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Meteorologists forecasting temperatures to be slightly above normal this fall starting in

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Forecasters with The Weather Network are predicting that despite the cold, abrupt start to September, things should begin to get warmer than usual for the rest of the fall starting next month.Meteorologist Erin Wenckstern said that the Peace Region will likely see colder than normal temperatures for the rest of September, similar to other areas of Western Canada.Wenckstern said that things will be particularly cool this week, with temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees colder than seasonal values. However, she said that starting in October, the building of an El Nino in the South Pacific will result in temperatures being slightly above normal in October and November. A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network A map showing average temperatures in Western Canada during this fall. Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Photo by The Weather Network Wenckstern explained that this year’s El Nino is forecast to be different than those seen during the2014/2015 and 2015/2016 winter seasons, which caused snowfall amounts in the Peace to be well below normal.Compared to a normal El Nino, which sees warm water pushed closer to the South American coast, this year is forecast to see a mild Modoki El Nino, which causes the pool of warm water to only come slightly closer than normal to South America.Wenkstern said that while this year’s El Nino will cause above-normal temperatures, precipitation levels are forecast to remain fairly close to normal across most of B.C.She said that snowfall amounts could be slightly above normal in November which would give skiers and snowboarders an earlier start to the season, provided termperatures don’t get too high.last_img
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Guj refuses sanction to prosecute ex cops in Ishrat Jahan case CBI

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first_imgAhmedabad: The Gujarat government has declined sanction to prosecute retired police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin in the alleged fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and three others, the Central Bureau of Investigation told a special CBI court on Tuesday.The government's decision may pave the way for the controversial case against Vanzara and Amin to be dropped. After going through a letter submitted to the court by CBI lawyer R C Kodekar, Judge J K Pandya said the sanction to prosecute the two former officers, who were accused in the case, under Section 197 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), was declined by the state government. The defence lawyers then sought permission to file an application to drop the proceedings against Vanzara and Amin. The court granted the request and asked them to file an application on March 26. It will now be up to the CBI to decide whether to proceed with the case against the two without the government sanction. As per CrPC Section 197, prior sanction is required from a competent authority to prosecute a public servant. The court had earlier rejected the discharge pleas of Vanzara,former deputy inspector general of police in Gujarat, and Amin, who retired as superintendent of police, and asked the CBI to clear its stand on whether it wants to get sanction from the state government to prosecute them. Accordingly, the CBI wrote to the state government requesting the same. Vanzara and Amin are two of the seven accused charge- sheeted by the CBI in the case. Vanzara had sought discharge in the case on the ground of parity with the state's former in-charge Director General of Police P P Pandey, who was discharged in the case in February last year for want of evidence. Amin's application seeking discharge was based on the ground that the encounter was genuine and that testimonies of witnesses produced by the CBI were not reliable. Ishrat Jahan, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. Gujarat Police claimed the four had links with terrorist organisations, and wanted to kill then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. A special investigation team set up by the Gujarat High Court concluded that it was a fake encounter, following which the HC transferred the case to the CBI. In the first charge sheet filed in 2013, the CBI named seven Gujarat police officers, including P P Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal for kidnapping, murder and conspiracy. Vanzara was last year discharged in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati fake encounter cases.last_img
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Careful conduct

