BJP rath yatra stalled in Bengal

first_imgThe West Bengal government on Saturday denied permission to the BJP for its proposed Statewide rath yatra.“It an attempt by the administration deny any political any space to the BJP in the State,” Pratap Banerjee senior State BJP leader told The Hindu. Mr Banerjee said the State administration has asked the BJP to submit fresh applications for holding public rallies to concerned local authorities.The BJP leadership said that decision by the State government is “politically motivated”.“It is not a rath yatra but a yatra for political purposes in the State and we are calling it Gantantra Bachao Yatra ( Save democracy yatra),” Mr Banerjee said. He accused the administration of dubbing the yatra as “rath yatra” when the BJP leadership, nowhere in their communication to the State called the political programme a ‘rath yatra’.The State BJP leadership said they would consult the party’s central leadership on the matter and the yatra will be held in the State. “The large convoy of yatra will create a chaotic situation,” the communication by the State government said. The State government also pointed out that it will require a large number of police forces for “religious festival” scheduled in next few days. The State government also added said that VHP and Bajrang Dal with “ overtly communal agenda” will join the yatra.BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to launch the yatra in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on December 7 but the State government denied permission to the yatra. Three yatras were supposed to be held through the State touching all 42 Parliament constituencies. The BJP leadership approached the High Court, which directed the State government and BJP leadership to discuss the matter on December 12, and the State government was to make its stand clear to the BJP by December 15.last_img read more

‘Silent protest’ held at AMU

first_imgAround 50 students of Aligarh Muslim University held a silent protest at the university canteen over the situation in Jammu & Kashmir. A statement by the students said that they wanted to show solidarity with the “politically disempowered” people of Kashmir who have been held under stringent restrictions for over two months. “We approached the Proctor on October 12 for permission to organise an art exhibition on October 15 as in the past show-cause notice was issued to four students for holding protest without permission. We were shocked when we were denied permission and decided to hold a silent protest,” said Mohd. Nihad, a BA student who participated in the protest. Hailing from Kerala, Mr. Nihad said students from different States on the campus came together for the protest. “We demand that the Kashmir issue be resolved peacefully and democratically as per the will of the people.”Bilal Majid, a PhD scholar from Kashmir, said it was heartening to see non-Kashmiri students giving a call for a peaceful protest on the issue. “The situation is still far from normal in the Valley. Of course, postpaid mobiles have started working but the move is going to help government officials more than the common citizens. There is still widespread resentment and it could swell after the apple harvesting season gets over,” Mr. Majid said.AMU Proctor Afifullah Khan confirmed that he had denied permission for the exhibition as it seemed like a “political move” that could have led to a “law and order problem”. However, he added that he was not aware of any protest on campus on Tuesday.last_img read more

TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import

first_imgGlen Rice Jr. AP FILE PHOTOMotivated to bounce back from its runner-up finish last conference, TNT has brought on former Washington Wizard Glen Rice Jr. as its new import for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-4 forward is set to beef up a depleted KaTropa crew with key players suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas in various international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Letran withstands San Sebastian in OT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice, 26, is the son of NBA legend Glen Rice and last played in the NBA D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2014-15 season, where he averaged 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals in 23 games.The former Georgia Institute of Technology standout will replace Michael Craig, after the burly import suited up for three games with TNT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCraig averaged 21.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in his time with the team.Rice will suit up for TNT on Sunday when it faces Rain or Shine. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more

