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Law intern accuses Alwar godman of rape

first_imgThe police have recorded the statement of a 21-year-old law intern, who has accused godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya Falahari Maharaj of raping her at his ashram. The woman, who hails from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, said the incident took place on August 7. Falahari Maharaj, 70, also known as Baba, commands a strong following both in India and abroad. The woman said she mustered the courage to report the incident after the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in a rape case. On Friday, the police took her to the ashram to collect evidence. A large number of Baba’s followers gathered outside the ashram and raised slogans against the deployment of police.last_img

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The Class of Kaira, Shyra And Shanaya in Bollywood

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Four killed in Jagdalpur as walls collapse due to heavy rains

first_imgFour people were killed in three incidents of wall collapses following heavy overnight rains in Jagdalpur, the headquarter of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district, officials said on Friday. Jagdalpur received extremely heavy rainfall of 288.5 millimetres from 8 p.m. on Thursday till 8 a.m. on Friday, officials at the Meteorological Centre, Raipur said. “Four persons, including two women, were killed in three incidents of wall collapses late Thursday night. A compensation of ₹4 lakh each was given to their relatives,” an official said. Chandrika Baghel (45) and her son Vishnu Baghel (15) were killed when a portion of a boundary wall of the official residence of Bastar collector in Bhairamdev area collapsed due to rainfall and fell on their house, a police official said. “The victims’ house was built adjacent to the boundary wall. The duo was sleeping and got trapped under the debris,” he added. In another incident, Kedar Thakur (30) was killed after a wall of his house collapsed in Nayapara area. In the third incident, a woman identified as Sonmati (60) died in Anukuldev area, he said. Meanwhile, the IMD has issued an alert for heavy rainfall in isolated places in Bastar, Raipur and Durg divisions over the next 24 hours.last_img read more

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Games lanes choke capital

first_imgThat 30-minute journey to your office will take a good two hours if a dedicated Games lane happens to come in your way, as Delhiites found out on Monday.Serpentine queues were seen as the Delhi Police enforced 12-hour restrictions on exclusive Commonwealth Games lanes, making traffic snarls on a usual day seem like relaxing stopovers.Serpentine queues were seen on Delhi roads But it was the desperate commuters crossing the line into Games lanes who had it worst. They had to shell out a fine of Rs 2,000.This was the first time that lane reservation was implemented on a weekday. Unsurprisingly, it led to chaos on roads, particularly during the rush hours.As the movement of vehicles carrying athletes and delegates to the Games Village and other venues increased on Monday, the traffic police enforced lane restrictions on crucial east Delhi and New Delhi routes such as Panchsheel Marg, Safdarjung Road, Lodhi Road and NH- 24, that connects Noida and Ghaziabad to the Capital. Bumper-to-bumper traffic was reported on all routes. In most cases, only one lane was left for the movement of general traffic.”It took me almost two hours to reach Connaught Place from Ghaziabad. On a normal day, it takes me a fraction of this duration,” Ramesh Narayan, a private bank executive, said. “I felt like I was driving through Old Delhi during peak hours,” said government officer Ankit Gupta, who had just crossed a jam- packed Panchsheel Marg.A large number of traffic personnel fanned out across the Capital to manage Gamesrelated traffic, instructing motorists to avoid the blue Games lanes.advertisementTraffic police on Monday also challaned 34 lane violators and issued noticed to 11 others for deliberately entering the Games lanes. On Sunday, 17 offenders were fined and one vehicle was impounded. Some commuters complained that they got confused at various roundabouts in central Delhi and inadvertently crossed the Games lane.A senior traffic police officer admitted people may get confused and said traffic police personnel would help commuters take the right route.He said motorists would not be “penalised unnecessarily”. Around 1,600 Blueline buses plying on 132 routes through central Delhi and near the Games venues were also pushed off the roads, which made matters worse.The Blueline buses will now ply only after October 16, so as to ease traffic congestion during the Games.It was a field day for autorickshaw drivers, most of whom allegedly overcharged passengers.Government officials claimed there were enough Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses to deal with the shortage of Bluelines. However, the frequency of DTC buses on Monday was low. Most commuters thronged the Metro instead.last_img read more