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first_imgIndians ordinarily take it as a matter of privilege to revel rather ostensibly in their official endowments. But our colonial masters of yesteryears set a formidable example few days back. Joy rides in official conveyance by most of those who are entitled is only common and even enviable, but such matters are not excused in the British system. This message was sent out loud and clear when Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest was sacked from the £3bn HMS Queen Elizabeth after an 'innocent mistake': he was dismissed after a Top Brass investigation found him guilty of an 'error of judgement' - for using his official car at weekends. It is also argued that the treatment meted to him is an 'over-reaction'. The 50-year-old is said to have been 'gutted' at the decision after discovering he had breached the rules. Former military commanders have spoken in defence and criticised the Royal Navy's decision to sack the Captain of the UK's most famous aircraft carrier. An efficient and competent professional, the 50-year-old was fired, after driving the ship's Ford Galaxy 'as if it was his own'. This is while insiders claimed that he was never warned that the car was for official duties only. Admiral Alan West, former First Sea Lord and security adviser to Gordon Brown, said: 'Nick Cooke-Priest is a very good officer and highly competent and nice officer and I would be surprised he has done anything dishonest but I don't know the details so I cannot comment further.' A retired commanding officer of a Royal Navy aircraft carrier said that without knowing the terms of the lease of the vehicle to Commodore Cooke-Priest, he felt the decision to remove him from his position was an over-reaction to a minor error. He said: 'On the face of it seems quite harsh but it would depend on the terms on which it was leased. A number of people in government use cars for all sorts of purposes. Political correctness is believed to be a purpose behind this strict step. Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, a married father-of-three, had been the captain of the £3 billion HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, also known as 'Big Lizzie', since October 2018. Prior to that, he was working with the Ministry of Defence in the Corporate Strategy Group, before joining the Standing Joint Force Headquarters as the assistant chief of staff of operations, during which the HQ achieved Full Operational Capability. He had tweeted last October, "It's an immense honour to have taken command of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and week one has been fabulous! Much brilliant trials work done, many new challenges ahead. Thrilled to be leading the QE team as we re-generate our sovereign Carrier Strike capability." Retd Lt Gen H S Panag concluded this episode with this tweet: "If these yardsticks were applied in India, we would have no Commanders left! Royal Navy sack 'exceptional and popular' captain because he 'drove official car on weekends'.last_img
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Israel Dismisses Hunger Strikers as Terrorists Wont Negotiate

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Rabat – Israeli officials are refusing to negotiate with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, now on day 2 of their protest. Strikers are demanding access to phones, better visitation and improved medical care inside the prisons.As far as the Israeli government is concerned, there will be no talks with the approximately 1,187 Palestinian prisoners engaged in a hunger strike since Monday. According to the BBC, while Palestinians regard these protestors as political prisoners, Israel prefers to view them as terrorists.Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, had strong words for the strike’s ringleader, Marwan Barghouti, saying he was “instigating mutiny and leading the hunger strike and that is a severe violation of the prison.” Erdan continued his remarks on Israeli public radio by describing the prisoners as “terrorists.” “We have no reason to negotiate. They are terrorists and incarcerated murderers who are getting what they deserve,” Erdan said.In the meantime, according to The Guardian, Barghouti has reportedly been moved from his cell at Hadarim to another prison, as yet undisclosed, although rumoured to be located in Haifa. It is known that he has been placed into solitary confinement.Israeli officials have dealt with hunger strikes on the part of Palestinian protestors before, however, they are clearly rattled by the scale of this one, which comes as the international community recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation.Officials are also said to be upset by an interview Barghouti gave to the New York Times, in which he stated, “Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation… In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.”In response, Israel’s Minister for Intelligence and Transportation tweeted that Barghouti should have been executed right after his 2004 conviction for five murders as part of the 2nd Palestinian Intifada. The minister openly called for the “death penalty for terrorists,” according to the same source.Barghouti, who has been named as a possible successor to Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called the strike “the most peaceful form of resistance available.”Various organizations are estimating the number of prisoners involved in the strike between 1,100-1,500.
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UN mission submits reports on disputed internal boundaries in northern Iraq

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The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) worked closely with Iraqi authorities at the national, regional, governorate and local levels to help them develop processes to resolve the boundary issue in the nation’s north.“Our strong hope in presenting these very thorough and objective reports, which analyze these highly complex disputed areas in ways that nobody has done before, is that the parties will use them to start a process of dialogue,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and also head of UNAMI, said.The mission stressed that the deeply-researched reports – with one prepared for each of the more than one dozen disputed districts – are analytical, not prescriptive.“UNAMI has not made any suggestions at this time regarding the administrative jurisdiction of these areas,” it said in a press release issued in Baghdad, noting that recommendations on specific localized confidence-building measures have been included in each assessment.Also included in the reports is a discussion paper on the future of the Kirkuk governorate, and UNAMI has analyzed four options – all of which treat the governorate as a single entity – which are based on the Iraqi Constitution, require a political agreement among the parties and some form of referendum.“We are all too aware that tensions have recently risen in parts of the disputed areas, and also that there are more issues than just the territorial ones that divide the parties,” Mr. de Mistura said. 22 April 2009After a year-long process, the top United Nations envoy to Iraq today submitted reports on disputed internal boundaries to the country’s highest officials, with the aim of initiating dialogue over the contested demarcations.
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CID takes over journo attack probe

