The Anti-Terror Squad of Uttar Pradesh gave a clean chit to the five students of Islamic seminaries in Saharanpur and Shamli who were picked up for interrogation after the arrest of an alleged Bangladeshi terrorist Abdullah from Deoband. They were taken away on Sunday morning as their numbers were found in the mobile phone of the suspected terrorist. Of the five, four originally belong to Jammu and Kashmir and one hails from Bhagalpur district of Bihar.The Bangladeshi terror suspect Abdullah-Al-Mamon was arrested from Kutesara village in Muzaffarnagar. Abdullah, who reportedly belongs to the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a terror outfit active in Bangladesh, was brought to Lucknow on Tuesday for interrogation by the ATS. Three of the students were picked up from Deoband and two were taken away from Jamia Madrasa Miftahul Uloom, a seminary in Jalalabad, Shamli district.
States should not be deprived of the “rightful resources” that they deserve from the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, objecting to the use of the 2011 census figures for devolution of funds by the 15th Finance Commission instead of the 1971 census as used by all the previous commissions.Ms. Banerjee joins the chorus against the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission which many have called an assault on the federal structure of the country. The southern states have been protesting saying the terms are inherently biased against the progressive States that have controlled population. The Kerala government hosted the first meeting of State Finance Ministers on April 10. Second meeting On Monday, a second round of meeting was hosted by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati. West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra too attended the conference.Ms. Banerjee in her letter dated April 20, has said that the terms were fixed without consulting the States, which is against the “the spirit of federal structure of the nation”.“The overall approach to use the 1971 population census of all the earlier Finance Commissions was based on a very sound and rational footing. It incentivised those States which have effectively implemented socio-economic programmes and family welfare programmes,” she said.She said that the State stands to lose ₹22,000 crore to ₹35,000 crore from 2020-2025 only due to the use of the 2011 census population.“We strongly urge the Central government to immediately modify the TOR of the 15th Finance Commission,” she said.
A Delhi-based rights group has estimated that people excluded from Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) had to shell out more than an estimated ₹7,500 crore for hearings related to the citizenship document.The Rights and Risks Analysis Group’s report titled ‘The Economic Cost of Draft NRC: Poor Made Extremely Poor’said many such people have been “so economically crippled” that might not be able to challenge their exclusion before the Foreigners’ Tribunals.More than a week ago, the Centre had said that the government would provide legal aid to the NRC-excluded, besides extending the time for them to appeal in the Foreigners’ Tribunals against exclusion from 60 to 120 days.Average spendingThe rights group had conducted a survey in the Baksa, Goalpara and Kamrup districts of Assam from July 17-20. The 62 respondents of the survey claimed to have spent a total of ₹11,82,000 or an average ₹19,065 per person on attending hearings before the NRC authorities. “This works out to ₹7,836 crore spent by 41,10,169 people excluded from the draft NRC,” the group’s director Suhas Chakma said. The figure, however, was arrived at by including 395,688 people who did not re-apply after their exclusion on July 30, 2018.The average spending on the NRC hearing effectively reduced the excluded people’s per capita income to ₹48,555 from the ₹67,620, as per the Ministry of Finance’s estimation for Assam in 2018, he said. The 41,10,169 excluded people constitute about 13% of Assam’s total population of 31 million. Most of the excluded are below the poverty line, the study said.Many had to mortgage agricultural lands, sell their cattle/livestock, agricultural products and other income-generating assets, besides taking loans to meet the expenses for the NRC hearings, the study said.Multiple hearingsThe expenses for every person excluded from the NRC increased manifold because multiple hearings at NRC centres, at times very far away, entailed moving with the entire family, even along with blood relatives otherwise included in the draft list, the study said. “A majority of those who shall be excluded from the final NRC to be published on August 31 have already been so economically crippled that might not be able to afford ₹10,00,00-₹15,00,00 to challenge the exclusion before the Foreigners’ Tribunals, which are quasi-judicial bodies and require representation by lawyers,” Mr. Chakma said.“If they do not have the resources to pursue their cases in the FTs, the question of challenging before the High Court and the Supreme Court does not arise,” he added.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios celebrates after beating Rafael Nadal in the 4th round of Wimbledon Two-time champion Rafael Nadal lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon to 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 Tuesday.The 144th-ranked Kyrgios, a wild-card entry, hit 37 aces and delivered a between-the-legs winner on one point. He is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years.He’s also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to beat the No. 1 man at a Grand Slam tournament since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy defeated Jim Courier at Wimbledon in 1992.Nadal, who owns 14 major singles titles, has appeared in five finals at the All England Club. But he lost in the second round in 2012 and the first round in 2013 – to men ranked 100th and 135th.In each of Nadal’s first three matches this year, he dropped the first set before coming back to win. He again fell behind against Kyrgios, but could not turn the match all the way around this time.Kyrgios was playing in only the fifth Grand Slam tournament of his career and was the youngest man in the Wimbledon field. In the second round last week, Kyrgios saved nine match points while beating 13th-seeded Richard Gasquet.
