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first_imgThe Amarnath Yatra from Jammu was suspended on Saturday owing to frequent disruptions caused by heavy rain since the beginning of the annual pilgrimage, while the over 2,000 pilgrims who were stranded in Udhampur, left for the Pahalgam base camp in the morning, a police officer said.“The yatra from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp has been suspended. No pilgrim was allowed from here but the stranded convoy, carrying 2,032 pilgrims, including 315 women, left for the Pahalgam base camp in south Kashmir in the morning,” he said.A majority of the pilgrims in the third batch who left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp on Friday were stranded in Udhampur district due to frequent disruption in the flow of traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.While 844 pilgrims, including 229 women, who opted for the 12-km Baltal route managed to reach their destination late last night, 2,032 pilgrims who chose the traditional 36-km Pahalgam track were stopped by the authorities at Tikri and other places in Udhampur as a precautionary measure.“After getting the road clearance, the pilgrims were allowed to start their journey towards their destination this morning,” the police officer said.There was an incident of shooting stones at Battery Chashma in Ramban district. Later, the highway was cleared for traffic.A flood alert was sounded in south and central Kashmir after many parts of the State were lashed by monsoon rains intermittently since June 27, leaving thousands of pilgrims who have reached the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in Anantnag district stranded.The rains also triggered landslips and shooting stones at several places along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday, but timely action by the authorities concerned ensured that the 260-km all-weather road connecting the Valley with the rest of the country, remains open.Officials said over 5,000 pilgrims from various parts of the country had reached Jammu to participate in the yatra.“Adequate arrangements are in place for the pilgrims. Over 1,200 pilgrims are lodged at Bhagwati Nagar base camp, while the rest have been provided accommodation at other places,” they said.Despite incessant rain, the pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay. However, the pilgrimage faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall.The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.last_img read more

first_imgThe Dubai-based Lulu International Group (LIG) has become the first overseas company to engage with the J&K government to purchase horticulture and agriculture produce, including apples, in bulk from the State since the revocation of its special status on August 5.A delegation of the company met Farooq Khan, Adviser to Governor Satya Pal Malik, last week to discuss the plan. An official said the delegation had discussed “elaborate plans” of marketing the producte with Agriculture and Horticulture Secretary Manzoor Ahmad Lone.Mr. Khan offered the group access to the markets of saffron, honey and heirloom rice varieties, an official said.Yusuff Ali M.A., Lulu Group chairman and prominent NRI businessman, said 200 tonnes of produce was the first consignment being shipped outside Jammu and Kashmir.last_img read more

first_imgSBI, which heads the consortium of 17 lenders toSBI, which heads the consortium of 17 lenders to Kingfisher, has moved the Tribunal in Bengaluru against the airlines chairman Mallya in a bid to recover over Rs 7,000-crore dud loans from him.Besides SBI, Punjab National Bank and United Bank have also declared Mallya, his group holding company UBHL and Kingfisher Airlines wilful defaulters.As part of Diageo deal, Mallya has also relinquished his position to control IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, he has been appointed Chief Mentor of the team and his son Siddharth has become a director.While he has already asserted that remains in charge of his other sporting interest, the Force India Formula 1 team, Mallya said he will remain actively involved in the running of RCB.”My son is a director and I have been appointed Chief Mentor. What does that mean? If I am going away why should I be Chief Mentor? I will be part of the planning and I will be around during the tournament. In my statement, I have said that I want to win the IPL trophy. If I am not associated at all, why would I make that statement,” Mallya said.The lenders are now eyeing the Rs 515-crore bounty sealed by Mallya as part of a sweetheart deal with Diageo to exit United Spirits.Diageo has in return agreed to absolve Mallya of all his “personal liabilities with regard to alleged financial irregularities relating to dealings with UB Group entities.advertisementDiageo is the majority shareholder of USL with a 54.78 per cent holding, excluding the 2.38 per cent owned by the USL Benefit Trust.Mallya personally held a small stake of 0.01 per cent in USL at the end of December 2015, while his group firms owned further 3.99 per cent stake. However, more than half of these shares are pledged with banks.In case of Kingfisher, the trading in its shares have been suspended for long due to its non-compliance to various listing requirements including its failure to make timely disclosure of shareholding data and other details.As per the latest shareholding data disclosure till September 2014, it had over 2.33 lakh small retail investors, over 6,200 HNIs, 13 banks and other domestic financial institutions, as also five promoter entities.Ironically, the number of public shareholders across all categories is higher than the levels before the airline was grounded in October 2012. The total number of public shareholders has gone up during this period from 2.1 lakh to over 2.4 lakh.The company now commands a market cap of just about Rs 110 crore, as against that of close to Rs 10,000 crore before it landed in financial mess leading to its grounding. PTI BS BJ ABKlast_img read more

