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Ernest Obiena resets PH pole vault record in Germany tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steadily improving under renowned Ukranian coach Vitaly Petrov, Obiena is closing in on the 5.70m mark, the standard that he should accomplish to book a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Obiena hurdled the bar on his first attempt and wound up fourth behind gold-winner Menno Vloon of the Netherlands, silver medalist Shawn Barber of Canada and Belgium’s Arnaud Art.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I believe all the hard work that we have put in is now slowly showing results,” said the 21-year-old Obiena, a cinch to win the gold in the coming Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.“I just hope I will be able to maintain or even improve on this level of performance at the SEA Games,” added the son of Filipino pole vault idol Emerson Obiena. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ernest John Obiena again flaunted his eagerness to play in the Olympics with another record-shattering feat in his pet event.The second generation pole vaulter cleared 5.61 meters Sunday at the Stabhochsprung Classic in Leberkusen, Germany to erase his own Philippine record of 5.55 meters.ADVERTISEMENT Slaughter, Tenorio lead Ginebra rout of GlobalPort Prior to Obiena’s milestone, he pocketed a bronze medal at the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India with a 5.50m performance.Athletics chief Philip Juico, meanwhile, is upbeat about the chances of the Philippines in the upcoming biennial games.“We are hoping to equal or surpass our medal harvest from the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. God willing and with the right strategy and discipline, we can do it,” said Juico.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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Bruise

first_imgDefinitionA bruise is an area of skin discoloration. A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin.Alternative namesContusion; HematomaConsiderationsThere are three types of bruises:Subcutaneous — beneath the skinIntramuscular — within the belly of the underlying musclePeriosteal — bone bruiseBruises can last from days to months, with the bone bruise being the most severe and painful.CausesBruises are often caused by falls, sports injuries, car accidents, or blows receivedfromother people or objects.If you take a blood thinner,such asaspirin or warfarin (Coumadin), you are likely to bruise more easily.SymptomsThe main symptoms are pain, swelling, and skin discoloration. The bruise begins as a pinkish red color that can be very tender to touch. It is often difficult to use the muscle that has been bruised. For example, a deep thigh bruise is painful when you walk or run.Eventually, the bruise changes to a bluish color, then greenish-yellow, and finally returns to the normal skin color as it heals.First AidPlace ice on the bruise to help it heal faster and to reduce swelling.Wrap the ice in a clean towel–do notplace ice directly on the skin. Apply the ice for up to 15 minuteseach hour.Keep the bruised area raised above the heart, if possible. This helps keep blood from pooling in the bruised tissue.Try to rest the bruised body part by not overworking your muscles in that area.If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help reduce pain.In the rarecase of compartment syndrome, surgeryisoftendone to relieve the extreme buildup of pressure.advertisementDo NotDo nottry to drain the bruise with a needle.Do notcontinue running, playing, or otherwise using the painful, bruised part of your body.Do notignore the pain or swelling.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care providerright awayif you feel extreme pressure in a bruised part of your body, especially if the area is large or very painful. This may be due to a condition known as compartment syndrome. Increased pressure on the soft tissues and structures beneath the skin can decrease the supply of blood and oxygen to the tissues. Thiscan belife-threatening and you should receive emergency care.Also call yourhealth care providerif:You are bruising without any injury, fall, or other reason.There are signs of infection around the bruised area including streaks of redness, pus or other drainage, or fever.PreventionBecause bruises are usually the direct result of an injury, the following are important safety recommendations:Teach children how to be safe.Be mindful to avoid falls around the house. For example, be careful when climbing on ladders or other objects. Avoid standing or kneeling on counter tops.Wear seat belts in motor vehicles.Wear proper sports equipment to pad those areas most frequently bruised, such as thigh pads, hip guards, and elbow pads in football and hockey; shin guards and knee pads in soccer and basketball.ReferencesPiette WW. Purpura. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 22.Brinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of injury to musculoskeletal structures: 1. Muscle and tendon injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 1, section A.Review Date:4/14/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

