Student raped by director, teacher of Rajasthan school

first_imgAn 18-year-old student of Class XII was allegedly raped by the director and a teacher of her school for three-four months at Ajeetgarh, in Sikar district of Rajasthan, and was forced to undergo an abortion. The accused, Jagdish Yadav and Jagat Singh Gujjar, are now absconding.After her condition deteriorated following the abortion carried out at a private hospital in Shahpura, the girl was shifted to the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here last week. The girl’s family stated in the complaint lodged with the police that the accused would call the victim to the school on the pretext of extra classes and sexually abuse her. The police said that when the girl’s abortion was carried out last month, the two accused tricked the family members into believing that a surgery was being conducted for treatment of her stomach pain.Neem-Ka-Thana Deputy Superintendent of Police Kushal Singh said on Monday that a case of gang-rape and causing miscarriage without the girl’s consent had been registered. The police have recorded the statement of two doctors at the hospital in Shahpura.last_img read more

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Tripura panchayat polls to be held on July 27: SEC

first_imgElections to the three-tier panchayats in Tripura would be held on July 27, State Election Commissioner G. Kameswara Rao announced on Wednesday. Ballot papers would be used in the polls, the SEC said.The model code of conduct came into effect in the respective panchayat areas from Wednesday itself. “Elections to 6,111 gram panchayat seats, 419 panchayat samiti seats and 116 zila parishad seats will be held on July 27,” Mr. Rao told a press conference here.Altogether, 12,03,070 voters, including 6,16,893 males and 5,86,176 females, would be eligible to exercise their franchise at 2,623 polling stations between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the polling day, he said. The filing of nominations would start from July 1 and will continue till July 8. The last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 11, Mr. Rao said. “Ballot papers in white colour for gram panchayat seats, pink colour for panchayat samities and green colour for zila parishads would be used,” he said. Counting of votes would be held on July 31 at the block headquarters, the SEC said.last_img read more

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Victolero admits Magnolia got outworked in Game 6 loss: They wanted it more than us

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ANTIPOLO, Philippines—Winning three straight games wasn’t enough momentum for Magnolia to dispense Rain or Shine in the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Always ready to get his number called, Nambatac helps save Rain or Shine from elimination LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img In what could’ve been the Hotshots’ closeout game, the Elasto Painters instead took a convincing 91-81 win and forced a Game 7 on Sunday.Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero said Rain or Shine simply wanted it more than them especially in a fourth quarter that started off in a level playing field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They outworked us, they were more aggressive than us, they wanted it more than us,” said Victolero Friday at Ynares Center here. “It’s a good thing there’s a Game 7 so we’ll just try to watch film and look for what we can do better. We’ll be ready by Sunday.”Rain or Shine and Magnolia were tied in heading into the fourth quarter until the Elasto Painters slowly pulled away taking a 75-69 lead off of Rey Nambatac’s three-pointer with 7:14 to play. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Nambatac then buried the Hotshots with two straight long bombs for Rain or Shine’s 83-71 lead with 3:57 remaining in the fourth.Victolero said the key to a Game 7 victory won’t rely much on the team’s adjustments but on the players’ desire to advance to a second straight finals appearance after winning the Governors’ Cup in December of 2018.“We just have to make minor adjustments, but basically it’s all about the will and the desire of the players,” said Victolero.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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US swimmer James Feigen also apologizes for fake robbery story

first_imgAmerican Olympic swimmer James Feigen issued a formal apology on Wednesday for causing “serious distractions” at the Rio Olympics with his made-up story about robbery.American swimmer Ryan Lochte on August 14 alleged he and three other fellow Olympians Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen, had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro by people claiming to be police officers, reports Sputnik. (Also read: US swimmer Ryan Lochte loses all his major sponsors after Rio incident)Last week, Brazilian Chief of Civil Police Fernando Veloso said that the US Olympic swimmers’ claims about being robbed in Rio had proven to be false.”First and foremost, I would like to apologise for the serious distractions from the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, and Team USA. It was never my intent to draw attention away from the tradition of athletic competition and the symbolic cooperation of countries participating in the Olympic games,” Feigen said in a statement released through his attorneys.He also apologised for the delay in his statement on the issue. (Also read: US swimmer Ryan Lochte apologises for behaviour in Rio)Feigen has become the third US sportsman involved in the Rio gas station alleged robbery scandal to provide details to speak publicly on the issue. Lochte apologised on August 19 for his behaviour followed by Bentz.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble India’s most successful Test stars at home

