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19 die as boat capsizes in Uttar Pradesh; angry villagers vent ire on officials

first_img| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement At least 19 people, including 13 women, have died after a boat that was carrying around 62 people capsized in the Yamuna in Katha village of Baghpat district early Thursday morning.The District Magistrate (DM) of Baghpat, Bhawani Singh said that the tragedy was caused by the overloading of the boat beyond its capacity. “The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of them were women,” Mr Singh said.According to the Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Meerut, Prashant Singh, while ten of the passengers swam to safety, 11 were rescued from the river and sent to nearby hospitals. The rest were still missing. People gather on the banks of river Yamuna at Katha village, where an overloaded boat capsized on Thursday. A car allegedly torched by villages of Katha village.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement center_img According to local villagers, the victims were mostly daily wage labourers who had boarded the boat from Katha village, located 6km from the district headquarters. The passengers were either farmers who owned land on the banks of the Yamuna, or labourers headed to Sonipat in Haryana in search of work.Rohit, an eyewitness, told The Hindu that the tragedy occurred as a result of too many people pressurising Rizwan, the boatman, to ferry them in the same trip. Due to his greed, Rizwan must have agreed, he said, adding that overloading of the boat was a daily phenomenon.“The boat does not have the capacity to carry more than 25 passengers. On Thursday morning, it had left the Yamuna bank with only 25-30 passengers. But some people called the boat back as they wanted to be ferried on the same trip. Rizwan took them on board, and had gone some distance on the river, when again, another 10-12 people called him back. This happens every morning when people are in a hurry to go to their work place. But today was an ill-fated day,” Rohit said.The boatman survived the tragedy and is absconding, the police said. While the rescue operation was going on, angry villagers blocked the Delhi-Saharanpur highway by placing three dead bodies on the main road. The mob accused the administration of incompetence in handling the rescue and relief operation. Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob. One officer of Deputy SP rank and one woman officer sustained serious injuries in clashes with the mob, while a women’s helpline vehicle was torched, said a release issued by the police department.When Baghpat MP and Union Minister Satyapal Singh reached the spot, he had to face the villagers’ ire. The ADG reached the spot and assured the villagers of swift action and compensation.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the kin of the deceased from the chief minister’s relief fund. The State government has ordered a magisterial probe into the accident.last_img read more

Yavatmal farmer commits suicide, blames Modi in note

first_imgA debt-ridden farmer committed suicide in Yavatmal district on Tuesday and blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his death in the suicide note.Shankar Bhaurao Chayare (50), a resident of Rajurwadi village in Ghatanji Tehsil of Yavatmal, first attempted to hang himself to death, however, the rope broke and he fell down.“He then drank poison and killed himself. He also left behind a suicide note in which he has mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for his death,” according to Devanand Pawar, head of Farmers Committee for Justice.This is the second such incident in eight months in Yavatmal when a farmer has killed himself and blamed the Prime Minister.In September last year, after Prakash Mangoankar killed himself the state government had announced some compensation for his family members.Chayare owned six acres of land and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. “I am committing suicide because I have a huge debt burden. The cotton crop in my farm was damaged this year due to the pink worm. Narendra Modi is responsible for my death,” Chayare wrote in his suicide note. Chayare’s family members, and local farmers led by Mr. Pawar, prevented the authorities from conducting a post-mortem.Mr. Pawar also led local villagers and Chayare’s family members to Ghatanji police station in the evening to register an FIR against Prime Minister Modi.“When Mr. Mangoankar committed suicide last year, this government announced compensation for his family members. But they are yet to receive any help. This government is hell-bent on destroying the farmers. I have never seen such an insensitive government,” Mr. Pawar told The Hindu.Kishor Tiwari, the head of Maharashtra government’s Task Force on agriculture distress, expressed grief over the farmer’s suicide and announced that he would visit the grieving family members on April 11.“The pink worm attack on cotton and improper rates of pulses have increased the farmers’ distress. The government should announce a special package and Mr. Modi should lend them a helping hand,” Mr. Tiwari demanded.last_img read more