Aston Martin Vantage zooms into India at Rs 2.86 crore

first_imgLuxury sports car maker Aston Martin has launched the latest generation of its Vantage in the Indian market. Priced at Rs 2.86 crore, the Vantage model is a part of the 7 model lineup in seven years under Aston’s Second Century plan, Aston Martin said in a statement.Aston Martin has earlier launched the DB11 in India back in 2016 and now has plans to increase production so as to increase their presence in the country in the next few years.The all-new Vantage gets a full design makeover and also shares its underpinnings with the flagship DB11. Aston says the only part the new Vantage carries forward with the new handle is the door handle. Bookings for the Vantage have begun with deliveries commencing in the next few months.The new Vantage is slated to be more powerful owing to a lighter body structure. The design is heavily inspired by the flagship DB11 and the hypercar Vulcan. The subframes for the Vantage on the front and rear are newly designed. The Vantage also gets a new aero kit which channels the airflow under the car. The Vantage also gets a front splitter which directs airflow towards the rear diffuser.With a ground clearance of 122mm, Aston says the Vantage can be used as a daily driver. On the interior, the Vantage has been revamped. The center console now houses a new touchscreen display unit which is ergonomically. There are three driving modes available – Sport, Sport+, and Track with adjustable suspension.The Vantage comes powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which has been tuned to produce 503bhp of peak power and 685Nm of peak torque. The powerplant is mated to a ZF-sourced 8-speed transmission with paddleshifters. The Vantage comes fitted with an e-differential and has an acceleration from 0-100kmph in 3.5 seconds. The Vantage has a claimed top-speed 315kmph.advertisementlast_img read more

Disha Patani beats boyfriend Tiger Shroff at his signature spin and kick. Watch video

first_imgThe gorgeous actress Disha Patani who is famous for her workout sessions recently shared another video of herself hitting it hard in the gym.The Baaghi 2 actress is known to be an influence over others too and motivating them to go to the gym. Her official Instagram account is full of videos where one can either see her doing martial arts as a form of her workout or doing backflips.She sure doesn’t let it get boring in the gym. In the latest video that she shared we can see her throwing a kick at a height and then spinning and kicking it again. A move that we have quite constantly seen being performed by boyfriend Tiger Shroff.The video is captioned, “Learning new combination, slap spin tornado??????????” and is giving us some serious workout goals.In the video, Disha can be seen wearing a pink coloured comfy lose shirt for her workout session which she paired with a black pyjama. She is also seen wearing black sports shoes and her hair are tied in a loose ponytail.Disha will be next seen on the big screen in the movie Bharat along with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead role.ALSO SEE | Disha Patani nailing backflip not once, but thrice in workout video is goalsALSO WATCH | Disha-Tiger to Saif-Kareena: How Bollywood stars welcomed 2018advertisementlast_img read more

Schools Promote Healthy Locally Grown Foods

first_imgApples. Broccoli. Squash. They are just a few of the many fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables grown locally in Nova Scotia. Students and staff will enjoy tasty, healthy menu items, made with such in-season, locally grown produce with the help of a new school resource. Strive for Five at School! A Guide to Promoting Fruit and Vegetables, was launched today, March 10, at Lawrencetown Education Centre and Lawrencetown Consolidated School in Annapolis County. Community partners and students got to try a few of the Strive for Five at School! recipes, prepared by the students and school cafeteria staff. Students in Nova Scotia’s public schools are already enjoying healthy foods and beverages, thanks to the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools. Strive for Five at School! takes it a step further, focusing on promoting and preparing in-season local fruits and vegetables and highlighting the importance of children and youth eating five servings of fruits and vegetables during the school day. “This is another example of the great work happening in schools to help children and youth eat healthier and be more healthy overall,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We know young Nova Scotians are becoming heavier and less fit and this is one of many things we’re doing to help improve their health and help them develop good habits that last a lifetime.” The guide includes a calendar showing which fruits and vegetables are available in Nova Scotia, along with 85 large- and small-quantity recipes. Other resources include nutrition tips and fun facts for newsletters, as well as ideas to promote featured fruits and vegetables. There is also a guide for planning workshops for people who prepare food in schools so they can make more nutritious recipes. Recipes were developed by a professional dietitian and taste-tested by students and staff who prepare food in schools. Most recipes have few ingredients, take relatively little time to prepare, are affordable, and help schools provide food and beverages that meet the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools. Strive for Five at School! Is an initiative of the Health Promoting Schools Program which encourages physical activity, good nutrition and a healthy school environment. Through a wide range of programs and initiatives, it encourages students’ physical, social, spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being to improve their ability to learn. The resource was created by the producer supplier committee of the Annapolis Valley Health Promoting Schools Program, the Community Health Boards of the Annapolis Valley, Armstrong Food Service and the departments of Health Promotion and Protection, Education and Agriculture. Patricia Bishop, owner of Taproot Farms, is co-chair of the Producer-Supplier committee, which includes local producers and suppliers, local and provincial agriculture organizations and school board and government representatives. “Many partners are working together with the common goals of healthy children and healthy communities,” said Ms. Bishop. “These strong partnerships are making it possible to provide our children with delicious and nutritious local choices that they love to eat.” March is Nutrition Month so be sure to take the challenge and celebrate food … from field to table! To learn more about Strive for Five at School!, visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp .last_img read more