first_imgIf 13 consecutive Tests back home and India playing their 500th Test and Ravichandran Ashwin becoming the second fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets were not enough, there seems to be another historic and significant landmark waiting for Indian cricket when they take on New Zealand at the Eden Gardens from September 30. Last week, the hosts thrashed the Kiwi’s by a huge margin of 197 runs in the first Test at Kanpur. This week, India will play their 250th Test match at home to mark another significant event in the country’s 84 year Test cricket history.Over the years India have produced many talented cricketers who have made an impact on the game and won the country many crucial matches both with the bat and ball.India’s cricket crazy fans have watched and cheered for many of their stars when they have piled on the runs or ran through the opposition batting line-ups back home or abroad but two people have led the way both abroad and back home: Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble.MASTER BLASTERIn India as many say, “Cricket is religion” and if it is indeed so, a little man from Dadar, Mumbai, who goes by the name of Sachin Tnedulkar, has to be God. Tendulkar has been worshiped throughout his career by the Indian fans and you get to see that when you see Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, a man with his body painted in the Indian flag and Tendulkar’s name written on it is seen everywhere, where the legendary batsman has been.advertisementTendulkar has scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches at an average of 53.78. (Reuters Photo)The former India captain’s achievements in Test cricket are phenomenal. He has scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches at an average of 53.78 overall which included 51 centuries. Out of the 200 Tests he played, 94 of them have been on home soil where he managed a staggering 7,216 runs with an average of 52.67 and 22 centuries. He is the highest ever run-getter by an Indian batsman in Tests at home and also abroad where he racked up 8,075 runs.Tendulkar is followed by Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, who make the top five run-getters in home soil. While ‘The Wall’ managed 5,598 runs in 70 mathes at home, the original ‘Little Master’ is third in the list with 5,067 runs from 65 matches. Sehwag and Laxman are sitting fourth and fifth in the list. The Nawab of Najafgarh managed to score 4,656 runs from 52 Tests and the ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman raked up 3,767 runs in 57 Tests at home.Tendulkar also leads the pack with the most amount of centuries at home with 22 where he is followed by Gavaskar (16), Dravid (15), Sehwag (13) and one of India’s finest and perhaps the most controversial captain in Mohammad Azharuddin who managed to get 13 centuries in 46 Test matches at home, also making 3,412 runs in the process at an average of 55.93, which also happens to be the highest average by an Indian batsman at home.JUMBOWhile Tendulkar leads the way in the batting charts, the current India coach Anil Kumble heads the list as the best bowler at home. Kumble with his ability to get sharp turn and bounce terrorised the batsmen right from the very onset. Ask the Pakistan team which played the second Test of the India Pakistan series in 1998-99 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the Karnataka spinner spun a web around the Pakistani batsmen picking up all the ten wickets in the second innings, returning with figures of 10/74. It is still the best bowling performance by any Indian bowler. He also became the second bowler to achieve that feat in the history of Test cricket with Jim Laker of Australia being the first back in 1956 against England when he picked up 10/53 in the 4th Test of the Ashes series at Old Trafford.Anil Kumble has picked up 350 of his 619 wickets at home. (Reuters Photo)Kumble has picked up 350 of his 619 wickets at home where he has played 63 of his 132 Test matches. While Kumble managed to extract vicious bounce if not spin outside the sub-continent, he was unplayable back home where he constantly extracted turn and bounce from the pitch. He has an impressive average of 24.88 back home with 25 five-wicket hauls in an innings and seven ten-wicket hauls in a match played at home.Kumble is followed by his spin partner Harbhajan Singh, the only pacer in the top five wicket takers in the list Kapil Dev, BS Chandrasekhar and the left arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi. Bhajji managed 265 wickets from 55 Tests at home with an average of 28.76 while Chandrasekhar and Bedi managed to get 142 and 137 wickets from 32 and 30 Tests at home with an average of 27.69 and 23.99 respectively. However, in this spin dominated card, Kapil Dev stands out. Perhaps, the greatest fast bowling all-rounder India has ever produced, Kapil has managed to pick up 219 wickets from 65 Test matches at an average of 26.49, making him the third most successful Indian bowler at home.advertisementKumble also leads the highest number of fifers in an innings. He is followed by Bhajji (18), Ashwin (14), Kapil (11) and Bedi (8) for the highest number of fifers by an Indian bowler in India.While Kumble has managed seven 10 wicket hauls in a match, the likes of Ashwin (4), Harbhajan (4), Kapil (4) and Maninder Singh (2) follow him in the list.However, Ashwin is expected to overtake the current India coach soon. He already has 14 fifers in an innings and four 10 wicket hauls in a match. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner averages a very impressive 21.04 and has picked up 136 of his 203 wickets at home as well. With 12 Test matches still to go, R Ashwin is all likely to topple the bowling legend if he keeps up his impressive form.Indian batsmen with most runs at home  Runs Matches Average 100s Sachin Tendulkar 7216 94 52.67 22 Rahul Dravid 5598 70 51.35 15 Sunil Gavaskar 5067 65 50.16 16 Virender Sehwag 4656 52 54.13 13 VVS Laxman 3767 57 51.60 8 Dilip Vengsarkar 3725 54 55.59 13 Gundappa Viswanath 3502 48 47.32 10 Mohammad Azharuddin 3412 46 55.93 13 Sourav Ganguly 3180 50 42.97 8 Kapil Dev 2810 65 36.97 5         Indian batsmen with most 100s at home  100s Matches Runs Average Sachin Tendulkar 22 94 7216 52.67 Sunil Gavaskar 16 65 5067 50.16 Rahul Dravid 15 70 5598 51.35 Mohammad Azharuddin 13 46 3412 55.93 Virender Sehwag 13 52 4656 54.13 Dilip Vengsarkar 13 54 3725 55.59 Gundappa Viswanath 10 48 3502 47.32 Sourav Ganguly 8 50 3180 42.97 VVS Laxman 8 57 3767 51.6 Polly Umrigar 7 36 2082 43.37         Indian bowlers with most wickets at home   Matches Wickets Average 5I 10M Anil Kumble  63 350 24.88 25 7 Harbhajan Singh 55 265 28.76 18 4 Kapil Dev 65 219 26.49 11 2 BS Chandrasekhar 32 142 27.69 8 1 Bishan Bedi 30 137 23.99 8 0 R Ashwin 20 136 21.04 14 4 Javagal Srinath 32 108 26.61 5 1 Zaheer Khan 38 104 35.87 3 0 MH Mankad 23 103 26.53 4 2 Pragyan Ojha 20 101 27.51 7 1         Indian bowlers with most 5-wicket innings hauls at home  5I Matches Wickets Average Anil Kumble 25 63 350 24.88 Harbhajan Singh 18 55 265 28.76 R Ashwin 14 20 136 21.04 Kapil Dev 11 65 219 26.49 Bishan Bedi 8 30 137 23.99 BS Chandrasekhar 8 32 142 27.69 Pragyan Ojha 7 20 101 27.51 Subhash Gupte 6 21 84 30.34 EAS Prasanna 5 22 95 26.94 Venkatpathy Raju 5 16 71 24.00 Javagal Srinath 5 32 108 26.61          Indian bowlers with most 10-wicket match hauls at home  10M Matches Wickets Average Anil Kumble 7 63 350 24.88 R Ashwin 4 20 136 21.04 Harbhajan Singh 4 55 265 28.76 Kapil Dev 2 65 219 26.49 Maninder Singh 2 18 62 30.61 MH Mankad 2 23 103 26.53      Indian captains with most wins at home  Matches Won Lost Drawn Win% MS Dhoni 30 21 3 6 70.00 Azharuddin 20 13 4 3 65.00 Sourav Ganguly 21 10 3 8 47.62 Sunil Gavaskar 29 7 2 20 24.14 Tiger Pataudi 27 6 9 12 22.22 Virat Kohli 5 4 0 1 80.00 Sachin Tendulkar 12 4 3 5 33.33 Bishan Bedi 8 3 3 2 37.50 Rahul Dravid 8 3 2 3 37.50last_img read more