7 killed in hit-and-run in Ambala

first_imgSeven persons, including two women and three minors, were killed and nine sustained serious injuries in Haryana’s Ambala district in the early hours of Saturday when an unidentified vehicle hit two Sports Utility Vehicles on the Haryana-Punjab border.Besides the drivers, Suresh Kumar and Manoj Kumar, the deceased have been identified as Kavita Kapoor, her daughters Ranjana and Harishita, sister-in-law Asha and Piyush, a boy. While Ranjana and Harshita were aged 17 and nine years respectively, Piyush was five, said the police.Chandigarh Sector 30B resident Palak, 18, the complainant in the case, said in the First Information Report that she along with 20 people, including the two drivers, left for Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh around 11.30 p.m. on December 28.After travelling for more than an hour, Manoj stopped the vehicle on the highway near Drive Inn 22 hotel in Ambala suspecting some malfunction and got down to fix it. The driver of another SUV also pulled over behind them. “Soon, a vehicle hit the SUV parked behind our vehicle at high speed injuring the passengers. The SUV then hit our vehicle. The erring vehicle then dragged our SUV for several metres causing serious injuries to the passengers,” said Palak, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student, in the FIR.Injured rushed to hospital Many passers-by and motorists stopped to help the injured and transported them to a civil hospital in Ambala in ambulances.The two women, three minors and Suresh were declared brought dead. Manoj later succumbed to injuries.Two of the injured are under treatment at separate hospitals in Ambala and seven have been admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh. The condition of one of the injured at the Chandigarh hospital is said to be critical.All the passengers in the two SUVs were women and children.Station House Officer, Ambala Sadar, Sub-Inspector Mehar Singh said that Manoj stopped his car after Suresh, driving behind him, called him over phone to inform that oil was leaking from his fuel tank. Mr. Singh said the accident was not caused due to poor visibility since the weather was clear.He said that efforts were being made to identify the erring vehicle.A case has been registered on various charges under the Indian Penal Code, including causing death due to negligence, rash driving and causing hurt, among others.last_img read more

Naxal killed in encounter with security forces in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh

first_imgA senior Naxal leader, who was allegedly involved in an IED blast that killed BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in April, died in an encounter with security forces in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh Sunday, police said.The skirmish took place in the jungles of Hiroli under Kirandul police station area when a squad of police’s District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.As the police team was advancing through Hiroli, around 450 km from Raipur, exchange of fire broke out between the two sides, he said.After the Naxals fled, the body of Guddi, a member of Local Organisation Squad of Malangir Area Committee of Maoists, was found. A revolver with six rounds was also recovered from the spot, Mr. Pallava said.He was suspected to be involved in around 40 cases of Naxal violence, including the killing of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel.Mandavi and the policemen died when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew up their vehicle near Shyamgiri village in Dantewada on April 9.Guddi was carrying a reward of ₹ 1 lakh on his head.Commandos of the recently set up women platoon of DRG, `Danteshwari Ladake’ (fighters of goddess Danteshwari), also took part in Sunday’s encounter with Maoists, the police officer said.last_img

Lalit Modi moves SC for removal of Jaitley, Amin

first_imgSuspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court, seeking replacement of two members of the disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against him.Modi sought removal of Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin from three-member committee, which also has Jyotiraditya Scindya, contending that they are likely to be biased against him.Modi filed a petition in the apex court challenging the July 15 judgement of the Bombay High Court, which dismissed his plea to stay the proceedings by the committee.last_img read more

