SC to hear plea against Kambala after 4 weeks

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 15 (PTI) The Supreme Court today said it would hear after four weeks a plea of an animal rights body challenging a bill to legalise traditional buffalo race Kambala and bullock cart races in Karnataka.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the fresh plea filed by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) would be heard along with the plea of animals rights body PETA.”List after four weeks,” the bench said.FIAPO has filed the plea opposing the state governments bill to legalise traditional buffalo race “Kambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka on the ground of cruelty being meted out to the animals.Bullock cart races are held in parts of north Karnataka and in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.To pave the way for the sports, the state cabinet had on January 28 last year decided to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, (Central Act 59 of 1960), enacted to prevent infliction of unnecessary cruelty and suffering on animals.Kambala race, held between November and March, involves a pair of buffaloes tied to a plough and anchored by one person. They are made to run in parallel muddy tracks in a competition in which the fastest team wins.It is believed to be held to propitiate the gods for a good harvest, besides being a recreational sport for farmers.PETA has also opposed Kambala on grounds of cruelty to animals and said the agitators have taken a leaf out of pro- jallikattu protesters book and called for banning the sport. PTI SJK PKS ABA MNL RKS ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

Owen Farrell expects to be fit to face Ireland in England’s Six Nations opener

first_imgShare on LinkedIn England rugby union team Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Owen Farrell Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Six Nations Ireland rugby union team Reuse this content Rugby union news Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Read more England call up Jonathan Joseph to Six Nations squad for Portugal trip Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Owen Farrell has declared himself on course to lead England in their Six Nations opener in Ireland despite undergoing thumb surgery last weekend, handing Eddie Jones a major boost.Farrell had an operation on a thumb tendon Saturday, putting into question is participation against the defending champions in Dublin on 2 February. Over the weekend Jones said he was “cautiously optimistic” Farrell would face Ireland but the 27-year-old delivered a more bullish assessment at the Six Nations launch on Wednesday.In a further boost to Jones, he even expects to take part in England’s first rugby session at their training camp in Portugal, ensuring the disruption to their preparations is minimal. “It’s fine,” he said. “I’m hoping to train the end of this week so should be good. [I was] always told it would be quick. [It was] always was a short turnaround so should be fine. It’s not even a repair, a little thing done to my thumb tendon that releases a bit of pressure of it. [I’m] looking forward to the Six Nations, looking forward to the first game.“The hand is good. I had something small done to it on the weekend. I should be training towards the end of this week. It was a gradual thing and is something small.” When asked if he expected to play against Ireland, Farrell replied: “I’m confident, yes.”Jones is similarly positive over his captain’s fitness but it remains to be seen if Farrell remains at fly-half against Ireland or switches back to inside-centre with George Ford coming in at No10. Jones said: “I’m confident Owen’s going to play and we’ve got George there so we’re well stocked for number 10s at the moment.”Compared with 12 months ago, Jones has far fewer injury problems so close to the start of the tournament but his biggest concern is over Brad Shields, who has a side strain. He is believe to be touch and go to face Ireland. “We anticipate he will be training next week,” added Jones.Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt is confident Johnny Sexton will be fit to face England. Sexton has been sidelined with a knee injury but is expected to resume full training today/on Thursday. “He will train fully and we will then ramp up his training. Our expectation is that he will get through it without any problems. Johnny is confident and the medical staff are confident.”Wales however, have been far worse hit by injuries before their opening match against France on Friday week. Leigh Halfpenny is expected to out for at least the first two matches due to his ongoing concussion problems while the scrum-half Gareth Davies and the centre Scott Williams are major doubts to face France. Scotland meanwhile, will be without Hamish Watson for the entire tournament due to a broken hand.last_img read more

Alabama Star Has Dirty Hit On LSU QB Joe Burrow

first_imgJoe Burrow prepares to throw a pass for LSU against Miami.LSU’s offense can use all of the help it gets against No. 1 Alabama this evening. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Joe Burrow-led offense just missed out on what would’ve been some major help against the Crimson Tide.The SEC referees appeared to miss a pretty blatant late hit on Burrow as he was running out of bounds and into the Alabama sideline.Alabama star defender Dylan Moses had a late shove on Burrow that went uncalled by the referees.Burrow was not injured on the play – he didn’t even fall to the ground – but it still should’ve been called.Baton Rouge native Dylan Moses didn’t make any friends in Tiger Stadium with that late push out of bounds on LSU QB Joe Burrow.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) November 4, 2018Burrow was at least a step or two out of bounds before Moses made contact.Again, Burrow is 2 steps out of bounds when Moses shoves him and not a single flag lol terrible— Stin ? (@AustinJBergeron) November 4, 2018Burrow and LSU are currently trailing No. 1 Alabama, 9-0, at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.The game is on CBS.last_img read more