Disinvestment yes but Air India will be in Indian hands

first_imgNew Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said the government was committed to “strategic disinvestment” of Air India due to “unsustainable debt burden” but promised that the national carrier will remain with an Indian entity. Responding to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Puri also said that though Air India was doing “extremely well”, the debt burden on the carrier was unsustainable. He said the decision on Air India’s privatization was for the benefit of citizens and the government will do its best to ensure that the company was purchased by an Indian entity. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “It is not the government which has failed to attract the passengers. Air India in fact is a first class asset. It has 125 planes. Half of them fly to 40 international directions and 80 to domestic destinations. It is doing extremely well. “The problem is that it has taken an unsustainable debt burden. It is servicing of that debt burden which is a problem,” Puri said. Replying to a question from Congress member Manish Tewari, the Minister said: “Previous attempts to disinvest the carrier could not succeed. But now the government has learnt its lessons and a mechanism will ensure the move (succeeds) this time… Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “But the government wants the airline to remain in Indian hands and the disinvestment mechanism will take care of the details,” Puri said. The Minister also told the Lower House that when the Pakistan airspace was closed following a stand-off between the two countries, Air India had to spend an extra Rs 430 crore on longer routes. Puri said it was only a “narrative” that the domestic civil aviation market was declining. “In fact it has seen a steady annual growth of 17 per cent. Contrary to speculation, the number of flights haven’t gone down either.”last_img read more

Anyone can be brought along with money Azad on Dovals JK pics

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at Srinagar airport on Thursday after he landed in the city, which has been on a security lockdown since midnight Sunday to head off trouble over the centre’s big decisions to end special status under Article 370 and to split the state into two union territories. “He is being sent back by 3:30 pm flight. He was to attend a meeting and visit his home,” said a Congress leader, who asked not to be named, agency news reported. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was trying to enter Srinagar city and meet with Congress leaders. Around 400 people have been detained across the state, as “precaution”, and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah remain in custody at safe houses. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir are sad. I am going there to be a part of their sadness, to be with them,” Azad told reporters. “Probably for the first time, all 22 districts have seen a curfew. Have you heard of this before?” He also implied that visuals on Wednesday showing National Security Adviser Ajit Doval chatting with Kashmiris in Srinagar and sharing a meal with them on the streets – seen to be an attempt to convey that the situation is returning to normal – were a set-up. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”You can pay anyone to get these done,” Azad said. NSA Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. The pictures and videos went viral on social media. “Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho (Anyone can be brought along with money),” Azad said when asked about Doval’s visit. The former Chief Minister, however, faces a divide within his own party on the government’s Jammu and Kashmir move. While he has argued strongly in parliament against what he calls the “murder of democracy”, several Congress leaders have come out in the government’s support. They include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Janardhan Dwivedi, Deepender Hooda and Milind Deora. At a meet on Tuesday of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision-making body, Azad spoke at length about the Kashmir decision, explaining his strong opposition to the move. Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra avoided speaking directly against the government’s move but criticised the way it was pushed through without consultations. The CWC finally put out a resolution condemning the Kashmir move as “unilateral, brazen and undemocratic”.last_img read more