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The police Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has taken over the investigations into the attack on The Sunday Leader journalist Faraz Shauketaly.According to a statement by the police media unit, IGP N.K. Illangakoon had instructed the CID to investigate the incident. Meanwhile the Director of the Colombo National hospital Dr. Anil Jayasinghe said that a part of a bullet which was lodged near the neck of the journalist had been removed. He said Shauketaly was however still in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for further observations. Faraz Shauketaly was shot at by a group of unidentified men in his house at hotel road in Mount Lavinia last night.Shauketaly received bullet injuries in his neck and was rushed to the Kalubowila Hospital and from there was transferred to the Colombo National hospital. The gun-shot wounds were however not life threatening. Eyewitnesses said they saw three men running away from his room following the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette)
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Sri Lankan woman molested inside lift in Kuwait

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An unknown person molested a Sri Lankan woman inside the lift of a building in the Farwaniya area in Kuwait, Arab Times reported.The suspect escaped after the incident. The woman was reportedly boarding the lift to her apartment when the stranger dressed in sports clothes joined her. To her surprise, the man touched and fondled her inside the lift, but he escaped when she called the guard of the building for help. Later on, she went to the area police station to file a complaint. A case was registered.
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Iraq UN calls on leaders to step back from brink deplores civilian

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The United Nations has strongly condemned the continuing violent attacks in Iraq which are taking an ever-increasing number of civilian lives, particularly those of innocent children, and appealed to the country’s leaders to step back from the brink.“This brutal violence that takes innocent lives, especially those of children, is totally unacceptable,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi said. “It is important and necessary that all parties, including the Government, adhere to and respect international humanitarian law and are perceived by the population as doing so,” he added. “As Iraqis attempt to rebuild their country, callous acts of violence without regard to possible victims only serve to further intensify and prolong the pervasive sense of insecurity, uncertainty and fear.”There is no official estimate of the number of Iraqi children who have died as a result of the violence recently but figures for civilians made public by a number of sources, such as Iraq Body Count, Brookings Institute, People's Kifah, and the UK Lancet, are all too high.One incident on 15 February in Baghdad highlights the terrible crime that such violence represents - three Iraqi children were killed by a bomb on their way to school. “This type of incident creates fear in the hearts of all families,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative for Iraq Roger Wright said.“In addition to being afraid your child may never return home from school, just imagine how traumatized children who witness all this violence become. These are the Iraqi civilians and leaders of tomorrow. They must be allowed to grow up and develop in an environment of care and respect, not constant concern and anxiety.“Enough is enough: it’s high time to put Iraqi children first – on everyone’s agenda,” he stressed. Mr. Qazi noted that scores of people had been killed since a curfew was lifted in four governorates on Monday, and places of worship continued to be targeted. Hundreds are estimated to have lost their lives since the attack on a Shiite Shrine last week. “I am encouraged by the positive measures announced by the Iraq Government in reaction to the crisis,” he said. “However, despite the constructive response, the situation threatens to further deteriorate. Accordingly, I call upon the leaders of Iraq to intensify their efforts to adopt measures to stop the violence and promote national accord.“The United Nations stands ready to actively assist in this crucial endeavour and will continue to meet with community, religious, and political leaders to ensure the country steadfastly turns away from the brink,” he added.
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United Nations concerned over reports of rebel military movements in northern Mali

