CBI to probe Ryan school murder

first_imgGiving into the persistent demand from parents of a seven-year-old boy of Ryan International School who was murdered inside the school premises, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced that the probe would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Mr Khattar also told reporters that the district administration had taken over the school management for three months.Making these announcements after meeting with the victim’s parents, Mr. Khattar said although the Haryana Police had conducted the investigation professionally, the government had decided to honour the demand of the parents and several local leaders.Plea for speedy inquiryHe said he would immediately write a letter to the Union government in this regard and also made an appeal to the CBI to conduct the probe at the earliest.“This incident was unfortunate. Today I came here to meet the family. There was a demand from the family members and several others for handing over the case to the CBI for investigation,” he said.The Chief Minister said the brutal murder of the minor was condemnable and had led to strong resentment among the people across the country.Mr. Khattar said the school management would be taken over by the district administration for three months and all security and safety lapses would be rectified by the Deputy Commissioner under his supervision.He said the Haryana Police would continue to investigate the matter till the CBI took over.Mr. Khattar, who was present in the city to participate in the Haryana Digital Summit-2017, got emotional while interacting with the parents and could be seen wiping away tears.The Class II student of Ryan International School in Bhondsi was murdered inside the washroom of the school on September 8, minutes after his father dropped him and his sister at the main gate.A school bus conductor and two senior officials of the school management have been arrested in the case so far.last_img read more

‘Do it again’: Djokovic confident of historic second Slam sweep

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 achievement of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the perfect playbook for a repeat performance at Roland Garros as he tries to become just the second man to complete the feat.The world number one heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open titles already under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT However, Djokovic’s potential date with destiny would have appeared to be fantasy 12 months ago.In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, still recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a shock quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.The defeat saw him slip out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade and briefly had him contemplating skipping Wimbledon.That threat was soon retracted and he went on to win the next three majors, a performance which has put him on the brink of history.Victory in two weeks’ time would also move him halfway to emulating Laver’s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.ADVERTISEMENT Victory in the June 9 final in Paris would allow him to join Rod Laver as the only other man to hold all the four majors at the same time twice.“There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago,” said the 32-year-old on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may have more career majors — 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic’s 15 — but neither of them has managed even one private sweep, let alone two. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I hold three Slams, am world number one. Obviously, it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks,” he said.Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.Nadal defeated the Serb in the Italian Open final last weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the man to beat in Paris.“He’s the main favorite to win the title,” said Djokovic who remains just one of two men to have beaten the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.“It wouldn’t be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times.“He has lost two times in his career on Parisian clay. So lots of respect for him, obviously, as always.”Djokovic starts his bid for a second Roland Garros title and 16th major against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Former Brazil, Chennaiyin FC midfielder Elano retires

first_imgFormer Manchester City, Chennaiyin FC and Brazil international midfielder Elano has announced his retirement from football. (Latest Football stories)The 35-year-old has played sparingly for Brazilian club Santos this season as coach Dorival Junior favours younger players, reports Xinhua.In a statement on their official website, Santos said Elano would assume an assistant coaching role at the club next season.Capped 50 times for Brazil’s national team, Elano’s club career included spells at Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Galatasaray and Chennaiyin FC.He represented Santos 321 times, scoring 68 goals and helping the club to the 2002 and 2004 Brazilian Serie A titles.Elano was the marquee player of Chennaiyin FC in the 2015 season of the Indian Super League. He also helped the team to title triumph last year.last_img read more

Pacquiao Sued Over Hidden Injury

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.The suit was filed May 5 in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, identified as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.It alleges that the two were defrauded after paying to watch the fight, and seeks class action status on behalf of anyone who bought tickets, pay-per-view or bet on the fight.The suit comes as Nevada boxing regulators are looking into possible disciplinary action against Pacquiao for failing to disclose the injury suffered in training for the fight.Pacquiao, who would go on to lose a unanimous decision, is expected to undergo surgery this week for a rotator cuff tear.In particular, members of the Nevada Athletic Commission want to know why Pacquiao checked “no” when filling out a state form the day before the fight that asked whether he had a shoulder injury.“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport,” commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said. “We expect our fighters to be forthright.”Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, said earlier the injury suffered four weeks before the fight appeared to have sufficiently healed, but Pacquiao’s handlers still unsuccessfully sought to get a pain-killing shot in the shoulder in the dressing room before the fight.Pacquiao said he reinjured the shoulder in the fourth round when he landed his best punches of the night against Mayweather.Meanwhile, Mayweather said in a text to ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith that he would welcome a rematch with Pacquiao.“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” the text read.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Phelps and Lochte duke it out at Olympics for the last time