Rain or Shine stuns SMBeer

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Rice industry paralysis View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Javee Mocon came up huge for Rain or Shine, firing 16 points in a 91-85 upset of San Miguel Beer on Saturday in a PBA Governors’ Cup Petron Saturday Special at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.The Painters logged just their third win in 10 outings, but it was enough to keep their playoff aspirations alive.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Coach Yeng Guiao hopes NLEX comes out of a 12-day break sharper than ever as the Road Warriors battle dangerous Magnolia at 6:45 p.m. at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.Meralco will also figure in a key duel against NorthPort in the 4:30 p.m. curtain-raiser. The Bolts are hoping to stay out of reach of fourth-running Barangay Ginebra in the race to the playoffs and leave the Gin Kings loitering at fourth place.Wins by the Road Warriors and the Bolts will also keep teams of the Smart/PLDT group in the top three, and stay behind twice-to-beat protection in the quarterfinals.Manny Harris is expected to take a central role anew, but Guiao stressed that he will have to continue leaning on his locals as the conference plods along.ADVERTISEMENT Mocon and import Rich Ross both had 16 to pace the Painters, while Rey Nambatac and skipper Gabe Norwood tossed in 15 each in a game where the Painters led by as many as 22.John Holland, who came in as a temporary replacement to an injured Dez Wells, had a rather underwhelming debut, finishing only with 10 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe loss dropped the Beermen to fifth spot at 6-4 and look headed to a first-round showdown with sister-team Barangay Ginebra in the first round of the playoffs.And NLEX and Meraclo can help make that scenario a reality with crucial games on Sunday. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pontillas takes place of ineligible scorer Maulast_img read more

