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India Mulls New Ploy to Bar Entry of Chinese Goods

first_imgIn a move to contain its rising trade deficit with China, India is mulling ways to reduce further onslaught of Chinese goods entering its market by reducing and delaying duty concessions to China. Related Itemslast_img

UAAP men’s volleyball: UST upends Ateneo, FEU thumps UP for 2nd straight win

first_imgThe Tamaraws held on to the top spot of the standings while the Fighting Maroons are in the inverse with a 0-2 card.Richard Solis led FEU with 14 points while John Paul Bugaian added 13 points.John Mark Millette had 19 points to lead the winless Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaron Requinton and Jayvee Sumagaysay were also in the scoring groove for UST with 14 and 12 points, respectively.UST’s aerial defense was magnificent in stifling the Blue Eagles with the Tiger Spikers scoring on 14 blocks as compared to Ateneo’s three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAntony Koyfman led Ateneo with 22 points while Ishmael Rivera added 11 points.In the other match, Far Eastern University had its second straight win trouncing University of the Philippines in four sets, 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Eduard Folayang’s ’20 year challenge’: From national champ to ONE lightweight king MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas survived a tough five-setter over Ateneo for its first win, 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Manuel Medina put up a game-high 22 points while Joshua Umandal added 20 for the Tiger Spikers, who tied the Blue Eagles at the fourth spot with identical 1-1 records early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View commentslast_img read more

Jenson Button to make F1 return at Monaco Grand Prix

first_imgBritain’s Jenson Button will stand in for Fernando Alonso at next month’s Monaco Formula One Grand Prix while the Spaniard competes in the Indianapolis 500 on the same day, McLaren announced on Friday.”I’m thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula One racing, and I couldn’t think of a better place to make that return than my adopted home Grand Prix: Monaco,” the 37-year-old said in a statement at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Monaco resident Button handed over his McLaren seat to Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at the end of last season but remained under contract to the team with the possibility of returning in 2018.He won the showcase race in 2009 on his way to the title with Brawn GP.Honda-powered McLaren have endured a tough start to the season, with no points from two races, but Monaco’s tricky street circuit could suit their car better and is also one where drivers can make the difference.Button will be the most experienced driver in the race as he makes his 306th start, with the Briton third in the all-time list behind the retired Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.He is also the last driver to win a race for McLaren, in Brazil in 2012, but cannot hope for such success this time.FAVOURITE TRACK”It’s one of my all-time favourite racetracks,” said the winner of 15 grands prix who made his Formula One debut 17 years ago with Williams.”OK, I realise we won’t have a realistic chance of repeating my 2009 victory, but I think we’ll have an opportunity to score world championship points, which will be very valuable to the team in terms of constructors’ rankings.advertisement”As for Fernando, I hope he not only fares well at Indy but enjoys it too.”McLaren announced earlier in the week that double world champion Alonso would compete at Indianapolis with a car run by Andretti Autosport, last year’s winners.McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said Button, who has kept his fitness up by competing in triathlons, would spend time in the team’s simulator but there was no need for him to join an in-season test in Bahrain next week.”I rang him and his first reaction was, ‘Great, I’m so excited,” said the Frenchman of their short conversation after initial text exchanges. “You could feel the excitement on the phone was real.”Jenson was the choice from day one, the obvious choice by far,” he told reporters. “I can guarantee that by lap 10 in first practice he will be OK.”last_img read more

