ECI to review preparations

first_imgThe Election Commission of India will visit poll-bound Haryana on Wednesday to take stock of the preparedness of the State’s administrative and security machineries for the Assembly elections. During the two-day visit, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora along with Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra will be holding a series of meetings with various stake-holders, including the State’s chief electoral officer, police and the representatives of various political parties, an official statement said. The Commission will meet political parties on Wednesday, it added.last_img read more

Almost Certain: TV actor Sakshi Tanwar to play Aamir Khan’s wife in Dangal

first_imgOne of India’s best-loved television actresses, Sakshi Tanwar is best remembered for playing Parvati in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Priya in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, both successful TV shows from Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji stable. But now she’s spreading her wings to the big screen (she has done a film earlier) and has reportedly been finalised to play Mrs Mahavir Phogat a.k.a Aamir Khan’s wife in the Nitesh Tiwari film, Dangal.”Sakshi’s part is interesting as well as challenging. Over 70 actresses were auditioned for the same role. Around 52 of them were from small towns across states like Haryana and Punjab. A few of them had television experience. But none of the auditioned actresses were known faces from Bollywood because the makers wanted an organic chemistry between Aamir Khan and his on-screen wife. In fact, Aamir Khan enacted scenes with all the 70 actresses when they auditioned for the part. Generally, no big star would do that, but Aamir did it, since the idea was to gauge their body language, comfort level and look. After a lot of discussions and brainstorming sessions, the actor and the makers collectively took the call to cast Sakshi,” Hindustan Times quoted its source as saying.Also read: Is Aamir Khan risking his health for Dangal? | 6 TV bahus who went bold for big screen The actor will undergo training sessions to get the Haryanvi diction and body language right. Apart from playing a bahu on the small screen, Sakshi has also acted in the controversial film Mohalla Assi opposite Sunny Deol.advertisementAamir Khan’s salt and pepper look in DangalThere were also rumours that Mallika Sherawat had auditioned for the role in Dangal.Dangal is a sports biopic in which Aamir plays real-life wrestler Mahavir Phogat, the father of celebrated female wrestlers Geeta and Babita. The film will hit screens on Christmas next year.last_img read more

Pakistan’s cricket gem: A third generation double centurion!

first_imgAdvertisementImage Courtesy: RediffIt is not an everyday occurrence that one witness double centuries spanning over different generations. In a regular Pakistan first-class domestic match, Shehzar Mohammad of Karachi Whites scored a massive 265 to follow the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncles and two granduncles in scoring a double hundred in first-class cricket.Shehzar Mohammad is the grandson of the legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad who represented the nation in 49 tests and has a staggering first-class high score of 499.Hanif’s brothers Sadiq and Mushtaq were also active in the sport with both of them achieving double centuries in their career.The 26-year-old’s father too made his mark in cricket after appearing in 45 tests and 63 ODI’s. Shehzar’s knock comprised of 30 fours and a six while facing 464 balls in total.Shehzar’s father, Shoaib Mohammad expressed his delight over the 26-year-old’s batting display to Geo TV. He said:“This is a great moment for everyone in Mohammad family. This shows that cricket runs in our blood. “If Hanif sahab were alive today, he would have been very proud.”Read Also:Ind vs WI- 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Rahane-Pant stand propells India to pole position“Cricket one of the worst sports for mental health”- New Zealand cricketer Advertisementlast_img read more

A Dhoni away from cricket field (with photo)

