Odisha hospital claims to have done 50 bone marrow transplantations

first_imgThe Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) unit of the Clinical Haematology Department at SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack, has performed 50 transplantation cases, earning it the reputation of being the only State government hospital in the country to achieve the milestone.“The achievement gives us immense satisfaction, especially when we are the only government hospital in the country providing BMT services completely free of cost. The BMT unit boasts of having been state-of-the-art facilities,” said R. K. Jena, Professor and Head of the BMT on Sunday.Fifty BMT operations have been performed between April 23, 2014, and September 3, 2017. Of these, doctors claimed success in 49 cases by following BMT procedures, including stem cell mobilisation, collection and engraftment.‘Oldest patient’In three cases, deaths have been reported – two due to infection on the eighth day and after one month, while one on 178th day due to brain stroke. “Forty-seven patients are healthy and doing normal activities till date,” said Prof Jena.The unit claimed to have preformed BMT in Zabar Khan, 74, making him the oldest patient in Asia and Europe to have received the transplant. According to doctors, five elderly persons above 65 years of age have undergone BMT in SCB Medical College.last_img read more

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SC refuses to withdraw work from Meghalaya HC judge

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday refused to withdraw judicial work from Meghalaya High Court judge Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen who had created a controversy by his remarks that India should have been declared a Hindu country at the time of partition in 1947. A Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the petitioner, who has sought withdrawal of judicial work from Justice Sen, to amend the prayer and seek expunction of the controversial remarks in the judgment. Justice Sen had written in his judgment, “Pakistan declared themselves an Islamic country and India since was divided on the basis of religion should have also been declared a Hindu country but it remained a secular country. Even today, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered as foreigners, which in my understanding is highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice.”last_img read more

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Parties in Maharashtra crack the whip against rebels

first_imgFaced with rebellion ahead of the October 21 Assembly elections, political parties in the State have begun to take disciplinary action against leaders who have defied party orders.The Congress has sacked three people for contesting against party candidates. State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat ordered the sacking of Ramratanbapu Raut in Amgaon, Gondia district, Sevakbhau Waghaye in Sampli, Bhandara and Majid Quereshi in Malkapur, Buldhana for contesting as independents against party candidates. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too has sacked Geeta Jain in Mira Road, Charan Waghmare in Tumsar, Bhandara and Dilip Deshmukh in Ahmadpur, Latur for contesting against party candidates.Different problemThe Shiv Sena, on the other hand, is facing problems of a different kind. At least 20 of its corporators in the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) have resigned to protest the candidature of the BJP’s Ganpat Gaikwad from Kalyan East Assembly segment. Mr. Gaikwad had won the 2014 Assembly poll as an independent. Senior Sena leader from Thane, Eknath Shinde, warned party members against indulging in anti-party activities. “The Sena and BJP are contesting as an alliance and as per the seat distribution, every party worker is expected to follow orders. Severe action will be taken against those who do not adhere to party guidelines,” said Mr. Shinde.Interestingly, the ruling Sena-BJP alliance is facing rebellion in a number of key seats. In Belapur, Navi Mumbai, Sena leader Vijay Mane is contesting as an independent against the BJP’s Manda Mhatre. In Andheri West, former BJP corporator Murji Patel is contesting against the Sena’s Ramesh Latke and in Versova, Sena corporator Rajul Patel will be fighting as an independent against sitting Member of the Legislative Assembly Bharti Lavekar, who is contesting on BJP symbol.Manifesto woesThe rebellion and non-cooperation has put a question mark on the publication of the ruling alliance’s election manifesto. According to Shiv Sena sources, the party has already announced its promises. “Uddhavji has already announced our plan, such as a full meal for ₹10, at the Dussehra rally. This is a part of our manifesto,” said a Sena leader.last_img read more

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Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Indonesia Open for second time

