‘Magnificent Mary Kom’ Assured of 8th World Championship Medal, Enters Semifinals

first_imgUlan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) on Thursday surpassed herself as the most successful boxer in the history of the Women’s World Championship, securing an unprecedented eighth medal by advancing to the semifinals here. Mary Kom defeated a spirited rival in Colombia’s Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-four stage. Awaiting her in the semifinals on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday, is second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Cakiroglu defeated China’s Cai Zongju in her quarterfinal bout. In a tactful performance, Mary Kom waited for her chances and defended sharply to ensure that Victoria’s plan to impress the judges by throwing in more punches didn’t yield results.The Indian’s huge reservoir of experience came in handy as she swung her right arm masterfully to connect well-placed hooks. Her straight punches were as effective and regularly pierced through Victoria’s reasonably strong defence.With this, Mary Kom bettered her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.Entering into this edition, she had six gold and silver in her kitty but this is the first time, the Manipuri has secured a world medal in the 51kg category. She had finished a quarterfinalist in this division in the past. The latest achievement has only added to her ever-growing legend. Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.This year alone, she won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia.She is also a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha. boxingmary komValencia Victoriawomen’s world championship First Published: October 10, 2019, 11:21 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here tonight. COMMENT Sunrisers Hyderabad, thus, registered their first win after suffering two defeats. × IPL 2017 Rashid Khan Arman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of David Miller of Kings XI Punjab during an IPL 2017 Match in Hyderabad on Monday. – PTI Sent into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 159 for six with skipper David Warner hitting 70 off 54 balls at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. In reply, Punjab were staring at a defeat at 62 for five at the end of 10th over, but Manan Vohra (95 off 50 balls) brought the visitors within striking distance of pulling off an incredible win. Vohra struck nine boundaries and five sixes during his whirlwind knock. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned excellent figures of 5/19, had the last laugh as the seamer trapped Vohra in the penultimate over of the match.center_img Published on Kings XI Punjab were eventually bowled out for 154 in 19.4 overs. COMMENTS Rashid Khan Arman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of David Miller of Kings XI Punjab during an IPL 2017 Match in Hyderabad on Monday. – PTI April 18, 2017 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricketlast_img read more

Blasphemy case for desecrating Sikh man’s turban in Pakistan

first_imgFive employees of a transport company and the owner of a bus terminal were booked under blasphemy law for desecrating a Sikh passenger’s turban in Pakistan’s Punjab province, the media reported on Monday.The complainant, Mahinder Paal Singh (29), a resident of Multan, told Dawn online that he was travelling from Faisalabad to Multan by a bus owned by Kohistan-Faisal Movers company that broke down near Dijkot.He said though the driver somehow started the bus again but its speed was very slow (around 30km per hour).He said that he and some of his fellow passengers complained to the transport company’s staff about the slow speed of the bus and demanded an alternative vehicle for the onward journey.The two sides exchanged words, ensuing a free-for-all, during which the six accused manhandled the passengers, including Singh.He alleged that during the fight a bus terminal hawker, Rashid Gujjar, threw his turban on the ground.Singh said the turban was considered sacred in the Sikh religious code and throwing it on the ground was tantamount to desecration.According to some affected passengers, Singh told police, that reached the bus terminal following the brawl, that it was a case of desecration and since he was a Pakistani national the attackers should be booked under blasphemy law.A senior police official said five of the attackers — terminal manager Baqir Ali, Rashid Gujar, Faiz Alam, Shakeel and Snawal had been booked .Police were conducting raids to arrest terminal owner Haji Riyasat.last_img read more

