first_imgPrateek Hajela, the officer tasked with supervising the gigantic NRC updation exercise in Assam, must be a relaxed man after the final National Register of Citizens was published on Saturday. The 1995 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, appointed the NRC coordinator by the Supreme Court, was in the thick of things while navigating the choppy political waters of the state that was cleaved along communal and linguistic lines over the sensitive issue.Mr. Hajela, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, had his share of bouquets and brickbats while he led a team of 52,000 officials that sifted through over six crore documents of 3.3 crore applicants, in one of the most complex exercise to validate the Indian citizenship of the residents of Assam.Man of the momentThe man of the moment, who is keeping a safe distance from media following a Supreme Court directive, was captured on TV cameras leaving his office on Friday night sporting a broad smile. He attended office on Saturday, the day the final NRC was published online, but was unavailable to journalists. The final NRC list was made public at 10 am with 3,11,21,004 people found eligible for inclusion and 19,06,657 left out, said Mr. Hajela in a press release. Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress who claims credit for initiating the NRC update work during his tenure, had appointed Mr. Hajela as the state coordinator following a Supreme Court order for updating the citizenshiip roll in 2013. Soon after his appointment, the 50-year-old bureaucrat hit the ground running. Introduction of the concept of “family legacy data”, that traced the family tree of an applicant for validation of citizenship, brought him accolade.Innovative mechanismDrawing on his technological expertise, Mr. Hajela, who has a B.Tech degree in Electronics from IIT, Delhi, introduced an innovative mechanism for collecting and collating data of the family tree of every resident of Assam. The legacy data consisted of the names of residents or their descendants who figured in the first NRC prepared in 1951, or in any of the electoral rolls up to the the midnight of March 24, 1971, or any other admissible document which would prove their presence in Assam or any part of India on or before that date.Faced many criciticismOn the way, Mr. Hajela faced criticism from political parties and civil society organisations for alleged flaws in the compilation of the citizenship register. Guwahati-based civil society group “Sachetan Nagarik Mancha” alleged wrongful exclusions and inclusions in the list.Mr. Hajela responded, saying: “Such a system of this scale has been put in place for the first time in the entire country only during the NRC update for Assam. This system would certainly qualify to be one of the most scientific methods of verification.” Mr. Hajela, in his letter to the Mancha said, “Handling more than six crore documents in a span of four years would not have been possible without an extremely sophisticated IT based system. This scale of verification of documents through comparison with the back-end is definitely a very scientific system of verification“. The term back-end refers to authorities who issue original documents like a municipal body in case of birth or death or the revenue department where ownership of land or transfers are recorded. Both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress as well as the AIUDF, which has a strong Muslim support base, repeatedly voiced concern over “faulty” inclusions and exclusions in the NRC. Interestingly, the names of Hajela and his daughter were missing from the first NRC draft published on December 31, 2017. The two had then appeared for a hearing after which their names figured in the final draft.last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Kazakhs have a 7-centimeter average height advantage over the Philippines with only Jaja Santiago serving as the hosts’ lone towering figure as the lanky hitter stands at 6-foot-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Tomorrow will be our last game in the tournament so we really have to take a strong win before we head to the SEA Games,” said Frances Molina in Fiipino at Alonte Sports Arena.The 59th-ranked Philippines will face Kazakhstan, the no. 21 team in the FIVB rankings, for the seventh place in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMolina said they will look to bounce back after their earlier loss to the Kazakhs in the preliminaries where they got swept 25-23, 25-20, 25-19.“We were prepared for them in our last game but we just couldn’t get over their height advantage,” said Molina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines is looking to end its campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship with a win ahead of its campaign in the Southeast Asian Games.The Philippines were fresh off a three-set loss to Chinese-Taipei, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19, in the classification stage that took their chance away to take the fifth seed.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Vietnam overcomes Kazakhstan, guns for 5th place in AVC Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgHigh percentages for B. Com (Honours) in DU’s recent cut-off list have left the male applicants particularly disappointed.With the first cut-off percentage for this discipline having crossed the mark of absurdity on Tuesday, there was a general air of disappointment among commerce students.”I got 93 per cent in my Class XII boards and I was sure I would get a seat in a good college for B. Com ( Honours) or Economics ( Honours). But that was before the first list came out,” Ankita Tyagi, an aspiring student, said.The cut-off for commerce has been the highest among all programmes on offer.Male students with an aggregate between 90 per cent and 94 per cent are now left with limited options.Colleges available to these students include the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, College of Vocational Studies, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Motilal Nehru College.A large number of all-girls colleges in DU means that boys applying for the same courses have even fewer opportunities to go to the institution of their choice.”While I will get Delhi College of Arts and Commerce with a 94 per cent score, girls have the option of getting a better college such as IP College,” Rohan Singh, who had come to Hindu College on Wednesday to check its cut- off list, said.Although DU’s first cut- offs did exclude hundreds from taking admission in many sought after colleges, there were happy faces on the North Campus too.Aditi Verma, who got 96.25 in Class XII boards, was ecstatic as she made the cut for SRCC. “I had heard colleges were going to increase their cut- off marks this year so, even after getting a good percentage, I had my fingers crossed,” she said.advertisementNeha Singh, a humanities student who scored 94.3 per cent in boards, said the high cut- offs were expected because the “results this year were very good”. Keen to get admission in Political Science (Honours) in Hindu College, she was very happy as she had made the cut-off.