AWT Announces Latest Version of FleetDSS

first_imgzoom Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), a leading provider of fleet optimization services and onboard voyage management software, today announced the latest version of its fully customizable fleet management system with the release of Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS) Version 2.0. In addition to being suitable for use within a company’s IT network, FleetDSS has new tools, including an ETA confidence tool and a comparative vessel type performance graph, making it easy for operators to closely monitor the efficiency of their fleets.“At AWT, we are committed to meeting the diverse needs of all sectors of the shipping industry,” said Haydn Jones, CEO of AWT. “With the launch of FleetDSS 2.0, we believe AWT has developed an invaluable tool that will help companies be more efficient in managing their fleets while minimizing fuel consumption and improving safety.”More Data, Faster AccessFleetDSS 2.0 includes high-resolution wind, wave and current data to provide operators with more detailed information. This version also includes specific information about swell conditions and combined with other parameters, provides detailed information on how ships will be affected by the weather and currents.Version 2.0 is a network version which means it can now be set up to collect the weather and route data at one central location and multiple users can access this data. For clients with many users, this will significantly reduce the amount of data being downloaded while providing quick access to the data they need.New Tools Designed to Improve Fleet EfficiencyVersion 2.0 adds an ETA confidence tool that analyzes 20 model outputs to predict the likelihood that a ship will arrive at the projected time. Operators can use this tool to evaluate the confidence in a vessel’s ETA and the likelihood of the vessel having an earlier or later arrival in order to make more informed decisions.In addition, FleetDSS 2.0 provides a graphical tool comparing performance across a group or class of ships to help fleet managers monitor the efficiency of their fleets. Using this tool, operators compare their ship’s performance with other ships of the same type. This helps operators more easily see if a ship is under-performing and may have an issue that needs to be addressed.New Features Designed for CharterersWith version 2.0, ship operators can easily assess how each vessel is doing compared to their specific charter party terms. Operators can access this data using the fleet performance report or monitor vessels that are under-performing using the alert dashboard.“The original version of FleetDSS was very useful for liner companies, but now with version 2.0, we have expanded the capabilities of FleetDSS to cover a wide spectrum of the market,” said Rich Brown, AWT’s vice president of products and systems. “In FleetDSS 2.0, the new tools allow ship operators to be more efficient and make better decisions.”AWT, November 12, 2013last_img read more

Mahatma Gandhis values are very relevant for us says Prez

first_imgNew Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi’s values and ideals can be found relevant in any period of human existence and he taught us that our actions should aim at enhancing the dignity and destiny of other human beings, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday.Kovind made the remarks at the World Youth Conference on Kindness organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP). “We could place Gandhiji in a time machine and transport him to any period of human existence and we would find him to be relevant. This is also true of the times we live in. Gandhiji remains extremely relevant to our present day concerns such as need for peace and tolerance, terrorism and climate change. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The strife and violence that we see in the world today is often based in deep-rooted prejudices. These make us see the world through the binary of ‘us versus them’,” he said. Kovind said,”Following Gandhiji’s footsteps, we must let ourselves and our children interact and engage with those whom we tend to define as ‘them’. Greater interaction is the best way to develop a sensitive understanding, which can help us overcome our prejudices.” The conference with the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World: Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’ witnessed the participation of approximately 1,000 youth representing over 27 countries including from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Few weeks from now on October 2, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of our father of nation. His values are very relevant for us, Gandhi was born in India but belonged to entire humanity. “He taught us that our actions should ultimately aim at enhancing the dignity and destiny of other human beings,” Kovind said. “For me, he was the ‘experimental Gandhi’, defying class and race boundaries. A ‘creative Gandhi’, who transformed salt into a powerful symbol of a mass movement. “And the ‘determined Gandhi’, who with his frail body walked through the villages of India with a lamp of truth amid the all-pervading darkness of violence that marked our independence,” he said. The first World Youth Conference on Kindness is being organised by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Human Resource Development with the aim to impart critical competencies in global youth to inspire, empower and enable them to transform themselves and build long-lasting peace in their communities.last_img read more