Caps Beat Islanders, 5-1, Lead 3-2

first_imgWASHINGTON — With some fist pumps and a punch of the glass, Washington Capitals rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrated the first playoff goal of his long-thought-promising career.By the time the 22-year-old Russian netted his second, the crowd’s raucous chants of “We are louder!” were ringing throughout the arena as a bunch of secondary scoring put Washington on the verge of eliminating the New York Islanders.“Everybody wants to score the goal,” Kuznetsov said. “But if you do the right things, stay in the plan, all the goals, passes and Cups come. One guy never (wins) the Cup. Only (teams) win the Cup.”Dominating despite zero points from Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals beat the Islanders 5-1 April 23 to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference series, with goals coming from less-heralded players such as Karl Alzner, Brooks Laich and Jason Chimera.“That’s playoff time: You’re going to get a goal from someone who hasn’t scored all year,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said, exaggerating only slightly.Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak was yanked with 11 minutes left in the game after allowing five goals on 35 shots.The Capitals can end the best-of-seven series by winning Game 6 at New York on April 25, in what could be the Islanders’ final appearance at Nassau Coliseum before they move to Brooklyn next season.“We know what it means to our fans. … It just can’t be the last game for them,” defenseman Thomas Hickey said. “So we’re going to come with our heads on and be ready to play, and make sure that it’s not the last game there. We’ve got to find a way.”The third period began with Washington ahead only 2-1 but on its first power play of the evening, thanks to Halak’s penalty for tripping Ovechkin.Washington did not convert on the extra-man opportunity, but Laich scored 42 seconds after it ended. “Huge,” Trotz said. “That got the ball rolling, in terms of momentum and stuff.”And to think: The Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Washington goalie Braden Holtby saved the other 22 shots he faced. Since sitting out Game 2 because he was sick, Holtby has stopped 98 of 102 shots on goal by the Islanders across three games.At the other end, meanwhile, Halak was repeatedly in trouble, thanks to turnovers by his teammates and a push by the Capitals that Holtby called “relentless.”When Halak was removed, coach Jack Capuano whispered in his ear. “For whatever reason tonight, the brain wasn’t working. We just turned pucks over and gave it right to them, and they came back the other way,” Capuano said. “I wanted to let him know that it has nothing to do with him.”As the margin grew, the cries of “Louder!” and “Can you hear us?!” from spectators came in waves, a reference to some back-and-forth among players from both teams over whose arena makes more noise.“It’s something that you feed off,” Capitals forward Jay Beagle said.There also was much chatter leading up to Game 5 about whether a big check by Washington’s Tom Wilson on Lubomir Visnovsky in the second period of Game 4 was clean.Not surprisingly, the Capitals thought it was; the Islanders did not. Visnovsky, who has a history of concussions, did not travel to Washington for the game.It took less than 5 1/2 minutes for Wilson to find himself in a full-on fistfight with New York’s Anders Lee. The punches put both in the penalty box, left Wilson with a bloody mouth — and appeared to stir the Islanders.All of 26 seconds later, the visitors led 1-0 on Josh Bailey’s shot into the upper corner of Holtby’s net from the edge of the left circle off an assist from captain John Tavares.At about the nine-minute mark, though, Washington tied it on Kuznetsov’s first career playoff point. Marcus Johansson’s shot wound up in the air and Kuznetsov swatted it in from beside the crease with what looked very much like a tennis backhand.“You can see when he’s on his game, he controls the puck so well,” Ovechkin said about his countryman. “Obviously he’s a great passer. Today he was a scorer.(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mourinho revels in Lukaku record

first_imgManchester United Mourinho revels in Lukaku’s Man Utd record Matthew Sherry Last updated 2 years ago 05:51 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League José Mourinho Romelu Lukaku CSKA Moskva v Manchester United CSKA Moskva The former Everton man has netted 10 goals in nine games since arriving at Old Trafford, a run that has delighted his new manager Jose Mourinho has been surprised by Romelu Lukaku’s incredible start to life at Manchester United following his two-goal haul in the Champions League.Belgium international Lukaku, 24, was at the double as United crushed hosts CSKA Moscow 4-1 on Wednesday.Lukaku 10/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Lukaku has already more than justified his £75million price tag following his arrival from Premier League rivals Everton in the off-season, netting 10 goals in nine games.Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were also on the scoresheet, and Mourinho  was delighted to see the continuation of Lukaku’s sublime form.”He is having a great record but we know he is a very good player who will score lots of goal when surrounded by quality players,” Mourinho told BT Sport .”But I have to admit he is scoring important goals in almost every game.””My target for the season? I just want to win trophies.”Fighting talk from @RomeluLukaku9 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2017 The result leaves United with six points from their opening two Group A fixtures following a 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford, much to the delight of Mourinho.”The important thing is two matches, six points and a good position,” he added. “We have four more matches to play and have started really strong.”The emphasis on team was evident in Lukaku’s post-match comments, with the striker refusing to be drawn on goal targets.”I just want to win trophies, that’s it,” he said.last_img read more

Report: Uruguay 4 Bolivia 2

first_imgUruguay 4 Bolivia 2: Suarez and Cavani show their class Ante Jukic 09:37 10/11/17 Edinson Cavani Uruguay v Bolivia Eliminatorias Sudamericanas 10102017 Getty Images / Pablo Porciuncula Uruguay secured second place in South American qualifying and a spot at the 2018 World Cup with a dominant display against Bolivia. Uruguay confirmed qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday, defeating Bolivia 4-2 in Montevideo.La Celeste made life difficult for themselves, going down early via a Gaston Silva own goal. Before the half was over, Uruguay substantiated their dominance through strikes from Martin Caceres and Edinson Cavani.Luis Suarez then scored a brace before Diego Godin added another Uruguayan own goal, in a chaotic finish to CONMEBOL’s qualification cycle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Although Oscar Tabarez’s side were assured of at least the play-off, the win saw them finish in the second place they already held, and book a place in Russia next year.Uruguay evidently did not want to leave anything to chance, and attacked from the outset.Chances fell to star duo Suarez and Cavani in the first five minutes, but while Cavani blasted his shot over the bar, Bolivia goalkeeper Carlos Lampe denied Suarez with a fine reflex save.Rodrigo Bentancur and Giorgian De Arrascaeta continued to find pockets of space between the Bolivian lines, though the final pass was lacking.Although the home side completely controlled tempo and general play, Bolivia hit the lead after 24 minutes. Following Marcelo Moreno’s headed flick-on from a throw-in, Godin attempted to blast the ball out of danger.He only managed to hit team-mate Silva, with the ball wickedly deflecting past Fernando Muslera and into the net.Conceding entirely against the run of play, a lack of Uruguayan precision closer to goal led the home crowd at Estadio Centenario to grow further impatient.In the 32nd minute, Bentancur, Cavani and Suarez all combined brilliantly to create an opening, but Lampe once again denied the Barcelona striker, diving low to his left.Three minutes later, Suarez smartly set up Arrascaeta, yet with only Lampe to beat, his mistimed effort bobbled wide of the goal.Caceres found the all-important equaliser in the 39th minute, however. Again, it was Suarez’s assertive movement that forced the Bolivian defence to scramble.Although nobody met Suarez’s initial cutback, Silva made amends for his own goal with the eventual assist. Driving a pass back across the penalty area, Caceres was on hand to finish.One did not seem enough for the left-back, however, as he set up Cavani for Uruguay’s second three minutes later.Overlapping to get to Arrascaeta’s pass, Silva put in a perfectly weighted cross for an unmarked Cavani to attack.In the 60th minute, Suarez effectively put the result beyond doubt. One-on-one with Lampe after Bentancur’s penetrative ball forward, Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer coolly finished.Suarez extended his all-time tally to 49 with a lovely finish in the 76th minute. Substitute Cristian Rodriguez found the Uruguayan talisman with his back to goal, before he finished across Lampe on the turn.With a significant part in Silva’s equaliser, Godin added another Uruguayan own goal after Juan Carlos Arce’s delivery into the penalty area, heading past Muslera.By then, however, the match was over as a contest. read morelast_img read more