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Klinsmann: ‘I’ll only return to coaching for top job’

first_imgJurgen Klinsmann says he turned down several job opportunities ahead of the 2018 World Cup as he waits for a more high-profile role.The German-born manager departed the U.S. national team in 2016 following a five-year stint and has been out of management since.Klinsmann won the 2013 Gold Cup while in charge of the U.S. while leading the team to a Round of 16 spot in Brazil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Klinsmann was replaced by Bruce Arena, whose U.S. team fell to Trinidad & Tobago on the final day of qualifying to miss the World Cup.Having watched from afar, Klinsmann is willing to get back into coaching, but only if the right opportunity were to arise.”Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, I had four or five inquiries from teams playing there,” Klinsmann told Sport Bild. “But I turned them down because their goal was to survive the group stages.”I had this goal with the U.S. (at the 2014 World Cup). It’s not enough for me now.”If (I return), I want to lead an association of a certain calibre and with the goal to reach the semifinals at the World Cup.”But if such a situation does not come to pass in the foreseeable future, I wouldn’t mind it for family reasons. My daughter Laila still attends school. And when she attends university next year, the situation changes.”Prior to managing the U.S., Klinsmann took charge of Germany from 2006-8, finishing third at the 2006 World Cup. He then moved on to a role with Bayern Munich, where he remained less than one year before being sacked.Following Germany’s World Cup failure, Klinsmann says that that Joachim Low must reach the semifinals of Euro 2020 in order to save his job.last_img read more

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Gate named after Virender Sehwag at Feroz Shah Kotla

first_imgThe Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has decided to name a gate of the Feroz Shah Kotla ground after former India opener Virender Sehwag.Gate number two of the Kotla will be named after Sehwag on October 31, a day before the opening T20 International between India and New Zealand.”The erstwhile management had in recognition of Mr.”Virender Sehwag’s many accomplishments promised to name Gate no. 2 as the Virender Sehwag gate and I am giving effect to that promise,” said DDCA administrator, Justice (retired) Vikramjit Sen, in a statement.”This is the first of many other initiatives that are being implemented to recognise the contribution of cricketers who have richly contributed to the DDCA.”A Committee has been formed to assess and recommend other stalwarts from DDCA whose contribution should be recognised and reflected at various parts of the stadium,” he added.last_img read more

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Hanjin Selling Terminal Operations at Port of Seattle

first_imgzoom As part of the agreement to sell its stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the bankrupt South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping is also shedding its operations in the port of Seattle.Namely, an affiliate of Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will purchase Hanjin’s stake in Total Terminals International (TTI), the operator of Terminal 46 at the port of Seattle and the Californian port of Long Beach.The 54 percent share will be sold to MSC’s Luxembourg-based Terminal Investment Limited.“The terminal is leased until 2025. It’s hard to know what the long-term effects of this sale might be. We know the industry remains in flux as shipping lines shift their alliances,” a representative from Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) said.Last week, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its approval for the deal, under which MSC will take over sole control of the long-term lease of the port’s largest terminal, the 381-acre Pier T container terminal.The deal also guarantees the accelerated installation of ship-to-shore cranes capable of handling the world’s biggest container ships, the port of Long Beach earlier said.MSC already holds the remaining 46 percent stake in Total Terminals International.After the deal received approval from the Seoul Central District Court, the South Korean bankruptcy court sought approval from U.S. authorities, including the relevant ports.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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First comes fire then comes marriage Busy year for Fort McMurray couple

