou des médicaments. Après cette étape, les sujets ont alors été soumis à une période d’éveil de 29 heures consécutives. Par ailleurs, leur sang a été prélevé régulièrement à chaque étape afin de contrôler le niveau des globules blancs. En comparant la densité des globules blancs prélevé avant et après la nuit blanche, les scientifiques ont ainsi constaté une augmentation extrêmement importante des granulocytes pendant la veille imposée. Un phénomène qui traduit une importante activation du système immunitaire. Comme l’expliquent les chercheurs, la nuit de sommeil perdue pousserait en fait l’organisme à réagir en mobilisant un grand nombre de cellules immunitaires, exactement comme il le ferait s’il devait faire face à un stress physique. Or, d’après les résultats obtenus et les conditions de l’expérience, une seule nuit blanche suffirait à provoquer un tel phénomène.Si cette étude révèle donc encore une fois l’importance d’avoir un sommeil régulier pour l’organisme, elle doit être mise en parallèle avec d’autres recherches réalisées précédemment. Des travaux ont en effet démontré que le manque de sommeil rendait le corps plus vulnérable à certaines infections en perturbant les mécanismes de la défense immunitaire. Désormais, les chercheurs prévoient donc d’approfondir le sujet pour comprendre la manière dont une simple nuit blanche parvient à stimuler directement l’immunité. Le 5 juillet 2012 à 10:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

As job openings abound employers look to younger workers

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first_imgWith a wave of construction worker retirements looming, the Southwest Washington Contractors Association took its job-recruitment plans to the drawing board.It came back with a coloring book.The six-page book, to be handed out at the upcoming Dozer Day, tries to charm boys and girls who might someday put on a hard hat. It tells the story of a child who falls in love with the industry and, decades later, starts a construction company.“It’s just to create awareness that construction jobs can be fun and rewarding,” spokeswoman Andrea Smith said.Many industries in Clark County would like to create awareness about jobs right now, as unemployment levels stay consistently low and companies say they can’t keep up with demand. Many are turning to youth to fill their ranks.Not every industry uses the same approach, but trades especially seem to be making the most concerted efforts to recruit new, younger workers.“The job market is really good. There’s a huge demand,” said Deken Letinich, area representative for the Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers. He added that he never misses a chance to talk at a high school.Meanwhile, educators and economic development organizations are trying to meet demand by revving up career and technical education — what today’s parents once knew as “vocational school.”Help wantedThe Southwest Washington Contractors Association isn’t the only one with a children’s book. Lakeside Industries, an asphalt company based in Issaquah, has one, too.last_img read more