Fabiola Gianotti, an Italian physicist who garnered global attention 2 years ago when she and another physicist announced the discovery of the Higgs boson, has been named the next director-general of CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, where that momentous discovery was made. Gianotti will take over for current director-general Rolf-Dieter Heuer on 1 January 2016, the laboratory announced today.CERN boasts the world’s biggest atom smasher, the 27-kilometer-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and an annual budget equal to $1.1 billion, making it the de facto global center of particle physics. Gianotti will be the 16th director-general in the laboratory’s 60-year history. She will also be the first woman, which has some leading female particle physicists cheering.”I just sent her a note saying it was the best news I’d ever heard,” says Melissa Franklin of Harvard University. “It makes me proud to be a physicist.” Gianotti’s appointment “is really going to change the feel of CERN for some people,” Franklin predicts. Young-Kee Kim, of the University of Chicago in Illinois, says Gianotti’s appointment is “huge.” “Scientifically, intellectually, and even politically, this is a powerful position,” she says. “This is a fantastic thing.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A staff member at CERN since 1994, Gianotti, 52, has been in the spotlight before. From March 2009 to February 2013 she served as spokeswoman for the 3000 researchers working with ATLAS, one of four gargantuan particle detectors fed by the LHC. In that elected position, she participated in the biggest event in particle physics in decades. On 4 July 2012, she and the representative for the rival detector, CMS, reported at CERN that the two teams had independently discovered the long-sought Higgs boson. That year, Time magazine named Gianotti a runner-up in its annual “Person of the Year” issue.Gianotti’s peers say she’s a first-rank physicist and leader. “Her style is to be incredibly well prepared for everything,” says Franklin, who is a member of the ATLAS team. “And she does it in a very firm but gentle way.” Kim, who also works on ATLAS, notes that Gianotti was involved in the design of the detector from the beginning. “She’s very hands-on,” Kim says.Gianotti has also served on an advisory panel that recently laid out a new road map for particle physics in the United States, Kim notes. So she has a deep understanding of the global enterprise, which should serve her well in charting the lab’s future, says Kim, who served as deputy director of the U.S. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, from 2006 to 2013.One obvious issue that Gianotti will face will be a planned upgrade to the LHC and its detectors around 2022 to 2024, Kim says. That may sound like a long way away, but given the size and complexity of the task, CERN researchers are planning for that project now, she says. Gianotti may also have to lead the lab through the decision on what to do after the $5.5 billion LHC stops running in 2030, Franklin says. That will depend on what, if anything, beside the Higgs boson the LHC produces, she says. Again, given the size and expense of the next great collider, physicists may have to start planning for it relatively soon, Franklin says.In fact, Gianotti seems likely to lead CERN through the most critical period not only in the lab’s history, but also in the history of particle physics. The Higgs boson is the key to physicists’ explanation of how all other fundamental particles get their mass. And it provided the last piece to physicists’ standard model, a mathematical theory of the known particles that is completely self-contained and self-consistent, but which leaves many big questions unanswered—such as, what is the mysterious dark matter whose gravity appears to bind the galaxies?Physicists are hopeful that the LHC—which has been down for repairs since February 2013 and won’t start up again until next spring—will blast out some new, unexpected particle that will point them to a deeper understanding of matter and the universe. But if it doesn’t, then the discovery of the Higgs could mark not a new beginning, but rather the end of the road for accelerator-based particle physics.It all depends on what nature has in store. Which is something that neither Gianotti nor any other physicist can control.
ARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)
A doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of his council of ministers today amid speculation over a Cabinet reshuffle with the crucial Uttar Pradesh election in mind.Sources in the government say the prime minister is likely to ask his ministers to present a report card of their performance ahead of the Cabinet rejig.On what basis will the Modi government reshuffle the cabinet? The government strategy for Parliament’s monsoon session, starting July 18, is also expected to be discussed in the meeting scheduled at 4 pm today.Here are the latest developments:All the Cabinet ministers have been asked to make presentations on the work done in the last two years.On Wednesday, Modi met Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at his residence.”Various issues concerning the party and government figured in their discussions,” a source said, refusing to divulge details.BJP sources have indicated that Modi and the BJP leadership could consider “additional representation” from poll-bound states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab in the Cabinet.Among the probable names doing the rounds from politically significant UP are party MPs Yogi Adityanath, Satyapal Singh and Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phoole.The names of Navjot Singh Sidhu, Rameshwar Teli from Assam and Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ajay Tamta from Uttarakhand are also doing the rounds.There is no representation from Uttarkhand in the Cabinet at present.Party sources said more representation may also be given to Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.Recently, Minister of State for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal took over as the Assam Chief Minister.Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla has been made BJP Punjab unit president.Also Read:advertisementGoyal may replace Jaitley who may get defence in Modi Cabinet reshuffle Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Delhi to meet party top brass for cabinet reshuffle Stage set for Modi Cabinet’s rejig, but will PM carry out a surgical operation to meet his governance goals?