Lewandowski hat-trick helps Bayern Munich lift German Super Cup for 7th time

first_imgRobert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 to clinch the German Super Cup for the seventh time on Sunday.France’s Kingsley Coman and Spain’s Thiago Alcantara were the other goal scorers in Bayern’s first official match with new coach Croatian Niko Kovac on the bench, who arrived at the Bavarian club after bidding farewell to Frankfurt last season.This was compounded by the thirst for revenge of Bayern, who lost the German Cup final last season to Eintracht, then still under Kovac, who prevented Jupp Heynckes from signing off as coach with a double — in addition to the Bundesliga title.Kovac opted, from the outset, for a lineup with the old Bavarian guard. From Manuel Neuer to Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Lewandowski, against which Eintracht tried to show offensive vitality, at least in the early stages.Hey there, beautiful #MiaSanMia #Supercup pic.twitter.com/7wwozLxMyGFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 13, 2018Lewandowski started the scoring in the 21st minute with a header after a pass from Joshua Kimmich with accuracy.Just five minutes later the Pole scored again, this time after a corner from Robben’s left, also with a header to add the Bavarians’ second goal to the scoreboard.Eintracht had their chance to close the gap before the end of the first half, after Matts Hummels’ foul on Mijat Gacinovic could have earned him the red card, but the referee left it at a yellow.Jonathan de Guzman’s free-kick crashed into the defensive wall of Bayern, who then went off at half-time with a comfortable two-goal lead.advertisementLewandowski returned with a desire to keep on scoring and he did so after nine minutes in the second half, this time after a pass from Thomas Muller and after deceiving Eintracht goalkeeper Frederik Roennow.Hat-trick hero#Supercup championNew goal recordIt’s a good day to be @lewy_official #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/XotuMjllqkFC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 12, 2018Next was Bayern’s Coman to join the goal shootout, scoring in the 63rd, after which Kovac let newcomer Leon Goretzka take over from Muller for the first time.Lewandowski was the main protagonist, both for the number of goals scored and for the successive fouls of which he was the victim, which Kovac settled in the 72nd minute, bringing Wagner out to replace the Poland captain.Thiago, after receiving the ball from Kimmich, finished off a clear Bavarian victory for the third time in a row in this annual fixture.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Eden Hazard is going to make the difference in Real Madrid, says Thibaut Courtois

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is excited to play alongside his Belgium team-mate Eden Hazard, who recently signed for the club coming from Chelsea, saying that hoping to win many titles next season.”If he speaks a little Spanish, it will be even better. It’s very nice that we’re going to be together. He’s my friend, I get along very well with him and his family. For Madrid it’s going to be fantastic. I think [Hazard] is going to make the difference and I hope we can win many titles next season,” Goal.com quoted Courtois as saying.Not only Courtois but Dries Mertens is also happy for Hazard and praised Hazard by calling him “best player in the world”.”I’m happy for him, it’s a good step forward. He’s already one of the best players in the world, and now he has to take advantage of his opportunities to become the best of all,” Mertens said. Belgium vanquished Kazakhstan by 3-0 during the Euro 2020 qualifier.Moreover, Hazard is not the only new signing by Real Madrid as Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo Goes will also appear for the club during their 2019-2020 campaign.Also Read | Gareth Southgate denies Chelsea rumours: I am committed to EnglandAlso Read | Eden Hazard signs 5-year contract deal Real Madrid worth 100 million eurosAlso Seelast_img read more