first_imgKolkata, Mar 6 (PTI) The familiar shouts of Dhoni, Dhoni filled the air when he was awarded the second prize at the Kolkata Marathon here today, but the man in question was not the Indian cricket skipper MS Dhoni but a runner named Bahadur Singh Dhoni. Like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose ancestral home is in Almora, Uttarakhand, BS Dhoni also hails from the same state. “Im a big fan of Dhoni and when people ask me about him it really is a proud moment for me and our community. He is an inspiration to many all over the world. Hes the best to lead team India and Im sure with him as the captain we will win the World Twenty20,” the Services marathoner told PTI. The 28-year-old runner, who clocked two hour, 30 minutes and 47 seconds en route to finishing second behind his Army Sports Institute teammate Mohammad Yunus, said his only passion is running. “I only love running,” said Dhoni. He hopes to meet star cricketer Dhoni one day. “Im sure there will be one day when he will come and meet me, maybe during a marathon prize distribution ceremony. For that, Ive to keep doing better and make the country proud.” Making his marathon debut in Mumbai last year, Dhoni had finished third among the Indians with a timing of two hour 22 seconds, which he went on to improve at the World Military Games Korea last year by clocking his personal best of two hours and 21 minutes. But a subsequent tendon injury in his right leg meant he could not better his timing to achieve the Olympic qualification mark (two hours and 19 minutes) at this years Mumbai Marathon. “My mother also passed away, so it was a big setback. This injury is still troubling me and Ive to treat this first and will look to improve my timing. Hopefully in 2020 Games I will be there,” he said. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

R22-RIGGING Is Changing The Way We See Belts

first_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The R22-RIGGING belt isn’t like any belt you’ve seen before. Manufactured out of rope and carabiners, it’s a conversation starter, a piece of practical fashion that represents a larger philosophy about how men live and interact with the world around them.Founder Randy McDannell says that he was initially inspired by a love of sailing when he crafted the prototype belt for the line, but that his interests soon turned to other outdoor activities.“When we first started design work at the beginning of this year, there were a million ideas about what to do with rope,” McDannell began. “I wanted to stay true to the active worlds that I was inspired by: sailing, climbing, fishing and hiking.”The name itself reveals the true meaning behind the belts—rigging refers not only to the system of ropes attached to a ship, but also to the devices used in any number of outfitting expeditions.“When a guy puts on one of our belts,” he continued, “he’s rigging himself, preparing for the next adventure, whether it’s to climb a mountain or go to brunch.”To embody this adventurous spirit, the belts are constructed with marine grade nylon and tough aluminum carabiner fasteners. They come in a variety of different patterns and are all equipped with an adjustable loop.“Our design process involved a lot of trial and error, but the thing I wanted to stay steady on was that all aspects of these belts would be built with true hardware,” McDannell explained. “It’s not about things that look like the real thing,” he continued. “All the rope is true nautical rope, all the carabiners are true climbing carabiners—it was important in our design that everything was real.”Fashioned thus, McDannell revealed that, in a pinch, the belts could serve in any number of practical capacities: as a dog leash, a rig for a heavy bag or even a seal for a broken rucksack.They might be a far cry from the leather belts we normally wear, yet, in that lies their charm.Check out the full collection, here. To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and Morelast_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Build on Momentum

first_img He was addressing the opening of the United States of America (USA)/Jamaica Defence and Security three-day seminar, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine Auditorium, Up Park Camp, on January 22. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has called on Jamaicans to work together to build on the momentum gained in 2018. “We must move ahead with the commitment and fortitude that is required to create a society in which all Jamaicans can achieve their fullest potential. Our economy must continue to expand, and we will achieve our long-term development objectives,” the Minister said. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has called on Jamaicans to work together to build on the momentum gained in 2018.“We must move ahead with the commitment and fortitude that is required to create a society in which all Jamaicans can achieve their fullest potential. Our economy must continue to expand, and we will achieve our long-term development objectives,” the Minister said.He was addressing the opening of the United States of America (USA)/Jamaica Defence and Security three-day seminar, at the Directorate of Training and Doctrine Auditorium, Up Park Camp, on January 22.The Minister said that a Jamaican society in which each citizen can live free from the fear of crime and violence is within grasp.Dr. Chang noted that in 2018, several new approaches were tried, which resulted in Jamaica recording a 22 per cent reduction in murders.He also cited the announcement made by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his New Year message, regarding the establishment of the National Commission on Violence.“We look forward to the recommendations that will emanate from this Commission that will help us to address some of the underlying social issues that contribute to our high crime rate,” the Minister said.He added that the Prime Minister also indicated that the Government will continue with its strategic implementation of Plan Secure Jamaica, which will see the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) using all their resources, ways, means and the law, to continue to reduce the crime rate.The seminar is jointly organised by the William J. Perry Centre for Hemispheric Defence Studies and the Jamaica Defence Force.last_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Boosting Police Force – Dr. Chang

