MHA defers deportation of 6 Pakistani Hindus

first_imgThe Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has put on hold a notice served by the intelligence wing of the Rajasthan police and the Foreigners’ Registration Office on six Pakistani Hindus staying at Nachna village, near Pokhran in Jaisalmer district, asking them to leave the country for violating the visa rules. The notice was based on a letter sent by the MHA to the Rajasthan government on October 14. The letter said the family was staying in a “restricted area without obtaining permission from authorities” and were also involved in “suspicious activities”.The family, comprising 19 members, fled Pakistan in 2013 fearing religious persecution and settled in Jodhpur. While their visa for stay in India was being regularly extended, six members of the family moved to Nachna, which falls in an area west of the national highway, restricted to foreign nationals.The notice was issued on Tuesday to Nawab Chand, Gul Chand, Kishore Das, Jairam Das, Kanwar Ram and Kajal. Signed by the Superintendent of Police (Intelligence), Jodhpur, it asked them to leave India immediately, failing which the action for deporting them would be initiated.The MHA letter said the family, invited by Nawab Chand, was suspected to be in “receipt of hawala money”.The family has approached the police and administration, as well as Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, elected to the Lok Sabha from Jodhpur, with a plea to let them stay in Rajasthan. The women of the family have warned that they would “commit suicide” if the male members were forced to go back to Pakistan.Hindu Singh Sodha, president of Seemant Lok Sangathan that works for Pakistani migrants in the State, said on Friday that the six had shifted to Nachna in search of livelihood as agricultural labourers in the fields near the Indira Gandhi Canal. “They have not committed any crime. The police are free to proceed against them as per the law if they are involved in criminal activities.”A senior Home Ministry official said the notice had been stayed and was under further consideration of the government. The State government had been asked to defer any deportation/leave India notice till further orders from the Central government.Mr. Sodha said the Rajasthan High Court had recently directed the police not to issue deportation notice to any Pakistani migrant without its permission during the pendency of a public interest litigation. If the family’s male members were forcibly sent back, the women and children would find it difficult to survive, he added.last_img read more