first_imgEach year the NSW Hunter Academy of Sport hold their regional sports awards and 2005 has seen a Touch affiliate achieve enormous recognition.The Hunter Region Sports Awards cover clubs and competitions in all sports from the Central Coast, up to Taree and out into the Western cities of NSW.At the recent 2005 NSW Hunter Academy of Sport award, Wallsend Touch Association was awarded the “Sporting Organisation of the Year” award. Winning this award is certainly a big deal, as Wallsend held off teams such as the he Newcastle Knights (NRL), the Hunter Pirates (NBL), the Hunter Jaguars (Netball) and the Newcastle United Jets (Soccer). They also held off many other sporting clubs and associations from the region. Wallsend Touch has been developing rapidly, with their team numbers going through the roof and helping them to become one of the largest affiliates in NSW and Australia-wide.Their committee is constantly looking for ways to develop the competition and their association website is a credit to that, as well as highlighting the possibilities and incredible benefits a website can have for communication and advertising.Their format of spring and autumn competitions (rather than winter and summer) has brought a further increase in team numbers and competition.The number of Wallsend players being selected for the NTL regional permit Hunter-Western Hornets is on the rise, as is their number of Australian junior and senior representatives.The Hunter Academy award orgainsers recognised Wallsend for their tremendous contribution to sport over the past 12 months. They noted Wallsend to have one of the highest participation rates, with an average of 150 senior teams per season and 128 junior teams for the current junior competition, and with more coming in each week. Their efficiency and organisation for all members and guests, as well as their outstanding clubhouse facilities and areas were also mentioned.In speaking to Wallsend Touch members, Ken Clifford, CEO Of the Hunter Academy of Sport praised Wallsend for their contribution to sport in the region.“It is certainly fine work that Wallsend Touch Association does for sport around the region, and we’re extremely pleased to have been able to select them for this award.”The award for Wallsend Touch is a credit to their committee and members, who work hard to ensure the association is constantly growing and developing.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Wallsend and all of their committee members, volunteers and players, coaches and officials who have helped to achieve this recognition. Thank you for your hard work for the region, the sport and for Touch Football all around Australia.last_img read more

Global Hub Heads Investment Options Being Promoted in the U.S.

first_imgDevelopment of the proposed global transshipment and logistics hub is one several potential investment opportunities being promoted among American investors by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Professor Stephen Vasciannie.The hub’s development is being spearheaded by the Government of Jamaica to position the country to take advantage of an anticipated increase in maritime activities, consequent on the expansion of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2015.Other potentially viable areas of investment being advanced by the Ambassador include: tourism, information technology, agriculture, and sports. Addressing members of the Washington Inter-Governmental Professional Group (WIPG) at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently, Professor Vasciannie said the Government of Jamaica is urging investors to explore and tap into the “myriad” of investment opportunities available under the hub’s development.He pointed out that the initiative is a massive multi-million US dollar undertaking with several sub-projects, designed to enhance global trade.Turning to the lotto scam, Professor Vasciannie gave the assurance that the government is doing everything to arrest this illicit activity.“With the introduction of new legislation (among other provisions), this should not only make it clear that the government is serious about removing this scourge, but it will send a message to perpetrators that it is illegal,” he declared.Professor Vasciannie told the over 50 attendees that the government has a five point plan to effectively curb the illicit activity. This includes: public education and awareness, increased enforcement, and enactment of new laws, among other inputs.In her remarks US Congresswoman, Yvette Clarke, announced the re-establishment of the previously dormant Congressional Caribbean Caucus. She disclosed that within the next few weeks, the Caucus will meet with representatives of the CARICOM Diplomatic Corps, Organization of American States (OAS), various Caribbean Diaspora groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to discuss issues impacting the Caribbean.“I look forward to working with the Ambassador, and many of the Jamaican organizations in the Diaspora, to facilitate this initiative,” Ms. Clarke said.The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group comprises executive level professionals who meet periodically with key policy makers from the US Congress, federal agencies, the private sector, and diplomatic community for interaction and discussions on topical issues.By Derrick Scottlast_img read more