Chelsea v Manchester City Conte slams Chelsea v City Saturday slot after Atletico triumph Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:27 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Manchester City Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues boss thinks his team are “a little bit penalised” by being made to face Manchester City on Saturday Antonio Conte allowed himself little time to dwell upon Chelsea’s stunning win at Atletico Madrid as he attacked the Premier League for allowing this weekend’s showdown with Manchester City to be scheduled on Saturday.Chelsea fell behind to an Antoine Griezmann penalty in the Champions League Group C match at Wanda Metropolitano, before Alvaro Morata’s seventh of the season and a close-range finish from substitute Michy Batshuayi secured a memorable 2-1 triumph .Chelsea 11/1 to beat City & O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Conte’s focus was soon trained back upon his domestic schedule at the post-match news conference, as he noted the workload handed to his defending champions did not tally favourably with early-season leaders City, who beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 at home in their own European assignment on Tuesday.”I think in this case we are a little bit penalised — don’t forget, Manchester City played yesterday at home,” he said of Pep Guardiola’s side, who are three points above his own at the summit ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.”We played tonight, away. For sure, we will return to London at around 4am. To have only one day to prepare for this type of game is not right.“Honestly, I’m very surprised to see that we have to play on Saturday, not on Sunday. I don’t understand why.”But we want to be ready and we have to face this game.”Chelsea were on top for long spells against Atletico — beaten finalists in this competition in 2014 and 2016 — and the manner of their performance pleased Conte.What a win! We stuck together! Brothers #CFC pic.twitter.com/B4k0NLR2HO — Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) September 27, 2017 “If you win just defending and counter-attacking you don’t get the right satisfaction,” he said.”Instead, to come here and show we are ready to play, and that we want to understand where we are, that’s very important.”As you know very well, it’s very difficult when Atletico Madrid score to come back. But, despite this, we deserved to win.”Conte added: “I always repeat to my players that it doesn’t change whether you play at home or away. You have to play with the same personality and desire to play football, and also to try to deserve to win.”There are very strong teams in this competition. Atletico are one of them and we are starting to build something important.”
Manchester United Smalling & Jones branded ‘a disaster’ by Neville as Man Utd’s weaknesses are exposed Chris Burton 16:36 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United Premier League Newcastle United v Manchester United Newcastle United The Red Devils defensive duo endured another forgettable outing against Newcastle, leading a former Old Trafford star to label them as a liability Chris Smalling and Phil Jones “have been a disaster” for Manchester United of late, says an unimpressed Phil Neville.The Red Devils, after being considered Premier League title challengers early on in the 2017-18 campaign, have been dragged into the battle for a top-four finish.Two defeats in their last three outings have weakened their position in second spot, with Jose Mourinho’s side having come unstuck against Tottenham and Newcastle without finding the target. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Defensive duo Smalling and Jones struggled in each of those fixtures, with Neville accusing the under-fire England internationals of becoming a liability.The former United star told Match of the Day 2 on the back of a 1-0 reversal at St James’ Park: “They have got the best defensive record because they have the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea and [Nemanja] Matic out in front who protects them really well.”But the last two away games [against Tottenham and Newcastle], Smalling and Jones have been a disaster.”Against Dele Alli and Harry Kane, they got bullied.”Neville added: “Against Newcastle did they make many mistakes, no, but they created a nervousness and a tension.”They were making decisions that were strange. They were making decisions all day where you were thinking, ‘what are you doing?'”They brought these two in as the best young centre-backs in England.”Jones appeared to have played his way back into form at the start of the season following a succession of injury setbacks.He has, however, slipped back into his old ways as United’s deficiencies at the back have been exposed.Smalling, meanwhile, has come in for plenty of criticism for his displays, with the 28-year-old having picked up a booking against Newcastle for diving inside his own half. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Gurugram: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is developing a 20 MLD common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Sector 34 to make sure that the sewage does not enter into the stormwater drains. The authority has already invited agencies to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) of the plant.According to sources in the GMDA, there are a number of polluting industries in Sector 34 without a functional treatment plant. A few months earlier, GMDA had also found some industries releasing waste into the drains from the area. “The plan will help us address releasing of industrial waste into the stormwater drains,” said a GMDA official. He added that the land for the project has already been earmarked and will be provided by the Haryana State Industry and Infrastructure Corporation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Since GMDA is the agency responsible for the master sewage and stormwater drains, we have decided to take up this project. The cost and time required to complete this project would be known only after the DPR has been prepared. The project was also discussed during the previous authority meeting held by GMDA in June in Chandigarh,” the official added. Many industries in Gurgaon-Manesar industrial areas have been fined by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) for releasing untreated water into the drains. While HSIIDC already has a 55 MLD CETP in Manesar, there is no CETP in Udyog Vihar industrial areas. “Most of industries in Udyog Vihar are non-polluting industries and the ones that require a plant have an individual one,” he added.
New Delhi: Terror mastermind Masood Azhar had undertaken a month-long sojourn to England to collect funds for militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir and received Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency), though he got a “very poor” response while travelling to Sharjah and Saudi Arabia before arriving in India in 1994. Azhar, the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammad, responsible for a series of terror strikes in India including the attack on Parliament in 2001 and a CRPF convoy in Pulwama last month, had procured a Pakistani passport in his real name and original address in 1986 and had extensively toured African and Gulf countries where he realised that the Arab nations were not sympathetic to the “Kashmir cause”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to Azhar’s interrogation report available with security agencies here, he had visited the UK in October 1992. Mufti Simail, a cleric at a mosque at Southall in London, had facilitated his travel. Originally from Gujarat, Simail had studied at Darul-Ifta-Wal-Irshad in Karachi. “I stayed with Mufti Ismail in the UK for about a month and visited several mosques in Birmingham, Nottingham, Burleigh, Sheffield, Dudsbury and Leicester where I sought financial assistance for Kashmir (militants). I could collect Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency),” he told his interrogators. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe terror mastermind also met other Muslim leaders in the UK including Maulana Iamail, who was also of Indian origin and had been engaged in construction of mosques and madrasas in Mangolia and Albania. In the early 1990s, Azhar had visited Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Kenya, Zambia and collected funds for the terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir. Azhar had also visited Saudi Arabia for fund collection and contacted two main agencies in the country handling such aid but without success. One of them is Jamiat-ul-Islah, which is an ally of Jamaat-e-Islami. “Since Hizbul Mujahideen owed allegiance to Jamat, we were politely refused any aid. The Arab nations as such do not want to give aid for the Kashmir cause,” he told the interrogators. In Abu Dhabi, Azhar could collect Rs 3 lakh in Pakistani currency, another Rs 3 lakh in Sharjah and Rs 2 lakh in Saudi Arabia on his second visit. Azhar arrived in New Delhi in January 1994 with a fake Portugese passport. The Ashok hotel in Delhi’s posh Chanakyapuri area, which houses the diplomatic enclave, was the first stop of Azhar, who dodged immigration officials’ queries about his Portugese passport by claiming he was a “Gujarati by birth”. The Pakistan-based terrorist, who was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir within the next two weeks, had also stayed in capital’s hotel Janpath and visited Lucknow, Shahranpur and Islamic seminary Darul-uloom Deoband, according to his interrogation report.