Load shedding

first_imgLet’s assume that there is a workout school out there that you could attend. You’d be taught five main subjects: cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. You cannot do any justice to the time spent working out or the calories burnt if they do not lead,Let’s assume that there is a workout school out there that you could attend. You’d be taught five main subjects: cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and body composition. You cannot do any justice to the time spent working out or the calories burnt if they do not lead to any kind of progress or learning in these five core areas of fitness.Cardio respiratory fitness: Ability of the heart and lungs (also called as cardio-pulmonary fitness) to deliver oxygen and nutrients to working cells or muscles which are demanding them. Let’s say you’re climbing stairs: your leg muscles will demand more blood supply, oxygen and nutrient delivery, and will need to remove or recycle waste products (like lactic acid).Muscular strength: The greatest amount of force (maximal effort) that a muscle or a group of muscles can exert at one time. Ever watched a cop lagao a lafa? That’s muscular strength. Or when Sunny Deol says, ‘Yeh dhai kilo ka haath jab padta hai to aadmi uthta nahi, uth jata hai’. The technical term in exercise physiology is ‘one rep max’ but apna Bollywood describes it better.Muscular endurance: The ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to perform repeated activity over a period of time. For example, if you’re moving furniture or if you’re making laddoos, then you’ll be using your muscular endurance.Flexibility: The ability of the joints to move through their full range of motion (ROM). For example, a bowler would move her arm through a full range of motion of her shoulder before the delivery.Body composition: This refers to the fat mass that you carry as compared to the total body mass you have. For women this should be 25 per cent or under. So even if you weigh a hundred kilos, not more than 25 kilos should come from fat. When women say they want to look toned and not flabby, they actually mean that they would like to reduce the fat mass and increase their lean mass (bone and muscle).Now, the moral of the story is when you make improvements on the first four parameters of fitness, it results in an improvement (lowering fat mass) in the fifth parameter, that of body composition. Learning these fitness parameters leads to an improvement in overall health, sense of well-being, improves and it your appearance as well. It also leads to perfect harmony in our hormones, stable moods and puts the mind into ‘feel good’ mode, unlike the high-strung or rundown state of mind that most weight loss plans lead to.One of the reasons why I call the book ‘weight loss tamasha’ is exactly this. No one seems to talk about getting fitter, sharpening the kinesthetic intelligence, improving quality of life or increasing the well-being quotient. All that we seem to care about is losing inches and getting that needle on the weighing scale to move down. Any weight loss or inch loss achieved without an improvement on the five fitness parameters above is a tamasha, a joke, cheating, a criminal waste of time, money and resources. What are we thinking when we buy into those ‘two months, five kilos’ (buy 15 kilos and get three kilos free for any family member – my favourite ad), ‘seven sessions, nine kilos’ guarantees, one week ‘detox’ before shaadi? If we don’t think about asking questions like, will it make my knees stronger, bones denser, skin smoother, hair thicker, mind calmer and hunger signals sharper, then we deserve the diets we get, pretty much like we deserve the politicians we get because we don’t ask them the right questions or give a damn for accountability (other than living room conversations of course).So let’s understand this well. Weight loss is a by-product (but not essential) of an improvement in body composition, which in turn is an essential byproduct of improvement in the first four parameters of fitness. If you want to save your skin literally (sagging, wrinkles) and figuratively, then you must opt for fitness and weight loss programmes that are not sold or popular for ‘weight loss’. Samjha? Rujuta DiwekarDon’t buy into programmes that say ‘pay x and lose y kilos’. Also, don’t go under the knife to lose weight. Simply because weight lost at the cost of a decrease in all five core fitness parameters (which is what most ‘diets’, ‘procedures’, ‘surgeries’, ‘toning tables’, ‘techniques’, ‘herbal or ayurvedic pill/potions’ do), is simply worthless.And no, these five areas of fitness are not meant only for athletes or sports persons, they are meant for people like you and me, the ones who do a lot of sitting around and lead sedentary lifestyles. Athletes or sportspersons need these five core areas and then build on other parameters specific to their sport, like agility, power, speed and hand-eye coordination. Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to make sure that you don’t tell yourself that this is for sports people/size zero/celebs. We can improve at any age and at any weight. These are the basic foundations of nurturing the physical body to use it like a vehicle to pursue higher goals of human life (the Vedic tradition, in fact all religious traditions adhere to this view). No higher purpose can be achieved when you lose those two or twenty kilos or fit into a size six or whatever, but it can be when you have enough energy and enthusiasm left at the end of your day. Incidentally, this is also how exercise science describes physical fitness: to go through day-to-day activities without feeling unduly tired and to have enough energy left to tackle emergencies, pursue hobbies, exercise or higher spiritual goals.Extracted from the book Women and The Weight Loss Tamasha by Rujuta Diwekar.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Mar 9 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs)Mumbai, Mar 9 (PTI) Oilseeds: Bold (in Rs.Per100kgs) Groundnut Kernel 4650 Groundnut Bold 60/70 6650 Javas 60/70: 8150 Javas 70/80: 7950 Javas 80/90: 7750 Kardi 2850 Sesame (Whitish) 98/2/1: 5750 Sesame 95/5/1: 5550 Sesameseed crushing 48/2/4 4800 Sunflowerseed 4000 Nigerseed 9300 and Castorseed Bombay 3025.Oils & Seeds: (In Rs. Per 10 kgs) Groundnutoil 930 Kardi Expeller 870 Sesame Expeller N/T Sunflower Expeller 675 Refined 745 Cottonseeds Refined 604 Palmolein Refined 538 Soybean Refined 605 Soybean Crude N/T Rapeseed Refined 765 Rapeseed Expeller 735 Copra White 795 Ricebran 4-7% FFA N/T Ricebran N/T Linseeds Oil 835 Castoroil Comm 635 FSG 645 Kandla 614 Mowra N/T Neem 970 Karanji 625.Deoil Cakes: (Rates in Rs.per mt) Groundnut Extraction 45% 27,800 Kardi Extraction 13,000 Sesame Extraction N.Q. Cottonseed Extraction N.Q. Undec Cottonseed Exp 23,200 Rice Bran Extraction N/Q Sunflower Extraction 24,500 Rapeseed Extraction N/Q Soyameal 48%3 33,900 and Castor Extraction 4650.Oilcakes: Groundnut Expeller Oilcake Rd(per met. tonne)(50%): 30,800/- Kardi Expeller Oilcake Rd(per2 metric tonnes) : UNQTD. Groundnut Extraction (per metric tonne) : UNQTD. PTI RHB SBT MKJ SSBlast_img read more