Elton John To Bring Charity Tennis To Las Vegas

first_imgOn Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.“It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with Aid for AIDS of Nevada to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”“It is great to have Mylan WTT Smash Hits back in the U.S. and even better that we are making our first trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world,” said Billie Jean King. “Smash Hits is one of my favorite and most meaningful events of the year and we are looking forward to a successful and entertaining night this October at Caesars Palace.”Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 23rd. For information on tickets – including group sales and VIP ticket packages – click here or call (212) 586-3444 x111.Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a Mylan WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The overall series is tied 11-11 between Team Elton and Team Billie Jean. Team Billie Jean won the 2014 event in London with a 22-16 victory.This will be the 13th Smash Hits appearance for Agassi. The 8-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 is well-known for his philanthropy, which includes starting the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. Agassi was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.This is the third Smash Hits appearance for Graf, a fellow Hall of Famer. Graf has long been considered one of the greatest players in tennis history, winning 107 singles titles, 22 Grand Slam singles championships, and an Olympic gold medal before retiring in 1999. Graf and her husband Andre Agassi have two children, daughter Jaz and son Jaden. Graf is very active with her charity Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence.Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 11th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 177 doubles titles.Roddick returns to Smash Hits for an 11th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.last_img read more

Quebec newspaper chain Groupe Capitales Medias files for creditor protection

Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec French-language newspaper chain founded by former federal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon has filed for creditor protection.Le Groupe Capitales Medias, whose daily newspapers include Le Droit of Gatineau-Ottawa, the Quebec City Le Soleil, has been facing financial challenges.Premier Francois Legault promised Sunday that his government will “do everything” so that the newspapers survive a reported threat of closure as of Aug. 26. He previously said the government would be open to emergency one-time help until a general media assistance program is put in place.Two provincial ministers called a news conference for later this afternoon.The company owns “Le Nouvelliste” in Trois-Rivieres, “La Tribune” in Sherbrooke, “La Voix de l’Est” in Granby, “Le Quotidien” and “Le Weekend progress” in Saguenay.Quebecor Inc., which publishes the Journal de Quebec and Le Journal de Montreal, has expressed interest in the newspapers but the Liberal opposition is worried about media concentration. read more

UN official urges action on pact banning hazardous chemicals

Next week’s annual conference brings together parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which targets 12 pesticides and industrial chemicals that can kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems, cause cancer and reproductive disorders and interfere with normal infant and child development. “The promises made by the Stockholm Convention must now be realized through specific activities, policies and investments at the national and community levels,” said Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director and Officer-in-Charge of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), under whose auspices the treaty was negotiated. “This Conference will allow us to examine the first real evidence of how the Convention is leading to actual reductions in POPs,” he said. Mr. Kakakhel called on the governments meeting in Geneva to underline their support for a “full and sufficient replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) given its importance for the Stockholm Convention and for other international agreements.” Another issue on the conference agenda is the development of a reporting system on the use of and continued need for DDT to combat malarial mosquitoes. While DDT is targeted for eventual elimination, the Convention recognizes that a number of countries will need to continue using this pesticide for some years in order to protect the health of their citizens. Other issues on the conference agenda include the strengthening of a global monitoring network to track the levels of POPs in the environment, technical assistance, financial resources, the first review of the financial mechanism, approaches to minimizing releases of dioxins and furans, non-compliance and liability and redress. The 12 initial POPs covered by the Convention include nine pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex and toxaphene); two industrial chemicals (PCBs as well as hexachlorobenzene, also used as a pesticide); and unintentional by-products, most importantly dioxins and furans. Governments are expected to add more chemicals to this list over the coming years. read more

In first official visit to Mali new peacekeeping chief praises Governments support

Mr. Lacroix, the Under Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of International Cooperation and African Integration, Abdoulaye Diop, as well as the High Representative of the President for implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, Mahamadou Diagouraga. Meeting with President Keïta, Mr. Lacroix hand-delivered a letter from UN Secretary-General António Guterres encouraging further progress on the peace agreement, as well as expressing support for the G5 regional initiative, as the ‘Group of Five for the Sahel’ – formed in 2014 by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – is known.Accompanied by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, these meetings provided an opportunity to discuss the peace process and challenges, particularly in the security field. Mr. Lacroix thanked Malian officials for their constructive and sustained cooperation with MINUSMA, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, in fulfilling its mandate. As part of his first working visit, he was in Timbuktu with Mr. Annadif to visit the Liberian contingent at the site of the attack on 3 May in which one of their comrades was killed and nine others were wounded. Mr. Lacroix paid tribute to the fallen peacekeeper and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. He also conveyed his solidarity when he met with civilian and uniformed staff and thanked them for their dedication and sacrifices in very difficult conditions. read more