Meet the top 2018 MLS draft prospects

first_imgMLS Meet the 2018 Generation Adidas class and top MLS draft prospects Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 05:34 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Stanford Akron NCAA 12082017 James Lang MLS Transfers With the 2018 MLS draft less than a month away, here is a closer look at the players who MLS teams will be targeting as the top prospects available. With the rise of academies and the increased spending on international talent, the MLS draft has become less and less of a priority for Major League Soccer teams. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still talent to be found though. Teams looking to find bargains are continuing to do their homework as the try to find the next draft-day gem.The 2018 MLS draft is light on sure-fire first-year starters, though that was also the case last year, when only a half dozen draftees became first-team regulars. The 2018 draft is very much about potential, with the younger prospects hoping teams will invest in their potential.There is a good crop of seniors in the upcoming draft, but the jury is out on just how many of them will be first-year difference-makers the way Julian Gressel was for Atlanta United and Jack Elliott for the Philadelphia Union. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here is a look at the top prospects in the 2018 MLS draft, as well as the first look at the MLS Generation Adidas class:GENERATION ADIDAS CLASSMLS has been able to secure the services of the top underclassmen targets it went after this winter, with North Carolina State defender Manny Perez being the leading exception. Sources tell Goal that Perez turned down a Generation Adidas offer to return to school.Sources tell Goal that the following six players have secured Generation Adidas contracts and will be in the 2018 MLS draft as underclassmen:FRANCIS ATUAHENE. The Michigan speedster has been a top prospect for two years, and could definitely be the first pick in the draft. There are some questions about his ability to combine, but he has the wheels and ability to go at defenders that teams love. Sources tell Goal he has been offered a Generation Adidas contract, but has yet to sign.JOAO MOUTINHO. The Sporting Lisbon academy product turned heads as a freshman at Akron, displaying impressive technical quality and a good feel for the game. Though used mostly as a central defender at Akron, some project him as a left back in the pros while others see him as a potential defensive midfield option. Sources tell Goal he has been offered a Generation Adidas contract, but has yet to sign.EMA TWUMASI. The Wake Forest sophomore generated plenty of attention for his exploits on one of the nation’s top teams, with his 10 goals and seven assists not telling the full story about his potential as a dangerous wing option.MASON TOYE. The Indiana freshman was an instant-impact attacking player for the Hoosiers, earning Big Ten freshman of the year honors and All-Big Ten first team honors.MO ADAMS. The Syracuse sophomore and England native is a hard-nosed central midfielder who could help bring some bite to the midfield for a team in need of a tough presence.GORDON WILD. The Maryland junior had a disappointing 2017 season, and the general consensus among scouts is that he won’t pan out as a pro. But the German striker still secured a GA deal on the strength of a standout sophomore season.TOP SENIORSTOMAS HILLIARD-ARCE. The Stanford central defender is widely regarded as the most pro-ready player in the draft, though there are some questions about his ability on the ball, and how that may limit his upside.CHRISTOPHER MUELLER. The Wisconsin attacking threat has the versatility to play anywhere in attack, and should be more ready to contribute than some of the younger options in the GA class.DANNY MUSOVSKI. Though he may be a bit of a sleeper due to playing for UNLV, enough scouts are raving about the forward to see him as a good bet to go in the first round of the draft.MOHAMED THIAW. Teams looking for a big and athletic forward will be lining up to grab the Louisville senior early in the draft.JON GALLAGHER. The Notre Dame forward had a down year, as did the Fighting Irish, but scouts haven’t forgotten how well he played in 2016. He should still go in the top half of the first round.JON BAKERO. The son of former Spanish international and Barcelona midfielder Jose Mari Bakero, Jon Bakero was a goal-scoring machine for Wake Forest and brings excellent technical quality to the forward position.TRISTAN BLACKMON. The Pacific right back is widely regarded as the top pure fullback in the draft, and being a good prospect at a position MLS teams are always looking to fill makes him a hot commodity.JAKE ROZHANSKY. A longtime Generation Adidas target, Rozhansky put together a strong senior year in Maryland’s central midfielder and is a safe bet to go in the first round, assuming he doesn’t choose to sign abroad.ALEX ROLDAN. The younger brother of Seattle Sounders standout Cristian Roldan, Alex enjoyed an outstanding career at Seattle University and he could project into a similar midfield role to the one his brother has played so well for Seattle.ALAN WINN. The North Carolina midfielder is a quick winger with a good pedigree, having come up through the U.S. youth national team ranks.SLEEPERS TOMMY BARLOW. Scouts that watched Wisconsin to see Mueller came away impressed with Barlow, who combines good size with soft feet as an intriguing target forward prospect.ALBERT RUIZ. A goal machine for Florida Gulf Coast in 2016, Ruiz endured an injury-hit 2017, but scouts haven’t forgotten about the Spanish-born striker.MAC STEEVES. Once a very highly-rated target forward prospect before injuries cost him the 2016 season. He is still a bit of a wild card, but teams that fell in love with him two years ago will watch him closely at the MLS Combine.RAFAEL ANDRADE SANTOS. The Brazilian playmaker showed himself to be capable of scoring goals and setting them up at Virginia Commonwealth. MLS teams generally ignore college playmakers, but should make an exception here.MARK SEGBERS. A forward for much of his career at Wisconsin, Segbers is being seen now more as strong candidate to play as a right back in the pros, and the early feedback on the move has him looking like one of the top fullback options in the draft.JUSTIN FIDDES. Potentially the fastest player in the draft, Fiddes is probably the best pure left back available. If he can impress at the MLS combine, the University of Washington defender should be a first-round pick.MAURO CICHERO. A torn ACL suffered in October will scare some teams off, but the younger brother of former New York Red Bulls defender Gabriel Cichero has impressed enough scouts with his midfield play at SMU to still merit a late-round flyer.last_img read more

8 days agoAgent sets return date for Juventus captain Chiellini

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent sets return date for Juventus captain Chielliniby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus captain Giorgio Chiellini hopes to be playing again in the New Year.The 35-year-old defender was ruled out for at least six months by a torn anterior cruciate ligament at the end of August.“His recovery is progressing positively and the man has this magnetic positivity,” Davide Lippi told TMW Radio.“It’s incredible. He works so hard every day and when I call him up, he’s the one who reassures me. He is making giant leaps forward.“I don’t know the precise date of his comeback, but it will certainly be in the New Year. It might be the end of January, February or March, but he will certainly be there for the final part of the season.” last_img read more