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgThe teams are also supposed to play Saturday in Shenzhen.Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has joined the list of companies that have suspended ties with the NBA for now, only adding to the uncertainty surrounding the China games. Vivo was a presenting sponsor of the Lakers-Nets games, and on Wednesday there was no reference to the game in Shanghai on the list of upcoming events scheduled at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Other firms such as apparel company Li-Ning announced similar moves earlier this week, as the rift was just beginning.Silver said Tuesday in Tokyo that he supports Morey’s right to free speech. Several Chinese companies have suspended their partnership with the NBA in recent days, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said it will not broadcast the Lakers-Nets games.“I’m sympathetic to our interests here and to our partners who are upset,” Silver said. “I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”All around China, stores that sell NBA merchandise were removing Rockets-related apparel from shelves and many murals featuring the Rockets — even ones with Yao Ming, the Chinese great who played for Houston during his NBA career — were being painted over.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect “Given the fluidity of the situation, today’s media availability has been postponed,” the league said. They were not rescheduled Wednesday, though having them on Thursday — game day in Shanghai — remains possible.Later Wednesday in Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including the rare alignment of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — sent a letter to Silver saying the NBA should show the “courage and integrity” to stand up to the Chinese government. They asked the NBA to, among other things, suspend activities in China until what they called the selective treatment against the Rockets ends.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“You have more power to take a stand than most of the Chinese government’s targets and should have the courage and integrity to use it,” the lawmakers told Silver. The NBA did not have any immediate comment on the letter, and it was unclear if Silver had even seen the document.In Shanghai, the mood surrounding the game that — if played — will feature LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and other big NBA names was anything but festive. An NBA Cares event that was to benefit the Special Olympics was called off, as was a “fan night” celebration that was to be highlighted by the league announcing plans to refurbish some outdoor courts in that city. And workers in multiple spots around Shanghai were tearing down large outdoor promotional advertisements for Thursday’s Lakers-Nets game. LATEST STORIES NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed.A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)The NBA called off scheduled media sessions Wednesday for both teams. At least two other NBA events to be held Wednesday before the start of the China games were canceled as part of the fallout that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a since-deleted tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label PLAY LIST 01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Effects were even felt in at least one NBA arena Tuesday night.In Philadelphia, where the 76ers were playing a Chinese team — the Guangzhou Loong Lions — two fans were removed by arena security for holding signs and chanting in support of Hong Kong. The signs read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK.” The sentiment was not different from Morey’s since-deleted tweet last week of an image that read, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”The 76ers and Wells Fargo Center, the team’s home arena, released statements Wednesday confirming that the fan removal took place and explaining why.“During the second quarter of last night’s 76ers game, Wells Fargo Center security responded to a situation that was disrupting the live event experience for our guests,” the arena’s statement said. “After three separate warnings, the two individuals were escorted out of the arena without incident. The security team employed respectful and standard operating procedures.”The NBA is not the first major corporation to deal with criticism from China over political differences. Mercedes-Benz, Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and others also have found themselves in conflicts with China in recent years.After Morey’s tweet was deleted, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the organization. Joe Tsai, who recently completed his purchase of the Nets and is a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said the damage to the NBA’s relationship with China “will take a long time to repair.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Still untouched View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgFalcons TTC emerged champions of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) after beating Shaze Challengers 14-9 in the final at the NSCI in Mumbai on Sunday.In the first match of the day, world No. 42 Li Ping put Shaze Challengers ahead with a 2-1 victory over Mumbai boy Sanil Shetty in the men’s singles.All the games of the match were very closely fought and though Li Ping edged out Shetty in the first two games, the second one being in the golden point, Shetty scooped one important point for his team winning the third game.Falcons TTC bounced right back in the second match of the tie after in-form Wu Yang brushed aside Mouma Das 3-0 in the women’s singles to put the Falcons ahead 4-2.The match of the tie was mixed doubles and Falcons’ pair of Sanil Shetty and Lee Ho Ching trumped Soumyajit Ghosh and Petrissa Solja 3-0 to extend their team’s lead to a massive 7-2.Highlights: @ShettySanil & Lee Ho Ching were just too strong for @TTChallengers, as they won the Match 3-0! #UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/E85qKwWF91- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017The last time these two teams met in the league stage, Shaze Challengers had beaten Falcons TTC in the mixed doubles but this time around, the tables turned drastically.Shaze Challengers team captain Andrej Gacina then stepped the Challengers up by beating the pumped up Liam Pitchford 2-1 in the men’s singles to reduce Falcons’ lead and put the tie score at 8-4.advertisementNext up was the marquee clash between two top choppers, Wu Yang (Falcons TTC) and Hang Ying (Shaze Challengers). In their previous meet, world No. 9 Han Ying had toppled Wu Yang 3-0 with three golden points.In the final though, Wu yang completely turned the table and beat the undefeated Han Ying 3-0 in the women’s singles to help Falcons race ahead with the tie score being 11-4.?????Highlights: Wu Yang defeated the undefeated, as she beat Han Ying 3-0!