Malkangiri’s former Maoists switch from guns to pens

first_imgMalkangiri district police in Odisha has taken up the mantle to educate former Maoists, who were once trained to raise guns against the security forces.Owing to the efforts and coaching of police officials, 107 surrendered former Maoists of Malkangiri district were now appearing in the examinations for Bachelors Preparatory Course (BPP) of IGNOU this month. Most of them were appearing for the commerce course, which could be a catalyst for their decent livelihood in future.It was an achievement of the ‘Mission Education’ initiated by Malkangiri police in 2017 with an aim to provide free education to surrendered Maoists and their supporters living in remote pockets of this Maoist infested district. Police officials, including Superintendent of Police Jagmohan Meena, had taken active role in the training.“We had managed to identify and motivate around 120 tribals mostly surrendered Maoists and school drop outs to get enrolled in the six month BPP coaching. All of them had started to realise importance of education in life,” said Malkangiri SP Mr Meena. As all these youths lived in remote pockets of the district, police department made arrangements so that they could come over to Malkangiri town on weekends for regular direct coaching and counselling for the purpose.Police officials including Mr. Meena, took classes for these surrendered Maoists at district police headquarters every weekend during past six months to get them prepared for BPP examination. A private tutor was assigned to help out these students and authorities of IGNOU study centre of Malkangiri also extended support. Out of the 120 students 107 decided to take up the BPP examination of IGNOU in June this year. They included a former hardcore Maoist leader Sukdev, who was involved in Maoist ambush on a motor-launch in Chitrakonda reservoir in June 2008 in which 36 greyhound commandos of Andhra Pradesh were killed.last_img read more

Prabhu Chawla, Editor, Languages, India Today, writes on CWG

first_imgConnect with the Editor Thanks God, it’s over. And thank God it went off without a glitch, or nearly. Remember, as late as three weeks ago, the doomsayers were attaching too many firsts to the first-ever Commonwealth Games in India, including that it would be first-ever Games to be called off.  Top athletes pulled out in droves. Even a month before the opening, the stadia and the village were far from ready and a footbridge collapse with just a week left was seen as a signal of the fate that awaited the Games. The Australians, in particular, moaned about everything from dengue fever to impending terror attacks to dirty toilets to hatch a conspiracy for a last-minute shifting of the Games to Down Under. But Jugadu Indians have done it.The Games ended as wonderfully as they began with a closing ceremony that showcased the best of India. Nobody, except perhaps Mr. Kalmadi, is as yet claiming that it was better than Beijing. But ordinary Indians who feared that the Games will shame us all are now proud, not just because the stadiums and the villages were ready and but also because more than a 100 Indians are sporting winners medals around their necks. Hard work and training has given us athletes who were competing and winning instead of just taking part. Most of them earned their medals not because of the state but despite it.Nothing is ever perfect, particularly in this country, but Delhi 2010 was as close as we could get. The jostling for credit began even before the Games ended and Delhi’s LG was first off the block, shooting off a letter to the Prime Minister to protest Sheila Dikshit’s attempts to hog all the credit. More will follow. The Games have ended, the fun is about to begin.last_img read more

PCB writes to Sri Lanka Cricket, issues warning to Shehzad over religious comments

first_imgAhmed ShehzadThe Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) wrote a letter to Sri Lankan Cricket on Thursday, asking them if they have any objection to the comments made by Ahmed Shehzad to batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan.According to reports, the PCB is waiting for the reply to initiate further action against Shehzad. The board has also issued a stern warning saying that he should just concentrate on cricket.The PCB is investigating religious comments by Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their one-day international last Saturday.While the players were walking back to the dressing room in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan “if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.”Dilshan’s reply was not audible, and Shehzad went on to say, “Then be ready for the fire.”Shehzad was summoned to PCB headquarters in Lahore on Wednesday and asked about his comments, board general manager media Agha Akbar said.”Ahmed has informed the PCB that it was his personal chat with Dilshan, and there was nothing more to it,” Akbar said.”What we understand is that no Sri Lanka Cricket official or our own manager lodged any complaint.”However, Akbar said the PCB was still investigating the matter.Dilshan was born to a Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan.He shed his Muslim name shortly after his international debut in 1999 and took up the name Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan with an ethnic Sinhalese-Buddhist identity.advertisementHis childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, he and his brothers and sisters followed their mother’s religion from their childhood.last_img read more

