Army rewinds to 1962 on reel

first_imgA film on a martyr — the only soldier posted in the north-eastern sector to have been decorated with the Param Vir Chakra, the highest military honour — has made the Army rewind the clock to 1962 to inspire soldiers on the China frontier amid reports of infrastructure build-up in Tibet.On Sunday, the Army organised a special screening of Subedar Joginder Singh, a “motivational movie”, in Tezpur to take new-generation soldiers to the past. The screening follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to take India-China ties forward.The Hindi-Punjabi movie is based on the life, struggle and valour of Subedar Singh, who died in captivity of the Chinese Army on October 23, 1962, after he was grievously injured at Bumla in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district. He was 41.Much of Arunachal Pradesh falls under the command of the 4 Corps, headquartered in Tezpur, about 180 km north-east of Guwahati. “We arranged the screening of this film in Tezpur because Subedar Singh attained martyrdom in our area. The film was shown to inspire our young soldiers to be as courageous as him while facing the enemy,” Lieutenant-General Gurpal Singh Sangha, the 4 Corps Commander, told The Hindu.Bumla is 385 km north of Tezpur. The Chinese aggression of 1962 has a special significance for 4 Corps, also know as Gajraj Corps; it was raised that year. The film was screened at Lance Naik Albert Ekka Auditorium, named after another soldier awarded the Param Vir Chakra for gallantry in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.Invitation to daughter The Army especially invited four Junior Commissioned Officers from 1 Sikh, the regiment Subedar Singh belonged to, from the northern sector as well as representatives from the unit presently posted in Bumla. Gallantry award winners of Gajraj Corps were also present. But the cynosure of all eyes were Subedar Singh’s daughter Kulwant Kaur and her husband Surjeet Singh, an inspector in the Punjab Police. The Army brought the couple to Tezpur from Mahla Kalan in Punjab.“I was eight-month-old when my father died. It feels good that people have given a thought to a martyr like him after so many years, to rekindle patriotism among people and soldiers. I wish my siblings were here too,” Ms. Kaur (56) said.She is the youngest of Subedar Singh’s three children. His eldest daughter Sarjeet Kaur was so attached to him that she died after the family received the news of his death at the frontier. She was 11. The martyr’s son Amarjeet died in an accident 35 years ago, while his wife Gurdiyal Kaur died in 2009.Subedar Singh was the commander of a platoon of about 30 soldiers at Bumla when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops launched the attack in 1962. At Bumla — now one of two locations in Arunachal Pradesh for border personnel meetings (BPMs) between Indian and Chinese armies — visitors ritually place pebbles on the Heap of Stones marking the boundary.To the right of the Heap of Stones as one faces Tibet is the old Maitri Sthal (Friendship Centre), where BPMs were held till the new one was built on the opposite side a few years ago. The centre is located on the spot held by a section of 5 Assam Rifles personnel.Subedar Singh’s platoon charged the attackers as they ran over the Assam Rifles’section. His platoon thwarted several waves of Chinese soldiers before running out of ammunition. Severely wounded, he was taken captive but refused treatment by Chinese soldiers. His body was handed over to the Army, which later built a memorial for him about 500 metres from the Heap of Stones.But Subedar Singh’s feat was somewhat overshadowed by that of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of 4 Garhwal Rifles, who fought off 200 Chinese soldiers at Nuranang, deeper inside India from Bumla.Temple for soldierRifleman Rawat was posthumously awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, the second highest military honour, but was immortalised as a saint. Soldiers to and from Tawang routinely pay obeisance at a temple built in his honour near the spot where he died. The place, named Jaswantgarh, is 55 km from Tawang on the road to Tezpur.Subedar Singh might not have attained sainthood but he is believed to be the motivation the Army has rediscovered through the film, directed by Simerjit Singh and produced by Sumeet Singh.Army officers said the film is scheduled to be screened for soldiers in units across the domain under Gajraj Corps. These include units close to the McMahon Line demarcating the border between India and China.last_img read more