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“We ask the Malian rebel groups to abide by Security Council resolutions 2071 and 2085 calling for them to cut off all ties with terrorist organizations,” the spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, added in a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.According to media reports, on Thursday, Islamist rebels seized control of Konna – a city of 50,000 people some 700 kilometres north-east of the capital, Bamako. Northern Mali has been occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels – just one of several security, political and humanitarian problems the West African nation has been dealing with since last year.The renewed clashes in the north, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians. Over 412,000 people have been forced to flee the country’s north, and an estimated five million people have been affected by the conflict.The Malian Government and rebel groups are expected to meet for peace talks in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, on 21 January.“We urge adherence to the cessation of hostilities declared on 4 December 2012 in Ouagadougou and continue to call on the parties to engage in dialogue to address the situation,” Mr. Nesirky told reporters.He added that the United Nations is supporting the mediation efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and “we look forward to the resumption of negotiations which are now scheduled for 21 January.”Citing the threat to regional peace from terrorists and Islamic militants in rebel-held northern Mali, the Security Council adopted resolution 2071 in October last year. Amongst its various points, it held out the possibility of the 15-member body endorsing an international military force to restore the unity of the West African nation. It also called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to support the Malian political process and provide military and security planners to ECOWAS, the African Union and other partners to help frame a response to a request by Mali’s Transitional Authorities for such a force.With resolution 2085, adopted in December last year, the Council authorized the deployment of that international military force – the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, to be known as AFISMA – for an initial period of one year.In his remarks to the media, Mr. Nesirky also said that the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, continues supporting the political talks in Mali, including on the establishment of an inclusive national dialogue and the development of a roadmap for transition. In addition, he noted that Romano Prodi, the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel – in which Mali is located – is in Bamako.AFISMA is tasked with contributing to the rebuilding of the Malian Defence and Security Forces, as well as supporting the Malian authorities in “recovering the areas in the north under the control of terrorist, extremist and armed groups and in reducing the threat posed by terrorist groups.”In addition, it will be responsible for, amongst other tasks, supporting the Malian authorities in their primary responsibility to protect the population and to create a secure environment for the civilian-led delivery of humanitarian assistance and the voluntary return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
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Charities revised estimates and everything else happening in Leinster House today

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first_imgLike politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? Dáil: The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will take questions from 2pm. With teachers unhappy about new proposals for junior cycle students, this one could be juicy.Dáil: Leaders’ Questions – Taoiseach Enda Kenny will get a grilling from the leaders of the Opposition. Voices may be raised – at 3.15pm Dáil: Sinn Féin will bring its Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 to the chamber from 7.30pm during Private Members Business.Everything else that is happening in the DáilAs usual, the Taoiseach will take questions on his own portfolio right after Leaders’ Questions at 3.36pm.Order of Business will be heard at 4.36pm before TDs move onto 85 minutes (or less, maybe) of post-European Council statements (from 5.06pm).We’ll then move onto an hour of Topical Issues from 6.30pm.Everything else that is happening in the SeanadThe senators’ day begins at 2.30pm with Order of Business.Directly after, there will be a motion regarding amendments to Seanad Éireann Standing Orders relating to voting.At 3.45pm, the Road Traffic (No.2) Bill – which is at its Second Stage – will be debated.And, finally, Senators can raise issues of concern to them before adjournment at 7pm.Everything else that is happening in the CommitteesJobs Minister Richard Bruton will appear before the Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation from 1.30pm in Room 2 to discuss revised estimates for the public service.Also discussing the revised estimates will be Pat Rabbitte. The Labour TD will face the Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Committee from 2pm in Room 4.At 2pm, Minister Simon Coveney will talk to the Agriculture, Food and Marine Committee about the public services’ revised estimates in Room 3.In Room 4 at 2pm, Minister Jimmy Deenihan will appear at the Committee on Arts, Sport and Heritage for similar talks.A little later, at 3.45pm in Room 4, embattled Minister Phil Hogan will join the Committee on Environment, Community and Local Government to look at the revised estimates for this year.Are you sensing a theme here? Minister Frances Fitzgerald comes before the Children and Youth Affairs Committee at 5.15pm in Room 2. Yes, you guessed it, to discuss the revised estimates for 2014.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herecenter_img WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…2 things will keeping an eye onlast_img
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Childrens Ombudsman says Ireland must change the way it treats adopted people