NBA India, Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers, Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live on TV, Online

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. NBA teams Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will face-off at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai in the first ever NBA match in India on Friday. The two teams will face-off in the first pre-season game on Friday and the second match will take place on Saturday.It’s not just the first ever NBA game in India — it’s the first time teams from a North American sports league have ever played in India, according to the NBA. The two games are part of the NBA’s endeavour to explore the Indian market and the initial response seems to be great, with tickets for the matches being sold out. SACRAMENTO KINGS VS INDIANA PACERS LIVE BLOGThe teams will have several new members making their NBA debut in Mumbai — the Pacers alone have nine new players. Since these are preseason games, this will be the teams’ chance to try out new players and strategies before the season officially kicks off on October 22.Where is Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match being played?Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match will be played at the NSCI Dome, SVP stadium in Mumbai.What time will the Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match start?Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match begins at 7:00pm IST on Friday and Saturday (October 4 and 5).Where to watch Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match live on TV?Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match will be telecast on SONY TEN 1 & SONY TEN 1 (HD) in English and SONY TEN 3 & SONY TEN 3 (HD) in Hindi.How and where to watch online Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match live streaming?The live streaming of Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers match will be available on the SonyLiv app. The series can also be viewed on sonyliv.com. indiana pacersmumbaiNBANBA India First Published: October 4, 2019, 3:40 PM ISTlast_img read more

British hope Johanna Konta will try to stay in ‘bubble’ for Wimbledon

first_imgThe prospect of Johanna Konta becoming the first British woman to win Wimbledon in 40 years is certain to generate plenty of focus on the world number seven as next month’s tournament draws close.But Konta, who is playing in the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston this week, says that she will not be embracing any of the likely hype and intends to try to prepare as normal – inside her “bubble”.Virginia Wade was the last British woman to win a Wimbledon singles title in 1977.”The things that we focus on with my team are very much to stay in my own process and bubble, my approach to my game and my approach to my career doesn’t change according to what is happening outside of me,” Konta said on Monday, when asked about how she intends to cope with the expectations that accompany her bid this year.”We are just staying very much in the process and also just keeping things in perspective – I am out here just trying to be the best player that I can be,” she said.Konta will be featuring in her sixth Wimbledon having never managed to get out of the second round so far.But the 26-year-old, who was reached the final of the Nottingham WTA event before losing on Sunday to Croatian Donna Vekic, is certainly expected to mount a more serious challenge this year.Konta began the year winning her second WTA title with a win in Sydney and reached the quarter-finals in the Australian Open and then won the biggest title of her career in Miami to establish herself inside the top 10 players in the world.advertisementThe clay season was less fruitful, with a first round exit at Roland Garros, but Konta is hoping that grass will bring glory.”I think everyone looks to get as much time as possible on the grass going into Wimbledon – it’s a short season and for me I am just looking to play as many as I can and adapt well going into Wimbledon. But I also want to enjoy each one of them on their own as well,” she said.Her plan is to play Eastbourne after Edgbaston and – if results go well – that could mean three solid weeks of tournament tennis in the build-up to Wimbledon.But the Australia-born Konta is not worried about the risk of over-playing.”I am not anticipating that, no. I train very hard to be able to withstand a lot of matches. I think if we are at that stage then that is also a very good problem,” she said.Wimbledon looms though and while she insists she will stick to her “process”, she admits that she enjoys the big stages.”I love playing in front of people, whether the crowd is for me or against me, the most important thing is we are entertainers, people pay to come and watch us perform and give them a good match. That is always a nice feeling when people are around and watch you give your best”.last_img read more