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – It’s been a busy year for Elise Phillippo and her husband Brandon.They got hitched, bought a house and had a baby — all against the backdrop of the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.Four days before her May 7 wedding, the bride-to-be was planning to pick up her dress from the seamstress after work.Instead, she was among the more than 88,000 Fort McMurray residents caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic as a fierce wildfire forced the entire northeastern Alberta city to empty.Phillippo would never see that dress again. It was inside a home that burned in the hard-hit Abasand neighbourhood.In Toronto, where the wedding was to take place, the couple’s photographer, Alex Neary with Wild Eyed Photography, asked if there was anything she could do to help.“And I said, ‘I need a dress,’” recalls Phillippo, 30.She thought perhaps Neary could scrounge up a second-hand one from a friend.“All of a sudden she messaged back and said she had all these dresses,” Phillippo says.“I was taken aback. What do you mean: ‘All these dresses?’”Word got around on social media.“People just started offering dresses one after another. I just couldn’t wrap my head around people being as generous as they were. They had no idea who I was, so they definitely didn’t have to do that for me.”A shop in downtown Toronto, Lea-Ann Belter Bridal, gave Phillippo one dress and loaned her another.The couple tied the knot on Toronto Island on the same day they had planned all along.At the ceremony, Phillippo wore the loaner, a lacy number with spaghetti straps and a train. The donated dress got some use months later, when she let a friend, who was trying to save money, wear it for her wedding.From Toronto, the newlyweds went to Edmonton and waited for the evacuation order to lift. Phillippo, a massage therapist, spent that time working at the Active Life Centre clinic in St. Albert, where she says she was treated like family.The home the couple was renting in Fort McMurray’s Thickwood neighbourhood was undamaged by the fire. They have since bought it.Phillippo expects her first wedding anniversary to be low key. Their two-month-old son Kellan Xavier takes up all the time and attention.The one-year anniversary of the fire is looming a bit larger in her mind.“I’m actually kind of looking forward to the anniversary of the fire, as strange as that sounds,” she says. “I’m kind of hoping that it gives people some peace.”last_img read more

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Barrick Gold to take US429million charge on PascuaLama project

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. says it expects to take a US$429-million charge following an order by the Chilean government to close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes mountains.The gold miner says it is reclassifying Pascua-Lama’s 14 million ounces of proven and probable gold reserves, which are based on an open pit mine plan, as measured and indicated resources.Barrick is studying the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit.It says the change would address a number of concerns by reducing the overall environmental impacts.The project, which straddles the Chile-Argentina border, has been criticized for threatening water supplies and glaciers.Barrick says it will provide a further update on the Pascua-Lama project at the company’s investor day on Feb. 22.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

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Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 52.68 points to 15,723.62.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 30.46 points to 22,744.93.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 4.82 points to 2,547.25.The Nasdaq composite index was down 5.47 points to 6,579.89.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.55 cents US, down from Thursday’s average price of 79.69 cents US.

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5 things to watch for Ohio State v Iowa

4. Which team will shake off the rust better?It will be a full two weeks since the last time the Buckeyes played a football game, when they beat Northwestern Oct. 5. OSU coach Urban Meyer’s teams are 34-2 when they have more than one week to prepare for an opponent (includes bye weeks, season-openers and bowl games). Iowa is coming off a bye week as well, looking to get back on track in B1G play after falling to Michigan State two weeks ago. Turnovers could be abound early on, as both teams will be getting back in the swing of things after the time off. 2. Can Braxton Miller bounce back?After a four touchdown performance against Wisconsin in his return from an MCL sprain in his left knee, Miller struggled mightily against Northwestern. His three turnovers and no touchdowns almost cost OSU the game, and their undefeated season, but Hyde was there to pick up the slack. If the Hawkeyes can stifle Hyde and the running game Miller will need to be at his best for the Buckeyes if they hope to pull out a victory. If Miller can repeat his performance against the Badgers, the Buckeyes should take care of business, but if he struggles again the game could be a tighter affair than most expect. 3. Mark Weisman v. the Buckeye defense.Almost mirroring the battle on the other side of the ball, the sixth-ranked OSU run defense is set to face off against a strong Iowa rushing attack led by junior running back Weisman. Coming into the game, Weisman is averaging 104 yards a game on the ground, good for 21st best in the country. To prevent the upset, sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence and company will need to win the battle up front to try and contain Weisman and the Hawkeye running game. Already this year, the Buckeyes have faced off against a high profile running back, Wisconsin sophomore Melvin Gordon, who OSU held to a season-low 74 yards, almost half his average. Sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) scans the crowd during a game against Northwestern Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor1. How does Ohio State handle the Iowa run defense?So far this season, the Buckeye rushing game has been running on all cylinders, averaging 280.7 yards per game. But this week, they face off against an Iowa squad holding its opponents to 88.5 rushing yards, good for eighth best in the nation. If OSU’s last game against Northwestern is any indication the Buckeyes will look to run senior running back Carlos Hyde and company a lot to open up some space for the passing game. Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall can come in as a change of pace player to help OSU, but Halls’ usage remains in question after a joint issue in his knee kept him out against Northwestern. 5. How will Iowa starting quarterback Jake Rudock fare in his first start at Ohio Stadium?OSU gets to play in front of more than 100,000 people every time they play in Columbus. Kinnick Stadium, home to the Hawkeyes, only holds a little more than 70,000. Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock has been decent so far in 2013 (1,202 passing yards, eight touchdowns, six picks through six games), but has never played in front of a crowd like the one that will be at Ohio Stadium Saturday. How he is able to handle the noise provided by what is sure to be a charged up Buckeye Nation could ultimately decide Iowa’s fate. The Buckeye secondary hasn’t exactly been rock solid even when senior safety Christian Bryant was on the field, but if Rudock struggles and turns the ball over, it could be a long night for the Hawkeyes. read more