first_imgIndian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the weather-hit BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under 68 for a three-stroke victory, while veteran compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied second on Monday.Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh victory on the Asian Tour and a second title this season with a 16-under 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.He returned to finish his remaining three holes on Monday morning after play was abandoned on Sunday due to bad weather.Jeev, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.Thailand’s Danthai Boonma (67), Panuphol Pittayarat (68) and Tour rookie Johannes Veerman (69) of the United States took a share of second alongside Singh on 275s.The 28-year-old Bhullar made five birdies in seven holes on Sunday before returning to par his last three holes and clinch his second victory in two months.With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the event twice.”It is never easy in a Monday finish especially when you only have a two-shot lead. I slept at 7pm last night and woke up at 2am because there was so much adrenaline rush. I just couldn’t focus on anything,” Bhullar said in an Asian Tour release.advertisement”I was not focussed on sleeping. I just could not divert my mind anywhere else apart from the last few holes. At the end of the day I’m proud of myself and I’m glad I pulled it off,” added Bhullar, who got richer by $54,000 thanks to the triumph.”I was full of confidence from tee number one. I told myself that I will play aggressive golf and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I putted really well and made single putts in the first seven holes.”Bhullar admitted that it was a huge test of patience as the weather suspensions made life difficult for the players.”The week was difficult, it was not easy at all. It was a test of patience but my past experience of winning here before helped. I’ve won before in stop and go week before. The experience really counted this week,” he said.Jeev, who has won 14 titles worldwide but not since 2012, admitted it was difficult to chase the dominant Bhullar.”I played well but Gaganjeet Bhullar started really well yesterday. I tried to push him but I finished second and I’ll take that result as it is my best finish of the year,” said the 44-year-old Singh.”I think I handled myself really well being in the last group for the first time since 2012! I could have done better but I feel this will give me a lot of confidence heading into the next few weeks. I’m working on a few things which I need to trust more under pressure.”The young Asian Tour stars have enjoyed huge success in the 2016 season but Jeev was determined to return to his best form.”It is great to see the depth of the Asian Tour. It is good to see these young kids hungry and they want to birdie every hole. That’s the way it should be. Gaganjeet is 28 years old and I think sky’s the limit for him,” said Jeev.”It is good to see these young kids doing well. Obviously I want to compete with them. In fact, they push me to do better. They hit good and long drives and I want to keep up with them. Don’t forget age is just a number,” he said.last_img read more

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Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions won’t get extension: Rajeev Shukla

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla made it clear that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions “will not get any extension” and if they have to come back in the 2018 season, it has to be through fresh bidding process.The two banned franchises – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – are all set to comeback in the next edition of the league having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.”No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). Agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” Shukla told mediapersons today.The general mood of the IPL Governing Council is to stay put with eight teams as a 10-team league would increase the number of matches to 84.”Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council.”All players were supposed to go back into the auction pool after the 10-year cycle but Shukla indicated that retention policy may still be considered.”We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide.”advertisementIt was also learnt that the IPL media rights (broadcast/digital/mobile) will now be given for five years instead of 10 years.”There was an assessment that we should not go for 10 year duration. After 5 years, we don’t know, what would be quantum of league? How big the league would be? The COA was in agreement of everything. They were sitting together, each decision taken unanimously,” the Congress MP said.Shukla said that the title sponsorship deal with Vivo ends after the 2017 season and it will once again go under the hammer only with a singular change — title sponsorship will be done through e-auction.”The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult.”But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”last_img read more

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Marcus Stoinis reveals how he helped Australia beat India in thrilling T20I

first_imgMarcus Stoinis reveals what was going his head as he bowled Australia to a 4-run win in the 1st T20I at The Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday.The Australian all-rounder said that it was a well thought-out plan to take pace off the ball in the death overs against India as the hosts etched out a narrow four-run win in the first T20I at Brisbane on Wednesday.India needed 13 off the last over, but Stoinis took two wickets off consecutive deliveries to dismiss Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik as Australia cruised home in a tight finish.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD”Aaron Finch spoke to me earlier in the day and said that me bowling in the final overs would be an option, especially if Adam Zampa plays. It was a pretty simple plan for us take pace off the ball and make them hit to the long boundary. I just committed to that one hundred per cent and it was a clear plan,” he said after the match.Final over. Thirteen runs needed. Over to Marcus Stoinis…Watch the full over HERE: https://t.co/YgFCPUYAdO #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/7bMu563PPBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 21, 2018Stoinis put in an all-round performance as his contributions with the bat hurt India in the middle overs.Also read – Australia still a good side, says Brisbane T20 hero Marcus StoinisAlong with Glenn Maxwell, he put on 78 runs off 37 balls for the fifth wicket, hitting three fours and a six during his 19-ball 33 not out.advertisementThat partnership helped provide momentum to Australia, who were able to defend a higher total of 174 thanks to DLS method.The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second T20I to be played in Melbourne on Friday.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan feels poor fielding cost India in narrow loss to AustraliaStoinis is happy that team management has shown faith in his abilities and promoted him up the order.”It was good fun. I have gone in to bat in a lot of different situations over the past maybe 10 or so T20s, so I’ve been shown a bit of faith going up a couple of spots batting at five. We were just focused on building a little partnership and targeting the short boundary,” said Stoinis about the partnership.Also read – Virat Kohli wants India to ‘learn from mistakes’ after heartbreaking Gabba defeat”We’ve got good memories in this team. We dominated T20s last year, we were in really good form, and we were one or two ranked in the world not long ago. So we’re confident. Things haven’t gone our way but we know we’re a good side,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