Damen to Build Second Ice Class Ferry to Newfoundland …

first_imgzoom The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government has awarded Damen Shipyards a contract for a second state-of-the-art, 80 m Ice Class ferry, just a few weeks after placing an order for its first vessel, which will serve the Fogo Island-Change Islands.This second order is for an identical vessel but it will be deployed between Bell Island and Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.Scheduled for delivery in February 2016, the 14-knot ro-ro ferry will be able to carry up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles.The investment in the new ferry is part of the Government’s vessel renewal programme and will expand capacity on the route by replacing the MV Beaumont Hamel. The MV Flanders will continue to serve Bell Island alongside the new ferry.On announcing the new ferry’s arrival, Conception Bay East Member of the House of Assembly, David Brazil, said a more capable ferry service would open up economic opportunities for Bell Island. The province previously announced plans to spend $10 million on the necessary wharf upgrades to accommodate the new vessel.Fifteen proposals were received in response to the Government’s request for proposals for the construction of new ferry vessels. Government representatives visited Damen headquarters and its shipyards, as well as some ferries previously built by Damen for the Texel-Den Helder service in the Netherlands.Following the extensive evaluation process, Damen received the highest overall score of all the proposals as it ‘will provide the best value to the province and a high quality vessel that will be delivered on time and on budget’.Jan van Hogerwou, Manager North America, Damen Shipyards Group, said: “Damen is proud to have been selected to partner with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to build these new ferries.“Damen is not new to the East Coast of Canada. We have licensed our Spa 4207 patrol boat design to Irving Shipyards for the local construction of the Mid Shore Patrol Program of the Canadian Coast Guard and we recently delivered two high-end pontoons to a Canadian operator for deployment at a large offshore project in Newfoundland and Labrador.“The 80 m ferry was designed by a Canadian engineering firm and the Damen Shipyards Group looks forward to further enhancing the working relationship with this company to ensure that this new vessel meets all possible requirements, not only for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador but also for the passengers she will transport in the next few decades.”Together with the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government, Damen is also exploring more opportunities about how it can be more closely involved in the local community and further development of the shipbuilding industry in the region.Damen, December 24, 2013last_img read more

Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Bridgewater

first_imgBridgewater residents will be better connected to community hubs with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, announced today, Aug. 18, $18,000 for the Town of Bridgewater to extend two existing paths to Glen Allan Drive and Generations Active Park. “Projects like this improve our neighbourhoods and help us reduce emissions by encouraging sustainable transportation,” said Mr. Furey. “This will create the opportunity for residents to walk or cycle from place to place, without having to get in their cars.” The path extensions will make it easier to walk or cycle to the South Shore Regional Hospital, as well as to the dog park, sports centre, and a growing residential area. “The new connector will help us take another step towards achieving our vision of making active transportation part of the culture of our community,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell. “This link will inspire walking and cycling, connect people to nature, and promote an environmentally friendly lifestyle.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometers or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018. For more information about Connect2, visit read more

Being overweight doubles BP risk in kids

first_imgOverweight four-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke, a study has found. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences hampers the prevention and control of this health problem,” said Inaki Galan, of Carlos III Health Institute in Spain. “Parents need to be more physically active with young children and provide a healthy diet,” Galan said. A recently published study examined the link between excess weight and high blood pressure in 1,796 four-year-olds who were followed up two years later. Blood pressure was measured at both time points, as was body mass index and waist circumference. Compared to children maintaining a healthy weight between ages four and six, those with new or persistent excess weight according to BMI had 2.49 and 2.54 higher risks of high blood pressure, respectively. In those with new or persistent abdominal obesity, the risks for high blood pressure were 2.81 and 3.42 greater, respectively. Children who lost weight did not have an increased risk of high blood pressure. The findings applied to all children regardless of sex or socioeconomic status. “There is a chain of risk, whereby overweight and obesity lead to high blood pressure, which heightens the chance of cardiovascular disease if allowed to track into adulthood,” said Galan. The best way to maintain a healthy weight and lose excess kilos is to exercise and eat a healthy diet, said Galan. In addition to the central role of parents, the school curriculum needs to include three to four hours of physical activity every week. Teachers should supervise activities during breaks, while schools can offer games and sports after classes and provide nutritionally balanced meals and snacks. Doctors should routinely assess BMI and waist circumference at early ages, said Galan. “Some paediatricians think the harms of overweight and obesity begin in adolescence but our study shows they are mistaken. We need to detect excess weight as soon as possible so the damaging impact on blood pressure can be reversed,” he said. Overweight children should have their blood pressure measured. Three consecutive elevated readings constitute high blood pressure. In young children, the most common cause is excess weight, but doctors will rule out other reasons such as heart defects, kidney disease, genetic conditions, and hormonal disorders. If the cause is overweight, more activity and dietary improvements will be advised. If lifestyle changes do not help, blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Galan noted that overweight in children is most accurately assessed using both BMI and waist circumference. In the study, using either measurement alone would have missed 15 per cent to 20 per cent of cases.last_img read more