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first_imgIreland has a poor history of protecting people who have been adopted…this must not be repeated. THE CHILDREN’S OMBUDSMAN says that “people born through assisted reproduction and surrogacy should have a right to access information on their birth and origins”.Emily Logan has published her advice to the Justice Minister on the ‘General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill’.While Logan broadly welcomes the bill, she believes the legislation could be enhanced in a number of ways: The Ombudsman for Children also believes that the legislation could go further with respect to a child’s right to know and be cared for by her/his father.Speaking about surrogacy arrangements, Logan says that our laws must be as clear as possible on how the arrangements affect the legal status of children who are born as a result of them.The Oireachtas must ensure that the sanctions imposed on parents who break the law do not leave children in a legally precarious situation.She said “the General Scheme does not provide that clarity in its current form”.Addressing the overall scheme Logan said it’s ”underpinned by a recognition of the need to provide legal protection for children and families that reflects the reality of their lives and the diversity of family structures in Ireland and this is very welcome.However, there are some aspects of the bill which I believe should be amended in order to enhance the protection of children’s rights.Minister Fitzgerald has stated in the Dáil last week that she is currently considering the Ombudsman for Children’s recommendations.Read: Oireachtas committee says children should have a right to know who their biological parents are>Read: Doctors: Punishing parents using commercial surrogacy services won’t benefit anyone>last_img
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Geek deals 50 off Zeemote smartphone joysticks

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first_imgComplex games are kind of obnoxious on a touchscreen. There’s not really a good way to play games that require a D-Pad or a joystick with just your thumbs and the screen. In a world where people have been known to hurl controllers through televisions when “the controller messes up”, it’s probably a good idea to remove video game related frustration from your sub $600 phone.Recently, we took a look at some of the best new phone accessories for under $30, and the Zeemote joystick was one of my favorites. Now, for Memorial Day weekend, Zeemote is offering their Bluetooth smartphone joystick for 50% off on Amazon.Zeemote’s SDK emables developers to add Zeemote support to their games, and more game developers are doing so every week. Zeemote’s currently supported game catalog on Android is diverse and entertaining, but it doesn’t quite work on everything you would want to play just yet. Most recently, the Android favorite SpeedX3D added Zeemote support, which made the game significantly more enjoyable for me than the accelerometer style navigation.The Zeemote is incredibly simple to use, light enough that you can slide it into your pocket or backpack, and the replaceable battery inside lasts for well over 50 hours of gameplay. If you are a fan of classic arcade games, shooters, or aerial combat games on your phone, the Zeemote will make the game so much more fun.You can grab one or more of these little controllers until Monday using the promo code “JS1MDE12”. A quick peek over at Amazon.com also just pointed out to me that there appear to be less than 20 remaining for purchase, so be quick if you want one.last_img
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Frogger arcade game has a new world record high score

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first_imgWhile all the kids these days spend their time fawning over HD graphics and realistic physics in video games, a small but dedicated group of gamers is continuing to grind away on classic arcade cabinets. Even after decades, new world record high scores are being posted on some of these iconic games. Fans of the obstacle dodging game Frogger have a new champion this week, and he’s Michael Smith, a 45 year-old software engineer from Virginia.Smith’s winning score was 971,440, which pretty thoroughly destroyed the previous high score of 896,980 from Paul Laffaye in 2010. Interestingly, much of the impetus for this battle goes back to a mid-90s episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. In one famous episode, George Costanza goes to great lengths to save a Frogger machine that contains his high score of 860,630. Laffaye’s record was widely reported for being the first one to actually break Costanza’s fictional score.Smith says his quest to win the record began when he saw an article on Laffaye beating the Seinfeld record. It didn’t take long to succeed once Smith got into it. He set up a camera on a tripod to film his progress. He would later rewatch the videos to learn where he went wrong and what the best routes were. This, ladies and gentlemen, is determination.There’s no giant cash prize at the end of the struggle for Smith, just a little recognition. Apparently he’s hoping to continue on after a little break to reach 1 million points. Hats off to him.More at patrickscottpatterson via Kotakulast_img
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Sarri furious after Chelseas loss