FA asks for information after England footballer cocaine allegations

first_imgThe Football Association is asking for people to come forward with information over allegations that an unnamed England player was thrown out of a nightclub for taking cocaine.In claims made by the Sun newspaper, the player allegedly snorted the drug during a pre-Christmas team get-together after an away game.The club’s manager is then alleged to have put the player in a taxi and sent him home, with the report claiming he mistakenly believed he was drunk. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And in response to the Sun’s story, the FA have appealed for further information from anyone that may have witnessed the alleged incident.In a statement they told Goal: “The FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping programmes in the world. In partnership with UK Anti-Doping, we have a targeted research and intelligence-led programme in place to identify potential doping risks in the game.”Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.”We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA, via, or to UK Anti-Doping by visiting:”The FA have the power to issue suspensions to any player found guilty of breaching its social drugs policy.Punishments range from a zero to three-month suspension for a first offence up to a lifetime ban for multiple offences.The FA conduct drugs tests after matches as well as at training sessions and player’s home addresses as part of its anti-doping programme.Players can be selected for a drug test in either a random or a targeted basis.Latest figures show more than 5,000 players were tested during the 2017-18 season. Six players were found to have been in breach of social drugs policy regulations while there were two breaches of club whereabouts regulations.As well as testing, the FA’s anti-doping programme also combines research and education to ensure players are “sufficiently educated about both the regulations relating to anti-doping, the risks of doping and that it is effective in detecting and deterring drug use within the game.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Son Of NFL Coach Announces College Commitment

first_imgMike Tomlin wearing a Steelers hat in Pittsburgh.PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sidelines in the second quarter during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)The son of a prominent NFL head coach announced his college commitment on Tuesday night. Michael “Dino” Tomlin, son of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, revealed where he’ll be playing his college football.Tomlin, a three-star wide receiver recruit from Shady Side Academy, announced his commitment to Maryland. Despite the turmoil at Maryland, most recruiting analysts expected Tomlin to announce his commitment to the Terrapins.The three-star recruit kept his message short.Here’s the announcement from— Dino Tomlin (@DinoTomlin) November 6, 2018Maryland was just one of two Power 5 offers on the table for Tomlin – Pitt also offered the wideout. Tomlin is the No. 183 wide receiver recruit in the 2019 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He’s also the No. 35 recruit from the state of Pennsylvania.In addition to his talent on the football field, Tomlin is a track star as well. The talented wide receiver won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the 100-meter dash in 2018.last_img read more

New Supported Housing Program for Women

first_imgWomen will receive help to move from homelessness to greater independence thanks to the approval of a new supported housing program. The Women in Supported Housing (WISH) program combines housing with additional supports to help women in transition with the day-to-day management of their household affairs including budgeting, making appointments and other life skills. The program will provide up to 24 beds in supported housing. “We are pleased to work with the community to provide a range of services for women who may need extra support to make the transition from homelessness,” said Community Services Minister David Morse. “This program will provide housing and support services to help foster greater independence.” Provincial funding to provide rent for apartments, daily funding for support services for up to 24 women, and some program operational costs is estimated to be $272,340 annually. The WISH program will be funded by the Department of Community Services and delivered by the YWCA of Halifax. To be eligible for the WISH program, women 19 years of age and older must be in receipt of income assistance, and be approved as a suitable candidate for supported housing services by their caseworker.last_img read more

NDP ended 2018 with nearly 45 million in negative net assets return

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal New Democrats ended last year by going deeper into the red.The party’s annual return posted to the Elections Canada website shows the party finished 2018 with nearly $4.5 million in negative net assets.That makes the third year in the row the party has filed an annual financial return showing a balance sheet where total assets were less than overall liabilities.It is also the worst balance sheet since 2001, which is the earliest year for which the reports are available online.The return also shows the NDP spent about $1.4 million more than it had coming in last year.Meanwhile, donations and contributions were up a little, with the NDP receiving about $5.2 million in 2018, compared to $5.1 million the year before.The Canadian Presslast_img

Dancing through Greyeyes marvellous career

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn his three decades on the stage and screen, Michael Greyeyes has emerged as a respected director, choreographer, dancer and actor.APTN National News reporter Tina House recently caught up with him in Vancouver to review the many achievements of a remarkable First Nations man.last_img