first_img He noted that the Government has already started to make significant investments in the renovation of 40 police stations and acquisition of new police vehicles. Story Highlights “This ceremony here today is not the end of our journey but marks the beginning of a path to success. We are celebrating today, hard work, sweat, blood and tears that we have invested in training, and that we are proud to say, ‘Yes, we have completed one phase of the journey,” she said.Constable Smart added that the training received as “sculpted us into leaders with the innate purpose of making a change in the society.”He said they have been taught the values of teamwork, perseverance and willpower, and how to adapt to any situation and be more aware of their surroundings.Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson (left), presents the award for ‘Best Leadership Qualities’ to Constable Hakeem Burgher during the passing-out parade and awards ceremony for new police constables held at the National Police College in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (January 30). Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) with the necessary resources and support to boost crime fighting.center_img Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, has reiterated the Government’s commitment to providing the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) with the necessary resources and support to boost crime fighting.“We (will) continue to focus on leadership and strategic development of talent, resources, infrastructure and equipment,” Dr. Chang said, while providing the policy direction and legal framework required to enhance the work of the force.He noted that the Government has already started to make significant investments in the renovation of 40 police stations and acquisition of new police vehicles.Dr. Chang was speaking at the passing-out parade and awards ceremony for 194 new police constables at the National Police College in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (January 30).He commended the newly trained constables, representing Batch 119 and encouraged them to “serve our sovereign nation with pride and courage.”“You’re joining an important and critical organisation in this country. Protect our civil liberties and human rights with vigour and strength and most importantly, become not only our peacekeepers, but weavers of a fabric that covers all our people,” he said.Valedictorians, Constable Donique Anderson and Constable Tijeon Smart, said they are looking forward to serving the people of Jamaica.Constable Donique Anderson (left) delivers the valedictory address at the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) passing-out parade and awards ceremony at the National Police College at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (January 30). Standing beside her is co-valedictorian, Constable Tijeon Smart. “We (will) continue to focus on leadership and strategic development of talent, resources, infrastructure and equipment,” Dr. Chang said, while providing the policy direction and legal framework required to enhance the work of the force.last_img read more

Rehabilitation of Prisoners a Priority – Montague

first_img The Minister said a hydroponics system at the Spanish Town District Prison, which was donated by the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), is being manned by prisoners who have now used the technology to grow vegetables feed themselves and their fellow inmates. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is committed to the rehabilitation and redemption of incarcerated persons in adult penal institutions. Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is committed to the rehabilitation and redemption of incarcerated persons in adult penal institutions.Addressing a town hall meeting at the Everglades Centre in Parrottee, near Black River in St. Elizabeth, on November 9, the Minister said the Government is gravely concerned that many inmates, upon release, find themselves back behind bars not very long after.Mr. Montague pointed out that in order to address the challenges, the Government has beefed up rehabilitation initiatives in the seven adult prisons, introducing skills training such as furniture-making; food processing programmes, in collaboration with the HEART Trust/NTA, as well as literacy classes for those who are unable to read.He said the literacy levels of all new inmates are now assessed and even the game of chess has also been introduced in the prisons with the hope of enabling inmates to be better thinkers.“The rate of return in our prisons is over 40 per cent. In other words, 40 per cent of the persons in our prisons were there before,” the Minister noted.“We have to equip the prisoner with the skills to survive so he does not come back,” Mr. Montague said.The Minister said a hydroponics system at the Spanish Town District Prison, which was donated by the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), is being manned by prisoners who have now used the technology to grow vegetables feed themselves and their fellow inmates.He explained under his regime, the approximately 3,500 prisoners on the island will have to undertake some of the responsibility to feed and care for themselves, instead of tax-payers being made to shoulder all the associated costs attached to their welfare.“I have insisted as Minister, that the prisoners must produce at least one meal per week for themselves. And today, they are now at two meals per week. The tax-payers of Jamaica must get a break,” Mr. Montague declared.With respect to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Minister said the Government is “investing heavily into the training of police officers,” as the organisation is operating way below strength, due to retirement and resignations outpacing the recruitment of new trainees to fill vacancies.“The Jamaica Constabulary Force is operating at 70 per cent of its strength. The police lose an average of 500 police officers per year for the last four years,” Mr. Montague said.“When you count all the training, we are only training 550 per year. And the Government has taken a very aggressive line, because this Minister believes that we must bring the Police Force up to 14,435, which is the establishment strength,” he added.The Minister said the current strategy to increase the number of officers is in its early stages of execution, and will see 2,000 recruits being trained per year over the next three years at Harman Barracks in Kingston, Twickenham Park in St. Catherine and at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies. Story Highlights The Minister said the current strategy to increase the number of officers is in its early stages of execution, and will see 2,000 recruits being trained per year over the next three years at Harman Barracks in Kingston, Twickenham Park in St. Catherine and at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies.last_img read more

