Over 3,000 girls went missing from Bihar in 2016, and in over half the cases — 1,587 to be exact — “love affairs” are said to be the reason. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 3,037 girls went missing from different parts of Bihar, which occupies the eleventh position among States in crimes committed against women.According to the police, 168 children have gone missing in the past year from just four districts in the border areas. Katihar district alone reported 81 missing cases of children — 30 boys and 51 girls — followed by Kishanganj with 32, Purnia (29) and Araria (26).A non-government organisation report said 2,674 missing cases of children were registered in Bihar from January 2013 to January 2014.On Monday in the State Assembly, senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav asked the government how 656 children had gone missing from Patna alone last year. He wanted to know what steps the government had taken to tackle this. Of those who went missing “443 were later found”, Minister in-charge of Home department, Bijendra Prasad Yadav, informed the Assembly. The Minister assured the Assembly that all necessary action was being taken. “A nodal officer has been deputed in all police stations to act swiftly as soon as information about a missing child is received … a special campaign will also be launched soon.” In many cases, Mr. Yadav added, the missing children had grown up and were capable of raising an alarm if they were forcibly taken away. “It shows that they may have disappeared for personal reasons.”However, several activists and academics working to prevent human trafficking told The Hindu that “organised crime” could also be a factor behind the problem. Lured by traffickers“Bihar is a poor State and the border districts are among the poorest of all… children, mostly girls, go missing from these districts, lured by promises of marriages by those involved in human trafficking,” Shilpi Singh, who runs the non-profit organisation, ‘Bhoomika Vihar’ at Katihar, told The Hindu. She also disagreed with the police’s theory of “love affair.” “If most of the girls elope due to love affairs, they should come back after marriage or their whereabouts will be known. But that hardly happens.”
Panaji: The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) on Wednesday issued a comprehensive set of guidelines for the media to follow while reporting suicides, particularly by children and adolescents.Dr. Sushma Kirtani, chairperson of GSCPCR, in a covering letter attached to the guidelines, said the Commission had taken suo motu note of some recent suicides cases by students which were inappropriately reported in some sections of media. Referring, in particular, to the reportage of a suicide by a student in Bicholim in North Goa on Wednesday, Dr. Kirtani said, “We are very disturbed by such reporting.” The GSCPCR chairperson cautioned that “as per the WHO guidelines, the media is not supposed to report in details such information as it is very detrimental to children reading it. It also can lead to “copy cat suicides” or threatening or blackmailing parents when they try to instil discipline.”Dr. Kirtani who has also been formulating a comprehensive State policy on mental health for children and adolescents with inputs from her own colleagues and from experts, urged the media to do “responsible and sensitive reporting”.
Share on Facebook news Topics The decision to welcome back the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada), which had been suspended since 2015, means Russia will be free to test its own athletes again and also issue Therapeutic Use Exemption certificates. It also makes it more likely that track and field athletes, as well as Paralympians, will compete under the Russia flag sooner rather than later, while the country is likely to start bidding for major sporting events again.Wada’s critics, however, remain furious it secretly moved the goalposts for Rusada’s return – especially as Russia has still not fully accepted it was running a huge state-sponsored doping programme.They are also angry the Wada president, Craig Reedie, and director general, Olivier Niggli, offered a secret compromise to the Russian sports minister, Pavel Kolobkov – which was only revealed when letters were leaked to the BBC – to make it easier for Rusada to be let back in. 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Marina Hyde The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on WhatsApp Tygart of the US said the case showed Wada needs to be reformed so the International Olympic Committee – which funds and controls half of the organisation – is no longer involved in it. “The world’s athletes want a Wada with teeth, authority, sanctioning powerand the determination to get the job done of cleaning up sport and restoring the trust of the billions of sports fans and athletes worldwide,” he said. “Today, that job must start – and it starts by reforming Wada and giving it the power to regulate as any good global watchdog must do.”The former British javelin thrower Goldie Sayers, meanwhile, who won an Olympic bronze in 2008 after a Russian in front of her was found to have doped, reflected the thoughts of many athletes by saying she could not understand the rush for Rusada’s reinstatement.