Family living on shore of Frobisher Bay loses everything in fire

first_imgJason, Elizabeth and their son are living in a tent in Iqaluit. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA homeless family in Iqaluit lost everything they owned last weekend when the beach shack they were squatting in burned to the ground.It was a huge blow for the struggling trio that moved to the Arctic capital from Pangnirtung about 10 months ago to escape what they said is escalating violence in the hamlet.“We didn’t want him seeing that all the time,” father Jason Kakee said of his 13-year-old son.“There was too much violent crime up there.”The family, which includes mother Elizabeth, confirms what Pangnirtung officials announced in May that the community was awash in assaults, arson and suicide attempts.Hamlet officials wrote to the territorial government for help and revealed shocking statistics: 12 young people tried to kill themselves, 55 people called the poison control centre, and a teenager fired a gun 11 times in the middle of a September night.“Violent events in Pang have now become a daily occurrence,” said the letter from the municipal council. “Bootlegging is rampant and uncontrolled.“If adequate urgency response services are not provided immediately, more and more people in Pangnirtung will be physically injured, emotionally traumatized and more lives will be lost.”Things were bad enough for Kakee to pull up stakes and spend last winter in a wooden shack on the shore of Frobisher Bay without heat, water and plumbing.“It was really, really cold,” he said in a video filmed this week by Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau and posted to the activist’s Facebook page Shame on Canada.“We’ve been going to the food bank but sometimes we go hungry… We don’t have cooking supplies.”Their escape to the capital landed them in the middle of another Nunavut crisis – a chronic lack of housing in the territory.Kakee said they were walking back from the store in time to see flames shooting into the sky. What caused the fire is unknown.“I was crying. We lost everything we had,” he said. “Our clothes… our bedding materials. Everything’s gone.”About 100 homeless people live in rickety shacks, ripped tents and old boats along Iqaluit’s rocky shores, noted Inuqtaqau, because there aren’t enough homes, transitional spaces or room for couples and families in the city’s two shelters.“I’ve been asking for help for these people for the last two-and-half years,” he said Friday.Inuqtaqau said local businesses donated some clothing, groceries, a nylon tent and camping stove but he worries about the family with another winter looming.“I’m desperate,” Kakee says on the video. “We need a place to live with my son.“He has asthma; his lungs gets weak very fast sometimes.”The use of camp stoves and fuel, among other problems, has sparked several fires in the makeshift homeless community, including one that killed a man.This abandoned boat was someone’s home. (submitted photo)“They could have actually saved some lives if they gave people a house,” said Inuqtaqau, who claims politicians and Inuit leaders are ignoring the emergency.He says vulnerable people are at risk while government homes stand empty waiting to be awarded to out-of-town workers as part of their employment contracts.“Southerners get housing and food subsidies while Inuks sleep on the beach,” Inuqtaqau said.Kakee said the situation makes him sad.“I was feeling really down because I didn’t want him to live like this,” he said of his son.“We need a house. I want him to feel free and have friends around him.”If the family makes a home in Iqaluit remains to be seen, but Mayor Madeleine Redfern says a multi-million-dollar expansion planned for the men’s shelter should ease some of the perilous conditions.“It’s an issue that, as mayor, I have brought to the attention of both the governments of Nunavut and the federal government,” she said in a telephone interview Friday, noting she had visited the homeless family on the beach.She said she was starting to hear about some flexibility in who gets housing owned by the territorial and federal governments, including employees relocating within Nunavut and not just those coming from outside the territory.Redfern noted the city itself doesn’t build houses but makes land available.To that end, she said work is underway to prepare a new subdivision for development next summer.–with files by The Canadian Press read more

Talks to manage offshore Arctic drilling may signal end of ban NWT

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – The federal government is opening talks with northerners on managing offshore energy exploration in the Canadian Arctic, a move some hope signals a coming relaxation of the current ban on potential development.“I would hope that’s the case,” said Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod.“We’ll see as we negotiate. I certainly am feeling very optimistic.”Northern Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi announced Thursday that Ottawa will negotiate a Beaufort Sea oil and gas co-management and revenue-sharing agreement with the governments of the Northwest Territories and Yukon, as well as the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation.In 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an indefinite moratorium on all offshore energy exploration in Canada’s Arctic, subject to a review every five years. He made the announcement in conjunction with then-U.S. president Barack Obama, who brought in similar measures.Since then, President Donald Trump has announced plans to open the American Arctic to drilling.Leblanc, who recently toured the northern capitals, emphasized the importance of resources to the territorial economies.“Our partners were very clear,” he said in a release.“They want to be involved in the management of Arctic offshore oil and gas resources, and they want to see economic prosperity and jobs that will benefit Indigenous peoples and all Northerners in the future without affecting the health of their environment.”Sohi said in a release that the government has been working with both the territories and the energy industry.“We heard loud and clear that the protection of the Arctic environment and the sustainable, inclusive development of the region for the benefit of Northern residents and all Canadians are critical to growing Canada’s economy.”McLeod said much will depend on the five-year review, due in 2021.“Unless we deal with the five-year review things don’t change that much. We’re hoping that after five years, they’ll get rid of (the moratorium).”He said his government will work toward an agreement similar to one reached by the Maritime provinces for their offshore.“The GNWT has been waiting for today’s announcement for some time and I appreciate that Minister LeBlanc has been able to make tangible progress,” he said in a release.Leblanc and Sohi also promised to involve northerners in a research program that takes into account marine and climate change science.After a flurry of interest in the early 2010s, interest in the Beaufort offshore died down. Imperial Oil, which still holds large exploration leases in those waters, cancelled its drilling program in 2015.As part of Thursday’s announcement, the government also said it would preserve existing offshore exploration rights for energy companies and refund remaining deposits related to those licences.There are 63 exploration and discovery licences in the Beaufort Sea. The financial consequences of that promise weren’t immediately clear.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Scientists develop device to detect bacteria in minutes