In Oslo for the Sudan Consortium, which is evaluating progress in implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between North and South Sudan, Ameerah Haq joined delegate after delegate in calling for an immediate end to the attacks in North Darfur, which have left three dead and at least eight injured in recent days.“I am deeply perturbed by the reported bombings of a school, water installations and a market where civilians, especially women and children are present. It is essential that we have immediate humanitarian access to the affected populations in order to provide humanitarian assistance and medical evacuation,” said Ms. Haq.The joint UN-African Union (AU) hybrid mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, has mobilized helicopters and medical evacuation teams to evacuate casualties. The mission said it successfully airlifted wounded civilians, “following SAF [Sudanese forces] air attacks on the village of Umm Sidir in North Darfur” on Thursday.Yesterday General Martin Luther Agwai, UNAMID’s Force Commander and the Chairman of the Ceasefire Commission (CFC), said the reported bombings of villages, markets and populated areas in Umm Sidir, Ein Bassar and Shegeg Karo are unacceptable acts against civilians, compounding the extent of displacement, insecurity and untold human suffering.In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it is also deeply concerned at reports that a number of children have been killed during the attacks, and called on the Government forces and the other parties to the ongoing conflict to take every necessary action to prevent future deaths or injuries amongst children.UNICEF reminded all parties to the conflict that under international conventions, children are to be afforded special protection during military operations and urged that every effort be made to ensure that schools, health centres and other such humanitarian facilities are considered as zones of peace.The conflict in Darfur – which have claimed more than 200,000 lives and displaced nearly 2.5 million others since 2003 – has taken a high toll on children. UNICEF estimates that half of the conflict-affected population in Darfur are children – including at least one million who have been displaced by fighting. 6 May 2008Voicing her deep concern about the reported attacks on villages in North Darfur, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan has called for immediate access to the affected areas to provide assistance and medical evacuation for the injured.
25 June 2008Despite a strong international legal framework outlawing torture, much more needs to be done to end this scourge, United Nations human rights officials have stressed, adding that special attention be given to ensuring better protection for women. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, provided for the first international prohibition of torture, and successive human rights treaties have built on this provision. However, six decades later, greater efforts are needed to prevent torture, punish the perpetrators and ensure adequate assistance for the victims, six UN entities that deal with the issue stressed in a statement marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed annually on 26 June. They noted that women fall victim to torture in different ways, as highlighted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s global campaign to end violence against women, launched in February of this year. “Certain forms of gender-specific violence perpetrated by State actors, as well as by private individuals or organizations, clearly amount to torture, and it is now recognized that gender-specific violence falls within the definition of torture in the Convention against Torture,” they stated. They called for strengthening the global campaign to end violence against women, by ensuring a broader scope of prevention, protection, justice and reparation for victims, including access to international assistance, than currently exists. In addition, they appealed for increased contributions to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture – which distributes funds to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and treatment centres to assist those subjected to this horrific practice and their families – so that more torture victims can receive the help they need. “We call on all States, in particular those which have been found to be responsible for widespread or systematic practices of torture, to contribute to the Voluntary Fund as part of a universal commitment for the rehabilitation of torture victims,” they stated. The signatories of the statement are UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour; the UN Committee against Torture; the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture; the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its cause and consequences; and the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Also marking the Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has called for all allegations of torture in the strife-torn nation to be properly investigated. UNAMA’s chief human rights official, Norah Niland, called for those responsible for such abuse to be brought to account. “Torture, without exception, is unacceptable. UNAMA will support and work with the Afghan authorities to help ensure the Government’s commitment to prohibit and inhibit torture is properly upheld as laid out in the Constitution,” she said. “As Afghanistan moves towards greater democratisation, while continuing to suffer the effects of armed conflict, it is important to re-iterate that it is the duty of the state to prevent, prohibit, investigate and penalise all acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment,” she added. Ms. Niland stressed that all parties to the conflict, including international actors engaged in detention in Afghanistan, should observe international legal standards and allow for outside scrutiny, adding that the prohibition on torture applies equally to anti-government elements. UNAMA has been working closely with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to enhance the protection of civilians, advance the rights of women and girls, improve access to justice, help safeguard freedom of expression, and support implementation of the transitional justice agenda.