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first_imgMaurizio Sarri fumed at Chelsea’s lack of motivation as they were gunned down 2-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.Arsenal wrapped up the victory thanks to goals from Lacazette and a rare goal from Kolscieny before half-time despite the Blues effort to rescue the game after the break.The former Napoli tactician was so furious following the loss that he insisted on speaking via an interpreter in his Press conference and cited on Football Italia.“We were up against a team that was more determined than us and that is worrying because it is not the first time it has happened,” said Sarri.“Our team is extremely difficult to motivate and after we lose motivation, we also lose our way of playing football. It is a delicate moment psychologically after an initial phase in which the players seemed to understand very quickly what I was asking for.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth - September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We scored regularly at the start, now we are struggling.”However, the former Napoli boss didn’t want to disclose much on the potential of sealing Higuain’s deal.“I don’t want to get involved, as I had a meeting with the club 15 days ago and I am sure they are doing everything possible to sign the players we can get in a difficult situation like the January transfer window.“I don’t want to be thinking about it every day, especially as I find it really boring. Higuain was one of the players on the list, but I don’t know how the situation is evolving. There’s no point asking me.”last_img
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Department for Education to increase teacher starting salary and pension contributions

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first_imgThe Department for Education has announced today (Monday 2 September 2019) that starting salaries for new teachers will increase to £30,000 a year by the 2022-2023 financial year, and that employer pension contributions will rise to 23.6%.Education secretary Gavin Williamson (pictured) has confirmed that new teacher salaries will increase by £6,000 by 2022-2023 as part of the government’s work to reform teacher pay structures; this includes a £14 billion investment approved by the prime minister, Boris Johnson.The pay increase was submitted in a remit letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), asking for recommendations around increasing starting salaries and next year’s pay award. In addition, Williamson has requested feedback on further reforms, such as the introduction of progression points in pay.Alongside the pay rise, the government is also planning to fully fund contributions into The Teacher’s Pension Scheme from September 2019. Teachers will therefore receive a 23.6% employer contribution into their pension every year.These measures have been introduced to combat recruitment and retention challenges within the teaching profession. Further initiatives will be presented to the STRB later this year.In support of this aim, the government will also be working with a group of ambassador schools to pilot flexible working arrangements, enabling these institutions to share best practice on how to achieve this successfully for teachers and school leaders.Williamson said: “Teachers truly are the lifeblood of a school and I have been instantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and hard work that I have seen from those at the front of our classrooms.“I want the best talent to be drawn to the teaching profession and for schools to compete with [the] biggest employers in the labour market and recruit the brightest and best into teaching.“Teachers should be in no doubt that this government fully backs them in every stage of their career, starting with rewarding starting salaries, and giving them the powers they need to deal with bad behaviour and bullying and continue to drive up school standards right across the country.”last_img
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Pakistan summons Indias deputy High Commissioner for fourth

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first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner Gaurav Ahluwalia for the fourth time over alleged ceasefire violations by the Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan Foreign Office said that Director General (South Asia and SAARC) Mohammad Faisal "condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations on August 18 in Hot Spring and Chirikot Sectors". Also Read - Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us It claimed that two elderly civilians were killed and a seven-year-old boy was seriously injured in the firing. "This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed 1,970 ceasefire violations," Faisal, who is also the spokesperson of Pakistan's foreign ministry, said. Also Read - Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Faisal also said that the deliberate targeting of civilian-populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. He said the ceasefire violations by India were a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation. Faisal asked the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate these and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary, the Foreign Office said. This is the fourth time in a week that Ahluwalia has been summoned by Pakistan. Ahluwalia was also summoned by Pakistan on August 14, 15, 16 over alleged ceasefire violations.last_img
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Is Virat Kohli listening Former England star makes huge prediction ahead of