first_imgWashington: The era of doctors prescribing patients powerful antibiotics while they wait for lab reports could soon be numbered, with a new device returning results within minutes instead of days. It was invented by a team at Penn State university and described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. Co-developed by Pak Kin Wong, a professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, the device uses microtechnology to trap single bacteria cells that can then be viewed under an electron microscope. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe approach allows clinicians to determine in as little as 30 minutes whether bacteria is present and its susceptibility to drug treatment — as opposed to the three-to-five days such lab work currently takes. “We currently prescribe antibiotics even when there is no bacteria present,” Wong told AFP. “That is over prescription. That is one of things we tried to express. Can we quickly determine the existence of bacterial infection?” The researchers’ paper said that in addition to being able to detect whether bacteria is present, the device can begin to classify the type by determining whether the cells are spherical, rod-shaped, or spiral. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”This device determines existence but not what type of bacteria it is,” said Wong. “What we’re working on is a complementary molecular approach such that we can ID the species.” And after finding bacteria is present, the sample is exposed to antibiotics to determine whether the strain is resistant, in which case antibiotic intervention would prove ineffective. “Urinary tract infections are the most common bacterial infections,” said Wong. “However, over 75 per cent of urine specimens sent to a clinical microbiology laboratory are negative. Rapidly ruling out or confirming the presence of bacteria at a clinically relevant concentration will dramatically enhance patient care.” He added that the team had applied for a provisional patent and could bring their device, which they hope to scale down in size so that it can be used in hospitals and doctors’ offices, to market in three years’ time.last_img read more

Guerguerat Morocco in Alert to Protect MINURSO against Terrorist Risk

Rabat – Morocco has strengthened security measures at the MINURSO headquarters in the Guerguerat buffer zone to protect its forces after being alerted to terrorist threats. Following a warning from officials at the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), concerning possible terrorist acts that could target them, members of the mission have been on full alert in the Guerguerat buffer zone at Morocco’s southern borders with Mauritania.The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO),The mission is on alert at its headquarters in the buffer zone, and Morocco’s forces strengthened security measures near them in a move to protect the MINURSO elements. Arabic-language news source, Al-Massa, reported in its weekend issue that Morocco takes very seriously the warnings and fears of the United Nations. The UN mission fortified its presence at a warehouse reserved for it in Guerguerat after it withdrew in reaction to the the threats. The decision was met with discontent from the Polisario Front.Later, the MINURSO teams resumed their activity in the region while maintaining maximum alert level. Increased measures included inspecting all company vehicles before use and parking them in the car parks reserved for MINURSO, as well as advising their personnel to avoid being alone.Earlier last week, UN reports indicated that terrorist groups active in the Sahel region and the Sahara intended to attack MINURSO personnel, especially those present at Guerguerat.The UN immediately notified its mission of these intentions and called on it to implement preventive measures and reinforce its security in the area.The ongoing terrorism threat in the Sahel area has prompted French U.N. Ambassador, Francois Delattre, to circulate a draft resolution on Tuesday to the 15 members of the UNSC authorizing the military intervention, in accordance with international law and in coordination with the peacekeeping mission of the UN.Speaking to the media, Delattre stated, “It would be irresponsible for the council not to come together behind this regional initiative to combat terrorism across borders at the moment when the threat has never been so high.” read more