NEW YORK — New York’s Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings to steer the Yankees to a 5-0 win against Toronto on Sunday, snapping their five-game losing sequence and edging within 3-1/2 games of the Blue Jays in the race for top spot in the American League East division.Elsewhere, AL Central leader Kansas City lost to Baltimore to see its division lead cut to an even 10 games, while Houston boosted its narrow lead in the AL West with a remarkable last-out rally to beat the Los Angeles Angels.The Los Angeles Dodgers maintained their healthy buffer atop the National League West by edging Arizona, while St. Louis retained its fragile NL Central lead by defeating Cincinnati.Tanaka (12-6) struck out seven, walked none and threw 76 of 108 pitches for strikes. He is 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA in his past four starts. His efforts prevented the Yankees suffering a series sweep at the hands of their chief AL East rival.“I had a sense of having some of the better stuff early on in the game,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I just try to be resilient, not give in, and attack. My mindset was I’m not going to let these guys sweep us.”Dustin Ackley homered and had three RBIs for the Yankees, who sent Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (10-11) to his first loss since before the All-Star break.Baltimore’s Chris Davis hit his league-leading 42nd home run of the season to help the Orioles beat Kansas City 8-2, keeping a pulse in their playoff hopes.The Royals have lost seven of nine and dropped their third straight series for the first time this season.Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop added two solo homers among his three hits.Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke pitched eight scoreless innings to lower his major league-leading ERA to 1.61, helping the Dodgers beat Arizona 4-3.Greinke (17-3) won his fourth straight game and eighth in the past nine starts, striking out eight. Of his 24 outs recorded, only one was a fly ball.St. Louis’ Tommy Pham hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Matt Adams added a two-run drive in a five-run eighth which helped lift the Cardinals from a 2-0 deficit to beat Cincinnati and avoid a four-game sweep.The Cardinals, on their worst stretch this season, had lost eight of 10 going into the series finale and has been outscored 20-3 in the first three games of the series.Adams’ homer, as a pinch-hitter, was his first long shot in over two months.Houston’s Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer to complete an astounding five-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning which gave the Astros a stunning 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Angels.Preston Tucker started the rally with a two-strike solo homer for the Astros, who got five consecutive hits off Angels closer Huston Street (3-3), the AL saves leader.George Springer tripled and scored on Jose Altuve’s single before Carlos Correa got an infield single when his grounder got stuck in the webbing of the second baseman’s glove.Lowrie then hit his shot to the short right-field corner. Right fielder Kole Calhoun reached into the crowd to try to take the catch but came up empty, sending the Houston dugout into a wild celebration.The Astros have a 1 1-2 game lead over the Rangers in the AL West and open a four-game series at Texas on Monday.Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison hit a winning single in the 11th inning to give the Pirates a valuable 7-6 win against Milwaukee.Harrison’s hit off Tyler Thornburg (0-1) kept the Pirates within 2-1/2 games of St. Louis in the NL Central, and opened a four-game margin for the NL wild-card lead over the Chicago Cubs, who start a four-game series at the Pirates on Tuesday.The Brewers had runners at the corner bases with one out in the 11th but Jared Hughes (3-1) induced Scooter Gennett to hit into an inning-ending double play.San Francisco’s Mike Leake pitched six strong innings and hit a three-run homer to help the Giants beat San Diego 10-3 and complete a three-game sweep.Leake (10-8) allowed four hits and two walks over six-plus innings.Minnesota’s Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer and an RBI single to power the Twins to a 7-0 win against the Chicago White Sox, who they have shut out four times this season.Twins starter Kyle Gibson (10-10) went 7 2-3 scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking just one.Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs as the Phillies won 7-4 to dent the Chicago Cubs’ wild-card ambitions.New York’s Daniel Murphy hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth against Ryan Kelly and Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error to give the Mets a 10-7 win against Atlanta.Boston’s Rusney Castillo had a go-ahead two-run single in the 13th inning to lift the Red Sox over Tampa Bay 2-0 in a dour contest.Texas’ Adrian Beltre homered twice to drive in five runs and Choo Shin-soo also went deep as the Rangers beats Oakland 12-4.Cleveland and Detroit split their double-header, with the Indians taking the opener 7-2 and the Tigers winning 9-2 in the night game.Washington’s Max Scherzer (12-11) won for the first time since July 30, pitching eight scoreless and walk-less innings to lead the Nationals past Miami 5-0.Colorado’s Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a 3-2 win against Seattle.