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China confirmed as 2021 Club World Cup host, slots to be settled

first_imgSOUTH AMERICAWhile South America will get six slots, only the process for distributing four of them has been settled. They will go to the 2019 and 2020 winners of CONEMBOL’s two competitions: The Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.The document shows no plan for determining the route to securing the remaining two berths or the limits on national representation.ASIAThe three Asian places will to go the winners of the 2019 and 2020 Asian Champions League and the runners-up will have a playoff for the third entry into the Club World Cup group stage.Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal will play Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan in this season’s final next month.If the title is defended in 2020, the runners-up from both years will complete Asia’s FIFA lineup.But Asia only wants a maximum of two teams from one country. So, if the winners and runners-up in 2019 and 2020 are all from the same country, the two losing Asian Champions League semifinalists in 2020 would contest a playoff for a route into the global tournament.NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICAThe 2021 CONCACAF Champions League finalists will qualify but a process for deciding the third slot was left hanging in the FIFA Council document. But a vote on the participation model was pulled because Oceania’s only way of qualification would be its Champions League winner first defeating the domestic champion of host nation China in a playoff.Oceania is pushing for a guaranteed place in the group stage in China in June 2021, as FIFA’s task force on the revamped Club World Cup originally proposed in March. That is according to people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Associated Press to discuss the contents of a private meeting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFIFA only said the qualification process “will be finalized in a consultation process between FIFA and the six confederations.”FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the governing body will make “zero” out of the new event because all the profits will be reinvested back into club football. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ A previous FIFA plan seen by the AP in March proposed the Club World Cup running from June 17 through July 4 in 2021, taking the slot originally set aside for the Confederations Cup competition that is no longer due to be contested.For some players from Africa and the CONCACAF region it could be a busy summer, with their regional national competitions proposed to start on July 9.The revamped Club World Cup is due to be staged every four years, replacing the current annual format that features the six champions of continental competitions and the host nation’s domestic title winner. The final two editions of the seven-team annual Club World Cup are being staged in Qatar this December and in December 2020.Based on FIFA’s proposed qualification procedures seen by the AP ahead of the Shanghai meeting, teams could qualify for the overhauled Club World Cup in 2021 without having to win a regional competition — even at the expense of some champions.Caps on the number of representatives from a single country in the new format raises the prospect of even winners of continental competitions missing out.EUROPEWith eight slots, Europe will be the best represented continent at the Club World Cup even after rejecting four additional places, helping FIFA drive ticket sales and broadcast revenue.All the Champions League and Europa League winners from 2018 to 2021 are set to qualify — although that could be dependent on UEFA determining the maximum number of slots per country. Clubs from England and Spain have dominated those competitions in recent years.Should a team enjoy multiple wins across the competitions, the free slot is due to go to the most recent Champions League runner-up.Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2018 when Atletico Madrid triumphed in the Europa League. English clubs swept last season’s trophies, with Liverpool victorious in the Champions League and Chelsea in the second-tier competition. Test event to gauge PH tracksters’ progress ahead of SEA Games LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “I hope China will help FIFA to organize it in financial terms,” Infantino said after the meeting in Shanghai. “It will be the club football event which will generate the highest revenue per match.”Infantino said FIFA along with the Chinese soccer federation and government will push ahead with planning on the tournament.Staging the Club World Cup in China will be a test of human rights policies that FIFA now subjects host nations to.The Chinese government has been accused of cracking down on human rights and pro-democracy activism. President Xi Jinping’s government has also faced criticism over its treatment of Muslims in China’s northwest, where the U.S. government, activists and researchers say as many as 1 million people have been detained.“I think that we need to reflect on our role,” Infantino said. “Countries all over the world are going through difficult times. It is not the mission of FIFA to solve the problems of the world. The mission is to organize football in all of the countries. … We do that by bringing football to the people, not by criticizing.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Mexican teams have won all 11 titles since the regional competition was rebooted as the Champions League. Only three of the finals have not been an all-Mexican lineup.But a cap of two teams per country from this region will exist at the Club World Cup.AFRICAThe simplest qualification will be from Africa, with the places going to the 2021 Champions League finalists and the winner of a playoff between the two semifinalists.The plan is complicated by a cap on two teams per country.OCEANIAOceania is the only one of FIFA’s six confederations not guaranteed a place at the Club World Cup. To make one of the eight groups of three, the Oceania Champions League winner would have to face a playoff against the Chinese champions under FIFA plans that are now on hold.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks at a press conference during the football federation’s Council meeting in Shanghai on October 24, 2019. – FIFA has awarded the inaugural edition of its expanded 24-team Club World Cup to China, the association’s president Gianni Infantino said October 24 in what he called a “historic decision”. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)FIFA selected China as host of the inaugural edition of the expanded Club World Cup in 2021 but delayed a decision on how the 24 slots for the tournament will be distributed.A proposal on how many teams would qualify from the six confederations was shared with FIFA Council members for approval at a meeting in Shanghai on Thursday, including Europe having eight participants.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Three super girls conferred Khel Ratna along with Jitu Rai

