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India beat Australia by 124 runs in Blind T20 World Cup

first_imgOpener Sunil helped India beat Australia by 124 runs in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup for the Blind at the Rajagiri College in Kochi on Sunday.Sunil was in supreme form as he smashed 163 not out off 72 balls with 29 fours against the visitors.Put in to bat, India piled up a massive score of 272 in their allotted 20 overs with another opener Muhammed Farhan hitting 53 off 35 balls before being retired hurt.Iqbal Jafar scored a quick fire 30 of 13 balls.Chasing a mammoth 273, the visitors were bowled out for 144. Daniel James Pritchard was the top scorer with 32, followed by Matthew James Cameron (27).Skipper Ajay Kumar Reddy picked up two wickets for 11 runs.The hosts will now face New Zealand on Tuesday at Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Stadium in Bhubaneswar.last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd, Arsenal target Barcelona pair Rakitic and Umiti

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd, Arsenal target Barcelona pair Rakitic and Umitiby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona pair Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umiti are attracting Premier League interest.The Sun says Manchester United and Arsenal are targeting Rakitic and Umiti.The two Premier League giants have been put on ‘red alert’ about the availability of the two Barca men, with the Catalans apparently keen to generate revenue.It’s reported that they could be worth a combined £110million.Rakitic is 31 Umtiti 25 and both could be useful additions, though neither particularly fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred transfer policy – which is to sign young, hungry and homegrown players. last_img read more

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9 days agoWATCH: Chelsea attacker Pulisic in tears after USA hook

first_imgWATCH: Chelsea attacker Pulisic in tears after USA hookby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Christian Pulisic couldn’t hold back the tears after being substituted during the USA’s 2-0 defeat to Canada in the CONCACAF Nations League.US boss Gregg Berhalter withdrew Pulisic after an hour of the clash in Toronto, in which Canada beat their neighbours for the first time in 34 years.Berhalter would later claim that Pulisic had been suffering from “flu-like symptoms” and “a light fever” before the match, but the 21-year-old could be seen angrily telling his boss “I’m fine” as he sat on the bench looking distraught after the full-time whistle.I have tears in my eyes by watching this…why would you sub the only player that has carried us this far in the game…I’m so so so sorry @cpulisic_10 I love you. We love you I hope you know that. I hope you fkin know that todayKeep your head up high champ.. pic.twitter.com/vKUuIONf41— #JusticeForPulisic (@purely_pulisic) October 16, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Barbara Hendricks Meets Stateless People In West Africa

first_imgThe UN refugee agency’s Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks recently met with stateless people in Côte d’Ivoire, where she saw first-hand how government efforts are helping to resolve a problem affecting hundreds of thousands of people countrywide.Hendricks visited the West African country, which has one of the biggest stateless populations on the continent, last month to raise awareness in the lead-up to the mid-September global launch of UNHCR’s 10-year campaign to end statelessness.“A stateless person is someone who is like a ghost – they are invisible to all the things we take for granted,” said the Goodwill Ambassador. “Imagine how it feels to not exist in the eyes of the law – to not be able to go to school, take an exam, open a bank account, travel, get married or register your children’s birth. All doors are closed and this is deeply frustrating – limiting your life and your family’s ability to move forward.”Based on data from the Ivoirian government, UNHCR estimates that 700,000 people are stateless or of undetermined nationality in the country. The high number is due to several factors: After Independence in 1960, changes in the legal code prevented the descendants of immigrants from acquiring Ivoirian citizenship. During the 2002 civil war and the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis, the destruction of civil registries and the loss of individual documentation made it very difficult for people to prove their citizenship. Abandoned children are not covered by national legislation and therefore do not have Ivoirian citizenship. In addition, tens of thousands of children are at risk of statelessness because they have never been registered at birth and therefore cannot prove their national affiliation.To read the full report about Barbara Hendricks’ visit, click here.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

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Wilaya of Casablanca to Investigate Uber

Rabat – The Wilaya of Casablanca has asked Moroccan authorities to open an investigation into Uber Morocco and into other transport mediators operating on the Internet and to stop their activities.Having determined Uber’s activities in Morocco illegal, the Wilaya of Casablanca has transferred Uber’s case to the public prosecutor to open an investigation of the company.“The Wilaya would like Uber to be brought to justice and all of its illegal activities, as well as the activities of all transport mediators operating on the Internet in Morocco to be stopped,” a representative of the Wilaya told Telquel. “What matters for us is that all illegal operators will be prohibited until their activities are in conformity with law,” according to the same source.On the other hand, Uber Morocco Director General Meriam Belqziz said that they have not received any complaint on the part of local authorities and that they are ready to hold talks with the Wilaya.Uber Morocco continues its activities in Casablanca despite the communiqué issued by the Wilaya of Casablanca last August seeking to curtail its illegal activities.Following the Wilaya’s communiqué, Uber Morocco’s General Director said that the company’s lawyers had underlined that Uber does not need any specific transport authorization, as it is a technology and not a transport company.In Morocco, there is no specific legislation covering this kind of activity. We are in touch with different persons from the Wilaya to find a solution to this issue and to effectively collaborate with them,” according to the same source. read more