Information Minister Outlines Progress in Eliminating Discrimination Against Women

first_img The Government will continue to drive the implementation of the outstanding recommendations Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Information, Sen. Sandrea Falconer on Tuesday, September 17, reaffirmed Government’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and outlined some of the progress being made as she addressed the opening ceremony of a Government/NGO Dialogue Towards Effective Implementation of the tenets of the Convention being held in Kingston.In highlighting the Government’s commitment to CEDAW and the implementation of recommendations of the CEDAW Committee, Minister Falconer said the Government will continue to drive the implementation of the outstanding recommendations noting that: “Already we have a fundamental policy shift in how the Government will treat the matter of sexual harassment”. According to Minister Falconer, “previously, the government had decided to implement a national policy and then enact the requisite supporting legislations, but after consultations with the Minister of Justice…our approach will be to move towards promulgating legislation that will penalize sexual harassment and provide an avenue of redress for our women.”Minister Falconer added that several targeted public education campaigns, sensitization and training sessions have already been held with members of the private and public sectors and civil society and that the Government has established a committee comprising representatives of Government, NGOs and other key stakeholders to examine the issue of Gender-based Violence.“We are committed to promoting Decent Work for Domestic and Household Workers and ratifying ILO Convention 189 which promotes Decent Work for Domestic Workers. The Minister of Labour and Social Security has stated his commitment to Jamaica’s ratification of Convention 189, and work is advanced to adopt the relevant legislation as well as measures to ensure that the Government can be in a position to ratify this new Convention in the near future. We are also committed to acceding to the CEDAW Optional Protocol” Minister Falconer said.The Minister said that consistent with commitments given at the international level, the Government of Jamaica will continue to strengthen the national policy framework for development and will not stop until all the work is done, noting “considerable progress has been made in advancing women’s rights and gender equality” although there are lingering challenges which demands a more strategic and creative framework which takes into consideration local realities and how these impact the implementation processes.The two- day government / NGO Dialogue initiative brings together participants from Jamaica and the region and is organised by International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) and Woman Inc. (Jamaica) in collaboration with the Association of Women’s Organizations Jamaica (AWOJA). Several targeted public education campaigns, sensitization and training sessions have already been held Gov’t committed to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) last_img read more


first_imgSinger Alexander Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Facebook Twitter Advertisement “It was such a healing moment and a beautiful thing for the community to come together like that,” Stewart says of the experience, which marked the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.The young singer had already sung “Hallelujah” at the Danforth candlelight vigil last month. His performance led organizers to ask him to return for the annual street festival and he was also invited to open Billy Talent’s benefit concert for the victims on Saturday.It’s a sombre point to Stewart’s burgeoning music career, which he’s built from his parents’ home in the Danforth neighbourhood where his father also owns a recording studio. Both his parents worked at The Canadian Press several decades ago. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Stewart began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube about three years ago. When the videos started to take off, he began to consider his aspirations more seriously. Eighteen-year-old singer Alexander Stewart has played for big crowds and pulled in millions of views on his YouTube videos, but performing a rendition of “Hallelujah” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public tribute was something special.Stewart delivered a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic on Friday to honour the victims of the Danforth shooting that shocked the Greektown community where he grew up. The prime minister quietly sang along while standing beside him. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Amazons quarterly profit more than doubles shares soar

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 per cent in after-hours trading.Amazon has grown rapidly since its start as an online bookstore in 1995. It makes Echo speakers, designs furniture and delivers food from restaurants. Still, online retailing is its biggest business: Sales from Amazon’s online stores rose 18 per cent to $26.9 billion, accounting for slightly more than half the company’s total revenue.The company recently disclosed for the first time that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, who get faster shipping and other perks. It announced Thursday that it will soon raise the price of its annual Prime membership to $119 from $99 in the U.S.At its cloud-computing business, called Amazon Web Services, sales rose 49 per cent to $5.4 billion.Overall revenue jumped 43 per cent to $51 billion, beating the $49.9 billion analysts expected.The company earned $1.63 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the three months ending March 31 — almost triple the $1.24 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. It’s the second time Amazon’s quarterly profit has topped $1 billion. In the previous quarter, which included the busy holiday shopping season, it had a profit of more than $1.8 billion.The blockbuster profits come as the company and its chief executive have been criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted several times that the company doesn’t pay enough taxes, should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping, and that The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is a lobbyist for the company.Trump signed an executive order earlier this month to study the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing the package delivery market. The executive order did not mention Amazon by name.Amazon.com Inc. has been silent about the attacks from Trump, and executives in a call with investors Thursday did not mention the president. They did say, however, that the company plans to invest further in its own shipping services, which includes planes and on-the-ground logistics that can ship its boxes.The Seattle-based online retailer’s stock, which closed at $1,517.96 on Thursday, soared past $1,620 in extended trading.last_img read more