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) It was a celebration of woman power in sports as Olympic stars PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar were today conferred Indias highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with shooter Jitu Rai in a gleaming awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here. For the first time in the history of National Sports Awards, four athletes were chosen for the Khel Ratna honour, owing to the three girls superlative show at the Rio Olympics. In 2009, three athletes — boxers Vijender Singh and M C Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar — had been given this award together. Shuttler Sindhu won a historic silver in the womens singles, Sakshi won Indias first ever medal (bronze) in womens wrestling while Dipa grabbed a piece of history for herself with a fourth place finish in artistic gymnastics with her now famous Produnova vault. Shooter Jitu Rai was always a contender after consistently producing medal-winning performances in the last two years, including gold at the Asian and Commonwealth Games along with a silver at the World Championships. The four Khel Ratnas, who were greeted with a loud round of applause when they walked up to receive their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee, received a medal, certificate and cash prize of Rs. 7.5 lakh each. Also honoured were 15 Arjuna awardees who received statuettes, certificates and award money of Rs.5 lakh each. Long distance runner Lalita Babar, who finished a creditable 10th in the 3000m steeplechase in the Rio Games, boxer Shiva Thapa, only the third Indian to win a World Championships medal last year, and hockey players VR Raghunath and Rani Rampal were among those who received the Arjuna award. Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane, who was also selected for the Arjuna Award, missed out on the ceremony as he is in the United States with the Indian team for a Twenty20 series against the West Indies. Teen Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level with a gold medal at the U-20 World Championship, was also among the Arjuna winners this year. Goalkeeper Subrata Paul was the lone footballer in the list of Arjuna awardees, which also included shooter Apurvi Chandela and wrestler Vinesh Phogat. Vinesh received her award while seated on wheelchair as she is recovering from a knee injury sustained in her second-round bout during the Rio Olympic Games. This years Dronacharya Award was conferred upon six coaches, the most notable among them being Dipas coach Bishweshwar Nandi and India Test team captain Virat Kohlis mentor Raj Kumar Sharma. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Alaskan Native Pete Kaiser Wins Iditarod Sled Dog Race (Vid)

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod early Wednesday, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic sled dog race.Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom.Ulsom was about 40 minutes behind Kaiser and made up ground in the final 77 miles (124 kilometers) to Nome but couldn’t overtake him. Ulsom placed second, coming across the finish line before Kaiser could get his picture taken on the winner’s podium.Kaiser’s winning time was 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and six seconds. Ulsom finished the 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometer) race 12 minutes after Kaiser.Kaiser greeted Ulsom under the finish line and shook his friend’s hand.It’s the first Iditarod victory for Kaiser in his 10th attempt. He said he wasn’t sure what made everything come together this year for him.“Just years of knowledge gained and trying to put it all together to have a better race, better dog team this year, every little detail coming into play,” he said in a post-victory interview televised statewide from the finish line, adding that a little luck didn’t hurt either.Crowds cheered and clapped as Kaiser came off the Bering Sea ice and mushed down Nome’s main street with a police escort to the famed burled arch finish line. His wife and children greeted him, hugging him at the conclusion of the race, which began March 3 north of Anchorage.Kaiser, who is Yupik, is from the southwest Alaska community of Bethel. A large contingent of Bethel residents flew to Nome to witness his victory. Alaska Native dancers and drummers performed near the finish line as they waited for Kaiser to arrive, even though it was past 3 a.m. local time.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the support system I have, the whole community of Bethel, and the whole Kuskokwim River and all of western Alaska,” he said.Kaiser called that support “extremely humbling and it motives me every to perform to my best, and I just want to thank them for coming out here tonight. This is just awesome.”Kaiser will receive $50,000 and a new pickup truck for the victory. Four other Alaska Native mushers have won the race, including John Baker, an Inupiaq from Kotzebue, in 2011.This year’s race was marked by the stunning collapse of Frenchman Nicolas Petit, who was seemingly headed for victory as late as Monday.Petit, a native of France living in Alaska, had a five-hour lead and was cruising until his dog team stopped running between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints.Petit said one dog was picking on another during a rest break, and he yelled at the dog to knock it off. At that point, the entire team refused to run.Petit had to withdraw, and the dog team had to be taken back to the previous checkpoint by snowmobile.Petit’s downfall came near the same spot on the Bering Sea coast where he surrendered the lead in the 2018 race after getting lost in a blizzard. He recovered in time to finish second last year.Fifty-two mushers began the race in Willow. Petit was among 10 racers who withdrew during the race.The race took mushers and their dog teams over two mountain ranges, along the frozen Yukon River and then across the treacherous, wind-swept Bering Sea coast to the finish line in Nome.This year’s race came during a bruising two-year stretch for the Iditarod that included a dog doping scandal and the loss of national sponsors amid protests by animal rights activists.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is the biggest critic of the race.“Hundreds of dogs (including six from Pete Kaiser’s team) were so sick, exhausted, or injured that they were pulled from the race, forcing the ones remaining to work even harder, struggling on in what is a grueling test — not of human endurance but of a dog’s ability to survive extreme cruelty,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement issued immediately after Kaiser’s victory.“As the Iditarod draws to a close, PETA makes the point that the mushers’ prize money comes at the expense of exhausted dogs’ broken bones, bruised paws, and bloody ulcers and says that the race must end,” Reiman said.By: Mark Theissen, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Braves Re-Sign Greek-American Outfielder Nick Markakis