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Spalletti wants to tie down Icardi

first_imgTransfers Spalletti: Inter captain Icardi needs higher release clause Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:52 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MauroIcardi-cropped Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Crotone v Internazionale Serie A The Inter boss is determined to offer fresh terms to star his star forward to tie him to the club Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti wants a higher release clause for captain and talisman Mauro Icardi in an effort to fend off potential suitors.Argentina international Icardi signed a new contract until 2021 in October, with a buyout clause worth around €110million reportedly included.Bologna 5/1 to beat Inter Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The 24-year-old already has five goals to his name in three Serie matches this season, having netted 24 last term and Spalletti is determined to offer fresh terms to his star forward amid links with Arsenal.”Icardi should be given the highest clause possible,” Spalletti told Premium Sport.”He’s at the level of Isco [whose new Real Madrid contract has a €700m release clause] and all the top players.”Icardi scored in the 2-0 win over SPAL last time out as undefeated Inter travel to lowly Crotone on Saturday.last_img read more

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Mou: I’ve always trusted Fellaini

first_imgManchester United Mourinho: I have always trusted Fellaini Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 01:37 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fellaini - Cropped Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Crystal Palace Crystal Palace Premier League José Mourinho The Manchester United boss has insisted that he’s always been behind his Belgian international midfielder. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he has always believed in Marouane Fellaini after the midfielder continued his fine start to the season with a double against Crystal Palace.Mourinho’s men cruised to a 4-0 victory at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the Belgium international scoring two close-range finishes either side of half-time.Liverpool 7/1 to beat Newcastle 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku scored United’s other goals as they made it seven straight victories across all competitions, with Fellaini now on four goals for the campaign.Fellaini’s impact comes with key midfielder Paul Pogba out for the long-term and Mourinho was full of praise for the 29-year-old.”I always trusted Marouane since day one,” Mourinho said to BBC Sport.”I try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team.”Fellaini played really well – but this is what he has been doing for a long time,” Mourinho added to Sky Sports. “He is confident, he is happy with his contribution to the team. The style of the team has the space for a player like him and he feels that, so I’m really happy.”Mourinho, who made five changes to his line-up after Wednesday’s win over CSKA Moscow, added: “I could see the difference between Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Fellaini. “Mkhitarayan played and Fellaini didn’t in Russia. I had concerns. Palace had one week to prepare. We had to play in Russia and I had to make changes. “The mentality allowed me to do that – everybody wants to play. The momentum is good and the players are happy and confident.”Three points and a good performance. We rotated, we won and that’s the most important thing.”.@JuanMata8 on @Fellaini’s two-goal display and #MUFC’s attacking options… pic.twitter.com/pOV8ZJNjwr— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 30, 2017Mourinho continued to MUTV: “I’m happy. I would change this 4-0 for four 1-0 victories but that is not possible! “We played solid and strong from the beginning. We were always in control. Some little mistakes, [which] I think [are] typical from some tired players and playing against a team that is lacking confidence, but we did well.”Fellaini himself said: “We controlled the game. That’s important and the confidence is there.”In two weeks we have a big game against Liverpool. We have to go away with the national teams and come back fit.”last_img read more

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Virat bhaiya is next-level player: Deepak Chahar

first_imgVirat bhaiya is next-level player: Deepak ChaharDeepak Chahar put in an impressive performance as he bowled four overs in the match and took two wickets to help India restrict South Africa to 149/5 in 20 overs.advertisement Next Asian News International MohaliSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 08:19 IST I find it easy to bowl death overs: Deepak Chahar after victory over SA. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDeepak Chahar bowled four overs in the match and took two wickets while conceding 22 runsIndia secured a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second T20I at PCA StadiumIndia skipper Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 72 run to help India defeat South African teamAfter India’s massive victory over South Africa, pacer Deepak Chahar revealed that he finds it easy to bowl death overs.”I find it easy to bowl death overs because, in the powerplay, you only get two fielders outside the circle. However, after the powerplay, you get five fielders outside. Therefore, I find it easy to bowl death overs,” India pacer Chahar said during a post-match press conference.India secured a seven-wicket victory over South Africa in the second T20I at PCA Stadium in Punjab’s Mohali. The first T20I was abandoned due to rain and with this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chahar bowled four overs in the match and took two wickets while conceding 22 runs.India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I: Highlights | ReportChahar, who played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that the confidence he gained from the league helped him.”Whenever you do good in a match, you get confidence. And the confidence I got from IPL, it benefitted me,” he said,On being asked about T20 World Cup 2020, Chahar said, “It is still one year for the World Cup and I do not think far too ahead. I take every match as my last match. At this time, Indian cricket is at the top and if you want to find a spot, you will have to do very good and that too, in every match because there is a lot of competition.”India skipper Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 72 run to help India defeat South African team, also known as Proteas. Also, with this innings, Kohli surpassed Rohit Sharma to become the highest T20I run-getter.advertisementPraising Kohli by calling him “next level player”, Chahar said, “I don’t know how Virat bhaiya (brother) manages to score these many runs and that too with such consistency. He is a next-level player.”The third T20I between India and South Africa will be played on September 22 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.Also Read | Got extra motivation from World T20 win in Mohali: Virat Kohli after 2nd T20I heroics vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Deepak ChaharFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Jane deWitte v Canadian Mental Health Association