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Polymetal selected to join the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

first_imgPolymetal International has been included into the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index (DJSI) for the first time. It becomes the first Russian company to join the DJSI, effective from September 24, 2018. The company is ranked eighth among other mining companies included in the index series.“I am proud that Polymetal has successfully met the stringent criteria of Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. It should send a strong message to investors worldwide,” said Group CEO, Vitaly Nesis. “This achievement is a testament of our strategic commitment to sustainability as a defining characteristic of the company.”The Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index comprises emerging-market sustainability leaders as identified by RobecoSAM. It aims to represent the top 10% of the largest 800 companies in 20 emerging markets based on long-term economic, environmental and social criteria. For more information on DJSI, visit www.sustainability-indices.com.Manjit Jus, Head of ESG Ratings, RobecoSAM: “I congratulate Polymetal for being included in the DJSI Emerging Markets. Companies that compete for a coveted place in the DJSI challenge themselves to continuously improve their sustainability practices and we are pleased to see that the number of companies that commit to achieving measurable positive impacts continues to rise.”Polymetal International is a top-20 global gold producer and top-5 global silver producer with assets in Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia. It supports the UN Global Compact, EITI, CDP, Cyanide Code and Global Reporting Initiative. The company is ranked first in the environmental responsibility for metals and mining companies in Russia by WWF and UNDP and is part of the following leading sustainability ratings:• MSCI ESG• Euronext-Vigeo• STOXX Global ESG Leaders• FTSE4GoodSee also https://www.polymetalinternational.com/en/sustainability and find the company’s annual sustainability report “20 years of sustainable development”.Polymetal produced 324,000 oz of gold equivalent (GE) in the second quarter of 2018, up 17% year-on-year. Volumes at Svetloye and Amursk POX combined with improved grades at Omolon drove the strong performance. Gold production for the quarter was 232,000 oz, up 22% year-on-year. Silver production grew by 2% to 6.8 Moz year-on-year.GE production for the first six months of 2018 was 619,000 oz, an 11% increase year-on-year and fully in line with guidance. Stronger production in the 2H will be driven by traditional seasonal concentrate de-stockpiling at Mayskoye, as well as first contributions from the recently launched Kyzyl operation (pictured).Kyzyl produced first concentrate in June, one month ahead of schedule. The operation is expected to ramp up to full throughput capacity (150,000 t/month) and reach design recoveries (86%) by October 2018. The company plans to produce 80,000 oz of payable gold at Kyzyl this year.last_img read more

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TDs head to Iran to discuss trade human rights and the nuclear

first_imgA DELEGATION OF TDs and one senator on the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee is to visit Iran later this week.The mission will focus on “building relations with Iran again” according to committee chairman Pat Breen. While details of the trip are still being finalised, Breen said all going well he will be accompanied by three TDs and one senator on the trip.He told TheJournal.ie that the delegation is expected to hold meetings with senior Iranian ministers, including those responsible for agriculture and foreign affairs, with a focus on trade.The country’s nuclear programme and the current human rights situation in the Islamic republic are also planned, with the delegation set to hold talks with chambers of commerce, opposition politicians and human rights groups.Breen, a Fine Gael TD, is expected to lead the delegation but said a family matter may prevent him from joining TDs Eric Byrne (Labour), Maureen O’Sullivan (independent), and Seán Crowe (Sinn Féin). Fine Gael senator Deirdre Clune is also due to travel.The delegation will depart for Tehran on Thursday, arriving on Friday and returning next Tuesday. The committee is covering the costs of four of the delegation with Crowe paying for himself.“The purpose of visit is an opportunity to get back into Iran again given what has been happening in relation to nuclear programme, particularly since the Geneva 5 talks,” Breen said, citing last year’s deal that will see Iran rein in its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.He said that concerns about the human rights situation, particularly capital punishment, will be raised but said the focus would be “building relations with Iran again” and added that it could lay the foundations for future trade missions by senior government ministers.An Oireachtas spokesperson said that the visit is “primarily aimed at bolstering trade links between Ireland and Iran”.Meetings will take place over the weekend as Friday is traditionally a rest day. A request to make a courtesy call on the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has been made, but Breen said he is not sure if it will be granted.The government closed its embassy in Iran in February 2012, a decision which was announced at the same time as the controversial closure of the Vatican embassy as part of efforts to make savings in overseas missions.Ireland had had an embassy in Iran since 1976, three years before the Iranian revolution which brought about the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Islamic republic which remains to this day.At the time the closure was announced, the government cited trade volumes which had ‘fallen short of expectations’ and pressures on public finances as the reasons for its closure.The visit will begin just as the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton conclude their trade mission to three Gulf states with talks taking place in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran this week.Read: Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi ArabiaRead: Israel blasts Iran nuclear deal as a ‘historic mistake’last_img read more