India U-19 skipper Ishan Kishan bags first major endorsement contract

first_imgIndia’s Under-19 cricket captain Ishan Kishan has been signed by leading tyre manufacturer CEAT Ltd. for a three-year bat endorsement deal.The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman will now be seen playing with a bat prominently displaying CEAT insignia in all formats of the game. The association has been facilitated by IOS Sports & Entertainment, a company that exclusively manages Kishan. (Also read: MS Dhoni ducks question on Lodha Commission) Having learnt his cricket on the streets of Patna, 17-year old Ishan debuted with the Ranji trophy against Assam in December 2014. Since then, he has steadfastly risen as a trustworthy captain, having led India into the U-19 World Cup final. Ishan played with Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Vijay Hazare Trophy and is also a part of team Gujarat Lions for the upcoming IPL 2016. He also plays for Jharkhand in Ranji trophy. (Also read: Kevin Pietersen will bolster Pune Supergiants, says MS Dhoni) Commenting on the association, Anant Goenka, MD, CEAT Ltd said, “Our objective is to identify young talent and support them in their international cricketing journey. Thus we have signed the very-promising Ishan Kishan as CEAT’s youngest on-field representative. We are confident that he has all the required qualities to progress as a well-rounded cricketer. We have once again chosen a cricketer who lives up to the CEAT brand that resonates the qualities of energetic youthfulness and dynamism.”Kishan said, “CEAT has indeed played a significant role in nurturing the cricketing talent pool of India. I am honoured to be associated with the CEAT cricketing family, and look forward to a long innings!advertisement”I am glad that CEAT has signed a deal with young and dynamic cricketer who has the potential to be the future of Indian Cricket. I congratulate CEAT for this association,” said Neerav Tomar, MD & CEO IOS Sports & Entertainment.last_img read more

Your tweets can tell how happy you are!

first_imgWashington, Apr 27 (PTI) Your tweets could tell how happy you are, say scientists, including one of Indian-origin, who used Twitter data to measure users life satisfaction, a component of happiness.This study is different from most social media research on happiness because it looks at how users feel about their lives over time, instead of how they feel in the moment, said Chao Yang, a graduate at the University of Iowa (UI) in US.Yang, along with Padmini Srinivasan, a professor at UI, mined data from about 3 billion tweets from October 2012 to October 2014.They limited their data set to only first-person tweets with the words “I,” “me,” or “mine” in them to increase the likelihood of getting messages that conveyed self-reflection.Researchers developed algorithms to capture the basic ways of expressing satisfaction or dissatisfaction with ones life.They found that peoples feelings of long-term happiness and satisfaction with their lives remained steady over time, unaffected by external events such as an election, a sports game, or an earthquake in another country.The findings contrast with previous social media research on happiness, which typically has looked at short-term happiness (called “affect”) and found that peoples daily moods were heavily influenced by external events.The findings are consistent with traditional social science research on subjective well-being, Srinivasan said.Researchers were able to group Twitter users by those who expressed satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their lives, with key differences found between the two.They found satisfied users were active on Twitter for a longer period of time and used more hashtags and exclamation marks, but included fewer URLs in their tweets.advertisementDissatisfied users were more likely to use personal pronouns, conjunctions, and profanity in their tweets.In addition, the researchers found differences in satisfied and dissatisfied users psychological processes.Dissatisfied users were at least 10 per cent more likely to express negative emotion, anger and sadness and to use words such as “should,” “would,” “expect,” “hope,” and “need” that may express determination and aspirations for the future.They also were more likely to use sexual words and to use them in a negative context.Satisfied users were more likely to express positive emotion – especially related to health and sexuality – and were at least 10 per cent more likely to use words related to money and religion.Dissatisfied users were at least 10 per cent more likely to use words related to death, depression and anxiety.Srinivasan said the research is significant because life satisfaction is a big component of happiness.The study was published in the journal PLOS One. PTI MHN SAR SARlast_img read more

Champions Trophy 2017: Aamer Sohail comments might have charged Pakistan up against India, Harbhajan Singh to India Today