HRD Minsitry’s decision to reduce syllabus by 50% is a welcome move: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore welcomed the HRD Ministry’s decision to reduce the syllabus in schools by half and making sports mandatory.While speaking at the 113th annual session of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rathore said India can be the world leader by 2025.He also lauded the country’s sportspersons for their attitude and confidence at the world stage.”No government alone can do it. It’s a collective effort,” he stressed.Citing examples of sportspersons who have done well, he said they have an attitude which he has not seen before.Hima Das, Swapna Burman, Sushil Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, all are from the most humble background, he said.These are amazing examples of a country where people who had nothing have succeeded because there is tremendous hunger in them to achieve, the Sports minister said.”I am really proud that we have been able to take sports to the grassroot and elitist level. Believe me, I have never seen the kind of confidence and attitude of a champion that is so remarkably displayed in our athletes these days. He said youngsters are not just going and representing India in international platforms but claiming gold medals. This attitude is so new and fantastic, he said.Rathore also stressed on how education is not just limited to classrooms.”Recently, the education minister said they will reduce the syllabus by about 50 per cent and they are going to make sports mandatory. That’s a welcome move. Even our prime minister says ‘jo khelega, woh khilega’,” he said.advertisement “Education is just not related to classrooms. There is a lot of it out in the playfield,” Rathore said. PTI SLB DPBlast_img read more

New Moto G7 Plus live images show off waterdrop display, dual cameras

first_imgMotorola is about a week away from announcing the Moto G7 series in Brazil. The company will be holding an event on February 7 where it is expected to announce the Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. And much like any anticipated smartphone, pretty much everything as been revealed about the Moto G7 series prior to launch thanks to a bunch of leaks on the internet. We have a pretty good idea of what all four phones will look like, but if you were still wondering, a new report this week once again shows of the Moto G7 Plus in live images.The hands-on images posted by 91Mobiles show off the Moto G7 Plus from the front and back, all but confirming the new waterdrop display and dual rear camera system. The Moto G7 and G7 Plus are expected to come with a droplet-style notch while the Moto G7 Play and G7 Power will sport wide, iPhone X-like notches. Either way, all four phones are set to bring more screen real estate and thinner bezels than before.In terms of design, the Moto G7 and G7 Plus are likely to be identical except in size. The photos reveal a glass back panel which curves on either sides and offers a circular camera module that will house two sensors as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor embedded in the Moto batwing logo. This is the same look that is expected for the Moto G7 as well. Meanwhile, the Moto G7 Play and G7 Power are set to come with a circular camera module as well, but one that will house only a single camera sensor.advertisementRecently, Motorola’s Brazil website pretty much leaked out the official specs of all the Moto G7 phones. The G7 Plus will sport a 6.24-inch display with a FHD+ resolution. A Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with up to 6GB of RAM is also expected. The phone will be offered with up to 64GB of internal storage. The Moto G7 Plus is said to come with a 16MP + 5MP dual camera system and an 8MP front-facing camera. The Moto G7 Plus will also get face unlock and a 3,000mAh battery, which sounds unlikely considering it would be a downgrade from the Moto G6 Plus which offers a 3,200mAh battery.Earlier this week, tipster Ishan Agarwal leaked the European pricing of the Moto G7 series, claiming that the G7 Play will be the cheapest model starting at EUR 149 (approximately Rs 12,000) while the G7 Power will be selling for EUR 207 (approximately Rs 17,000). The Moto G7 and G7 Plus are said to cost EUR 300 (approximately Rs 24,000) and EUR 360 (approximately Rs 29,000), respectively. These prices do sound steep compared to the Moto G6 series last year, but you can expect the India pricing to be a lot more competitive.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power full specs and design revealed on Motorola’s websiteALSO READ | Moto G7 will start from Rs 12,000 and go up to Rs 29,000, suggests leaklast_img read more