“If you are an individual that dopes you get a four‑year ban,” she told the Guardian. “But if you are a country that is complicit in a state-sponsored doping system you only get three years and a slap on the wrist.”Yuri Ganus, director-general of Rusada, said: “There’s a lot of work ahead. There are conditions … in order to definitively be reinstated we need to meet these conditions. So it’s a conditional reinstatement.”Beckie Scott, a former cross country skier from Canada who resigned from the Wada compliance review committee after it endorsed readmitting Rusada, said she was “profoundly disappointed” at the decision.Scott, who also lost out on a Winter Olympics medal to a Russian athlete who subsequently turned out to have doped, added: “I feel this was an opportunity for WADA and they have dealt a devastating blow to clean sport. I’m quite dismayed.” Read more Reedie insisted, however, the decision by its executive committee in the Seychelles was the right one. “Today we are in a much better position,” he said. “Wada understands this decision will not please everybody. When cheating is as rampant and as organised as it was in Russia it undermines so much of what sport stands for. But the pressure on Wada to ensure that Russian sport is genuinely clean now, and in the future, is one that we feel very keenly and we will maintain the highest levels of scrutiny on Rusada’s operations and independence.”When Rusada was suspended Wada insisted Russia had to accept the McLaren report – which found that more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports were aided by state‑sponsored doping. It also insisted Russia had to allow access to the Moscow laboratory and the data contained therein so that hundreds of outstanding Russian doping cases could be prosecuted.However a compromise was agreed that allowed Russia to accept that “failings” were made by some figures in the ministry of sport – while it insisted independent expert access to the Moscow lab would be allowed at some point in the next six months. That was not good enough for Sapstead, who said fundamental questions remained unanswered in respect of the conditions for reinstatement of Russia.“Is the data from the Moscow laboratory still in existence?” she asked. “Can this data be verified as legitimate and uncorrupted? Will athlete samples needing reanalysis be provided? Will Wada’s analysis seek to clarify any evidence of tampering? If the conditions of reinstatement are not met and Russia faces non-compliance, will the goalposts be moved again?” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Russia doping scandal Read more Since you’re here… The World Anti-Doping Agency is facing the gravest crisis in its 19-year history after it was widely condemned by other members of the anti-doping community for a “bewildering” and “deeply troubling” decision to lift the suspension of Russia.Nicole Sapstead, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, said the move was premature and accused Wada of “casting aside its responsibilities to clean athletes, sports fans and those who work tirelessly for clean sport”. The US Anti-Doping chief executive, Travis Tygart, called the decision “bewildering and inexplicable” and a “devastating blow to the world’s clean athletes”.Jim Walden, lawyer for the Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, called it “the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history”. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Wada … we have a small favour to ask. 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Celtic More proof Scott Brown is the hardest man in football Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 19:46 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Celtic Zenit v Celtic Aberdeen v Celtic Premiership UEFA Europa League WTF Videos The Celtic midfielder was on the end of a red card challenge, but brushed himself off before taunting opponents by flexing his muscles Scott Brown is the hardest man in football. It is not even a question any more.Fresh from his trip to St Petersburg with Celtic where he made headlines for wearing a t-shirt in freezing conditions, the 32-year-old is back doing what he does best in the Scottish Premiership – performing like an absolute tank.During the Bhoys’ away victory over Aberdeen on Sunday, the midfielder was floored by two successive bad challenges from Dons players, but despite being on the end of possible leg-breaking tackles, brushed himself off, and flexed his muscles in a style the Incredible Hulk would have been proud of. 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 Brown’s latest display of extreme manliness comes just three days after he was photographed strolling around St Petersburg in short sleeves in -11°С temperatures, causing Zenit to call him “Russia’s favourite Scotsman”.Aberdeen forward Sam Cosgrove was sent off for the lunge on Brown, and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was impressed with how Brown reacted to the dangerous tackle.”It’s not a great challenge from the boy who got sent off. It was naughty,” Rodgers said after the game.”Logan didn’t set the best example for young players when he twice tried to smash the ball at the player on the floor. Fortunately for Scott, he didn’t hurt him.”Scott is a big-game player, especially in those moments. When it goes to 10 men he revels in it even more. Browny is a brilliant leader.”He takes it, shrugs it off and gets back up again to dominate the game. He’s a big-game player.”Scott Brown runs Scottish fitbaw. Many have tried but no one can touch the king. pic.twitter.com/AL1OlR0fWy— Hoidy (@Hoidy) February 25, 2018On Monday, Brown confirmed his retirement from international football after 55 appearances for Scotland.The seven-time Scottish Premiership winner is looking to extend his club career, and decided to call time on international football following a discussion with new Scotland boss Alex McLeish.”In terms of looking after my own body and in interests of my family, I felt now is the right time,” he said.”I have spoken to Alex McLeish over the weekend. I really wanted to tell Alex first what I was thinking about things.”As I said to Alex, I felt that, given the demands which are increasing all the time in football and at this stage of my career, I wasn’t able to give both my club and country my best and I needed to focus purely on Celtic at this time.”The football calendar is more and more demanding now.”