first_imgDefending champions India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday by a mammoth 180 runs to hand Pakistan their maiden Champions Trophy title.India had nothing going their way and the debacle started with Fakhar Zaman’s wicket that came off a no ball by Jasprit Bumrah.Harbhajan Singh felt that especially at big stages like the ICC tournaments, Indian bowlers will have to careful of giving away cheap runs in the form of extras.”Nobody does it on purpose but it shouldn’t have happened. That cost us quite a lot. This is what we have to be careful about when we come for big games or any game. Kapil Dev didn’t bowl a single no ball in his entire career. He’s also a human, – if he could do it, so can we,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOHarbhajan felt that Aamer Sohail’s accusations may have played on the minds of the players and that made them more determined.”I actually said the other day that whatever Aamer Sohail said on TV against the Pakistan team could actually bring them together. That is probably one of things they had in their mind, to do well and they were really determined.”When I saw them play with the bat and the ball, they were right there with the intent. Credit to them for playing really well,” Harbhajan said.Harbhajan urged the Indian fans to continue supporting their team and that the team will come back strongly.advertisement”I would request the Indian fans to continue supporting the Indian team. We are a very good team, it was just one of those days when we didn’t click as a team. Yes, we have made a lot of mistakes and going forward we’ll have to rectify and come back even stronger.”A big takeaway from the match was that the Indian spinners didn’t look like attacking much and the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja went for 137 runs in 18 overs and returned without a wicket.Harbhajan felt that this attitude has to change and in difficult conditions, Indian spinners will have to step up their attack.”I’ve been saying that in the middle overs, we need to look to take wickets. As a spinner, as a fast bowler, we have to have that attitude to try to get wickets.”If you are looking to attack, you may go for 70 odd runs but you have a great chance of picking 2-3 wickets, which can change the course of the game and that should be the attitude whenever we play on good wickets. May be this is a lesson for the spinners to target wickets in such conditions,” Harbhajan opined.With the ICC World Cup coming in just two years, building a solid team is of utmost importance and Harbhajan felt that whoever is picked, all members must be on the same page as the captain.”The brand of cricket we wanted to play, we played in glimpse but not to win the championship. To win the championship, you have to have the 11 players think the same way, like Virat Kohli thinks. The more people you have out there to support the captain and believe that we can change the course of the game and win the game from any situation. To have that we’ll have to work hard. I am talking of radical changes but whoever is good enough, should be there.Harbhajan credited Pakistan for their display and requested people to respect each other.”Have to credit the Pakistani batsmen. The batted beautifully on a placid wicket I would say and once they got runs on the board, they were brilliant with the ball.”We didn’t play well but that’s not the end of the world. We will come back and get what we want. I would just request people to respect each other,” Harbhajan signed off.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trap

first_imgLakshay Sheoran settled for silver in the men’s trap finals to add another medal to the Indian haul at the 2018 Asian Games on Monday.Lakshay managed to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.This was India’ second silver in this year’s Asian Games.Our shooters continue to make us proud! Congratulations to Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran for winning Silver medals in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event and trap shooting respectively at #AsianGames2018. #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 20, 2018Kunpi Yang of Chinese Taipei equalled the world record with a remarkable total of 48. The 20-year-old matched the effort of Spaniard Alberto Fernandez, who shot a 48 in the World Cup Final in New Delhi last year.Daemyeong Ahn of South Korea secured bronze with th a total of 30Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who topped the qualification, finished fourth in the final with 26 after 30 shots, having stayed on course for a while.This is the Indian shooting contingent’s third medal at the ongoing Games.Deepak Lakshay’s silver was the second medal for India on Monday, after Deepak Kumar settled for the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event.Producing excellent scores at crucial junctures, pipping fancied teammate Ravi Kumar at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Monday.Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) bagged the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off.Earlier on day one, the first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event. But Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games.advertisementlast_img read more



Three Jerks Jerky

first_img 11 Best Beef Jerky Brands to Try Before You Die Christmas is only nine days away (hard to believe, right?), and we’re sure many of you out there are still scrambling for last minute gifts or stocking stuffers. There’s no need to panic, though! We’ve got you covered.Last month, we introduced you to biltong, the South African cured meat. This month, we want to introduce you to Three Jerks Jerky, “The Original Filet Mignon Beef Jerky.” Made in Venice, California, Three Jerks Jerky is (you guessed it) made from 100% filet mignon. There is no MSG, sodium nitrate, nitrite, or any other artificial ingredients added.Three Jerks Jerky currently comes in three varieties—Original, Memphis BBQ, and Chipotle Adobo. Each jerky has a very affordable price of 14.99. And you can purchase all three varieties right on the Three Jerks website.The Original jerky is a simple recipe meant to “bring you back to your grandaddy’s jerky.” It combines salty, sweet and tangy flavors as well as black pepper to satisfy those of you looking for your jerky to leave you with a little kick. Chipotle Adobo is a “fusion of east and west” that brings together a “traditional Filipino style marinade with [a] Mexican inspired Chipotle glaze.” It’s a jerky with a complex blend of flavors for those of you looking for a level of sophistication in your snacks.Meanwhile, the Memphis BBQ is seasoned with a rub of Memphis style blend of natural spices highlighted by a solid dose of cayenne pepper for the heat lovers out there. Plus it is gluten free, so those of you with dietary restrictions and feel free to enjoy this jerky without a care.Let’s face it, there’s no better snack than a truly well made beef jerky. If you’re looking for a last minute gift, don’t go crazy trying to come up with something complicated. Just get a pack or two (or three!) of Three Jerks Jerky and we’re positive things will work out all right. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned last_img read more