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Olympic roommates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte maintain a relaxed vibe at the athletes’ village. There’s an ongoing card game in their suite and they amuse themselves with endless Snapchat sessions.It’ll be all business on Thursday night.They’ll race against each other for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history. The Americans are the top two all-time performers in the event.Phelps and Lochte have each medaled in the 200 IM in the last three Olympics. Phelps won each time and Lochte finished second, third and second.“The history him and I have had with one another, it’s something special and something I’ve never had in another competitor of mine,” Phelps said. “We’ll have one more time to hop in the pool and duke it out.”Phelps is finally retiring after these games, where he has already won his 20th and 21st gold medals. He’ll try to become the first swimmer, male or female, to win the same event in four straight Olympics.Lochte has owned the 200 IM world record for seven years, but Phelps usually comes out on top against him. That’s how it went four years ago in London, when Phelps won and Lochte finished second. Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 IM on the first day of swimming in London, his most notable victory on a big stage in their rivalry.“It’s going to take a perfect performance in order to beat him just because of how tough a competitor he is,” Lochte said. “He won’t give up and that’s awesome. That’s why he brings out the best in me and hopefully I do the exact same for him.”Lochte turned 32 last week and is non-committal about whether Rio is his last Olympics. The clock is ticking down on Phelps, who races five more times before hanging up his suit at age 31. He plans to marry his fiancé after the games and focus on life with their infant son.Regardless of the outcome, the atmosphere back in their room at the Olympic Village will stay chill.“We’ll hang out because swimming doesn’t dictate our friendship,” Lochte said.The Brazilians have a stake in the 200 IM, too. Thiago Pereira could deliver the host country’s first swimming medal of the games. Since 1988, Greece has been the only host country not to win a swimming medal — in 2004. Keep an eye on Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who also has a shot to make the podium.Before Phelps and Lochte go at it in the pool, Katie Ledecky swims the preliminaries of the 800 freestyle, her last individual event in Rio.The 19-year-old American is the heavy favorite to win the grueling race, which would give her a sweep of the 200, 400 and 800 freestyles for the first time since Debbie Meyers of the U.S. in 1968.“The week has gone good so far, and I think I’ll be able to top it off well in the 800,” she said.Ledecky seeks her fourth gold medal in Rio, which would tie her with Amy Van Dyken (1996) and Missy Franklin (2012) as the only American female athletes to win that many in a single Olympics.On the sixth night of swimming in Rio de Janeiro, the Campbell sisters seek the same golden prize in the women’s 100 freestyle.Cate Campbell posted the fastest time in the semifinals, an Olympic-record 52.71 seconds and younger sister Bronte was fifth-fastest at 53.29. Bronte is the reigning world champion, but Cate is the world-record holder.“I am really looking forward to it, I can’t wait,” Bronte said.The sisters already have teamed up to lead Australia to a gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay.Meanwhile, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands will try to defend her sprint title. And Russia goes for its first gold medal in the pool in the men’s 200 backstroke. Evgeny Rylov was the leading qualifier in 1 minute, 54.45 seconds. World champion Mitch Larkin, and Americans Jacob Pebley and 100 back winner Ryan Murphy will vie for medals.last_img read more