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Moroccan Authorities Seize 50 Tons of Products Unfit for Consumption in…

Rabat – Morocco’s food quality control boards seized and destroyed 50 tons of food products unfit for human consumption during the first week of Ramadan.A statement from the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance notes that the seized commodities included four tons of milk products, 16 tons of flour and cereals, five tons of fish and meat, 14 tons of dates, two tons of fruit and vegetables,  and 11 tons of other foodstuffs typically consumed during the holy month of Ramadan, including other milk products.The statement was issued after the interministerial commission in charge of food and prices monitoring held on Thursday in Rabat. The control operations covered 10,385 points of sale during this period. The commission added that the available data showcases that majority of prices are stable, with the exception of fish prices that recorded a significant increase during this period.In April, Moroccan citizens have joined the boycott against high prices of products made by three companies: Sidi Ali, Centrale Danone, and Afriquia.Recently, the boycott extended its reach to include fish. Those supporting the boycott emphasize that there is no justification for such high prices at the fish market in a country with more than 2,000 miles of coastline.On Wednesday, a group of young people took to the Souk Bani Hassan marketplace in Tetouan and violently destroyed the merchandise of several fishmongers.Fish prices, including that of sardines—one of the cheapest and most widely available products— hovers around MAD 30 in different cities across the country, including Tetouan and Rabat.According to the statement, the committee is closely monitoring the price situation of all the most consumable foodstuffs and will not hesitate to apply the provisions of the law in force in case of monopoly or speculation.Ahead of Ramadan, the government pledged to reassure a “diversified” market that responds to all the needs of citizens during the holy month of Ramadan. The cabinet has also established a national hotline to receive possible complaints from both traders and consumers concerning the price of Ramadan supplies. read more

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UN voices concern at reports of human rights abuses in Côte dIvoire

29 December 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire today voiced deep concern about reports of numerous human rights violations by members of the country’s armed forces. Members of the armed forces, known as FRCI, are accused of carrying out rapes, acts of torture, armed robberies and other abuses in several locations in recent weeks, according to Kenneth Blackman, a spokesperson for the mission (UNOCI).FRCI elements clashed earlier this week with locals in the southern town of Sikensi, and media reports indicate that four people were killed there, in part as a result of inter-ethnic tensions.Mr. Blackman told journalists in Abidjan that the mission noted that Ivorian authorities are taking additional steps to improve the security sector and to improve discipline within the FRCI.A military police unit has also been set up and a fund has been created to buy weapons, establish a reserve corps and renovate barracks and military camps.He stressed that UNOCI will help authorities contribute to greater social cohesion and national reconciliation in the wake of the protracted crisis that followed the then incumbent Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down after he lost a presidential run-off election to Alassane Ouattara late last year.Mr. Gbagbo was subsequently captured by Ivorian forces and has since been transferred to The Hague to stand trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), while Mr. Ouattara has become President and legislative elections have been held.UNOCI is assisting in a disarmament drive, with youths encouraged to hand over their weapons voluntarily at a centre in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Attécoubé.Joint patrols involving UNOCI and the FRCI have also been stepped up after the recent clashes in Sikensi and Vavoua, as well as Abidjan, the country’s largest city and commercial capital.Cote read more

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Mortgage loan insurance business down 33 for CMHC in secondquarter report

OTTAWA — Canada’s national housing agency says new regulations introduced last fall decreased the size of the country’s insured mortgage market by about 33 per cent year-over-year in the second quarter.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says in its latest financial report that it provided mortgage loan insurance to 78,607 units in the three-month period ended June 30 compared to 117,463 units during the same period a year ago.CMHC says volumes decreased largely as a result of the new regulations announced by the federal government in the fourth quarter of 2016.The mortgage rules require all home buyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment to undergo a stress test to ensure the borrower can still service their loan should interest rates rise, or their personal finances fall. This cut into the purchasing power of some first-time homebuyers.CMHC also says that it has also seen an improvement in the quality of its mortgage loan insurance portfolio.The agency says its overall arrears rate was 0.29 per cent in the second quarter, which is down from 0.32 per cent in the first quarter. read more

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Fréchette says UN to ensure best standards in procurement and internal oversight