Tagg Sports Plus wireless headphones review: Comfortable design, harsh sound

first_imgWireless headphones have been in vogue of late. Technological advancements coupled with a high demand for a hassle-free audio experience has forced audio equipment makers to explore various avenues to make wireless headphones affordable while maintaining an optimum sound quality. While audio giants like Sennheiser, Bose and Audio Technica have responded to this challenge by capturing the market for premium headphones, smaller brands and smartphone makers have responded by launching their own line of wireless Bluetooth headphones to cater to the masses.While there are many domestic and international brands catering to the affordable market segment, one company that is slowly gaining some attention is Indian company Tagg, which recently added another device to its Sports wireless headphones lineup.Tagg’s latest offering — Sport Plus wireless headphones — is available in India at a price of Rs 3,499. As is the case with most of its wireless headphones, Sports Plus headphones are available in black colour on all major e-retail websites including Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm, Myntra and its native e-shop.So about the Tagg Sports Plus, here is a quick takeaway. While they are light and comfortable to wear, it is the sound quality that these headphones offer that will irk you.The Tagg Sports Plus offers a fairly clear sound reproduction, which is quite surprising given its price. And even though the clarity is supposed to add to the list of reasons why you may prefer these headphones over others, ironically it acts as a big turn off factor for the music lovers. What this means is that clarity instead of adding a pleasant tonality to the sound makes it rough and harsh.advertisementDesign and comfortOne area where Sport Plus scores points (well, almost scores points) is its design. The design of the headphones resembles a lot of other wireless headphones in the market, particularly OnePlus Bullets wireless headphones which were launched earlier at a price of Rs 3,990. Sports Plus is made of a rubbery material which makes it light and comfortable to wear. They feature inline controls along with the battery on the right side of the pair.While they are light and comfortable to wear, it is the sound quality that these headphones offer that may irk youThey are short and sturdy and even though they do not come with any sort of water or dust resistant coating, they can easily withstand occasional sweat spells. That said, it is not recommended to wear them while swimming or in shower.As far as the rest of the design is concerned, they come with magnetic heads, which means you can put them around your neck and forget about them getting lost. Sadly, the metal heads don’t serve any purpose other than that. For comparison, the metal heads in OnePlus Bullets wireless headphones come with play and pause function which adds to the functionality.As far as the inline controls go, my issue with Sport Plus headphones is the same that I have with other wireless headphones. The controls are not located at an easy-to-access location that makes using them extremely difficult. Besides this, the buttons are too small and less pronounced and that too makes it impossible for the muscle memory to sweep in and save the day for this one.Another issues that I encountered with the design is its charging jack which is located in a remote corner of the case that houses the battery. While the route to charging port is supposed to be narrow, the tiny flip cover on top of the port can be a pain to deal with sometimes.Having said that, Sports Plus are not exactly unfortunate looking. They are comfortable to wear and they won’t tire your ears even after prolonged usage – which is a big plus by all means. Another plus point that these headphones have is their tiny winglets that effectively prevent the headphones from coming out of the ears. Unlike in OnePlus Bullet headphones which feature petal-shaped winglets, winglets in Sports Plus wireless headphones sports come in a tiny flap shape which is both comfortable and effective.PerformanceWhile Tagg has done well enough with the design, it is the sound quality which in my seven days of use I found to be a bit problematic. There are many things wrong with the audio. For starters, the sound lacks the softness that makes it a pleasant experience to heart. Music, even the inherently soft and gently flowing tracks like AR Rahman’s Tere Bina and Into The Fire by Thirteen Senses, sound harsh.advertisement While the music is fairly clear and immersive at optimum volume levels, take it a notch up or a notch down and the same clarity tanks, giving a distinct screechy sound in the ears.In general, Sports Plus headphones accentuate the highs a bit more than I would like them to. This coupled with an overall increased loudness creates a sound that can be too difficult to bear, sometimes even at low volumes. I tried listening to Counting Stars by One Republic and Fighter by Christina Aguilera at about 35 per cent volume and admittedly I found the sharpness irksome most of the times.That said, this quality does help when you take these headphones out on a ride. At moderate volume levels, these headphones provide decent companionship if not near perfect or ideal one.I also tried listening to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons and Cheap Thrills by Sia and I found that for most parts, bass is completely missing and there is too much emphasis on the mids. Notably, these headphones work best with Bollywood numbers like Chaandaniya by K Mohan and Yashita Sharma, Kabira by Tochi Raina and Mehfuz by Euphoria. However, anything with details tends to throw them off track.As far as connectivity is concerned, you can pair them up with your iPhone or your Android device. I paired them with my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone and I encountered no real issues at all. They work within the standard range of 20 feet and connect to the phone easily.BatteryBattery is one area where these headphones perform well. They offer a decent battery life which lasts from about 7.5 to 8 hours on a single charge. They give repeated warnings 10 minutes before the battery drains out completely and they go from zero to 100 per cent charge in about an hour-and-a-half.At moderate volume levels, these headphones provide decent companionship if not near perfect or ideal one when you are travellingSo, if you listen to music for 2-3 hours daily, these headphones will serve you well for nearly 2 days without any major hiccups.Should you buy it?This isn’t a tricky question to answer as Sports Plus headphones lack many features that are available in wireless headphones from other brands including support for Qualcomm’s APTX audio technology, which is available in OnePlus Bullets headphones. While they do offer a good battery life along with a decent design, the sharpness of the sound proves to be a major turn of factor. I found the fact that melodies like Bolna by Arjit Singh sounds crisp but the Innocence by Avril Lavinge is a bit problematic.In my opinion, Tagg Sports Plus wireless headphones are good only for sweet and somber Bollywood melodies. You can also consider them if you are planning to use them mostly while travelling. However, I wouldn’t recommend them for other music genres like pop, rock, or EDM.Tagg Sports Plus wireless headphones review7/10Good stuffComfortableBattery lifeAffordableBad stuffHarsh soundNot enough basslast_img read more

Saga Shipholdings Entire Fleet Becomes BWT Compliant

first_imgzoom Norway-based shipowner Saga Shipholding has completed the installation of Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) throughout its entire fleet of 32 open hatch cargo vessels. Saga chose Optimarin for the supply of ballast systems in 2011, and the company installed its first system on-board Saga Future in 2012. Since then, it has rolled the UV-based and environmentally friendly treatment units across Saga Shipholding’s fleet, signing the contract for the final installations for three 2,000 m3 BWT units for newbuilds from Oshima Shipbuilding, Japan in May last year.The final installation was completed on the 47,000 dwt open hatch carrier Saga Viking during a scheduled docking in China. This vessel, along with the rest of the Saga fleet, operates with the primary purpose of transporting pulp from South America to markets in Europe and the Far East, according to Saga.“We’ve been focused on BWT for a very long time now,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said, adding that the company spent “more than 20 years perfecting the system.”Besides the International Maritime Organization’s approval, and certification of OBS from several classification societies, including DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping, the Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist became the first system supplier to gain full US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) in December 2016.OBS utilises a combination of filtration and 35kW UV lamps to treat ballast water without the need for chemicals, Optimarin earlier said.last_img read more