TransCanada says construction on Gulf Coast pipeline to finish this month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 2, 2013 2:36 pm MDT CALGARY – A pipeline to ship crude oil from Cushing, Okla., to the U.S. Gulf Coast is 95 per cent complete, TransCanada Corp. said Wednesday.The Calgary-based company (TSX:TRP) said major construction on the $2.3-billion pipeline is expected to wrap up by the end of October.“Further work will need to be done before we begin filling the pipeline with crude oil and that work is expected to be completed in the near future as well,” company spokesman Shawn Howard said in an email.“Commissioning of the pipeline is already underway and is expected to be completed in early November. Line fill can begin shortly thereafter. We remain focused on the project becoming operational near the end of 2013.”The pipeline’s initial capacity will be 700,000 barrels per day, with the ability to expand to 830,000 barrels per day.The prospect of crude soon being able to move from Cushing to the Gulf sent oil prices higher, with West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery gaining US$2.06, or two per cent, to close at US$104.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.An oversupply of oil at Cushing has been a major issue for the industry, with producers clamouring to get their oil to lucrative refining markets, such as the Gulf.Meanwhile, TransCanada is still awaiting a decision by the U.S. State Department on the more contentious northern portion of its Keystone XL pipeline.TransCanada, which filed its application for Keystone XL more than five years ago, was able to go ahead with the southern leg first as a separate project because it doesn’t cross an international border.
“Education is…essential for children to develop to their full potential. Especially in times of crisis such as an Ebola outbreak, schools are vital for children to find stability, learn prevention measures and receive psychosocial support,” said Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Representative in the DRC following his visit to Mangina, the epicentre of the latest Ebola outbreak.The Government of the DRC recently made the decision to proceed as planned with the start of the school year in the affected provinces of North-Kivu and Ituri, in the vast country’s eastern region, with more than 82,500 children getting ready.“Every effort must go into ensuring a smooth and safe start to the new school year,” he added.Principals and teachers will be trained on Ebola prevention and protection, and on how to teach children good hygiene practices to avoid the virus spreading.To ensure schools in the 250 schools in the affected health zones are prepared for early detection and response, UNICEF is distributing supplies, including laser thermometers, hand washing units and prevention posters.Meanwhile, according to the UN refugee agency, violence continues to escalate in eastern DRC, forcing massive displacements and putting millions at risk.In recent weeks, the disease has killed more than 60 people and infected dozens more.
Winter is coming for your TV screens: HBO announced that the final season of Game of Thrones will launch in April 2019.Today, HBO teased a trailer for Season 8 of Game of Thrones on Twitter, which shows crazy shots of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and The Night King as they fight for the battle of their lives. The trailer is captioned with “Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone.”Every battle.Every betrayal.Every risk.Every fight.Every sacrifice.Every death.All #ForTheThrone. pic.twitter.com/WReVt473SH— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 13, 2018HBO hasn’t disclosed which day in April Game of Thrones will premiere on, so fans will have to wait. However, HBO has started to prepare some of its prequel series pitches for Game of Thrones spinoffs, according to Vulture. So, the Game of Thrones story isn’t quite over yet.More on Geek.com:Dragons Make ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’ a Real ScorcherConquer Westeros On Your Phone With Game of Thrones: ConquestSee How Extra Game of Thrones Is With This Anime-Styled Opening Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#…
Related Items:churches, compliance unit, finacial services commission, registrar of companies IMF recommends tougher laws, tougher FSC CHURCHES DEADLINE TO REGISTER WITH FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION NEARING Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you CHURCH CHARGES FOR FSC BREAK DOWN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jan 2015 – The Compliance Unit of the Financial Services commission was in touch with Magnetic Media today; saying they want to set the record straight that they are not registering churches for $1,500 per year, that churches are not the only ones who have to comply and I quote now: “Many churches are already a company. In this case the Companies Amendment Ordinance requires a Non Profit company to elect to “Continue” as a Non-profit Company. To do this requires certain changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association as well as changing the name to have, instead of Ltd, a suffix – one of Incorporated, Inc, Corporation or Corp. For this process the Registrar of Companies charges a flat fee of $200.00.” But that flat fee does not include the attorney’s fees to do this work, that amount varies. Magnetic Media in its interviews on this story found that some churches are paying as much as $1,500 in total – not only to the FSC – but to the government and to the law firms that are being hired. Paul Coleman, who heads the Compliance Unit is saying there is a lot of misinformation about this process; a process which has been delayed over a year due to the requests and battles with non-profit organizations which claimed not to have enough time to get with this new programme. The legislative side of the FSC falls under the governor of the country and one church pastor told Magnetic Media, the country’s elected leaders should do a better job of defending entities like the church from the Policy which some find intrusive and as one preacher put it, ‘a tax on Jesus.’ Nonetheless, the same church pastor explained there are residents who embrace this documented level of transparency and accountability. The churches in the country which fall into the category of being an NPO or a registered TCI company have until February 20th to comply; that is the same date for charities and other organizations under the new law.