first_imgFlowers, 33, signed a one-year, $4 million contract for 2020. The native of Roswell, GA, hit .229 (62-for-271) with 11 home runs, 34 RBI and a .733 OPS in 85 games for the Braves last season. Flowers joined the Braves in December of 2015, signing a two-year contract. He agreed to a one-year extension with a club option for 2020 on August 28, 2018.Donaldson, 33, hit .259 (142-for-549) with 37 home runs, 94 RBI and a .900 OPS in 155 games, while being named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award at third base. He has 10 days to accept or reject the offer.Teheran, 28, went 10-11 with a 3.81 ERA (74 ER/174.2 IP) in 33 starts last season. The righty spent his entire nine-year major league career with the Braves, compiling a 77-73 record with a 3.67 ERA (554 ER/1,360.0 IP) in 229 games, 226 starts.Hamilton, 29, joined the Braves from Kansas City in August last season, and appeared in 26 games for the Braves, hitting .268 (11-for-41) with four stolen bases. Hamilton had a mutual option for the 2020 season, which he exercised.TweetPinShare3030 Shares ATLANTA, GA – The Atlanta Braves announced in a press release on November 4 the re-signing of Greek-American outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Tyler Flowers to one-year contracts after declining both players’ team options for the 2020 season. The club also declined right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran’s team option for 2020, declined a mutual option for outfielder Billy Hamilton and tendered third baseman Josh Donaldson a qualifying offer.Markakis, 35, signed a one-year, $4 million contract extending his stay in Atlanta until at least 2020. The outfielder batted .285 (118-for-414) with nine home runs, 62 RBI and a .776 OPS in 116 games for the Braves last season, his fifth with the club. He originally joined the team in 2015 after signing a four-year contract, and agreed to a one-year deal with a team option last offseason.last_img read more

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Monreal: Ozil and Alexis going nowhere

first_imgTransfers Monreal: Ozil and Alexis committed to Arsenal and going nowhere Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:15 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil A. Sánchez The Gunners defender expects the contract rebels to stay despite mounting speculation that both could be on the move in the January transfer window Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are “committed” to Arsenal and unlikely to leave the club in January, according to Nacho Monreal.Both men continue to see their respective futures called into question as they run down their current contracts at Emirates Stadium.Arsenal 9/4 to keep Cologne clean sheet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The pair are set to become free agents in the summer of 2018 unless fresh terms are agreed or winter sales sanctioned.Manchester rivals City and United have been heavily linked with moves to acquire two highly-rated creative talents, but Monreal insists nobody in the Arsenal camp has been given any indication that the duo will move on.“The feeling is that they will continue,” the Spanish defender told IBTimes UK.“At no time have we talked about the possibility of them leaving. Not at all. They are committed to the group and we will see what happens.Alexis Sanchez Mesut Ozil Arsenal future Nacho Monreal“I can’t say much about it. It does not depend on me. The situation is clear. They are two vital players for Arsenal. They are two players who end their contracts at the end of the season. “If the club want them to stay beyond December [the January transfer window] they will follow. Yet, I do not know the club’s intentions. It is other people who are the ones who have to make a decision.”For now, Arsenal are eager to divert attention away from contract matters off the field and towards their endeavours on it.A 2-0 derby victory over Tottenham in their last Premier League outing has helped to lift the mood in the red half of north London and Monreal admits the challenge now is to shake off the inconsistencies which have held Arsene Wenger’s side back at times.He added: “What we all want is for the team to maintain this dynamic in the coming games.“We are a team that when we are playing well, when we are focused, when we have solidarity… we are very hard. It’s tough to play against us.“It is true that we have this fault: we are a bit inconsistent. We are able to play two, three games at a very high level and then we have a dip.“If we were more consistent we would be fighting for more things at the end of the season. But the win over Tottenham gives us confidence for the coming games.”I think we don’t have to be obsessed about setting a certain target. We go match by match. The target was to beat Tottenham and now the next one is to do the same in the Europa League [against Koln].“When the months of January, February arrive, we will see where we are and what we can achieve. We aim to win everything but we cannot become obsessed.“In previous seasons we arrived at January as Premier League leaders, it seemed that we were going to win the title and in the end we suffered a blow.”last_img read more