Video of press briefing [58mins] Such steps will include a new internal oversight committee to be set up shortly to consistently monitor management’s responses and implementation of recommendations arising from the various audit and oversight bodies that already report.”We believe we have introduced a lot of very significant changes in our procurement process,” Ms. Fréchette told a news briefing, noting that much had happened since 1996, the period that was the object of review by former US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, named by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) into allegations of misconduct and mismanagement into the multi-billion dollar humanitarian programme.”The internal rules for procurement have become much tighter and, more importantly, much more transparent than they were at the time of the episode described by the interim report of Mr. Volcker,” she said. All purchasing requirements are now posted on the UN web site, progress of a transaction can be now be traced and details of the awards are also posted, she stressed.”Nevertheless we do intend to take another look at our procurement system to make sure that it is consistent with best practices in other organizations,” she added.In his interim report, Mr. Volcker emphasized a “grave and continuing conflict of interest” with regard to Benon Sevan, head of the 1996-2003 Oil-for-Food programme, under which Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s sanctions-bound regime was allowed to sell oil for food and other humanitarian needs under UN monitoring. Mr. Volcker also found irregularities in procurement with UN officials violating the UN’s own rules.Ms. Fréchette noted that Mr. Volcker’s concerns about the Secretariat’s own ability to monitor and follow up on audit recommendations related specifically to the Iraqi programme.”But he has identified a weakness in our management system that we intend to correct in order to ensure that we have a way to follow through on the recommendation of our various audit and oversight bodies,” she said, referring to the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the Board of Auditors, which are the external auditors, and the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU).”In order to do that we will set up an internal oversight committee which would consistently monitor the management responses and implementation status of the recommendations arising from these various oversight bodies,” she added, stressing that at least one member would come from outside the Secretariat.She recalled that in December Mr. Annan had already recommended to the General Assembly that they issue an independent assessment of the OIOS operation so as to strengthen its functions and independence, taking Mr. Volcker’s recommendations into account. Mr. Annan recommended a multi-disciplinary panel of outside experts to undertake this assessment.”As part of an organization-wide attempt to improve the openness and transparency of the organization, the Secretary-General intends to review in a more comprehensive fashion the ruling guidelines pertaining to access to UN documentation,” she added, noting that there is no clear set of rules as to what is accessible and what is not. read more

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Schoolgirl stabbed best friend after making kill list court told

first_imgA 14-year-old girl obsessed with serial killers prepared a “kill list” including the names of her friends, mother and brother before she attempted to murder her best friend by stabbing her at school, a court heard.A jury was told the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lured her friend at the start of a school day to a quiet part of the grounds where she said she was going to give her a present.But James Newton-Price QC, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court that when the defendant had got her friend alone, she asked her to close her eyes and hold out her hand before she pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed her in the chest.The girl escaped with a minor injury as she opened her eyes and managed to pull back as she saw the defendant lunge at her, the prosecutor said.He told the jury that the defendant had researched fatal stab wounds in the early hours of the morning of the alleged attack at the Hampshire school on April 25. Mr Newton-Price said: “The defendant was for a period of time obsessed with serial killers and school shootings and the notoriety that attaches to those who commit those crimes.”She had even at one stage prepared what she described in her own words as a ‘kill list’ of those she didn’t like at her school.”She had even thought about how to kill her own mother and brother and she discussed how to do so in the two or three weeks leading up to an incident in which she stabbed her friend at school.”It seems that she decided to kill her best friend. She had already researched online how to kill swiftly and effectively with a knife.”She carried out further research about the position of the heart and the fatality of stab wounds in the early hours leading up the incident.”Mr Newton-Price said that the defendant had targeted the friend out of revenge for tampering with her Instagram and Tumblr social media profiles in the previous summer.The defendant, who is now aged 15, denies charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent. She had even thought about how to kill her own mother and brother and she discussed how to do so in the two or three weeks leading up to an incident in which she stabbed her friend at schoolMr Newton-Pricecenter_img 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.last_img read more

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Wolf shot dead after escape from zoo climbed over underpowered electric fence

first_imgEmber with cubs Staff tried to tranquilise the wolf after it was found outside the perimeter near the A361, but said it was out of range.Armed zookeepers were deployed and Ember was shot dead.A statement by the park said: “Had there been any way to save her we would, of course, have taken it.“Euthanasia is, and always would be, our last resort.”However, she had somehow escaped her enclosure and had made her way to an area that was beyond the range of a tranquiliser dart, and potentially within reach of a busy road.”The safety of our visitors, and the public, has to be our priority and our keepers were put in the unenviable position of making a decision that no animal lover should have to make.” Ember came to the Park in 2016Credit:Jackie Thomas/SWNS The park said it would bolster its “already robust” security checks to make sure there is no repeat escape. Visitors present at the time of the breakout, which was discovered at around 11 on Friday, claimed on social media keepers tried to tranquilise the wolf several times before resorting to a firearm.Cotswold Wildlife Park spokesman said: “As a precaution, all visitors and other staff were notified immediately.”Those that were indoors were asked to remain where they were.”At no time were members of the public in any danger as the wolf was away from the visitor area throughout.”To say we are devastated is an understatement.”The five cubs born this year were the first in first born in the history of the park.Ember and two-year-old male wolf Ash arrived at Cotswold Wildlife Park from Sweden in October 2016 as part of a breeding programme.center_img Our keepers were put in the unenviable position of making a decision that no animal lover should have to makeCotswold Wildlife Park A wolf shot dead after escaping from a zoo may have climbed over a defective electric fence.Three-year-old Eurasian wolf Ember, who gave birth to five cubs this year, was killed by a keeper after being discovered outsider her enclosure at Cotswold Safari Park on Friday.An investigation by the park has now reportedly found the electric fence surrounding the pen was not properly charged, raising fears the animal simply climbed over. 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.last_img read more