England vs Australia World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan looked scared, says Kevin Pietersen

first_imgOn June 18 at Old Trafford, Eoin Morgan was on fire. He broke the all-time record for most sixes in an ODI innings by any batsman – in the course of a 71-ball 148, Morgan smashed 17 sixes. By the end of the day, England had raced away to a 150-run win.Exactly a week later at Lord’s, a semi-final berth was on the line for England, hosts of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. A shock defeat to Sri Lanka meant England needed to win 2 of their 3 remaining matches against Australia, India and New Zealand. And it was at Lord’s that England needed to get one across their old cricket arch-rivals.But in a chase of 286, England were all at sea as Australian left-arm seamers dominated. James Vince and Joe Root were back by the time Eoin Morgan, the man with the most sixes in an ODI innings walked in to bat. But Afghanistan and Australia are different propositions.Eoin Morgan faced 6 balls before top-edging a short ball from Mitchell Starc – he was caught out by Pat Cummins at fine leg.England’s chase was in shambles.Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, made a telling point in a tweet after Morgan fell.Oh no, Eoin Morgan looked scared!That Is A Horror Sign!Kevin Pietersen?? (@KP24) June 25, 2019Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes looked firm enough after the early setbacks but Pietersen’s concerns were valid.For a side which boasted of breaching the 500-run mark in the World Cup, England’s batsmen have been pretty ordinary since that Afghanistan game. They failed to chase down 233 against Sri Lanka at Leeds and against Australia, the England top-order was rocked by pure pace.advertisementAlso Read | David Warner 3rd Australian to hit 500 runs in a single World CupAlso Read | England vs Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch set new World Cup recordlast_img read more

Khalifa Port Container Terminal to Boost Capacity

first_imgzoom Khalifa Port Container Terminal is ready for the next phase of expansion and will add new equipment in 2016 and 2017 to keep up with demand for services, Port operator, Abu Dhabi Terminals said.The new equipment will include three additional Ship-to-Shore (STS) gantry cranes and 10 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes as the port aims to reach annual throughput of 2.5 million TEUs.Abu Dhabi’s main container port is currently on 78% of its handling capacity and the next two years will see Abu Dhabi Terminals enhance its operational readiness through infrastructural development to meet the expected growth of the local and regional industry.2015 has proven to be another good year for Abu Dhabi Terminals and Khalifa is forecast to handle a total of 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) containers by the end of the year, up from 1.14 million in 2014.The facility has future expansion capabilities to grow its annual throughput capacity to 5 million TEU.Martijn van de Linde, Abu Dhabi Terminals’ Chief Executive Officer commented: “Khalifa Port Container Terminal is now firmly on the world map as a key logistics hub which has been achieved through becoming an industry partner for our customers, as well as demonstrating that Khalifa Port offers a cost-effective, fast and reliable alternative to regional ports. We have also significantly developed our network, going from an initial five to a current 50 international destinations.”last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Lunenburg County

first_imgLUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road in Maplewood, Lunenburg Co., from the junction of Newburne Road to the junction of Farmington Road, is closed to allow emergency culvert repairs. A detour is available on the Farmington Road. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 -30-last_img

Roger LeFrense v IBM Canada Ltd andor Mark Gallant

first_imgThe Human Rights Commission has set an independent board of inquiry for the case of Roger LeFrense v. IBM Canada Ltd. and/or Mark Gallant. The claimant alleges he was discriminated against because of his physical disability. The respondents deny any discrimination and say the company fully met its duty to accommodate the complainant. The board of inquiry is scheduled to be heard Feb. 3 and 4, and Feb. 10 to 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, in the Sister Margaret Flahiff Room at the Atlantic School of Theology, 660 Franklyn St., Halifax. The board chair is Walter Thompson.last_img