Tressel Pryor is our quarterback

After one of the most devastating losses in recent memory, the Ohio State Buckeyes and their coaches begin to look for answers.OSU went to Purdue and was beaten convincingly, 26-18, by a Boilermakers team that had one win, and zero in the Big Ten Conference.“Obviously it was a tough one for us to go drop a game on the road in the conference, but that’s exactly what happened,” coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.Mistakes and missed opportunities plagued OSU against Purdue. The most glaring problem from an offense that only mustered 18 points was the inconsistent play by quarterback Terrelle Pryor.Pryor’s day was highlighted by turnovers. He accounted for four of five on the day. He had two interceptions and three fumbles, two of which were lost to Purdue.The offensive struggles cannot be pinned on him alone, but if the offense is going to start being more consistent, it will have to start with Pryor, Tressel said.In the five wins for OSU this season, Pryor has a 9-5 touchdown to interception ratio and three rushing touchdowns. In the two losses, he has only one touchdown, three interceptions and two lost fumbles.For OSU’s offense to get out of its collective funk, Pryor will need to be more protective of the football, Tressel said.Tressel said that regardless of how ineffective Pryor has looked at times this season, the idea of replacing him with backup Joe Bauserman has never crossed his mind.Last year, quarterback Todd Boeckman was replaced after a forgettable outing against USC. Tressel doesn’t believe that this year’s struggles are comparable to those of last season.“We felt at the time last year that the best thing for the team in order to be successful was to make the decision that we did,” Tressel said. “I’m not sure that they’re comparable at all. They don’t feel to me as being similar situations.”With several questions still unanswered, the Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1) prepare for Homecoming against Minnesota (4-3, 2-2) at noon Saturday.Tressel striving for better preparationRecently, OSU has been known as a team that struggles to beat quality opponents. As bad as that may seem, the Buckeyes’ saving grace has been that they rarely, if ever, lose to inferior opponents.That wasn’t the case Saturday.“We didn’t do the things that you need to do to be successful,” Tressel said. “What we asked ourselves and our team to do was first and foremost … think about what is it that I could do better.”The letdown against Purdue started with the coaching staff not adequately preparing the Buckeyes for the challenge they would face.The Boilermakers are a much better team than their record indicates. Letdowns like the one Saturday occur when teams don’t give enough credit to their opponent, junior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said.“I think we prepared the week like any other game,” he said. “When it came to game time, our focus just might not have been there. As a whole, we may have overlooked that a little bit.”If the Buckeyes weren’t ready mentally for a tough road game at Purdue, it falls back on the coach. In light of the tough loss, Tressel reflected on what he believes his role is in preparing his players.“I know from a coaching standpoint when young people decide to come to Ohio State, and we convince them that this is a great institution and so forth, that one of the things that we want to know for sure is what is it that you’re interested in doing individually, collectively as a team, obviously a million things outside of football, and then you go about trying to coach them, aid them, teach them and so forth in what it takes to accomplish that,” Tressel said.After the surprising loss to the Boilermakers, Tressel knows what he must do to better his team going forward in Big Ten play.“The first reflection that I have personally is that I’ve certainly got to do a better job of helping this group understand what it takes to do the things they would like to do,” he said. Injuries, youth, penalties hurt offensive lineLack of production by the offense doomed the Buckeyes on Saturday, and the lack of quality play by the offensive line is just another reason why.The line gave up five sacks against Purdue but also had five costly penalties that made sustaining drives difficult.Senior Jim Cordle went down during the USC game, and surgery has kept him from making an impact on the struggling line. Cordle could be ready this week.“We tried to get him into the game Saturday, and he just isn’t quite ready,” Tressel said. “It’s one thing being able to be able to go through a practice tempo, and it’s another thing to be able to do it on a Saturday. I like to think he’d be a lot healthier because we kind of took a step back with him. We didn’t leave him in so long that he got banged up.”Fellow veteran Andrew Miller has also been out, but Tressel believes it may finally be time for him to get back in the rotation.“Andrew has practiced a little bit, and I hope he can contribute,” Tressel said. “This will be an important week of practice to see if he can get some weight back on and get some strength back and so forth.” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to rebound from heartbreaking loss with game