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They can kill people Judge hits out at cyclists who ride on

first_imgPassing sentence Judge Cross said: “It’s quite obvious there’s a real risk of serious injury caused by people cycling in pedestrian areas in this city.”People simply don’t realise when riding their bikes on footpaths they can kill people. It’s obvious that there are real, dangers inherent in anybody riding their bicycle on a pavement the risks to members of the public should not be ignored.”Here though there are a number of features which distinguish this case from others which are obvious to anybody who walked about this city.”The incident occurred on August 21 last year.Earlier this month the Department of Transport said it was considering a report saying cyclists involved in fatal accidents should be brought into line with motorists and charged with a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling. The inquiry was announced after 44-year-old mother-of-two Kim Briggs was knocked over and killed by bicycle courier Charlie Alliston. He also kept in touch with her family to check on her wellbeing and offered to do odd jobs for her husband whilst she was in hospital. Cyclists who ride on pavements are “potential killers”, a senior judge has warned as he hit out at the number of people ignoring safety rules.Judge Anthony Cross QC warned anyone riding their bikes on footpaths posed a “serious risk” to pedestrians and said they would have to face crown court and jail if they knocked someone down – and were caught.He made the comments at Manchester Crown Court as he spared a photography student from going to prison. Jesus Medina knocked down 72-year-old Marlene Crossley on a footpath, as she emerged from a corner shop in Salford. The pensioner  suffered a fractured hip after being spun round by the force of the impact and despite surgery she has not recovered her full mobility and she struggles to sleep at night.Medina, 24, from Fallowfield, Manchester, had been facing up two years jail after he admitted an offence under the obscure Victorian law of “causing harm by wanton and furious driving.” But he was ordered to complete 40 hours unpaid work and pay Mrs Crossley £750 compensation after the court heard how he stayed at the scene of the accident to comfort the victim and gave his details to police.  Market Street in Manchester was one of the places the judge said he saw cyclists riding their bikescenter_img Market Street in Manchester was one of the places the judge said he saw cyclists riding their bikesCredit:Yadid Levy /Alamy Stock Photo 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.last_img read more

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Encouraging new technologies and their adoption

first_imgThe Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) has shortlisted 38 of Australia’s most exciting technology companies for the ATC16 Business Accelerator. These Semi Finalists are industry leading innovators with the capability to become game-changers. Mining features heavily among these finalists.Now in its sixth year, the ATC finds, mentors and develops Australia’s best technology companies with the greatest global potential. The ATC16 Business Accelerator helps turn good technologies into great businesses. The mining interest technologies are:Conveyor Manufacturers Australia’s REDLINE Conveyor System is a mono-rail mounted conveyor system that can be advanced and retracted into position via a pneumatic/hydraulic drive system.Core Resources’ Toowong Process is a novel technology enabling the removal of toxic contaminants from mineral concentrates produced by mines and fix them in an environmentally stable and non-toxic form.Cubic QED’s process captures and transforms mineral salts from the discharge water of reverse osmosis desalination into mineral carbonates that become valuable commercial minerals.Elexon Mining’s Cave Tracker System provides underground mine operators with the ability to measure movement in the underground orebody in near-real time to improve mine safety and productivity.HMS Group’s remote controlled mini loader for open cut mines or underground mines is designed to safely collect the coal that drops from the conveyor belt whilst the belt is still operating.Long Pipes’ Fluid Highway is a continuous joint-free pipe, produced at 20 km/d using composite pipe technology cured onsite to provide the lightest, strongest, toughest, fastest to install, longest lasting, cheapest solution for long distance transportation of fluids. Perhaps it has a tailings application?Micronised Mineral Solutions has developed a solution that enables faster and more efficient decontamination of toxic mine water through the removal of 99.8% of dissolved metals and the rebalancing of water pH to meet environmental requirements.SCT Operations’ ANZI cell is a device that measures the three dimensional in situ stresses in rock, a key parameter in mining, tunnelling, and related industries.SunSHIFT is a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated, moveable turnkey solar-PV solution specifically designed to overcome the limitations of traditional solar-PV and enable new users, such as miners, to adopt alternative energy.Worldpoly’s Australian PolyForce technology provides automated, safe and consistent welding of HDPE pipe systems using current hydraulics and electronic controls and designed for remote and rugged use.In International Mining’s own Technology Hall of Fame, the judging panel for 2016 is currently hard at work, deciding who will be the 2016 inductees. We expect to be able to announce the inductees in October.They will be celebrated at presentations for both 2015 and 2016 inductees, in cooperation with Hatch as lead sponsor, at a gala dinner, in conjunction with the SME (www.im-halloffame.com) on February 20 2017 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver during the SME annual meeting. Sponsorship packages are available and nominations for 2017 are now open.last_img read more