first_imgA Nova Scotia Human Rights board of inquiry is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 20, in the case of Jane deWitte v. Canadian Mental Health Association. The complainant alleges that between December 2008 and March 2010, while employed at a Canadian Mental Health Association branch office in Kentville, she was discriminated against because of her mental and physical disabilities. The respondent denies any discrimination, claims accommodations were provided and that Ms. deWitte’s termination was based on job performance. The board of inquiry is scheduled to be heard until Friday, May 23, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Kennetcook Room at the Super 8 Motel, 63 Cole Dr., Windsor. The board chair is Nelson Blackburn. -30-last_img read more

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The Elders Condemn US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council

first_imgThe Elders today condemned the decision of the United States to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council as an alarming act of isolationism that will make it harder to defend the rights and dignity of vulnerable people worldwide.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:“The Human Rights Council is an integral part of the international system that helps protect fundamental rights and values. I deplore the US withdrawal, which stands at odds with its historic traditions and sends a signal to others that they too can ignore the Council.”The Elders were particularly concerned that the US decision to leave the Council follows a series of similar isolationist measures by President Donald Trump, including withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN Global Compact on Migration, and the Iran nuclear deal.They said that the timing of the decision is particularly troubling when human rights are under attack from so many different quarters worldwide. For all its imperfections, the Council offers a platform to challenge impunity and hold countries to account. Withdrawal will act against the US’ own interests by ceding space to other states, they warned.Furthermore, the plight of vulnerable migrants and refugees, from detained children separated from their parents at the US/Mexican border to those seeking safe harbour in the Mediterranean and displaced Rohingya communities in Bangladesh, underscores the need for robust international processes and mechanisms to affirm universal rights.Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:“Global challenges require multilateral solutions. The United States has historically recognised this, and seen itself as a leading light on human rights since Eleanor Roosevelt helped draft the Universal Declaration 70 years ago. I hope the many committed human rights defenders in the US will now fight hard so this retrograde step proves short-lived.”last_img read more

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PM Harper held discussions with Valcourt Atleo on education bill federal official