15 years later 85 Canadian real estate firms not compliant with antimoney

TORONTO — At least 85 real estate companies have not implemented a plan showing how they are trying to detect money laundering and other suspicious transactions, nearly 15 years after they were required to do so, according to data obtained by The Canadian Press.The federal anti-money laundering agency received 337 compliance reports from roughly 1,000 companies in the real estate sector it surveyed — including brokers, sales representatives and developers — between Jan. 1, 2013, and Feb. 8, 2016.The data, which was obtained through an access-to-information request, represents only a small sampling of the real estate industry. There are about 20,000 companies in the real estate sector that are required to report to Fintrac.Skyrocketing housing costs ‘clear and present danger’ to Vancouver’s economy, new report warnsVancouverite aims to fix ‘broken’ housing market by connecting ‘real buyers’ with ‘real sellers’New survey of realtors points finger at foreign buyers as debate over ownership continuesAn analysis of the data contained in those reports found that roughly a quarter of the 337 respondents admitted they had not yet fully implemented a compliance regime, which has been required by federal anti-money laundering laws since 2001.Thirty-eight of the companies said they had only partially implemented a compliance regime, while the other 47 said they had not even begun to do so. The names of the companies were not included in the documents.Fintrac spokesman Darren Gibb says some of the reports weren’t sent back because the companies no longer exist, while others simply failed to respond.Fintrac routinely sends out compliance reports to various sectors to gather information about the companies it regulates, says Gibb.Those reports can sometimes lead to further enforcement actions such as on-site examinations, he says.“If we see an assessment report come back and it’s clear that the entity is not where they should be, then certainly that’s a flag for us that it may be examination-worthy,” says Gibb.“Or conversely, if we don’t get an assessment report coming back, that’s potentially an even bigger flag.”If violations are discovered during an examination, that could lead to fines of up to $100,000 per violation for individuals and up to $500,000 per violation for companies, depending on severity.Gibb was unable to specify how many of the 85 companies that did not have a compliance plan were fined, noting that the reports are only one factor that the agency considers when deciding whether to investigate a particular firm.“It is only one small piece of the puzzle,” says Gibb.The largest number of firms that admitted they have yet to finish implementing a compliance regime was in Quebec, where there were 32 such companies.Gibb said he could not speculate as to why the figure was higher in Quebec than in other provinces.In Ontario, 19 firms said they hadn’t fully implemented a compliance regime, while in Alberta there were 12 such cases. Eight of the B.C. real estate firms surveyed reported that they hadn’t finished setting up a compliance regime.Meanwhile, 43 of the companies surveyed nationwide said they had not yet appointed a compliance officer, as required by law.Ottawa also requires companies subject to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act to have a system in place for training their employees on how to comply with the law.The data obtained by The Canadian Press found that 42 of the 337 companies surveyed by Fintrac had only started implementing a training system, while 57 had not even begun yet.Pierre Leduc, a spokesman for the Canadian Real Estate Association, says keeping up with the changes to anti-money laundering laws is a challenge for the real estate sector because most realtors work on their own and are not big corporations like banks or casinos.“In addition, until recently, awareness was low, which is why CREA embarked on a national information tour to raise awareness and explain compliance responsibilities,” Leduc said in an email. read more

India undecided on CHOGM

Khurshid asked members to wait for the calling attention on the situation arising out of repeated attacks on Indian fisherman by Sri Lankan navy. Amid opposition by Tamil parties to Prime Minister’s participation in the Commonwealth summit (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, the Indian Government on Thursday said no decision has yet been taken on the level of India’s participation in the summit scheduled in November, the Press Trust of India reported.In March, the Government received a letter each from the Chief Minister of Tamil Naduand the Chief Minister of Puducherry, urging the Prime Minister not to attend the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. She further said the decision to hold the CHOGM at Colombo was taken in 2009.  On issues related to human rights violations in Sri Lanka, she the government has been engaged with that country and it has also been raised at United Nation Human Rights Council.To another supplementary, Khurshid said India is fully committed to the 13th Amendment of Sri Lanka’s Constitution. The amendment relates to devolution of powers to ethnic communities, like Tamils. “The Government has not yet taken a decision on the level of its participation at the 2013 CHOGM,” Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid said in the Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour today. Replying to supplementaries, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said a “well thought decision will be taken” in this regard. read more