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams walks up the court between free throws during the second half of a game against Texas Southern at the Schottenstein Center on Nov. 16. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (5-2) returned to Columbus late Sunday night from the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon following a 67-66 loss to Butler.The Buckeyes blew a 15-point lead in the final four minutes and lost in overtime. Ahead of his team’s Wednesday showdown against Clemson (5-1), head coach Chris Holtmann said he’s trying to find balance between allowing his team to rest and preparing for its fourth straight high-major opponent.“From what I’ve been able to watch, I really like this Clemson team. I think they’re older, they’re skilled, Brad [Brownell] does a great job,” Holtmann said. “So it’s gonna be a fun challenge for us, and we’re excited about it and excited to prepare.”Clemson has demonstrated improved accuracy from the field this season, making 50.3 percent of shot attempts. Ohio State has shot 46.1 percent from the field.Veteran forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate have led the Buckeyes with 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, and 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds, respectively. The Tigers are led by forwards senior Donte Grantham and junior Elijah Thomas. Grantham averages 16 points and six rebounds per game, shooting 69.8 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from the 3-point line. Thomas averages 13 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, shooting 70.5 percent from the field. Freshman forward Kaleb Wesson said defending Clemson’s big men will require more than just a few players giving effort defensively.“It’s gonna have to be a team effort,” Wesson said. “If people [are] shooting 70 percent from the floor, that means they’re getting good shots. They’re not shooting bad shots, so everybody got to join in and guard everybody.”The Tigers do not solely rely on their big men, however. Each of their starters averages 11-plus points per game. They also have multiple threats from 3-point distance. In addition to Grantham, senior guard Gabe Devoe makes nearly two 3-pointers per game at a 39.3 percent clip and redshirt senior forward/center Mark Donnal has made five of seven shots from beyond the arc.Ohio State has not defended the perimeter well this season, allowing more than eight 3-pointers per game. Holtmann said that’s an area that could decide the game.“We’ve not defended the 3 as well as I would have hoped,” Holtmann said. “And overall, we’ve defended well. We have been pretty solid defensively. I wish we would defend the 3 a little bit better but that’s certainly going to be important tomorrow.”Ohio State has shot poorly so far this season and struggled with turnovers, which makes defending on the other end of the floor that much more important in maximizing possessions.“We just gonna have to execute on defense,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “We just got to lock in ― try to string three stops in a row, five stops in a row. We not gonna shut them out, but if we just stay connected on the defensive end, hopefully that will just help us out and put less pressure on our offense.”The Buckeyes also will need to win the battle inside to win the game given Clemson’s talented frontcourt. The Buckeyes have outrebounded opponents 41.1-32 on average, while the Tigers have outrebounded opponents 38-30.Holtmann said sophomore center Micah Potter did not play much against Butler because of his lingering ankle injury. Wesson has started in Potter’s place and will need to step up in the paint against Clemson, especially if Potter continues to be limited.Ohio State has given out 5,000 student tickets already as part of the free student ticket giveaway in an attempt to generate a home-court advantage with a larger, and potentially louder, crowd, Holtmann said. “I think every time you go out you have an opportunity to kind of define who you are and who you want to be as a team and as a program,” Holtmann said. “And that’ll be the case certainly tomorrow against a really quality opponent.” read more

Scottish judge throws out challenge to abortion pill being taken at home

SPUC went to court after the proposal was approved in October 2017. It said it was “extremely disappointed” with the ruling and planned to appeal against it.Most abortions involve taking two different drugs, with misoprostol being taken after a drug that blocks the hormone progesterone which maintains a pregnancy.Within an hour of taking the second pill, women often experience bleeding and ministers said that allowing them to take it at home to put them “in control” of the treatment. A similar system operates in countries including France and Sweden.Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, confirmed in October that she had written to all Scottish health boards indicating that misoprostol could be taken by women outside a clinical setting.Prof Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said the decision marked “a very significant step forward” and said the same rules should apply to women in England.She added: “It will allow women to avoid the distress and embarrassment of bleeding and pain during their journey home from an unnecessary second visit to a clinic or hospital.”Ultimately, it will help to improve women’s access to safe and regulated abortion care and take pressure off NHS services. “In light of this decision, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists urges the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to extend the same dignity and compassion to women in England.”A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We are pleased that the court has confirmed our approach is lawful. This will allow NHS boards to continue to offer patients the option of taking the second abortion drug, misoprostol, at home if this is their preference and where it is clinically appropriate for the patient.”The experience so far from those boards in Scotland who are offering this option suggests that a significant majority of those women who are eligible prefer to take misoprostol in the comfort and privacy of their own home.” Women no longer have to take abortion pill in medical settingCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. abortion She added: “It seems to me that patients who self-administer medication at home may still be described as being treated by their medical practitioner, who remains in charge of that treatment.”Referring to diabetics injecting themselves with insulin, she added: “Regardless of place, there is no need for a doctor to hand the medication to the woman personally. “I have concluded that the decision of the respondents to approve a woman’s home as a place where one stage of the termination of pregnancy can be carried out is not unlawful on either of the grounds contended for by the petitioner.” Regardless of place, there is no need for a doctor to hand the medication to the woman personallyLady Wise A legal challenge against a decision by the Scottish Government to allow women to take abortion pills at home has been thrown out.The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children lost the case when a judge ruled that the move – making Scotland the first part of the UK where women can take the drug misoprostol at home – was lawful.Under the SNP initiative, doctors can prescribe the drug, which initiates labour, without the need for women to be in a medical setting.Lawyers acting for the pro-life campaign group SPUC claimed at the Court of Session in Edinburgh earlier this year that the scheme was unlawful and contravened the 1967 Abortion Act.Morag Ross QC argued that the existing legislation meant the procedure could only be carried out lawfully in medical facilities, and said the move could put the health of the patient at risk.However, the judge Lady Wise ruled in favour of the government’s proposals, saying they were “not unlawful”. read more