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe final push that gave birth to the First Nation education bill currently before Parliament occurred during discussions between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, according to a senior federal official.Francois Ducros, Aboriginal Affairs assistant deputy minister for education and social development programs, told the Senate Aboriginal Peoples committee Wednesday evening that “discussions” occurred “over the last couple of months” between Harper, Valcourt and Atleo. Ducros didn’t say how many meetings the three actually had on the proposed education bill. When asked about the issue by APTN National News after the Senate committee hearing, Ducros referred questions to Valcourt’s office.The PMO and Valcourt’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment sent late Wednesday evening. Harper, Valcourt and Atleo jointly announced on Feb. 7 a new education bill would be tabled in Parliament.Ducros volunteered the information after she was asked by Conservative Sen. John Wallace about the department’s discussion with the AFN over the bill. Ducros said there had been discussions with the AFN over two years.The First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, Bill C-33, was debated for the first time on second reading in the House of Commons Wednesday. The bill is expected to go to before the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee next week.The Conservatives have moved to use time allocation to limit debate on the bill to hasten its passage through the House of Commons. It’s believed the Harper government wants to have the bill passed into law before the House rises for the summer.Valcourt issued a statement Wednesday afternoon condemning the NDP for its initial opposition to the bill.“The First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act is a constructive and necessary step towards a better future for First Nations students across the country and I am both shocked and saddened that the NDP would stand in the way of improving the lives of First Nations students for purely partisan reasons,” said Valcourt. “Thomas Mulcair and the NDP are choosing to stand with those calling to bring Canada’s economy to its knees…I am disturbed that they would play politics on the backs of First Nation children.”NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder has criticized the bill for giving the minister too much power over First Nation education.Mulcair met with chiefs from Quebec and Labrador this week who asked the Opposition Leader to oppose the bill.The Senate is currently conducting a pre-examination on the bill, which has yet to reach the Red Chamber.Ducros, along with Chris Rainer, Aboriginal Affairs’ director of strategic policy and planning directorate in the education branch, and Martin Reiher, acting general council and director of operations and programs in the Justice Canada’s legal services unit, appeared as witnesses before the committee.If passed, the proposed bill would guarantee funding for on-reserve education that would increase at a rate of 4.5 per cent a year. Ottawa would also add $1.2 billion in funding to education in addition to existing funding levels which are around $1.55 billion a year, said Ducros. The money would flow after the next federal election in 2016.If passed, the bill would also require First Nation schools to meet mandated standards, including ensuring all students graduating from reserve schools have recognized certificates or diplomas, receive a minimum number of instructional hours and are taught by certified teachers. The bill would also ensure all children have access to elementary and secondary education on reserves.Schools would also be required to appoint a “school inspector” responsible for ensuring the school is meeting all requirements including the academic performance of students at the institution. If a school fails to meet standards, it could be put under co-management or under third-party management by the minister on advice from a Joint Council of Education Professionals.Ducros faced questions from Sen. Lillian Dyck on the extent of the department’s consultation on the bill. Referring to recent public statements from chiefs across the country decrying the lack of consultation, Dyck pressed Ducros on whether the department had a different understanding of consultation.“We are still hearing many First Nations organizations still saying they haven’t been consulted,” said Dyck.Ducros said the department faced pressures from two fronts: the need to act quickly on improving the dire education situation on reserves and the need for consultation. Ducros said lots of talk preceded the bill, including the work of a blue-ribbon panel on education which held hearings, followed by the department’s own consultations across the country and the release of a blueprint and draft education bill last year.“With something as intimate as education you are never going to finish consultation,” said Ducros. “There is always going to be a lot of angst around something like this.”Ducros said the majority of First Nations want to work with the department on the bill and are preparing for its passing into law.“Some don’t want to work with us, but not a lot,” said Ducros.Ducros, and the two other officials, also faced questions from Sen. Wilfred Moore on the need for the education council, which will be appointed by the federal cabinet and provide advice to the minister. The council will also be the go-between during discussions on developing the regulations and funding formulas associated with the bill.“To me it looks like the white man sitting on top,” said Moore.Ducros said the education council would have no say in how First Nations decided to deliver their education systems. The education council was actually created to restrict the minister’s power, she said. Currently, contribution agreements between First Nations and the department primarily govern education on reserves. Ducros said the minister has unfettered power in these agreements.jbarrear@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia not realistic or viable says Ban Kimoon

12 November 2007Deploying a United Nations peacekeeping operation to Somalia is not realistic or viable given the war-wracked African country’s security situation, the intensifying insurgency and the lack of progress towards any political reconciliation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. In his latest report on the situation in Somalia, Mr. Ban writes that conditions are so dire that it has not even been possible to send a technical assessment mission to the country.“Nevertheless, a strategic assessment of United Nations interventions in Somalia has been initiated, with a view to providing an integrated approach and framework for United Nations engagement in Somalia,” he says, including in maintaining support for the existing African Union Mission to the country, known as AMISOM.“Given the complex security situation in Somalia, it may be advisable to look at additional security options, including the deployment of a robust multinational force or coalition of the willing.“Such a force could initially be small and self-sustaining, growing over time with the achievement of specific security and political milestones. In due time, such a force could be built to a level that would enable Ethiopian forces [which are in Somalia to support the fragile Transitional Federal Government] to commence a partial, then complete withdrawal from the country.”Mr. Ban stresses that the UN continues to conduct a two-track approach to Somalia, by encouraging dialogue between the TFG and opposition groups with the aim of producing a cessation of hostilities and the creation of broad-based and inclusive public institutions, and by strengthening AMISOM to the point that would allow Ethiopian forces to withdraw and the emergence of some stability.But he notes the difficulties of implementing the approach in a country that has not had a functioning national government since 1991 and remains riddled with violence and humanitarian suffering.Most recently, fighting broke out in September in Laascaanood, the capital of the disputed Sool region, between forces loyal to the self-declared independent republic of Somaliland and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, because of intra-clan tensions.The violence has only worsened since then, the Secretary-General reports, while in Mogadishu, the national capital, the security situation remains highly volatile, with daily attacks carried out by insurgents against the TFG and the Ethiopian forces.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also reported today that another 24,000 Somalis have had to flee Mogadishu in the past week because of the deadly fighting.At least 51 civilians were killed and another 30 were wounded last Thursday and Friday alone, OCHA said in a statement, and an estimated 114,000 residents of Mogadishu have left the city this year. In total, some 850,000 people are now internally displaced across Somalia.OCHA warned that the grave situation was being made worse because the fighting had seriously curtailed the movement of humanitarian workers. Many of the people fleeing Mogadishu in recent weeks are now living in rudimentary roadside settlements and nearby villages, placing great strain on the resources of those communities.Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, who is also UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said “civilians are more than ever bearing the brunt of the fighting in Mogadishu. I appeal to all those with guns, whether Government, insurgent, or Ethiopian troops, to refrain from indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks affecting civilians.”Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, is holding meetings in Nairobi, the capital of neighbouring Kenya, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Somalia and also civil society groups.In recent days he has also met with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Ali Mahdi Mohammed, the Chairman of Somalia’s National Reconciliation Congress, to try to find a political solution to the crisis. read more