War Child Passport Gig Tickets Available Via Lottery

first_imgWar Child and O2 are proud to announce the line-up, dates and venues for Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big names acts in the most intimate music venues.This special series of gigs supporting War Child will be especially important coming, as they do, after an unprecedented year of violence for children in war zones.The full line up isThe Vaccines16 Feb, Dublin Castle, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text VACCINES to 88450Ride(Andy Bell and Mark Gardener acoustic show) 19 Feb, 100 Club, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text RIDE to 88450Duran Duran19 Feb, Wilton’s Music Hall, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text DURAN to 88450You Me at Six22 Feb, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text YMAS to 88450Bastille23 Feb, Sofar Sounds House Party, LondonYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text BASTILLE to 88450Elbow24 Feb, the Roadhouse, ManchesterYou can enter the lottery on the War Child UK Passport page. Or text ELBOW to 88450Ticket detailsTickets to all shows are available by lottery.Each entry costs £4.50 and offers the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the chosen show. You can enter as many times as you like.Every entry will make a vital contribution to War Child’s work protecting vulnerable children who have been affected by conflict around the world.last_img read more

Darfur UN and African Union envoys to hold more consultations in Sudan

The aim of the consultations involving the UN’s Jan Eliasson and the AU’s Salim Ahmed Salim is to brief the parties on informal discussions held in Geneva last month with regional and international partners to the peace process and to seek their views on the way forward, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.The main focus of the consultations will be on the need to improve the security situation across Darfur, which is affecting not only humanitarian operations and the work of the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission (known as UNAMID), but the political process as well, she said.The visit by Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim will take place a week after consultations were held in the capital, Khartoum, and the southern city of Juba with the Government, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – the former rebels from the separate north-south civil war that ended in 2005 – and one of the Darfur movements, the United Resistance Front (URF).Mr. Eliasson and Mr. Salim have repeatedly reiterated their calls for the parties to the Darfur conflict, which have claimed more than 200,000 lives and displaced nearly 2.5 million others since 2003, to end all violence and prepare for substantive talks aimed at devising a durable peace.The parties cannot fight and prepare for peace talks at the same time, the envoys have said, stressing that a reduction is violence is vital if progress is to be made on the political front. 14 April 2008The United Nations and African Union envoys spearheading international efforts to resolve the five-year conflict wracking Darfur will tomorrow begin a four-day visit to Sudan to hold consultations with the movements that have not signed previous peace agreements in the region. read more