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL draft is just over an hour away and we’re no closer to knowing who the No. 1 overall pick is going to be.Former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray is the favorite to be the first name called, but Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams are also in the hunt.The Arizona Cardinals reportedly “love” Murray, but the franchise traded up in the 2018 draft to select Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick.Regardless of who the Cardinals pick, Murray will be looking good on the runway leading up to the draft.After his endorsement deal with Nike was announced earlier this week, the apparel company outfitted Murray with new custom shoes for him to wear to tonight’s draft.Check them out.1 of 1. Draft day. @usnikefootball pic.twitter.com/FW7twtFiWv— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) April 25, 2019Murray took home the Heisman after an incredible 2018 college football season. Not long after, he landed an endorsement deal with the biggest apparel company in the country.Now he’s likely to be the first player off the board to the Arizona Cardinals.Life is pretty good for the reigning Heisman-winner. Soon enough he’ll be leading an NFL franchise onto the field for the first time – after giving up baseball just a few months prior.Stay tuned for the latest from the draft.
zoom NYSE-listed dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers, Inc. has agreed with the Royal Bank of Scotland to amend certain financial covenants and terms to an existing term loan facility with an outstanding balance of USD 73.4 million. According to the amendment, the total consolidated liabilities of Safe Bulkers divided by its total consolidated assets charter inclusive must not exceed 90% until and including year-end 2017 and 85% from 2018 onwards. The new deal also states that the ratio of the company’s EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) to its interest expense must be not less than 2:1 on a trailing 12 month basis, applicable from 2018 onwards.The parties have also agreed that the consolidated net worth of Safe Bulkers, defined as total consolidated assets charter inclusive less total consolidated liabilities, is waived until and including year-end 2017 and not less than USD 105 million from 2018 onwards. Also, the aggregate market value of the vessels under the facility divided by the aggregate outstanding loan value must exceed 110% until year-end 2017 and 120% from 2018 onwards.In addition, Safe Bulkers has agreed to have the option for a new repayment schedule according to which the company will repay additional USD 1.9 million of debt by the end of 2016 and defer USD 7.6 million of debt repayment originally due in 2017 and 2018 to years after 2019.“The agreement with RBS is the fifth in a row which provides for alignment of financial covenants and deferral of about USD5.7 million of debt originally payable until 2018, to years after 2019. With this agreement, the amended facilities represent about 76% of our debt, excluding sale and lease back financing arrangements and debt from State institutions,” Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of Safe Bulkers, said.
Mumbai: Actor Anushka Sharma has taken inspiration from her father Ajay Kumar Sharma to promote positivity. She says her father taught her to do the right thing and have compassion as it takes special substance to be compassionate. “My dad always told me two things – do the right thing always and have compassion in your heart no matter the circumstances. It takes special substance to be compassionate. This world is a circle of life. What goes around comes right back around,” she said. Anushka, recently, released a video property called ‘Happy Tweets’ in which she read out positive tweets on social media. On the Bollywood front, the 31-year-old actor was last seen on screen in Zero alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.
LAS VEGAS — The movie industry has returned to their day jobs Friday after four days of schmoozing, deal-making and watching movie studios and stars sell the best of what’s to come to theatres at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.It’s a time of great change in the movie business. The film distribution landscape has been irrevocably altered with Disney’s still-fresh acquisition of Fox, the competition from streaming is only getting more intense, and, even though last year was a record one at the box office, this year isn’t off to the best start.Publicly at least, the big Hollywood studios were unwavering in their message: We’re committed to the theatrical experience.Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the annual gathering of theatre owners and distributors.THE STREAMING ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMNetflix has never attended CinemaCon, nor has the streaming giant even asked to be part of the splashy product showcase. Yet veiled, and sometimes explicit, references seem to come up in every presentation every year to the looming competitor that’s seen as a threat to the theatre-going experience. Helen Mirren even said, “I love Netflix, but (expletive) Netflix.”This year was a little different since Netflix recently joined the Motion Picture Association of America.