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Charles Leclerc, who will be joining Formula One team Ferrari at the end of the ongoing season, has insisted that he is not moving to the team to learn but to challenge.The 20-year-old, however, added that there is a lot to improve but his focus would be on performing after joining the leading F1 team.”I need to deliver – I’m not going to Ferrari to learn. I’ve had a very good season this year where I could learn most of it and next year is to perform where I should be once you are going in a big team,” Sport24 quoted Leclerc, as saying.Ferrari doors always open for Michael Schumacher’s son Mick”I’m not saying I will not learn anything anymore, as I have so much to learn still and I can still improve a lot, but I will be a lot more ready than I was at the beginning.”Reflecting on his position in Ferrari, Leclerc hoped that the team would allow him to race German driver Sebastian Vettel.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to join Sauber in swap with Charles Leclerc”It’s more or less like this in every team. You have two drivers who start the season on equal status and then at one point in the season, you see some team orders because probably one driver is playing for the championship and the other is not. This is normal, in every team it’s happening. But I believe they will let us race at the beginning of the season,” Leclerc said.advertisementFerrari’s Kimi Raikkonen sets the pace in Singapore ahead of Lewis Hamilton”Experience is always a plus obviously, but if you are good enough on one seat, you are good enough [for a top seat] from the first year you arrive in Formula 1. And if next year I don’t have the results good enough to stay in Ferrari, then it would be normal that I downgrade, but then I don’t deserve a Ferrari seat. This is how I see things,” he added.Ferrari had replaced Kimi Raikkonen with Monacan driver Charles Leclerc after former announced that he would leave the team at the end of the ongoing season.Leclerc has become the youngest driver after late Ricardo Rodriguez to compete for Ferrari.(With ANI inputs)
Kolkata, June 6 (IANS) A 65-year-old man was found dead in his home in Kolkata’s Broad Street area, police said on Thursday. The body of Biswajit Bose, who used to live with his daughter, was recovered from his residence in the late hours of Wednesday. There were external injury marks on the body, a police officer said. The motive behind the murder is not clear. We are investigating the case, police said.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court asked the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday to decide within six weeks the plea seeking ban on the use of pellet guns for controlling street protests in the state.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of a letter dated July 4 by the Registrar General of the High Court that the matter is listed for hearing on Tuesday before a division bench. The PIL on the issue was filed before the high court in 2016 by by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association seeking stay on use of pellet guns as a large number of people had been killed or injured due to its use. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Taking on record the letter of the Registrar of the High Court, the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said: “We request the Division Bench of the High Court to expeditiously decide the matter and pass order preferably within six weeks.” The lawyers association had approached the apex court with an appeal against the interim order of the High Court which on September 22 rejected the plea seeking a ban on use of pellet guns on the ground that the Centre had already constituted a Committee of Experts through its Memorandum dated July 26, 2016 for exploring alternatives to pellet guns. The apex court on January 18, 2018 had said it would wait for the outcome of the petition pending before the High Court. In the apex court, the High Court Bar Association challenged the order, contending that High Court should waited or called for the report of the expert committee. The High Court had also declined to accept the plea to prosecute the officers who ordered use of pellet guns and those who actually fired them. When the matter came up for hearing on December 14, 2016, the Supreme Court had observed that pellet guns should not be used “indiscriminately” for controlling street protests in Jammu and Kashmir and be resorted to only after “proper application of mind” by the authorities.