New UN website aims to educate youth on hunger issues

2 June 2009The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the launch of a website aimed at young people, who will soon be making “critical decisions” about global hunger. “Today’s youth are hungry to know more about the problems which are causing food shortages across the globe – like conflict in Pakistan, high food prices, climate change and the global financial crisis,” said Nancy Roman, WFP’s Director of Communications and Public Policy. “Our web platform provides a gateway to enlighten and engage today’s youth who, in a few short years, will be responsible for making critical decisions about the many global challenges which will persist,” Ms. Roman said.The new platform is the “Students and Teachers” section of WFP’s website: www.wfp.org. WFP has reported that global hunger is on the rise, with 115 million people having joined the ranks of the hungry in the last two years alone.Ms. Roman said the site is designed to increase awareness and understanding of hunger-related problems among teachers, and allow them to easily integrate topics such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the global agreed anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. The site provides lesson plans and activities for teachers in addition to links to user-friendly educational sites, educational resources, blogs and interactive games for students, she said.The site is a “resource shop for those who want to know everything they can about hunger – and what it will take to curb it.” More than 25,000 people around the world die each day from hunger and related causes, 14,000 of them children, according to the WFP. The agency said educators around the world have already contributed to the site, including Cape Breton University, Auburn University and a future farmers group in the United States. Students are encouraged to take action in their local communities through awareness-raising activities, and ideas on how to do this are offered, WFP said. read more

Security Council extends UN presence in TimorLeste until end of 2012

Until its expected departure on 31 December, the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) will assist with key tasks such as institutional development and capacity-building of the national police, known as the PNTL, as well as provide electoral assistance. This year Timor-Leste will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its independence and hold presidential elections on 17 March, followed by a legislative poll at the end of June. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council endorsed the plan of UNMIT’s phased drawdown, “in accordance with the wishes of the Government of Timor-Leste, conditions on the ground and following the successful completion of the 2012 electoral process.”It also urged all parties in the country, particularly political leaders, to continue to work together and engage in political dialogue and to consolidate peace, democracy, rule of law, and sustainable social and economic development; promote human rights; and advance national reconciliation. Ameerah Haq, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of UNMIT, told the Council yesterday that Timor-Leste has made significant progress in strengthening national peace and stability and that preparations for the upcoming elections are going smoothly.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will, after consulting with the Government formed after the elections, submit a report to the Council on his suggestions on UNMIT’s anticipated withdrawal and the scope of the UN’s future presence in Timor-Leste. 23 February 2012The Security Council today extended until the end of 2012 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste so that it can continue to help promote peace, stability and development in what is expected to be a very eventful year for the country. read more

Nepal Annan welcomes reinstatement of parliament Maoist ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a recent royal proclamation in strife-torn Nepal reinstating Parliament and said this move, along with a decision by the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) to declare a ceasefire, opens the door for a political solution to end the decade-old conflict in the Himalayan kingdom.A UN spokesman said Mr. Annan considers the 24 April proclamation by King Gyanendra “a positive step” toward addressing the underlying causes of the violence “on the basis of the wishes of the Nepali people” and he also says that the Maoist’s three-month ceasefire should be honoured by all to allow for meaningful negotiations.The Secretary-General “trusts that the ceasefire will be reciprocated and that both sides will continue to exercise restraint and wisdom in managing what will be a complex democratic transition through patient dialogue,” the Secretary-General’s spokesman told reporters in New York.Echoing Mr. Annan’s comments, the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal also welcomed the Maoist ceasefire, saying it offered an opportunity for the Communist Party of Nepal “to implement its commitment to human rights and humanitarian principles” by following through on certain key steps.“Firstly, it should immediately release all civilians abducted and still held by them; secondly, it should ensure that its cadres do not pressure or intimidate civilians from different political parties, and so respect political pluralism; and thirdly, it should end actions it has taken against the families of security forces personnel,” said Ian Martin, Representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal.In a related development, the OHCHR also deplored the latest killing of seven unarmed civilians by the Royal Nepalese Army (RNA) in Belbari, Morang District on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, calling for a full investigation as well as action to ensure that no further deadly shootings occur.“It is essential, as part of Nepal’s current transition, that a new ethos of accountability is established. The shooting of unarmed civilians is inexcusable, and it is vital in order to establish public trust in the rule of law that an appropriate investigation be completed and sanctions imposed on those responsible,” said Mr. Martin.OHCHR-Nepal said that this is the second time in less than 10 days that RNA soldiers have opened fire with live ammunition on civilians in the Eastern Region, following the shooting at demonstrators at Chandragadhi, Jhapa District on 19 April, which resulted in two fatalities and at least 13 civilians suffering bullet wounds.OHCHR-Nepal is continuing to investigate all killings in the course of the 19 days of public demonstrations across the country, and will make its findings available to any official inquiry established by the new government. read more