“We are all stronger advocates for creativity and the entertainment business when we are working together. All of us,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin .AMC CEO Adam Aron even said that he’s even open to Netflix playing in his company’s theatres, but only if they play by the same rules as all the other studios in Hollywood.THE FOOTAGE THAT HITHollywood studios spend a lot of money to bring stars like Charlize Theron, Jim Carrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger , trailers and footage to Las Vegas, but the downside is that no matter how charming or funny they are, only a few really ever manage to break out in a big way. Paramount’s Elton John musical “Rocketman” got everyone jazzed and singing along to his classic hits, while teasing the high-highs and low-lows of rock star life.Universal’s “Yesterday,” about a struggling musician who wakes up from an accident to find that he’s the only one in the world who knows the music of The Beatles (and uses it to his advantage) also looks like it will be a fun summer charmer.Disney brought out the classic “everything the light touches” scene from its CG/live-action adaption of “The Lion King.” The stunning landscapes and life-like fur shown of Simba and his father gazing out at the sunrise had many seeing dollar signs in their future. And Lionsgate brought out a late-game charmer in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson’s next film, “Knives Out,” a sharply-written Agatha Christie-style whodunit about a wealthy family whose patriarch turns up dead.DISNEY SHOWS OFF ITS NEW TOY: FOXThe Disney/Fox deal may have been an arranged marriage, at least for the remaining executives at 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight, but everyone put on a good face for the theatre owners while also referencing the magnitude of the change. It was a little strange to see a montage featuring “Avatar,” ”Titanic,” ”Hidden Figures,” ”Toy Story,” ”Frozen” and the “Avengers” all together. But the 2019 Fox releases have been officially blended in with the Disney releases (and some will have to move as they currently occupy the same release date).“We believe that together we will be more than the sum of our parts,” said Alan Horn, the Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios.BUSINESS WAS UP, BUT…Did you hear? 2018 was a record year at the box office with $11.9 billion in ticket sales. (Of course you did, because every studio and trade association chief made sure to mention it over and over again this week.) And yet this year the box office is still down nearly 16 per cent. Privately, some smaller theatre owners grumbled about the lousy first three months of 2019 in movies for their bottom lines, even with hits like “Us” and “Captain Marvel.” ”Avengers: Endgame,” is coming after all. But it takes more than one mega-hit to save an entire industry.DIVERSITY BRINGS AUDIENCESFor an industry propped up by the successes of superhero films, every studio seemed keen to remind theatre owners that they don’t just make those kinds of movies. And indeed, the message remains that diversity sells. Last year, when films like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” became massive hits, ticket-buyers were younger and more diverse than ever.It’s fitting, then, that the convention brought out “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu to talk about why when faced with a choice between a streaming release or a theatrical one for his film, he chose the theatre.“The weekend became a can’t miss cultural event. This story would not have happened without the theatrical experience…we made movie stars,” Chu said. “In a time when we need shared experiences more than other to help see each other, (cinema) can be the most powerful potent tool.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
The United States has issued an updated travel advice for Sri Lanka warning US citizens of possible violence ahead of the August 17 Parliamentary election.In the travel advice, US citizens have been advised to monitor local media and avoid political rallies and demonstrations. “Even peaceful rallies and demonstrations may turn violent,” the travel advice notes. The US has strongly recommend that US citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Two weeks ago the Australian Government had also issued a travel advice on Sri Lanka in relation to the Parliamentary election. (Colombo Gazette)
Between 10 and 30 per cent of some of the planet’s vital natural features such as the Amazonian rainforests, the Arctic tundra and the tropical savannah grasslands are now held in these protected areas, but progress towards conserving other biologically and ecologically important landscapes is proving more sluggish, the report says. “The global environment movement and the United Nations can be justifiably proud of the growth in protected areas,” the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Klaus Toepfer, said in Durban, South Africa, at the fifth World Parks Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, a grouping of governments, non-governmental organizations and scientists. But he warned that numerous challenges remained and there was still much work to be done. “Put simply, we cannot pat ourselves on the backs if we end up with islands of well-protected wildlife, habitats and ecosystems in a sea of environmental degradation,” he said of the 102,102 sites covering 18.8 million square kilometres, of which 17 million – 11.5 per cent of the Earth’s land surface – are terrestrial. The report, compiled by UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, United Kingdom, in collaboration with the IUCN-World Conservation Union and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), shows that less than one tenth of the world’s large lakes are protected, and temperate grasslands typical of Central Asia and the North American prairies are similarly poorly protected. The rate at which the planet’s marine world is gaining protection causes even greater concern, it adds. Less than 0.5 per cent of the world’s seas and oceans are within protected areas, despite the importance of fisheries and habitats such as coral reefs as sources of protein and employment for billions of people across the developed and developing world. The draft is open for further comment and the final report will be published next February in Malaysia at the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Europe leads in terms of the numbers of protected areas with over 43,000 listed, followed by North Eurasia with nearly 18,000; North America with more than 13,000; and Australia and New Zealand with close to 9,000. The Pacific, with around 320, has the fewest. There are nearly 4,390 in Eastern and Southern Africa, with a further 2,600 in Western and Central Africa. But in terms of size, Central and South America have the largest protected areas, covering almost a quarter of each of these regions. North America also does well with 4.5 million square kilometres, or just over 18 per cent of the region’s land surface.