Irregular migrant claims last month dropped to lowest levels since June 2017

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The number of irregular asylum seekers who crossed into Canada dropped in November to the lowest levels in over a year.Newly published federal data shows 1,019 irregular migrants were apprehended by the RCMP crossing into Canada between official border crossings last month.That was 375 fewer irregular migrants than the previous month and continued a downward trend that began earlier this fall.It also marks the lowest monthly number of irregular arrivals since June 2017.The flow of irregular border crossers over the last two years has led to a backlog of refugee claims at the Immigration and Refugee Board, with wait times of close to two years for claims to be heard.The board has recently launched a task force for less complex cases, which will focus on claims that can be quickly resolved.last_img read more

Indigenous peoples must be able to thrive Trudeau says on International Day

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in April 2019 that Canada will proceed with the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, despite widespread opposition from First Nations whose lands the oil sands pipeline would run through. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau is marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a message to Canadians that they should “learn more about the cultures and languages of Indigenous peoples” in Canada and elsewhere.In a statement released Friday morning the prime minister touts his government’s policy and legislative track record related to issues impacting Inuit, Métis and First Nations peoples.“Working with Indigenous partners, the Government of Canada has taken steps to close the gaps in housing, health, education, and opportunity for Indigenous communities across the country,” he says.“Since 2015, we’ve lifted 87 long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities. We’ve made important investments to make sure Métis Nation citizens have the housing they need. We’re also supporting Inuit-led approaches to eliminating tuberculosis across Inuit Nunangat by 2030. Together, we are building a better Canada, where everyone’s rights are recognized and respected.”In June the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report, detailing the historic and ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA peoples.Trudeau has said that he “accepts” the inquiry’s findings of genocide but has not yet explicitly stated that Canada is responsible for ongoing direct or systemic violence amounting to genocide in the present day.In Friday’s statement the prime minister is remains vague about who is responsible for ongoing discrimination and violence against Indigenous peoples.Trudeau says Canada recognizes “the injustices Indigenous peoples have faced in Canada and continue to face around the world. While we cannot change history, we are working to right persisting historic wrongs.”In 2016 the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that Canada discriminates against First Nations children living on reserve by not providing the same services available to children elsewhere in the country.Since that time the tribunal has issued the Trudeau government seven non-compliance orders for failing to adequately address the situation.Trudeau also came under fire from First Nations leaders and grassroots people last year, who said the Liberals did not meaningfully engage them as part of the government’s effort to overhaul legislation related to First Nations’ rights.First Nations also said the government’s approach to recognizing and implementing Indigenous rights would “domesticate” inherent rights that pre-exist Canada.Following his government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project (TMX) last year amid a climate emergency and significant opposition from First Nations, in April Trudeau announced Canada will proceed with the project.At the core of First Nations’ fight against the pipeline are the issues of self-determination and consent.At home and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Liberal government has committed to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which includes provisions that protect Indigenous peoples from harmful and unwanted encroachment on their lands and resources without their free, prior and informed consent.In its decision to purchase and proceed with TMX the government has used Canada’s current legal standards around the duty to consult Indigenous peoples on matters that will negatively impact them, rather than the minimum human rights standards laid out in the UNDRIP.Asked by APTN News in June for the definition of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) his government used in making a final decision on TMX, Trudeau said FPIC “is what we engaged in doing with Indigenous communities over the past number of months.“It is engaging, looking with them, listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible,” he explained.Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill, C-262, would have required Canada to review its laws and align them with the UNDRIP.But the legislation died on the order paper earlier this summer after being stalled in the upper chamber by Conservative senators.As the bill’s death became apparent, the Liberals promised that if re-elected in the fall election they would put forth government legislation that will enshrine UNDRIP in Canadian law.They made the same promise during the 2015 federal election campaign but did not follow through in their mandate.On Wednesday Trudeau was in St. John’s for the city’s annual Royal St. John’s Regatta, at the same time the province had begun flooding the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project reservoir in Labrador.Innu and Inuit have brought their concerns over Canada’s financial support for the project to the United Nations.Amid legal challenges by Indigenous groups, and following scientific research projecting Muskrat Falls would contaminate traditional foods people in Labrador depend on, the Liberals issued a second federal loan guarantee to the province to ensure the project’s completion. The financial support was not contingent on the province’s respecting of Indigenous rights.As flooding got underway this week Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe said in a statement Thursday that “the time bomb is ticking on the future of those who depend on the Churchill River and Lake Melville for sustenance, and on the health, culture and way of life of many Labrador Inuit.”Before the end of the spring parliamentary session, the Liberals managed to pass two key pieces of Indigenous-related legislation — Bills C-91 and C-92.C-91, An Act respecting Indigenous languages, promises to provide additional support to Indigenous peoples trying to preserve their languages, many of which are on the cusp of being lost.The legislation did not receive unanimous support from Indigenous leaders and groups.Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed blasted the Liberals for excluding a section specifically dedicated to Inuit rights and their language, Inuktut, which is widely spoken across Inuit Nunangat and deserves official language status in certain regions, Obed has argued.C-92, the Liberals’ anticipated child welfare legislation, promises to return jurisdiction over child welfare to Indigenous communities.At present more than half of all children in foster care in Canada are Indigenous, though Indigenous children account for only 7.7 per cent of the country’s child population, according to Canada’s 2016 census.In provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the overwhelming majority of children in state care are Indigenous.It is estimated that each day in these provinces, an Indigenous child is apprehended by the state in what many refer to as the Millennium Scoop.“In the spirit of reconciliation, we will continue to work with Indigenous peoples toward a renewed relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership,” Trudeau says.According to the United Nations’ website, the Aug. 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples was created “in order to raise awareness of the needs of [Indigenous Peoples].”The U.N. says there are around 370 million Indigenous people in the world, living in 90 countries.As holders of traditional and ancient knowledge of the land and biosphere, Indigenous peoples’ rights and sovereignty are widely regarded as a prerequisite for an adequate global-scale response to the climate emergency.“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage everyone to learn more about the cultures and languages of Indigenous peoples, here in Canada and around the world,” Trudeau concludes in Friday’s statement.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Fez to Host ArabGerman Symposium on Womens Empowerment