first_img(REOPENS DEL 23) (REOPENS DEL 23) However, according to ITF, a National Association can appeal for a players inclusion if he does not meet the Davis Cup criteria. If Paes has to be there in Rio, he will have to be content playing only the mens doubles since AITA is not going to stop Sania from choosing her choice of partner this time. “Sania can play with the partner of her choice,” the official said. It is no secret that Sania is more comfortable playing with Bopanna than Paes. Sania, the current world number one in womens doubles, was forced to play with Paes at the 2012 London Games when she wanted to play with Mahesh Bhupathi. Paes, a top-10 player then, was not given the chance to pair with Bopanna, who preferred to team-up with Bhupathi and thus to appease him, Sania was forced to team up with Paes by the AITA. Now the situation is such that Paes is not in a position to bargain and has to make peace with the fact that he at least is not denied the chance to play a record seventh Olympics. Also, when it comes to the combined ranking for entry into mixed doubles, which will have a draw of 16 teams, it is highly likely that only the pair of Bopanna and Sania can get inside. With Paes rank of 46, he and Sania may not get into the draw. “Its unfortunate that our two players, who were playing a Grand Slam final a few days back, may not compete together. But this how the situation is. A lot of people may not know it is quite possible that Leander and Sania do not get in at the time of on-spot sign in,” said another official. “There will be Roger Federer (3) and Martina Hingis (1) with a combined ranking of four. Singles rankings of the players will also be considered and there could be Serena Williams (1) and a top American player (either Bob or Mike Bryan) with a combined ranking of 5 or 6. So it will be difficult for Paes with a ranking of 46 and Sania with a combined ranking of 47 to get into the draw,” he explained. The ITF is set to clarify on the eligibility of players on June 9 and AITAs selection committee will pick the Indian squad on June 11. The Committee is headed by former Davis Cup captain S P Misra and includes current Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali and former coach Nandan Bal. PTI AT KHS PM ATadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgHead of International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) Alex Marshall confirmed on Monday that as many as five international captains have been approached for spot-fixing in the past one year.Out of which, four of them are from Full Member countries. Till date, only Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has publicly stated that an approach was made during Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2017.”There have been 32 investigations in the last 12 months, eight involve players as suspects. Five of them involve administrators or non-playing personnel. Three of these individuals have been charged. Five internationals captains have also reported receiving approaches to spot-fix,” Marshall said at an media event at ICC’s headquarters in Dubai.Marshall also stressed on the need to work closely with all cricket boards to prevent corruption and the need to educate players about the various methods used by people to spread their influence across the various T20 leagues.”We try to link up with the intelligence. We look at what we know about this event, are we providing anti-corruption cover, are we already there or is it being provided by another party? Are there any other strands of intelligence we have about that tournament. Is there anything about financial backers or the people surrounding the tournament are suspicious?”We never launch off an investigation because something looks odd on the field or we get a single anonymous report. We get quite a lot of single, anonymous reports. We start putting the pieces together and there’s sufficient reason to think on reasonable grounds to start investigating this, then we take it on. We do find a lot of corrupters who move between formats of international and domestic, because they’re looking for the opportunity and vulnerability.”advertisementOn Sunday, new PCB chairman Ehsan Mani expressed his reservations about sending Pakistan players in the upcoming T10 League because of doubts over credibility of franchise owners.However, ICC chief Dave Richardson said that the tournament has the backing of ICC. But, he also stated that the need to remain vigilant.”I will first satisfy myself that we have enough information on the T10 before we release our players. We have to be satisfied where the money is coming from. We have to be satisfied who the sponsors are, we have to be satisfied who the franchisees are. None of this information exists in any file in