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Gender discrimination is biggest barrier to work promotions for women

first_imgNEW SURVEY RESULTS have shown that 71 per cent of female professionals feel there are barriers to promotion in the workplace with 29 per cent of women saying that gender discrimination is the biggest barrier for them.The research, unveiled by Microsoft to mark International Women’s Day, found that 28 per cent said that prioritising of home life was the most significant obstacle to promotion while 27 per cent, most of whom were under 35, said it was lack of support for working mothers.The study explored a wide variety of areas including participant’s views on professional development and networking, boardroom quotas and attitudes toward promotion and the perceived barriers for women in the workplace. Conducted among a nationally representative sample of Irish adults, with both male and female professionals surveyed, the study found that female professionals 71 per cent are much more likely than their male counterparts 52 per cent to feel that there are barriers to promotion in the workplace.The survey shows that 39 per cent of women would be in favour of binding quotas for female participation on corporate boards as opposed to 17 per cent of men. Despite the lower levels of support among men, when asked if they felt such quotas would have an impact, 40 per cent of male professionals and 48 per cent of female professionals thought that they would.Among those who do not undertake professional development however, some stark differences emerge: women are more likely to be time poor with 33 per cent saying they simply do not have the time, compared to 10 per cent of men.Career satisfaction is higher among men with 53 per cent of men choosing not to undertake professional development as they are satisfied with where their career is going as opposed to 27 per cent of women.Looking at the impact of family life on work, the study shows that this is an issue for both men and women. When asked about the main reason for not following through on a promotion opportunity in the workplace, 32 per cent of both male and female professionals cited demanding family commitments as their reason for not taking up the opportunity.Read: Gender equalisation car insurance policy comes into effect today>Read: Europeans say ethnicity and sexual orientation main reasons for discrimination – survey>last_img read more

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Niloufer doctors attacked at Hospital guards play spectator

first_imgHyderabad: Around 50 doctors of Niloufer staged a protest on Tuesday morning following an attack on woman junior doctor on Monday night. While the other doctors who came to the rescue of Dr Pratyusha Reddy were also hit and the guards at the hospital became spectators rather intervening in the incident. Meanwhile, the hospital superintendent wrote a letter to district medical officer (DME) appealing to terminate the agile security force at the hospital following such incident. The doctors also complained against the security force and demanded their termination. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Dr Pratyusha Reddy, a post-graduate second-year student was attacked while she was attending to 11-year-old child Mahek Begum on Monday night. Begum’s relatives got furious after their bag on the patient’s examining couch was removed following an emergency case and they began verbally abusing the doctor. They also attacked the doctor twisting her arm and finger, said Dr Ravi, from Paediatrics department adding that the other four doctors were also attacked. Based on the complaint registered by a junior doctor, the police registered a case against Nasreem Begum (27) and Adil (22).last_img read more

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MCU News Legion Jessica Jones get trailers Black Panther PushUps More