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US trade deficit widens 8 per cent in September to 418 billion

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 12:23 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in September as imports increased to the highest level in 10 months while exports slipped. The wider gap suggests growth was somewhat slower over the summer than previously estimated.The deficit increased to $41.8 billion, up 8 per cent from August, the Commerce Department said Thursday. It was the largest trade gap since May and marked the third straight month that the deficit has risen since hitting a four-year low in June.Exports, which hit a record high in June, slipped for the third straight month, dipping 0.2 per cent to $188.9 billion. Sales of commercial aircraft and autos both declined. Imports rose 1.2 per cent to $230.7 billion, the highest level since November.The deficit with China hit an all-time high of $30.5 billion.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.8 per cent in the July-September quarter. An improving trade deficit contributed 0.3 percentage point to growth during that period.But Thursday’s report shows that exports rose at a slower pace than the government estimated when it issued its report on third-quarter growth last week. That could wipe out trade’s contribution to growth, economists say, and lead the government to reduce its estimate of third quarter growth to an annual rate of 2.5 per cent.So far this year, the deficit is running 11.7 per cent below the pace of 2012. A smaller trade deficit acts as a boost to economic growth when it shows American companies are earning more in their foreign sales and losing fewer domestic sales to foreign competitors.Many economists say that growth has slowed in the current October-December quarter to perhaps below a 2 per cent growth rate. They expect a rebound next year as the impact of this year’s tax hikes and government spending cuts lessen.U.S. manufacturers are hoping that rising export sales will provide a boost to offset weakness in domestic demand. Through the first nine months this year, exports are up a modest 1 per cent. U.S. companies have had to deal with weakness in Europe, which has cut into sales in that important market. Through September, exports to the European Union were down 2.7 per cent from the same period in 2012.Imports are down 0.6 per cent through September compared to the same period in 2012. Much of that decline reflects an 11.5 per cent drop in petroleum imports. The U.S. is being helped on the energy front by rising U.S. production which is lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil. The price of imported crude oil is also lower this year, averaging $97.52 per barrel through September, down from $102.25 for the same period in 2012.For September, U.S. exports of farm products showed a solid gain, led by stronger sales of soybeans, corn and wheat. But sales of manufactured goods such as aircraft, autos and computers were down. On the import side, imports of oil were up 2.7 per cent and imports of foreign-made cars and auto parts rose were up 3.4 per cent. Imports of food were down.America’s deficit with China, the largest with any country, rose 1.9 per cent to a record $30.5 billion in September and is up 2.6 per cent for the first nine months of this year, on track to set another annual record.The Obama administration on Oct. 30 released its latest report on whether countries are manipulating their currencies to gain unfair trade advantages.The report said that China’s currency, the renminbi, remained significantly undervalued but it declined to label China as a currency manipulator. Such a designation triggers negotiations and could ultimately lead to U.S. trade sanctions. American manufacturers have long contended that the Chinese are keeping their currency artificially low to make Chinese goods cheaper for American goods and U.S. products more expensive in China.The currency report, which the administration must submit to Congress every six months, also criticized Germany, saying its large trade surpluses were holding back growth in Europe. The twice-a-year report also said the administration planned to closely monitor the currency policies of Japan and South Korea. US trade deficit widens 8 per cent in September to $41.8 billion, highest in 4 months AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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This door lock knows when you switch your browser to Porn Mode