7 April 2011Women have played a critical role in the pro-democracy protest movements that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East this year, and their rights and leadership potential must continue to be encouraged, the head of the new United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment said today. Women have played a critical role in the pro-democracy protest movements that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East this year, and their rights and leadership potential must continue to be encouraged, the head of the new United Nations entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment said today.Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, met with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior US officials today during a visit to Washington, D.C. that focused on how to advance women’s political participation, economic empowerment and ending violence against women.Ms. Bachelet called on US officials to continue advance women’s rights and leadership around the world, particularly in emerging democracies.“In Egypt and Tunisia, women have played a key role in the movement for democracy, and their legal rights and decision-making within the transitional structures are critical,” Ms. Bachelet said in a press release issued by her office following the visit to Washington.
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The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said in a statement that remarks by Monique Fienberg, an official reviewing the situation of missing persons in Kosovo with the Belgrade press, had been distorted in the media yesterday. According to UNMIK, Ms. Fienberg said that of the approximately 1,200 unidentified bodies in Kosovo known to the UN Mission, some 900 had been buried in the Suva Reka area.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) conducted exhumations in Kosovo in 1999 and 2000. Of about 4,000 bodies exhumed, 1,256 could not be identified and were reburied – some in the municipalities where they had been found, others in the Suva Reka area. “UNMIK has no way of determining the ethnicity of the unidentified bodies,” the statement said. “Such distortions in the media have increased the anxiety and grief of all families of the missing in Kosovo.”The Mission said that its police was about to begin work on individual gravesites not exhumed by the ICTY, while UNMIK was “negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Commission on Missing Persons to begin DNA testing on the unidentified bodies, and with the families.”
Keep your eyes peeled for some bizarre sights around Calgary over the next five days.Beakerhead begins Wednesday. Director of programming Jasmine Palardy told 660 NEWS what it’s all about/“We avoid the the term festival, because really, if you imagine it, it’s almost like the city takes on this theme of two of our core strengths: art and engineering,” Palardy explained, “So, you mash those two things together in city wide and public and private spaces all through the city.”Watch out for things like a giant inflatable on the top of St. Patrick’s Island and a 6,400 square foot sandbox at Fort Calgary where you can play a 30 foot tall arcade game based on ‘the claw’ from Disney’s Toy Story.“inginuity and creativity are in the water of Calgary and so that manifests in a variety of ways. So whethere that’s concerts and events, pop-up workshops and bizarre and interesting contraptions and inflatables that power over you by 35 feet tall,” Palardy added. Check out the events and installations here: http://beakerhead.com/ Summary Beakerhead set to amaze Calgarians by Cindy White and Justin Slimm Posted Sep 15, 2015 1:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email “It’s almost like the city takes on this theme of two of our core strengths: art and engineering.”