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Feedback on Agriculture Policy Framework

first_img markets and trade science, research and innovation environmental sustainability and climate change value-added agriculture and agri-food processing public trust. The survey is available at novascotia.ca/agri/ and is open until April 28. To read the Calgary Statement go to www.agr.gc.ca/eng/about-us/key-departmental-initiatives/. The Department of Agriculture is collecting feedback through an online survey to help shape future policy that will succeed the Growing Forward 2 agreement between federal and provincial governments when it ends next year. The next federal, provincial and territorial agricultural policy framework will launch in 2018. “Agriculture is a backbone of our economy and we want to hear from Nova Scotians about what they see as priorities for strengthening this industry which is so critical to our province’s future,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “A strong agriculture sector is important for jobs and prosperity and the security of our food supply.” Feedback will be collected on the following priorities identified in the Calgary Statement from Canada’s agriculture ministers last July:last_img read more

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UN health agency extends partnership for the eradication of leprosy

The agreement provides multi-drug therapy (MDT), donated by Novartis AG and made available by the World Health Organization (WHO), to all leprosy endemic countries and is worth between $14.5 and $24.5 million over the next five years depending on the number of cases detected. The first phase of the programme from 2000 to 2005 was worth US$ 40 million, The lower amount of drugs supplied under the new agreement is due, said WHO, to the impressive progress being made in the struggle to eliminate the potentially devastating but easily curable disease through the success of MDT and the integration of leprosy treatment into general health systems. “The excellent news is that millions of people have been cured of leprosy and saved from a life of disability and stigma through the use of this simple, effective treatment,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook. “This success story demonstrates once again the value of integrating leprosy services into the public health system, and making MDT treatment truly available to everyone. WHO will work closely with all member states to sustain this process of integration, and maintain the crucial political commitment required, in the face of a rapidly disappearing disease.”More than 14 million patients have been cured of leprosy since 1985, WHO said. As of the beginning of 2005, the number of cases of leprosy worldwide was 286,000, a drop of 38 per cent from the beginning of 2004. The number of new cases detected during 2004 was also substantially lower (down 21 per cent) than in the previous year, providing further evidence that the backlog of previously undetected cases has finally been reached and treated.Much of the credit for the progress rests with committed governments, and the staff of international and national programmes, said Dr. Daniel Vasella, Chairman and CEO of Novartis. “The progress made to date in this partnership is evidence of the benefits of this public-private partnership, and gives us motivation in our fight against other endemic diseases in the developing world.” In a WHO statement release today, Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Elimination of Leprosy, called for renewed cooperation between all concerned stakeholders.“The elimination of leprosy as a public health problem is a milestone along the way to fundamentally eradicating both the disease and the social stigma that for so long has accompanied it,” he said.Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae. It is not highly infectious but can cause severe and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes if untreated. Treatment is simple, effective and free in all countries. It remains a public health problem in nine countries: six in Africa (Angola, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique, and the United Republic of Tanzania); two in South-East Asia (India, Nepal), and one in the Americas (Brazil). read more

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Sudan Annan calls for highlevel meeting on Darfur as militia attacks kill

