Ambedkar statue vandalised in U.P., no arrests so far

first_imgIn a fresh incident, a statue of Bhimrao Ambedkar was found damaged on Thursday in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh.This comes despite strict instructions by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to district magistrates and district police chiefs to step up vigilance regarding the security of statues of popular icons and ensure communal harmony.The latest incident was reported from Nagla Nande village in Sirsaganj. The upper right portion of the standing statue and right shoulder were found disfigured.Police forces led by senior district officers rushed to the village located on the outskirts and calmed angry locals. The damaged statue was replaced with a fresh one by the police. An FIR was lodged in the case against unknown miscreants under Section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class).‘Politically motivated’Station House Officer, Sirsaganj, R. K. Dubey said that while no arrests had been made yet, he suspected the incident to be politically motivated. “There was no such atmosphere in the village. It seems like an act of mischief either by somebody who was drunk or by a person trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the current scenario to mobilise their people,” Mr. Dubey told The Hindu.The police have formed peace committees at the local level under the village pradhan to ensure security for the new statue.This the the third such incident in U.P. in a week and fifth since the Tripura Assembly election results when the razing of a statue of Lenin triggered a streak of attacks on other ideological icons.A statue of Ambedkar was found decapacitated in Allahabad while another had its right arm and nose cut off in Siddharthnagar last Friday. In March, Ambedkar statues were found vandalised in Meerut, Aligarh and Azamgarh districts.last_img read more

Rift in Rajasthan Congress over elevating BSP ‘defectors’

first_imgAmid speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan after the merger of six BSP MLAs with the Congress, signs of rift have emerged in the ruling party. The infighting may create difficulties for the Congress which is preparing for municipal elections in November and planning to launch a membership drive in the State.The merger of the BSP MLAs with the Congress, just when reports surfaced that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying to lure them in a bid to repeat a Karnataka-type upheaval in Rajasthan, has been perceived in the political circles here as a “masterstroke” of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Senior BJP leaders in the State were left bewildered by the move.The merger has taken the Congress’ tally from 100 to 106 in the 200-member Assembly, resulting in a setback to the BJP rather than the BSP. While affirming that the BSP was not in a position to form the government, Mr. Gehlot said here over the week-end that he was told that the BJP was offering up to ₹25 crore each to the Assembly members for switching sides.Though the Congress members are happy that Mr. Gehlot has nipped the alleged BJP plot in the bud, some of them feel that elevating the newly inducted BSP MLAs as ministers would affect the morale of party workers. The voices of dissent emerged at a meeting of Pradesh Congress Committee here on Friday.Former Minister and PCC vice-president Laxman Singh Rawat said rewarding the BSP MLAs with ministerial posts and other plum assignments would demotivate Congress MLAs and workers. He affirmed that appointing the first-time winners as Ministers would send across a wrong message in the party’s rank and file.Though Mr. Gehlot has insisted that the six BSP MLAs had joined the Congress on their own for ensuring the government’s stability, the merger was a replay of the 2009 events when six BSP MLAs had defected to the Congress which was five short of a clear majority in the House. Half of them were made Ministers and others were appointed Paliamentary Secretaries.Though Deputy CM Sachin Pilot, who is also the PCC president, has defended the latest political developments, his recent utterances calling for “more attention” to the law and order situation have been seen as criticism of the Home Ministry, which is headed by Mr. Gehlot.However, Mr. Gehlot has displayed his political skills and strengthened his position within the party with the BSP MLAs’ merger. He has also silenced his critics who have been claiming that two power centres were functioning in the Congress since the formation of the government in December 2018.last_img read more

‘Not bad for a fat boy’ – Lean Lukaku hits back at critics

first_imgNew Inter signing Romelu Lukaku mocked reports that he was carrying unwanted extra weight going into his first Serie A season with a topless social media post. Lukaku arrived at San Siro from Manchester United this summer in a deal worth €80 million (£74m/$90m), after enduring mixed fortunes during his two seasons at Old Trafford. He was immediately given the No. 9 shirt formerly belonging to ex-Inter captain Mauro Icardi, whose stand-off with the Nerazzurri has continued throughout pre-season amid reports he will soon be leaving the club.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Little more than a week prior to the start of the Serie A campaign, however, Lukaku found himself under the media microscope. Influential sports daily Corriere dello Sport claimed that the Belgian was tipping the scales at 104kg, above the 100kg limit tolerated by the Inter medical staff, and thus may be unavailable for the season opener against Lecce.Those criticisms prompted the player to take to Instagram to prove that he is in fact in fighting-fit shape. “Not bad for a fat boy,” he wrote on the publication of a black and white mirror selfie designed to contradict his critics. Corriere are not the only ones who have focused on Lukaku’s physique in recent weeks. EMBED ONLY Lukaku IG StoryFormer United man Gary Pallister also suggested that his problems fitting in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fans could be related to weight. “I think Lukaku is a goalscorer and he will score plenty of goals, but the way they want to play at times, he’s too heavy,” Pallister said in a recent interview. “You look at the pace in the present game; maybe Ole is looking at that and saying he can’t implement that into his game for me. He was surplus to requirements.”He’s a goal scorer, an instinctive goal scorer. He’s not the most clinical but he will get you 15-20 goals a season, but we were looking for a more rounded player.”Lukaku joined United from Everton in the summer of 2017 and racked up 96 appearances in all competitions, scoring 42 goals at a rate just shy of one every two games. His official Inter career begins at home to Lecce on August 26 – providing he makes the cut at the weigh-in.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts When Country’s Top 10 Teams Will Lose First Game