Broncos sign veteran CB Jamar Taylor with Chris Harris out

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have signed veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor to add depth to their defensive backfield with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. out with chip fracture in his lower right leg.Taylor is a six-year pro from Boise State who has appeared in 74 career games and made 41 career starts with the Arizona Cardinals (2018), Cleveland Browns (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2013-15).He had 17 tackles and a pass breakup in 10 games, including three starts, this season for the Cardinals, who released him Oct. 20.Taylor joins Bradley Roby, Tramaine Brock, Brendan Langley and rookie Isaac Yiadom at cornerback for the Broncos (6-6), who are making a playoff push. They’ll take a three-game winning streak, their first since the Peyton Manning era, into San Francisco (2-10) this weekend.Harris, who was injured in the Broncos’ 24-10 win at Cincinnati on Sunday, said he hopes to be back for the regular-season finale against the Chargers on Dec. 30.The Broncos waived fifth-year tackle Cyrus Kouandjio to make room for Taylor on the 53-man roster.Taylor’s signing comes 24 hours after coach Vance Joseph indicated the Broncos wouldn’t be bringing in another cornerback.___More AP NFL: and Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

La France veut planter ses arbres en Islande pour conserver leur ADN

first_imgLa France veut planter ses arbres en Islande pour conserver leur ADND’après le département forestier de l’Islande, la France envisagerait aujourd’hui de planter sur l’île, certains de ses arbres dont les espèces seraient menacées par le réchauffement climatique. Le réchauffement climatique et la hausse des températures causent de sérieux problèmes à la nature et présentent une menace pour de nombreuses espèces animales comme végétales. Un constat auquel ne semble pas échapper les arbres français. C’est pourquoi l’Office national des forêts a élaboré un plan de sauvegarde qui permettrait de préserver les arbres si leur habitat venait à devenir trop chaud : planter les végétaux en Islande. À lire aussiCes 18 arbres sont les plus extraordinaires de la planèteEn effet, avec la hausse des températures, le climat islandais est aujourd’hui plus froid que le climat français mais il n’est pas glaciaire, en raison de la présence du Gulf Stream. Le pays pourrait donc être un refuge idéal pour les arbres en danger. “Le principal objectif est de rechercher et de trouver des moyens pour protéger et préserver l’ADN de ces arbres”, a précisé Adalsteinn Sigurgeirsson du Service forestier islandais qui a passé une entente avec son homologue français. La collaboration concerne en fait tout particulièrement des espèces provenant des massifs montagneux alpin et pyrénéen, comme le hêtre. Mais “nous allons spécialement étudier les espèces qui sont les plus menacées en France par le réchauffement climatique”, a commenté le chef du département des recherches du Service forestier islandais cité par l’AFP. De même, il a ajouté : “Tout indique que les conditions de l’Islande seront très favorables dans un demi-siècle ou un siècle pour le hêtre, par exemple”. Le but ne serait pas alors de “créer une nouvelle forêt” mais plutôt “de préserver l’ADN des forêts”, selon M. Sigurgeirsson.Pour l’heure, néanmoins, le projet n’en est qu’à un stade initial bien qu’il y ait “un véritable intérêt des deux côtés pour le développer plus avant”.Le 29 octobre 2011 à 15:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Transformer Prime Hasbro attaque Asus en justice

first_imgTransformer Prime: Hasbro attaque Asus en justiceLe fabricant de jouets attaque le constructeur taïwanais pour l’utilisation abusive du terme “Transformer”. La marque a en effet repris le nom pour ces tablettes tactiles se changeant en ordinateurs.Asus a joué avec le feu cette année en appelant sa tablette tactile transformable en ordinateur portable, Eee Pad Transformer. Pour la mise à jour de son produit avait été encore plus loin en la nommant Transformer Prime. Il n’en fallait pas plus pour qu’Hasbro, le fabricant de jouets et détenteur de la licence Transformers, attaque la société d’électronique en justice pour une utilisation frauduleuse du terme, indique Clubic.À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? “Les actions spécifiques que nous engageons aujourd’hui contre Asus soulignent une nouvelle fois la volonté de Hasbro de poursuivre les sociétés qui font un usage indu de notre propriété intellectuelle pour leur propre intérêt financier”, a déclaré un représentant de Hasbro.L’objectif sera pour le fabricant de démontrer que le consommateur peut être induit en erreur en confondant une tablette tactile et une gamme de jouets, devenue franchise de films parmi les plus lucratives de l’histoire. Et pourtant Asus donne également le bâton pour se faire battre, mélangeant joyeusement le nom de la licence Transformers et l’un de ses personnages phares, Optimus Prime, pour donner le nom de l’un de ses appareils.Hasbro souhaite une compensation financière ainsi que l’injonction temporaire interdisant à Asus de vendre ses modèles sur le sol américain. L’enjeu est très important pour la société de jouets. Le dernier film de Michael Bay, Transformers 3: La face cachée de la Lune, a récolté 1,24 milliard de dollars dans le monde en juillet dernier et deux suites sont déjà en préparation.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 18:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gloomy weather to continue 2 days more