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 8:35 am MDT LONDON – The price of crude oil drifted lower Tuesday as investors became cautious about recent gains and prepared for U.S. trading to resume after the Presidents Day holiday.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery was down 46 cents at US$95.40 a barrel by midday in Europe in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Nymex floor trading was closed Monday. The contract fell $1.45 on Friday.Analysts noted that investors have bought into oil markets speculatively in recent weeks on hopes for a stronger recovery in the global economy.The economic indicators have been mixed, however, showing many parts of Europe remain in recession and the U.S. only gradually recovering. That leaves crude oil prices vulnerable to a sell-off, according to analysts at Commerzbank.A survey of investor confidence in Germany was upbeat on Tuesday but, looking ahead, traders are concerned about political developments elsewhere in the 17-country eurozone, mainly Italy.Polls have suggested Italy’s general elections are close, creating uncertainty over what a future government would look like. The elections would also likely yield a split parliament, meaning it would be more difficult for a coalition government to push through unpopular economic reforms.Brent crude, used to price many international varieties of oil, was down eight cents at US$117.30 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, heating oil fell one cent to US$3.20 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline rose 1.2 cents to US$3.326 a gallon and natural gas added four cents to US$3.19 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil prices fall as traders await resumption of floor trading in US after holiday
Mr. Ban is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this weekend for the African Union (AU) Summit, a gathering of the continent’s 54 nations, to discuss daunting challenges including the growing threat of Boko Haram. At the Summit’s closing today, African leaders pledged to join forces to fight the terror group, which has in recent weeks attacked villages in Cameroon, displacing thousands to neighbouring countries and sparking fears that its insurgency was expanding beyond Nigeria. Speaking to reporters today, the UN chief said he supported the AU’s plan to fight the terror group with the establishment of a Multinational Joint Task Force, which must remain consistent with UN human rights due diligence policies. “The murderous campaign waged by Boko Haram demands stronger and more coordinated action from us all,” Mr. Ban said. “Regional and international efforts must focus on protecting communities in northern Nigeria and across borders. More than a million internally displaced people and refugees must be able to return home,” the Secretary-General added, reiterating his call for the immediate release of those who have been abducted, particularly the girls from Chibok. Collaboration on peace and security is essential to the UN’s partnership with the AU in that more than 80 per cent of UN peacekeepers are deployed on the continent. Mr. Ban said that through the UN-AU partnership, progress has been made in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan. More, however, could be done by working “even more closely together”. Such close partnership has paid off in the fight against the Ebola epidemic, Mr. Ban continued, commending the AU for being on the “front lines” of fighting the deadly virus. Efforts are paying off and while “we are beginning to turn the tide,” Ebola is far from over. “We must continue to demonstrate the same solidarity until Ebola is gone from every country, and throughout the next phase of recovery,” the UN chief said. After all, he continued, peace and development go hand-in-hand. Africa has made substantial progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and has the opportunity this year, like the rest of the world, to commit to a new post-2015 development agenda and a universal agreement on climate change. “African families, communities and economies have much to gain from both these historic agreements,” Mr. Ban continued, urging leaders of the continent to “listen to their people and respect their wishes and aspirations”. Several African countries will hold elections this year, he said, pledging that the UN and AU will work together to support nations to organize peaceful and credible polls. Mr. Ban also urged leaders to respect constitutional and legal limits on their terms of office. Mr. Ban also strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in North Sinai, earlier this week which killed dozens of people, including civilians, and injured scores of others. In his remarks to a meeting on ensuring peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Secretary-General said that despite progress made in “stamping out” the activities of armed groups, scores of civilians have been killed in recent months in the Beni area. This only underscores the importance of eradicating all illegal armed groups from the region, Mr. Ban told the Fifth Meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and region. Welcoming the use of military force against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or the FDLR, he added, that while “military action will not resolve this issue,” it is vital to eliminate the threat posed by the FDLR once and for all. The Secretary-General also expressed concern at the slow progress in implementing the Nairobi Declarations. More than a year after those accords were signed, the amnesty and repatriation of eligible former fighters from M23 and other armed groups have not been completed. Governments of the DCR, Rwanda and Uganda must to intensity efforts to complete this process. Also today in a meeting with Mali’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Ban deplored the recent incidents in Gao, in the northern part of the embattled country. He reiterated the UN’s commitment to work closely with the Malian Government to find out exactly what happened and encouraged the Government to continue to lead the peace process. Meanwhile, the Malian Minister, Abdoulaye Diop, reiterated his Government’s support for the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MINUSMA.