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/MlWYYWCWCC- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017Liam Pitchford came back for a match against Soumyajit Ghosh and rallied from a game down to beat the Indian Olympian 2-1 in the men’s singles and Falcons were now one step away from victory at 13-5.Highlights: @liampitchford helped extend @falconsttc’s lead by winning the Match 2-1!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/14z0YpJ7VF- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017However, Han Ying came back to brush aside Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 to make the wait longer for Falcons TTC.It boiled down Falcons’ captain Par Gerell who lost the first game to Li Ping but sneaked the second to seal the title 14-9 for his team. There you have it! The moment we crowned the first CEAT UTT champions!#UpTheGame #CEATUTTFinal pic.twitter.com/lleoeFrU6w- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 30, 2017AWARDS:MVP Male: Liam PitchfordMVP Female: Wu YangUltimate One: Wu Yang (456 Points)FINAL RESULTS:Shaze Challengers 9-14 Falcons TTC.MS – Li Ping beat Sanil Shetty 2-1 (11-9, 11-10, 7-11)WS – Mouma Das lost to Wu Yang 3-0 (6-11, 2-11, 3-11)MD – Soumyajit Ghosh/Petrissa Solja lost to Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching 0-3 (9-11, 3-11, 8-11)MS – Andrej Gacina beat Liam Pitchford 2-1 (11-3, 10-11, 11-7)WS – Han Ying lost to Wu Yang 0-3 (10-11, 4-11, 8-11)MS – Soumyajit Ghosh lost to Liam Pitchford 1-2 (11-5, 10-11, 7-11)WS – Han Ying beat Sutirtha Mukherjee 3-0 (11-4, 11-8, 11-7)MS – Li Ping – Par Gerell 1-1 (11-8, 9-11)last_img read more

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first_imgEngland Lions will be one of the innumerable stops that out-of-form opener KL Rahul will encounter in his road to redemption as he gears up to play for India A in the first unofficial Test.The match will also feature two of India’s quickest bowlers in young Avesh Khan and the not so young Varun Aaron, who will be keenly watched by the national selection committee.Virat Kohli wants three more fast bowlers which will broaden the base of the current pool of speed merchants and that’s the specific reason why injury prone not known for his consistency has been recalled.It’s all about sheer speed and same for Avesh, who has really intimidated the domestic batsmen during the season.Rahul failed set the stage on fire during the limited-overs games having come back from an interim suspension for his sexist comments on a television chat show.India chief coach Ravi Shastri has recently made it clear that he would like Rahul to play a lot of A games in order to regain form.The India ‘A’ team’s head coach Rahul Dravid also backed the Karnataka opener and said he was not worried about the batsman’s run of low scores.The India ‘A’ team led by Ankit Bawne, comprising domestic performers, will be favourites against the Lions, who have not had the best of time on the tour so far.Kerala all-rounder Jalaj Saxena finds a place after a strong Ranji Trophy season as has Siddhesh Lad along with spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Mayank Markande.advertisementThe visiting Englishmen, on the other hand, have had a tough time, being hammered in the five-match ODI series, losing 1-4 and will look for redemption.Captain Sam Billings, who played for Chennai Super Kings in last year’s IPL, has been in good form and will look to carry it into the longer format too.The young team includes players with Test experience, including Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope.Lanky paceman Jamie Overton has impressed with his performances and will be assisted by Tom Bailey. The spinners-Danny Briggs and Amar Vardi will have a big role to play on a track expected to be bowler-friendly on the evidence of the recent Ranji matches here featuring Kerala.TeamsIndia ‘A’: Ankit Bawne (Captain), KL Rahul, AR Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (WK), Jalaj Saxena, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Sharadul Thakur, Avesh Khan, Varun Aaron.England Lions: Sam Billings (captain), Dominic Bess, Danny Briggs, Tom Bailey, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Zak Chappell, Sam Hain, Will Jacks, Jamie Overton, Tom Moores, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Alex Davies, Amar Vardi.Also Read | Case registered against Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for comments on Koffee with KaranAlso Watch:last_img read more

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first_img Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat The Dive Motel Brings Legit 70s-Era Swagger to Nashville Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) 1 of 11 Previous This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp The 770-room hotel takes its visitors up to ultra-luxurious rooms via high-speed panoramic lifts. Each guest room and suite was designed by Remedios Studio of Hong Kong with cutting-edge amenities. It’s safe to say, Neo and Trinity would stay here on off-weekends from fighting Agent Smith. Sleek, style-forward nuances like the curves and lines of the walls marry with every luxury from heated flooring to Nespresso machines.The rooms have been called “a hedonist’s dream” by the operators at Morpheus and damn it, we believe that.If these rooms don’t have enough electrical pulse to get you excited, transcend all former hotel or resort experiences for a dream stay in one of Morpheus’s nine villas, complete with a 24/7 butler, private salon, and private interior pool.If you ever get sick of your room, step out and get lost in the curated shops and exclusive restaurants, bougie fitness facilities, modern art gallery, rooftop pool, gaming salon, or luxe spa that is the integrated entertainment resort, the City of Dreams.Now, which do you choose: the safe, moderately-priced motel or Morpheus? After this, there’s no turning back. You take the safe, moderately-priced motel and have a fine time. Or you take the ultra-luxe Morpheus hotel located in China’s City of Dreams Resort at Macau and see just how deep extravagance can go.Morpheus, a new flagship hotel opened June 15, was commissioned to Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) back in 2012. (Side note: Have you seen the only home ever designed by ZHA? It’s insane.)When ZHA signed on to create Morpheus, foundations were already in place for a condominium tower that was never built. ZHA started with the existing abandoned foundations, “using a rectangular footprint to define a 40-story building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required,” says ZHA in an official press release.In laymen’s terms, Morpheus is the world’s first high-rise supported by a free-form steel exoskeleton. Literally named after the Greek god of dreams, this oasis is more than a building — it’s a new iconic landmark. And the architecture is truly mind-bending, with floating cut-outs that seem to be fluidly warping thanks to the unique steel grid design.“Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form … The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies,” says Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director.And that’s just the outside.center_img Next Previous Editors’ Recommendations Next 1 of 6 Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms last_img read more