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Remembering Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the 26/11 martyr

first_img“Do not come up, I will handle them” – Sandeep UnnikrishnanThese were the last words of major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who was killed while fighting the terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.Unnikrishnan rescued 14 hostages before being hit in the back and succumbing to his injuries. Not only should every Indian know his name but also know the life of this martyr who died for his countrymen.Sandeep Unnikrishnan died on November 28, 2008.  Today, on his 8th death anniversary, we have collected some facts you should definitely know about late Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan:Sandeep Unnikrishnan always wanted to join the Indian army. He even attended school in a crew cutAccording to his cousin, Sandeep was scared of water but learned swimming when he joined the Indian ArmyAccording to his friends and teachers, he was a good athlete who was active in school activities and sports eventsHis friends at the National Defence Academy have often recalled him as selfless, generous, calm, and composedOn November 28, Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 SAG which was deployed at the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai to rescue the hostagesTo execute the operation, Unnikrishnan had entered the hotel with a group of 10 commandosUnnikrishnan had even arranged the evacuation of the fellow commando Sunil Yadav, who was severely injuredUnnikrishnan was shot from behind which resulted in severe injuriesHe kept fighting till the very end before succumbing to his wounds. He died on the spot on November 28 at the age of 31The funeral of Major Unnikrishnan was held with full military honoursHe was awarded the Ashoka Chakra on January 26, 2009. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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PV Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open badminton tournament

first_imgAfter two splendid performances at the China Open and Hong Kong Open, PV Sindhu has decided to give the Macau Open a miss.Sindhu is the defending champion at the Macau Open, where she was seeded second behind Saina Nehwal this year. In fact, Sindhu has been a regular visitor at the Macau Open and has won three back-to-back titles from 2013 at the Grand Prix event.”I wanted to take some rest after two back-to-back events in China and Hong Kong. So, I had to withdraw from the Macau Open and focus on the World Super Series Finals in December,” Sindhu told India Today. (It wasn’t my day: Sindhu after losing Hong Kong Open final )Saina will remain India’s most prominent name in the draw now as she takes on Indonesian Hanna Ramadini in the opening round.For Sindhu, the last two weeks have been very satisfying as she clinched her maiden Super Series title in China and then followed it up with a silver at the Hong Kong Open, another Super Series event.Sindhu returned home on Monday after her brilliant performances in the last couple of weeks and will be back to training for the BWF Super Series Finals in Dubai, which kicks off on December 14-18.Only the world’s top-8 players make the cut for the Super Series Finals. As per the BWF World Super Series rankings, Sindhu is placed at the 10th spot, but she will be placed higher when the new rankings are generated later this week.advertisementBefore the Hong Kong Open, only one spot was left for the season finale and there were a few names, including Saina, who were in contention for that lone spot. But Sindhu’s second-place finish at the Hong Kong Open ensured that she will be the one to grab that sole spot for the Super Series Finals.For Sindhu this has been a very satisfying year with the Olympic silver medal in Rio being the most important of the four events in which she has finished on the podium.last_img read more

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Pirates K-O Sliding Mets, 9-1

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Terry Collins had seen enough. After watching the Mets strike out 14 more times in their fifth loss in six games, the manager addressed his team behind closed doors.There was plenty to talk about.Jonathon Niese was knocked out in the fifth inning, and the Mets managed just seven hits in a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh on May 24 in the finale of a three-game sweep for the Pirates.“We’re just not executing,” Collins said. “For five years, the effort has never been a question. We’ve just gotta go back and start doing the little things.”New York has dropped 10-of-14 overall. In tandem with a diagnosis of spinal stenosis for third baseman David Wright and Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda missing the game, the team is frustrated.But, to Collins, that doesn’t excuse poor play. “What you try to do is pick the right time to say knock it off,” Collins said. “You’re big league players, you’re the best of the best. Let’s just go play like it.”Francisco Liriano (2-4) struck out 12 in six innings for Pittsburgh. The left-hander allowed one run and six hits.“It was the start he needed,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was the start we needed from him.”New York struck out 36 times in the weekend series. Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett had 10 strikeouts apiece in the first two games.Niese (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander dropped to 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA in his last six starts.Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte homered for the Pirates.Jordy Mercer’s RBI double got Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the fourth. The Mets tied it in the fifth on Wilmer Flores’ RBI single.The Pirates chased Niese in the fifth. McCutchen connected for a two-run shot, and Francisco Cervelli had an RBI single.Niese hung a breaking ball to McCutchen, and the slugger drove it into bullpens in left-center.“I had a feeling he was sitting on that pitch,” Niese said. “I should’ve stayed away from it. He was looking out there, he wasn’t looking in.”Marte hit a three-run shot in the sixth for his ninth homer, lifting Pittsburgh to a 7-1 lead.Jared Hughes, Tony Watson and Arquimedes Caminero combined to allow one hit in the final three innings for the Pirates.(NATE BARNES)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Suarez leads Barca to first-leg win