Strong community engagement activism key to defeating Ebola in West Africa –

“What we are seeing here, in Freetown, is an incredible spirit of self-reliance that is winning hearts and minds in the fight against this devastating disease,” said Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director of Policy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as he and other UN development officials completed their visit to Sierra Leone’s capital. “That effort needs urgent support and a huge scale-up to end the crisis,” he added. Located in the heart of West Africa, Sierra Leone has found itself at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak, registering nearly 1,000 deaths from the virus and 2,950 cases, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Along with the human health impact caused by disease, Ebola has also greatly threatened the local economies of the affected countries. In Sierra Leone, for instance, one of the most visible consequences of the outbreak has been the closure of nearly all bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the nation’s capital. As a result, the country’s largest brewery has scaled down operations, resulting in the termination of some 24,000 jobs within the supply chain – a small portion of the overall job losses expected due to the crisis. Following his visit with 200 UNDP-sponsored volunteers based in Freetown’s poor Mabella district, Mr. Martínez-Solimán noted that a number of community initiatives had already reached out to some 500,000 people. In one instance, UNDP was working with a national NGO to support 45 centres for disabled people across the country, assisting women and men with a wide range of disabilities to print braille leaflets, sing messages to the visually impaired and fighting stigma. At the same time, the UN agency was also collaborating with 1,000 motorcycle taxi drivers to distribute Ebola hygiene kits and educate customers how to avoid contracting the disease. “Communities are strongly engaged and we are working with them and national authorities actively to strengthen the response but also reintegrate survivors, build back better and ultimately recover and improve livelihoods. We will end this crisis,” he affirmed. In its most recent situation report on the disease, the WHO, which is leading the wider UN response, reported 8,376 cases and 4,024 deaths from Ebola based on information provided by the Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The agency notes that the upward epidemic trend continues in Sierra Leone and most probably also in Liberia. By contrast, the situation in Guinea appears to be more stable, though, in the context of an Ebola outbreak, a stable pattern of transmission is still of a very grave concern, and could change quickly. read more

POWERFUL HANDBALL Germany beat Sweden

Germany celebrating the first handball win in Rio! The squad of Dagur Sigurdsson outplayed great Swedish team 32:29 (18:15) in match which represent handball in the most positive way.  The silver medalist from the last Olympic tournament in London, Scandinavians were in the match until the end, but 4:1 series 52nd to 55th minute was decisive today at Future Arena (25:25 – 29:26).The German right wing Tobbias Reichmann netted last three of six goals of his team to secure the first points which will give another boost of energy to the European champions from Krakow 2016.Despite Germans had control over the result during almost 60 minutes, Olsson’s boys were very close. Germany had 23:19 in 43rd minute, but that was a just a beginning of interesting finish.The Man of the Match was Julius Kuhn, who had shooting afternoon with seven goals, followed by Uwe Gensheimer (5) and Tobbias Reichmann (6). The Scandi left wing Jerry Tollbring was very good from 7-meter line (6/6 – 7 in total), while Johan Jakobsson netted five goals for yellow jersey team.Andreas Wolff netted two goals and had 10 saves. Obviously, Olympic start didn’t upset his sleeping rhytm… German handballHandball Rio 2016Swedish handball ← Previous Story RIO 2016: Superb Qatar smash Croatia Next Story → Strong Danish 20 minutes enough for Argentina read more