The Reds are currently in second place of the English Premier League table with 65 points behind Manchester City.Manchester City is currently in first place of the English Premier League table with 65 points.Liverpool has the same number of points but it’s in the second position because they have one game less played than the Citizens.And for former professional Scottish midfielder Graeme Souness, the only way the Reds can win the EPL championship is to win all of their matches.“City were ruthless and they were devastating and they were clinical – and at the other end, Chelsea weren’t,” he told Sky Sports.“If you look at the match statistics and ask someone who’s not seen the game how they think it ended up, they’re never going to say it was 6-0.”“City were fabulous. I don’t know how to describe it. I watched the first five minutes and thought Chelsea were going to have a real go but then they conceded a goal, then they conceded a bad goal,” he continued.“City have put a marker down today. Liverpool are going to have to win every single game to win this league. City have the bit between their teeth right now.”“The way Liverpool beat Bournemouth [on Saturday] doesn’t confirm they’re back at their best,” Souness commented.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But that result for City has confirmed after their hiccup, they’re saying: ‘We’re bang at it, this is how we’re going to finish the season’.”“If that is their form between now and the end of the season, Liverpool have to win every game. That’s what they’re looking at,” he added.“City today have won 6-0 and you’re thinking, with it being nearly 50/50 in possession, were they that good? Yeah, I think they were in the areas that mattered.”“When they came to defend, they defended properly as a unit and individually. Up front, they were getting goals, albeit through some mistakes from Chelsea,” the Scottish footballer added.“City have had their rollicking off their manager and they’ve had their points dropped. They’re going to take some stopping if that’s their mood between now and the end.”G I N I 😱 pic.twitter.com/UuvNKf4k1R— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 10, 2019
Conley from Alaska Trucking of Soldotna said that the company has been taking every necessary step to ensure the spill is cleaned up, and that the truck was safely removed from the river in a timely manner. According to the DEC, they are still working with troopers to gather information before it decides the next course of action. The driver failed to report the accident to Alaska State Troopers or the DEC. The incident was reported to the DEC by a citizens complaint the following day. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-truck-spilll.mp3 Photo Credit: Cook Inletkeeper Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that a truck spilled 15 gallons of diesel into the Anchor River. Alaska Trucking is working to continue to help in efforts throughout the clean-up process. According to reports, a semi-truck slid off Nikolaevsk Road into the Anchor River on December 4. The truck is owned by Alaska Trucking of Soldotna. Upon arrival to the scene the DEC determined the location of the spill and worked to remove the stained ice and snow.
The Watermill Group, an investment firm with a growing portfolio of paper manufacturers that specialize in recycled content, will acquire Manistique, Michigan-based Manistique Papers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Manistique makes 100 percent recycled uncoated paper and will be aligned with Watermill’s other portfolio company, FutureMark Paper, which makes 100 percent recycled coated publication paper. The two manufacturers will be run as sister companies with a shared management structure headed by FutureMark president and CEO Steve Silver. While the two companies will exist under close cooperation by developing shared best practices and resources, they will remain separately owned and operated, says Watermill. “We believe we can help bring new value and opportunity to Manistique’s operation while expanding FutureMark’s leadership in environmental paper,” says Silver in a statement announcing the deal. “As reflected by our success with FutureMark, which saw revenues climb 15 percent in a declining market last year, we’ve found a business model for the paper industry that works, and we’re eager to apply this strategy to Manistique while allowing both organizations to flourish as separate, focused operations.”Manistique Papers can produce 500 tons of recycled pulp per day and approximately 130,000 tons per year of uncoated, 100 percent recycled paper. Together, Manistique and FutureMark produce about 300,000 tons of recycled paper per year.