Geoscience BC report says Northeast BC has potential for more light oil

first_img“This project has the potential to bring investment in light oil development to northeastern BC,” said project lead Brad Hayes. “This has significantly lower environmental impact than the heavier oils associated with Alberta’s oil sands, and could also help to diversify British Columbia’s economy.”Of the 27 locations, eight were rejected as unsuitable and 19 were deemed suitable for analysis. Those 19 suitable locations were then graded from A to C: – 2 – the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations – were graded ‘A’ – 1 was graded ‘A/B’; – 6 were graded ‘B’; and – 10 were graded ‘C’.“Light oil is significantly more valuable than the heavier oils. Making this new data publicly available helps the energy sector to focus exploration activity and responsible development,” said Geoscience BC Executive Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer Carlos Salas. “It also makes independent data about the potential for unconventional oil development in the region available to communities, First Nations and government.”Geoscience BC said the identification of new oil plays in Northeast B.C.’s portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin falls under its energy focus area and contributes to the organization’s objective to identify new natural resource opportunities.The full report can be read here: http://cdn.geosciencebc.com/project_data/GBCReport2018-20/GBCR2018-20_Resource_Oil_Report.pdf FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new report published by Geoscience BC today has graded the potential for high-value light and medium oil at 27 locations in northeastern B.C.Geoscience BC said that while the area is well-known for its natural gas reserves, little research has been done to identify the potential for accessing lighter oil in the region since the widespread adoption of horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing.Titled ‘Identification of New Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia’s Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin,’ Geoscience BC said the project seeks to address that knowledge gap.last_img read more

Insufficient Oral Healthcare: An Overlooked Public Health Crisis in Morocco

Amsterdam  – Oral health is affected by diet, nutrition, tobacco use, knowledge on general health, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.Bad oral health leads to cavities, tooth decay, bad breath, and gum diseases like periodontitis. Bad oral health is also associated with risks for Alzheimer’s and heart disease and systemic health problems.In a country where cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes account for 58 percent of the mortality rate, oral health needs to be discussed as a matter of public health. Lack of oral hygiene and consuming sugary products or sweet sodas lead to oral cavities. When left untreated, this may lead to tooth decay, missing teeth, and gingival diseases. Periodontitis is an irreversible aggressive form of gum disease.Oral hygiene and the associated habits must be incorporated from a young age. It should become a routine, a personal tradition, that is then maintained throughout one’s life. In Morocco, children in orphanages are at high risk for oral diseases. Children’s oral health practices are dependent on their parents. Low rates of toothbrush use are observed in studies of mothers and their children. In this instance, the mothers displayed very inefficient brushing techniques. In Sale, a neighboring city to Rabat, the mothers’ own knowledge of the practice of dental hygiene was investigated and shown to be related to children’s oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene practices were associated with the mother’s educational level and the child’s health status. The Moroccan Mother and Child units serve as a basis to offer counselling for mothers regarding general health. This could function as a resource for incorporating dental hygiene and oral health programs into public services.With regard to adolescents, a research group from the Department of Odontology at Mohammed V University in Rabat showed that of a study with 450 participants, 86 percent had at least one untreated dental cavities even though 82.3 percent of the study population had dental health covered by their insurance. This indicates that oral health is not only related to medical insurance, but possibly other factors.  Morocco has a high prevalence of periodontitis in young people. In 2016, a Moroccan study group concluded that the young Moroccan population is at high risk for developing aggressive periodontal disease. Therefore, it is plausible that, due to the nature of the disease, the same applies to older populations. A Spanish oral health research group conducted a study on patients with periodontitis, wherein 62 percent had aggressive periodontitis and 14 percent had chronic periodontitis. The bacteria co-responsible for developing periodontitis was  present in 60 percent of a study population consisting of Moroccan adolescents. It is assumed that Moroccans are more susceptible to periodontitis; biological elements such as genetics and the oral flora play a role in contributing to the increased risk. Likewise, a lack of proper oral hygiene, limited access to dental healthcare, the irregular use of toothbrushes and toothpaste in rural settings and low income families, and inadequate knowledge on significance of oral health factor into this widespread public health issue. read more