Rabat – The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities is hosting an international conference dedicated to women’s empowerment and gender equality November 30 to December 1 in Fez.The conference, titled “Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges and Prospects” and organized in partnership with the NGO ISIS Centre for Women and Development, will tackle several issues women face in their daily lives. Topics vary from challenges in the workplace or job market, such as in male-dominated fields and the role of universities to raise awareness on gender equality to transnational networking and women migrants.Read Also: 3,388 Moroccan Women Die of Cervical Cancer Each Year: ReportEffecting change, promoting gender equality, and Arab-German dialogue are the main drivers behind the symposiums. The event’s program will also explore the role of women throughout the history and cultural heritage of Fez, Morocco’s cultural capital.The event is taking place at the International Institute for Languages and Culture in Fez and will welcome “high-profile academics and experts” from six Arab countries with the participation of other academics from Germany, the ISIS Centre said in a press release. read more

AFRICAN LION Wael Jallouz extends in Barca until 2018

The hero of two important wins in EHF Champions League against RK Vardar Skopje, Wael Jallouz (24), extended deal with FC Barcelona Lassa until summer 2018! The 24 years-old Tunisian shooter netted 20 goals in two matches against one of the best world’s goalies Arpad Šterbik, just to give one more reason to Barca’s management to be convinced in their decision to keep him at “Blaugrana”.Jallouz came to Barcelona in summer 2014 after unsuccessful season in German THW Kiel. However, it looks that Xavi Pascual managed to make more than Alfred Gislason in achieving the full potential of the most talented African player.PHOTO: VICTOR SALGADO, FCB ← Previous Story Petar Nenadic for Serbia at Men’s EHF EURO 2016! Next Story → Tremblay lose both goalkeepers due knee injuries! FC Barcelona Lassawael jallouz read more