Domestic Violence Court Continues in Sydney

first_imgAs part of Budget 2016-2017, the province is continuing to help victims of domestic violence by renewing its investment in the domestic violence court in Sydney. The Domestic Violence Court Program was developed to stop the cycle of domestic abuse and make life better for victims and their families. “Violence in the home is extremely difficult for the victim and the entire family,” said MLA Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “We need to continue supporting families to ensure the cycle of violence is stopped and that life at home is not filled with fear.” The Domestic Violence Court Program has been operating in Sydney Provincial Court since June 2012 and sits once a week. More than 300 cases have proceeded through the program over the past four years. The program is delivered through a partnership with the judiciary, the Department of Justice, the Public Prosecution Service, Nova Scotia Legal Aid, and the private bar. This year, government will invest $398,000 in the court. Participation in the Domestic Violence Court Program is voluntary and is for adults charged with an offence who have a significant connection to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. To participate, the accused must plead guilty of the offence and attend designated programming before being sentenced. Sentencing options range from five- and 10-week educational programs to a 25-week therapeutic program. An evaluation of the Domestic Violence Court Program can be viewed at http://novascotia.ca/just/documents/Final-Report%20April-2016.pdf .last_img read more

TAG Heuer Launches Celebrity Fundraising Challenge Benefiting Cycle For Survival

first_imgTAG Heuer, the avant-garde of Swiss watchmaking, and Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, have announced The TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Fundraising Challenge.The unprecedented digital competition includes notable athletes, actors and artists dedicated to fighting back against rare cancer by funding cutting-edge research.With the help of its ambassadors, TAG Heuer is raising money for Cycle for Survival’s 2018 campaign with a social media kick-off. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes to groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. TAG Heuer is the official Timepiece and Timekeeper of Cycle for Survival.The following TAG Heuer ambassadors are participating in the fundraising challenge:• Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots • Patrick Dempsey, American Actor • Tim Howard, Goalkeeper, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team • Alexander Rossi, Professional Racing Driver and 2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion • Alec Monopoly, American Graffiti ArtistTim Howard shared, “As a TAG ambassador, I am honored to partner up with Cycle for Survival. Its direct impact to raise funding for the research of rare cancers is critical. We have to continue to fight this battle together, and I hope to make a difference in any way I can. Join the movement and get your sweat on while helping others who really need it.”Alexander Rossi added, “Cancer has touched us all. It’s hard to know what to say or do anymore – whether it’s offering prayers, giving hugs or donating to charities. But let’s keep doing ALL those things. Cycle for Survival is a wonderful way to raise awareness for rare cancer research, and I’m proud to be an ambassador and a fundraiser.”Each TAG Heuer ambassador has a personalized fundraising webpage where supporters can make tax-deductible donations to Cycle for Survival. TAG Heuer will match each donation that is made to the ambassador’s pages. Everyone who donates to any ambassador’s page will be eligible to win a TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Connected Modular 45 watch, generously provided by TAG Heuer. The first Swiss Made luxury smartwatch powered by Intel and Androidwear 2.0 includes technical features such as built-in GPS, interactive apps and is water resistant up to 50 meters.The ambassador who raises the most money by March 31, 2018, will be declared the winner of the TAG Heuer Cycle for Survival Fundraising Challenge. For links to the ambassadors’ fundraising pages and updates on the challenge, click here.Cycle for Survival’s signature indoor cycling events will take place in 16 cities across the country in January, February and March. Registration for the 2018 events is open at www.cycleforsurvival.org. More than 34,000 participants and 230,000 donors are expected to support the movement this year.Cycle for Survival has been named the fastest-growing athletic fundraiser in the United States for the past four consecutive years.The movement has raised more than $145 million since it was founded in 2007, with $115 million raised in the past four years.TAG Heuer has a long history of supporting cycling, dating back to 1946 when the brochure of Swiss watchmaker HEUER mentioned utilizing pocket chronometers to time races and trials. Most recently, the brand has partnered with the BMC Racing Team, 10 major races in the UCI international calendar and is also the Official Timekeeper of Giro d’Italia.last_img read more