the PCB today. Until we are satisfied there are no risks to the players, the board, or our reputation, no player will play. We are having discussions with ICC on this, and if they can give us assurances they do not have an issue with the T10, then I will not have an issue,” Mani said.Mani is yet to decide on letting the players go and a meet between to the two parties is scheduled to take place soon.The more shocking revelation however, was made by Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad, who became the latest high-profile name to be linked to spot-fixing.If reports are to be believed, the Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman was subject of a spot-fixing approach and the offer was made during the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 in UAE.However, he was not asked to do so for his national team but in the inaugural edition of the Afghan Premier League T20 to be played in Sharjah from October 5 to 23.But, according to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Shahzad immediately reported the approach to the team management and it was then forwarded to the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit.Shahzad will represent the Paktia franchise in the tournament, that is filled with star studded players like Brendon McCullum, Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.”There was an approach made during the Asia Cup, but for their [Afghanistan’s] own T20 league. The matter was reported through the right channels on Saturday and is being looked into by the anti-corruption unit,” an ICC official said.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday to top the points table of the 2019 Indian Premier League. MI have thus eliminated KKR and taken Sunrisers Hyderabad to the playoffs.Mumbai Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier at the Chepauk on May 7. Delhi Capitals, who also finished with 18 points like MI and CSK, are 3rd in the points table because of a lower net run rate and will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Vizag on May 8.Mumbai Indians steamrolled KKR after Lasith Malinga and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – restricted the visitors to 133 for 7 off 20 overs. Quinton de Kock set the tone for a rapid chase with a quick 30 before he was spectacularly caught by Dinesh Karthik off Prasidh Krishna.Chasing a modest total, MI had raced away to 46 off the powerplay and de Kock’s exit meant nothing for the hosts. Rohit Sharma hit only his fifty of the 2019 Indian Premier League as Mumbai Indians cruised to a comfortable victory to bury the ghost of a nightmarish 2018.After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma put Kolkata Knight Riders in. KKR had lost 6 matches in a row but they had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before the losing streak.Back-to-back wins against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab over the last week meant KKR had to beat MI at the Wankhede in the last league game of the season to reach the playoffs.advertisementBut Kolkata Knight Riders batted poorly. Shubman Gill, who had 2 successive fifties, succumbed to Hardik Pandya. Chris Lynn led the charge for KKR with a rapid 41 but he became Hardik’s second victim. Dinesh Karthik never looked comfortable in his stay at the crease and managed just 3 before falling to Lasith Malinga.Malinga struck again in the same over to remove Andre Russell for a duck. At 73 for 4 off 12.5 overs, KKR’s challenge was as good as over and Sunrisers Hyderabad had started to smile.Robin Uthappa’s hit and miss innings frustrated the KKR camp. He did hit 3 sixes but his slow-paced innings cost the team dearly. Uthappa, who fell to Jasprit Bumrah in the penultimate ball of the innings, managed 40 off 47 and despair was writ large on his face throughout the knock.KKR’s batting line-up had amazed several experts throughout the season. In a must-win match, Andre Russell was once again held back and he came out to bat when Mumbai Indians had successfully managed to build up substantial pressure.Also Read | KL Rahul gives KXIP consolation win but CSK seal top-2 finishlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: One person was shot dead and three others were seriously injured in Bhatpara area of West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district as clashes broke out between two groups on Thursday, a police officer said. The deceased has been identified as Rambabu Shaw, while the details of those injured in the incident were yet to be ascertained, he said. According to reports, bombs were hurled and several rounds of bullets fired in the air by the members of the two warring groups near a newly constructed police station, which was scheduled for inauguration on Thursday. A team of police officers along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel has been deployed in the area, with shops, market places and business establishments seen downing shutters following the unrest. Bhatpara has witnessed a series of clashes since May 19, when bypoll was held in the Assembly constituency.