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first_imgFormer England captain Michael Vaughan, who has followed Indian cricket over the last couple of years, believes that the conditions in England could suit sides with good spinners and smart seam bowlers. He, in many ways, has hence picked the Indian team as one of the favourites for the World Cup, as the squad picked up by the Indian selectors consists of three specialist seamers and three spinners.Vaughan wrote on Twitter, "The last 2 champions trophy's in England have been Won by India & Pakistan ... !!!!! All this talk of English conditions in ICC run events is nonsense ...... The pitches will be dry and Spin will play a huge part."The Indian squad has three genuine spinners If we look at the Indian squad, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should start in almost all the matches and in Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli has a solid all-round option in his arsenal. Also, the part-time option of Kedar Jadhav can come in handy when the skipper wants to control the game and run through a few quick overs in the middle phase.Vaughan, who has been a vocal advocate of Rishabh Pant, minced no words in criticising the Indian selectors for now picking up the young man. In a couple of Tweets, the Ashes-winning skipper vented out his option."Only 1 left hander in the Indian Top 7 for the WC .... Another reason why @RishabPant777 should have been included .... !!! #OnOn," he said.Also, immediately after the squad announcement, Vaughan took to Twitter and labelled India for being bonkers for not picking up Rishabh Pant in the World Cup squad. The decision to leave out Pant from the Indian squad has already drawn a number of polarizing opinions, but chief selector MSK Prasad reasoned that they preferred Karthik over the young wicket-keeper, primarily based on the keeping skills. Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant.JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images."The situation that was discussed among the selection committee, one of them will play in the XI provided MS is injured," Prasad in the press conference after the squad was announced. "So under such situations, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik. Pant is full of talent. There's a lot of time for him. It's just unfortunate that he's missed out. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him."last_img
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Startups working on defence projects Bengaluru contributes for 30 total participants

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first_imgBengaluru has the highest number of start-ups in India with Ola and Flipkart being some of the big names. MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesBengaluru is once again the top spot in contributing toward the technological development of India. As per Sanjay Jaju, joint secretary to the department of defence production, ministry of defence, Bengaluru, the IT capital of India is home to around 30 percent of the startups working with the ministry of defence to deliver latest technologies to Indian armed forces. As per a report published in the Economic Times, the number is swelling every year.It is to be noted that Bengaluru has the highest number of start-ups in India with Ola and Flipkart being some of the big names. Globally, the Karnataka capital, stands at 11th position, as per Startup Ecosystem ranking. Speaking at the sidelines of the fourth edition of IIMBue Leadership Conclave, Jaju further added that the numbers are obvious given the city's culture of startups. "Bengaluru is the startup hub of India and we have seen a huge number of city startups participating in the Defence India Startup Challenge held by the Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO),'' said Jaju. The T-90S Bhishma.Creative CommonsDefence Innovation Organisation was launched by the central government in April 2018 as a not-for-profit company that manages Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX). The Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) is envisaged at setting up of independent Defence Innovation Hubs (DIHs) where innovators can get information about needs and feedback from the Armed Services directly and create solutions for India's major defence platforms. Defence Innovation Hubs are aimed at attracting more innovators to work for the defence sector in India.Encouraging defence start-ups, the first Defence India Startup Challenge was conducted in 2018 under iDEX scheme. The challenge received a warm response from across India and witnessed participation in drawing 500-550 applications. After the final round in total 44 participants were shortlisted to work on multiple defence projects and 30 per cent were from Bengaluru. Jaju further added, "The ideas will be converted into technology, which will give us a product. The end is to make the product a military-grade one. The gap is a huge challenge not just in India but across the world. This is the government's attempt to solve it."last_img
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Flu Virus Can Trigger A Heart Attack