Koeman: Giroud failure caused Everton sacking

first_imgEverton Koeman: Failure to sign Giroud caused Everton sacking Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 06:39 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Ronald Koeman Olivier Giroud Composite Getty/Goal Everton Olivier Giroud Everton v Arsenal Chelsea v Everton Premier League The inability to sign a high-class forward to replace Romelu Lukaku has been cited by Dutchman for his departure from Goodison Park Ronald Koeman knew he was in danger of being sacked by Everton, with the club’s failure to adequately replace star striker Romelu Lukaku among the reasons for his dismissal.Koeman departed Goodison Park on Monday , the day after a 5-2 thumping at home to Arsenal left his side in the relegation zone, having recorded just two wins from their first nine Premier League games.Everton 16/1 to be relegated Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Everton spent heavily on the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen during the transfer window, attacking arrivals Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez could not fill Lukaku’s boots.Koeman had tried to persuade Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud to join Everton, while winger Nikola Vlasic confirmed he could not choose his preferred number 19 shirt as the club was holding it in the hope Diego Costa would sign .Ultimately it was substandard results that cost Koeman his job and the Dutchman accepted his days were numbered after a home loss to Lyon in the Europa League, when tempers ran high among the Everton fans.”Last Thursday, after our defeat to Lyon in the Europa League, I knew it was crisis time,” Koeman told Dutch football magazine VI . “I am not daft, I know how the football world operates.”I could figure out how things could go. I was sure I would be on the bench against Arsenal on Sunday. But another defeat against Arsenal and I could see that anything would happen.”And if things did not improve in those last games, I had worked out what would happen.”Maybe there was a chance to coach against Chelsea in the EFL Cup and maybe I would be able to do Leicester City away and Watford just before the international break.”Ronald Koeman Everton Lyon Europa LeagueGiroud has not started any Premier League games for Arsenal this season and Koeman cited the Frenchman’s decision to reject a move to Everton as key in his side’s failure this term.”I had Olivier Giroud in the building,” Koeman added. “He would have fitted perfectly, but at the very last moment he decided that he’d rather live in London and stay at Arsenal.”That was really hard to swallow. You tell me, where you can get a better striker? Lukaku was so important for us, not just because of his goals. He had a certain way of playing as a striker – strong.”He could hold the ball, he always had an eye for the goal, he was fast. If things were not going well in a game, if we could not play the way we were used to, there was always the option to use the long ball towards him.”All of a sudden [after Giroud’s decision], we were missing such a player. With Nikola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney, we had attackers who want the ball at their feet. “When you are struggling as a team with the build-up from the back, and we no longer had the option to kick it long, you know you have a problem.”last_img read more

PM Says INDECOM Should Operate with Balance

first_img He was responding to concerns raised by Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, in relation to the disarming of the police by the oversight body. Imploring members of the security forces to obey the law, Dr. Phillips said, “I want to urge those who investigate them, including INDECOM, to be mindful of the circumstances in which they operate”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has said lawmakers would be taking steps to ensure that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) carries out its duties with “balance”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has said lawmakers would be taking steps to ensure that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) carries out its duties with “balance”.“We take the view that there really needs to be balance in how INDECOM operates… . I think this House which created the institution still retains the power. At some point, and I suspect it would have to be sooner than later, we will have to take some decisions to ensure that that very important institution operates with balance,” he said.He was responding to concerns raised by Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, in relation to the disarming of the police by the oversight body.The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on January 30.During the sitting, all 51 members of the House who were present voted in favour of the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James until May 2, 2018. The State of Public Emergency was declared on January 18.Imploring members of the security forces to obey the law, Dr. Phillips said, “I want to urge those who investigate them, including INDECOM, to be mindful of the circumstances in which they operate”.“If INDECOM has a problem with the members of the security forces, I don’t think they should disarm them in public, in full view of the citizens. I think it unnecessarily demoralises the men and women who are urged to obey the law, but who operate in what is a very dangerous situation on the street. There is literally a war that has been declared on society, and in that circumstance, you cannot weaken those who serve in the face of those who attack them,” said Dr. Phillips.The INDECOM is a Commission of Parliament, governed by the INDECOM Act. The Act was passed on April 15, 2010, and the Commission began operation on August 16, 2010.The INDECOM Act repealed the Police Public Complaints Act that established the Police Complaints Authority (PPCA), which was a civilian body established to probe allegations against members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).INDECOM is a civilian-staffed State agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the security forces and other agents of the State that result in death or injury to persons or the abuse of the rights of persons.Members of the security forces and other agents of the State for which INDECOM provides oversight include the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), District Constables, Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and the Correctional Officers at the Department of Correctional Services (DCS). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Google updates Images section to focus on shopping

first_imgSan Francisco: Google has updated its Images section to show users shoppable results when they enter specifications like “green dress” or “black lamp”. The update comes as Google makes a bigger push to make a dent in the online shopping space, in a bid to compete with Amazon. “Starting today, when you select an image, it will appear in a side panel on the page next to the search results. Importantly, it will stay there as you scroll, letting you easily compare images with others on the page,” Mike Repass, Product Manager, Google Images wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year When a user would select a product image, they would also be able to see other details such as the brand, price, availability and reviews of the product. For retailers and publishers, the update would redirect people to visit a web page to get information to help them with a task, or to buy a product on their sites. To boost its efforts of expanding in the e-commerce space, earlier in May Google began testing shopping links under YouTube videos. The test feature displays product prices and recommendations under videos playing on the site, making it easier for viewers to buy them on Google.last_img read more