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – An Alberta man who tortured and starved his roommate is not getting a chance to appeal his conviction before Canada’s top court.The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Dustin Paxton’s request to challenge a 2016 ruling from the Alberta Court of Appeal which upheld a guilty verdict of aggravated assault and sexual assault.The Supreme Court, as usual, did not list reasons for its decision.Paxton was convicted in 2012 for the prolonged and brutal abuse of a man who was his friend and roommate. He was designated a dangerous offender and is serving an indeterminate jail sentence.The victim was dropped off, near death, at a Regina hospital in April 2010. He was emaciated, battered and bleeding.In its November 2016 ruling, the Alberta Appeal Court upheld the convictions and said there was no evidence to suggest that the victim was consenting to sexual contact with Paxton.The Appeal Court also rejected other arguments from Paxton’s lawyers, who said the trial judge made errors, showed bias and shouldn’t have excluded a defence expert who found the victim’s testimony unreliable. They also questioned the victim’s memory about events that had happened years before.“It is hard to imagine a situation more compelling than the one found to exist by the trial judge, of regular beatings inflicting serious bodily harm on (the victim), to support his evidence that he feared being beaten by Paxton if he did not comply with his sexual expectations,” wrote the judges.“Paxton created an atmosphere where (the victim) was required to provide total obedience through physical and psychological control of this vulnerable person.”During Paxton’s trial in Calgary, court heard that he humiliated, starved, beat and sexually assaulted his roommate over 18 months while they lived together in Alberta and Saskatchewan.The man, who cannot be identified, testified that he suffered a traumatic brain injury from the abuse and can no longer hold a job.He said he has trouble with his balance, can’t swallow properly and has to drink through a straw. The man lost some of his lip during the prolonged ordeal, had his ribs broken and sustained a ruptured bowel.“Before the assaults, I was extremely good-looking and very attractive to women and now I am disfigured,” he testified.The trial heard how the smallest things such as leftovers in the fridge would provoke an attack. The victim testified that he took the abuse because he didn’t want to look like “a sissy” and had dreams of making big money in a moving business he and Paxton had started.— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address drug trafficking and drug abuse that pose as obstacles to sustainable development for the world.Also today, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released its 2015 World Drug Report, which estimated that 246 million people – slightly over 5 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 years worldwide – used an illicit drug in 2013. Some 27 million people are problem drug users, almost half of whom are people who inject drugs, and an estimated 1.65 million of people who inject drugs were living with HIV in 2013. The report says that men are three times more likely than women to use cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, while women are more likely to misuse prescription opioids and tranquillizers.It also focuses on alternative development, “a long-term strategy aimed at developing alternative sources of income for farmers dependent on illicit drug cultivation.”UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message on the Day, said efforts against illicit drugs must be connected to work to promote opportunities through equitable and sustainable development.Mr. Ban said that in September, when leaders from around the world will meet at the United Nations to adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda to eradicate extreme poverty and provide a life of dignity for all, they must address various obstacles, including the deadly harm to communities and individuals caused by drug trafficking and drug abuse. He said that “we must address the nexus between illicit drugs and violence, corruption and terrorism.”“A balanced approach recognizes the close connections between those who traffic in drugs and criminal networks involved in firearms smuggling, kidnapping, human trafficking and other crimes,” the UN chief said. “This work must also include redoubling efforts to prevent the supply of the precursor chemicals that are the foundation of so many illicit drugs.”Looking ahead, he said that the UN General Assembly special session on the world drug problem, to be held in April 2016, can advance this cause, with countries sharing knowledge and forging common solutions.Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, upon release of the report at UN Headquarters, said “links between transnational organized crime, terrorism and armed violence are growing, with wide-ranging negative effects on security, governance and development, not to speak about the devastating effect on people and communities.”Mr. Eliasson also noted that “alternative development can change lives, and in doing so promote greater economic and social opportunities.” In his message, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov noted that Africa, particularly West and East Africa, remains vulnerable to the trafficking and the consumption of illicit drugs.