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first_img Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement.The agreement was signed on September 26 by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa Etienne, at PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC.The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.Dr. Tufton thanked PAHO for its continued support to the public health sector in Jamaica, particularly in strengthening the health system.“Jamaica hopes to continue the joint collaboration with PAHO,” the Minister added.For her part, Dr. Etienne said under the agreement, Jamaica’s health system will be strengthened as it moves towards universal health.She said the organisation is pleased to partner with Jamaica to offer this technical support, which will help to improve the country’s health services.Dr. Tufton is in Washington attending the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Story Highlights The agreement will see Jamaica benefiting from technical cooperation in health for the next five years.center_img Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a five-year country cooperation strategy agreement. last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The University of Toronto says one of its students has died while attending the school’s engineering survey camp in central Ontario.The dean of the engineering faculty released a note to staff and students informing them that an 18-year-old civil engineering student died at the facility on Gull Lake near Minden, Ont. on Tuesday afternoon.Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., had drowned at the camp, which the university uses to train students in land surveying and project management.Neither the university nor police released the teen’s name.Engineering Dean Cristina Amon called the incident “heartbreaking” in her message and said counselling services would be available for all who need them.Activities at the camp have been cancelled for the rest of the week.“Today, our attention must be with those affected by this terrible tragedy,” Amon said in her message. “The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died.”OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said police were called to the camp shortly before 5 p.m. after the teen became separated from a group of people who had all been in the water.“They commenced a search, located him, removed him from water and immediately commenced first aid and CPR,” Leon said, adding that the cause of the separation was not yet known.He said emergency responders were attending to the teen when police arrived on the scene, but the student was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital.Alcohol or other substance use is not believed to be a factor in the death, Leon said.The University of Toronto Engineering Society issued a message of condolence to the community after learning of the student’s death.“Both those who knew the individual and those who did not may find themselves affected by this tragic situation,” the statement read. “We are fortunate to be part of a tight-knit community here at UofT Engineering, and today’s news comes as a shock to every one of us.”last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors today announced the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive 33rd-round funding under the Fund’s Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) following October 3, 2016 submissions. In this round, Quebecor Fund will disburse a total of $1,959,051 to the following production companies: PVP Animation III inc., La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.), Production Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.), Cineflix Media Inc., TVA Productions II inc., Kondololé Films inc. and Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.). The seven selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters ICI Radio-Canada, BBC Kids (BBC Canada), Knowledge Network, TVA, CASA (TVA Group), Télé-Québec, TVO and TFO.Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s MPAP program has supported 229 projects involving 70 production companies, 41 Canadian broadcasters and 32 foreign broadcasters. During this period, the Fund has distributed more than $64 million to support the multiplatform components of the funded projects (which amounts to 72% of the total sums invested in multimedia by the participating production companies) and more than $7 million to support the television components of the same projects, for a total of nearly $72 million.Of the funding granted to date by Quebecor Fund to support television and multiplatform production, 26% has gone to programs for children/youth, 24% to documentaries, 40% to variety/performing arts, and 10% to drama. Facebook Quebecor Fund, a major source of financing for Canadian television, event and film production and for digital media content, is an independent fund with a mission to support the development, production and marketing of high-quality content and its exploitation on various interactive platforms that use new information and communication technologies, such as video on demand (VoD), mobile devices and high-speed Internet. Its new Export Assistance Program (EXAP) supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts.Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron, which provides more than $7 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry.RECIPIENTS:Belle et SébastienPVP Animation III inc.                                        – Canadian broadcasters: ICI Radio-Canada, Knowledge Network, BBC Kids (BBC Canada)– International broadcasters: CNC, M6, Canal +, Piwi +, ZDF (France) / RTS (Switzerland) / VRT (Belgium)Belle, a big, good-natured dog, and Sébastien, a plucky boy, are always ready for adventure. Together, they explore the mountain, solve problems for the villagers, outwit their adversaries and take all kinds of risks to help friend and foe alike. The digital component includes an online adventure/puzzle game that lets kids embark on interactive adventures in which Belle and Sébastien work hand-in-paw, as well as a mobile app where children can play an exciting action game in which Belle and Sébastien hurtle down the snowy mountainside.La Voix (season 5)La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: TVALa Voix will be back on our screens in February 2017. As in years past, the four coaches will be seated in the iconic red armchairs with their backs to the contestants, who must try to win them over with their voices alone. In the final episode, the audience will be called upon to cast the deciding vote. The interactive site will offer an immersive experience featuring a wide selection of exclusive content. The website’s fully revamped homepage will use cinemagraphs to grab users from the moment they arrive on the page.Cheval-SerpentProduction Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: ICI Radio-CanadaThe new series written by Danielle Trottier is set in the Cheval-Serpent, a strip bar run by Dorice McQuaid and David Gauthier where male dancers entertain women. The well-known establishment is part of what makes Montréal a party town. But mayor Laurent Saint-Pierre doesn’t want strip joints in his city. The virtual reality experience Au cœur du Cheval-Serpent plunges users into the fascinating world of strip clubs through personal encounters with its denizens. Users can enter the 360-degree experience with a VR headset, a mobile device or on the Web.Buying and Selling (season 5)Cineflix Media Inc.   –      Canadian broadcaster: CASA (TVA Group)–      International broadcaster: HGTV (USA)Trading up to a new house is a major life event. Jonathan and Drew Scott team up to help homeowners renovate their property so they can get the best price for it and buy their dream home. In the Buying and Selling game for tablets and smartphones, players buy, renovate and decorate houses in an imaginary city in order to sell for maximum profit.Salut Bonjour (season 28)TVA Productions II inc.  – Canadian broadcaster: TVATwenty-eight years after it first went on the air, Salut Bonjour is an institution on Quebec morning television, the place Quebecers go for the information they need to start their day. Over the years, Salut Bonjour has built a close relationship with its audience by remaining true to its mission of informing and entertaining at the same time. The magazine-style website, organized by theme, contains videos, articles and exclusive content that often goes viral on social media.Ping et PongKondololé Films inc.   – Canadian broadcasters: Télé-Québec, TVO, TFO and Knowledge NetworkThe Ping et Pong series for preschoolers stimulates music and language learning. Ping and Pong are inseparable friends who love to play around with sounds, words and music. Every new adventure makes them sing! Ping et Pong offers children three musical activities designed for 3-6 year-olds: La musique est partout, Le grand ménage des sons and Jam avec Ping et Pong. Children discover music, sound and language through activities that are both educational and fun.Accès Illimité (season VII)Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.)  – Canadian broadcaster: TVAAs the title suggests, Accès illimité gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the private lives of Québec celebrities who are in the news. The variety/documentary show is hosted by Anouk Meunier and Jean-Philippe Dion. Its digital component extends the open relationship established with the guest on the show to an exclusive, personal user experience.Quebecor FundQuebecor Fund, a non-profit organization, is a private fund incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its priorities, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The date of the next round of funding under the Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) is Monday, April 3, 2017. For more information, please visit the Quebecor Fund website at www.quebecorfund.ca. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Rabat – Last Saturday, riots broke out in Paris due to an unpopular tax on fuel proposed in France’s national budget. Tens of thousands of French citizens held street protests to voice dissatisfaction with France’s increased cost of living. Protesters vocalized a variety of demands, including cheaper energy costs, lower taxes, higher salaries, better retirement policies, and Macron’s resignation. Paris saw some of its most violent rioting in decades, leaving four dead, 250 injured, and millions of dollars in damage. The French police also reported that they took 412 people into custody during the weekend. The increasing violence prompted government officials to suspend the fuel tax proposal. French officials brace for “significant violence” in Paris this Saturday, as activists from the “yellow vest” movement are calling for “Act IV” – a fourth weekend of protest, on social media.Read Also: French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters, Officials After Weekend of ChaosPrime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armored vehicles will be stationed in the capital to prevent a repeat of last week’s violent uprisings. “We are facing people who are not here to protest but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein,” Philippe told reporters.City authorities say they are increasing protection measures for famous landmarks after the Arc de Triomphe sustained damage in last week’s riots. According to Culture Minister Franck Riester, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Orsay Museums, Grand Palais, and opera houses will close on Saturday. Riester stated in a radio interview, “We cannot take the risk when we know the threat.” read more

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The eight members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) were released in El Fasher in North Darfur, into the custody of UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai in his capacity as Chairman of the Ceasefire Commission (CFC).“This is evidence of a change of heart by the Government, and I hope that it is the beginning of a new way of doing things in Darfur,” said General Mohammed Bashir of JEM, calling today’s release “a new way to settle differences and a new beginning for all parties, who should now understand that there is no military solution to the conflict in Darfur.”The release of the detainees was witnessed by Rodolphe Adada, who serves as the head of the mission and also as UN/AU Joint Special Representative.Both General Agwai and Mr. Adada worked closely with the Government to secure the release of the JEM members into UNAMID custody.According to Sudanese officials, the eight were arrested for passing on information regarding Government troop movements to JEM. Six of them were JEM representatives to the CFC and were arrested on 29 December in El Fasher. One person was arrested earlier in Kulbus, and another belonged to the JEM Collective Leadership Faction and was detained several days ago in El Fasher.During the handover, General Agwai and Sudanese Major-General Imad Ad Diin Mustafa Adawi noted the good relationship that exists between UNAMID and the Government, but emphasized the importance of bolstering their cooperation.Major-General Adawi stressed that the Government’s release of the JEM members should be viewed as a gesture of goodwill, urging that Government soldiers captured in West Darfur should be let go in return.For his part, Mr. Adada pledged to help in any way possible to assist in the release of these Sudanese forces.In a related development, negotiations for the so-called Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for UNAMID continued in Khartoum today between senior UN and Government officials.According to the mission, the talks on the Agreement have been proceeding smoothly and constructively since they began earlier this week.Also today, the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, completed a three-day visit to Darfur with a meeting with representatives of Abdul Wahid’s faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). They travel onward to Juba tomorrow. 17 January 2008The Sudanese Government today released eight rebel detainees to the newly-deployed United Nations-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, which is seeking to bring peace to the war-ravaged Darfur region. read more