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe They are so cute together, their flirty behavior towards each other has sparked questions about whether or not the two are dating, and if not, why not? We typically don’t cover celebrity dating on this website, but it’s just impossible to see these two interact with each other and not root for them to get together. And besides, you don’t willingly do pushups (and stay on the ground) on command for just anyone. All this means fans on Twitter have been shipping the two actors non-stop and all but begging them to date.Chadwick Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo: Screenshot via Marvel/YouTube)Black Panther didn’t only set up a possible real-life romance though; it also did a lot to set up Marvels next and biggest movie. As the last movie before Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, had to do a little more than introduce us to new characters and places. While we were engrossed in the story of T’Challa and Killmonger, marveling (ha) at Wakanda and growing ever more enamored with Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Black Panther was dropping hints into its credits scenes about the upcoming Infinity War.A video by Nerdist breaks down the hints, the biggest of which has to do with the scene where (spoilers if you haven’t seen it), T’Challa reveals Wakanda to the rest of the world. It’s implied that he will reveal that the country owns vast resources of Vibranium. Not only is it a sign that T’Challa intends to share some of Wakanda’s technology and resources with the rest of the world, it may be a sign of how the Avengers will have to fight Thanos. We’re talking about a villain who can bring down a moon. They’re going to need something beyond an inspiring group shot to defeat him. Wakanda’s Vibranium may play a large part in giving the Avengers the upper hand. Literally, in Bucky’s case. Another post-credits scene showed a revived, de-Winter Soldiered Bucky missing an arm. We know he has two in the Infinity War trailer. It’s possible, likely even, that Bucky is due for a new Vibranium arm.Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly (Photo via Marvel)Finally, there’s the matter of the Soul Stone, which has still not made an appearance in the MCU. The video guesses it’s in Wakanda, which would explain the more mystical elements of the film. It could also show up in Infinity War, based on some leaked LEGO playset instructions. (Those are actually a fairly reliable source of leaks.) Others aren’t so sure we’ll see the Soul Stone that soon. Comic Book theorizes that it won’t show up until Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is one of the movies releasing in between Infinity War and Avengers 4. They think there’s a reason it hasn’t shown up in any of the Marvel movies so far. It’s not in this plane of existence.Ant-Man and the Wasp will focus on the return of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer. She’s been trapped in the Quantum Realm. How she gets out, we don’t know. It’s not a place Scott Lang would normally be able to access. The theory is that the Soul Stone will have something to do with her escape. If it’s been trapped in the Quantum Realm this whole time, that would explain why even Thanos has had trouble getting his hands on it. It would also be a great way to build hype for Avengers 4 if they wait until after Infinity War to bring the stone into the story.Whenever you think we’ll see the Soul Stone, it won’t be long until we have an answer. Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018. That’s not very far away at all. Stay on target Marvel just had a big weekend at the movies, but the studio’s TV department is no slouch either. Not everything Marvel Television has produced has been great, but they’ve certainly had more hits than misses. And two of their best shows are seeing their second seasons debut within the next couple months. The first is Jessica Jones. We only have two and a half weeks to go until we catch up with our favorite alcoholic hero for hire. Yeah, as much as the show has fun with that fact, Jessica does have some issues. And in the latest trailer for Season Two, it looks like she’s at least trying to get help.Yeah, this season’s looking real good. There’s no real indication in this trailer of who the villain is or what the main external conflict will be. (We already know Jessica is full of internal conflicts.) It does tell us we’re getting a deeper look at Jessica’s past in this trailer. We also get more Luke Cage, which just makes me happy. I know he and Night Nurse have a thing now, and it looks like Jessica finds a new fling this season, but Luke and Jessica are just perfect together. I admit, I’m biased towards what’s canon in the comics, but if all these Defenders shows don’t end with Jessica and Luke married, I’m going to be very disappointed.Another great thing about this trailer: Jessica kicks so much ass in it. Yes, she’s dealing with some real heavy stuff, but that means she has legitimate reasons to be angry. And as much as group therapy is probably a healthy step forward for her, punching bad guys through walls works a lot quicker. Season One of Jessica Jones remains my favorite Marvel Netflix show, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second… ever since I finished that first-weekend binge. We won’t have to wait much longer. Jessica Jones Season Two hits Netflix on Friday, March 8.The other series dropping its second season soon is FX’s X-Men-based Legion. A highlight of last year, showrunner Noah Hawley used Marvel Comics characters to tell a completely different kind of superhero story. David Haller, played by Dan Stevens, was diagnosed with schizophrenia that turned out to be, essentially, a powerful, malicious psychic parasite. David had the Shadow King living in his brain, presenting himself as people, dogs, and creepy paper mache murder children. The biggest surprise of the show was Aubrey Plaza, who slowly morphed from funny to creepy to the scariest performance we’ve ever seen from her. Good news. In the trailer for Season Two that came out today, she’s back.She’s still terrifying. This teaser doesn’t tell us too much, but it is a reassurance that the show hasn’t lost its overwhelming, confused sense of reality. The quick cuts and visual effects make you feel like your losing your sense of what’s real and what’s not, which is exactly what Lenny/Shadow King wants. It’s a sign that, even though David defeated Lenny in his head, her effect on him, her torment of him isn’t over. Legion will return to excite, terrify, confuse and overwhelm all of us on April 3.Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Cover (Art by Trevor von Eeden, via Marvel)Marvel still has plenty of new TV shows to come too. They announced this morning that Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is being developed for TV. It’s going to be an animated series on one of the Disney channel, which is actually a pretty perfect. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is one of those books that doesn’t sell well as individual issues, but the graphic novels are very successful, particularly with younger audiences. Don’t let that stop you from reading it, though. It’s a fantastic comic, and a great example of some of the excellent, original work Marvel comics has been putting out over the last few years.The animated series is produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland, of black-ish and grown-ish. It’s about a nine-year-old girl named Lunella Lafayette who saves the world with her dinosaur pal and super-intelligence. It’s a fun comics series, and it should make a perfect show for kids.  It’s still in development at this point, and it hasn’t been decided on which of Disney’s TV networks it’s going to air. It’ll either be on Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior. I’d probably guess Disney XD, since that’s where most of their Marvel animated series ends up. Depending on how this turns out, I may have to start watching a Disney channel again.Over on the movie side of things, Marvel is riding high off Black Panther’s record-breaking opening weekend. Earning more than $400 million worldwide, it’s now the most successful February debut of all time. With good reason too. It might just be the best film Marvel Studios has put out. As excited as we all are for Avengers: Infinity War in May, it has a really tough act to follow now. Not only in terms of overall quality, but its villain too. Erik Killmonger is the strongest, most well-rounded Marvel villain yet. Thanos has his work cut out for him.Black Panther (Photo via Marvel)A lot of Black Panther’s success can be attributed to its cast. Director Ryan Coogler assembled some phenomenal actors to help bring Wakanda to life. Notably, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Killmonger, and Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Nakia. As commanding as they are on screen, they are hilarious and adorable together off screen. As first revealed during a Twitter Q&A session last week, Jordan lost a bet to Nyong’o at some point during the filming and/or promotion of Black Panther. Jordan owes Nyong’o a certain amount of push-ups, which she can collect at any time no matter what Jordan is doing. She has taken full advantage of her power over her co-star, and Jordan’s been a great sport. As seen in this video Nyong’o shared.last_img read more