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Travel advice updated for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Protests, bombings and violence on the streets are just some of the issues the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are warning travellers off to Athens. The economic uncertainty has definitely affected the safety rating of the city, making Smartraveller update its travel warnings for Greece. Although much has not changed, the report singles out Omonia, Syndagma Square and Monastiraki as troublesome spots due to the high level of protests and riots. It says “rioting can break out in Greek cities with little warning. Australians are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent”. Smartraveller warns air, sea and rail strikes are very common and advises travellers to make their plans flexible and get in contact with their insurers. The news of government and commercial buildings being targeted by bombs have also made the site. With the additions, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not changed the warning level, keeping it to “exercise normal safety precautions”, the lowest of the levels. Small levels of pick pocketing in Omonia and Exarchia in central Athens are common. On the other side of the spectrum, countries blacklisted as “Do not travel” by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade include Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Sudan.last_img read more

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Un mandrill captif use dune brindille pour se faire une pédicure

first_imgUn mandrill captif use d’une brindille pour se faire une “pédicure”Relaté dans la revue Behavioural Processes, l’étonnant comportement d’un mandrill du zoo de Chester au Royaume-Uni, façonnant une brindille pour s’en curer ensuite les ongles de pied, a été filmé par un primatologue britannique.Adapter des outils pour un usage spécifique n’est pas un comportement réservé à l’homme et aux grands singes : un scientifique de l’Université de Durham (Royaume-Uni) a filmé au zoo de Chester un mandrill mâle en train de tailler une brindille, puis d’utiliser cet instrument ainsi affiné pour nettoyer les ongles de ses orteils.À lire aussiLa réaction hilarante d’un orang outan face à un tour de magie”L’écart entre ces singes et les grands singes n’est pas aussi important que nous le pensions en termes d’utilisation d’outils et de leur modification. (…) Les animaux ont plus de temps en captivité pour effectuer des tâches qui ne sont pas axées sur la recherche de nourriture ou l’accouplement. Ainsi, dans les zoos, on peut parfois relever des comportements qui sont un peu étranges”, commente le Dr Riccardo Pansini, qui a filmé la scène dans le cadre d’une étude comportementale sur le stress chez les mandrills.Néanmoins, tous les spécialistes ne sont pas d’accord sur les conclusions apportées par cette scène. “Pour moi, ce comportement est plus proche de ce que nous savons déjà d’autres espèces, utilisant un petit bâton pour l’auto-nettoyage, que de la réelle modification de l’outil, comme chez les chimpanzés – qui effilent une brindille à travers leurs dents pour construire un ‘balai’ à rassembler les termites. Mais ces définitions sont toujours délicates… On pourrait dire que, dès que l’animal arrache une branche d’un arbre, il modifie cette branche”, nuance ainsi le Dr Amanda Seed, spécialiste de la question à l’Université de St Andrews. Outil ou non, reste que le comportement du singe du zoo de Chester est surprenant à observer et démontre encore une fois l’intelligence de ces primates. Découvrez l’étonnante séance de “pédicure” du mandrill en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/mandrill/un-singe-mandrill-se-fait-une-pedicure-au-zoo-de-chester_art15923.html  Le 23 juillet 2011 à 11:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Irma strengthens into Category 5 hurricane nears Caribbean

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Irma grew into a dangerous Category 5 storm, the most powerful seen in the Atlantic in over a decade, and roared toward islands in the northeast Caribbean Tuesday on a path that could eventually take it to the United States.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma was a “potentially catastrophic” storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (285 kph) as it bore down on the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It was centered about 225 miles (365 kilometers) east of Antigua in the late morning and moving west at 14 mph (22 kph).The center said there was a growing possibility that the storm’s effects could be felt in Florida later this week and over the weekend, though it was still too early to be sure of its future track.If it stays on track and reaches the Florida Straits, the water there is warm enough that the already “intense” storm could become much worse with wind speeds potentially reaching 225 mph, warned Kerry Emanuel, an MIT meteorology professor.“People who are living there (the Florida Keys) or have property there are very scared, and they should be,” Emanuel said.Irma’s center was expected to move over portions of the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the hurricane center said, warning of “a life-threatening storm surge and large breaking waves” that could raise water levels up to 7 to 11 feet above normal.last_img read more

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Dengue snatches three more lives

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree more persons have died of dengue and 1,460 others have been infected with the mosquito-borne disease, showing a fall in the number of dengue patients than Friday’s 1,719, reports UNB.The fresh deaths were recorded in Dhaka and Faridpur on Saturday while the new infections in 24 hours till Saturday morning.In Dhaka, a woman lost her battle to dengue while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the morning.The deceased was Monwara Begum, 45, wife of Saiful Islam of Chamakpur village in Mithamain upazila of Kishoreganj district.Saiful said Monwara was admitted to Kishoreganj Sadar Hospital after she was diagnosed with dengue about 10 days back.She was taken to the DMCH on 13 August where she died at the intensive care unit around 10:45am, he said.In Faridpur, two persons, including a college student, died of dengue at Faridpur Medical College Hospital. The deceased were Sumon Bashar Raj, 18, son of Mizanur Rahman of Changpur village in Magura district and a second-year student of a government college in Magura, and Yunus Sheikh, 55, son of Aynal Sheikh of Rajbari.Mostafizur Rahman Bulu, assistant director of the hospital, said Sumon was admitted to the hospital on 12 August and he breathed his last around 10:00am.The victim’s father said Sumon was detected with dengue at Magura Hospital on 8 August and later sent to the medical college hospital.Yunus died of the mosquito-borne disease at the hospital around 7:00pm, said hospital director Kamda Prasad Saha.He was taken to the hospital on 12 August with dengue, he said.Of the new dengue infections, 621 were reported in Dhaka city alone while the rest in other divisions, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,719 on Friday while 1,929 on Thursdays and 1,880 on Wednesday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.The DGHS said 51,476 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 43,580 had made full recovery.Currently, 7,856 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics.Bangladesh is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue. Dhaka, the densely-populated megacity, has been at the centre of the outbreak.There is no specific treatment for dengue or severe dengue, WHO says. But early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below one per cent.last_img read more