Former federal Liberal cabinet minister Allan MacEachen dies at age 96

first_imgOTTAWA – Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96.The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae.“Have just learned that my dear friend and mentor Allan J. MacEachen has passed away — he was a magnificent parliamentarian, scholar,” said Rae.MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare.As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage.His portfolios also included finance and he twice served as Secretary of State for External Affairs.Born in Inverness on Cape Breton Island in 1921, MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in Nova Scotia’s Inverness-Richmond riding under Liberal prime minister Louis St. Laurent.MacEachen won again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 before winning eight more elections, including the last five while representing Cape Breton-Highlands Canso.He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984 where he remained until 1996.MacEachen, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 1968, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.last_img read more

CBSE: 5 social science chapters dropped from class 10 syllabus

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to drop five social science chapters from class 10 syllabus from this academic session, according to the new curriculum.The dropped chapters, including three on political studies and two on environment, will only be part of internal assessment, but not the final board exam. The chapters are — Challenges to Democracy, Democracy and Diversity, Political Struggles and Movements, Forest and Wildlife and Water Resources. “The chapter will be assessed in the periodic tests, but will not be evaluated in the board examination,” the brief attached with the syllabus sent to schools read. The board had last month issued a circular to schools, saying it wanted to align its assessment patterns with future needs as the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021. “Countrywide consultations were held with CBSE stakeholders, including teachers, students, heads of institutions and experts in the field to suggest ways to strengthen the assessment and evaluation practices of the board,” the circular read. “It was agreed upon that the school-based or internal assessment needs to be strengthened by incorporating more diverse strategies,” it added.last_img read more

Morocco’s Boys and Girls Celebrate Laylat al-Qadr Tonight

By Chase LacyRabat – Tonight is a special night for Morocco and a majority of the Muslim world. Muslims will come out in droves to celebrate Laylat al-Qadr (Night of the Decree), one of the holiest days during Ramadan.The tradition dates back to when the Prophet Muhammad would spend a month in solitude, performing prayer and fasting at the Cave at Hira in Mecca. On that day the Angel Gabriel revealed the first verse of the Quran, Al-Alaq (Quran 96:1-5). Although there is debate regarding the exact date of Laylat al-Qadr, there is a relative consensus on the 27th day of Ramadan. There is an atmospheric electricity that stimulates the spirit on a night that bears fruit to the perfection of God’s love and forgiveness for the individual’s sins.Photo credit: Morocco World NewsChildren who have not reached puberty are not required to participate in the fast for Ramadan. However, during Laylat al-Qadr, children will fast for the very first time. The f’tour on this night especially has bounties of food and sweets for everyone’s enjoyment.Girls go to a negafa (stylist) who will dress them up with makeup, traditional clothing of the finest quality, and gold adornments.Photo Credit: MaghribiatBoys will typically dress in a djellaba (Moroccan tuni), crown their heads with a fez, and wear a special shoe called balgha. The style of dress that children wear during Laylat al-Qadr are similar to what brides and grooms wear for a wedding.Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsFamilies will often take their children to photo booths to commemorate the special day and give them presents. Adults will put henna on girls’ hands, and they will be paraded in an ammaria, a special sedan chair.Both boys and girls, accompanied by their parents, will ride horses as well. One witnesses vivid colors while the ears reverberate with the sounds of drums and joyful shrills.  Parents express how proud they are of their children. For both girls and boys, Laylat al-Qadr is seen as an important milestone in their lives. read more

Police to be on alert for religious attacks

The police media unit said that Sri Lanka is a multi-religious country where all communities live in harmony. However it says there have been reports of attacks on religions which the victims at times find difficult to report to the police. The police will be on alert for attacks carried out against religions with the introduction of a new hotline.According to the police media unit, the hotline will come into effect tomorrow (Sunday) and will be operational 24 hours of the day. The new hotline introduced for this purpose by the police is 011-3182904, 011-3188753 or FAX 011-2423944.The police said that anyone facing threats or harassment in the name of a religion can contact the hotline to report the issue. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Building a better world