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Smoke and alcohol abuse high among LGB

first_img“Our study indicates that LGB adults experience significant health disparities – particularly in mental health and substance use, likely due to the minority stress that they experience as a result of their exposure to both interpersonal and structural discrimination,” said Gilbert Gonzales of Vanderbilt University in the US.The findings showed that bisexual men showed highest prevalence of heavy drinking at 10.9 per cent compared with 5.7 per cent of heterosexual or 5.1 per cent of gay men. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bisexual men were most like to be heavy smokers at 9.3 per cent compared with 6.0 per cent of heterosexual and 6.2 per cent of gay men.Further, bisexual women had the heaviest alcohol consumption at 11.7 per cent compared with 8.9 per cent of lesbian and 4.8 per cent of heterosexual women.Lesbian women at 5.2 per cent were more likely to be heavy smokers than 3.4 per cent of heterosexual and 4.2 per cent of bisexual women.In addition, 16.9 per cent of heterosexual men suffered from moderate or severe psychological distress, and 25.9 per cent of gay men and 40.1 per cent of bisexual men showed distress. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmong heterosexual women 21.9 per cent showed symptoms of moderate and severe psychological distress compared with 28.4 per cent of lesbian and 46.4 per cent of bisexual women.Lesbian women were more likely to report poor or fair health and multiple chronic conditions compared with heterosexual women, whereas bisexual women were more likely to report multiple chronic conditions than heterosexual women.The highest prevalence and risk of psychological distress among bisexual adults may be associated with them being “marginalised” by the heterosexual population and experiencing “stigma” from gay and lesbian adults, leaving them with fewer connections in the sexual minority community, the authors noted.As a first step toward eliminating sexual orientation-based health disparities, health care professionals need to be aware and mindful of the increased risk of impaired health, alcohol consumption and tobacco use among their LGB adult patients, suggested the paper published online by’ JAMA Internal Medicine’.last_img read more

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Colins NFL Week 9 Blazin 5 picks