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first_img Share laflor/Getty ImagesThe body’s under a lot of stress during a bout of flu, doctors say. Inflammation is up and oxygen levels and blood pressure can drop. These changes can lead to an increased risk of forming blood clots in the vessels that serve the heart.The flu doesn’t just make you feel lousy. A study published Wednesday finds it can increase your risk of having a heart attack, too.“We found that you’re six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after being diagnosed with influenza, compared to the year before or after the infection,” says study author Dr. Jeff Kwong, an epidemiologist and family physician with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario in Canada.The results appear in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine.Doctors noticed long ago that there was a connection between seasonal flu and cardiovascular deaths, but the association has been hard to nail down. Part of the challenge is that many people with flu symptoms don’t get tested for the virus. So Kwong and his colleagues decided to use test results (from flu tests and other viruses, too) and match them with hospital records.“This is the first time we’ve had lab-confirmed influenza, so we’re certain that these were influenza [viruses] causing the infection,” Kwong says.There’s a lot happening in the body during the flu that can help explain the increased risk of a heart attack.“There’s inflammation going on, and your body is under a lot of stress,” explains Kwong. Oxygen levels and blood pressure can drop. These changes “can lead to an increased risk of forming blood clots in the vessels that serve your heart.”A young person who is normally healthy is very unlikely to have a heart attack during the flu. “It’s all about your baseline risk,” Kwong says.In his study, the people who had a heart attack during the flu were older adults. “Most of them were over 65, and a lot of them had risk factors for heart disease,” such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, Kwong says.The flu vaccine does not always prevent an infection from a flu virus. Some years, the shot offers more protection than others. And only about 30 percent of the study population had been vaccinated against influenza for that season. But, flu trackers say, some protection against the virus is better than none.“If we can reduce the risk of influenza infection, then we should reduce the risk of heart attacks,” Kwong says. So “getting an influenza vaccine is a good idea.”Infectious disease specialists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s not too late to get a flu shot this season. There’s a lot of flu in the U.S. right now, and the rate of hospitalizations is still increasing. So the storm of infection isn’t over yet.“There could be another wave of flu coming,” says Dr. Alicia Fry, of the CDC’s Influenza Division. She says the division is seeing outbreaks of Influenza B in some nursing homes. This strain is different from the primary one that has circulated so far this year.Fry has this advice for people who do get sick with flu-like symptoms: “It’s really important to stay home.” She says don’t go to work — or send your kids to school, if they’re sick.The risk of infecting colleagues or classmates, as the new study shows, can go way beyond making them feel crummy.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img
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A celebration for Book lovers

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first_imgOnce again, countless book enthusiasts will throng the grounds of Pragati Maidan as the India Trade Promotion Organisation hosts the 22nd edition of Delhi Book Fair during August 27 – September 4 in the national capital. The fair is being organized in association with Federation of Indian Publishers and will be inaugurated by Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences.ITPO’s other concurrent events, the 18th edition of Stationary and 2nd Office Automation & Corporate Gift Fair 2016 will be added attraction for the visitors. Over 250 leading companies from India and overseas are expected to participate in these fairs.  Also Read - Add new books to your shelfThis year, the fair aims to showcase the initiatives of the Government under ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ for higher education and computer literacy. Delhi Book Fair has been playing a pivotal role in reiterating the might of the pen and the printed world and has come to be recognized as the biggest book bonanza keenly awaited by students, teachers, scholars, authors, intellectuals, librarians and book lovers.  Apart from promoting literacy and reading habit, especially among children and youth, the fair presents a vast panorama of Indian books on a wide range of subjects. The fair provides a unique platform for business to business transactions, establishing new contacts, entering into co-publishing arrangements, translation and copy right arrangements, reprinting of old and rare books, apart from providing retailing opportunities as a multitude of visitors come to the fair.   Also Read - Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA number of conferences and seminars, buyer-seller meets, book releases, book discussions, literary activities for children and meet-the-author get together will be organized during the fair.  The fair is also complemented by the Stationery/Office Automation and Corporate Gifts Fair held concurrently with its product profile.The Book Fair will cover a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and academic books besides, children’s literature, classics and other categories of publications including digital innovations.  With view to make these fairs more convenient to the visitors, ITPO will introduce mobile applications by which visitors can access details of exhibitors, products on display, location details and concurrent ancillary activities. Also, the theme pavilion will comprise of the ‘Selfie Stations’ which focuses on the national campaigns of the Government of India. These include: ‘Make in India’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’,  ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Startup India’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Startup India’, and ‘Umang’ (Unified mobile app for New-age Governance). To make the fair more interactive to the visitors, ITPO has planned to introduce book reading session, band performance, on-the–spot competition, screening of films, GK Quiz, Express Yourself, Nukkad Natak and storytelling sessions.last_img
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