“These trends are part of organized crime’s attack on the security, health and development of an already-fragile region,” he said. “The nexus of organized crime and terrorism-including the apparent role of drug trafficking-is a serious threat. Opium cultivation in Afghanistan remains a formidable challenge, as is the production of cocaine in Latin America.”He also said that at present, “only one in six people who use drugs globally has access to treatment. Women face numerous barriers to treatment-while one in three drug users globally are women, only one in five drug users in treatment are women.”“Alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops also has a major role. Alternative development promotes environmental protection, supports communities affected by other forms of crime, including wildlife and forest crime, and empowers women,” he said.But he said, “unfortunately, this year’s World Drug Report also shows that widespread political support for alternative development has not been matched by funding,” and urged for shared responsibility against illicit drugs. Funding allocated by OECD countries to support alternative development declined by 71 per cent between 2009 and 2013, amounting to only 0.1 per cent of global development assistance.Established by the UN General Assembly in 1987, the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which falls on June 26, serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. read more

In addition to the weak State response to the violence of armed groups, Mr. Touadéra regretted that even the staff of the UN Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, known by its’s French acronym, UNMISCA, is not sufficient to cope to the challenges of protecting civilian populations. “The increase in security threats due to violence imposed by armed groups required that steps be taken to curb the risks of widespread crisis,” he told UN Member delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate. With this in mind, he called on the international community to increase the military strength of MINUSCA, particularly in view of the immensity of the territory it must cover. Mr. Touadéra also urged that the operation’s mandate, which is coming to an end very soon, be revised to assist the Government in regaining control over areas with natural resources. He went on to welcome the unprecedented mobilization of international solidarity in for CAR towards the implementation of the Rehabilitation and Peacebuilding Programme (RCPCA), after the November 2016 Brussels Donor Conference. “To follow up on the implementation of this plan, we have concluded an Agreement serving as a new framework for mutual engagement between the Central African Republic and the international community,” said Mr. Touadera.He outlined his hope that steps would be taken in 2017 to establish dialogue with the armed groups, noting that other major efforts would focus on implementing the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme. He would also seek greater dialogue with regional actors in hopes they would provide political support for the road map for peace and national reconciliation. Full statement (in French) available here read more

Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, who in February announced that he was gay, may not be among the 256 men chosen in this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday. In fact, based on a historical assessment of players who were rated similarly by media scouting projections, Sam’s chances of being drafted are only about 50-50.Sam, the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, is rated as a sixth-round pick on the Scouts Inc. draft board, which is available through ESPN Insider. That might seem to imply that he’s likely to be drafted, because the NFL draft has seven rounds.But players projected to be chosen late in the draft are hard to differentiate from one another. You can think of NFL prospects as representing the tail end of a bell curve. At the extreme end of the tail are a small number of potential franchise talents, such as Andrew Luck and Bo Jackson. The curve gets denser and denser with players the farther down the draft board you go, however. Players who are projected as sixth-round picks often fall out of the draft entirely.I looked at what happened to projected sixth-round picks since 2005, as according to the Scouts Inc. draft board. Specifically, I looked at defensive ends and outside linebackers, the two positions that Sam might play in the NFL. (That some scouts regard Sam as a “tweener” is one reason he may not be drafted highly.)There were 67 such players between 2005 and 2013. Of those, 37 players — 55 percent — were not drafted. Twenty-four others were drafted between the fifth and seventh rounds, while six were chosen in the fourth round or higher. Only about 10 percent were chosen in the sixth round exactly.Isn’t it a bit contradictory to describe prospects as sixth-round draft picks when they’re far more likely not to be drafted than to be chosen in the that round? There are more projected sixth-round picks than sixth-round slots. This year, for example, Scouts Inc. lists 71 players as sixth-round picks, but there are only 39 selections in that round (this includes a number of compensatory picks given to teams who lost free agents).The alternative, however, would imply a false precision in differentiating between sixth-round picks, seventh-round picks, guys just off the draft board and so forth. Picks late in the draft are intrinsically hard to project, because each team has different assessments of the players, and some teams prioritize need while others look for