The announcement came as the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported nearly 40 civilian deaths in the last few days in attacks in Darfur by Arab militiamen – some of whom were backed by Sudanese military vehicles.Along with the five permanent members of the Security Council and the European Union, Mr. Annan and the Chairman of the African Union also invited representatives from Congo, Gabon, Egypt, and the League of Arab States to the meeting in Addis Ababa that starts on Thursday, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Mr. Annan will attend the meeting as will representatives of the Sudanese Government, Mr. Dujarric said, adding that its purpose will be to “discuss ways in which to address the situation and move forward the peace process decisively.”Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Heidi Annabi, is currently in Addis Ababa after visiting Sudan where he held weekend meetings with President Omar Hassan Al Bashir and with the defence and foreign ministers. UNMIS said his discussions focused on Darfur, including the UN’s support package for the African Union Mission in Darfur (AMIS).The security situation continues to be volatile in all of Darfur’s three states, with a number of reported deadly militia attacks on civilians, violent acts of banditry and clashes between Government and rebel forces in the past few days, UNMIS has reported.In North Darfur on Friday, UNMIS said Arab militias attacked three villages, killing six civilians including four children, while in West Darfur, 300 armed militiamen backed by 18 military vehicles attacked camps for the internally displaced in the village of Sirba, killing 31 people and injuring 18 others, including women and children.The Mission also said the attackers burned down almost 100 houses and, following this incident, 10 international non-governmental organization (NGO) staff members were relocated to El Geneina.In a related development, Mr. Annan’s latest report to the Security Council on Darfur, covering the month of September, deplores the increasing violence and repeats calls on all sides to negotiate, adding that UN efforts to strengthen the African Union force on the ground will not solve the underlying problem.“Even as efforts to strengthen AMIS continue, it is important to reiterate that a comprehensive and lasting resolution to the crisis will come only through a broadbased political settlement, which will require the complete commitment of the Government and the rebel movements.” “This settlement will be achievable only if discussion and dialogue replace the bombings, attacks and counter-attacks of the last two months… The suffering of the Darfurian population has lasted far too long.”Some 200,000 people are estimated to have died in Darfur as a result of the conflict between Government forces, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy, and more than 2 million others have been displaced. However the Government has rejected the expansion of UNMIS to Darfur and at present the UN assists AMIS.Mr. Dujarric said today that the UN was continuing to strengthen the African Union mission with a $21 million package that has the support of the African Union and the Sudanese Government. read more

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BBC to chronicle the life and loves of Princess Margaret in new

The programme will include interviews with Basil Charles, former owner of Basil’s Bar on Mustique, where the princess had a holiday home. There will also be contributions from Lady Anne Glenconner, a childhood friend and later lady-in-waiting, and Craig Brown, who catalogued the princess’s celebrated rudeness in a recent biography…. The BBC is to explore the private life of Princess Margaret in a new documentary series, after Vanessa Kirby’s sympathetic portrayal in The Crown led to a reappraisal of the Queen’s troubled younger sister. 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. “She was a trailblazer, she was a little bit of a rebel. She wanted to have the [royal] life but she also wanted to have a normal life,” Charles tells the programme. read more

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Poor us Ireland is less wealthy than the EU average

first_imgIRISH PEOPLE ARE slightly poorer than the European Union average, new data from the continent’s statistics office released this week shows.The research measures Actual Individual Consumption, which is an indication of the material welfare of households.Ireland comes in three points below the EU average level, leading a trio of fellow bailout countries in Italy, Cyprus and Spain.The richest country in Europe is Luxembourg, which comes in 38 points above average. This, however, may be slightly skewed by the fact that a large number of those who work in Luxembourg commute there from neighbouring countries. Source: Eurostat/screengrabThe second highest level of consumption was in Germany, 25 points above average. Austria, Sweden and Denmark round out the top five, while our near neighbours in the UK beat us by two places.AIC measures goods and services consumed by individuals, irrespective of whether they are paid for by people themselves, the Government or by non-profit organisations.The poorest country in the EU is Bulgaria, with a consumption rate of less than half the EU average. No country in the bottom three, which was rounded out by Romania and Croatia, came within 50% of Germany’s wealth.Poll: Should Ireland bring in a tax on wealth?>Read: World’s wealthiest 85 people own same amount as half the global population>last_img read more

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AOL reboots email with Project Phoenix