JIROEMON KIMURA, the oldest man ever recorded, celebrated his 116th birthday yesterday with a message from Japan’s prime minister as health chiefs launched a study into why his home city boasts so many centenarians.It was a busy day for Kimura, who also greeted guests including the mayor of Kyotango city and officials from the Guinness World Records.“You give us pride and confidence in the people of Japan,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a pre-recorded video greeting that marked the milestone.Mayor Yasushi Nakayama also congratulated Kimura on reaching the ripe old age of 116, making him the current world’s oldest person and the longest living man on record.“Yes, yes, thank you,” said Kimura, who is still a way off from the all-time record set by Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122 which made her the longest living person in history.Kimura, who was born in 1897 – he same year as American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart – spent time in hospital after falling ill late last year, but was back in the home he shares with his grand-daughter-in-law, 60.RoutineHis morning started at 7.00 am with a healthy breakfast – a bowl of porridge with red beans, egg tofu and mashed pumpkin, a local official said.The centenarian now has to stay in bed most of the time, but never misses his three meals a day, he said.Kimura had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grand children and 14 great-great grandchildren, and worked at a post office for about 40 years. After retiring he took up farming which he continued to do until the age of 90.The centenarian does not smoke, has made it a practice to eat only until he is 80 per cent full, and drinks only a “modest” amount of alcohol, local authorities and media said.‘Eat light and live long’His motto in life is “to eat light and live long”.Encouraged by Kimura and 94 other people in Kyotango’s 60,000-strong population who will this year be 100 years old or more, the city has launched a research project to find the secret of their longevity.“We have a very high centenarian rate, about 2.5 times higher than the prefectural average,” said a local health official.“We don’t have city-based data, but Kyotango’s rate is even 1.27 times higher than Kochi prefecture, the top of all the 47 prefectures in Japan.”Health officials are researching the diet of Kimura and other centenarians, the official told AFP.“We are interested in what they eat and how much. We are especially keen to research how much salt they consume.”The city of Kyotango, near Kyoto, is sandwiched between the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and a mountain range. It is naturally blessed with good seafood and farm products, the official said.“We are also interested in knowing what kinds of local food they like to eat and if this helps them live so long,” he said.The city plans to compile a recipe book based on the study and unveil it at a symposium on longevity in November.“We want city residents to know of the secrets of what enables a long life-span but also to attract tourists to this long-living city,” the official said.- © AFP, 2013Read: The world’s oldest woman has a 90-year-old son >
Jun 20th 2018, 6:04 PM Woman has murder conviction quashed as jury weren’t allowed to consider if she was provoked The Court of Appeal said it would quash Farrell’s conviction and order a retrial. Short URL No Comments Share12 Tweet Email1 22,847 Views Image: Shutterstock/Andy Dean Photography http://jrnl.ie/4082294 Image: Shutterstock/Andy Dean Photography By Ruaidhrí Giblin Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 6:04 PM A WOMAN SERVING life for murder has had her conviction quashed after the Court of Appeal found her jury should have been allowed consider whether she had been provoked by her late partner before killing him.Paula Farrell (44), with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Wayne McQuillan (30) at her home on 1 January 2014.The Central Criminal Court heard that Farrell and McQuillan, known as “Quilly”, who was ten years her junior and lived with his parents, had been in a relationship for a year.The court heard that the couple regularly “overindulged” in drink, particularly on the night in question, and the prosecution’s case was that Farrell stabbed him four times with a kitchen knife.A Central Criminal Court jury found Farrell guilty of murder after three-and-a-half hours of deliberations and she was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy on 17 July 2015.Farrell had her conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal today over the trial judge’s decision not to allow the partial defence of provocation be considered by the jury. The court ordered a retrial and Farrell was remanded in custody.Her barrister, Caroline Biggs SC, had submitted that there were only two viable defences available to Farrell, those being diminished responsibility and provocation.Biggs said the word provoked arose in Farrell’s garda interviews, not necessarily as something to describe what happened but “in a general way”. She had told gardai that the deceased “sometimes provokes me”.‘Deceased had gotten violent’In his ruling, the trial judge had said it would be fanciful for the defence of provocation to be triggered by the single phrase used by Farrell in her garda interviews. The trial judge had said he found no rational basis for allowing the defence to be considered by the jury.However, Biggs submitted that there was a rational basis for allowing the jury to consider it and she outlined a number of evidential matters the jury had heard.Farrell told a Garda that the deceased had gotten violent with her and another garda that there had been a physical struggle. She told her daughter that the deceased had attacked her and that she “didn’t mean it”.In her garda interviews, Farrell set out a number of matters she said happened immediately prior to the stabbing – that the deceased was strangling her, had bit her and banged her head.This was evidence that amounted to an act or series of acts on the part of the deceased which may have led the accused to have a sudden and temporary loss of self-control, Biggs submitted.Furthermore, Farrell said her mind “went blank” when she took the knife out of the knife block.Biggs said her client didn’t use the exact phrase ‘I lost it’ but her mind going blank was very close to suggesting that she was not the master of her own mind at that particular time.She said Farrell had a history of alcohol induced psychosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of alleged sexual abuse by a named individual from the age of seven – which she did not tell anyone about until she was 14 years old.President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham said the court had come to the overall conclusion that the state of the evidence at the conclusion of the trial was such that the trial judge should have let the issue of provocation go to the jury.With considerable hesitation, he said, a jury verdict of manslaughter could not necessarily be said to be a perverse verdict.Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice John Hedigan, said the court would quash Farrell’s conviction and order a retrial.Farrell, who emotionally embraced a number of supporters in court, was remanded in custody to appear before the Central Criminal Court at a future date. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Un étonnant organe sensoriel découvert chez les baleinesLes baleines sont les plus gros animaux de la planète et il se pourrait bien que cela soit en partie dû à un organe sensoriel qui vient d’être découvert. Grâce à celui-ci, ces cétacés sont capables, en une seule gorgée d’avaler jusqu’à 80 mètres cubes d’eau, qui, filtrés, lui apportent 10 kilos de nourriture.Des chercheurs, dont les travaux ont été publiés hier dans la revue scientifique Nature, ont peut-être percé l’un des mystères des baleines. En effet, ils ont découvert un organe sensoriel qui coordonne le mécanisme de l’alimentation chez ces cétacés. Qu’il s’agisse de la baleine bleue, du rorqual commun, des baleines à bosse, ou, plus petites, des baleines de Minke, toutes possèdent des fanons. Ces lames de cornes qui appartiennent à la mâchoire supérieure permettent en fait de filtrer l’eau.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ainsi, pour se nourrir, ces cétacés plongent, mâchoire grande ouverte et engloutissant des milliers de litres d’eau en quelques secondes. Dans le même temps, la gorge se déploie et la langue se place en inversion. La baleine ferme alors sa mâchoire et l’eau reflue à travers les fanons qui retiennent les petits poissons et le krill, plancton formé de petits crustacés. Pour en savoir plus sur ce mécanisme, les scientifiques ont étudié aux rayons X des carcasses de rorquals et de baleines de Minke. Ils ont ainsi découvert, à la pointe du menton de l’animal, logé dans le tissu ligamentaire qui joint les deux mâchoires, un organe sensoriel de la taille d’un pamplemousse.”Nous pensons que cet organe sensoriel envoie des informations vers le cerveau, afin de coordonner le mécanisme complexe d’alimentation, qui implique la rotation des mâchoires, l’inversion de la langue et la dilatation des plis de la gorge”, explique le paléobiologiste Nick Pyenson cité par l’AFP. “Cela aide probablement les baleines à percevoir la densité des proies” lorsque qu’elles plongent pour se nourrir”, a-t-il ajouté. “En termes d’évolution, l’innovation de cet organe sensoriel a un rôle fondamental dans l’une des méthodes d’alimentation les plus extrêmes des créatures aquatiques”, estime pour sa part le professeur de zoologie Bob Shadwick. “Il est probable que cet organe sensoriel (et son rôle dans la coordination du mécanisme d’alimentation) soit responsable du fait que les baleines revendiquent le statut des plus grands animaux vivants sur la planète”, conclut-il ainsi.Le 24 mai 2012 à 18:49 • Maxime Lambert
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Ben Pruchnie/Getty ImagesShah Rukh Khan better watch out! He may have competition for his stardom from an unexpected quarter. Argentine footballer Roberto Pereyra, who plays for Watford FC in the English Premier League, decided to leave his fans as well as lay viewers enthralled by his dance performance to the famous Bollywood song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from the 1993 Bollywood thriller ‘Baazigar’ featuring King Khan himself.The 28-year old footballer is a multi-faceted talent who plays in both the midfield and as a forward. His club career started in his own country with the team River Plate in 2009 before he moved to the Italian Serie A in 2011 and played for Udinese. His career took a positive turn when the heavyweight of Italian football, Juventus, bought him on loan from Udinese in 2014 before including him as a full-time recruit.While being with Juve, Pereyra enjoyed considerable success as his team won back to back titles in the Serie A. He joined the English club Watford in 2016 which continues to be his home. It was the Facebook page of his current team that uploaded the video of Pereyra putting his dancing shoes on. The video was meant as a tribute to Indian fans on the country’s 73rd Independence Day.In it, Pereyra is accompanied by Indian actress Radhika Bangia as both sway to the tunes of the famous song like Bollywood veterans. While Bangia’s efficiency is understandable due to her professional background, Pereyra also shows great gusto in matching the steps, possibly, without understanding the lyrics and sways rhythmically to the beats.This wasn’t the only special video that Watford FC put out to cater to their Indian fan base. Bangia also featured in another video where she is with Troy Deeney, captain of the side, and introduces him to various Indian sweets. The five different deserts that Deeney takes a bite of in the video are gulab jamun, barfi, rasgulla, kaju katli and jalebi.The Watford captain finds gulab jamun, jalebi and rasgulla to his liking while is not impressed by kaju katli and barfi. This video is another proof of how much the EPL values Indian market. Since the middle of the 1990s, the fan following for European football, especially English football, has gone through the roof. Watford, who are not the most famous side in the EPL are probably trying to create a niche for themselves among the Indian audiences.They certainly have made a great mark through Pereyra’s dance. Let’s see if Shah Rukh Khan reacts to it.