Nazi experiments on Cretan Anzacs revealed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Shocking revelations of how in 1941, Australian prisoners of war on Crete were subjected to non-consensual medical experiments were first aired by the ABC in 2016, but after gaining exclusive access to a new evidence, Neos Kosmos can reveal further details of this horrific story.…one of the soldiers escaped from his POW camp shortly after the experiment and was on the run in Crete for more than four months. Suffering with fever and pains, he was protected by the Cretan resistance…While it is well-known that some of the most infamous Nazi atrocities in WWII involved enforced experiments by the SS in concentration camps, the evidence presented shows for the first time how similar actions were inflicted on Australian POWs by the German military. Originally published in the Journal of Law and Medicine, an updated article detailing the evidence, written by Professor Konrad Kwiet, Resident Historian at the Sydney Jewish Museum, and Sydney surgeon Mr George Weisz, is about to be published by the Australian journal Genocide Perspectives.The article, which is the culmination of years of research into German scientific records, and Australian military archives by Professor Kwiet and Mr Weisz, presents a stack of evidence that shows within days of the Allied surrender of Crete in June 1941, Nazi physician Dr Friedrich Meythaler selected five Australian POWs and injected them with the blood of hepatitis-infected German soldiers. The tests were carried out in Rethymno hospital, where Meythaler, a bacteriologist, was attempting to establish how jaundice and hepatitis were transmitted.“He was engaged in experiments that the Nazi regime offered him . . . moving into an area of research that he normally would not have achieved in a more civilised society,” Professor Kwiet told Neos Kosmos. “He examined the prisoners, injected the infected blood, and then examined them again. What he found is that they responded with an enlargement of the liver, then an increase of temperature and other symptoms.”Respecting the sensitivity of the research to the soldiers’ descendants, the Kwiet/Weisz article keeps the names of the individuals who underwent the tests unpublished, but it does describe the men as being mostly in their twenties, and being from Hobart, Melbourne, and Sydney. All were ‘Thirty-Niners’ – original volunteers of the second AIF who enlisted in 1939 and who saw action in the Middle East and Greece. Four of the five victims experimented upon were later incarcerated in Poland. One was murdered by the Germans in captivity. All are now deceased.The article also reveals that one of the soldiers escaped from his POW camp shortly after the experiment and was on the run in Crete for more than four months. Suffering with fever and pains, he was protected by the Cretan resistance and evacuated in a secret Royal Navy operation in late 1941. On his return to Australia in 1942, the soldier informed the military authorities of his treatment and underwent tests. Though it was concluded there were grounds to protest his treatment and the matter handed on to British military authorities, no action was taken. The soldier’s experience was detailed in an internal Australian military medical publication. At war’s end, the three other POWs known to have been experimented upon were discharged on compassionate grounds, but are not believed to have informed the authorities about their experiences. Of their tormentor – Dr Friedrich Meythaler, the article sheds light on a German doctor who used his posting to Crete as consulting physician of the 12th Army to further his career as a specialist consultant. During the Nuremberg ‘Doctors’ Trial’ in 1946/47, he was not called to give evidence, but as part of the post-war de-Nazification program undertaken by the Allies to identify the key exponents of Nazi terror, a tribunal did hear Meythaler’s case. It decided his wartime actions did not constitute a war crime or a crime against humanity. Appointed as Professor for Internal Medicine at the University of Erlangen, in the 1950s, Meythaler distinguished himself as a physician, teacher, and researcher. In 1967 he died at the age of 69, with obituaries at the time paying homage to his life and achievements without mentioning his experiments on Crete. Professor Kwiet says further research is needed to uncover whether the experiments had effects later in life on the health of the four individuals who survived the war.“Privacy laws restrict access to patient records that may be held at hospitals, insurance companies, and clinics,” says Professor Kwiet, who believes that Meythaler’s experiments represent only the tip of an iceberg. “Many more POWs from Australia and other Allied countries, held by the Wehrmacht, might have been selected for experiments.”last_img read more