first_imgWhat you do in your web browser when you switch it to porn mode is your own business. As long as nobody comes along and opens up the door unexpectedly. If only there was some way to ensure that you’d never find yourself in that situation. Maybe someone clever will invent something that keeps unexpected guests from bursting in on you when you’re at your most vulnerable… or least clothed… or both!Well, now there is, thanks to the brilliant minds at the Useless Duck Company!Yes, the same people who brought you the only automatic toilet paper dispenser that’s officially endorsed by Ash Williams (well, it would be if Ash was a real person, anyway) have now invented a physical privacy tool that works in conjunction with your browser’s software privacy tools.It’s a door lock that automatically engages when you flip the private browsing switch. You know, to shop for engagement rings without your fiancee finding out… and other far more believable uses for private browsing mode. Like checking your second Gmail account and whatnot.Ordinarily you might lock your door manually to make sure you won’t be disturbed. If, however, you happen to forget then Useless Duck’s auto-lock has your back…. which, as the company notes on the YouTube video, is super handy if you don’t want your wife to catch you shopping — or doing that other thing that ends in”pping” and rhymes with tapping.Once you’ve finished… your shopping… the lock automatically opens back up, because you don’t want people encountering a locked door unless it’s absolutely necessary. That just leads to a whole bunch of questions that no one really wants to hear the answers to.last_img read more

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Lego DC SuperVillains Celebrates Start of SDCC With New Trailer

first_img Last month at E3, I got to check out Lego DC Super-Villains. I found the game highly enjoyable and another worthy entry in the nearly-perfect Lego video game franchise. One of its most stand out features is the character creator. With this, players are free to design their own nefarious protagonist in numerous and inventive ways. To celebrate this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros Interactive, TT Games, The Lego Group, and DC Entertainment have released a new character customization trailer.The trailer shows exactly what the character creator is all about. Players can customize a character’s every detail, even down to individual appendages. Users can either create a look that is slick and unified or completely disorganized. Along the way, player characters will gain abilities which can also be customized. It’s all about giving players full control over how their villain looks and interacts with the world. Those who may not want to spend countless hours creating the perfect look can opt to have the game randomly create a character for them. Again, it’s all about choice.Folks attending SDCC can see the character creator for themselves by checking out a demo of the game at the LEGO booth (#2829), DC Comics booth (#1915) and the Warner Bros. Booth (#4545) during normal show hours. I suspect this is the same demo I played at E3. If it is, attendees are in for a treat.In addition, the team behind Lego DC Super-Villains are attending the big show. This includes: Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games) and Ames Kirshen (VP, Interactive & Animation, DC Entertainment), and voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn), Julie Nathanson (Silver Banshee), and Fred Tatasciore (Solomon Grundy, Clayface, Black Adam, Killer Croc). During the panel — which takes place on Friday, July 20 at 2:15 pm PT in Room 6A — attendees will get an inside look at the game. Not only will they see new character reveals but they’ll also get more insight into the story.Expect Lego DC Super-Villains to release on October 16 for PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. Those who buy the game from one of the following retailers will get an exclusive gift:GameStop – Harley Quinn Collectible SteelBookTarget – Joker bag tag (Deluxe Edition), Harley Quinn bag tagWalmart – DC Super Heroes: TV Series Character Pack Stay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Watch This Artist Transformed Trash Into Robotic Sea Creatures

first_imgStay on target New Zealand’s Giant Hand Sculpture Is the Stuff of Nightmares’Hidden’ Angel and Christ Found Beneath Leonardo da Vinci Painting Plastic waste is polluting oceans worldwide, harming marine life and underwater habitats. But one artist is transforming trash, including plastic bags, computer parts, and old toys, into beautiful, “living” sea creatures.Shih Chieh Huang is known for his immersive installations that use light, sound, and electronic machinery. His new one-man exhibition at New York City’s Ronald Feldman Gallery showcases motorized sculptures, in the form of delicate tentacles fabricated from plastic bags, that light up and change colors as they inflate and deflate, seemingly to take on a life of their own.Computer cooling fans generate the movement of the sculptures, while the circuit breaker that controls the movement can also be seen on display.“Creatures” comprised of medical tubing with glowing liquid are strung around the gallery between the columns among other kinetic works that are attached to the walls.“The highly orchestrated rhythmic inflation and deflation of the multiple plastic appendages — simultaneously rising, falling, expanding, and contracting — create a meditative breathing room,” according to the Feldman Gallery.Shih Chieh Huang, VT-36, 2017 (Photo Credit: Megan Paetzhold / Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York)In an interview with the Creators Project in 2014, Huang said the oceanic theme of his work was inspired by deep-sea life. “I was inspired by the creatures found in the deep ocean and the life forms that live around the region where light can no longer reach called ‘The Twilight Zone,’” he said. “It’s a very cool place, [with] many strange things.”Incubate by Shih Chieh Huang is on view at Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City through April 13, 2019.More on Geek.com:AI Can Now Recreate Famous Paintings With a 3D PrinterMeow Wolf: How ‘Game of Thrones’ Saved a Day-Glo New Mexico Art SpaceGoogle Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Artlast_img read more

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WWE Main Event Results – 1/13/15 (Six Man Tag Main Event)