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This Is It Im Going To Die

first_img by NPR News Lauren Frayer 8.21.19 12:11pm Last year, a long-distance truck driver, Mohammad Hashim, was hauling a load of refrigerators out of New Delhi when a dozen strangers on motorbikes forced him off the road.They pulled him out of his truck and demanded he open the back. They wanted to see if Hashim was transporting cows or beef — which is illegal in many Indian states, because cows are sacred in Hinduism, the majority religion in India.”But I’m just the driver, and I’m not allowed to open the back of the truck. It was locked,” Hashim, 45, recalls. “So they pulled on my beard and tried to force me to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.'”That slogan — which means “Praise Lord Ram,” a Hindu god — has long been known as a prayer. Now it’s an incitement to mob violence against India’s minorities.Hashim, a Muslim, refused to chant in praise of a Hindu god. So the men started beating him.”I thought, ‘This is it. I’m going to die,'” he recalls. “Then I went unconscious.”A surge in lynchingsSince the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won power in India five years ago, lynchings of the country’s minorities have surged. In February, Human Rights Watch reported at least 44 such murders between May 2015 and December 2018. Hundreds more people have been injured in religiously motivated attacks.Most of the victims are Muslims, members of the country’s largest religious minority. They comprise about 15% of India’s 1.3 billion people. Other victims include lower-caste Hindus and Christians.Most of the attackers are devout Hindu men, known as “cow vigilantes,” who take it upon themselves to enforce beef bans. Some of them claim ties to the BJP. Last year, a BJP minister met with a group of men convicted of a lynching and draped them in flower garlands.After Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a second term in a landslide victory in May, a new parliament was sworn in, dominated by his BJP. As opposition lawmakers, particularly one Muslim politician, recited the oath of office, some BJP lawmakers taunted them with chants of “Jai Shri Ram.”Last month, a BJP state minister was filmed heckling a Muslim lawmaker and trying to force him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” outside the Jharkhand state assembly.In an April report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom condemned what it called the Indian government’s “allowance and encouragement of mob violence against religious minorities.” In June, after a lynching in Jharkhand, the U.S. commission called on the Indian government to “take concrete actions that will prevent this kind of violence and intimidation.”Article 15 of India’s constitution prohibits discrimination based on religion. Human rights groups are lobbying for the creation of a specific hate crimes law, but none exists in India yet.”It’s like they are trying to erase us”One of India’s most infamous recent lynching cases was that of Pehlu Khan, 55, a Muslim dairy farmer from Haryana state.In April 2017, Khan and his two sons were driving home from a cattle fair in neighboring Rajasthan, with two cows and two calves in the back of their truck, when strangers on motorcycles surrounded them.”I showed them receipts for the cows we’d bought, but they tore them up — and started beating us with hockey sticks,” says Khan’s son Mohamed Irshad, 27. “I suffered internal bleeding. My brother and I barely survived — and all of India saw what happened to our father.”That’s because the attackers themselves recorded a video of their assault and posted it on social media. In a two-minute clip, the men praise Hindu gods as they punch and kick Khan. His white tunic splattered with blood, the father of eight pleads for his life, calling his attackers “brother.”That graphic video is how Khan’s widow Jaibuna, who goes by one name, learned of her husband’s death. She was waiting for him to return home from the cattle fair when a neighbor ran up and showed her the clip on his cell phone.”People were saying, ‘Don’t show her, this is her family!'” recalls Jaibuna, who is in her mid-40s but doesn’t know her exact age. “Everyone was panicking, and I couldn’t take it. I fainted.”Before he died, Khan was able to describe his attackers to police. Six men were arrested. Charges against them were dropped, then reinstated, and the case remained in limbo for two years — until last week, when a court acquitted all of them, citing lack of evidence.Instead, Khan was charged posthumously with cow smuggling. Police say he didn’t have a permit to transport cows across state lines. Khan’s two sons, who were with him that day, await trial — and if convicted, face the possibility of up to five years in prison.”It’s like they are trying to erase us — erase all of my people,” Jaibuna says in the muddy courtyard of their family farm.The family has sold off their cattle, to avoid further attacks. They’re frightened. A sole buffalo remains on their farm, along with some chickens.Former BJP lawmaker Gyan Dev Ahuja, who represented the Rajasthan district where Khan was murdered, has said he has “no regret over his death.” He called Khan a “sinner.”A lack of public outcryVideos of religiously motivated attacks in India like the one that killed Khan continue to go viral. There’s a new clip on social media practically every week.But prosecutions — of the attackers, at least — are rare. So is public outrage.”How does a majority stay silent and witness something, unless you believe that what’s happening is the right thing?” asks author Rana Ayyub, who went undercover to write a book about the BJP’s role in anti-Muslim riots in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where Modi served as chief minister before becoming prime minister.The lack of public outcry over the surge in lynchings shows that India’s Hindu majority tacitly supports not murder, Ayyub says, but some discrimination against Muslims.Some Indian analysts say the situation in India is comparable to the post-Civil War period in the United States, when many white people looked on as black people were lynched.”The similarities with the American lynchings of the late 19th century are striking,” says Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil, a business professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay who has studied corporate India’s lack of response to hate crimes.”Most of the upper-middle class that populate[s] the corporate classes, they’re also upper-caste Hindus,” Poruthiyil explains. “Even if they don’t agree with the lynching itself, they might be OK with the idea of stopping cow slaughter. It’s a slippery slope.”As a child in Mumbai, Ayyub survived Hindu-Muslim riots in 1992 and 1993, which killed several hundred people. But she says what’s happening now feels worse, because it’s not a “spur of the moment” outpouring of anger. There are very specific targets.”Now lynchings are organized on social media,” Ayyub says. “People send messages to each other, saying, ‘Hey, this household has beef in their fridge, let’s go attack them.”She says India’s Muslims increasingly perceive such attacks as being against them, rather than in defense of cows and Hindu customs. The repercussions could be dangerous, Ayyub warns. She’s worried that Muslims are being alienated as Hindu nationalists revise mainstream Indian norms along Hindu lines.”When you try to stifle a community, when you try to put them down, when you try to make them secondary citizens, their anger will burst on the streets,” Ayyub says. “That’s how you radicalize people.”Offering helpThere is a small, fledgling movement of Indians — Muslims and Hindus — working to fight hate crimes and help victims.In donated office space in New Delhi, four cellphones are lined up on a desk. When one line is busy, the next one rings. This is the headquarters of a new hate crimes helpline, created by United Against Hate, a network of volunteers. Organizers say they’ve received 15,000 phone calls since launching in July.Callers “are very upset. They are very worried and say, ‘We are in a difficult position,'” says dispatcher Jagisha Arora. “One person called me and said, ‘I’m at police station right now. Police are refusing to lodge a complaint. They are threatening us.'”Arora, 26, logs details from each call in an Excel spreadsheet and connects callers to free legal aid in 100 different Indian cities.But from time to time, she also gets a different type of call — from people who are angry that this helpline even exists.”Some people call to complain, like, ‘Why are you spreading this?’ They accuse me and say Muslims are bad,” she says, shaking her head. Fears persistHashim, the truck driver, survived his lynching on the highway outside New Delhi. After the attack, he was bedridden for six months with a broken leg and fractured vertebrae.He can’t read or write, so his supervisor at the trucking company — a Hindu — helped him file a police report. Nothing has come of it.Now it’s time for Hashim to get back on the road. He needs to provide for his five children.”My children say, ‘Don’t worry about us, Daddy. We can stay poor. We’ll eat less. We want you to be safe,'” Hashim says.They’re scared that next time, their father might not come home.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. ‘This Is It. I’m Going To Die’: India’s… https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190819_me_spate_of_lynchi…last_img read more