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After a tour of houses and religious buildings damaged or destroyed during the rioting, Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) would help the estimated 3,200 displaced people – mostly ethnic Serbs – to return.”You have the right to return,” Mr. Holkeri told people in the town of Lipljan, where several houses were burnt during last week’s riots. “Every citizen has a human right to have a home and to live there protected in peace with prosperity.” UNMIK police have reported that the situation in Kosovo is comparatively calm after last week’s violence, which left about 30 people dead.Mr. Holkeri said police are investigating the riots and acts of violence, adding the perpetrators must be brought to justice.Asked by reporters whether the purpose of last week’s violence was ethnic cleansing, Mr. Holkeri said labels were not the most important issue at this time. “Every lost life is one too many. Every destroyed home is one too many. Every destroyed holy site is one too many.”During a tour of damaged apartments in the capital, Pristina, with Mr. Holkeri, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi promised to provide funds to repair the damage caused by last week’s violence. read more

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 4-11. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.6 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 14.5 million.3. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 13.4 million.4. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.4 million.5. “Dancing With the Stars-Results Show,” ABC, 10.3 million.6. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.9 million.7. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.6 million.8. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 9.4 million.9. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.2 million.10. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.0 million.11. “60 Minutes” (Special), CBS, 8.8 million.12. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.580 million.13. “Modern Family,” ABC, 8.572 million.14. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 8.570 million.15. “Hawaii Five-O” (Special), CBS, 8.27 million.16. “Castle,” ABC, 8.26 million.17. “The Odd Couple,” CBS, 8.188 million.18. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 8.177 million.19. “Letterman: A Life on TV,” CBS, 8.1 million.20. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.7 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. by The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2015 1:56 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for May 4-11 read more

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first_imgA woman who plotted to let a paedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years.The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned a sex attack on the girl with Stuart Bailey in a series of “depraved” text messages, Cardiff Crown Court heard.She also sent the 54-year-old a naked picture of the youngster and bought sleeping pills to drug her.The court heard that the pair exchanged dozens of messages and the offences only came to light when the woman’s partner found the messages on her phone and reported her.Bailey, who was jailed for a total of 13 years, and the woman were found guilty of conspiracy to rape a girl aged under 13 after a trial in December. Cardiff Crown Court Bailey, of Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, South Wales, was also convicted of encouraging the distribution of indecent photographs of a child and encouraging the sexual assault of a child by another woman.At an earlier hearing the woman admitted distributing five indecent images of a child and Bailey admitted possessing those images.The judge, Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees QC, said Bailey was “prolific” in contacting a number of women on the dating website Plenty Of Fish.She said a “pattern emerged” whereby Bailey quickly turned to talking about “perverted and unlawful” sexual activity, seeing how far he could push the women.”The discussion, unless cut short by the women, would then escalate to you encouraging them to (engage in) sexual activity with children, she said. The mother, who was described as “vulnerable and gullible” by Judge Rees, asked Bailey at one point what she would get out of the plan to rape her daughter and Bailey responded by mentioning sums of £200 to £300.The pair planned to rape the girl during the Whitsun school holiday and talked about drugging her.Judge Rees said that despite speaking to her GP, who advised against giving a child melatonin, the mother went ahead and bought some online.”By your own admission you tried it out a week before the rape was due to take place,” she added.Lucy Crowther, for Bailey, said her client was “totally ashamed of his behaviour and his actions, which he acknowledges will affect his grown-up children and his partner, who is currently standing by him”.Alex Greenwood, defending the mother, said social services had identified her as a person at risk of being manipulated by men prior to the offences and that was what had happened.He added that she had been “bullied, cajoled and blackmailed” by Bailey.Both defendants were made the subject of sexual harm prevention orders and given one year of additional licence to serve. [Stuart Bailey is] totally ashamed of his behaviour and his actions, which he acknowledges will affect his grown-up children and his partnerLucy Crowther, defending Bailey Officers began investigating in June last year after the mother’s then partner found “to his disgust” the messages and she was arrested, Judge Rees added.The investigation led to Bailey, who, it was discovered, was having similar discussions with other women.Judge Rees said of the pair: “You met once face to face for sex. During that encounter you, Bailey, saw a photograph of (the woman’s daughter).”The mother later posed her daughter naked in the bath, exposing her genitals, to take pictures to send to Bailey.Another image showed the girl in school uniform with her underwear exposed, the court heard.Judge Rees added that the pair claimed they never had any intent to carry out the content of their “depraved discussions of a perverted sexual nature”. You met once face to face for sex. During that encounter you, Bailey, saw a photograph of (the woman’s daughter)Recorder Eleri Rees QC Cardiff Crown CourtCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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The man who allegedly drove recklessly causing the death of Marvin Dodson, the 22-year-old Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal of Cross Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, was on Thursday granted $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Lance Corporal Marvin