first_imgBarcelona 1 Valencia 0: Suarez header gives Valverde’s men slender first-leg lead Ryan Benson 06:21 2/2/18 suarez-cropped Getty Images Luis Suarez got the decisive goal as Barcelona beat Valencia 1-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday. Barcelona took control of their Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia after Luis Suarez’s second-half header ended the visitors’ resistance and secured a 1-0 first-leg win at Camp Nou on Thursday.Ernesto Valverde’s men looked to be in for a frustrating outing as they struggled to turn their domination into something meaningful, but eventually Lionel Messi clicked into gear and provided Suarez with the chance to give Barca the advantage.The first half was a long one for Valencia, who restricted Barca’s flow of chances but faced a seemingly endless barrage and only managed to see 21 per cent of the ball. 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 For all of Barca’s time in possession, however, they crafted little of note and struggled to break through Valencia’s packed defence.Things were slightly more open after the interval, though Barca’s effectiveness in front of goal showed few signs of improvement, forcing Valverde to introduce Philippe Coutinho from the bench.And with 23 minutes to go, Barca finally found a way through thanks to the combination of Messi and Suarez, securing a slender lead to take to Mestalla next Thursday.67: GOOOOAAALLLL!!!! @LuisSuarez9 puts Barça ahead!!!! (1-0) #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/ovBCwm66EX— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 1, 2018In one sense, Barca could not have started the contest much better, as they dominated Valencia and attacked relentlessly, playing some wonderful football at times as they enjoyed 79 per cent possession in the first period.Yet, due to a combination of Valencia’s stubborn rear-guard and Barca’s attackers not quite clicking, the chances just did not arrive.Opportunities threatened to present themselves on a couple of occasions, but an uncharacteristically heavy Messi touch saw him accidentally juggle the ball out of play in the 22nd minute, and Jose Gaya covered well to prevent Suarez collecting a through ball soon after.The closest they went to the breakthrough was in the 39th minute, as Andres Iniesta flashed the ball across the face of goal, but goalkeeper Jaume Domenech managed to divert it just behind the lurking Suarez with his fingertips and Barca finished the first half without a shot on target.Presumably fresh from choice words courtesy of Valverde, it took Barca less than two minutes to craft the first chance of the second period, as Messi thrashed a left-footed effort into the side-netting from a tight angle.The match’s first shot on target followed soon after, though it came at the other end – Dani Parejo testing Jasper Cillessen from distance.Coutinho replaced Aleix Vidal just before the hour mark, but unsurprisingly it was Messi who stepped things up to set up the equaliser, clipping a ball to the back post, where Suarez headed home.9 – Luis Suarez has scored nine goals in his nine games against Valencia in all competitions, his favourite opponent for Barcelona, alongside Betis. Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/KVw25br9eq— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 1, 2018Messi nearly added a second four minutes from time, curling a 25-yard effort just wide of the bottom-left corner, but Valencia never threatened to make them rue that miss as Barca cruised to victory. read morelast_img read more

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JJP BSP will fight Hry Assembly election together says Chautala

first_imgNew Delhi: The Jannayak Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on Sunday announced that they would contest the upcoming assembly elections in Haryana in alliance.The BSP will contest on 50 seats while the JJP on 40 in the 90 member state assembly polls due later this year, JJP leader Dushyant Chautala along with BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra announced the alliance at a press conference. In the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the JJP had an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) had a pact with the BSP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”After several meetings of top leaders of both parties, it was decided that JJP and BSP will contest next Haryana Assembly elections in alliance,” Chautala said Mishra said this alliance has blessings of party supremo Mayawati. He further said the alliance will create a history in the state. Talking about prospects of the alliance in Haryana, Dushyant said the social fabric of the state has been torn by the current BJP government in the state. This alliance will ensure that it take all sections of society together for overall development of the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KJannayak Janata Party (JJP) a breakaway faction of INLD was formed by Ajay Chautala following differences with his younger brother Abhay Chautala. After both Ajay and former chief minister and party’s patriarch Om Prakash Chautala were in jail, it was Abhay who was running the show in the INLD. Till last year, INLD was the principal opposition party in the state, but with the announcement of Lok Sabha elections many party MLAs and other leaders jumped the ship and joined ruling BJP. In the last assembly elections, the BJP for the first formed government in the state on its own by winning 47 seats. It had defeated Congress which was in power in the state for ten years. And INLD became the principal opposition by winning 19 seats. Haryana based INLD which has been out of power in the state for the last 15 years has started splintering which began with the formation of the JJP.last_img read more