Gary Armstrong went on his first Habitat for Humanity build in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch went through Central America.“I wanted to do something to help other people, to give back,” said the retired Waterford District High School teacher. “I wanted to go down to Central America to see if I could help out.”That’s when Armstrong found out about Habitat. He applied, was accepted, and went on his first build.“I guess I got hooked on it because I’ve been doing it ever since.”Armstrong has now been on 25 Habitat for Humanity builds all over the world.“At first I thought I was helping other people out, but I think I’m getting more out of it myself,” said Armstrong.  “I really enjoy doing it, it’s certainly a way to get immersed in another culture.”Armstrong eventually became a trip leader and started looking for other people to go on the builds with him.“It all started way back a number of years ago when Gary came and said he needed some volunteers to go on a trip,” said Jean Montgomery of Simcoe. “I was working and wasn’t able to go, but I thought it’d be a good thing for my husband.”Doug Montgomery, Jean’s husband, went on that trip, and has now done 13 builds. Jean has participated in nine.“It’s been a wonderful way to see different cultures, and really experience first hand how people live,” said Jean.This past February, the trio took part in a build in Honduras. Volunteers must pay their own way as well as donating to the build to cover material costs.Doug is also a team leader, and part of that job is to build a team and interview people that have applied to go on the build.“About a year in advance I apply to lead a trip,” said Doug. “Then I start to round up relatives, friends, acquaintances, and past people that I’ve travelled with.”“They can’t believe that people would come from another country and help them build a house,” said Jean. “They’re very appreciative.”Jean and Doug both share a favourite memory from a program called Bring Our Children Home in Chile.During this program they helped build an addition on a house to make space for a four-year-old girl who was living in a hospital hours away from her family, while she was on dialysis.“We went to visit her at the hospital on one of our days,” said Doug. “I have a granddaughter that was four-years-old at the time, and she was just a sweetheart. She came around and hugged everybody.”“To know that she could go home and be home for Christmas, and get her dialysis at home,” Jean said was her favourite moment.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Youth demand education to combat HIVAIDS UNICEF says

Young people at the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok told the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today that the epidemic is spiralling out of control because they are being denied such rights as prevention education, testing and treatment.Claiming their right to be recognized as partners in the global fight against AIDS, 40 conference participants under the age of 25 presented UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy with a list of vital conditions, culled from UNICEF-supported youth consultations in 14 countries across six regions.The conditions included access to “information and life skills” for HIV prevention, reproductive health, drug prevention and correct condom use. Information must be available and accessible to all young people, while schools must provide HIV education to students and ensure that teachers are adequately trained on the issue.Those under the age of 25 comprised around one third of the world’s 37.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS last year, according to UNICEF. But 44 out of 107 countries omitted AIDS information from their school curricula, a global study found. Every day, half of all new HIV infections among adults – between 5,000 and 6,000 – are among young people between the ages of 15 and 24, UNICEF noted.With most young people becoming sexually active in their teens, many still did not know how HIV was transmitted and, therefore, did not believe they were at risk.Many young people also lacked the skills, support or means to adopt healthy sexual behaviours, UNICEF said. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 8 per cent of out-of-school youth had access to HIV prevention services. In Latin America and the Caribbean the proportion was 4 per cent, while in Eastern Europe and Central Asia the rate was just 3 per cent.In Uganda, Cambodia and Thailand, programmes that gave priority to educating young people have paid off, with prevalence rates declining by up to a third, UNICEF said. read more

As four countries face famine world must step up now says top

With famine looming in four countries, the United Nations-backed Committee on World Food Security (CFS) stressed today the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives. “Governments, civic groups and businesses need to rally support for both immediate relief to people in countries at risk of famine and longer-term initiatives that will allow them to recover and restore their livelihoods,” Ambassador Amira Gornass, Chair of the CFS, said today in Rome. Famine has been declared in some counties of South Sudan, and the number of people close to sliding from emergency to disaster is perilously high in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and other UN agencies. The risk of famine in all four countries – where some 30 million people are uncertain as to where their next meal will come from or rely on humanitarian assistance – is mostly induced by conflict, which has disrupted food production, blocked aid and commodities from accessing vulnerable communities and driven food prices beyond what people can afford. “I urge you to take action now to relieve the impending suffering and to prevent further damage to livelihoods,” Ms. Gornass stated in a letter to CFS Members and stakeholders, as well as the international community at large, to step-up their response to the crises in the four countries. Reiterating calls made by Secretary-General, António Guterres, the Ambassador wrote: “The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the primary mechanism for the coordination of humanitarian assistance, emergency and relief responses, can meet immediate needs if adequately funded.” “Everyone should do what they can to support the IASC and to mobilize the necessary resources to enable emergency and relief activities to continue,” she added. While emergency relief is an immediate priority, plans for medium and longer-term assistance to support recovery and prevent future famines must be supported, the CFS Chair emphasized. “The affected populations of these four countries need our help now. We, as the international community, need to act urgently and come together with effective actions,” she said. In 2015 CFS approved the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises that sets out concrete policy approaches that can build resilience. All stakeholders, public and private, should apply the principles and actions laid out in that document in the four countries and wherever there is a protracted crisis that threatens food security and nutrition. “I am counting on you to respond in a way that will ensure that short-term relief is properly funded while medium and long-term measures are taken to build resilience and to eradicate hunger and malnutrition for good,” concluded Ambassador Gornass. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. read more