The Bangladeshi diplomat who was arrested following an allegation raised by his ‘absconding’ domestic helper has been released from Vernon C Bain Correctional Centre, Bronx, New York, reports news agency UNB.Bangladesh consul general in New York Md Shameem Ahsan received deputy consul general at Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York Md Shahedul Islam at 8:20pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday upon his release.Shameem Ahsan confirmed the latest development on Wednesday morning.First secretary Md Shamim Hossain and third secretary Asib Ahmed accompanied Shameem.This follows ‘sincere effort’ by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC and Consulate General in New York under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka to get him released at the earliest since the officer was arrested on 12 June by the local authorities following the allegation by his former domestic aide, Shameem said.The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday ‘summoned’ acting US Ambassador in Dhaka Joel Reifman and ‘strongly protested’ the detention of its diplomat in New York following the allegation raised by his ‘absconding’ domestic helper.Acting foreign secretary Mahbub-Uz-Zaman ‘summoned’ the US envoy to his office, conveyed Bangladesh’s displeasure to him and wanted to know about details of the matter.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a media release at 12:37am Wednesday saying, “We’ve reasons to believe the arrest is a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963. We’ve lodged a strong protest with the Chargé d’ Affaires of the United States Embassy in Dhaka.”Bangladesh had earlier reported about the missing of the domestic helper who went missing about 13 months earlier (on 17 May, 2016) from Islam’s residence.The incident was immediately reported to the Department of State by the Bangladesh Consulate General in New York and also by the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC on 18 and 19 May, 2016 respectively.However, the Foreign Ministry here said no update had been received on this matter from the Department of State before Islam’s arrest.The Bangladeshi diplomat has been indicted for allegedly forcing a servant to work for his family in New York City without pay and assaulting him though Bangladesh consulate senses other motive.Prosecutors say Md Shahedul Islam, 45, was accused on Monday on grand larceny, assault, labour trafficking and other charges, reports the Associated Press (AP). An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, defendant faces up to 15 years in prison in such case if convicted.”It’s quite surprising that he has come up with so many allegations against his employer after about 13 months which suggests that he might have other motives in mind,” said Shameem Ahsan on Tuesday.He said he himself was present in the Court with his colleagues for hours yesterday and the judge left the Court shortly after the order (Bail subject to payment of cash US$25,000 or bond for US$50,000) and his (judge) presence was a requirement to secure his release on the same day.Besides, Shameem said, finding two solvent guarantors (with salary statements showing legal income) in addition to generating required cash and processing (bond) papers needed some time despite sincere efforts on the part of the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC, Consulate General and relatives of the Officer.”Bond paper is expected to be submitted today (Tuesday),” he added.Quoting prosecutors, the AP said Shahedul brought the Bangladeshi domestic aide Amin, to New York in between 2012 and 2013 to work as household help, but ‘took away his passport’.Prosecutors also said Amin ‘was not paid for his work, and threatened and beaten, sometimes with a wooden shoe. He escaped in 2016’.Islam is due back in court 28 June, the AP report says.
Obaidul QuadeRoad, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Qauder on Sunday drew the attention of the election commissioner to taking interview of BNP nomination seekers by its acting chairperson Tarique Rahman through a videoconference.“We’re drawing the election commission’s attention whether a fugitive convict in two cases can join election procedures,” he said while talking to reporters at the secretariat.Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, said, “I would like to tell the nation whether a fugitive convict can give such a statement. We want justice from the nation.”About their nominations of the ruling alliance, he said the list of candidates nominated by the AL-led 14-party alliance will be announced within 4-5 days as the list at its final stage.Responding to a question, how many seats will be shared with the alliance parties, he said, “Our prime minister told us that 65-70 seats will be given to alliance parties. If there’re more winnable candidates, the number might be raised through discussions.”In reply to another question, he said this election will be much fairer than previous ones. “There was no election in the past which was hundred per cent free and fair.” In response to another question about the election manifestos of others, Quader said, “Alliance partners will publish their respective manifestoes. There’s a possibility that the prime minister herself will unveil the Awami League manifesto. But, the date is yet to be fixed.”