DodsonNavin Rampersaud, 31, of Schoonord, West Bank Demerara (WBD), appeared before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool and denied the charges brought against him.The first charge alleged that on December 10, 2017, at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD) he drove recklessly thereby causing the death of Dodson.He also denied that on the same day at the same location, he drove under the influence of alcohol, thereby causing the death of Dodson.Additionally, he further denied that on the same day at the same location he failed to render assistance after an accident occurred.The accident occurred around 03:10hrs on the day in question while Dodson was among a group of partygoers who were just outside of a bar.Reports are that minibus BTT 8922, was at the time proceeding south along the eastern carriageway allegedly at a fast pace and slammed into the Lance Corporal.Following the accident, the drunken driver reportedly attempted to flee the scene, dragging the victim’s body along the road as he proceeded.Dodson was subsequently picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was treated before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in light of the severity of his injuries.While in surgery at the Georgetown medical institution, the GDF rank took his last breath.Meanwhile, the driver of the speeding minibus had stopped a short distance away from the point of impact. As a result of what had transpired, he was allegedly assaulted by a group of angry persons who were present at the time of the accident.Shortly after, he was whisked away by officers and transported to the WDRH for medical attention as well. He was later arrested and charged for the offence.Rampersaud will return to Court on January 8, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF rank dies in accident outside nightclubDecember 10, 2017In “Crime”Army rank gets $1M bail for allegedly causing death by dangerous drivingAugust 24, 2017In “Court”Meten-Meer-Zorg hit and run: Causing death accused granted $300,000 bailSeptember 26, 2017In “Court” read more

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first_imgCoby Kyros Motorola Xoom Archos 7 Tablet Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Creative Ziio Azpen  X1 Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Samsung PC7 Toshiba Tablet Creative Ziio And More….center_img Coby Kyros Motorola Xoom Toshiba Tablet MSI WindPad RIM BlackBerry Playbook Cosmos OSC 1 Gaming Tablet Rullingnet Vinci MSI WindPad As predicted, 2011 was there year of the tablet at ces. So, so many tablets. Just a staggeringly huge, ungodly number of tablets. Just before the show officially started on Thursday, the Consumer Electronics Association, the organization behind the show, issued a release stating that some 80 tablets were set to be launched at the show. Having walked the floor of the entire thing over the past few days, I think it’s safe to say that the association was low balling that number.After 2010 proved a giant year for Apple’s iPad (becoming, really, the first hugely commercially successful consumer tablet), a number of high profile companies rushed to provide an competitor. Here at Gearlog, we’ve already shown you new tablets from Samsung, RIM (BlackBerry), Motorola, ASUS, Lenovo, MSI, Creative, Coby, Toshiba, E Fun, AHX, a gaming tablet from Cosmos, a baby tablet by Rullingnet, Motion Computing, and a dual-boot device from a company called Azpen.But believe it or not, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I saw so many more tablets in Vegas last week, that it’s frankly a bit impossible to keep track of them all. In fact, there are too many to fit into a single post. After the jump, you’ll find a huge cross section of the tablets I saw–not all of the, however. After all, many of them really looked identical to the iPad–particularly in the International Hall. I suppose there’s only so much companies can do with a slate form factor.That said, there are still plenty of interesting entries after the jump.Samsung PC7last_img read more

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first_imgThese devices are viable but crude and unstable.  They are designed to burn easily and very quickly and at a very high temperature in order to do as much damage as possible despite detection by a smoke alarm or other fire alarms and countermeasures. They are typically placed among combustible materials in shops and other premises for maximum effect.This is precisely the same type of incendiary device or fire-bomb as used by the self-styled ‘New IRA’ in recent years. Between 2004 and 2006, dissident republicans placed 10 of these firebombs in premises around Newry and in the border area.  Four large commercial premises were completely destroyed – gutted by fire. In February 2014, the New IRA sent a large number of these incendiary devices, by mail, to British Army recruitment offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and Slough. The New IRA, as a consequence, are of interest in relation to Tuesday’s incidents.There are a number of features of the incident that are puzzling and which suggest that perhaps an individual or ‘lone wolf’ may have been involved. The pictures, which purport to show the suspicious package, show two Irish ‘Love Ireland’ postage stamps.  If posted in Ireland, this would have been insufficient postage for the London destination. If posted in Britain, the Irish stamps would not have been valid for postage.  In both instances, the placing of insufficient or invalid postage stamps on the package would have alerted extra attention – anathema to an experienced terror cell. Whoever placed these devices in the postal system – whether a ‘Lone Wolf’ or dissident republican group, placed a large number of innocent people in severe danger. According to An Post, over two million items of mail are handled through Irish sorting centres each day.  “Huge volumes of mail” travel between Ireland and the UK using “a variety of means, roads, via ferry or air”. An Post added that: “Since images of the packages in question have become available, our sorting staff have been briefed on what to look out for and to be extra vigilant”.If posted in Ireland therefore, these packages would have been placed among mails and packages on board Irish passenger aircraft bound for London. To cause a viable, but crude and unstable incendiary bomb, to be placed on board a flight from Dublin to London is a reckless and evil act – irrespective of who, precisely is responsible. If such a device had been disturbed or compressed or otherwise struck whilst among other freight and baggage on a passenger aircraft – it could have triggered a catastrophic fire. If this had happened after takeoff or in a pressurised aircraft at 37000 feet over the Irish Sea, the consequences would be unthinkable.If transported by surface mail, a similar catastrophic fire could have been triggered among combustible freight on board a ferry bound from Dublin Port to Holyhead. In either case, the perpetrators recklessly and callously endangered dozens of innocent Irish citizens and staff of an Post to a lethal hazard.  