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ali, Chad Gable advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Facebook The Miz Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Results courtesy of WWE.com.WWE Main Event results, Jan. 13, 2015: The New Day powers past Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose in a Six-Man Tag Team MatchBATON ROUGE, La. — On an action-packed edition of WWE Main Event, The Ascension continued to lay waste to their opponents, Rusev crushed his competition and the spirited trio of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston & Big E electrified the WWE Universe with a victory over Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose.Plus, it was announced that WWE Main Event will not be seen on WWE Network next week because of contractual conflicts. Instead, next Tuesday at 8/7 CT, Santino’s Royal Rumble Lottery Spectacular will air in its place! Check back with WWE.com for the latest WWE Network programming updates and news from WWE Main Event.Los Matadores def. Gold & StardustBefore their tag team contest against Los Matadores, Gold & Stardust predicted that the stars will align for them on Jan. 25 when they enter the Royal Rumble Match.Unfortunately for the former WWE Tag Team Champions, the WWE Universe was not in sync on this night. After The Bizarre One pulled El Torito into the ring, the mini-bull put his golden foe in a hurricanrana, allowing Diego to roll up the veteran Superstar for the victory.The Ascension def. Local athletesViktor & Konnor’s arrival to WWE has been both controversial and commanding. Nothing changed on WWE Main Event, as the rising young duo once again put down WWE’s past tag teams before introducing two local athletes to the Wasteland via their devastating finishing maneuver, Fall of Man.Rusev def. Justin GabrielRusev was put to the test by Justin Gabriel in a surprisingly competitive contest. In the end, however, it was The Super Athlete who would crush the high-flyer before adding insult to injury with a devastating post-match superkick to the South African Superstar.The New Day def. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam RoseThe New Day’s conflict with Cesaro, Tyson Kidd & Adam Rose rose to new heights on WWE Main Event as the rival trios met in a frenzied Six-Man Tag Team Match. The contest escalated to a fever pitch before Big E and Xavier Woods connected with The Midnight Hour on the leader of The Exotic Express to pick up the victory.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 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 WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Drake Maverick win the WWE 24/7 Championship from Elias tonight on Smackdown Live Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Triple H Pinterest Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WWE Smackdown Results – 8/27/19 (Daniel Bryan wants an apology, King of the Ring continues) Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Pirellis noisecanceling tires are a simple solution to a complex problem

first_img Tread on me: The wildest tires and wheels around Share your voice 3 More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Modern cars make a ton of amazing noises, whether that be intake honk under full acceleration or pops and crackles from the exhaust on engine overrun. One of the sounds they make that isn’t so pleasant is tire noise, and with the super low-profile and wide-tread rubber found on luxury and performance cars, tuning that out is an increasingly difficult problem.One way of cutting road and tire noise in the cabin is to pile layer after layer of insulation and carpet into the vehicle’s interior, but this adds weight and cost. Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli found a different solution that reduces tire noise by as much as 3 decibels — which is a bigger difference than you’d think — and it’s an ingenious one. It’s called the Pirelli Noise Canceling System, and it’s actually a very straightforward solution.Because a tire is hollow and filled with air, the air moving around inside from heat and vibration as the tire rolls down the road makes noise. These vibrations are transmitted to the cabin through the vehicle’s suspension. Pirelli’s solution involves a layer of open cell foam banding inside the tire that helps reduce and absorb these vibrations before they’re transferred to the car.While this tech came out a few years ago, it took a little while for it to be embraced by manufacturers. As of 2017, it was adopted for use on 78 models from various manufacturers, but the demand for quieter cars has seen the number of adoptions double in the last year to more than 150.Tires with PCNS are marked on their sidewall with a little speaker emblem with a bar through it, so if you ever wondered why your tire had a mute symbol on it, now you know. 15 Photoscenter_img Comments Auto Tech 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

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Alaska Democrats announce finalists to fill Gruenberg seat

first_imgDownload audioAnchorage Democrats have announced three finalists to fill the vacancy left by the late state Rep. Max Gruenberg.They are Taylor Brelsford, Kendra Kloster and Ivy Spohnholz. The Alaska Democratic party, in a release, said Gruenberg’s widow, Kayla Epstein, withdrew her application.By law, the appointee must be a member of the same political party as the predecessor, and in this case, would be subject to confirmation by House Democrats.Walker has 30 days from the vacancy to make the appointment. Gruenberg died Feb. 14. A Walker spokeswoman says he’ll interview the finalists and make his decision by March 15.According to the release, Brelsford is an environmental scientist; Kloster serves as an aide to House Minority Leader Chris Tuck; and Spohnholz works as development director for the Salvation Army.last_img read more

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