Seven cases of child porn were traced to Irish servers last year

first_img2013 SAW THE single highest number of child porn cases traced back to Irish servers, a new report has revealed.Hotline.ie, a website founded by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, today released their 2013 report that showed that up to 2009, there had been no cases of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) traced back to Ireland.In the four years from 2009-2012 Hotline.ie recorded 11 cases of CSAM. However, in 2013 alone there were seven cases, the highest number so far in one year.Five out of the seven cases traced to Ireland in 2013 were cloud related.These cases of abuse affected one operator’s cloud servers here which are managed from the USA. While not a member of ISPAI, Hotline.ie took action and succeeded, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, to have the content removed from the internet.Hotline says that with the advent of Cloud services and the fact that these straddle jurisdictions, not just adjacent countries, the situation is becoming ever more complex.Even so, they say, Ireland has an “excellent record” in comparison to most other developed European countries.According to Paul Durrant, CEO of ISPAI and manager of Hotline.ie, another trend identified thorough analysis of the assessments conducted by Hotline.ie is that “paedophiles are constantly trying to find new ways to avoid detection”.We are concerned that peer-to-peer services are increasingly being abused and I would like to use the opportunity to appeal to those using these services in a legitimate way to report, using the anonymous Hotline.ie service, if they encounter filenames suggesting or referring to images or videos of CSAM.Throughout 2013, Hotline.ie assessed as CSAM, under Irish Law, 128 Cases which were traced and forwarded to the appropriate jurisdiction for action. The top 3 countries to which Hotline.ie forwarded CSAM reports for action and investigation were the USA (48), the Netherlands (18) and Russia (16).Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the results were ‘heartbreaking’, and called on the public be vigilant.“It is heartbreaking to note that children in all categories are at risk in this vile online trade.“On the positive side, it would seem from the report that Irish people are less likely to stumble across illegal material than they were in the past.“On the negative side, this may mean that those who provide and those who seek out such material are getting better at concealing it.”Read: Child pornography ring used social networks to lure 251 victimslast_img read more

She deserves to be laid to rest Family appeal for information on

first_img 4 Comments By Órla Ryan Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 6:15 AM ‘She deserves to be laid to rest’: Family appeal for information on 12th anniversary of woman’s disappearance Lisa Dorrian from Bangor disappeared after a party in 2005. Short URL Lisa Source: PSNI“Then think of Lisa. Remember how she loved to laugh and have a good time. How she spoke of her dreams and plans for the future. The future she would never have after that night.“Lisa was 25 when she died and went missing. She should now be 37.We lost our mum, Lisa’s mum, last year. She was only 59 and never ever got over losing Lisa. The thought of her daughter out there with no grave tortured her, as it must do you. We often say we never ever got over losing Lisa, but our mum couldn’t even function on a daily basis. We lost our mum and sister the day Lisa died.“Two weeks ago we lost our nanny, Lisa’s nanny. One of the last things she said to me as she was leaving this earth was that Lisa was at the end of her bed and was waiting with her. Our nanny and mum now have the answers we are trying to find. But you can help us find Lisa in this life, not the next.”Lisa’s father John added: “My daughter Lisa deserves to be found and laid to rest with her mum. We all think of Lisa every day. I’m sure you do too. Just tell us where she is. It’s never too late to tell us. A place is all we need. Please help yourself by easing your conscience. Tell us where Lisa is.”‘Substantial’ investigation The PSNI has described the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance and murder as “substantial”. It has involved:The identification of more than 4,000 witnessesTaking statements from 571 people.275 searches, 194 of them in caravans and outbuildingsEight arrests on suspicion of murder and a number of others for unrelated drugs offencesDetective Chief Inspector Galloway from Serious Crime Branch said: “For 12 years, Lisa’s family and friends have suffered intolerable grief. They cannot even begin to move on with their lives until her body is found.Sadly Lisa’s mother passed away last year without getting the answers she so badly wanted but the nightmare still goes on for Lisa’s father and three sisters. They continue to feel the pain and suffering of not knowing what happened to their loved one.“This remains a live police investigation, but we need the public’s help. We need you to tell us what you know.”Anyone with information has been asked to call detectives on 101. If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.More information on the case can be read here.Read: Bus Éireann staff to begin indefinite strike from MondayRead: Man (20s) arrested over death of pensioner in Co Waterford Share156 Tweet Email Feb 28th 2017, 6:15 AM Source: PoliceServiceNI/YouTubePOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland and the family of Lisa Dorrian are today making a renewed appeal for information about the missing Bangor woman on the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.A poignant video message (above) from two of Lisa’s sisters and her father John, along with the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, has been released to mark the anniversary.Lisa, who was 25 when she was last seen, disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on 28 February 2005. Her body has yet to be found, but police believe she was murdered.Lisa’s sister Joanne said: “Today we are making this video appeal as it’s been 12 years since our sister went missing. We know we have the support of the people in Northern Ireland, and in fact across the world, and we are so grateful for that but this appeal is specifically to the person who was with Lisa at the moment she died. We don’t need to remind you how beautiful, funny and loving Lisa was … you know that because you knew her. She thought you were her friend. Lisa trusted you.“Think back to that night, I’m sure it’s not hard to do … it mustn’t ever be far from your thoughts. Think about what happened when Lisa died, how you panicked and made a decision that would change your life and our lives forever. 16,486 Views https://jrnl.ie/3262395 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mauro Ranallo reveals he will join the commentary team for the WrestleMania