SecretaryGeneral hails work of International Criminal Court

The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is one of the “major achievements in international law during the past century,” providing the opportunity to hold to account the world’s worst war criminals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released today to mark a key anniversary in the ICC’s founding.Sunday will be the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the ICC, which allowed the Court to be formally established after years of negotiation between countries.“During the relatively short time of its existence, the Court has already established itself as the centrepiece of a system of international criminal justice,” Mr. Ban said in his statement. “It is both the embodiment of, and the driving force behind, a profound evolution of international culture and law.”The ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of carrying out the most serious crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It holds trials only when national courts cannot or will not conduct their own proceedings.The Rome Statute which brought the Court into being now has 104 States Parties, and Mr. Ban urged those nations that have not yet become parties to do so.He added that “already the activities of the Court and its Prosecutor [Luis Moreno-Ocampo] have a deterring effect on potential perpetrators of international crimes.”So far the ICC has issued arrest warrants for two suspects accused of war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region and five leaders of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda. Thomas Lubanga, a rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was arrested last year. The Court has also opened investigations into allegations of killings and rapes in the Central African Republic (CAR). 29 June 2007The creation of the International Criminal Court is one of the “major achievements in international law during the past century,” providing the opportunity to hold to account the world’s worst war criminals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement released today to mark a key anniversary in the ICC’s founding. read more

Ursula Keogh body found in river during search for missing 11yearold girl

first_imgPolice searching for a missing 11 year-old have found the body of a young girl in a river.On Monday, officers launched an appeal to find Ursula Keogh, from Halifax, who was last seen at around 3.30pm dressed in her school uniform.She was last spotted walking across the North Bridge over the River Calder, which runs through West Yorkshire.The young girl was wearing  a dark blue blazer, grey skirt, black tights, black brogues and a black parka.Her family have been told of the discovery of a body in the River Calder at Paris Gates and formal identification is yet to take place, West Yorkshire Police said. 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. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ursula’s family and friends and at this very difficult time.” Latest Update: Missing Person Ursula Keogh, Halifax – Monday 22 January 20:45pm Police looking for missing 11-year-old Ursula Keogh have this evening found the body of a young female in the River Calder at Paris Gates in Halifax. Enquiries will remain… https://t.co/HgxpvETOwr— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) January 22, 2018 The force said it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.It said in a statement:  “Inquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”Her school, the Lightcliffe Academy, said it will remain open today to help support pupils  and is going to hold a memorial assembly in remembrance for the student.The school said: “Following the tragic death last night of our student Ursula Keogh, the academy is open today as we look to support students and the whole academy community with this heartbreaking loss.last_img read more

Why Sandhursts first female company sergeant major will not play up to

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. Kelly Caswell-TreenCredit:Telegraph Among the trainees under her watchful eye are likely to be members of foreign royal families. Hussein, crown prince of Jordan, passed out of the academy in 2017.However, WO2 Caswell-Treen, who has served in Afghanistan, anticipates no difficulties working with trainee officers from cultures unused to women holding leadership roles. Kelly Caswell-Treen Kelly Caswell-Treen grew up on Army bases  WO2 Caswell-Treen, a 36-year-old veteran of operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been in the army for 16 years and is married to Gemma, a captain in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, with whom she has a two-year-old daughter, Emelia.Originally from Uttoxeter, she followed her father into the Army after growing up on various bases, including in Germany.She has been serving with 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, Aldershot, and applied for the role at Sandhurst when the post was made available to women last year. She was thrilled to pass the six-week selection course.”It’s the nature of the place and the prestige of the job. It’s seen as a great accolade to go to Sandhurst and teach and instruct the future leaders of the British Army,” she said.”Sandhurst is seen as the centre of excellence for leadership and man management. It’s something great to be a part of.”The key thing is to lead by example; the motto of Sandhurst is ‘Serve to Lead’.” She said: “Based on my experience of working with overseas cultures as a medic, certainly there are barriers and you have to consider and respect those cultures, but I don’t foresee it being a problem.”The hardest time in her Army career so far had been serving as a combat medic in Sangin, Afghanistan, between 2007-8, when she looked after civilians and the Afghan National Army, as well as her own colleagues.”I saw some horrific injuries,” she said. “It was a very testing time.” She has no time for those who say her appointment is tokenism.”I’m very grateful for the job opportunities I’ve been offered, but for me it’s been through hard work and by merit, not based on the fact I’m a female,” she said. “I will succeed, there’s no doubt about that.”I don’t go in light-hearted, I’ll give it my full attention and dedication and that’s all I can do.” WO2 Caswell-Treen is not only the first female CSM at Sandhurst but a pioneer for the wider Army as well, because women have only been allowed to apply to join the infantry since the beginning of this year.Sandhurst, the Army’s officer training site in Camberley, Surrey, uses infantry skills and methods as way to develop leadership. The traditional image of the company sergeant major as a red-faced man berating troops on parade is to get an overhaul, after the first woman appointed to the role at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst said she would not be following stereotypes.Warrant Officer Class 2 Kelly Caswell-Treen, a combat medic, will take up her new post in the summer.The role of CSM in the infantry is traditionally associated with shouting at squaddies, typified by the character of Battery Sergeant Major Williams in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, played by the late Windsor Davies.But WO2 Caswell-Treen said that image was out of date.”The very angry sergeant major [seen on television programmes] is not a true reflection of where we are today,” she said. “You have to adapt and be resilient in that regard. There’s a time and place for everything.” Kelly Caswell-Treen grew up on Army bases Credit: RUSSELL SACH read more