Gloomy weather to continue 2 days more

first_img.Gloomy weather across the country will continue for next two days (Thursday and Friday), said a Met official. Md Abdul Mannan, an official at Bangladesh Meteorological Department, said a low depression is prevailing over northwest Bay and its adjacent west central Bay. As a result, rainy clouds are created over north Bay, Bangladesh and its adjacent areas. It also causes light to moderate rain throughout the country, he added.The Met official also said four maritime ports have been asked to hoist cautionary signal number 3. Meanwhile, the Met Office released a special weather bulletin on Thursday.The depression, which moved north-northeastwards, is likely to intensify further and move in a northeasterly direction.It was centred on Wednesday midnight about 985 kms southwest of Chittagong port, 965 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 795 kms southwest of Mongla port and 830 kms southwest of Payra port.Maximum sustained wind speed within 44 kms of the depression centre is about 40 kph rising to 50 kph in gusts or squalls.All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to proceed with caution. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Beast

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels, and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Now, grab a bible and some holy water—and welcome to hell.The Doctor vs. the devil (via BBC)THE BEASTFirst appearance: “The Impossible Planet” (2006)—season 2, episode 8Home Planet: N/ADoctor: TenthCompanion: Rose TylerUnder Russell T. Davies’ tutelage, new Who laid the groundwork for an emotional, cohesive reboot.It did not, however, contribute much to the program’s existing library of evil-doers. (Lest we forget those farting Slitheen…)But writer Matt Jones ensures his entry into the villain hall of fame with The Beast.A red horned demon imprisoned at the center of Krop Tor, it claims to be the devil as he appears across all religions.Please shoot the messenger (via BBC)“He has woven himself in the fabric of your life since the dawn of time,” the creature announces through an army of glowing Ood orbs. “Some may call him Satan or Lucifer. Or the Bringer of Despair, the Deathless Prince, the Bringer of Night.”Jones cleverly intertwines some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it satanic references, including the Doctor’s claim that, to generate the gravitational field that keeps the planet circling a black hole, “you’ll need a power source with an inverted self-extrapolating reflex of six to the power of six every six seconds.”Voiced by Gabriel Woolf (who previously lent his timbre to Sutekh the Destroyer in 1975’s “Pyramids of Mars”), The Beast manifests himself through electronic media—the telepathic field connecting Ood, Rose’s cell phone, the control center’s hologram viewer.The Ood are a bit odd (via BBC)“That thing is playing on very basic fears,” the Doctor explains to the Sanctuary Base Six crew. “Darkness, childhood, nightmares, all that stuff.”“But that’s how the devil works,” Danny Bartock, of the ethics committee, counters.“Or a good psychologist,” The Doctor adds.Davies conceived of this two-parter as a way to challenge the Time Lord’s belief in how the universe works. It also fulfilled producer Phil Collinson’s desire for the character to confront a sole God-like adversary.“All these things I don’t believe in, are they real?” the Doctor asks Mephistopheles, chained and voiceless.Rose ultimately saves the day, ejecting a possessed Toby into the black hole and freeing the Ood from the creature’s grip. The Doctor, reunited with his TARDIS, tows the rocket to safety, swapping an unconscious Ida for the hero Rose.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon Stay on targetlast_img read more