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Alberta adds two year sunset clause to bill that would regulate oil

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. –  Alberta is putting an expiry date on proposed legislation that would allow the province to regulate oil and gas shipments.The government has said it might use such a law against British Columbia if that province continues to block an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. It proposes that Alberta have the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits, given the bottlenecks in pipelines.The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Premier Rachel Notley has threatened consequences to B.C. for opposing and delaying Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project.The bill has the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C.The dispute is heading for a showdown on May 31. That’s the date Kinder Morgan Canada has set for a decision on whether it might cancel the $7.4-billion project. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Court summons Rahul over his Modi surname remark in Guj

first_imgSurat: A court in Surat Thursday issued summons to Rahul Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a Gujarat MLA over the Congress president’s “how come all thieves have Modi as common surname” remark.Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surat, B H Kapadia, issued summons to Gandhi, directing him to be present before the court on June 7. The complaint against Gandhi was filed by BJP legislator Purnesh Modi, on April 16 under IPC sections 499 and 500 that deal with defamation. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn his complaint, the MLA from Surat-West seat claimed the Congress president was defaming the entire Modi community by saying all “Modis are thieves”. He was referring to an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka on April 13, where Gandhi asked, “Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Narendra Modi…how come they all have Modi as common surname. How come all the thieves have Modi as the common surname?” While talking to reporters after filing his defamation suit last month, Purnesh Modi had claimed that Gandhi’s remark has defamed the entire Modi community. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”There are a large number of people with Modi surname. Does it mean all members of the Modi community are thieves? He has defamed the community and also me as I carry the surname. This is why we have moved a complaint (against Gandhi) in a Surat court under IPC sections 499 and 500,” the MLA had said. A court in Ahmedabad had Wednesday issued summons to Gandhi in response to a criminal defamation suit filed by a BJP worker for calling BJP chief Amit Shah a “murder accused”.last_img read more

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Hezbollah to punish Israel for killing of top leader

first_imgHezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Friday that his Lebanese Shiite movement will “punish” Israel for the killing of a top leader earlier this month.“The killers will be punished sooner or later… Those who killed our brothers will not know safety anywhere in the world,” he said in a televised tribute to Hassan al-Lakiss, whose killing Hezbollah blamed on Israel despite its denials.“We and the Israelis have accounts that need settling. There are old and new debts between us,” said Nasrallah. Lakiss’s “blood has not been spilt in vain… The punishment will come whenever we decide it,” Hezbollah’s secretary general added.“The Israelis think that Hezbollah is busy (with Syria’s war) and with the situation in Lebanon… I tell them: ‘You’re making a mistake,’” he said.Nasrallah was referring to his movement’s involvement in the war in neighbouring Syria.Thousands of Hezbollah troops are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s troops, in a bid to crush a massive Sunni-led insurgency.Lakiss was assassinated in the parking of his apartment building on November 4 in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a stronghold of Hezbollah.Nasrallah said the top leader was “one of the brains of Hezbollah,” though he refused to reveal his position in the party, though he did say his role was linked to his “work as a jihadist.”“He worked to develop (Hezbollah’s) capacity,” said Nasrallah, adding he was “a brother and a friend.”The last time a top Hezbollah leader was assassinated was in 2008, when Imad Mughniyeh was killed in a Damascus car bomb blast.Mughniyeh’s killing was also blamed on Israel, Hezbollah’s sworn enemy, which denied involvement.last_img read more

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Government Ministers Have Failed Including Me Othmani Encourages Low Baccalaureate Scorers

Rabat – Prime Minister Saaddine Al Othmani headed the government council on Thursday morning to congratulate the students who successfully passed the baccalaureate examination.“We should congratulate the students who succeeded at passing the baccalaureate tests as well as the parents, teachers and administrators,” he said in a speech at the opening of the government council.Othmani also addressed the students who failed to succeed in the regular session of the baccalaureate exam, saying, that “your failure is not the end of the world, and to by God’s will you might be lucky in the second session.” The head of the government added that the failure is normal, and that most of the ministers of his government have failed at a certain point. “Perhaps not all of them failed,” he clarified,“but I certainly have.” read more