Fake alcohol warning issued after man becomes seriously ill from drinking methanol

first_imgFake alcohol warning issued after man becomes seriously ill from drinking methanol He thought he was drinking vodka. http://jrnl.ie/3287852 22,826 Views By Órla Ryan THE HSE HAS issued a public health alert about the danger of consuming fake or counterfeit alcohol.The move follows the hospitalisation of a man with methanol poisoning.It is understood that the patient, who is seriously ill in a Dublin hospital, drank liquid from a vodka bottle which was bought from an unrecognised vendor in the Ballymun area of Dublin.It is thought the vodka bottle had been re-filled with methanol, which is highly toxic.Gardaí in Ballymun and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland are investigating the incident.The HSE has issued the following advice to the public:Only buy alcohol from a recognised shop, off-licence or licenced premisesIf you have bought alcohol from an unrecognised seller, do not drink it. Hand the bottle in to your local garda station to help in the investigation of this incidentIf you recently drank alcohol from a bottle bought on the street and are concerned about symptoms, seek urgent medical adviceIn a statement, the HSE noted that methanol is highly toxic and consumption of it can cause kidney failure, blindness and death.Methanol is contained in solvents, antifreeze and windscreen wash. It is also called methyl alcohol, carbinol, wood alcohol or wood spirit.People who drink methanol may initially have symptoms such as loss of balance, staggering, slurred speech or eye tremors. There may be a gap of 12 -24 hours before symptoms of methanol poisoning develop.These can include headache, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and rapid breathing. In severe cases, convulsions and coma can develop.Read: Air-based search for missing Coast Guard crew to be called off until morningRead: Timeline: The seismic controversy over the Project Eagle sale as it unfolded from start to finish Image: Shutterstock/Liukov Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share Tweet Email 18 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Liukov Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 7:39 PM Mar 14th 2017, 7:39 PM last_img read more