UN envoy seeking Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon to return there in coming

“I will be sending back Terje [Roed-]Larsen to the region to discuss the issue of withdrawal with the two governments concerned,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters in New York today of his Special Envoy for the implementation of resolution 1559.The resolution, adopted by the Security Council last September, calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, disbanding all militias and extending Government control over the whole country. Syrian troops have been in the country since the earlt stages of the 1975-1990 civil war.Mr. Annan reiterated his earlier hope that he will be able to report progress when he submits his next report in April.Asked whether he was concerned that too quick a Syrian withdrawal might create a political vacuum, he replied: “I think this is something that everyone is conscious of and it will have to be managed very carefully. I think in our discussions and in our attempt to see implementation of the resolution [1559] we will bear that in mind.” read more

Rwandan businessman pleads guilty to murder at UN war crimes tribunal

A former businessman and youth organizer implicated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty today before a United Nations war crimes tribunal to the charge of murder as a crime against humanity.The three judges hearing his case at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), sitting in Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania, accepted the plea of Joseph Nzabirinda, which followed prosecutors’ withdrawal of four other charges against him because of a lack of evidence.Addressing Judges Arlette Ramaroson of Madagascar (presiding), William Sekule of Tanzania and Solomy Balungi Bossa of Uganda, Mr. Nzabirinda expressed deep remorse for his crimes and asked for pardon from the people of Rwanda for what he had done. The judges set 17 January next year as the date of the sentencing hearing.Prosecutors said Mr. Nzabirinda, a businessman in the Butare prefecture in southern Rwanda, participated in meetings in 1994 with the notorious Interahamwe militia in which the planned execution of Tutsis in his area was discussed. He also encouraged attacks on Tutsis who had gathered on a hillside and at roadblocks.During the hearing prosecutors stated Mr. Nzabirinda was an approving spectator during attacks, while his defence counsel agreed that while he had not personally carried out the killings, he had been an accomplice by omission.Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, mostly by machete, across Rwanda in just 100 days starting in April 1994. The Security Council set up the ICTR in November that year to prosecute people responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.Mr. Nzabirinda also worked as an investigator for the defence team of Sylvain Nsabimana – a former prefect of Butare currently on trial at the ICTR in a separate case with five other accused – until 2001 when his contract was terminated after the Tribunal registry established he had presented false identity documents to obtain employment. read more