talent.But leave these semantics aside. There’s a more pressing issue in the case of Sam. Has his draft status been harmed by his public declaration of his sexuality?Sam’s ranking has fallen on some news media draft boards, including the one prepared by ESPN and Scouts Inc., since he came out as gay. Determining the cause and effect is harder. On the one hand, Sam got middling reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. On the other hand, some NFL scouts and general managers have told members of the media that they’re worried Sam could be a “distraction.” In a league that has employed the likes of Aaron Hernandez, that could be cover for homophobia.But suppose that Sam were projected as a fourth-round pick, which is how he was often described at the time he came out. Would he be assured of being drafted?Not quite. Among the 70 defensive ends and outside linebackers projected by Scouts Inc. as fourth-round picks since 2005, 15 — 21 percent — weren’t drafted. Others were chosen as high as the second round.In other words, if Sam is not chosen in the draft, we won’t be able to say for sure it’s because of his sexuality. Draft projections are an inexact science, especially in the late stages of the process. (If Sam is neither drafted nor signed as a free agent, that would be a clearer signal that the league is evaluating him on something other than his football talent.)Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre. read more

Hot weather and dating apps are to blame for a rise in syphilis, according to medical professionals.Health chiefs have warned that the recent heatwave is behind an increase in the spread of the infection, as more people have been sexually active. Dating apps are also contributing to a rise in the number of people suffering from sexually transmitted diseases, as it is easier than ever for people to meet.A health board in South Wales has revealed it has seen five times as many people diagnosed with syphilis in the past four months compared with the same period last year.Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said that since April there have been 56 confirmed cases of the infection in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend – with 16 of those coming in the past two weeks alone. Most have been men, but several women have also tested positive.Symptoms for syphilis can include small painless sores or ulcers, blotchy red rashes, small skin growths or white patches in the mouth. It may also cause tiredness, headaches, joint pains and swollen glands, but some people may experience no symptoms at all. 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. read more

Sixth team of Polish handball, MMTS Kwidzyn is forced to leave two important players Robert Orzechowski (24) and Michael Adamuszka at the end of the season. The first right wing of Polish NT Orzechowski certanly won’t have a problem to find a new team for the upcoming season:– In the case of Robert Orzechowski and Michael Adamuszka we weren’t able to meet their financial requirements, while Sebastian Suchowicz got a very attractive offer from another club. His contract is valid for one more year, but we will let him to go if he wants to leave club – said club’s president Jacek Wilke.source: sportowefakty.plphoto: ← Previous Story EHF CL 1/4: THW Kiel – Veszprem, Atletico Madrid – Barcelona, Metalurg – Vive, Hamburg – Flensburg Next Story → Biljana Filipovic goes back to France – Nice! Polish HandballPolish national handball teamRobert Orzechowski read more

← Previous Story Azoty Pulawy with new head-coach – Dragan Markovic! Next Story → Arpad Sterbik next four years in RK Vardar Skopje! Slovenia beat Austria 34:29 (14:14) in the friendly match in Maribor. Both teams began preparation for the upcoming two weekends in which they will play matches of the WCh 2015 qualification for Qatar. Slovenians will meet Hungary, while Austria waiting clashes against Norway.Slovenia : Austria 34:29 (14:14)Slovenia: Bombač 1, Miklavčič, Pucelj, Kavtičnik 5, Bezjak 1, Natek 2, Dolenec 2, Skube 6, Medved 1, Bundalo 1, L. Žvižej, Gaber, Nosan 1, Gajić 14 (8), Škof (6 saves), Ferlin (5 saves), Prošt (4 saves – 1 x 7-m)Avstrija: Marinović (5 saves), Bauer (4 saves), Hermann 5, Ziura 2, Schmid 2, Božović 2, Woss 4, Mayer 3, Szilagyi 2, Posch, Wagesreiter 1, Kolar, T. Weber, R. Weber 7 (4), Edelmüller, Santos 1. read more

first_imgIt must be borne in mind that most of these people do not know the plaintiff and have never met him. Nevertheless they felt free to name and brand him as a criminal.Previously: Eoin McKeogh loses anonymity case against newspapers > THE HIGH COURT has ordered a group of experts to see whether it is possible to remove from the internet a video which falsely accuses an Irish student of not paying a taxi fare.High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Peart said student Eoin McKeogh has said it is “technically possible” to have the video expunged from internet, but noted that the defendants in the case – including Facebook, Google and YouTube – disagree.The judge proposed that a group of experts meet with 14 days to examine whether or not it is possible.Mr Justice Michael Peart said he acknowledged that companies such as Google and Facebook may find it “inconvenient” to cooperate with the removal of the video, or may fear that it could “open that floodgate” but said that it remained the case that “people have availed of technology which is the property of the defendants in order to seriously defame the plaintiff”.He said he was surprised that Google and Facebook had not been more willing to help McKeogh with the removal of the video.