What is SimSimi and how has it been used as a bullying

first_imgTheJournal.ie was unable to reach the makers of the app for comment.Read: Controversial ‘bullying’ app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland Apr 2nd 2017, 7:30 AM THIS WEEK, ONE of the most popular trending apps in Ireland said that it had gone offline.Available to download on Google Play and iOS, SimSimi is an automated chat bot. Basically, you send it messages and it sends some back.The idea is for it to be a robot that you can chat to, that learns to associate words with different responses.No matter what you asked it from Wednesday onwards, however, you got the same response: “I do not talk in Ireland for a while”. Source: TheJournal.ieSimSimi has become a popular app for primary and secondary schools alike, but parents and teachers have warned that the app can and is being used for bullying.The way the app replies to the messages you send is dependent on the words the bot has associated with the text of what you just sent.For example, greeting SimSimi with a “hello” is likely to yield a “hello” back, because it has recognised this as a greeting that would usually yield the same response.However, you could mention a specific person and, depending what has already been said about that person, the response you get could range from nasty and threatening to sexually explicit.In practice, a small group could make a range of comments about a person and, without that person able to stop it, their name could be associated with negative and abusive content.A spokesperson for teachers union, the INTO, told TheJournal.ie that, “despite the SimSimi app having a PEGI rating of 16 in the Google Play and iTunes stores it was being used by some pupils in primary schools. 12 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3315369 Where schools were aware of this use by some pupils, they alerted parents of potential dangers. General alerts were also issued by many teachers and schools through social media.One parent who said her teenage daughter’s name had been associated with vile abuse on the platform, without her daughter even knowing it, told TheJournal.ie that she and other parents had heard about the app and used it to search for their children’s names.“We did some searches for our kids names and there were some vile, vile comments on the names for each of our respective children,” she said.I didn’t want to bring up the subject of the app with my daughter, so went into her phone to see if she’d ever downloaded the app on the app store and luckily she hadn’t. It was a really stressful situation.The mother was told she’d have to wait 15 days for action to be taken when she complained about this to SimSimi. The company did, however offer a number of methods that could be used to remove the comments associated with her daughter’s name.Although there is a service whereby you can erase some of the associations that the bot has made between questions and answers, this is limited unless you want to pay $1 for each deletion.She said a friend who works in IT had advocated just deleting the app, but that didn’t remove the comments on the site and still ran the risk that her daughter and others would eventually see the abusive comments associated with them.I complained but that didn’t delete all of the comments. It didn’t solve the problem. This is a platform for hate, which is anonymous.The parent said that the comments were so bad that she would prosecute the person who wrote them if it was possible to find out who it was.“I’ve seen so many violent attacks on social media, and this was just another way for it to happen,” she added.The Digital Youth Council were among those who had advocated the site being taken down, and expressed their delight when it began offering the same message to all users. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Harry McCann/Twitter By Sean Murray What is SimSimi and how has it been used as a ‘bullying app’ for children? One parent said she discovered “vile, disgusting comments” about her daughter on the app. All the pressure in the media to shut down Simsimi has been successful! This message now appearing for Irish users 👍 – Delighted! pic.twitter.com/ol1YyRuerk— Harry McCann (@TheHarryMcC) March 29, 2017 Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM 25,617 Views Share14 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Girl 9 injured in I5 crash dies in hospital

first_imgOne of two children rushed to the hospital after late-night crash on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield on Thursday, March 29, has died in the hospital, a Washington State Patrol report said.Jawriah B. Cuffie, who went by Breacia, suffered a facial fracture, and closed head and chest injuries in the crash. The 9-year-old Vancouver girl died Saturday at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, a hospital spokeswoman said.Ohriyon C. Cuffie, 7, the other child sent to the hospital after the crash, was discharged Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.The crash happened around 11:20 p.m. Thursday on I-5 southbound near Ridgefield when Brenzell L. Lightner, 27, lost control of a 2006 Toyota Corolla in heavy rain and hit a tree in the median, state patrol said.Drugs or alcohol were a factor, troopers said.Lightner was treated and released at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.LaMarr Cuffie, 32, an adult passenger in the car, was also taken to the hospital with neck and chest pain. He was treated and released.Troopers are still investigating the case, Tanner said.A memorial page for Breacia Cuffie has been set up on Facebook.last_img read more

Hire More Heroes Act Passes US House Unanimously

first_imgDespite the fierce fights waged in Congress over the Affordable Care Act, a bill to loosen the employer mandate sailed through the U.S. House last week.Download AudioThe vote was unanimous for what’s called the “Hire More Heroes Act.” The aim is to encourage small businesses to employ veterans. The bill says veterans wouldn’t count toward the 50-employee threshold that determines whether a business is required to offer health insurance. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of the co-sponsors of the Senate version of the bill.“When they get out of the military they’re looking for employment,” Murkowski said. “We want there to be no barriers.”The bill would apply to employers who hire anyone with heath care covered by the VA or Tricare, the military insurance program, so it appears to include active duty family members, too. In Alaska, one in 10 residents is a veteran, according to the VA. Murkowski says the bill wouldn’t diminish the health care law.“If your federal government is caring for your health care needs in one area, do we need to do a double dip, if you will, by requiring the employer to also provide for that level of care?” she said. “So I don’t think it undercuts the Affordable Care Act in any way.”This year, for the first time, businesses with 100 or more full-time employees are required to offer health insurance or pay a penalty. The threshold drops to 50 employees next year.The Congressional Budget Office estimates the “Hire More Heroes” bill would cost the government some $86 million a year in lost penalty revenues.last_img read more