Student charged with terror offences over live crucifixion video

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. A man who allegedly had a video of a live crucifixion on his phone has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences.Maiser Abdula, 20, of Southfields, south west London, was arrested last week, after having been stopped when entering the country at Dover on February 22.As well as the crucifixion video, instructions on how to construct an improvised explosive device were allegedly found on his phone, along with Whats App messages about slaughtering people.Mr Abdula, a Kingston University student, spoke only to confirm his name and address and did not enter a plea when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.He was remanded in custody by District Judge John Zani and will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on May 10. read more

9 faces you make while forced to be in the rain

first_imgIRELAND HAS DONE a great job of reminding us of its natural weather state over the past week or so, and thousands of people miserably commuted to work this morning cursing the rain as it poured down their face.We feel your pain. In fact, we’re pretty sure we all shared certain facial expressions this morning.Here are nine faces you make in the rain.The face you make when you wake up and realise it’s raining Source: giant mice kill rabbitsThis is a touch disappointed and a fair bit frustrated, with one part ‘could I get away with calling in sick’?May be accompanied by an eye-roll and a dramatic roll over.The face you make as you step out your doorIrritation and sadness mixed with bravery and determination indicate your attitude here.  You’re not happy about this situation, but dammit, you’re going to go for it.The face you make when you realise that your umbrella is entirely useless It’s true. This mangled piece of fabric was once an umbrella. Source: jontintinjordanDelighted with yourself because you remembered to bring an umbrella?  Throw that delight down the gutter, because your umbrella is no good to you today.The wind is blowing from what seems like every direction, and any person foolish enough to put their umbrellas up will soon learn that they haven’t a hope.The face you make when it looks like it’s going to stop This is not an accurate depiction of what it’s like to walk in the rain.Raised eyebrows plus naive optimism result in a face seasoned rain veterans will recognise as ‘beginner rain face’.This rain isn’t going anywhere, buddy, and the sooner you accept that the better.The face you make when you realise that the rain isn’t going anywhereIn fact, it’s getting worse. You look up, grimacing and cursing the sky, shaking your fist at it, if not in real life, in your mind.This is not fair.The face you make when you can’t see anything because your glasses are covered in droplets This is all you can see. This is not enough. Source: silent shotYou can’t see a thing, so are forced to squint into the distance to ascertain whether or not that red light is for you or oncoming traffic.Why has no one invented windscreen wipers for spectacles yet?The face you make when you are forced to stop and physically wipe itPerhaps you liberally applied moisturiser just before you left the house and it has dripped into your eyes and temporarily blinded you, or perhaps your face is dripping with so much condensation that a river of rain is flowing down your top.This is a particularly low point for the rained upon person.  It is now that you will become very sad, and perhaps even consider crying (depending on your emotional state).The face you make when you arrive at your destination and start complaining about the rain Guess what, the Backstreet Boys? This is not the reality of a life lived in the rain.‘No guys, I don’t think you understand, it is really really wet out there.’The face you make when your colleague arrives and starts complaining about the rainHalf bored, half indignant.  Don’t they realise that you were out there too?  OVER IT.The 7 stages of giving up on your umbrella today>Keith Duffy’s Irish speedos came off live on telly>last_img read more