Education Minister Tours Trelawny Schools

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Bellevue Primary and Junior High School, and Muschett High School in Trelawny are set to benefit from upgrading and expansion by the Ministry of Education.Speaking with JIS News following a recent tour of the institutions, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said Bellevue has potential that must be built on and will receive attention during the next academic year.Meanwhile, he commended the leadership at Muschett, noting that efforts are underway to eliminate the shift system there.Describing his dialogue earlier in the day with student leaders from over 50 schools across the island, at a function held at Moneague College, and organised by the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, as “very good”, the Minister said he hoped this type of forum would become an annual feature.“They asked very high calibre of questions, they are concerned about their education, they are concerned about their future, issues like violence, issues like sexual conduct, and appropriate behavior of all types. These were their issues, and we have a good future in the making among that group,” he said.Minister Thwaites was accompanied by Attorney General, and Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Hon. Patrick Atkinson.Contact Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Mother of missing girl urges authorities to take murdered and missing issue

first_imgAPTN National NewsThursday marked the Day to Remember in honour of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country.At a rally in Ottawa, the Native Women’s Association and other leaders pressed the government to do more about the problem.Family members also took part.Laurie Odjick’s daughter Maisy went missing four years ago.Odjick doesn’t think politicians are taking the issue seriously.last_img

Saudi Arabia Cracks Down on Human Rights Activists

Rabat – Authorities in Saudi Arabia have arrested two more women’s rights activists, adding to a growing number detained since May.Human Rights Watch calls for justice for Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah, arrested July 30, and “the latest victims of an unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement.”Who are they? Badawi, honored in 2012 with the United States’ International Women of Courage Award, stands as a prominent figure for gender rights in Saudi Arabia.Abused by her father for 15 years, Badawi escaped the violence in her home for shelter at a women’s protection house in 2008. Her father filed an adhl, or disobedience charge, against her, his legal basis founded in the male guardianship system.After years of legal battles between father and daughter, as well as multiple arrests and imprisonments for her disobedience under the guardianship system, Badawi became a vocal spokesperson for human rights.She filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in 2011 for their refusal to register her as a voter or candidate; with this action, she became the first person in Saudi Arabia to file a lawsuit for women’s suffrage. Joining other women, she signed a petition for voting rights, ability to run as a candidate in local election, and the right to drive.And drive she did, seven years before her right was legally confirmed; during the 2011-2012 women driving campaign Badawi drove in Jeddah weekly and challenged the legislative basis behind the now-defunct only female driving ban in the world.In 2014 the Saudi government banned Badawi from international travel, and in 2016 authorities briefly jailed her for peaceful activism.Two of her closest relatives already wait for justice behind bars. Her former husband, jailed for human rights activism, is currently serving 15 years. Her brother Raif Badawi received a 10-year sentence and 1,000 lashes for posting controversial opinions on his well-known blog and  creating an online space for public debate.Although harassed and targeted by the Saudi government for years, Badawi continued to fight for human rights for women.“The current situation is simply that there is a severe case of repression against human rights activists and peaceful political activism; we do not oppose the government and do not want its downfall, but we are calling for civil and political rights, a constitutional monarchy, an elected parliament and an independent, just judiciary.”Al-Sadah is her colleague in activism. From the Shia-majority Qatif province, she advocates for the abolishment of the guardianship system and actively opposed the female driving ban until its removal from law in June 2018.In 2015 al-Sadah ran as a candidate in local elections—the first year legally possible for her to do so—until authorities opposed her campaign by eliminating her from the ballot.Both faced repeated targeting from the Saudi government, including a travel ban, for years before their arrests.A third woman, Amal al-Harbi, was arrested this week as well. The charges against the wife of imprisoned civil rights advocate Fowzan al-Harbi, arrested for his work with a now-banned civic organization, are unknown.Read also: Moroccans Accuse Human Rights Minister of Breaking Election PromisesWhat do they stand for?Saudi Arabia has targeted over a dozen advocates for women’s rights since May, when authorities arrested prominent activists, like Loujain al-Hathlou, Aisha al-Manea, and Eman al-Nafjan, under accusations of undermining national security. Many, however, were detained without charge.Media outlets linked to the Saudi government developed a campaign against the activists—called “traitors”—that accuses them of “violat[ing] national unity.” Potential sentences could last up to 20 years.The rights advocates are campaigning for include the abolishment of the male guardianship system, a legislative structure placing various rights of the woman in the hands of her wali, usually a father, brother, or husband. The system requires women to ask permission of their male guardians for marriage and divorce, to enroll in higher education, to obtain a passport, to travel, to open a bank account, and to receive