Gruevskis visit to Australia raises alarm

first_imgGreek diplomatic authorities and Greek Australian politicians are on alert for the impending visit of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, to Australia in late October. Mr Gruevski is expected to sign a bilateral Social Security agreement, similar to the one already in effect since October 2008 between Greece and Australia. Their concern is with the name with which the government of FYROM will be recognised in the agreement. Although Australia officially recognises Greece’s neighbouring country with its United Nations (UN) sanctioned name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, it remains unclear at this point if this policy will change after Mr Gruevski’s visit. Greece and FYROM are currently in negotiations under the auspices of the UN to resolve the long standing name dispute. Greece is refusing to accept the name “Republic of Macedonia” which the neighbouring country has adopted in its constitution.  A number of nations including the US recognise this constitutional name. Unlike the US, however, Australia has remained vigilant on the naming issue adhering to Greek Australian sensitivities. “I can’t imagine any Australian government committing such an act of political suicide risking a major fall out with the Greek Australian community,” a Greek Australian politician, who wished not to be named, stressed to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE). “Especially, under the circumstances where the possibility of an early election is looming over the anticipated impasse with the government’s effort to pass its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme,” the politician clarified. The bill was recently defeated in the Senate and the Rudd government has indicated its resolve to reintroduce the bill unchanged in November. If a consensus is not reached by then, it could trigger a possible double dissolution of Parliament. A Greek diplomat revealed to NKEE that the upcoming visit of Mr Gruevski has fuelled serious concerns. “Mr Gruevski is known for his extreme and recalcitrant approach to the name dispute issue and this is why it’s hard to imagine that he would come all the way to Australia to sign an agreement under the name FYROM,” the Greek diplomat pointed out. “This wouldn’t sit well with his electorate in FYROM which for a great part have been on his band wagon due to his nationalistic bravado on the name dispute,” the diplomat said.NKEE contacted the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) regarding Mr Gruevski’s trip to Australia given that the visit itself is not yet finalised. A spokesperson for DFAT responded: “At this early stage, the Department has no information to offer regarding the visit.” When asked to confirm whether Australia’s position in regards to the naming of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia remains the same, the spokesperson noted that Australia is “using the nomenclature the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in accordance with the terminology used by the United Nations (UN)” pending, she added, the resolution of the issue. Neos Kosmos English Edition contacted the Department for Families, Housing, Community Affairs and Indigenous Affairs which is the Government Ministry drafting the Social Security Agreement. Initially, we were referred to DFAT for comment on the issue. When pressed to answer under which name will the signatory country be recognised i.e. FYROM or “Republic of Macedonia”, a spokesperson stated: “The details of an agreement are yet to be finalised.”Another concern is that Mr Gruevski’s visit will coincide with the arrival of a new Greek Ambassador. The existing Ambassador George Zois is retiring on September 6. Diplomatic sources have expressed their concern that the new Ambassador “regardless of his diplomatic abilities, will not be in the same position to manage a potential crisis when and if it will break out.” A possible solution could be to extend Mr Zois stay in Australia until the issue is put to rest but this will only be possible through a ministerial directive from Athens. The leadership of the Greek Foreign Ministry at this point has not indicated either way what its intentions are Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un nouveau test pour diagnostiquer la maladie du sommeil