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Guinea UN gives buildings at refugee camp to Government

31 January 2008Administrative buildings, health centres, water outlets, schools and other basic social services facilities at two camps run by the United Nations refugee agency in Guinea have been handed over to the Government now that most of the residents there have returned to their home countries. Administrative buildings, health centres, water outlets, schools and other basic social services facilities at two camps run by the United Nations refugee agency in Guinea have been handed over to the Government now that most of the residents there have returned to their home countries.“The infrastructures constitute real opportunities for the population and local authorities, who will use them for the common good,” said Dillah Doumaye, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Guinea.The two camps in south-eastern Guinea, which hosted tens of thousands of refugees from Liberia between 1995 and 2007, were handed over to the Government as part of a continuing UNHCR programme aimed at easing the integration of refugees remaining in the country since the end of the conflict in Liberia. Some 23,000 refugees continue to live in Guinea, including 8,000 Liberians in the two camps.UNHCR said it is working to facilitate the local integration of these refugees through community-based projects. read more

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South Darfur fighting must cease for sake of suffering civilians – UN

3 February 2009The top United Nations human rights official today voiced her alarm at reports of the worsening conditions for civilians in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, where fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has led to at least 30 deaths and uprooted some 30,000 people. The top United Nations human rights official today voiced her alarm at reports of the worsening conditions for civilians in the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, where fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels has led to at least 30 deaths and uprooted some 30,000 people.“I’m extremely concerned at the impact the fighting is having on the already dire humanitarian situation in Muhajeria,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.The fighting which broke out on 15 January in the area between Government forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army/Mini Minawi faction (SLA/MM) against the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has exposed tens of thousands of civilians to violence, destroyed an aid agency’s office and forced the UN to relocate its staff. Ms. Pillay called on the Government and both the armed groups involved to allow access to humanitarian relief, in order to prevent a further deterioration of the situation in Muhajeria. The violence has led to at least 30 deaths, including women and children, with dozens more wounded, according to a news release from the High Commissioner’s Office. Of the 30,000 people uprooted by the fighting, about 5,000 have sought refuge in the vicinity of an African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID) military camp in Muhajeria, while many others have fled to other destinations on the outskirts of the town.UNAMID reported that aerial bombings were conducted this morning around Muhajeria, and civilians are still gathered outside the mission’s camp seeking refuge. UNAMID officials were prevented by Sudanese national security from undertaking an assessment visit to Muhajeria, due to the current security situation in the area, the mission added.Briefing the Security Council today, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet stressed it is critical that the Government ensures access for UNAMID personnel.Ms. Pillay reminded all parties that international humanitarian law is binding on both State and non-State actors, including armed groups, and called on them to respect their obligations, particularly with regard to the protection of civilians.“The fighting is reported to have involved ground offensives and indiscriminate aerial bombardment by Government forces that failed to distinguish between civilian communities and military targets,” Ms. Pillay said. “JEM forces are also reported to have deliberately placed themselves in areas heavily populated by civilians, thereby jeopardizing their safety.” The High Commissioner added her voice to the call made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued on Sunday, urging all parties to the conflict to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities. “The fighting must stop, and the warring parties need to join the peace process,” she stressed.The Joint UN-AU Special Representative for Darfur, Rodolphe Adada, is engaged in diplomatic and political consultations with the Sudanese Government and is scheduled to travel to Chad tomorrow.Meanwhile, leaders from Labado, about 60 to 80 kilometres from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, met with UNAMID officials to discuss the prevailing security situation in the town. They indicated that people from surrounding villages have started moving towards Nyala. read more

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Asylumseeker numbers fall to almost half levels of a decade earlier UN