first_img 1. ClemsonPrediction: No lossToughest game: at South Carolina, 85.4% chance of win Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Week 1.CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 29: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers warms up prior to the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)2. AlabamaPrediction: No lossToughest game: vs. LSU, 70.4% chance of win Tua Tagovailoa throws a pass against Duke.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 31: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up prior to facing the Duke Blue Devils at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. GeorgiaPrediction: No lossToughest game: at Auburn, 52.8% chance of win Jake Fromm running onto the field.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)4. LSUPrediction: lose at Alabama, 29.6% chance of win LSU quarterback Joe Burrow celebrates against Texas.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: Joe Burrow #9 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)5. OklahomaPrediction: No lossToughest game: at Baylor, 68.0% chance of win Jalen Hurts rushes the ball during his debut at Oklahoma.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs in the backfield against the Houston Cougars at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Cougars 49-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)6. Ohio StatePrediction: No lossToughest game: at Michigan, 54.5% chance of win Ohio State vs. Cincinnati.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 7: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)7. Penn StatePrediction: lose at Ohio State, 43.7% chance of win James Franklin coaching during his time at Vanderbilt.NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 29: Head coach James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores yells at officials during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)8. FloridaPrediction: Lose at LSU, 19.6% chance of win Florida beats Miami in Week 0 of the college football season.ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 24: Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators scores the go ahead touchdown in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes in the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)9. MichiganPrediction: Lose at Wisconsin, 33.6% chance of win A closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)10. Notre DamePrediction: Lose at Georgia, 33.5% chance of win A closeup of Brian Kelly talking to his players.SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish directs a player in the 2nd half against the Navy Midshipmen at SDCCU Stadium on October 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full projections here. Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index has made predictions for when college football’s top teams will lose their first games of the season.When will Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, etc. lose their first games? Or will they even lose at all?ESPN’s FPI has made projections for every game of the 2019 college football season.Here’s when these top 10 teams might lose a game.last_img read more

7 million Afghan children to be vaccinated against polio in UNbacked campaign

The campaign, led by the Afghan Health Ministry with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), gets under way as health officials confirm a total of four cases of the paralyzing disease reported so far in 2005, the same number as last year.“The localized nature of the cases – all have been discovered in the southern border provinces – indicates that Afghanistan is winning the battle against the indigenous virus thanks to a massive drive that has seen millions of children vaccinated each year in every community in the country,” UNICEF said in a news release. More than 16,000 teams of vaccinators and monitors will move from house to house in every community in an effort to ensure that all children are reached over the three day period from 5 to 7 September.Afghanistan’s rough terrain, and the fact that many small children remain within the household compounds throughout the day, makes access to families a challenge. “The work of the mobile vaccination teams is therefore a critical aspect of the campaign approach,” UNICEF said. read more

Chelsea chief scout accused of child sex abuse once trained Barry Bennell

first_imgThe furore over Chelsea FC’s former chief scout accused of being a paedophile took a new twist when it emerged that he once trained Barry Bennell, the youth coach charged this week with indecent assault.A Daily Telegraph investigation uncovered a secret payment made by Chelsea to a former junior player who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Eddie Heath, the club’s chief scout in the Seventies.It can now be disclosed that Heath oversaw the club’s youth team set up at a time when Bennell played for one of Chelsea’s junior sides. There is no suggestion that Bennell was a victim or even aware of allegations against Heath. The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Tuesday that it had charged Bennell, 62, with eight offences of sexual assault against a boy while, it is understood, he was youth coach  at Crewe Alexandra. It is understood Bennell left Chelsea in the 1970s.Heath is accused of sexually assaulting the unnamed former Chelsea youth player in the 1970s. The alleged victim came forward – emboldened by the unmasking of Jimmy Savile  – to lodge a complaint with Chelsea FC and the Metropolitan Police.The Premier League club, owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, then  settled the claim at a time when Heath’s alleged victim threatened to go public. 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. Eddie Heath Roger Evans, the club’s lawyer, told the hearing: “Mr Hurst watched a trial match of 27 schoolboy players who had been selected by Mr Heath and was absolutely appalled by what he saw. Only one, or possibly two, of these boys were potential material for the club.“The chief scout was spending his time hanging around the club premises and not out in the field. He was never north of Watford.” After leaving Chelsea, Heath joined Millwall before moving to Charlton Athletic. He died of a heart attack in the early 1980s while in his mid fifties.John Sitton, a former Chelsea player who rose through the youth ranks, defended Heath.“Eddie was the original youth development officer without the fancy title. I am shocked and surprised Chelsea didn’t fight this claim. I am amazed anything like this is being alleged against Eddie,” he said. “I had always found him to be a good guy.” Chelsea, after being approached by The Telegraph, announced on Tuesday night that it has appointed a law firm to carry out an independent investigation.The club has declined to respond to claims it paid-off the alleged victim .  On Wednesday, the latest victim to waive anonymity told of his “horrendous” abuse by George Ormond, a convicted paedophile.Derek Bell, a former Newcastle United player, said: “He [Ormond] was suddenly right in my house … my parents were so innocent.” Another former Newcastle United player, David Eatock, also came forward to say he had been a victim of Ormond at the age of 18, older than other victims who have spoken out. It was also reported yesterday that in 2003 the FA scrapped a programme designed to make sure children were protected from sexual abuse. On Wednesday night, further details surfaced about concerns regarding Heath at Chelsea.Tony Carroll, a junior player at the time, said: “As soon as I read [in The Telegraph] about a payment by a Premier League club I knew it was about Heath.” Mr Carroll, now club secretary of Senrab, a junior football team linked to Chelsea, said: “There were loads and loads of rumours about him, stories that he used to get into the showers with the kids. There were so many rumours about Eddie Heath that I am not surprised at all.”   Questions over Heath intensified ­after the discovery of testimony from Geoff Hurst, the World Cup winner, who took over as Chelsea manager in 1979 and promptly sacked him.Heath then took the club to an industrial tribunal in 1980 for unfair dismissal. In defending the decision to sack Heath, Hurst told that hearing: “I had two options: to reprimand him and give him a kick up the backside or terminate his employment there and then.  I felt the more drastic action was needed for the benefit of the club.”center_img Roman Abramovich Chelsea is owned by Roman AbramovichCredit:Facundo ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Chelsea scout Eddie Heath pictured in the 1970slast_img read more