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Vietnamese treat for Delhiites

first_imgThe easternmost part of Asia just got closer to the Capital. How? On the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Days in India celebration, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Embassy of Vietnam staged a cultural performance of Vietnam’s music, dance, song and theatre.Attended by VU Van Ninh, prime minister of Vitenam and Ambassador Nguen Than Tan, the event was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in collaboration with Premjit Singh Manipuri and the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theatre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Established in 1951, the national Vietnamese theatre group is a part of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam. Since then it has brought together multifarious artistes in the fields of national folk music, dance and song under one roof.The group has won many accolades at both national and international levels and has performed across the country at many festivals. It now comes to Delhi to showcase its best of the talent and art.‘The cultural festival provides a stable foundation for our interactions in tangible areas related to economy, commerce and politics in Vietnam. The gala celebration demonstrates the shared traditions between India and Vietnam,’ said Dr Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The Theatre group artists have been officially trained at domestic and international music institutions. There are nearly 61 ethnic minority people groups in Vietnam that forms the crux of the team and hone their talent at a nascent age,’ said Nguyen Than Tan, Ambassador of Vietnam to India.The celebrations will continue to spread its fervour and flavour in the coming days with many events. They include Vietnam Lotus Dance (H?n Sen Vi?t) which is about the journey of a lotus bud to a full-grown flower and like India, Vietnam also considers lotus as its National flower. Second on the list is a flute music performance called H?n hò, meaning Dating. It’s about creating that sacred bond between nature and human beings.Also a duet song will be performed by both Vietnamese and Indian artistes together called Tuong phùng tuong ng? (Whenever we meet each other) and Pal pal ha pal. The song signifies the spirit and sharing of goodwill whenever we meet each other.The ceremony will be closed with Chi?u d?i ngàn (The immensity of the Central Highlands in the afternoon), a musical evening taking you on a trip to Vietnam central Highland which is endowed with beauty of mother nature.Go for this festival to find out more about Vietnam and get enthralled.DETAILAt: ICCR Azad Bhawan, IP Estate When: 9 JanuaryTimings: 6.30 pmlast_img read more

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