The report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) finds that 358,800 applications for asylum were lodged last year in 44 developed countries – a drop of 5 per cent on the 2009 figures and about 42 per cent below the levels of 2001, when nearly 620,000 applications were made.Unveiling the report, High Commissioner António Guterres said the global dynamics of asylum had changed in recent years.“We need to study the root causes to see if the decline is because of fewer push factors in areas of origin, or tighter migration control in countries of asylum,” Mr. Guterres said.Serbia – including Kosovo – provided the biggest number of asylum-seekers in 2010, with 28,900 claims lodged, compared to only 18,800 the previous year. UNHCR said the sharp rise was probably due to the European Union’s December 2009 decision to grant visa-free entry to holders of Serbian passports.The other leading countries of origin of asylum-seekers were, in order: Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Russia, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.Mr. Guterres noted that the developing world is still “carrying the lion’s share of responsibility for hosting refugees,” with countries such as Liberia and Tunisia playing host to asylum-seekers despite their own problems and challenges.Within the developed world, the United States was the biggest recipient of asylum claims, with 55,500 lodged last year, due in part to an increase in applications from Chinese and Mexicans. France was second, with 47,800 claims, drawn largely from Serbian, Russian and Congolese asylum-seekers. Germany, Sweden and Canada rounded out the top five recipient nations.UNHCR defines an asylum-seeker as an individual who has sought international protection and whose claim for refugee status has not been determined. A person is considered a refugee if he or she fulfils criteria set out in the 1951 Refugee Convention.The 44 recipient countries used for the report were the 27 members of the European Union, as well as Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Liechtenstein, Montenegro, New Zealand, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. 28 March 2011The number of asylum-seekers seeking to live in the industrialized world continues to fall and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago, the United Nations refugee agency reported today as it released its annual snapshot of asylum trends. read more

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Sri Lanka detains five Indians over matchfixing fears

“We felt their behaviour was suspicious at the grounds and all of them were seen excessively communicating on their phones,” the Sri Lanka cricket official, who declined to be named, told AFP. “We exercised our right to remove them from the ground and the police took over the investigation.” Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary in May exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lankan officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches. Authorities believe that the suspects may have had links with foreign gambling operations. Betting on sports is illegal in Sri Lanka. Police said it was questioning the suspects. Sri Lanka cricket’s anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday’s third and final women’s ODI between the host and India, an official said, according to AFP.The five were initially asked to leave the ground at Katunayake, just north of the capital Colombo, and later detained by police for investigations, the official said. Sri Lanka won Sunday’s match by three wickets, but India won the three-match tournament 2-1.Last month, two Indians were apprehended in Sri Lanka after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during a domestic T20 tournament match. Since last month Sri Lanka Cricket has deployed more anti-corruption officials at match venues. read more

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On International Day UN chief urges renewed commitment to world free of

“On this International Day against Nuclear tests, let us all take a fresh look at survivors’ stories. Listen to their words and imagine the effects of these detonations as if they were experienced by each of us,” Mr. Ban said in his message.He recalled meeting with courageous survivors of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Semipalatinsk. Their “resolve and dedication should continue to guide our work for a world without nuclear weapons,” he said. In December 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear-weapon-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan, which had closed its nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk on this day – 29 August – in 2009. Moreover, on the same date in 1949, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test, followed by another 455 nuclear tests over succeeding decades, with a terrible effect on the local population and environment. “These tests and the hundreds more that followed in other countries became hallmarks of a nuclear arms race, in which human survival depended on the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, known by its fitting acronym, MAD,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General appealed to citizens of those States that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), especially the eight remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is required for the Treaty’s entry into force: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. The Day is meant to galvanize the UN, Member States, and non-governmental organizations to inform and advocate the necessity of banning such tests. “Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests, get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and usher in a safer and more prosperous future,” Mr. Ban said. read more

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Norge girls roster for Golden League in Denmark

NorwayThorir Hergeirsson 9Maren GundersenByåsen Elite26.09.88002/005 13Betina RiegelhuthStorhamar IL17.06.87015/016 6Karoline Dyhre BreivangLarvikHK10.05.80291/471 2Silje SolbergTeam TVIS Holstebro16.06.90051/000 15Camilla HerremHCM Baia Mare08.10.86141/344 16Sanna SolbergLarvikHK16.06.90035/071 1Kari Aalvik GrimsbøTeam Esbjerg04.01.85107/000 8Pernille WibeIssy Paris17.04.88018/010 7Stine R. SkograndTertnes Elite03.03.93012/023 10Linn Jørum SullandLarvikHK15.07.84156/488 5Ida AlstadFC Midtjylland13.06.85110/239 **Emilie Hegh ArntzenByåsen Elite01.01.94000/000 14Nora MørkLarvik HK05.04.91033/117 4Stine Bredal OftedalIssy Paris25.09.91079/096 Norwegian female NT head-coach Thorir Hergeirsson has announced the squad list for the Golden League which will be held from October 9-12 in Denmark. Norway will play against home team, Brasil and France, with four newcomers…Here are the names: 11Veronica KristiansenGlassverketIF10.07.90027/057 12Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth KorenLarvikHK01.08.84251/905 **Vilde Mortensen IngstadOppsal18.12.94000/000 ← Previous Story SEHA: Meshkov with “up and down” beat Radnicki Next Story → EHF reschedules Russia – Ukraine clash for April 2015 3Tine Stange *Larvik HK14.05.86046/070 read more