APDs new targeted crime plan focuses on connections

first_imgActing Deputy Chief Sean Case speaks during a press conference in Mountain View on March 9, 2017. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)The Anchorage Police Department announced its new targeted crime plan Thursday. It focuses on getting into the community and developing relationships. APD will expand its foot patrols beyond downtown and into Mountain View, Fairview and Spenard.Acting Deputy Chief Sean Case spoke during a news conference at the Mountain View Community Center.“The goal of the foot patrol is to really put the police department in a position where we’re able to have that open dialog with people who live in these communities,” Case said. “They see things in a different light than we do. In order for us to really address some of the concerns and the problems in these neighborhoods, we have to be more available and accessible to them.”Patrols will expand further as they continue to add more officers, Case said during a follow-up interview.Mountain View resident Tasha Hotch said the changes will create a better environment in her neighborhood.“You know, as I go door to door to invite people to things like our community council meetings or different events in the community, people are scared to answer their doors,” Hotch said. “And I think that having foot patrols and more community policing is going to have a big impact on that, where it will feel more like a community.”The force will also focus more efforts on stopping drug distribution.“What we can see is there is a connection between drugs, burglaries, thefts, vehicle thefts, and violence,” Deputy Chief Case explained.A brief outline of APD’s new initiatives. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)As part of the plan, the Community Area Patrol unit will focus on street-level drug use, and the VICE unit will conduct longer-term investigations. The department will also increase their presence in areas where they receive lots of calls about shots being fired.Administration spokesperson Myer Hutchinson said the force’s new directives are made possible by the growing number of trained officers. APD’s staff has increased by 50 people since July of 2015. The Anchorage Assembly voted to increase APD’s budget for 2016 and 2017, allowing the department to hold more training academies.last_img read more

Xenko 30 game engine is here now free and opensource

first_imgXenko, a game engine owned by Silicon Studios has officially released its third version on August 2. The major change in Xenko 3.0 is the transition to being open-source. It also comes with changes made to the project system and added support for videos as well as hair, and skin rendering. Open-source and support Although Xenko won’t be supported officially anymore by Silicon Studios, the members of the Xenko development team will continue contributing to it. Virgile Bello, Lead Developer at Xenko Game Engine stated that he will personally work on it fulltime for the next couple of months in the official blog. The new version is released under the MIT License on Github. It is well received by the open source community. The Xenko repository has already gained almost 700 stars and a couple of issues showing active involvement. Changes in the Xenko 3.0 game engine Other than the open-source transition, there are a few other changes in the engine itself. Xenko 3.0 has made the switch to the new C# project system, which makes your game csproj as simple as a PackageReference to Xenko. This makes package management more convenient. It is now also possible to add video to your games with the latest release. This feature is not completely tested on all platforms so you may run into issues while implementing it. Hair and skin rendering support are also added, but like videos, this feature may need some improvements and tuning. The package names have also been changed since the move to open-source. The SiliconStudio.Xenko package is now Xenko. Also the SiliconStudio.Core and SiliconStudio.* packages are now Xenko.Core. Your earlier projects should automatically be updated but a backup before the upgrade is recommended. Virgile has set up a Patreon page if you’d like to support the project financially. The release notes state that the future plan is to split Xenko further into separate packages such as Xenko.Graphics, Xenko.Physics and Xenko.Editor. These are only the major changes. For the complete changelog and other minor updates in Xenko 3.0, you can see the Release Notes. Read next: Think Silicon open sources GLOVE: An OpenGL ES over Vulkan middleware Working with shaders in C++ to create 3D games Unity assets to create interactive 2D games [Tutorial]last_img read more