Waiting times at major AE departments worst on record in January figures

first_imgMr Hunt said pressures on the NHS were “probably the worst ever” but said the service was coping well under “very, very tough” circumstances with high levels of flu and cold weather.In an interview with ITV News he said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt that going forward the NHS is going to need more money” but said long term-planning was needed to ensure resources were used wisely.And he suggested Britain should consider increasing investment to catch up with other European countries. NHS waiting times “Neither of these were unpredictable but both have combined to cause the issues that have been widely reported across the country. “Last year we coined the phrase ‘eternal winter’, but the last month and a half has shown an even steeper decline in performance as demonstrated by all the data available – particularly around ambulance delays, the four-hour emergency target and bed occupancy both in acute beds and critical care.”Doctors were left “exhausted and stressed” working in services which could not keep coping with rising pressures, he said. “We do not currently have a sustainable model and, despite the health secretary’s very public defence of the NHS over social media with the US president, we are yet to see such engagement or be invited to his table to offer input into a meaningful and long-term solution,” Dr Scriven added. The NHS has suffered the worst pressure in its history this winter, Jeremy Hunt has said, as new statistics show record Accident & Emergency delays.More than 1,000 patients faced trolley waits of more than 12 hours in January, after doctors had decided they should be admitted to a ward. The figure is the highest on record, and more than twice that the previous month.Overall. just 77.1 per cent of patients at major A&E units were treated within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.The record low was reached despite the cancellation of up to 55,000 operations, in an attempt to relieve immediate pressures, in the worst flu season for seven years.A quarter of all patients forced to endure trolley waits of more than 12 hours were at Royal Stoke University Hospital, where a senior doctor last month apologised for “third world” conditions.And daughter of an 80-year-old elderly dementia sufferer being treated for pneumonia said he had been left to languish on a hospital corridor for 36 hours, in “absolutely horrendous” scenes. “Both France and Germany have better cancer survival rates than we have and I don’t think it would be acceptable to the British people to have lower standards of healthcare than those two countries.“So whether we need to spend precisely as much given that we have inherently a much more efficient system is something economists need to look at – but we absolutely must make sure we are able to commit to having standards of healthcare that are as good, better, if we possibly can than those countries,” he said, describing current pressures as “not sustainable”.NHS England said that overall A&E performance, including minor units, showed an improvement on December.The Society for Acute Medicine warned that “exhausted and stressed” doctors are working in services that could not keep coping with rising pressures. The statistics for all casualty units – including minor injury units – were the third worst on record. Just 85.3 per cent of patients were treated within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent. 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. John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust said:  “Today’s figures provide hard evidence on just how bad a winter the NHS is having: over 80,000 patients waited on trolleys for more than four hours at A&E in January, of whom over 1,000 were waiting for over 12 hours. These are the highest numbers since records began.  “A year ago we warned that corridors had become the new emergency wards. “Despite the very best efforts of our brilliant NHS staff, patients and their families will understandably be profoundly concerned by the downturn in standards. The appalling human stories arising from the worst winter crisis on record have shocked the nation.“Unlike the Tories, Labour will give our NHS the funding it needs to ensure the health service remains a world class service all year round,” he said. An NHS England spokesman said: “Despite the worst flu season in seven years, A&E performance improved this month. It was better than both the month before, and was better too than the same time last winter.  This was partly helped by the fact that NHS-related Delayed Transfers of Care fell to their lowest in four years freeing up beds for patients needing emergency hospitalisation.”center_img University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust had 272 patients waiting at least 12 hours after the decision to admit them in January, with 107 such cases at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 77 at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the figures show. Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary, said: “Today’s statistics expose the hollow nature of the Prime Minister’s claim that her Government has sufficiently prepared for winter. Eight years of severe austerity has left our health service woefully underfunded, understaffed and unprepared for the rise in demand during the coldest period of the year.“January was the worst month on record for major A&Es, with over 1,000 patients being stuck on trolleys for over 12 hours and a staggering 515 per cent increase in those waiting over 4 hours compared with January 2011. “It is deeply concerning that 12 months on the position has worsened, with many harrowing reports of patients being treated in busy corridors by stressed and overworked staff,” he said, calling for funding increases for the health service. Ian Dalton, chief executive at NHS Improvement said staff had treated record numbers of patients, during an “extremely challenging” winter period.He said: “NHS staff across the country have worked exceptionally hard to meet the unprecedented challenges they have faced this winter. January saw the highest number of emergency admissions since the data collection began and, on top of this, hospitals had to manage a serious spike in flu cases.”It is clear that hospitals have been under considerable pressure and emergency activity has justifiably taken precedence over elective work, although this is not a decision that hospitals take lightly.” He warned that demand was expected to continue to rise, urging trusts to plan realistically and have enough staff and beds to cope in the coming year, without cancelling operations. “We are expecting demand for emergency activity to continue rising and local systems must plan for next year on this basis. They must use realistic figures and work as one to plan staffing levels, beds and capacity for 2018/19. This will help protect trusts’ ability to perform vital elective work,” he said.  The figure is a slight improvement on December, when it was 85.1 per cent. But the target has now not been hit since July 2015.It comes after national NHS guidance suggests the health service has given up on meeting its A&E targets for another year. The key target – to treat patients within four hours – has not been met since July 2015.A total of 81,003 people waited more than four hours in January 2018, which eclipses the record of 79,551 from January 2017.Last year, the Health Secretary said the target was “critical for patient safety” and said the health service should be back meeting it by this year after a cash injection for social care.But annual guidance for the NHS issued on Friday suggests the target will not be hit in 2018/19.The documents from NHS England and NHS Improvement sets out expectations for trusts to achieve 90 per cent performance in September 2018, with the “majority” of providers to achieve the 95 per cent target by March 2019 – and the rest doing so by the end of next year.The guidance follows public wrangles between Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, and ministers over the funding settlement for the health service. Janet Davies, Royal College of Nursing chief executive said: “There’s no more graphic illustration of how tough this winter has been for NHS patients and staff than the fact that last month, over 81,000 people going to A&E had to wait more than four hours for a bed in the hospital – the worst figure on record.   Over a thousand of those had to wait a shocking 12 hours or more.  “Distressing scenes of frail elderly people in corridors on trolleys have become an all too familiar sight this winter – nursing staff do not want to provide this kind of undignified care, and it is pushing people to quit the NHS.“These pressures are a symptom of a far more long-term problem – we need proper investment in both the NHS and social care in order to treat patients quickly and safely all year round”. Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “The last six weeks has seen the acute services of the NHS under a sustained period of stress due to ‘normal’ winter pressures along with a surge in influenza. last_img read more