Drug executives seeking approval for female libido pill previously ran afoul of

In this June 22, 2015, photo, a brain-shaped stress ball sits on a worker’s desk at Sprout Pharmaceuticals’ Raleigh, N.C., headquarters. Sprout soon may succeed where many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning Food and Drug Administration approval for the first drug to boost women’s sexual desire. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed) WASHINGTON – A small drugmaker from North Carolina may succeed next week where many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have failed: in winning approval for the first drug to boost women’s sexual desire.The husband-and-wife team that founded Sprout Pharmaceuticals is not new to the pharmaceutical business or even to marketing drugs to people frustrated with their sex lives. The couple’s previous company, Slate Pharmaceuticals, sold an implantable testosterone pellet to men with low levels of the hormone.But Slate’s marketing push ran afoul of federal rules, making misleading, unsupported statements about the benefits of testosterone therapy while downplaying risks. In fact, when the Food and Drug Administration held a meeting examining the overprescribing of testosterone last year, it played Slate’s commercial as an example of inappropriate marketing.That record worries Sprout’s critics, who see a troubling pattern in the aggressive tactics it has used to urge the FDA to approve the women’s desire drug, which was previously rejected twice because of lacklustre effectiveness and side effects such as nausea, dizziness and fainting.The search for a pill to increase women’s libido has been something of a holy grail for the pharmaceutical industry since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. Pfizer, Bayer and Procter & Gamble all studied — then abandoned — potential treatments for female sexual desire disorder.“This company already has a history of unethical marketing,” said Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman of Georgetown University. “If approved, I think this drug will be widely prescribed, and we would see an epidemic of adverse effects.”After a year of lobbying by Sprout-backed supporters, the drug won a surprising 18-6 recommendation from a panel of FDA advisers in June. The FDA is scheduled to make its decision on the drug by Tuesday.Sprout’s drug was actually acquired from Boehringer Ingelheim in 2011. The German drugmaker shelved the pill after a unanimous vote against its approval by FDA advisers in June 2010.CEO Cindy Whitehead and her husband, Bob Whitehead, who preceded her as CEO, paid for the drug, dubbed Addyi, by selling off their testosterone business, which had grown to nearly 100 employees.These days, the executives like to emphasize their company’s small size. In interviews, CEO Cindy Whitehead jokes that Sprout’s entire staff of 25 could fit in an elevator.There is little financial information available about Slate or Sprout because they have both been privately held. The Whiteheads say their hormonal implant, Testopel, grew into the second most-prescribed testosterone treatment among urologists, ahead of competing gels and injections.But the company’s promotional efforts went too far.In March 2010, the FDA sent Slate an 11-page warning letter, highlighting a host of misleading, unsupported and inaccurate statements in its brochures, websites and a video. In a rare step, the FDA held a teleconference with the company to outline its “serious concerns.”Among the many problems, the company’s website suggested Testopel could benefit patients with depression, diabetes and HIV.“The FDA is unaware of any data to support these claims,” the letter said.In a video, Slate featured Harvard Medical School professor Abraham Morgentaler, claiming that testosterone could boost men’s energy and libido.“Their strength may improve. Their workouts at the gym may get better. They start chasing their wives around the room a little bit. They just feel like guys again,” Morgentaler said. The FDA said his claims were unproven.This past May, the FDA directed all testosterone drugmakers to clarify that their drugs are intended only for men with low testosterone due to disease or injury — not normal aging. And new warning labels also stress the risk of heart attack and stroke with the hormone.When Slate marketed Testopel, that information was not yet required. But the company’s materials failed to disclose a laundry list of other known risks, including prostate cancer, swelling, nausea, vomiting, acne, liver problems and headaches.“I can’t remember seeing a warning letter with so many examples of misbranding in it,” said Fugh-Berman, who recently signed a petition urging the FDA to reject Addyi, citing minimal benefits and dangerous side effects.Cindy Whitehead said Slate immediately discontinued the materials cited by the FDA. And she insists the company will promote Addyi carefully, focusing on educating doctors about who is likely to benefit from the drug.“We would never want a patient who’s not going to see a benefit to take it and tell everyone it doesn’t work,” she said. At the FDA meeting in June, Sprout offered to hold off on television advertising for up to 18 months after the drug’s initial approval.For now, the company has raised $50 million in venture capital to fund its efforts, according to a recent disclosure form.Analysts said Sprout could easily recoup that money and eventually be purchased by a larger drugmaker.“I think they’ll sell a lot of it, and the company will probably get acquired by somebody who wants to acquire all of that cash flow,” said Erik Gordon, a business professor at the University of Michigan.___Associated Press Writer Mike Householder contributed to this report from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Drug executives seeking approval for female libido pill previously ran afoul of FDA rules by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2015 9:52 am MDT Last Updated Aug 14, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