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE SummerSlam Kickoff Show Results: Cruiserweight Title, Women’s Tag Titles on the line Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WhatsApp Cesaro Google+center_img Facebook Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Twitter Kurt Angle Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight WWE Smackdown commentator Mauro Ranallo confirmed in a tweet on Monday that he will be part of the commentary team for the WrestleMania 32 kickoff show this Sunday.I’m on @WWENXT Takeover panel & I am blessed to call @WWE #WrestleMania Kickoff on @WWENetwork & @USA_Network #DreamIsReal— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) March 29, 2016Source: @MauroRanalloRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Video: Watch the live WWE Extreme Rules Kickoff Show from Philadelphia tonightlast_img read more

State officials seek to greatly expand Medicaid

first_imgThe outlook for Washington’s medically uninsured population may be a bit rosier by 2014, particularly for the more than 300,000 low-income people who may find themselves eligible for the state’s Medicaid rolls.But the desired expansion comes with a hefty price tag for the federal government, potential risk for the state and new concern for health care providers already stretched to care for current Medicaid patients.The Medicaid program currently serves about 1.2 million people in Washington. In the last several years, as the state’s purse strings tightened, the medical program for low-income residents has faced cuts to provider reimbursement rates and services.Still, the state is moving forward with its implementation of federal health care reform and expansion of Medicaid enrollment, adding about 330,000 more Washingtonians to the program, with the expectation that the federal government will pay the lion’s share of the cost to cover new enrollees.The Washington State Health Care Authority, which oversees the state Medicaid program, had already begun work to implement the Affordable Care Act prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision. The court upheld the Obama administration’s health care reform law but essentially gave states the option of whether to expand their Medicaid programs.last_img read more

200000 poor working mothers to get allowance

first_imgState minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroz Chumki on Wednesday said about 200000 poor working mothers will be entitled to allowance and training under a programme in the country’s towns for creating awareness about mother and child health.The initiative has been launched under the ‘Working Lactating Mother Assistance Fund Programme’ to make nutritious food available for the poor working mothers living in the urban areas, said the state minister as the chief guest at a view-exchange meeting with the field level NGO workers at the Women Affairs Directorate.The programme is being implemented in the areas of all city corporations, district and upazila headquarters and municipalities.Under the programme, each working mother will get Tk 500 per month and they will also be imparted training on maternal health, child health, breast-feeding, sanitation, reproductive health, vaccination, family planning and prevention of child marriage.Chaired by acting director general of the women affairs directorate Mahmuda Sharmin Benu, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by women and children affairs secretary Nasima Begum and additional secretary Mizanur Rahman as special guests.last_img read more