Valeant in crisis as recent allegations renew questions about business practices by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 22, 2015 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The sign of Valeant Pharma is pictured at its head office in Montreal on May 27, 2013. Explosive, unproven allegations against Valeant Pharmaceuticals have caught the eye of a Canadian regulator and raised serious questions about its business structure ??? even from the company’s long-time supporters THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz MONTREAL – Explosive, unproven allegations against Valeant Pharmaceuticals have caught the eye of a Canadian regulator and raised serious questions about the company’s business structure — even from its long-time supporters.The market value of Canada’s biggest publicly traded pharmaceutical company has been cut by more than $30 billion this week as Valeant’s stock plunged Tuesday, Wednesday and again Thursday amid intense scrutiny of its business practices. The stock closed down 6.6 per cent to $144.05 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.Citron Research, a U.S. firm that says it examines fraudulent and over-hyped stocks, alleged Wednesday that Valeant created a network of pharmacies to distribute its products and avoid the scrutiny of auditors.Quebec’s securities regulator says it hasn’t launched a formal investigation into Valeant, which has its headquarters in Laval near Montreal, but is watching the situation “very seriously.”“These allegations are worrying and our goal is to make sure that there was no negligence regarding our regulations,” said Sylvain Theberge, spokesman for l’Autorite des marches financiers.Valeant (TSX:VRX) responded on Wednesday to what it called an “erroneous report” by issuing a detailed explanation of how it accounts for transactions with Philidor Rx Service and R&O Pharmacy, which were the focus of investigations by the New York Times and the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation.Top company officials will address the accusations again in a conference call early next week with analysts.“We look forward to our call on Monday where we will address and refute recent allegations,” said chairman and CEO Michael Pearson.There have been no charges or formal allegations laid against Valeant by U.S. or Canadian authorities.Analyst Alex Arfaei of BMO Capital Markets said that while Valeant’s actions may not be illegal, the allegations raise concerns about the entire company that may not be fully eased until there’s an investigation.Arfaei, who claims to be a “strong, vocal Valeant bull,” said his analysis of the company’s cash flows can’t totally refute Citron’s allegations of “phantom sales” or channel stuffing.“We find Valeant’s arrangements with the specialty pharmacy Philidor as not just aggressive but questionable,” he wrote in a report in which he downgraded the company. “We believe that the questionable nature of this specific business practice casts uncertainty over the rest of the business.”Vicki Bryan, senior analyst of independent research for bond-rating company Gimme Credit, said the company’s disclosure about its ties and potential ownership in mail-order pharmacies like Philidor shed light on U.S. investigations into its drug distribution, patient assistance program and aggressive pricing strategies.“We also doubt this will be the last of bad news for Valeant, and apparently investors feel the same,” she said, pointing to the 60 per cent drop in its share price since its August peak.Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said its ratings are unaffected by the Valeant speculation and a sharp decline in the company’s shares.“We don’t see the facts and reasoning in the research report as supporting evidence of the allegations of falsified invoices or channel stuffing,” credit analyst David Kaplan wrote in a report.Activist investor Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital — a business partner with Valeant in its failed bid for Allergan — took advantage of Wednesday’s share price meltdown to purchase more than two million Valeant shares, making it the company’s second-largest shareholder.Controversial hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli, who was roundly criticized by U.S. politicians for dramatically hiking the price of Daraprim after buying the drugmaker, tweeted he took a long position in Valeant and shorted Allergan.Valeant has been under a considerable degree of political and legal scrutiny in the United States over hefty price increases for two heart drugs and its patient assistance program. A week ago, the company said that U.S. Attorney’s offices in Massachusetts and New York had court orders for it to produce documents.The drugmaker is one of Canada’s top companies and accounts for about four per cent of the S&P/TSX composite index.Meanwhile, Toronto law firm Koskie Minsky LLP and New York investor rights specialist Rosen Law Firm said they are each preparing potential class-action lawsuits to recover losses suffered by Valeant investors over alleged misrepresentations by the company.—Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter
Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) waits to have the ball snapped to him during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Jones and the Buckeyes are set to begin a tough week of practices for Fall Camp.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State Buckeyes are getting ready to enter survival mode as Fall Camp will intensify next week with eight practices. Coach Urban Meyer said the team is not where they need to be just yet, but they are progressing day-to-day. For now, Meyer’s main goal is to preserve the overall health of the team, which means avoiding injuries at all costs.“I hope number one, and our prayer every morning is safety of our players, health of our players because you see it across the country right now,” Meyer said. “Man, I hit ESPN.com and FOX Sports and CBS, I pull down these Internet sites and I hit them real fast to see what’s going on across the world and you see a young guy get hurt, I don’t think the world realizes how much time goes into that, and that’s the number one thing is health of your players.”Meyer noted that the team made it through the first week virtually unscathed, with only two notable injuries.Junior H-back Dontre Wilson had a small tweak to the broken foot that caused him to miss the final six games of last season. Meyer said it is nothing major and he expects him to return to practice on either Monday or Tuesday.Redshirt freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore is sidelined with a minor hamstring injury. Meyer downplayed Lattimore’s injury as well. He said he expects the Cleveland, Ohio, native to be back practicing this week.Meyer is looking forward to seeing how his players lean on each other during next week’s practices.“Number two is you want to make it real hard and all the walls are broken down so they bleed, we call it bleed on each other, and that means just it’s just that whole (G.K.) Chesterton quote we live by. The soldier doesn’t fight because of the hatred that’s in front of him, he or she fights because of the love of those behind him, and that’s what we’re trying to create right now. It’s a survival mentality. This week is a tough one, real tough.”Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones is looking to utilize the increased practice schedule to separate himself from redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett. Jones stressed that the upcoming week is important for every player donning the scarlet and gray.“This week is really going to be a gut check for everyone in the program,” Jones said. “To really see if you love football like you think you do.”Jones, who’s in the midst of an intense quarterback battle with Barrett, spent media day holding his 9-month-old daughter Chloe in his arms as she teethed away at her dad’s “12 Gauge” wristbands. He said juggling being a father and student athlete has been tough act to balance.“Being a father, a football player and a student at the same time, not just a football player, being a quarterback, you know that’s the difference between just being a football player,” Jones said. “So much of the game is mental, and so much of the game is film study, so it’s definitely tough. It should be easier now because she just moved back down here yesterday.”Although a strenuous slate of practices are on the horizon for the Buckeyes, the players are trying to take their mind off it and enjoy themselves when the time is right.Junior safety Tyvis Powell said the team likes to cut loose once they have the chance.“Absolutely, we definitely know how to have fun,” Powell said. “I think we got that part locked down. When it’s time to get serious, we get serious. But when we got some free time, and it’s time to enjoy ourselves, we actually know how to do that to. It’s just the best of both worlds.”The players displayed exactly what they mean by enjoying themselves, when a player came up from behind redshirt senior Braxton Miller and dunked on with a toy basketball hoop as he spoke to the media.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said that the team is trying to stay loose through camp but remain focused for their season opener on Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.“We have a focused team, but we are not too uptight,” Perry said. “One thing people say is you win one (championship) and you get uptight. We don’t feel that way right now.”
Helen Johnson, the Refugee Council’s head of children’s services, welcomed the decision. “It is absolutely fundamental that until a young person’s age has been established they are cared for in a safe and supportive environment,” she said. “Unaccompanied children who seek refuge in the UK have often suffered horrific abuse and exploitation that most grown ups would find difficult to imagine. Today’s ruling will help keep more of these children safe at a frightening and bewildering time.”It’s vital that local authorities put young people’s safety first and follow the expert guidelines available to them.” It is unlawful for the Defendant not to observe the statutory guidance and not to treat the claimant as a child pending the determination of his age assessmentMr Justice Lavender A housing authority which refused to provide an Iraqi asylum seeker with accommodation because he appeared over 18 has been told it must shelter him by a High Court judge. The Iraqi, referred to as S, claimed he was 15 years old and had been born in 2000 when he arrived in the UK unaccompanied in September 2016 and asked for asylum. He was detained overnight and then accommodated by the Home Office at Brigstock House in Croydon. The judge said it appeared the Home Office did not accept that he was 15, but instead formed the view that his physical appearance and demeanour very strongly suggested that he was significantly over 18 years of age.Croydon Council consequently refused to provide S with accommodation and support until the conclusion of an age assessment and it was clear that S was entitled to support as a child.But, in a ruling which could affect other similar immigration cases, Mr Justice Lavender, sitting in London, has found that the council is under a legal duty to step in.The judge said: “A local authority is exercising its social services function of providing support for children not merely when it actually provides that support, but also when it carries out ancillary functions such as determining which individuals are and are not children, and dealing with individuals whose age is yet to be determined.”He added: “In my judgment, it is unlawful for the Defendant not to observe the statutory guidance and not to treat the claimant as a child pending the determination of his age assessment.”S’s application for judicial review was backed by the Refugee Council and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 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.