Nepal protester shot dead after boy dies in mining pit

first_imgKathmandu: One person was killed in Nepal when police opened fire on protesters after a 12-year-old boy drowned to death in a sand mining pit, officials said Monday. Angry crowds blocked the highway holding the young boy’s body in the southern district of Sarlahi on Sunday, demanding the government stop rampant sand mining of rivers which they say is putting local communities at risk. They were also demanding compensation for the family of the victim. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Local police chief Gopal Chandra Bhattarai said that a 26-year-old man was killed “in firing to contain agitated locals”. “Police was compelled to fire after nearly two dozen police personnel were injured by stones pelted by the protesters. Unfortunately, one person died in the firing,” Bhattarai told AFP. The boy fell and drowned in the deep pit Saturday when he had gone for a dip in the river as the temperature rose to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the area. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHis body was recovered on Sunday with help of local authorities. A construction boom has created a high demand for stones and pebbles, depleting the Himalayan country’s river resources at an alarming rate. “We were there to demand an end to rampant sand mining. Today, one child has died, tomorrow we might lose another one,” said Ramkaran Mahato, who was standing next to the victim when the bullet hit. In recent months, Nepal has seen several protests against the communist government but police have usually resorted to water guns, tear gas or batons to control crowds. In August last year, a protestor was killed in western Nepal when police fired at crowds demanding action for rape and murder of a teenage girl.last_img read more

Robber wanted in half dozen cases in Delhi and UP held

first_imgNEW DELHI: A team of Special Cell has apprehended one robber identified as Mohit, age 24 years, resident of District Baghpat (UP).He was wanted in Delhi and UP in half a dozen cases. A loaded .32 bore pistol has also been recovered from his possession. On July 26, Mohit along with his 3 associates entered a godown of Pan Masala for looting cash from the godown and one of his associates remained outside the godown. Seven employees including godown owner were present at that time. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn a bid to scare the victims and force them to hand over the cash, these criminals opened fire. However, one fired bullet got ricocheted from the Iron Gate and hurt the shooter Mohit. Due to injury to one of their associate, all the criminals panicked and retreated in a hurry after assaulting and hurting two persons. Four accused persons namely Aakash, Pankaj, Sumit and Monu were arrested in this case. Despite best efforts accused Mohit could not be arrested as he shifted his base from his village and remained evasive. “The team started searching accused Mohit, a police team spotted him at Indraprastha Park, near Sarai Kale Khan, Delhi The team acted swiftly and apprehended accused Mohit. On his search, one .32 bore loaded pistol with two live cartridges was found from his possession,” said DCP Special Cell PS Kushwah.last_img read more

Christian militants attack Muslim suburb in Bangui

first_imgBANGUI – Rounds of heaving gunfire have been heard in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) amid reports of an attack on the area by the self-styled Christian militia known as anti-balaka.“The anti-balaka attacked our area last evening and they continued the offensive throughout the night until this morning,” Hajji Yunus, a local resident and businessman, told Anadolu Agency on phone.“We are currently indoors.” African Union peacekeepers were reportedly in the area.The commander of the AU peacekeeping force in the area declined to comment when contacted for a comment.last_img read more