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Unaccompanied learner driver sentenced to nine months for hitting and killing teenager

first_imgUnaccompanied learner driver sentenced to nine months for hitting and killing teenager while speeding Gareth Jones hit 16-year-old Paul McCormack while driving a Toyota Avensis unaccompanied in Finglas, Dublin, in June 2015. By Nadya Labi Source: Richard WoffendenAN UNACCOMPANIED LEARNER driver who was speeding when he hit and killed a teenager has been jailed for nine months.22-year-old Gareth Jones swerved to avoid three of the boy’s friends as they crossed the road but hit Paul McCormack, 16, who had changed direction to try and get back to the path.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard there was a fault with the ABS braking system in his Toyota Avensis but that there was no indication Jones was aware of this. The car had a valid NCT at the time.Today Michael Bowman SC, defending, told the court that the victim’s mother, Valerie Hyland had presented Jones with a letter prior to the hearing. He said the letter communicated an extraordinary degree of understanding and forgiveness.Mr Bowman said the letter displayed magnanimity and humanity in wishing Jones well with his life and that she would include Jones in her prayers.He said the moment had been considerably emotional and said there was no enmity between the families. He said the events had been a tragedy for all concerned.Jones, of Mellowes Park, Finglas, Dublin pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of Paul McCormack at Tolka Valley Road, Finglas on 26 June 2015. He has two minor previous convictions.CollisionThe court heard Jones told gardaí he was doing 70 to 80 km/h in the area which had a speed limit of 50 km/h. After the collision Jones remained at the scene, accepted responsibility and called an ambulance.The maximum term of imprisonment for this offence is two years.Judge Melanie Greally said she had come to a very difficult decision given Jones youth and the state of relations between him and Paul’s family. She said the court had wider considerations but noted Paul’s mother’s magnanimity and understanding.Judge Greally said Jones had been driving in excess of the speed limit and had been undeterred by speed ramps. She said he failed to moderate his speed when he became aware of the group crossing the road and only applied emergency braking at the last minute. She said he displayed a “catastrophic lack of judgement”.She said as Jones swerved to the right to avoid the group, Paul had moved into the path of the car and suffered fatal head injuries when his head hit the windscreen. She said Jones’ driving had been “careless in the extreme”.Judge Greally noted he held a learner’s licence and said the requirement to be accompanied by a fully qualified driver was there for a purpose and if he had been accompanied the outcome may have been different.She noted that Jones had remained at the scene, called an ambulance and made admissions to gardaí. She said he had shown concern for the injured party and shown remorse.Victim impactShe said the victim impact statement from the McCormack family had been deeply moving and expressed the pain of living without their son. She noted Paul’s life had been “full of fun, vitality and promise”.Paul’s mother, Valerie Hyland, had written a letter on behalf of the family in which she outlined how the collision had ripped the family apart and left their home silent and empty. She recalled the happiness Paul had given his family and said the accident had turned their life upside down.She said the pain had gotten worse as time went on and they still waited for him to come back.She described memories of her son “chilling on the sofa”, coming home from school and talking with friends and neighbours. She said his absence had left “a void that cannot be filled”.Judge Greally noted Jones came from a decent, supportive and pro-social family and that he had been deeply affected in the aftermath of the offence. A probation report put him at low risk of re-offending.She said she had to take into account the general deterrent factor of the sentence imposed and did not think a community-based sanction would have the necessary deterrent effect.She imposed a nine month sentence and disqualified Jones from driving for five years. She expressed her condolences to the McCormack family.Read: Claims of extortion bid by businessman ‘untrue and outrageous’, he saysRead: Teenager found guilty of false imprisonment of Joan Burton during water charges protest Oct 21st 2016, 3:36 PM Friday 21 Oct 2016, 3:36 PM http://jrnl.ie/3039195 Short URL Share114 Tweet Email3 52 Comments 22,467 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Conservatives boosted by polls ahead of May vote