Bengaluru: In a video put out by news agency ANI this morning, the scene outside a Bengaluru eatery shows a speeding SUV ramming into the crowd, leaving several injured. The mishap occured around 2 pm on Sunday, according to a police quoted by ANI. The driver of the SUV, a white coloured Mahindra Xylo, was allegedly drunk. He has been arrested and charged. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “A car driven by a drunk man ploughed into pedestrians and injured seven people in Bengaluru”s HSR Layout,” the official said. Four people have been seriously injured. #WATCH Bengaluru: A drunk person drove his car over pedestrians on a footpath at HSR Layout locality. The driver was taken into police custody & injured were admitted to hospital. Case registered. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/mmS8e69MPw— ANI (@ANI) August 19, 2019
Locals use boat for communication in Merung-Longdu road of Dighinala upazila of Khagrachari as a bailey bridge has been submerged for 6 days due to rain. Photo: Palash BaruaThe overall flood situation in northern and northeastern districts has deteriorated as heavy rains and onrush of water from the upstream continued on Saturday, reports UNB.Thousands of people remained marooned in the flood-affected districts while shortage of food and drinking water has mounted the woes of the victims.Vast areas in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts were inundated as the Teesta river continued to swell following incessant rains and onrush of water from India.In Lalmonirhat, the local office of the Water Development Board (WDB) has issued red alert in Teesta Barrage area as the river turned turbulent following the onrush of water.WDB officials said they might break the flood bypass road on the barrage to protect the barrage.Meanwhile, a 500-metre portion of the road connecting 10 villages to the upazila headquarters in Hatibandha collapsed at Gaddimari Medical Mor on Saturday noon following the gushing water from the Teesta, severing the communication.The gushing water also devoured around 30 homesteads.The Teesta was flowing 45 cm above the danger level at Doani point while 53.05cm at Dalia point on Saturday afternoon, said WDB deputy divisional engineer at Dalia Hafizur Rahman.He said they issued red alert in the barrage area as the river took a dangerous turn since Friday evening.Around 30,000 people remained marooned in five upazilas of the district.The flood-affected unions in the five upazilas include Dahagram, Saniazan, Goddimari, Sindurna, Patikapara, Dauabari, Singimari, Bhotmari, Kakina, Mohishkhocha, Khuniyagachh, Rajpur, Gokunda, Kulaghata and Mogalhat.The victims alleged that they were leading a miserable life for want of relief materials from the government.Deputy commissioner Abu Jafar visited the collapsed road, saying steps have been taken to quickly repair it.All the major rivers — Dharla, Brahmaputra, Teesta and Dudhkumar — were flowing above the danger level in Kurigram, inundating chars and low-lying areas on the estuaries of the four rivers and leaving over 150,000 people homeless.Besides, some 725 families lost their homesteads to river erosion, said sources at the district flood control room.Kurigram WDB executive engineer Ariful Islam said the Dharla was flowing 52 cm, Brahmaputra 39 cm, Teesta 9 cm and Dudhkumar was flowing 7 cm above the red mark at noon.A 300-metre portion of a flood protection dam in Badaber union in Roumari upazila collapsed while cracks developed on five spots of another dam in Jadurchar union due to heavy pressure of water.An inundated road in Sunamganj. Photo: Prothom AloAdditional deputy commissioner Hafizur Rahman said they have taken all the necessary preparations to face flood.He said 50 tonnes of rice and Tk 275,000 have been allocated for the flood victims.In Gaibandha, chars and low-lying areas in Sundarganj, Fulchhari, Saghata and Sadar upazilas went under floodwater, leaving around 50,000 people homeless.Vast tracts of cropland and roads were also submerged by water, snapping communication in the affected areas.Meanwhile, the erosion by the Teesta has taken a serious turn in a number of villages in Fulchhari, Sundarganj and Sadar upazilas, devouring at least 120 dwelling houses in the last one week.Local WDB executive engineer GM Selim Parvez said Brahmaputra, Teesta and Ghaghat rivers were flowing above the red mark while the Jamuna and Karatoa were about the touch the danger level.Flood victims have taken shelter in highland and embankments. However, they were leading a miserable life for want of food and drinking water.In Habiganj, the Kushiara and Khoai rivers were flowing above the danger level in Nabiganj of