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A pathologist repeatedly recorded the wrong cause of death for patients, misidentified organs and potentially mixed up bodies, a report has revealed.Dr Khalid Ahmed, who worked as a consultant histopathologist at the Royal Oldham Hospital, carried out an undisclosed number of post mortem tests for the north Manchester coroner’s office.However, in May 2017 the office’s senior coroner raised concerns about Dr Ahmed’s examinations and a recent review found “significant concerns” with his “inadequate” reports.Professor Simon Kim Suvarna, a consultant histopathologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, carried out the review into Dr Ahmed and found some reports to have an “incorrect” cause of death given.Prof. Suvarna is also reported to have noted that Dr Ahmed’s tests “do not even meet the standards that are expected for pathology students to pass the autopsy component of the final exam.” GMP is assessing what, if any, criminal offences may have been committed in relation to findings presented to the coroner.Greater Manchester Police The General Medical Council said Dr Khalid is still licensed to practise as a histopathologist.Dr Khalid was not available for comment. A subsequent police referral was made by the coroner and a police investigation is still ongoing.A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: “GMP is assessing what, if any, criminal offences may have been committed in relation to findings presented to the coroner.”Dr Ahmed, who qualified as a doctor in 1989 in Bangalore, India, joined Pennine Acute NHS Trust in January 2007, however he no longer works there. The trust had no role in overseeing Dr Ahmed’s coronial post-mortem practice
The case was adjourned to December 4 to allow defence and prosecution to prepare for the committal proceedings. District Judge Barney McElholm granted an interim anonymity order to continue the protection of the accused’s identity.He said he accepted it would “take some time” before the committal could proceed. “It’s important that this is all done with a degree of fairness to all concerned in these matters,” he said.The decision to prosecute the ex-paratrooper was announced by the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service in March.Bloody Sunday remains one of the most notorious incidents of the Troubles when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on a crowd of civil rights demonstrators, killing 13. The controversial Bloody Sunday inquiry, which took 12 years to report in 2010 at a cost of as much as £400 million, concluded the “immediate responsibility for the deaths’ lay with paratroopers.It led to a police inquiry and the subsequent decision to charge Soldier F with two counts of murder. Liam Wray, the brother of James Wray, described the first court hearing as an “historic day”.He added: “I am very nervous this morning. We are glad and relieved that his day has arrived, it’s been 47-and-a-half years.”Soldier F did not appear in court but another paratrooper who was accused of attempted murder but subsequently informed no charges would be brought warned against the case becoming a cause celebre.The soldier – who also has anonymity and is identified only as Sergeant O – said: “This prosecution is in danger of becoming a media circus. They are trying to sway the courts but it won’t work. The courts must do their job properly.”Sergeant 0 added: “I sympathise 100 per cent with Soldier F. He should not be going through this especially at his stage in life. What good is it going to do prosecuting a 70-year-old? It is going to take years and years to go through the courts before they can bring it to trial. It is time to call it quits.”The case against Soldier F was heard before a district judge in Londonderry Magistrates’ Court. Bloody Sunday victim’s family members make their way to courtCredit:Charles McQuillan At the brief hearing Mark Mulholland QC, representing the former paratrooper, confirmed he would be challenging the attempt to send him to Crown Court trial by calling witnesses at a mixed committal hearing. Show more 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. He faces a seventh supporting charge of the attempted murder of a person or persons unknown on the day. Relatives of victims of Bloody Sunday gathered in the Diamond area of Londonderry city before walking together towards the courthouse.Outside court, Mickey McKinney, the brother of William McKinney, said: “This is a very significant event for us on the journey towards achieving the third and final demand of the Bloody Sunday justice campaign – the prosecution of a solider for murder and attempted murder on Bloody Sunday.” The families of victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre marched to court today as veterans warned against turning the prosecution of a former paratrooper into ‘a media circus’.The case against the 71-year-old ex-paratrooper reached a courtroom for the first time on Wednesday, more than 47 years after 13 civil rights demonstrators were shot and killed in Londonderry.The barrister representing the solder – who can be identified only as Soldier F – told the court he would be challenging any attempt to send him to Crown Court for trial.The defence will first seek to cross-examine witnesses at a committal hearing in a procedure that will seek to have the case thrown out at the earliest possible stage.Soldier F is charged with the murder of two civilians James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murder of four other men Patrick O’Donnell, Joseph Friel, Joe Mahon and Michael Quinn.