elective surgery.In 2012 the government developed a network in which male guardians receive a text update if a woman under their responsibility leaves the country, more heavily enforcing the travel stipulations under the guardian system.Not all Saudi women, however, agree on the gender-based framework; a 2008 “My Guardian Knows What’s Best for Me” petition, actively opposed to “equality between men and women,” garnered over 5,000 signatures.A contradictory 2016 petition, the first of its kind, gathered nearly 15,000 signatures for the end of the male guardianship system. Prominent activist Wajeha Al-Huwaider analogized the legislation to slavery.In 2015, the Global Gender Gap Report ranked Saudi Arabia as 141 out of 144 nations for gender parity. The 2018 lifting of a historical ban on female drivers, the only such legislation in the world, marked a seemingly progressive change under King Salman.Some Saudis, however, criticize the reform as merely “cosmetic.”Madawi al-Rasheed, a Saudi visiting professor at the London School of Economics, said the May arrests of women’s rights activists “exposed the myth that Mohammed bin Salman is a revolutionary conducting a top-down transformation of Saudi Arabia.”“There is an ongoing campaign to silence everybody in Saudi Arabia from religious scholars to intellectuals, lawyers, activists, teachers, women, men: everybody.”Following the same May arrests, Amnesty International’s Middle East Director of Campaigns Samah Hadid denounced the cognitive dissonance displayed by a government proclaiming reform while detaining advocates for human rights.“Saudi Arabian authorities cannot continue to publicly state they are dedicated to reform, while treating women’s rights campaigners in this cruel way.”Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth expressed similar sentiments in a tweet.“As the Saudi Crown Prince tours the world presenting himself as a ‘reformer,’ he is arresting the women’s rights activists who refuse to accept his tokenism, leaving it to us to make their voices heard.”What does this mean for the future?Human Rights Watch Middle East Director Sarah Leah Whitson said Saudi Arabia and its allies must “question what ‘reform’ really means in a country where the rule of law is disdainfully ignored.”“Allies and partners considering opportunities for closer ties with Saudi Arabia during this period of ‘reform’ should speak out against Mohammad bin Salman’s ultimately self-defeating repression. Any economic vision that seeks to open up Saudi Arabia while throwing real reformers in jail may well end badly for everyone.”Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf pointed to the arrests of Badawi and al-Sadah as a “disturbing sign that the crackdown is far from over.”“These brave women represented the last vestiges of the human rights community in the country, and now they too have been detained. Saudi Arabia’s new leadership under Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has crushed any space for the existence of human rights defenders in the country.”Maalouf called upon the international community—specifically the US, UK, and France—to pressure Saudi Arabia to “end this draconian crackdown and targeted repression of human rights activists.”“The US, the UK, and France … have remained silent for far too long. Their silence is deafening.”By Anna Schaeffer read more

UN index shows deep inequalities persist between countries rich and poor

5 October 2009The world’s countries continue to record substantial improvements in human development but vast inequalities still exist between rich and poor States, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned today as it unveiled its annual measure of progress in human well-being. The world’s countries continue to record substantial improvements in human development but vast inequalities still exist between rich and poor States, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned today as it unveiled its annual measure of progress in human well-being. The Human Development Index (HDI), which combines measure of life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, was this year calculated for 182 countries and territories – a record number – and released today as part of the annual Human Development Report. The report’s lead author Jeni Klugman said “progress has been uneven” worldwide, despite significant overall improvements over the past 30 years. “Many countries have experienced setbacks over recent decades, in the face of economic downturns, conflict-related crises and the HIV and AIDS epidemic,” Ms. Klugman said. “And this was even before the impact of the current global financial crisis was felt.” She noted that some countries have made particularly strong progress since 1980 in health and education, especially compared to incomes. “While the closing of the gaps in many health and education indicators is good news, the persistent inequality in the distribution of world incomes should continue to be a source of concern for policy-makers and international institutions.” Norway, Australia and Iceland remain the top-ranked countries on the HDI, which is based on data gathered in 2007, the most recent year that full statistics were available. Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan complete the top 10. They are among 38 countries and territories classified as having “very high” human development, a new category reserved for those nations with the highest indicators. Across the entire HDI, five countries rose by three or more places: France, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and China, due largely to improvements in life expectancy and incomes. Luxembourg, Malta, Ecuador, Lebanon, Belize, Tonga and Jamaica all slid in the rankings by three or more places. Niger, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone are at the bottom of the rankings, and Ms. Klugman noted the enormous differences in the life of a child born in Niger to that of one born in Norway. The Norwegian child can expect to live 30 years longer and will grow up to earn an average of $85 for every $1 earned by the person in Niger. read more