At General Assembly Mali calls for global UN approach to Sahels regional

“The political and security crises that affected in Mali in 2010 have clearly shown the complex challenges facing all the (sub-Saharan) Sahel countries on issues of security, governance, the protection of human rights and development,” the West African leader told the Assembly on the fourth day of its 69th annual high-level meeting.“These challenges demand concerted and determined action from the international community. They must be addressed globally with specific mechanisms,” he said, hailing the adoption of the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.“We are gathered here in the name of a universal ideal and conscience for peace, justice and liberty. Millions of people worldwide had put their hopes in the UN for peace, security, development and international solidarity. We do not have the right to disappoint them.” Mr. Keita cited terrorism as one of the challenges requiring a global response. “Terrorist attacks perpetrated in Libya, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia and the Middle East, although geographically disparate, in reality constitute grave self-same threats to international peace and security,” he said, stressing that religious extremism is completely foreign to Malian society. The UN currently fields the 6,000-strong UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country (MINUSMA), a force of military personnel and police officers set up in 2013 after a Tuareg separatist movement and Islamic armed groups seized much of northern Mali and a mutiny in Bamako, the capital, led to a coup.Mr. Keita reported that the process of stabilization and dialogue was now fully under way in his country. On other issues, he stressed that the Ebola epidemic sweeping West African countries demanded an integrated international response and called for reform and enlargement of the 15-member Security Council, the UN’s decision-making body, to include two permanent and five non-permanent members from Africa. read more

NHK to enhance instant replays with motion tracking bullet time camera system

first_imgBullet time has become a common site in movies ever since The Matrix used it to such good effect. But bullet time camera capture systems are typically quite limited based on the need for multiple cameras setup to look at a specific area in order to capture the action from every angle. Japanese broadcasting company NHK aims to change that, though, by adding motion tracking into the mix.What NHK has done is to link all of the bullet time cameras to a single, moving camera controlled by a cameraman. As he moves his camera, all the other cameras in the system also move. By doing this, the system can track the action over a much larger area than was previously possible.For now, the NHK system can have 8 motion tracking cameras hooked up to a controlled camera, but there’s nothing to stop you having multiples of these to surround the action on say, a sports field. Software is also used to automatically adjust the camera rotation and to perform image processing therefore allowing a smooth transition between camera views.So what does this mean in real terms? Well, sporting events are going to be the focus of such a system. You can still have the main cameras tracking the action, but they can now be linked up to an array of unmanned cameras that automatically track and record the action from every angle. Broadcasters then get access to a 360-degree view of key events 60 seconds after they happened, and therefore so do viewers.Such a system is going to need a serious amount of data storage and processing power to back it up, especially now that we demand all our sports and entertainment in HD. But I think it’s worth it, and Hollywood is also sure to show an interest for use of such a system with the larger action scenes in movie productions.last_img read more