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thirteen days ahead of local elections and 20 days ahead of European Parliament elections, coalition partners New Democracy and PASOK are seeking to galvanize their party base to secure results that will dampen leftist opposition SYRIZA’s calls for a snap national vote.The coalition is set to complete its term in June 2016, but SYRIZA has threatened to trigger an early vote by blocking the election of a new president early next year.Over the weekend, ND welcomed two new opinion polls that gave the conservatives a narrow lead over SYRIZA ahead of the Europe-wide ballot.An MRB poll for Star TV showed ND to have inched forward to 21.9 percent, pushing SYRIZA into second place at 21.3 percent. PASOK’s grouping with other center-left parties, known as Elia, or the Olive Tree, alliance, scored 5.1 percent.A Metron Analysis poll, commissioned by Ethnos on Sunday newspaper, put ND at 20.6 percent, ahead of SYRIZA’s 20 percent. The Olive Tree platform was at 4.2 percent.Both polls showed centrist newcomers To Potami in third place at around 8 percent.Conservative officials hope to further capitalize on the expected launch of talks regarding debt relief at Monday’s Eurogroup summit in Brussels as well as the beginning of the country’s tourist season, which is expected to lift the economy.Meanwhile, PASOK is struggling to stress the once-dominant party’s political relevance. In an interview Friday, socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos suggested that PASOK is key to the survival of the coalition.A poor showing for the Olive Tree, Venizelos told The Toc website, “will create problems for the stability, the orientation and the solidity of the government.”Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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New federal report looks at wildlife in a changing ANWR

first_imgA polar bear mother watches carefully with her cubs along her side along the Beaufort Sea. (Photo courtesy USFWS)When the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) opens up to drilling, this largely untouched land could have new visitors as oil and gas exploration gets underway.Listen nowSo, what does that mean for the animals who already live there? A new federal report doesn’t answer that question. But it does provide some context for what to expect.When Congress passed the Republican tax overhaul bill in late December, Todd Atwood didn’t realize opening ANWR was part of the package deal. He’s a polar bear biologist with the United States Geological Survey. And while he says the speed of the decision was unexpected:“You know, from a science perspective, we’re not caught off guard by this.” Atwood said. “This is stuff we’ve been thinking about for a while.”By “stuff,” Atwood is referring to the place where humans and polar bears meet.Polar bears are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Atwood says, historically, Beaufort Sea bears would den in the winter on ice. That was the case 15 years ago when his agency put together a report on animals living in ANWR. But an update to that report suggests that larger numbers of polar bears are denning on land.A mother polar bear and cub on the Endicott Road in Prudhoe Bay. (Photo courtesy of the United States Geological Survey)Also, the bears are coming ashore to scavenge for food, as the quality of sea ice diminishes.Atwood says it’s like two worlds more frequently coming together.“People and polar bears in the same place and then a big pile of tasty bow head whale scraps to attract the bears and keep them focused on that area,” Atwood said.Now, add to that the industrial activity one could expect in a newly opened ANWR. Roads would have to be built, and down the line, platforms for oil rigs.Atwood says there are some uncertainties.“How many people are we going to have sharing space with how many bears that doesn’t shake out in a way that bears aren’t at risk and people aren’t at risk?” Atwood said.He says the concern is that polar bears could be driven from their den earlier than normal from all the racket — especially during a build up phase.But Atwood says wildlife biologists aren’t completely in the dark with how it could play out.The far north has experienced something like this before. “The Prudhoe Bay industrial footprint,” Atwood said. “They’ve been sharing space with polar bears for decades now.”Once the infrastructure is built, Atwood says there are ways to mitigate harm. Oil companies have to comply with federal guidelines and report polar bears denning nearby. Infrared technology has been used to make that detection easier.Last year, Hilcorp shut down a road for a few weeks, as a mother bear emerged from a den with her cubs.But polar bears aren’t the only iconic animal to use the national wildlife refuge. The Porcupine caribou herd migrates through and their calves are born in the refuge in the summer months.While oil production is still a ways off, Todd Atwood says the more we can learn in the interim about the wildlife, the better.“My attitude is science can only help us in understanding what’s likely to happen,” Atwood said.Atwood says an abundance of research is how you make management interventions — if the time comes.Atwood is going into the field with his team this spring to study denning polar bears and cubs.last_img read more

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