UN envoy discusses democratization with various Iraqi leaders

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, Sergio Vieira de Mello, met on Saturday with Ayatollah Ali Mohammad al-Sistani, exchanging views “in a frank manner on the current situation in Iraq and how best to move forward to reaching the goal of transferring power to a representative Iraqi leadership,” said UN spokesman Abdelhamid Abdeljaber.”Mr. Sistani expressed his concern at the slow pace and many other issues derailing the process of permitting Iraqi responsible leaders to take charge of their affairs,” the spokesman added.The talks also covered the idea of writing a new constitution for Iraq.Mr. de Mello held a subsequent meeting on Saturday with Imam Muqtada Al-Sadr, leader of the Sadriun Movement, who emphasized that “any formation of any political entity was doomed to failure unless it is supported or endorsed by the Iraqi people themselves,” Mr. Abdeljaber reported. In addition, the Special Representative met with Imam Mohammad Baqir Al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq, who stressed that there are many ways to foster a more representative Iraqi body. “He said that only Iraqi people can choose their representatives and any imposed leadership would fail and hurt those who will impose it,” Mr. Abdeljaber said. For his part, the envoy promised to convey these views to the appropriate leaders.In another development, on Monday Iraq is slated to begin a two-day workshop on the justice system and accountability for past human rights violations. This expert consultation, a first for Iraq, will focus on key issues in light of recently discovered mass graves in many parts of the country, according to Mona Rishmawi, the Special Representative’s Special Advisor on Human Rights and Women’s Issues. read more

Football players to audition for NFL scouts for Ohio States pro day

The march to the NFL Draft for some former Ohio State football players continues Friday. Twelve players from the senior classes of 2010 and 2011 ­— Mike Adams, Dionte Allen, Mike Brewster, Nate Ebner, Donnie Evege, Aaron Gant, Daniel “Boom” Herron, Tony Jackson, DeVier Posey, Grant Schwartz, J.B. Shugarts and Andrew Sweat — will take to the field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center under the watchful eye of NFL scouts. The workout sessions, which wlll be led by new OSU strength coach Mickey Marotti, will serve as a second chance for Adams, Brewster, Herron and Posey to show their athleticism after the NFL Combine, which took place Feb. 22-28. Posey measured 6-foot-2 and weighed 211 pounds on the scale at the NFL Combine. A state-champion sprinter in high school, Posey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds, posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump and managed 14 reps in the 225-pound bench press. Herron measured 5-foot-10 and weighed 213 pounds. He ran a 4.66 second 40-yard dash and got 22 reps on the bench press. He also posted the second best time for running backs, 4.04 seconds, in the 20-yard shuttle, which measures speed and change of direction over a short distance. Adams has the size of a prototypical NFL left tackle at 6-foot-7 and 323 pounds, and many project him as a first-round draft selection. Adams ran a 5.40 second 40-yard dash and had 19 reps on the bench press. Posey, Herron and Adams were all involved in NCAA violations at OSU and served suspensions during the 2011-12 season. Posey was suspended for a total of 10 games, Herron was suspended for six and Adams was suspended for five. Brewster weighed in at 312 pounds and measured 6-foot-2. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.35 seconds and had 29 reps in the bench press. The NFL Draft begins April 26 and ends April 28. Follow @Lanternsports on Twitter Friday morning for live OSU Pro Day coverage. Look for a recap of the players’ performance shortly after the workout sessions conclude. read more