Opinion Cancer screening cant provide 100 certainty but the programme saves many

first_img May 11th 2019, 7:31 AM By Dr Ciarán Ó Riain Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,646 Views 22 Comments Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4628252 Share18 Tweet Email3 Saturday 11 May 2019, 7:30 AM AT SOME STAGE in the next fortnight, I will likely look down a microscope at a biopsy sample from a young woman.The form accompanying the biopsy may state “advanced cervical cancer – biopsy to confirm”.The doctor training to be a consultant pathologist sitting down with me has already seen cervical cancer under the microscope too many times before. The diagnosis will likely be one we can make with confidence.She may comment on how the woman is the same age as her. We never meet the woman but we know that soon a doctor will have the task of communicating our life-changing report to a young woman and her loved ones.The next biopsy we look at may be from a woman of similar age. She has the very earliest form of invasive cervical cancer, small buds of tumour measuring only one or two millimetres. The edges of the biopsy are normal. Treatment is over. A hysterectomy can be avoided. The same doctors meet the woman in a clinic a week later to tell her with some confidence that her early stage cancer has been fully treated and the outcome will likely be good. Her dreams of a family and a long life can remain.Both women may have partaken in our screening program, attended for every smear test on schedule,  done everything asked of them. Screening may only have worked for one of them.Fortunately, the precancerous changes and early cancers currently detected and cured by screening currently vastly outnumber the advanced cancers.Over the course of the 10 years of the CervicalCheck program, over 50,000 high-grade precancerous changes have been detected and treated.  The incidence of invasive cervical cancer has fallen year on year over the last decade.  Due to the heroic efforts of many, we have not only halted the precipitous fall in HPV vaccination levels but seen levels rise – an unprecedented achievement globally that will protect young women’s’ future.Plans were afoot for the introduction of a screening test involving looking for the presence of the HPV virus as a first step – undoubtedly a better test although one still with false negatives.Ruth Morrissey’s CaseOn Wednesday, the full High Court Judgment of Mr Justice Cross in relation to the case of Ruth Morrissey was published.It is a very human account of how a young woman’s life has been destroyed by cervical cancer.  I would encourage all to read it, in particular, paragraph 50 of the judgment – which gives a compassionate view of the layers of the individual human tragedies we have seen unfold over the last year and how the judiciary must make difficult decisions.Nobody ever wishes their surname to be part of a landmark medicolegal judgment.The nuances of this landmark judgement will be examined and explained in the coming weeks by legal professionals.As doctors, we can only explain the science of screening and outline our concerns as to the potential impact of the judgment on the future delivery of lifesaving cancer screening programs in Ireland. It is on this background that last Saturday’s headlines about the requirement for ‘absolute confidence’ in a test being normal raised alarm among so many among the medical profession and wider society.Doctors across all specialities are now concerned as to the implications on how they use their clinical acumen – must a GP ensure with absolute confidence that every headache is nothing sinister?Must every radiologist comment on the smallest speck on every chest X-Ray?For me, it harked back to an era of the paternalistic, all-knowing doctor that many of us hoped we had left behind in favour of a shared decision-making process with patients and all the shades of grey that entails.Absolute confidenceUndoubtedly the full judgement may be more nuanced but clarity will be required about whether the ” absolute confidence” standard is limited to a specific role of a cytology screener or whether it may set a precedent for other aspects of medical practice.While the principle is in place in the UK since 1999, there is little doubt that we operate in a very different medicolegal environment in Ireland.In any event, absolute confidence in anything being normal is something that most would feel uncomfortable with being a basic standard on our statutes. Opinion: Cancer screening can’t provide 100% certainty – but the programme saves many lives A recent judgement said doctors must have absolute confidence that results are normal – unfortunately, that just isn’t possible, writes Dr Ciarán Ó Riain. Clarity will also be required with regard to the apparent dismissal of both the importance of avoiding false positives in a screening system and the need for cost-effectiveness (paragraph 72 of judgment).Both are fundamental principles of any screening program, which invites large numbers of healthy individuals to submit to testing.The ethical balance of screening is between preventing cancer in the individual and avoiding harm at a population level to the wider society. Tough choicesWhat harm are false positives compared to the consequences of a false negative?It is undoubtedly true that screening programmes err on side of avoiding false negatives but that has to be balanced against the risk of over investigation and treatment.As well as the anxiety associated with an abnormal finding, real physical consequences are possible; repeated biopsies of the cervix may cause problems in pregnancy, removal of breast tissue may be performed for a nodule that left undetected would never have affected a woman’s life, colonoscopy with its rare but real complications would increase.Whatever one’s political views on taxation and spending, all realise that the health budget is finite.Increasing expenditure on healthy people in screening programmes inevitably takes away from treating those with heart attacks, safely delivering babies and all the other core functions of our already overstretched health service.Along with pathology colleagues, including cytopathologists from both our public and private screening laboratories, we have proposed a better way to move forward to answer questions of women around prior smear test results.A model involving blind review of slides that mimics normal screening conditions and would answer the key question of whether the slide would have been consistently identified as abnormal.It would be a fair process to all involved and would go some way to answering the question for women “could or should have things been differently for me?”.Notably, similar models were rejected by the Justice as those of a vested interest in favour of the long-established adversarial approach of relying on expert witnesses.Perhaps I am a vested interest. I look down a microscope for a living, I understand the limits of visual interpretation, I have and will make mistakes.However, my main interest is that perhaps in twenty years time when I sit down with a young pathologist at a microscope, they might ask “what does cervical cancer look like? I’ve never seen it”.Wouldn’t it be great if I could say that I hadn’t diagnosed cervical cancer in ages?Wouldn’t it be great if a woman receiving the devastating diagnosis of advanced cervical cancer was an exceptionally rare event? We can and must work together to ensure that in the pursuit of perfection we do not lose our common good of all our screening programs.Dr Ciarán Ó Riain is a surgical pathologist with a specialist interest in gynaecological cancer diagnosis and staging. He is a member of the board of the Faculty of Pathology of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Dr Ciarán Ó Riain last_img read more