“They ought in my view render more assistance to him than they appear to be willing to render thus far,” the judge said in his ruling.McKeogh had taken the case against Facebook, Google, YouTube, Yahoo and CrowdGather and three John Doe internet commenters.The judge said that McKeogh had been subject to “a miscellany of the most vile, crude, obscene and generally obnoxious comments” on both YouTube and on Facebook after he was misidentified as being the person who appeared in a YouTube video which showed a young man getting out of a taxi and not paying the fare.The video was posted online by the taxi driver who asked if the man could be identified and one commenter named McKeogh as the culprit. McKeogh had been in Japan on the day the video was taken.The judge was strongly critical of users of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, saying:All manner of nasty and seemingly idle minds got to work on the plaintiff [McKeogh], and as seems to happen with apparent impunity nowadays on social media sites, said whatever thing first came into their vacant, idle and meddlesome heads, by posting statements and comments about the plaintiff, so vile and abusive that I ought not to repeat them here.last_img read more

first_imgIf you’ve ever spent much time in an area with large predatory birds, you know the fear: small family dogs, packed in harnesses with convenient happy meal handles on the back, carried off by a squawking death bomber from above. It’s often astonishing how much weight can be carried on such small wings, but at least eagles don’t have any sort of agenda. Keeping safe from birds of prey is as easy as keeping an eye on your Jack Russell — how will you keep things safe from a drone that can do the same thing?The latest in a long string of awesome and terrifying drone technologies is a grappling flier with all the speed and maneuverability of a normal quad-copter together with the deadly accuracy of an eagle-inspired “dual articulated gripper.” Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania designed their gripper drone after observations from slow-motion footage of predatory birds swooping to grab up prey. For instance, they found that the grab was much more successful after they incorporated the the claw back-swing seen in eagles immediately after contact with their target.Possibly applications for this tech are practically limitless. A reliable flying grasper could be revolutionary for bomb disposal or even a quick-and-dirty disarmament of a gunman. However, it could be just as adept at dropping off as picking up, conjuring images of grenades dropped through skylights. They could also be combined with small, sturdy robots designed for espionage, they could make them a very powerful insertion tool for surveillance equipment.It’s the swoop action that is on display here, however, the ability to acquire a small object without breaking movement. As with real birds of prey, this is primarily useful for grabbing surprised targets before they can react. It’s unlikely this sort of tech will be deployed with talons for attacking people; more likely, the only “live” targets these drones will see are other, smaller drones.Hunter-killer aerial robots sent out to neutralize an enemy force? That’s the stuff sci-fi dreams are made of.last_img read more

first_img Apr 24th 2017, 7:48 PM Share3 Tweet Email 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A victim of a suspected gas attack in Idlib. 10,140 Views By AFP Monday 24 Apr 2017, 7:48 PM The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.The Treasury’s action followed the US military’s firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield on 7 April to punish the government and set a warning against any further chemical weapons attacks.“These sanctions are intended to hold the Assad regime and those who support it – directly or indirectly – accountable for the regime’s blatant violations of the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118,” Mnuchin said.The attack on Khan Sheikhun was also debated in the UN Security Council. But Russia, a close ally of Assad, vetoed a resolution on 12 April demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of the attack.Assad has denied the attack, branding it a “fabrication” by the West.The US Treasury already had imposed sanctions against 18 Syrian officials in January. The sanctions effectively aim to shut those targeted out of global financial networks, making it difficult for them to do business or even travel.Mnuchin said the administration “will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities”.