Pothole plague is putting horseriders at risk insurers warn

first_imgRoadworks are carried out and potholes are filled by workers in front of the Houses of ParliamentCredit:Getty Images  Many rural councils are under increased pressure to deal with road maintenance.Earlier this year the Local Government Association called on the government to tackle the disparity in funding between national and local roads.The Association said £1m would be spent per mile on strategic road networks such as motorways from 2015-20 – compared to just £21,000/mile for local roads.There are also concerns that deteriorating rural roads will make access for the emergency services harder and response times longer – potentially putting lives at risk.”The deteriorating state of rural roads has been exacerbated by the recent, prolonged freezes,” NFU Mutual motor insurance specialist Ian Flower told Farmers Weekly. “Further flooding also poses an additional hazard as many deep potholes are disguised.”The government announced last month that it was giving a further £100m to councils to help repair potholes and protect local roads from severe weather.This was on top of £75m in government funding already given to councils from the Pothole Action Fund this year, as well as an extra £46m or highways authorities announced before Christmas. More motorists are thought to be seeking recompense directly from local authorities, while others might shoulder the costs themselves rather than claim on their car insurance. 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.center_img Roadworks are carried out and potholes are filled by workers in front of the Houses of Parliament The pothole plague on rural roads is putting horse riders at risk, the farmers’ insurer has warned. Bad weather and a lack of maintenance and funding has left some roads in such a bad state that they could be closed altogether,  NFU Mutual has said. The poor state of the roads is leaving those who us them at higher risk of accident, including cyclists and horse riders. Jeremy Atkins, an NFU Mutual senior agent in Devon, told Farmers Weekly that rural roads were the “arteries of the countryside” and it would have serious implications if they became unusable.”Other rural road users such as cyclists and horse riders are also at risk,” he said.”They may need to take sudden avoiding action when they encounter a pothole or may ride, unsuspecting, into deep potholes which are filled with rainwater.”The warning comes a month after research by campaign group Cycling UK and magazine Cycling Weekly found 49.5 per cent of cyclists have crashed because of potholes.Figures from NFU Mutual suggest a 48 per cent increase in the number of pothole claims from 2015-17, with the total value of claims almost doubling over the same period.last_img read more