Experts attempt to identify remains found in Mannar grave

There is more ground still to excavate and he says more skeletons could be found. The remains unearthed by his team include the skeletons of at least six children.Who the victims were – and who killed them and when – remains unclear. The town of Mannar is dominated by ethnic minority Tamils.Local police guard the site so no-one can tamper with it and the forensic archaeologists can painstakingly remove skulls and other bones from the dirt without being disturbed. They use brushes and small chisels so the remains are not damaged. No clothes or other items have been found in the grave that could help identify the victims. A court ordered detailed excavations at the site – a former co-operative wholesale depot near the main bus terminus – after human remains were found by workers digging foundations for a new building earlier this year.“The entire area can be divided into two parts. In one segment we have a proper cemetery. In the second part, you have a collection of human skeletons which have been deposited in an informal way,” said Professor Raj Somadeva, a forensic archaeologist from the University of Kelaniya near Colombo, who is leading a team of experts at the site. The 26-year war between troops and separatist Tamil rebels left at least 100,000 people dead, and many missing. The mass grave is the second biggest found in the north since the end of the conflict in 2009. Experts in northern Sri Lanka are trying to identify the remains of dozens of bodies in a mass grave in the country’s former war zone.So far the skeletal remains of more than 90 people have been unearthed in the north-western town of Mannar. While Mannar town remained mostly under army control during the civil war, Tamil Tiger rebels dominated its surrounding areas and many other parts of the district. The military captured the entire district after ferocious battles, which ended almost 10 years ago.The way the bodies are arranged inside the mass grave has puzzled the experts.“We are concerned about the line position. [It is] completely chaotic – you have two layers of skeletons roughly,” said Prof Somadeva. As his team uncovers the human remains, they transfer them to the custody of the court in Mannar, which will decide the future course of action once the excavation is complete.Prof Somadeva and his colleagues are also yet to determine how the victims died. The age of the bodies will be analysed later.So far no one has been blamed for the killings.A number of mass graves have been unearthed in Sri Lanka’s former war zone since the conflict ended.None found so far has contained more bodies than a site in another part of Mannar – adjacent to Thiruketheeswaram, a prominent Hindu temple – where the remains of 96 people were discovered in 2014.But four years on there’s still no clarity in this case either, about who was killed and by whom.Rights groups allege that both the military and the Tamil Tigers inflicted widespread civilian casualties. At least 20,000 people disappeared during the conflict.But the government has always denied its forces had anything to do with civilian deaths or disappearances.After years of international pressure, the government set up an independent body, the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP), earlier this year to investigate the disappearances. The OMP has provided partial funding for the excavation in Mannar.OMP chairman Saliya Pieris insists that a detailed investigation at the latest grave found in Mannar is important.“The primary task of the OMP is tracing the disappeared and informing the relatives about the circumstances of their disappearances.“One of the aspects of this tracing would be naturally [to find out] if there are mass graves and there are people who have been disappeared, who have been buried in mass graves.”But given the failure of the authorities to investigate the remains unearthed from previous mass graves, there is scepticism among Tamils over what the new inquiry might achieve.“Hundreds of people disappeared in Mannar district during the conflict while moving from uncontrolled areas to controlled areas,” said Victor Sosai, vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Mannar.“There have been allegations that several Tamils who were trying to flee the conflict to India on boats were also intercepted and their fate is unknown.”He visited the site of the latest mass grave along with the Bishop of Mannar, Emmanuel Fernando, during the initial stages of the excavation.“We understand that they have found skeletons of children and adults, we need to really find out more about who these people are and how they died and who was responsible,” Rev Sosai says.The Tamil Tigers were accused of ruthlessly eliminating fighters and supporters of rival Tamil militant groups. They were also accused of executing Sri Lankan soldiers captured in battle.Soon after the end of the conflict, some Tamils accused the rebels of firing at fleeing civilians on the beaches of north-eastern Mullaitivu district during the final days of the war. The military is also accused of widespread atrocities.But the army dismisses any suggestion that soldiers are connected with the bodies found in the mass grave in Mannar.“Definitely there is no link between this grave and the army. No one has accused the army so far,” said army spokesman Brig Sumith Atapattu.But many in the minority Tamil community say if Sri Lanka really wants to come to terms with its past, then it has to sincerely address the issue of the disappeared by investigating mass graves.Only then might the families affected be able to properly grieve and try to move on. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Hiring slowdown in April may signal caution about US economy

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:33 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hiring slowdown in April may signal caution about US economy WASHINGTON – American employers signalled their caution about a sluggish economy by slowing their pace of hiring in April after months of robust job growth.At the same time, companies raised pay, and their employees worked more hours — a combination that lifted income and, if sustained, could quicken the U.S. expansion.As a whole, the government’s report Friday pointed to an American job market that continues to generate steady hiring, though at a rate that may be starting to slow. Employers added 160,000 jobs in April, well below the average gain of 243,000 in the prior six months. But the unemployment rate remained a low 5 per cent, roughly where it’s been since last fall.“Employment was never going to continue rising at more than 200,000 a month indefinitely,” said Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, a consulting firm. “Those monthly gains are simply unsustainable” at a time of tepid economic growth.Over the past six months, the economy has expanded at an annual pace of just 1 per cent. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some employers have become concerned that sluggish growth could weaken customer demand and limit the need for more employees.Still, most economists said they were not worried about the weaker hiring in April. In large part, it reflected declines in retail and construction hiring, an expected pullback after hiring in those areas surged in the first quarter of 2016.And job gains have slipped before — most recently in January — without signalling any persistent slump.“The figures are a yellow light, not a red flag,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, an employment website.April’s hiring slowdown may also reflect a long-expected shift to a more sustainable pace of job creation. The job market has added 200,000-plus jobs a month for more than three years. That’s harder to achieve once unemployment falls to 5 per cent, consistent with a nearly recovered economy.“The good news is that more people were employed, they worked longer hours and got paid more for it,” said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica Bank.The slowdown in economies in the United States and overseas has led to volatility in financial markets and complicated the Federal Reserve’s plans to gradually raise interest rates.Many analysts had expected the Fed to raise the short-term rate it controls as early as June. But Friday’s figures may make that less likely. Market-based measures suggest that the Fed will raise rates just once this year. Its first hike in nine years occurred in December.Jon Cooper, president of Spectronics, a maker of fluorescent dyes and ultraviolet equipment based in Westbury, New York, says weakness in China and Europe has posed problems for his business.The company makes ultraviolet lights used in counterfeit detection and crime-scene investigations. Its dyes are used by automotive and industrial companies to detect leaks. Half of its sales are overseas.“There’s certainly headwinds blowing at us as the global economy slows,” he said.But the company still wants to hire more engineers, machinists and customer-service workers because newer products are offsetting losses overseas.Most of the economy’s new jobs require higher education or skilled training. In April, workers without college degrees suffered job losses.The unemployment rate for college graduates is now just 2.4 per cent, less than half the national average. Employers have hired 2.3 million college graduates in the past 12 months while letting go of 425,000 workers with a high school diploma or less.Despite last month’s pullback, hiring at April’s pace should over time be enough to keep up with population growth and lower the unemployment rate, economists said.It should also help heal some underlying scars from the Great Recession in part by encouraging people who had stopped looking for work to resume their job hunts, Chamberlain said.For four straight months, strong hiring increased the proportion of adults who either had a job or were looking for one. That was an encouraging sign because it meant Americans were more optimistic about their prospects. But that figure dipped to 62.8 per cent last month from 63 per cent in March.Higher-paying industries led the way in job growth in April. Professional and business services, which includes engineers, accountants and management consultants, added 65,000 jobs. Financial services added 20,000.That helped boost incomes: Average hourly pay rose 2.5 per cent in April from a year earlier, above the sluggish 2 per cent annual pace that has been typical for the past six years.Iric Wexler, an executive at The Cleaning Authority in Columbia, Maryland, said lower unemployment has forced his company to raise pay to attract and keep workers. So far, the company has managed to raise prices to offset the costs.In the meantime, the U.S. job market is outperforming most of its counterparts overseas. The overall unemployment rate in the 19 European nations that share the euro currency, for example, is 10.3 per cent.Japan’s economy contracted in the final quarter of last year, though its jobless rate is also below that of the United States. China’s growth slowed last year, but has shown signs of levelling off in 2016.___AP economics writers Josh Boak and Paul Wiseman contributed to this report. read more