Poll gives New Democracy narrow lead

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new opinion poll shows New Democracy, the conservative leaders of Greece’s coalition government, maintain a narrow lead over leftist opposition SYRIZA. The Pulse poll, conducted on behalf of the weekly To Pondiki newspaper, puts New Democracy on 20 percent, up 0.5 percent from April. SYRIZA is in second on 19.5 percent, which is almost 0.5 percent lower than the previous survey. Golden Dawn is third with 13 percent, followed by PASOK on 6, the Communist Party (KKE) with 5.5, Independent Greeks with 4, and Democratic Left on 3.5 percent. PASOK and Democratic Left are both members of the country’s power-sharing administration. Asked who is the best choice for premier, 30 percent voted for New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras and 20 percent for SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras while 46 percent said neither are suitable for the job. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Premier Hon Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Accepts Chairmanship of the OCTA While Her Government

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 28, 2017 – According to a TCIG Press Release on February 23, 2017, Premier, Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, attended the 15th European Union Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) Forum in Oranjestad, Aruba. While at the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the role of Chair of OCTA and signed “…the Programming Documents commissioning the official start of the EDF 11 Program”.   Commenting on the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson stated that “The Turks and Caicos has continued to benefit over the years from funding through the EDF program”.Surprisingly, although the Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the Chairmanship of the OCTA and kicked off the EDF 11 Program, she didn’t inform the forum’s attendees that less than a week before, her government withdrew its support for the EDF 11 program.On February 17, the Cartwright-Robinson Government sent out a public notice canceling the tender for the “Consultancy for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government’s EDF 11 Education Sector Reform Strategy, Tender Reference Number TR 16/77”.   Having a Consultant working on the deliverables is a key requirement of the EDF 11 program, and the country would become ineligible for the grant if it doesn’t have one.   Realizing that she would have had the distinction of being the first Chair of the OCTA whose Government didn’t support its programs, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson’s government on February 24th, rushed out a slightly amended version of the original EDF 11 Tender document, and in doing so, canceled its own cancelation of the EDF 11 Tender document.Since 2012, under the previous PNP Government, the Turks and Caicos Islands was the recipient of two EDF grants – EDF 9 and EDF 10 (which focused on Strengthening and Improving the Business Sector) – with a total funding of €13.7m (US$14.5m).   The EDF 11 program which includes additional funding of €14.6m (US$15.5m), was to have focused on reforming and strengthening the education sector, and the previous PNP government had already advanced it to the programming and financing stage.In highlighting the country’s stellar performance regarding the EDF programs, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who also attended the forum, stated:  “The Turks and Caicos has made great strides in its EU program work over the years since being reinstated into the program in 2012. Within a relatively short period of time we have not only seen the completion and closure of the EDF 9 Program, but also the full implementation of EDF 10…”“The Turks and Caicos is also only one of five territories that have already advanced our EDF 11 program to the programming and financing stage; in the words of the EU Commission, making us a star amongst the EU Overseas Territories.   This is quite commendable…”Leader of the Opposition, and former Minister of Finance in the previous PNP Government, Hon. C. Washington Misick, commenting on the EDF programs, stated that “The EDF programs have benefitted the country tremendously, and I am proud that the previous PNP Government’s accomplishments in rolling them out have been recognized by the Deputy Governor.   I was surprised and disappointed when I learned that the current Government had withdrawn its support for the EDF 11 program.   Thankfully, even if just to save face with the Premier becoming the new Chair of the OCTA, they have reversed that position and now support it.   Assuming that the Government doesn’t change its position again on the EDF 11 program, and I strongly encourage Madam Premier not to do so, the country should again benefit from the great strides made by the previous PNP Government.”Press Release: PNP Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

India earned respect Stephen Constantine

first_imgThe team didn’t make it past the Group Stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but to the former squad’s boss Stephen Constantine, the team has earned respect.India national team ended up on fourth place of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A.The team won 4-1 against Thailand in the first match, then was defeated 2-0 by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 1-0 by Bahrain.“We were unlucky, to concede a penalty in the 91st minute is heartbreaking,” former India’s boss Stephen Constantine told The Indian Express.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“But it shows everybody in India that we are capable, we have the belief which we never had, we have respect which we never had and we have the determination.”“It’s there for everybody to see. I wish nothing but the best for players, for the Indian federation and for the fans who support us.”“They passed the expectations. It’s not a question of they didn’t live up to the expectations, they passed all expectations,” he added.“I don’t think anybody believed me when I said that we would qualify in 2015, I don’t think anybody believed that we could qualify from the group. They believe now.”last_img read more