SENSATION IN JORDAN Al Noor new champion of Asia

← Previous Story Germans win thriller in front of 10.400 fans in Zurich Next Story → Teams from 6 countries still keep their chance to win „EHF Champions cup“ Although Al Noor is experienced team and although their progress to the semi-final was predictable achievement, their victory in the final is a huge upset for ambitious and expensive El Jaish squad. After even first 30 minutes, Al Noor controlled the game in the entire second half. El Jaish was unable to cope with Al Noor defence and with excellent outside shooting.Al Noor performance in the final match topped series of good displays on the tournament, including easy victories against Lakhwiya and Iranian side Oil & Gas, who progressed to the semi-final due to better goal difference, after lucky draw against UAE Al Jazira. The team was well-prepared and years of playing together finally paid off.In the third-place match Lakhwiya scored an easy 31:21 victory over Oil & Gas. In the 5th place match, Al Jazira (UAE) defeated the hosts, Jordanian Al Ahli, while Al Ahli from Bahrain finished 7th, following an easy win over Ahli Sidab from Oman.Top two teams – Al Noor and El Jaish qualified for the next Super Globe. Mahdi, Mojtaba, Hussain, Abdullah, Makram against Saric, Capote, Tej, Markovic, Mallash? For those who do not follow Asian handball, sounds like the winner is easily predictable before the beginning. However, handball is sport of miraculous surprises. Saudi Arabia Al Noor, led with outstanding display of Amine Bannour and goalkeeper Mohammed, won 25:23 (11:10) against Qatari powerhouse El Jaish in the final match of the Asian Club Championship in Amman, Jordan. In the semi-final derby of two Qatari teams, El Jaish Sports Club showed total domination over the biggest domestic rival Lekhwya 28:20. Teams demonstrated good quality and solid performances. As an illustration, champion Al Noor drew 21:21 in the opening match against Al Ahli Bahrain, who finished 7th at the end.Final standings:1. Al Noor (KSA)2. El Jaish (QAT)3. Lakhwiya (QAT)4. Oil & Gas (IRI)5. Al Jazira (UAE)6. Al Ahli (JOR)7. Al Ahli (BRN)8. Ahli Sidab (OMN)TEXT: Marko Selakovic Al Noor handballasian handballel jaish sports club read more

Groups decided on the road to EHF EURO 2020

Here are the groups of the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 qualification draw in Trondheim, Norway.Exactly 20 teams will join three organizers Norway, Austria and Sweden, but also reigning champions – Sweden.Two best teams per group, but also four best third placed team will qualify for the next EURO event.GROUP 1: Germany, Poland, Israel, KosovoGROUP 2: Croatia, Serbia, Switzerland, BelgiumGROUP 3: Macedonia, Iceland, Turkey, GreeceGROUP 4: Slovenia, the Netherlands, Latvia, EstoniaGROUP 5: Belarus, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FinlandGROUP 6: France, Portugal, Lithuania, RomaniaGROUP 7: Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, ItalyGROUP 8: Denmark, Montenegro, Ukraine, Faroe Islands ← Previous Story Draw for Men’s EHF EURO 2020 qual in Trondheim Next Story → VIDEO: Interesting handball discussion at SEHA Gazprom Final4 read more

Carsten Lichtlein to change Gummersbach for Erlangen

Carsten LichtleinHC Erlangen The former German national team goalkeeper Carsten Lichtlein will change the club after six years.In summer 2019, the 38-years old goalie will join ambitious HC Erlangen after six years at VfL Gummersbach.Lichtlein won European gold with Germany at EHF EURO 2016 in Poland.He played at TBV Lemgo between 2005 and 2013, where he came after five years in Grosswaldstadt. ← Previous Story NEW EHF CL START: Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is ready to take on Russian Chekhovskie Medvedi Next Story → FROM PARIS TO BOSNIA: Muhamed Toromanovic joins RK Gracanica read more

After Jedward and hurling The Guardian editorial is full of praise for

first_imgIT’S NOT QUITE Jedward and it’s certainly not hurling but The Guardian newspaper’s editorial writers have today written a glowing tribute to the IDA Ireland.The State agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into the country has had a good year and with unemployment falling it can justifiably point to having had a tangible impact on our economic recovery.Or as The Guardian puts it: “At a time when many politicians still like to denigrate everything about the public sector, it is worth looking across the Irish Sea to observe a state institution that plays a key role in a mixed economy.”Understandably the article got a tweet from the IDA itself this morning: The paper notes that the IDA – which stands for Industrial Development Agency – has only 254 public servants or a “small, dedicated army of economic diplomats” which it says has ”arguably done more to transform the Irish economy than the financial alchemists in the now shattered banking sector who lent so recklessly in the boom years”.There’s a nod to the nasty bankers and particularly the “defunct and disgraced Anglo Irish Bank” which was the antithesis of the IDA whose employees “worked quietly in the background, crossing continents, persuading global executives that Ireland had the educated workforce and the strategic gateway into the European market.”The paper also notes that the IDA’s work has been bolstered by our famous low corporation tax rate which is, our government keeps saying, sacrosanct.Much like our fine tradition of hurling which The Guardian described as a “shining example of sportsmanship” in October after the epic All-Ireland hurling final replay between Cork and Clare.While two years ago the paper praised “the Republic’s court jesters”, Jedward, who it said had “cheered their nation up”.Read: Ireland tops Forbes list of ‘Best Countries for Business’Read: “Is this an April Fool’s?” – Twitter users unimpressed with Guardian’s Jedward editorialRead: ‘Cork and Clare were a shining example of sportsmanship’… The Guardian newspaper’s praise for hurlinglast_img read more