Resource Generation Ltd subsidiary Ledjadja Coal has signed three separate EPC agreements with CIMIC Group subsidiary Sedgman that will see the contractor carry out major work at the Boikarabelo coal mine in Limpopo Province, South Africa.The three contracts cover design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance of the operation’s coal handling preparation plant (CHPP), plus the ancillary works relating to mine infrastructure.The CHPP will be designed to handle 15 million tonnes of raw coal per year and, under the provisions of the operations and maintenance contract, Sedgman will operate and maintain the plant for four years after commissioning, “subject to strict performance criteria”, ResGen said.The ancillary works is likely to involve construction of infrastructure associated with the CHPP, plus additional buildings, piping, electrical works, water and drainage during mine development.Some 15 Mt of run of mine coal will be mined every year at Boikarabelo, but the company expects to produce 3.6 Mt/y of export product (25.7 MJ per kg on an air dried basis) and 2.4 Mt/y of domestic product (19.5 MJ/kg on an air dried basis).Boikarabelo, in the Waterberg region of Limpopo, has 995 Mt of JORC resources and 267 Mt of JORC reserves. The mine requires a rail link to allow for exports, which is expected to cost R650 million ($49 million) in upfront capital, plus another R300 million during its ramp-up.The value of the engineering design, construction and commissioning of the CHPP plant and the construction of the ancillary works infrastructure contracts is $210 million, while the operations and maintenance contract is valued at $100 million.Grant Fraser, Sedgman Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to be able to deliver our whole-of-life approach to this important project – building the processing plant and providing ongoing operational involvement for Resource Generation, and its South African subsidiary Ledjadja Coal.Papi Molotsane, Acting CEO of Ledjadja Coal, said Sedgman’s successful delivery of coal projects in southern Africa and the ability to wrap the contracts into lump-sum solutions were key to the contractor winning the work.Work is expected to commence once the Boikarabelo project funding has been finalised, with debt providers currently in the final process of credit approvals, CIMIC said.
You’re more likely to read about a Fujitsu laptop than one of the company’s phones here on Geek.com, and that’s got a lot to do with the fact that they typically don’t make it to Western markets. But Fujitsu’s IS12T stood out by being the first Windows Phone Mango device to land on retail shelves — and there was the crazy F-07C that crammed an Atom processor and Windows 7 into a UMPC/smartphone package.Now you’re looking at the new Fujitsu Arrows ES IS12T, a brand new Android phone that combines a super-slim profile and a watertight shell.At 6.7mm, the Arrows ES has the hot new Droid Razr beaten by almost half a millimeter. The ES does widen slightly near the top edge where its 5MP rear-facing camera resides, but the gradual fade is barely noticeable.What else does the Arrows ES have to offer? How about a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 1GB ROM and microSD expansion, 4-inch AMOLED 480 x 800 resolution display, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1, and NFC and DLNA support. And apart from being incredibly thin, it’s also waterproof and weighs just over 100 grams. Judging from the contacts at the bottom of the phone’s back side, there’s probably also a cable-free charging dock accessory owners will be able to pick up.As I mentioned, you generally don’t see Fujitsu’s phones up for sale in North America, but the new Arrows ES offers an incredibly sexy profile and pairs that with hardware that should let carriers price it very reasonably. It certainly looks like a phone that folks would buy, especially in that snazzy red color.More at TechCrunch
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Main opposition New Democracy (ND) will go to an extraordinary party conference to elect a new party president on November 7, an ND press release announced on last week. The decision, possibly his last as head of the party, was made by outgoing ND President Costas Karamanlis after successive meetings at ND headquarters.The former prime minister had announced his resignation from ND’s helm following his party’ electoral defeat in the recent national elections, saying that the party’s Congress would convene in a month’s time to choose a new leader and that he would not be standing for re-election. So far, only one person has announced his candidacy for the post of ND’s leadership, Thessaloniki Prefect Panagiotis Psomiadis.He said he was “taking a front seat” and contesting the ND leadership, but left open the prospect of eventually backing some other “major” candidacy that would convince him it represents “the platform of the broad center-right” wing.However key party figures Dora Bakoyiannis, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Antonis Samaras are expected to be candidates for the leadership of New Democracy.Jockeying for advantage has begun to determine on what basis the appointment of the leader will be undertaken. Dora Bakoyiannis is calling for the decision of their last party conference in 2007 for the election of the leader by party delegates and parliamentarians be respected, while Dimitris Avramopoulos has asked for a more open election process involving party members as well as friends of New Democracy.Antonis Samaras has come out and said he is willing to accept whichever option is agreed to if it helps the process of electing a leader.Karamanlis, 53, served as premier since March 2004, winning general elections twice in 2004 and 2007.