first_imgAOL will always be remembered by those of us of a certain age as the company that achieved CD spam. But the AOL of 2010 is a company attempting to establish itself through masses of online content and services.Having an AOL e-mail address is seen as a joke by many, and to be honest I don’t know anyone who has one anymore. But for AOL, webmail accounts for 45% of its page views which equates to a significant chunk of its revenue. In order to protect and try to build on that AOL’s e-mail service is getting a reboot.Yesterday Project Phoenix by AOL Mail was launched as a limited beta. It’s a brand new e-mail service that tries to simplify the whole communication experience while offering everything other popular e-mail services have. It also looks a lot like Gmail.The headline features include a Quickbar at the top of the page that allows you to send short, quick messages as an e-mail, instant message, or text message. And those text messages are free by the way.There’s also a sidebar on the right of the screen called Smart View which is used to display the rich content contained in a message. So you’ll see thumbnails of images there, links to past conversations with the person who sent the mail, and a map if directions are being given.In a clear attempt to get users from rival services using AOL Mail there’s easy integration for accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo! Mail as well as for messaging services such as that offered by Facebook. And don’t think you’ll be stuck using an aol.com e-mail address as AOL is offering love.com, wow.com, ygm.com, and games.com as alternatives.Finally, the company is trying to improve on search by automatically limiting a search based on what message you have open. So a search while viewing your inbox will return results for your entire account. Open a mail from a friend and searches will be limited to content associated with them.If you want to try Project Phoenix then you need to sign-up and tell AOL you’re interested. AOL may choose to give you access to the beta after that. If you’d rather wait and see what happens then the Phoenix is expected to go public next year at some point.Read more at Mashable and CNETMatthew’s OpinionI know a lot of people who will look at what AOL is doing here and just say “no way!”. There’s a lot of bad memories of using the original AOL service so who could blame them?Times change, though. There’s a generation of young kids and adults who’ve never experienced AOL Mail before and it’s these users AOL wants to get hooked on Project Phoenix. Making it look like Gmail is no accident, and 3rd-party account integration should make transferring a doddle. But you have to wonder why anyone would switch.The Quickbar and Smart View sound like intelligent additions, but as Gmail has shown, simplicity and speed coupled with the ability to add features you like while ignoring others is what makes for a great e-mail service. If Project Phoenix is lightning fast and has a great search experience then it may see some success, but I think this will be limited to new e-mail users finding it first rather than those of us already using Gmail or Yahoo! Mail making the switch.last_img read more

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Samaras warns euro exit would be a nightmare

first_imgNew Democracy leader Antonis Samaras told President Prokopis Pavlopoulos Thursday during an hour-long meeting that Greece would experience a “nightmare” if it leaves the euro.Samaras met Pavlopoulos as part of an effort to increase pressure on the government to clinch a deal with lenders before the end of the month and to make New Democracy’s position on the issue absolutely clear.“It would be a nightmare for the Greek people, for the country’s trustworthiness, for the future of our children and for Greece’s security given that our region is going through such a difficult time at the moment,” said Samaras, who encouraged Pavlopoulos to do all he could from his position to create the conditions for an agreement. The president, whose role is semi-ceremonial, spoke to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker Thursday but has also been in touch with his German counterpart Joachim Gauck and other foreign officials.Samaras said that his party considers Greece’s membership of the eurozone non-negotiable. “Greece’s position in Europe and in the euro is a non-negotiable, national red line that is supported not just by New Democracy but by the overwhelming majority of Greek people and as such no government has the right to put this in doubt,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Cecile Israel 23 mourned as latest traffic death for Turks and Caicos

first_img Related Items:#23yearoldwomankilledinaccident, #CecileShemaraIsrael, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Police say they do not know what caused the young woman, alone in her silver Nissan Murano to crash into a wall on South Dock road on Tuesday night; but they do confirm that she is just 23 years old.Images of the wreck and the woman have been circulating on social media since the night of the fatal traffic accident and Magnetic Media has confirmed her identity as Cecile Shemara Israel.#MagneticMediaNews#CecileShemaraIsrael#23yearoldwomankilledinaccident Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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San Diego FireRescue Department increasing staffing in anticipation of heightened fire activity

first_img Posted: October 6, 2017 , San Diego Fire-Rescue Department increasing staffing in anticipation of heightened fire activity October 6, 2017center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is increasing staffing levels in anticipation of increased risk of fire activity, officials said Sunday.A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service for most of the county will go into effect 8 a.m. Monday and remain in effect through 10 a.m. Tuesday, as strong and gusty 20 to 30 mile per hour northeast winds were expected Monday morning through Tuesday morning. Combined with low humidity levels, the conditions were expected to create critical fire weather conditions for throughout San Diego County, according to the NWS and San Diego Fire- Rescue.”Several years of drought coupled with heavy rains this past winter created significant fuel in the form of underbrush and grass,” department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. “This fuel, combined with hot temperatures and low humidity, create conditions which are conducive to easily ignited and fast burning wildfires.”The danger is particularly acute in October, when California has experienced many of its deadliest and most dangerous fires, according to officials.”SDFRD recommends vigilance on the part of the community all year round, but the risk has proven to be higher during October,” Munoz said.Fire Chief Brian Fennessy urged San Diego residents to prepare for the danger by creating and practicing an emergency plan.”Having two safe ways to exit your home and also mapping out and practicing a safe evacuation route in advance can save lives and serious injury,” Fennessy said.The department will closely monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend and may extend the increased staffing depending on weather changes, officials said.Brush engines, like the five extra the department will have on standby this weekend, are large, off-road-capable vehicles with a water capacity of 600- 1,500 gallons. The department’s water tenders carry up to 3,000 gallons of water and provide water supply to engines at vegetation fires.San Diego has hundreds of miles of wildland-urban interface, officials noted, making the risk of fire to homes and businesses especially severe. Strong winds can also increase fire danger, with breezy conditions possible this weekend.Santa Ana winds — the most dangerous for spreading late-season wildfires — are expected to affect the Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange County areas this weekend, but not San Diego County.The department said some fire-related deaths occur because people wait too long to leave their homes. Officials urged residents not to wait to be told by authorities to evacuate if a severe fire is nearby, and not to hesitate if they are told to leave.last_img read more