Marcos Llorente Im thrilled to score my first Real Madrid goal

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente was named the Man of the Match following his stunning goal in the Club World Cup final on SaturdayLos Blancos stormed to a 4-1 win in Abu Dhabi over local team Al Ain with goals from Luka Modric, Llorente, Sergio Ramos and an own goal from Yahya Nader.But Llorente’s stunning 25-yard half-volley was what drew praise from pundits in the end – in what was also his first professional goal.The 23-year-old academy graduate was then named the Man of the Match for his performance as Real secured a record fourth Club World Cup title.“I am thrilled to have scored my first Real Madrid goal, it’s great that it came at this level in a final,” Llorente told the club website.“We were hoping for this result. We worked all week, were tough in defense and showed ferocity in attack, that’s what fans want.“There were chances and we could have had more goals. We are leaving here champions with the trophy in our hands”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.He added: “In football and in life things change in the blink of an eye. That is why you have to work hard, never give up and take your chances when they come up”.“When things like that come off, you have to be very happy. You don’t always win finals nor do you always score goals, at least in my case.“Scoring a goal to help the team is the best feeling and I’m very happy. The goal came from a corner and I said this is mine.“It’s dedicated to my family, my friends and my girlfriend. I’m now going to celebrate with them”.Gareth Bale was named the Golden Ball winner of the tournament.last_img read more

Vancouver police respond to shooting in Truman area

first_imgEmergency officials responded to a report of a shooting late Saturday night in the Truman neighborhood of Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic.The shooting was reported at about 11:45 p.m. in the vicinity of Northeast 38th Street and Falk Road. Two people were reported injured, though radio traffic suggested the wounds were not life-threatening.The suspect in the shooting, who was reported to have been wearing a costume, is believed to have fled the area in a vehicle.The Vancouver Police Department is actively investigating the case.last_img read more

Morning Press Police activities apartment fire potash playgrounds

first_img Today’s temperature may top 80 degrees. Will it last? Check out the local weather forecast here.The weekend’s top stories, and some news you may have missedLong-understaffed Vancouver police are recruitingThe Vancouver Police Department is among law enforcement agencies around the country that are starting to experience an exodus of baby boomers. Right now, 19 Vancouver officers are eligible to retire without financial penalty through the state’s retirement plan for law enforcement officers. In five years, nearly half of the current force will be ready to retire.Since police Chief James McElvain was sworn in in mid-December, more people have left the agency than have been hired.Replacing officers, either with young recruits or those with years of experience, is a constant game of catch-up; the Vancouver Police Department hasn’t been fully-staffed since 2002. While the agency is budgeted to have 190 officers, there are currently 183.In an attempt to get ahead of the curve, Sgt. Dave Henderson aims to hire 10 officers by the end of the summer — a deadline that the police chief says isn’t soon enough.“We really need to get those 10 now,” McElvain said. The number of budgeted officers is based on need, he said, meaning Vancouver has been operating below its needs for more than a decade. McElvain is looking to fill specialized positions in the traffic unit and add property crime detectives. New VPD Officer Katie Endresen works with her field training officer Tom Topaum during the graveyard shift Wednesday.last_img read more

Hepatitis C investigation ongoing

first_imgHepatitis C probe■ Previously: Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center advised 936 former hospital patients to be tested for hepatitis C. An investigation revealed they may have been exposed to the disease through the actions of a former hospital employee.■ What’s new: PeaceHealth Southwest and public health officials continue their investigation and aren’t releasing any additional information until the investigation is complete.■ What’s next: PeaceHealth Southwest officials say they don’t have a timeline for the investigation’s completion.The monthslong investigation into possible hepatitis C exposure at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is still underway, and hospital officials say they don’t have a timeline for its completion.The hospital and Clark County Public Health launched the investigation earlier this year after learning hospital patients may have been exposed to hepatitis C, a contagious, blood-borne liver disease, through the actions of a former PeaceHealth Southwest employee suspected of diverting drugs.On May 19, hospital and public health officials mailed certified letters to 936 former patients — most of whom, if not all, are adults — who received care from the employee in question and were administered drugs during the course of their stay at the hospital.last_img read more

Large effort to combat Fairbanks area wildfire continues

first_imgResidents at a Shovel Creek Fire public information meeting June 26th. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks) Progress is reported by managers of the Shovel Creek wildfire northwest of Fairbanks, despite challenging conditions. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, that’s the message from a state team managing the response to the blaze, which has hundreds of area residents in “ready evacuation” status.last_img