London teacher named in top 10 for a global award warns living

first_imgA London teacher named among 10 finalists for a $1m worldwide teaching prize has warned of the poor living conditions of some of her pupils. Andria Zafirakou, a teacher at Alperton Community School in Brent, north-west London, has made it on to the shortlist for the fourth annual Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, which recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. Ms Zafirakou said she decided to submit an application after reading about it.”When you read about why they are doing this – sharing good practice, raising the profile of teachers and how fundamental they are in society – that was why I wanted to apply,” she told the Press Association.The pupils at Ms Zafirakou’s inner-city school, which is in one of the poorest areas of the country, come from a variety of backgrounds. She has learnt how to say basic greetings in many of the 35 languages spoken at the school, including Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil and Portuguese, to help parents feel welcome and included.”If you have somebody who can connect with you and appreciate your background, then that’s special,” she said.She added that greeting someone in their language “helps to break down barriers and enables families to engage more in the school community”. In a video message announcing the nominations, Bill Gates paid tribute to the finalists, saying research has shown that a great teacher can be “the most important factor” in whether students get a great education.The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist said: “When you think about what drives progress and improvement in the world, education is like a master switch – one that opens up all sorts of opportunities for individuals and societies.”And research has shown that having a great teacher can be the most important factor that determines whether students get a great education.”The finalists were chosen partly for their proven abilities in inspiring students and helping them to learn, Mr Gates said.”Just as important, these teachers are leaders who have innovated in the classroom and mentored their colleagues,” he added.”They have demonstrated the kind of collaboration – teachers and schools working together – that can give all students the opportunity to get a great education.”The other finalists, drawn from 30,000 entries from 173 countries, are from Turkey, South Africa, Colombia, Philippines, United States, Brazil, Belgium, Australia and Norway.The award will be presented at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday March 18. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “In fact it’s often so crowded and noisy I’ve had students tell me they have to do their homework in the bathroom, just to grab a few moments alone so they can concentrate.”I also found that some were being forced to play truant to cook meals in the allocated time slot they were permitted to use their shared home kitchen.”Others could not participate in extracurricular activities after school because they had to take on parental responsibilities like collecting their brothers and sisters from other schools.”Discovering all this prompted me to organise additional provision within the school day and often at weekends to help students have the opportunity to progress.”This included giving them access to a quiet place to do their art work, as well as time to participate in extracurricular activities.” Ms Zafirakou has helped to set up clubs and societies for students, redesigned the curriculum with her fellow teachers to make it relevant to pupils’ lives, and is known for taking time to understand her students’ lives, such as visiting their homes, taking the bus with them and welcoming them at the school gates.She said: “By getting pupils to open up about their home lives, I discovered that many of my students come from crowded homes where multiple families share a single property.last_img read more

Gahcho Kué receives PDAC award

first_imgThe Gahcho Kué diamond mine received its third major award last week, as the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) presented the Viola R. MacMillan Award during the PDAC Awards Gala, held in conjunction with its annual international convention. The award, for demonstrating leadership in management and financing for the exploration and development of mineral resources, was accepted by Gahcho Kué mine General Manager Allan Rodel, on behalf of De Beers Canada, and Patrick Evans, CEO of Mountain Province Diamonds. Gahcho Kué is a joint venture between De Beers (51% – the operator) and Mountain Province. The mine officially began commercial production on March 2, 2017.“To build and bring into operation a world-class mine like Gahcho Kué safely, early and ahead of budget is rare in the mining industry today,” said Kim Truter, CEO – De Beers Canada. “This award is recognition that we are on the right track and that our employees, community and business partners are also able to deliver on a world-class level.”Mountain Province President and CEO Patrick Evans added: “This award recognizes the combined efforts of a large and talented team of mining and finance professionals who contributed to the successful financing and development of Gahcho Kué. The support of our shareholders and debt providers was critically importantly. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to the De Beers operating team at Gahcho Kué for their exceptional hard work during the project development.”“I am extremely proud of the work done by every member of the team at Gahcho Kué,” said Rodel. “We work in some of the most difficult conditions found anywhere in the world, and we have achieved so many important milestones safely, without harm to people or the environment.”In 2016, Gahcho Kué received Gold at the 11th Annual Project Management Institute’s awards gala as well as the Workplace Health and Safety Award from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.The fly-in/fly-out remote mine site is situated approximately 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada. Comprising three open pits, the mine will employ 530 people full-time, with the majority working a two-week in/two-week out rotation.In addition to a C$440 million boost to the NWT economy through 2015, the Gahcho Kué mine will provide a further C$5.3 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) to the NWT now that it has reached commercial production, according to a socio-economic impact report by EY.last_img read more