More than 850000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia UN food

“The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq. “Humanitarian actors and donors have prevented the situation being a lot worse than it is, but we all need to do more.”“The situation among internally displaced people is particularly worrying,” Mr. de Clercq said.In 2011, Somalia experienced a devastating famine, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Things have since improved, but humanitarian needs remain vast and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance continues to fluctuate around 3 million. The ability to absorb shocks – whether conflict or natural disasters – is very limited.According to the Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “widespread acute malnutrition persists across Somalia and large numbers of people will be acutely food insecure through December 2015.”The results of assessment presented today in the Somali capital of Mogadishu “indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming,” OCHA said.The latest findings from the joint countrywide seasonal assessment reveal that some 855,000 people across Somalia will be in ‘crisis and emergency’ through December 2015. “This figure represents a 17 per cent increase over the estimate for February to June 2015,” according to the assessment, while the number of those in food-stressed situations remained at 2.3 million.More than two thirds, or 68 per cent, of the people who are in crisis and emergency are internally displaced and nearly 215,000 children aged under five are acutely malnourished, of whom almost 40,000 are severely malnourished and face a high risk of disease and death.“We must continue investing in saving lives. We cannot allow a reversal in the important steps forward made on the humanitarian and development fronts,” Mr. de Clercq said, “We must simultaneously address the underlying causes of the country’s predicament, and work on durable solutions that will mitigate suffering while also building a more resilient Somalia.” read more

Could the iPhone 5 be coming to TMobile

first_imgJust two days ago we heard news from the Wall Street Journal that Apple will be releasing both an iPhone 4 and the upcoming iPhone 5 on Sprint. Up until February of this year, AT&T was the only carrier that had the privilege of selling the iPhone. Then, Verizon came into the mix with its CDMA version. That left T-Mobile and Sprint customers looking longingly at the iPhones of their AT&T and Verizon friends.With the news that Sprint will also be getting the iPhone in the upcoming weeks, the only carrier left out of the party is T-Mobile. However, MacTrast is reporting that T-Mobile may also be getting the iPhone which is rumored to be available in mid-October. Of course, AT&T still intends to acquire T-Mobile, so having T-Mobile sell a phone that is one of the most popular for AT&T only makes sense. According to a “contact within T-Mobile” who has been briefed with the matter, the iPhone 5 will be coming to T-Mobile and will operate at 3G speeds.Also, current unlocked iPhone 4 phones can only operate at 2G “EDGE” speeds and won’t have certain network-dependent features like Visual Voicemail. Of course, T-Mobile hasn’t confirmed anything, but it said earlier this year that it already has 1 million unlocked iPhones running on its network. Apple and AT&T have also been rumored to be testing iPhone prototypes that are compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network.The informant also said the T-Mobile phone would launch in mid-October, which goes along with the other mid-October rumors we’ve been hearing. So, is Apple actually releasing an unlocked iPhone 5 that will be able to run on all four carriers? It would definitely cut shipping and distribution costs if there is only one version of the iPhone 5.via MacTrastlast_img read more