Game engine used for ThiefSystem Shock 2 found with Dreamcast dev kit

first_imgIf you asked me which is my favorite all time video game, my number one would be Thief II. So it’s with more than a little excitement that I report the source code for the Dark Engine, used to create Thief, Thief II, and System Shock 2, has been found.Developer Looking Glass Studios shut down in 2000, and even though the Thief franchise continued, the original two games are still seen as the best (in my view, anyway). We all thought the source to the original games had disappeared with the studio, but that’s clearly not the case.The source code for the engine was found as part of a Dreamcast development kit purchased some four years ago. The actual CD with the engine on wasn’t located in the bag the devkit came in until last week. The hard drive was also full of Looking Glass game projects, but the guy who bought the kit didn’t have the right adaptor so couldn’t use it.The Through the Looking Glass community site has always been behind getting the source code and using it for good. By good we mean updating the games and producing yet more gameplay, better graphics, and mods, someof which they have already achieved with fan missions. Now they may be able to what they want without needing anything from the company who owns all the rights to Looking Glass projects: Eidos.While the source code on the disc isn’t perfect, and Eidos may decide to take action against anyone using it, the community is at least a lot closer to getting what they require: full access to the original games. As an added bonus the source code also includes work done on the unreleased spy game Deep Cover.Read more at Rock, Paper ShotgunMatthew’s OpinionI hope Eidos just leave the community alone to disect the engine and put it back together again in an updated form. They may end up doing Eidos a favor by producing new versions of games they own the rights to for re-release, including compatibility with the latest operating systems, HD graphics, and a load of new gameplay too.However, what’s more likely to happen is any hint of an updated Thief/System Shock game will be met with a cease and desist order. Most publisher would rather crush any sign of life from IP they own unless it was their idea to update it in the first place. I’ve got my fingers crossed, though.last_img read more

Construction starts on Vancouvercenters fourth final tower

first_imgDrivers have no doubt noticed that the right lane of Washington Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets has been cordoned off for the past two weeks. The orange-and-white barriers are part of a new perimeter fence around part of the adjacent Vancouvercenter property, and its arrival signals the long-awaited construction start of Vancouvercenter’s fourth tower.The other three buildings on the two-block property next to Esther Short Park were completed more than a decade ago by developer Vandevco, and the foundations for the fourth building were completed as part of the underground parking garage beneath the block. But the tower itself was never built, due in part to the 2008 recession.The southeastern quadrant of the former Lucky Lager brewery site has been fenced off ever since, empty apart from a couple of concrete and metal sheds that were built as caps on top of the holes that were left for the future building’s elevator shafts to the garage.Those sheds were demolished this week as crews began to tear up the site and prep it for a renewed round of construction. By Friday, new steel rebar cages could be seen protruding from some of the holes, in preparation for future concrete pours.Signs hung on the perimeter fence display concept art of the six-story building, which is slated to include 118 apartments, a 2,200-square-foot restaurant and ground floor retail.last_img read more

Masters departure hailed as timely Opposition Bar Council Member speak

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 3, 2016 – The choir of voices across the TCI about the departure of now former Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters is akin to the famous song from the Wizard of Oz when the wicked witch was killed.  Masters had obviously built an infamous reputation that spawned battle headlines and which seemed to pit him against his staff, the leader of the Opposition, members of the Bar Association and even a newspaper Editor in Chief.Very early into his tenure problems emerged as Masters was accused of selectively hiring consultants, demoting and transferring and demoralizing staff.  Opposition Leader and Attorney Sharlene Robinson had a lot to say today upon learning that John Masters resigned and has left the Turks and Caicos.Hon Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader;  “I am hoping that what we can get is full clarity, especially for those persons reputations where he accused them of certain things in particular the acting DPP. Where we can get something from the In integrity Commissioner or the Governor’s Office to say there was nothing untoward why this person was let go or suspended.   So that at the end of the day, this period does not follow those persons.  I think Angela Brooks deserves that, there was never an investigation that caused her to be put on administrative leave, and I think it’s important that the governor, or the integrity commission, whomever certainly puts that out there.”The Governor’s Office this morning confirmed to Magnetic Media the exit of Masters who had been under investigation for these alleged misdeeds in office.  Mark Fulford, attorney and partner at F Chambers Law firm last week called for the DPP to resign, today he too expressed ‘good riddance’ sentiments. “I was also of the view, that the DPP had lost the confidence of his staff, due to the investigations being carried out by the Integrity Commission among many other things taking place in his office.  It was therefore for these reasons, that I had called for the DPP to do the honorable thing, and step down, from office.  Today it came to my attention, that the DPP has heeded my call, and has tendered his resignation.”Masters, who is originally from Australia and had worked 27 years in the UK and the Cayman Islands started on in the Turks and Caicos’ DPP job in April 2015; he reportedly left the country without any notice to staff yesterday.last_img read more