Boost brain power with seafood

first_imgIncreasing Omega 3 fatty acids in the diets of premature babies may improve their cognitive abilities later in life, according to an Australian study. The study has basically shown that by matching the dose of Omega 3 that the baby would normally get if still in the womb we can actually improve the developmental outcomes of those children at about 18 months from when they are due. Speaking at the International Seafood and Health Conference program in Melbourne this week, Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Adelaide, Maria Makrides, said an ongoing five-year study has found that Omega 3 fatty acids, found in fish, fish oils, breast milk and recently included in instant formula, help perform important functions in the brain. “It’s possible that by changing the way we feed the babies in the near-natal unit we can actually make significant improvements into their cognitive abilities,” Prof Makrides said. Omega 3 fatty acids are accumulated in the brain very actively during the last trimester of pregnancy, so premature babies that are born early and miss that last trimester basically need to get them from their diet, Prof Makrides told Neos Kosmos. “The study has basically shown that by matching the dose of Omega 3 that the baby would normally get if still in the womb we can actually improve the developmental outcomes of those children at about 18 months from when they are due,” she said. Conducted by the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, the study involved 657 babies all born at less than 33 weeks. It took about three years to recruit the babies and then involved following them all to 18 months after they were due to be born, Prof Makrides said. The study has just received funding to follow up the children until age seven, which is important because differences observed at seven years of age can be quite predictive of a child’s adult intelligence, Prof Makrides said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Speak Greek in March enjoys popularity first year in

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The ‘Speak Greek in March’ campaign undoubtedly has been one of the most successful initiatives undertaken by the Greek Australian community in recent years. It received unprecedented media coverage both locally and overseas; it achieved very high levels of awareness of the campaign’s goals in the Hellenic diaspora; it engaged schools, teachers, students, parents and grandparents in a variety of activities aimed at promoting the learning of the Greek language; it intensified the organisation of literary and cultural activities during the month of March; it enhanced our understanding of the special position Greek has in the world’s spectrum of languages; it highlighted the need to strengthen our strategies if our mother tongue was to be maintained in the diaspora, and it received support from a number of celebrities as well as from government officials in both Greece and Australia.The campaign was taken up by other Hellenic communities of the diaspora, e.g., by the Hellenic community of the UK, and is likely to spread more widely during 2016. In Australia, interest has been expressed by other culturally and linguistically diverse groups keen to emulate the campaign. It has been indicated by government officials that such an initiative would be supported by the Victorian government.Has the campaign achieved its goals? Some have been achieved, some have surpassed the Steering Committee’s expectations, and for others we will not know until feedback is received and analysed from the various schools and organisations involved in the campaign, both in Australia and overseas. However, campaigns of this nature require a sustained approach to have a real impact. Hence, it might take considerable time to change attitudes and to convince people that unless we encourage at every opportunity the speaking of Greek, the use of the language will continue to decline and, eventually, possibly even cease to be spoken by future generations of Greek Australians.Some of the factors which have contributed to the decline of our language include the lack of immigration during the past few decades; the increasing intermarriage rate of our community; the limited support for language education provided by the Greek government as a result of the financial crisis; the apathy or lack of interest by some to pass on their mother tongue to their children and grandchildren; the insufficient funding for Greek language learning by Australian governments; the policy consequences of the diminishing priority given by the Australian government to multicultural programs; the geographical isolation of Australia and the resulting mono-lingual attitudes held by most of its citizens; and the slow adaptation by our community education system of new technological advances such as online learning, which is considered more suitable in engaging the youth of today.The campaign could only have an impact on some of the above factors. However, it could also contribute, together with the support of other culturally and linguistically diverse groups, to generating a stronger interest in the learning of languages other than English and the placing of a greater government priority and allocation of public funding for that purpose. However, we need to be aware that the global climate in multicultural societies has started to turn against languages other than English, as evidenced recently by speeches of UK politicians during their campaign in the April 2015 election.The Steering Committee is aware of the difficulties and challenges it will need to tackle in order to achieve its stated objectives. Nevertheless, we believe strongly in the importance of this initiative and we have set a mission, and developed and evaluated strategies. We will work hard to ensure that more and more people embrace our campaign both in Australia and the Hellenic diaspora.In March, with the help of the media, we brought the problem closer to people’s attention; we set a number of goals and cultivated some good language habits. In April we will evaluate the effectiveness of our strategies and we will decide what needs to change in the campaign. Over the next few months we will endeavour to retain some of the good habits we built in March. We will continue some of the successful activities and we will endeavour to improve our strategies in order to ensure we will be better prepared for March 2016.More communities of the Hellenic diaspora will join the campaign, as forecast by the Hellenic Republic’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. With the collective support from members of the Hellenic community, we will achieve the desired outcomes. Let us demonstrate the same courage and perseverance shown by our ancestors, who managed to keep the Greek language alive despite more than 400 years under Ottoman rule. Let us believe in the mission we set and let us not be discouraged by the major challenges ahead.We remain optimistic!* Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP is a member of the Speak Greek in March Committee.last_img read more