Female Dolphins Have Weaponized Their Vaginas to Protect Themselves

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target In nature, it’s common for males and females to attempt to one-up one another with different reproductive strategies, but female dolphins might well have one of the most advanced systems around for protecting themselves from unwanted males.During mating, male bottlenose dolphins will form small groups that will surround a female, isolating her. Generally, she’ll mate with all of them, but this isn’t great for her. One, she doesn’t have much choice in the matter, and the psyche of the dolphin has been shown to be complex enough that I’m fairly certain this would be traumatic.Regardless, female bottlenose dolphins have evolved a type of defense. Their vaginas are extremely complex with many folds that may allow them to isolate their preferred partner and only allow that one’s sperm to fertilize her eggs. Ducks, for example, use a similar system to protect themselves from “forced copulation,” to use the eerily detached scientific term.Scientists only learned all this recently, though. Dolphin penises had been well studied in dolphins and their parent group, cetaceans (these include whales, porpoises, and other intelligent marine mammals), but female genitalia had been rarely studied.Dara Orbach of Dalhousie University in Canada wanted to fill in those gaps. To do this, they created silicone molds of various cetaceans to study their anatomy and see what there was to learn.“There’s this unparalleled level of vaginal diversity that we had no idea existed before,” Orbach told New Scientist. Because ducks are one of the only other species with such complex features, Orbach wanted to test if cetaceans were using their specialized genital anatomy to control fertilization like ducks.To do this, they gathered parts from several specimens that had died of natural causes. Then, they’d inflate penises with a saline solution and compare them against the vaginal samples of that species. Both common dolphins and seals evolved to make sex easy and straightforward. But porpoises and bottlenose dolphins had much more diverse vaginal folds and structures.“She may not choose who she mates with, but might be able to choose which male or, more precisely, which sperm, fertilizes her egg,” Janet Mann of Georgetown University told New Scientist.All of them also required very precise positioning for penetration to work at all. Both Orbach and Mann, matched up their study of the anatomical molds with mating patterns that the two had observed in the wild. But, the fact that the folds are complex and that the positioning required is so precise, the two researchers suggest, the female may be able to make subtle movements during sex to prevent fertilization.“It might appear behaviorally that females are very passive,” Orbach said. “But looking at the reproductive anatomy, we’re learning that they have all sorts of cryptic ways to control paternity.”Either way, this whole situation seems just a bit messed up. Dolphins, like we said, are more than complex enough to know what trauma is. They mourn their dead, and have complex, nuanced relationships. The idea that ducks would, essentially, sexually assault one another is a little weird, but can kinda be dismissed on the basis of their relative simplicity. Dolphins though? They’re just messed up. Then again they also commit genocide, so clearly they aren’t the best moral role models around.Well, at least the females have one more to tools to protect themselves.last_img read more

Amazon Admits It Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings Indefinitely

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Amazon last week confirmed that it keeps transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after users have deleted the voice recordings.Based on reports that Amazon retains text records of what users ask Alexa, Sen. Chris Coons in May sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, demanding answers.The Democrat from Delaware asked Amazon to provide answers on how long it stores transcripts, whether users can delete them, why it collects them and how they are used, and whether the company anonymizes customer identity.“While I am encouraged that Amazon allows users to delete audio recordings linked to their accounts,” Coons, a member of the judiciary committee, wrote in his letter, “I am very concerned by reports that suggest that text transcriptions of these audio records are preserved indefinitely on Amazon’s servers, and users are not given the option to delete these text transcripts.”In response, Amazon Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman revealed that the tech titan keeps transcripts and voice recordings indefinitely, removing them only when “the customer chooses to delete them.”“When a customer deletes a voice recording, we delete the transcripts associated with the customer’s account of both … the customer’s request and Alexa’s response,” Huseman wrote in a June 28 memo. “We already delete those transcripts from all of Alexa’s primary storage systems, and we have an ongoing effort to ensure those transcripts do not remain in any of Alexa’s other storage systems.“We do not store the audio of Alexa’s response,” he continued. “However, we may still retain other records of customers’ Alexa interactions, including records of actions Alexa took in response to the customer’s request.”Transcripts are stored, according to Amazon, to help improve the digital assistant and “provide transparency” about what Alexa thought she heard and how she responded.If she makes a mistake—like setting a timer for one minute instead of the four I asked for—the Voice History feature allows users to see and hear how Alexa may have misunderstood a word or phrase.“Providing customers with the transcript also allows [them] to understand and inspect exactly what Alexa is, and is not, recording,” Huseman added.Interacting with an Alexa skill, meanwhile, is a whole new ballgame, in which the skill developer may retain records of interactions.As for other types of requests—recurring alarms, annual reminders, calendar events, texts—customers “would not want or expect deletion of the voice recording to delete the underlying data or prevent Alexa from performing the requested task,” the letter said.These answers, however, do little to inspire confidence in the company for Coons.“Amazon’s response leaves open the possibility that transcripts of user voice interactions with Alexa are not deleted from all of Amazon’s servers, even after a user has deleted a recording of his or her voice,” the lawmaker told CNET. “What’s more, the extent to which this data is shared with third parties, and how those third parties use and control that information, is still unclear.”California lawmakers earlier this year introduced a bill that would limit how manufacturers of smart speakers and digital assistants collect recordings.The Anti-Eavesdropping Act prohibits saving, storing, or sharing of audio recordings without explicit consent from the user.Should the legislation pass, it would severely handicap services like Amazon’s Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Google Assistant (among a handful of others).The Golden State is not the first to try to limit digital eavesdropping: Illinois previously attempted to pass a similar law, which Google and Amazon lobbied against.Bloomberg recently shocked no one with the news that thousands of Amazon employees around the world listen in on Echo owners’ conversations (allegedly to improve the technology).More troubling is the fact that workers can also access location information of Alexa users and look up their home or office address.More on Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestAlexa Guard Keeps U.S. Homes Safe From Fire, IntrudersStop Ignoring Your Smart Speaker’s Privacy Functions9 Times Your Smart Speaker Got Weirdlast_img read more