Costa Rica womens beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games

Costa Rica womens beach volleyball team qualifies for first ever Olympic Games

first_imgWhether it’s incycling, track or a host of other sports, Costa Rican athletes are now making history almost every other week. On Sunday, it was the women’s beach volleyball team that etched itself into the country’s record books by becoming the first team ever to qualify for an Olympic Games.Marcela Araya and Valeria Valenciano won the deciding match in Sunday’s Olympic qualifier in Mexico against the home team to clinch a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the fourth and final match of the day, Araya and Valenciano defeated their Mexican counterparts in two sets (23-21, 21-18). Related posts:Olympic Update: Costa Rica still in search of defining moment in Rio Costa Rica’s Nery Brenes qualifies for 200-meter dash in Olympics with new national record Complete guide to Costa Rica’s 2016 Olympic athletes and events Costa Rica’s surfers maintain control nearing finals of World Surfing Games The win in the final of the North America, Central America and Caribbean volleyball federation (NORCECA) tournament was the latest title for a Costa Rican side that has already won the Central American and Caribbean championships.Though Araya and Valenciano sealed Costa Rica’s spot in the Olympics, the first-team of Karen Cope and Natalia Alfaro will represent Costa Rica in Rio de Janiero by virtue of their higher rankings. The duo is ranked 68th in the world, according to the official standings from the International Volleyball Federation.Cope and Alfaro are the latest Costa Ricans to qualify for the Olympics, joining six other athletes, including track star Nery Brenes and cycling sensation Andrey Amador.The games begin Aug. 5 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil with volleyball competitions beginning on Aug. 6, where Cope and Alfaro figure to be heavy underdogs in a field that includes the world’s top duo Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States. Facebook Commentscenter_img El punto de la victoria. Por primera vez en la historia tendrá participación olímpica en voleibol de playa— TDMás (@tdmas_cr) June 26, 2016last_img read more

UN sees 127 percent of youth out of work globally

first_img Top holiday drink recipes GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. labor office says it expects 12.7 percent of youth globally to be unemployed in 2012 and the rate to remain “at the same high level” at least four more years.The International Labor Organization says nearly 75 million of those aged 15 to 24 are unemployed worldwide, up more than 4 million from 2007.The Geneva-based U.N. agency said in a report Tuesday that the youth unemployment rate, which stood at 12.6 percent in 2011, has “remained close to its crisis peak in 2009” at the height of the global financial crisis. But the agency says the rate masks another 6.4 million youth who have effectively given up finding work because of the economic woes, and factoring in those youth would push the 2011 rate up to 13.6 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

TTF heralds strong travel season

TTF heralds strong travel season

first_imgTTF (Travel & Tourism Fair) kick-started business for the busy Diwali holiday season. There were over 400 participants who have set up colourful pavilions at Gujarat University Exhibition Hall. Participants from 9 countries and 27 Indian States & Union Territories came to sell at TTF Ahmedabad. These included state tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel agents, online travel companies, railways, cruises and other travel marketers.“Considering TTF has registered a healthy growth over last year, a strong Diwali season is expected,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media, the organiser of TTF. “Western India in general and Ahmedabad in particular is the most important market for the travel industry in this season,” he added.There were colourful displays of various places one can visit, with a hint of their various attractions. Eye-catching displays were put up by Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and of course the Host State Gujarat to cater to the local tourists.Among the countries represented were Thailand, New Zealand, Oman, Maldives, UAE, China, India, Nepal and Uzbekistan eyeing for the booming Gujarati outbound market.First two days of the show (i.e. Friday and Saturday) were reserved for the travel trade visitors only, and the last day (Sunday), show was open for all.To enhance and showcase their respective offerings, aside from attractive and elegant stalls, participating states and countries presented daily cultural events and marketing presentations to trade visitors and the media.Jammu & Kashmir Tourism organised a special road show on the side-lines of TTF Ahmedabad to woo Gujarati tourists.The TTF series has important value additions like pre-registration for trade visitors, more travel trade engagements, focus on B2B, etc. The specially branded section, Outbound Village @ TTF helps expand the outbound presence.The TTF Award for Contribution in Tourism has been instituted by Fairfest Media to recognise leading travel producers and buyers. Awardees received the recognition and walked the show. In addition, an equal number of sellers participating in the show were awarded, on the concluding day of the event.During the three days of TTF Ahmedabad, there was special networking sessions by top travel associations where their members discussed their own issues to find solutions contributing to the big picture.TTF is supported by Incredible India, OTOAI, ATOAI, ADTOI, IATO and IAAI. Travel News Digest is the official trade publication of TTF.Immediately after Ahmedabad, TTF will take place in subsequent weekends in Surat (September 18, 19, 20), Mumbai (September 24, 25 26) and Pune (October 2, 3, 4).Later this year, TTF is scheduled in Guwahati, and next year in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (Jan-Feb ’16), in addition to the grand finale in Mumbai (Feb) – branded as OTM where more than a thousand participants from all over the world exhibit.TTF is the largest network of travel shows in India, with over 50% market share.last_img read more