Dépenses de santé le point sur les soins de ville

first_imgDépenses de santé : le point sur les soins de villeFrance – Les soins de ville connaissent une progression plus que raisonnable dans l’Hexagone ces sept derniers mois.Les soins de ville incluent principalement les consultations chez les médecins généralistes ou spécialistes, ainsi que la délivrance de médicaments en pharmacie. On peut également leur adjoindre les visites à domicile des infirmiers et sages-femmes, ou encore les séances chez le kinésithérapeute.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerFin mai, la progression des remboursements pour les soins de ville s’élevait à 3,3% et fin juin à 3,1%. Fin août, pour les sept premiers mois de l’année, cette progression n’est plus que de 2,9% et l’assurance maladie estime qu’on se situera sans doute à 2,6% lorsque la rétrocession de certains remboursements sera achevée.On peut en conclure que les dépenses en matière de soins de ville ont été plus que raisonnables cet été. Qui sont les bons et les moins bons élèves ? Les visites chez les généralistes diminuent, tandis que les soins dentaires restent stables. La délivrance de médicaments et le recours aux auxiliaires médicaux enregistrent, eux, une progression modérée.  Le 25 août 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des scientifiques traquent le cousin sibérien du Yéti

first_imgDes scientifiques traquent le cousin sibérien du Yéti Mercredi 5 octobre, une conférence a réuni à Moscou des anthropologues, des biologistes et des cryptozoologues sur le thème de l’Homme des Neiges de Sibérie, une créature insaisissable mais dont les indices d’existence semblent se multiplier. Au terme de ce colloque, les participants sont partis pour la Sibérie afin d’examiner plus précisément certains de ces indices.Témoignages visuels, photos, vidéos, empreintes, poils, matières fécales… : si leur existence alléguée semble étayée par nombre d’indices, certains grands animaux ultra-discrets, de par le monde, prennent un malin plaisir à empêcher la communauté scientifique de les intégrer dûment dans les annales de la zoologie ‘officielle’. Ils relèvent alors de la cryptozoologie, la ‘science des animaux cachés’.Parmi ceux-ci, l’Homme des Neiges de Sibérie, un ‘cousin’ du yéti, un (possible) primate bipède encore inconnu, de 1,65 m à 2,20 m de haut, couvert d’une toison brune ou noire tachée de zone plus claires. Devant l’augmentation du nombre de témoignages qui s’est multiplié par 3 au cours des 20 dernières années, le Darwin Muséum de Moscou a organisé mercredi une conférence sur le sujet. Conférence au terme de laquelle plusieurs intervenants se sont envolés pour la région de Kemerovo (sud de la Sibérie), pour y étudier empreintes de pas et autres indices laissés dans des cavernes par l’Homme des Neiges. Parmi les participants, se trouvent Jeffrey Meldrum, anthropologue à l’Université de l’Idaho, John Bindernagel, un biologiste canadien, ou encore Sergei Gashev, directeur de l’Institut de paléontologie de l’Académie des sciences de Mongolie. Au cours de leur expédition, ceux-ci espèrent en apprendre plus sur les apparitions du mystérieux Yéti voire trouver de nouveaux indices attestant à nouveau de son existence. Des Hommes de Néandertal qui ont survécu ? À lire aussiUne énorme météorite illumine le ciel nocturne de Sibérie”L’insaisissable Homme de Sibérie n’est d’après les rapports pas aussi craintif des humains que peuvent l’être ses homologues chevelus des autres continents. Ils ont parfois été vus au bord d’une forêt observant les humains et ne sont pas vraiment considérés comme des créatures sauvages, comparées à quelque Yéti observé au Népal en train d’attaquer un yack ou un habitant sherpa”, explique Loren Coleman fondateur et directeur de l’International cryptozoology Museum de Portland dans le Maine qui a refusé de participer à l’expédition mais qui possède une collection de près de 150 empreintes et autres matériaux provenant de Yéti.   Par ailleurs, si l’existence des Hommes des Neiges n’a pas été prouvée, leur possible identité suscite plusieurs hypothèses. Igor Burtsev, directeur de l’International Center of Hominology de Moscou a exposé à la radio The Voice of Russia : “quand Homo Sapiens a commencé à peupler le monde, il a méchamment exterminé ses plus proches parents de la famille des Hominidés, l’Homme de Néandertal. Cependant, certains d’entre eux ont peut-être survécu jusqu’à aujourd’hui dans certains habitats boisés et montagneux qui étaient plus ou moins hors de portée des arcs de leurs ennemis. Sans vêtement sur eux, sans outil en main et sans feu dans le foyer. Seulement une surveillance d’arrache-pied d’Homo sapiens aux alentours”, rapporte le Huffington Post. Pour l’heure néanmoins, le mystère reste entier. Le 9 octobre 2011 à 16:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