the district.The gushing Kushiara also threatened Bibiyana Power Plant at Parkul.The local WDB office fears that the power plant might be affected if the water level continues to rise.However, the WDB executive engineer said they were trying to protect the dam placing sand bags.In Sylhet, the Surma, Kushiara and Sari rivers surged further, inundating new areas in Companiganj, Goainghat, Jaintapur, Kanaighat, Fenchuganj, Balaganj and Sadar upazilas on Saturday.Sylhet WDB executive engineer Muhammad Shahiduzzaman Sarker said the Surma was flowing 157 cm above the red mark in Kanaighat while 65 cm above the red mark in the city at 3:00pm on Saturday.The water level of the Kushiara was 75 above the red mark at Shewla, 139 cm at Alamsid and 44 cm at Sherpur. The Sari was flowing 13 cm above the danger level at Sarighat.Meanwhile, stone quarries in Bholaganj, Dhalai, Bihchanakandi and Jaflong remained closed following the rise in water.A quarry worker remained missing as boat sank when he went to collect stones from Bholaganj Quarry on Friday. The victim is Helal Uddin, son of late Nurul Islam of Madhya Rajnagar village in Companiganj upazila.In Sirajganj, the low-lying areas in Chouhali, Shahjadpur, Enayetpur, Kazipur, Belkuchi and Sadar upazilas were inundated as the water level in the Jamuna River continued to rise.The water level of the river rose by 54 cm in the last 24 hours till Saturday, said the local WDB office.The flood situation in Netrakona deteriorated further on Saturday due to heavy rains and water coming from the upstream, leaving over 50,000 people in Durgapur, Kalmakanda, Mohanganj, Madan, Purbadhala, Barhatta and Atpara upazilas marooned.At least 200 educational institutions have been closed after floodwater entered those.The Sumeshwari was flowing 156 cm above the danger mark at Durgapur point while 176 cm at Zaria point. The Kongsha, Mogra, Ubdakhali, Golamkhali, Goneshwari and Dhanu rivers were also flowing above the red mark.The badly affected unions are Nazirpur, Rangchati, Kailati, Langura, Borkapoon, Pugla and Sadar unions under Kalmakanda upazila; Raipur, Baushi, Asma and Singdha unions under Barhatta upazila; Suair, Gaglazur, Tatulia and Maghan-Siadhar unions under Mohanganj upazila; Sukhari, Luneshwar, Baniazan and Duaz unions under Atpara upazila; Gobindasree, Fatehpur, Nayekpur and Theosree unions under Madan upazila; and Muzaffarpur, Noapara, Bolaishimul and Kandiura unions under Kendua upazila.DC Mainul Islam said if the rain continues for the next two or three days, the flood situation might take a serious turn.He also said 20 tonnes of GR rice and dry food have been allocated for the affected people.In Rangpur, over 50,000 people were marooned as the water of the swelling Teesta inundated chars and low-lying areas of Gangachhara, Kaunia and Pirgachha upazilas.An acute shortage of food and drinking water was reported from the affected areas.The Teesta crossed danger mark at Kaunia point on Saturday and was flowing 56 cm above the danger mark, according to the local WDB control room.In Pirgachha upazila, three villages under Sawla union went under water. The upazila administration distributed 470 packets of dry food among the flood-hit people.Floodwater submerged vast areas in four unions of Kaunia. Dhushmara Govt Primary School was closed as water entered it.In Gangachhara, villages under six unions were submerged by floodwater.Meanwhile, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Taslima Begum visited several flood-affected areas and allocated 20 tonnes of rice for the flood victims.
When we first saw Epic Games‘ and People Can Fly‘s latest shooter Bulletstorm we were taken aback at just how good it looked. Anyone watching the preview videos and wanting this game running on their PC were understandably planning an upgrade before release.But it turns out that upgrade probably isn’t required. Here’s the minimum spec for the game:Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 @ 1.6GHz256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600GS or ATI Radeon 2400 Pro1.5GB RAM9GB hard drive spaceThe recommended spec isn’t ridiculous either. Sure, a much more powerful rig is required to see the true beauty of the Bulletstorm graphics, but you don’t need a Core i7 and 8GB of RAM to get it:Quad core processor512MB Nvidia GeForce GTX260 or ATI Radeon 48702GB RAM9GB hard drive spaceIf you’ve recently upgraded to a new system chances are you easily fulfill the recommended spec and Bulletstorm should be added to your list of pre-orders. The game does look like it could be a classic.Bulletstorm is out February 25 on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.Read more at Eurogamer.net