first_img Advertisement Colin racked up another winning week in Week 8, going 3-2 and moving to a distinguished 24-15-1 on the year. This week’s lines have been jumping all over the place, but Colin has cherry picked his five favorites from an NFL weekend loaded with marquee matchups to keep the money train rolling along the tracks. Are you sick of all he winning yet? Of course you’re not, that would be stupid.Here are Colin’s Week 9 Blazin’ 5 plays:Packers at Patriots (-5) (SNF) – In what could be the final head-to-head matchup of the two premiere quarterbacks from this era, give Colin Brady and the Pats laying 5 at home in the Sunday night game. The Pats are traditionally a machine at Foxboro and are 4-0 this season. Tom Brady is a scary 16-3 in primetime home games since 2008.Green Bay comes in with an 0-3 road record on the year, and their defense, which has allowed 39 or more points in the 4 of the last 5, should get steamrolled by a New England squad that’s 5-0 since Week 4 (NFL Best), ranks 1st in PPG (36.4), and 3rd in 3rd Down Conversion % (50.8). Colin wouldn’t have touched this at 7, but he loves it at 5. Take Brady over Rodgers and lay the points. 33-26, Pats. 4. Rams (-1) at Saints – The public likes the Saints, but Colin is on the Rams giving up a point at the Superdome. New Orleans is coming off an emotional “Minnesota Miracle” revenge game last week against the Vikings, and won’t be up to stopping the Rams’ juggernaut offense that ranks 1st in the NFL in Rush YPG (150.9), Offensive TD’s (28), and Big Plays – Rushes of 10+ YDS and Passes of 20+ YDS – with 75 total. They also ranks 3rd in PPG (33.0) and have a league-best +129 point differential.Todd Gurley leads NFL in Rush Yards (800), Total Scrimmage YDS (1,151), Rush TDs (11), and Total Scrimmage TD’s (15). Defensively Aaron Donald leads the league with 10 sacks. Take the focused Rams to cover the 1. 30-27, L.A. 3. Lions at Vikings (-5) – Colin loves Kirk Cousins and the Vikings laying 5 at home against the Lions in a bounce back game after getting dominated by the Saints in primetime. Minnesota’s defense hasn’t been as dominant as last season, but still ranks 1st in 3rd Down Conversion % allowed (25.6), and 5th in Rush YPG Allowed (91.8), and Red Zone TD % Allowed (42.6). The Lions only rushed for 34 yards against Seattle last week, and should struggle here.Everyone is always ready to throw Kirk Cousins under the bus, but he’s 2nd in the NFL in Passing Yards (2,521), and 4th in Completion % (70.7). Minnesota covers and makes Matt Patricia sit up straight and show some respect. 32-21, Vikings.center_img 5. Titans (+5.5) at Cowboys – Tennessee getting 5.5 in Jerry’s World against The Boys is Colin’s favorite play of the week. The Titans’ 1st ranked Red Zone Defense (TD on 33% of opponent red zone trips) and 3rd ranked scoring defense (18 PPG allowed) should stall a Dak-led Dallas offense that’s been abysmal.Overall, the Cowboys rank 28th in the league in Total YPG (320.0), and 29th in Pass YPG (183.1), and 3rd Down Conversion % (31.9). Dallas has only scored over 20 points in 2 of 7 games this season and they’ll struggle to separate here. Dallas wins, Titans cover. 26-23.Make sure you download and subscribe to Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Podcast with RJ Bell at TheHerdNow.com,iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes to find out what the wiseguys say about his Week 9 picks. Don’t miss it! 2. Chargers (+1) at Seahawks – Colin likes the red hot Chargers getting a point on the road against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. The Bolts are undefeated in their last 4 games, while averaging 28.3 PPg, and allowing only 17.5 PPG with a +5 turnover differential during that stretch. L.A.’s 9.4 big plays per game (Rushes of 10+ YDS and Passes of 20+ YDS) is the most in the NFL. They’re also tied for 2nd fewest giveaways in the league (6).Seattle comes in on a 2-game winning streak, but are 0-2 against teams with winning records so far this year (Bears and Rams). Take the Chargers, the point, and outright. 28-23, L.A.last_img read more

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Company registrations up 17 in June

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesThe number of company registrations rose in June an annual 17 per cent to 1,123 unaffected by tougher anti-money laundering measures including shell companies being banned from the banking system, official figures show.The number of company registrations, an indicator of the performance of the corporate services sector, rose 15 per cent in the first half of the year to 7,405 compared to the respective period of 2017, the Department of Company Registrar and Official Receiver said in an emailed statement.Applications for names rose in June an annual 16 per cent to 2,622 and in January to June 26 per cent to 17,190, the department said. The issue of certified documents rose 13 per cent in June to 29,167 and 7.8 per cent in the first six months to 173,376 while the submission of documents rose 15 per cent in June to 11,973 and 9.5 per cent to 72,272 respectively.You May LikeMitsubishi Electric Cooling & HeatingSave Money and the Environment this Summer with These 6 Tips from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating to Keep Your Home CoolMitsubishi Electric Cooling & HeatingUndoExciting Magazine15 Tricks To Look YoungerExciting MagazineUndoNewsDHe Started Digging His Backyard And Finds A Decade Old HatchNewsDUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoKorkolis brings magic to the stageUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Health minister seeks compromise with state doctors

first_imgBy Poly PantelidesHEALTH minister Petros Petrides has made yet another overture of compromise to the PASYKI union of government doctors who have threatened to strike over the next two weeks if their overtime pay is reduced.Petrides said he will be meeting with PASYKI again early next week in order to find a compromise.As the minister in charge of hospitals, he is obliged to implement a policy agreed with Cyprus’ lenders aimed at reducing overtime pay in the public health sector and to introduce regular wages for working between 7am and 7pm. PASYKI previously agreed to stretch normal working hours beyond 3pm and up to 4.30pm, but recently said that was only a temporary agreement.Petrides said there were 15 different overtime pay scales, depending on doctors’ specialties. “All this has to be moulded into one so that some people cannot abuse the system,” he said.But PASYKI head Maro Kontou said yesterday that they wanted to preserve overtime pay depending on their speciality and ensure it was “not lower than before”. They also wanted to cap the number of patients’ visits to doctors on a given day because they were “endless queues” in some of the district outpatient centres.She also said that doctors should not be treated the same way as other civil servants.“Doctors are not any ordinary civil servants… Overtime for doctors really means working, not being on stand-by,” Kontou said.PASYKI said they will stake a warning strike within a fortnight followed by a 48-hour strike if the health ministry does not withdraw its decision to reduce their pay.Some state doctors reportedly collect as much in overtime as their regular wages, while in the past the health ministry had even agreed to pay doctors for each X-ray they reviewed for breast cancer outside their normal working hours.By early next year, the health ministry is expected to overhaul the system of regular, shift and overtime pay and should start monitoring overtime hours clocked and pay.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more