Nome museum exhibit embraces Native food traditions new and old

first_imgInside “Aging With Change.” (Photo by JoJo Phillips, KNOM – Nome) “He is making a tuktaq. He’s making a roll out of the walrus skin and blubber, so they’re going to stuff it with some organs,” Pasternak said. “They’re gonna put the kidney and the heart, and a piece of liver inside of this and let it sit and ferment.” “Let’s say, like, soy sauce… You go to St. Lawrence Island, and there are like, two, three different kinds of soy sauce today in a village store, although it’s a tiny, tiny store.” “People really always want to know: how do they work with this particular material, with the products from this animal, from these plants. And how do they put them together in the neighboring villages or the villages on the Russian side of the Bering Strait… This show is just another step in the process with continuing to have this sharing, this knowledge exchange.” The footage is all part of the multimedia exhibit “Aging with Change: Food Arts in The Bering Strait,” which is currently on display in Nome. It’s a joint effort by Igor Pasternak and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, both professors at University of Alaska–Fairbanks, who have spent 20 years studying Bering Strait foodways. Yamin-Pasternak welcomed visitors to the exhibit’s opening on July 12. As he speaks, Igor Pasternak watches his own footage from July 2017. In it, a subsistence hunter works carefully, processing walrus blubber by the shore, from one of several walruses harvested that day. The water near where he stands is bright red. Igor Pasternak and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak inside the exhibit at Nome’s Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum. (Photo by JoJo Phillips, KNOM – Nome) Yamin-Pasternak: “Well, it’s up to you! You can take turns.” [She laughs.] The video clips projected on each wall light up the dimly-lit space, and visitors gather around a table, as they lounge on reindeer hides. Igor and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak call the exhibit “a tribute to the passion and expertise of the many Yupik, Inupiaq, and Chukchi food artists on the U.S. and Russian sides of the Bering Strait.” Participant: “Which are we watching?” The clip is projected on the entire wall in the exhibit room in the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum. Another wall displays footage of a woman mixing together tundra greens, while another, still, shows kids jumping on and off of the tail of a whale, as men work to harvest it.center_img The “change” component is one of the aspects that makes the exhibit timely this day and age. Igor Pasternak says this is evident in how many communities are starting to incorporate different ingredients in their traditional foods. “‘Change’ refers to both social and environmental change to which people continue to adapt their ways of doing food.” The “aging” part of “Aging With Change” comes from the role of aging and fermentation in the making of many Native dishes in the region. “It was a beautiful day in July, and the hunters came to that camp where we’re staying… It’s in Nunyamo, it’s on the Russian side, between Lavrentiya and Uelen. It’s actually not far from here.” Beyond that, Sveta Yamin-Pasternak and Igor Pasternak say they want the conversations the exhibit might inspire to expand and continue, and they look forward to hearing communities’ comments, which can be submitted in the comment book at the museum or via email at or Yamin-Pasternak: “This is made for sitting, put your elbows on the table.” [laughter] Sue Steinacher, Nome resident and visitor to the exhibit, echoed that she’s noticed a vast variety in the way traditional foods are produced in her travels throughout the region. She applauded the exhibit for using photography and videography to engage the viewer in those differences. “How the Diomeders split walrus skins for skin boats is completely different than how the St. Lawrence Islanders do. And what I saw in the village of Sireniki (Russia) was entirely different than either of those. So it’s fascinating. Everybody’s headed to a similar endpoint of edible, cherished food, and yet there may be a lot of differences in how they get to that same point.” “Aging With Change” is open to the public at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum until October 18. Differences in regional food preparation extend beyond new ingredients, and the Pasternaks say people throughout the 15 different communities they’ve worked in recognize that — and want to know more.last_img read more

Auto Expo 2014 Volkswagen Taigun Heading to India to Rival Ford EcoSport

German carmaker Volkswagen is reportedly gearing up to launch a sub-four-metre SUV christened Taigun in the lucrative Indian SUV market.The latest buzz is that the Taigun, a possible rival of India’s best selling Ford EcoSport and iconic Renault Duster, will mark its entry into the domestic market at the upcoming extravaganza Auto Expo 2014. Volkswagen Taigun, first showcased at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show in 2012, is based on the company’s Up! front-wheel drive New Small Family platform (NSF)  and the vehicle measures 3,859mm in length. According to the AutoCarIndia report, Volkswagen is considering a stretched version of the Taigun while keeping the length under four metres.Globally, the Taigun is powered by a 3-cylinder turbocharged one-litre petrol engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. If launched in India, the Ford EcoSport rival is likely to draw its power from 1.2-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine and is expected to offer a fuel efficiency of 22.22kmpl. The report hinted that the Volkswagen could also launch the diesel version of Taigun, considering the increasing demand for diesel-equipped cars in the sub-continent market.As far as the style is concerned, the Volkswagen Taigun flaunts a sporty and impressive look with its stylish front and tailgate design. Even though the car makes its debut at the Auto Expo 2014, reports suggest that the car will see the light of the day only in 2015/2016.The ET reported that the car is likely to fall in the price brackets of 10-12 lakh. read more