- © AFP, 2017Read: ‘So, uh, what’s been going on since I’ve been gone?’: Obama returns to public spotlight> A victim of a suspected gas attack in Idlib. Image: Depo Photos/ABACA Image: Depo Photos/ABACA US blacklists Syrian chemists over deadly sarin gas attack It is one of the US’s largest-ever sanctions announcements. Short URL THE US GOVERNMENT put 271 Syrian chemists and other officials on its financial blacklist today, punishing them for their role in the deadly chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town in early April.In one of its largest-ever sanctions announcements, the US Treasury Department took aim at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which it said was responsible for developing the alleged sarin gas weapon used in the April 4 attack.The attack left 87 dead, including many children, in the town of Khan Sheikhun, provoking outrage in the West, which accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of being responsible.The sanctions include a freeze on all assets in the United States belonging to 271 individuals on the blacklist, and block any American person or business from dealing with them.Military linksAccording to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based think-tank, the SSRC is Syria’s leading scientific research centre, with close links to the country’s military.The centre itself was already the subject of two sanctions declarations, in 2005 and 2007, due to its alleged role in developing weapons of mass destruction.The Treasury said in a statement today that the SSRC is specifically behind the Syrian government’s efforts to develop chemical weapons and the means to deliver them.The 271 either have specific scientific expertise for the programme or have been involved in it since 2012, it said.“These sweeping sanctions target the scientific support centre for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s horrific chemical weapons attack on innocent civilian men, women, and children,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of land owners will fight the Wellington Council after its attempts to compensate them after they were not allowed to build on their land was minimal. People who bought beachfront subdivided lots on a section of Victoria’s coastline in the 1960s and 70s that have now become worthless, have vowed to fight a government-approved ban on developing their empty lots. Land owner Vassily Afcouliotis, who bought his lot for $750 in 1971 says he will take legal action to be better compensated. Wellington Shire is offering $1500 to landowners who transfer their lots to the council as part of a voluntary assistance scheme, but Mr Afcouliotis says that doesn’t cover his costs of maintaining the lot over the years and is demanding $10,000. Victorian government spokesman James Copsey said told the Herald Sun the amount offered was a matter for Wellington Council. Already 580 lots have been returned back to the Council’s hands since the scheme began in January 2012. The future of those who have kept their land also got another blow this week, with Attorney-General Robert Clark upholding the council’s policy to ban future developments between Glomar and Golden Beach. Source: Herald Sun.last_img read more

first_imgLégionellose : renforcement des mesures préventivesFrance – Dès aujourd’hui 1er juillet, les établissements de santé et les établissements recevant du public doivent procéder à une mesure annuelle du taux de légionelles dans leurs installations sanitaires.Un arrêté du 1er février 2010 vise à renforcer la prévention contre la légionellose, une maladie respiratoire contractée après inhalation de légionelles, des bactéries appartenant au genre Legionella. Ces dernières se développent dans les circuits sanitaires d’eau chaude, ou les installations de climatisation, entre 25 et 45°C. L’homme peut donc être contaminé en respirant de la vapeur ou des gouttelettes hébergeant la bactérie. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Afin d’éviter sa prolifération, les établissements recevant du public doivent désormais vérifier une fois par an que le taux de légionelles dans leurs installations est inférieur au seuil de danger pour l’Homme, soit 1.000 ufc (unités formant colonie). Dans les établissements de santé, les mesures sont plus strictes puisque le taux doit être inférieur au seuil de détection. Des échantillons sont prélevés sur les points d’usage à risque et analysés par des laboratoires agréés. Le cas échéant, la direction de l’établissement concerné doit prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires à la diminution du taux.En ce sens, le Centre d’information du cuivre recommande l’utilisation d’une tuyauterie en cuivre. Il a été en effet démontré que ce matériau limitait l’apparition de la légionelle. Le 1 juillet 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgLenovo a conçu le plus petit PC de bureau au mondeLe fabricant chinois Lenovo revendique la fabrication du plus petit PC de bureau au monde. Le modèle Q180.Le fabricant chinois Lenovo aurait conçu le plus petit PC de bureau du monde. Le IdeaCentre Q180 ne mesurerait que 155 x 192 x 22mm !  Dans ce petit gabarit, on trouverait néanmoins un processeur Intel Atom D2500 double cœur cadencé à 1,86 Ghz, 4Go de RAM, un SSD de 128 Go ou un disque dur de 750 Go, une sortie HDMI, l’USB 3.0.Ce Q180 propse un GPU Radeon HD6540A doté de 512 Mo de mémoire vive, capable de supporter les Blu-ray 3D (en option). Le clavier de cet ordinateur en fait aussi un objet attractif. Ce dernier est en forme de manette et contient un trackpoint que son utilisateur va devoir apprivoiser. Il a été réalisé sur le modèle du N5902 de la firme.L’ordinateur est disponible pour 369 dollars en configuration de base. Les options peuvent faire grimper son prix jusqu’à 500 dollars (environ 373 euros). Le Q180 est déjà en ventre sur le site de Lenovo mais sa disponibilité prochaine en Europe requiert confirmation.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more