By Tom Clonan THE IMPROVISED INCENDIARY devices discovered in London this week raise grave security questions – both in the UK and Ireland. Three suspicious mail packages were discovered on Tuesday of this week. The first A4 sized package, bearing Irish ‘Love Ireland’ stamps, ignited on opening at 9:55 am at Compass House, near Heathrow Airport.This postal package, of which pictures have been circulated widely, appears to show evidence of ignition and some burning and charring. It has also been reported that the package contained ‘jiffy bags’ containing a ‘gel-like’ substance, which failed to fully ignite. Following the alert that this incident generated, a further two suspicious packages were identified.  At 11:40, the staff at Waterloo Station isolated a similar, suspicious package.  No attempt was made to open it. Then at 12:10, another similar package was intercepted at City Aviation House in London City Airport.It is reported that counter-terrorism officers of the London Metropolitan Police have been in contact with an Garda Siochana to discuss the contents and configuration of the ‘viable’ incendiary devices, in order to establish who might have perpetrated the attack.  Mar 6th 2019, 6:31 PM If posted in the UK, the packages posed a deliberately lethal threat to dozens of innocent Royal Mail postal workers and other innocent civilians going about their business in the targeted areas in London City Airport, Heathrow and Waterloo Station.Tuesday’s incident, whoever is responsible, is a most unwelcome reminder of the pervasive threat posed by incendiary devices during the troubles.In addition to the millions of pounds worth of damage inflicted in such attacks, dozens of innocent men, women and children also lost their lives in fire-bomb attacks. Those who would carry out such attacks today – as individuals or groups, invoking whatever twisted logic, should desist immediately. The consequences of such reckless actions, whether intended or otherwise, are potentially catastrophic. The threat should not be downplayed and should be categorically and unequivocally condemned by all Irish citizens.Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT. You can follow him on Twitter here.      25 Comments Questions have been raised as to whether or not the devices were sent by Islamist terrorists – such as so-called Islamic State, or by a dissident Republican grouping such as the New IRA. There is also some speculation that this might be the work of an individual, or a ‘lone wolf’ attack. With regard to the question of Islamist extremists, the pattern of yesterday’s incident does not fit with their modus operandi to date. Islamic State terrorists in Europe and the UK have tended to use improvised explosive devices known as TATP IEDs – based on Tri-Acetone, Tri-Peroxide bomb-making materials. These devices are highly explosive and generate a large, powerful detonation – such as that seen in the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people, mostly children, were killed in May 2017.I spoke to a former Defence Forces colleague today – a highly experienced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or Bomb Disposal officer – with decades of experience of dealing with improvised explosive devices, both in Ireland during the Troubles and throughout the Middle East. Based on descriptions of the manner in which the Heathrow device was ignited – by friction on opening the package – and based on the evidence of the manner in which it burned, he expressed the view that the device most likely consisted of a gel containing potassium or sodium chlorate and some other readily available household ingredients. This type of incendiary device is typical of that used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles, where millions of pounds worth of damage was done to shops and business premises throughout Northern Ireland.  22,636 Views Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week? This is precisely the same type of incendiary device used by a dissident republican group in recent years but it could also be a lone wolf, writes Tom Clonan. Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Share13 Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4527216 Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment for children and young adults with leukemia.Cell-based gene therapy Kymriah—first of its kind in the United States—will be used to reprogram patients’ own cells to attack a deadly disease.“We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.The FDA’s “historic action” targets acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), considered the most common childhood cancer in the US; some 3,100 patients under the age of 20 are diagnosed with the bone marrow and blood disease each year.A new, highly involved remedy, however, could reverse those numbers.Each dose of Kymriah is a customized treatment created using the patient’s own T-cells.The process, as described by the FDA, sounds quite simple: T-cells are collected and shipped to a manufacturing center, where they are beefed up with a new gene designed to lead an army of cells into battle against infection.Once modified, the T-cells are infused back into the patient, and sent on their merry way to exterminate cancer. Easy-peasy.“Kymriah is a first-of-its-kind treatment approach that fills an important unmet need for children and young adults with this serious disease,” Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), said.“Not only does Kymriah provide these patients with a new treatment option were very limited options exist, but a treatment option that has shown promising remission and survival rates in clinical trials,” he added.Of more than 60 ALL-suffering subjects in a clinical trial for Kymriah, 83 percent were cancer-free within three months.But the new therapy doesn’t come cheap: Developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the University of Pennsylvania, the one-time infusion is priced at a reported $475,000. The cost will be waived for patients who don’t show a response within one month, according to the Associated Press.As with any drug, there are potential side effects, including cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and “neurological events,” both severe and possibly life-threatening.Other (slightly less alarming) issues may include serious infections, low blood pressure (hypotension), acute kidney injury, fever, and decreased oxygen (hypoxia); most symptoms will appear within 22 days of Kymriah infusion.“New technologies such as gene and cell therapies hold out the potential to transform medicine and create an inflection point in our ability to treat and even cure many intractable illnesses,” Gottlieb said.“At the FDA,” he continued, “we’re committed to helping expedite the development and review of groundbreaking treatments that have the potential to be life-saving.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Color-Changing Urine Test Could Help Detect CancerGoogle Algorithm Detects Lung Cancer Better Than Human Doctors last_img read more

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