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MRI Magazine Readership Remains Stable

first_imgThe biggest gainer year-over-year is Future’s Official Xbox Magazine, which jumped 42 percent over spring 2009. PC World (39 percent) and Life & Style Weekly (31 percent) round out the top three.Dropping the most was Handy magazine, the publication of the Handyman Club of America, which lost 24 percent of its readership from spring 2009 to spring 2010.Newsweek, which the Washington Post Company is hoping to sell, dropped 14 percent for the year, while Time also dropped slightly by 5 percent. The Economist remained flat with a 1 percent gain. According to measurement service Mediamark Research & Intelligence, which rebranded itself GfK MRI this week, readership among consumer magazines has remained stable. Results of its spring survey indicate that between spring 2009 and spring 2010 readership clicked almost a full percentage point higher. GfK MRI releases its readership report twice a year in the spring and fall. Compared to last fall, spring 2010 was flat at +.45 percent.Among categories, men’s health and fashion was inconsistent between spring 2009 and 2010, but with no alarming trends. Esquire was down (-6 percent) while GQ was up (11 percent). Men’s Fitness was up (8 percent) while Men’s Health and Men’s Journal were down (-4 percent and -8 percent, respectively).Business magazines were generally flat-to-down. Bloomberg Businessweek dropped almost 6 percent. Forbes lost one percent of its readership while Fortune gained 3 percent. Money dropped 3.5 percent.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is money BCCI uses rich man tactics to strong arm

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:32Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:30?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Australian summer will not have any one day international matches in its calendar for the first time in over 40 years as the Aussies will be touring India instead in January 2020, says a report on Australian daily, The Age. The Aussies are set to tour India for a three-match ODI series in January next year which is the peak of the Australian summer and that in itself is a rare occurrence. The report states that India’s chief cricket governing body, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has exercised its financial and political muscle to strong-arm Cricket Australia (CA) into this commitment. “CA faced the threat of millions of dollars of financial recompense had the Indian series been postponed and, ultimately, agreed to the BCCI’s request,” the report states. Kohli could be leading India in Australia again very soon.Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesThe report states that CA had requested BCCI to postpone the three-match series as it would otherwise put their Trans-Tasman ODI series against New Zealand in jeopardy. But BCCI has reportedly refused to do so which means that Australia will be travelling to India immediately after their Test series against New Zealand which concludes with the New Year’s Test match in Sydney.The three ODIs against New Zealand was the sole ODI assignment scheduled in the Australian summer and with this development, Australia will not be playing any 50-over cricket in summer on their home soil for the first time since 1977. But the Australian summer will no be bereft of limited overs action as Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be touring to play three T20Is each. “We have been working hard to rejig the schedule to fit a change in dates for the two ODI series, at home with New Zealand and away with India, on the back end of the Sydney Test but there are necessary trade-offs,” The Age reported a CA spokesperson as saying. Virat Kohli with the Aussies after losing the T20 series in Bangalore.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images”As a sport, we are fortunate that we have three formats, a compelling international and domestic offering for both men and women. Complexities are bound to and often arise. What we are working through is a solution that sees us honouring our commitments to overseas boards, being flexible to their changing needs, balanced with the need to schedule a summer of cricket that works for the fans. We are confident we will find a way to deliver, with some trade-offs.”CA’s decision to agree with BCCI could also be with an eye towards the future as India is reportedly scheduled to visit the Australian shores late in 2020 to play four Test matches and three ODIs. Any tour of India is a source of immense financial benefit given the massive fan following of the game in both countries. Over the years, India’s rivalry with Australia has thrown up some fascinating tales which make for great television and storytelling.  Pant and Lyon in an unlikely embrace.Michael Dodge/Getty ImagesThe charm of Virat Kohli’s passionate theatrics and Rishabh Pant’s stump mic banter with the fiery Australians in a day-night Test match is too attractive a prospect for anyone to put in jeopardy. Thus, it makes sense from a financial point of view and also from a cricketing angle for CA to set aside other plans and give preference to BCCI’s reported demands.center_img Virat Kolhi smashes bowlers in the nets on match evelast_img read more