I want to play in the UCL Paulinho

I want to play in the UCL Paulinho

first_imgThe Bayer Leverkusen youngster speaks how he feels like “a dream come true” while playing for the German Bundesliga clubWith only 18 years of age, Brazilian forward Paulinho believes he’s living the dream.The former Vasco Da Gama footballer left his natal Brazil to play in the German Bundesliga.“I want to play in the Champions League and continue to improve myself,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website.“During our discussions, I was presented to the club, the team, and individual players. It’s a great young team. I’m sure I’ll feel at home here and be successful.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I’m very happy my move to Leverkusen has been completed,” he continued.“It’s a dream come true for me to play in Europe. Leverkusen can offer me excellent opportunities to develop my game and I want to keep playing the way you’re all used to seeing me play in order to make the club even bigger and better.”“I’m reluctant to talk about role models but rather a player you can emulate – that you can watch and whose development you want to take from,” Paulinho commented.“Cristiano Ronaldo is such a player for me – he always works really hard on his game. That suits my character.”last_img read more

Meredith Increases Dividend by 50 and Authorizes a 100 Million Stock Repurchase

first_imgBoth strategies are being implemented to improve shareholder value and Meredith’s stock price. The company’s $24.89 per-share close on Oct. 25 was -$9.76 from year-end 2010’s $34.65 (-28.12%). “We possess the financial strength to fund this significant increase, and the capacity to invest in both strategic initiatives and our core businesses,” said Lacy.Read the rest of the story here. This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Meredith Corp. chairman/CEO (since July 2004) Steve Lacy announced that the board of directors approved a $1.02-to-$1.53 per-share increase in the quarterly dividend paid to investors and authorized the repurchase of $100 million of common stock.last_img read more

State BJP congratulates Yediyurappa on being swornin as

State BJP congratulates Yediyurappa on being swornin as

first_imgHyderabad: State BJP unit on Friday congratulated Yediyurappa on his swearing-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka after the fall of the Congress-JD (S) government. BJP State chief spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said that the BJP Telangana welcomed and congratulated Yediyurappa. Reacting to the statements of Congress MP A Revanth Reddy, he said it highlighted the desperation of his party which had lost its relevance in the State. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The Congress has been losing its top leadership to the BJP in Telangana State for two months and there is still a long line of Congress leaders who are willing to desert Congress sooner than later. He questioned Revanth Reddy as to how a national party without a national president can be taken as a serious political entity, “leave alone an alternative to TRS in Telangana.” Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us “Congress is a headless organisation for the last 55 days and we have here an MP making heroic statements on his party being alive in Telangana State,” he added. Further, there are many non-NDA parties which had supported the bills that the NDA had moved in Parliament recently. However, that would not mean “we are friends with those parties. TRS is our primary opposition in Telangana State and we consider the Congress as an irrelevant player.,” he pointed out. Advertise With Us He also challenged the Congress MP to answer as to why the Congress party was not fighting on people’s issues in the State, either inside or outside Assembly. “Have they given up the role of the primary opposition? It is BJP which is taking up people’s cause and fighting for their rights across the State, while the Congress MLA’s are busy defecting to TRS in hordes,” he said.last_img read more

Why Fermilab is Making A Neutrino Detector 800 Miles Long

Why Fermilab is Making A Neutrino Detector 800 Miles Long

first_imgSeventy-thousand tons of liquid argon, trillions of particles moving at nearly the speed of light, an abandoned mine-turned-lab a mile underground, over 1,000 scientists and more than a billion dollars — all to catch what optimistic calculations suggest will be a single particle each day.It’s a staggering amount of effort, but a search for some of the most elusive particles in the universe may just be worth it.The objects in question are neutrinos, often called ghost particles. They’re far more present than the nickname suggests, though. Trillions pass through you every second — you just never notice. They’re so lightweight, their odds of interacting with other particles are enormously slim; it takes extraordinarily sensitive equipment to even detect them.But that evasiveness makes neutrinos a tempting quarry for physicists.“There are more neutrinos in the universe than there are protons or neutrons, or anything like that, by a factor of about a billion,” says Deborah Harris, a physicist who studies neutrinos at Fermilab, just west of Chicago. “If your goal as a field is to understand the universe, you need to understand neutrinos.”To that end, Fermilab, along with the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, is starting a new project called the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE. The goal is to track and study the shadowy particles like never before.Currently set to begin in 2026, the experiment will be an important step forward for researchers studying neutrinos. It starts with a new particle accelerator, still in development at Fermilab. The complex machines are a crucial tool for physicists studying the universe’s smallest bits of matter, allowing them to examine the particles in a controlled environment. Inside, a series of electromagnetic fields will accelerate individual protons up to nearly the speed of light. Then, still underneath Fermilab’s grounds, the protons will ram into a block of graphite, producing a shower of particles. As these particles decay, a stream of neutrinos is produced. A sensor will gather data on that stream before it shoots off, traveling through Earth’s crust, toward South Dakota, 800 miles away.There, buried deep underground at the defunct Homestake Mine, will be four warehouse-sized tanks filled with supercooled liquid argon. The hope is that some of the neutrinos made at Fermilab will strike the nucleus of an argon atom, releasing a burst of light and a cascade of electrons that scientists can track.last_img read more