first_imgUn nouveau test pour diagnostiquer la maladie du sommeilHier, des scientifiques ont annoncé avoir mis au point un nouveau test permettant un diagnostic plus efficace de la trypanosomiase, la maladie du sommeil qui s’avère souvent mortelle.La maladie du sommeil, ou trypanosomiase humaine africaine (THA), est souvent mortelle et frappe dans les 36 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne. Selon Find (Fondation pour de nouveaux diagnostics innovants) et la société japonaise Eiken Chemical Co.Ltd, les communautés rurales pauvres sont particulièrement menacées, ce qui concerne environ 60 millions de personnes. Difficile à diagnostiquer et à traiter, elle est transmise par les mouches tsé-tsé.À lire aussiBébé : dépister plus de 50 maladies dès la naissance avec une simple goutte de sangOr, si elle n’est pas traitée à temps, la maladie du sommeil progresse et les parasites transmis pénètrent dans le cerveau et entraînent des dommages neurologiques irréversibles. D’où l’importance d’un diagnostic précoce, qui était impossible à réaliser jusqu’à ce jour.Des scientifiques ont cependant annoncé hier avoir réussi à mettre au point un système de diagnostic innovant permettant d’améliorer de façon considérable la capacité à confirmer la présence de la maladie du sommeil. Des travaux qui ont nécessité près de six ans de recherches. En fait, le test Lamp (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) se base sur la détection de l’ADN du parasite dans les échantillons des patients, expliquent la fondation Find et la société Eiken, spécialisées dans les diagnostics médicaux.Un test disponible dès 2012 Selon celles-ci, Lamp peut alors être utilisé avec beaucoup moins d’équipements de laboratoire que d’autres tests moléculaires et ses résultats sont interprétables à l’œil nu (et non plus au microscope). Ayant déjà franchi avec succès les étapes de conception et de développement, il pourra donc être disponible pour utilisation clinique en 2012, rapporte romandie.com.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Près de 390000 dollars pour acquérir le carnet du commandant dApollo 13

first_imgPrès de 390.000 dollars pour acquérir le carnet du commandant d’Apollo 13Le carnet du commandant d’Apollo 13, James Lovell, a été vendu mercredi aux enchères pour un montant de près de 390.000 dollars. C’est un collectionneur anonyme résidant sur la côte est des Etats-Unis qui a acquis le précieux objet, souvenir de la mission catastrophe. L’objet est unique et les acheteurs potentiels ne s’y sont pas trompés mercredi à la salle des ventes Heritage Auctions de Dallas. Accompagné d’autres objets issus également du milieu spatial, le carnet de l’astronaute James Lovell a été mis aux enchères et vendu pour la coquette somme de 388.375 dollars, soit près de 290.000 euros. Un montant qui parait colossal pour 70 pages griffonnées mais qui se justifie parfaitement quand on sait que le carnet en question est un témoignage précieux de la mission catastrophe Apollo 13, dont James Lovell était le commandant.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADébutée le 11 avril 1970, la mission 13 du programme Apollo restera en effet l’odyssée spatiale américaine passée le plus près du désastre, même si tout l’équipage s’en est tiré indemne. C’est alors que le vaisseau était en perdition et que l’équipage cherchait un moyen de s’en sortir et de retrouver le chemin de la Terre que James Lovell a noirci des pages entières d’un carnet d’annotations et de calculs… Des notes griffonnées quelques heures après la célèbre phrase : “Houston, nous avons un problème”.”Sans ce carnet, l’équipage d’Apollo 13 n’aurait pas su sa position dans l’espace”, a expliqué Michael Riley, historien à la Heritage Auctions. Pas étonnant donc que l’acquéreur, un collectionneur anonyme résidant sur la côte Est des Etats-Unis, ait été prêt à dépenser autant pour avoir ce témoignage crucial de l’histoire de l’exploration spatiale. Le 2 décembre 2011 à 10:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bale sets new UEFA Super Cup record for Madrid

first_imgThe Welsh footballer has assisted in every one of his appearances with Real in this trophy matchCristiano Ronaldo might not be missed much in Real Madrid thanks to Gareth Bale.The Wales international player has set a new record for Los Blancos, during their UEFA Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid.According to Live Soccer TV, the footballer has given an assist on every Super Cup he has appeared for Real Madrid.His first assist was against Sevilla, his second against Manchester United, and now he helped Karim Benzema score against Los Colchoneros.This is a new record for a Real Madrid player.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Gareth Bale has provided more UEFA Super Cup assists than any other player since joining Real Madrid in 2013/14.?️ vs. Sevilla?️ vs. Manchester United?️ vs. Atlético MadridOne in each of his three appearances. pic.twitter.com/DZcJNWkoHD— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 15, 2018last_img read more