Former band teacher sentenced for sex with student

first_imgA former Heritage High School band director who pleaded guilty to having sex with a student was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail.The sentence means Tyler J. Benedict, 30, of Ridgefield also loses his teaching license, must register as a sex offender for 10 years and faces one year of community supervision following his release from jail.Clark County Superior Court Judge Roger Bennett called the sentence “a severe punishment short of going to prison.” The crime wasn’t serious enough for prison for a first-time offense, but it does take into account how Benedict abused his authority and trust as a teacher, Bennett added.“This is not an accident. This is not a mistake,” the judge said. “It was a calculated act in hopes of not getting caught.”Deputy Prosecutor Jeff McCarty said the sex acts occurred on two separate occasions between June 15 and July 15. He and Benedict’s attorney, Gerry Wear, negotiated a plea to one count.last_img read more

Inmate Guard denied her medical attention while in labor newborn died

first_imgMILWAUKEE (WSVN) — A former inmate at the Milwaukee County jail, in Wisconsin, claims that her newborn child died because she was denied medical treatment while she was giving birth in her cell.Time Magazine is reporting that Shadé Swayzer is seeking $8.5 million in damages after the death of her baby on July 14.According to Time, in a notice of claim, Swayzer’s lawyer said his client told a corrections officer that her water broke. The officer then reportedly laughed and walked away.After Swayzer gave birth, at around 4 a.m., she allegedly did not receive medical attention until 6 a.m. The child was later declared dead.According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, Swayzer never told officers she was going into labor. The newspaper also reports that an autopsy was done, but the results were not released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

CINGSA Files Petition With RCA For Approval Of New Wells

first_imgThe proposed upgrades involve the drilling of two new storage wells, the installation of an additional dehydration train, and the installation of a new turbine gas compressor. The estimated total cost is $41 million. CINGSA, is concerned that its gas storage facility on the Kenai Peninsula is vulnerable to the failure of a single well storage well, a failure that would jeopardize the ability of the facility to support utility gas needs during the winter. The upgrades being planned would essentially help the facility continue to meet the demands during periods of peak gas delivery. The CINGSA facility has been in operation since 2012. It was created in response to challenges associated with declining production from the gas fields in the Cook Inlet basin. The facility injects gas for storage into the depleted Sterling C reservoir sands of the Cannery Loop gas field.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 23rd, 2018 at 10:05 amCook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska LLC, or CINGSA has asked the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for approval of some upgrades to the storage facility. The RCA is taking public comments until Friday, May 25.last_img read more

Creator Of RMLDs Annual Historical Calendar Receives Preservation Award From Massachusetts Historical Commission

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, Chair of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, has announced that preservation advocate Virginia Adams of Reading has received a 2018 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award.“The Massachusetts Historical Commission is proud to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of this year’s awardees,” said Galvin. “I am delighted to recognize Virginia Adams with a Local Preservationist Award. For 40 years, Adams has dedicated herself to preservation in Reading. Her leadership began the comprehensive survey of old properties in the town, led to the rescue of several historically significant buildings, and has raised awareness of the importance of the town’s history among its population. Her efforts are a model of preservation leadership at the local level and, in addition to her many achievements, her work has laid the groundwork for future preservation efforts in Reading.”Adams began her preservation career in Reading 40 years ago with her work to establish the town’s Historical Commission, a body she has served on in various capacities ever since. She was also a key participant in the first study of old properties in Reading, which led to the establishment of the town’s historical and architectural inventory and the list of structures protected under the town’s demolition delay bylaw.The survey also identified properties potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and while chairing the Historical Commission she led the successful effort to nominate more than 100. Her advocacy work has resulted in a number of preservation success stories for the town, including the restoration of two First Period houses.In addition to efforts to document and save Reading’s historic resources, Adams is involved in educational programs including history-focused walking tours, the installation of granite pavers downtown highlighting important people and events, and the creation of the Reading Municipal Light Department’s annual Historical Calendar.This is the 40th year of MHC’s Preservation Awards program. Projects are considered annually for awards in the categories of Rehabilitation and Restoration, Adaptive Reuse, Education and Outreach, Archaeology, Stewardship, and Landscape Preservation. Individuals are considered in the categories of Lifetime Achievement and Local Preservationist.Galvin serves as the chair of the 17-member Massachusetts Historical Commission.Secretary of State Bill Galvin with Virginia Adams(NOTE: The above press release is from the Secretary of State’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Butters Farmhouse To Be Sold, Town Counsel RenewedIn “Government”Town Manager & Selectmen Want Whitefield School Demolished; Historical Commission Vows To Oppose AgainIn “Government”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”last_img read more