ABB wins pelletising plant order from Vale

first_imgABB, a power and automation technology group with a focus on mining, has signed a contract worth $62 million with Vale International Switzerland, a subsidiary of the multinational mining company, Vale, for the Oman Industrial Complex project. The contract, which came into force in the middle of January 2009, comprises the delivery of the complete electrical equipment for Vale Oman’s new material handling and iron ore pellet plant. This includes the Extended Automation System 800xA, a collaborative production management system, power distribution, transformers, motor control centres, drives and motors as well as substation infrastructure.The new Vale plant, 230 km northwest of Muscat, Oman, is expected to produce up to 9.07 Mt/y of iron ore pellets. Scheduled to start operations at the end of 2010, the facility will provide the Middle East region with iron ore and pellets for the steel industry.ABB has delivered numerous automation solutions, services and related support to Vale’s mining operations all over the world, but this is the first time the company has placed a complete plant order with ABB. According to ABB, it won the contract with an efficient solution at fair cost estimates, with its integrated equipment providing excellent availability.last_img read more

VIDEO WISLA TV about Polish Holy War

Vive Targi Kielce stayed dominant at the Polish handball with a victory over the biggest rival Orlen Wisla Plock 32:28 (14:15) in “Orlen Arena” last weekend. Let’s take a look how WISLA TV saw fantastic match in front of 5100 spectators. handballPoland handballPolish HandballVive Targi KielceWisla Plock ← Previous Story SEHA announced “Best 7” of September Next Story → CATALAN HANDBALL DERBY (21hrs): Granollers VS Barcelona for the leading position!

U20 EHF EURO 2018 – Croatia or France to miss semifinal

← Previous Story Katarina Bulatovic to leave Rostov Don Next Story → Portugal to fight for the medals! Battles for U20 EHF EURO 2018 semi-final begins today in Zlatorog hall in Celje.17.00 ICELAND: SERBIA19.00 GERMANY: SLOVENIAStandings:Slovenia 2Iceland 1Germany 1Serbia 0GROUP II13.00 CROATIA: FRANCE15.00 SPAIN: PORTUGALStandings:Spain 2Portugal 2France 0Croatia 0Sala Golovec, Tuesday, July 24thGROUP III (Place 9 – 16)17.00 ROMANIA: NORWAY19.00 SWEDEN: ISRAELGROUP IV13.00 RUSSIA: HUNGARY15.00 POLAND: DENMARK U20 EHF EURO 2018 handball read more

Community saddened by Karavitis death

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Australian community was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of its most passionate and committed members, Constantine Karavitis last Sunday. Karavitis was born in Peristeri Laconias, Greece on 11 March 1944. Son of Ioannis and Panagiota, brother to Dimitra, Stella and Theodora. He migrated to Australia, December 1955, arriving in Freemantle then heading to Melbourne. Karavitis settled in Brunswick and lived there all of his childhood and teenage years. He married his loving wife Triantafillia (Lisa) on 26 April 1969. Togther they had four children: Panagiota, Katerina, Ioanni and Evangelos. He was grandfather to Costa, Leonidas, Athenae, Fotios, Kosta, and Triantafillia and father-in-law to Peter and Nick.From an early age, he became involved in community issues, especially through providing assistance to newly arrived migrants. His love for family, soccer, the Pallaconian Brotherhood and politics dominated his life and drove his passion to become the man that we all knew. He was upstanding family man, that gave everything for his wife and children. He also had a wide circle of friends that respected him.His love of soccer had him involved with Brunswick City Soccer Club for years and took his passion to State and National levels getting involved further with the Federations to support young talent.He rejuvenated the Pallaconian Brotherhood in 1987 when he became President. He created the Youth Club and was instrumental in the creation of the Brunswick Sparta Sister City Relationship. In recent years, he also campaigned heavily for the erection of the bust of “LEONIDAS” in Sparta Place, Brunswick. “Leonidas” now stands proudly in the centre of Brunswick. Just 4 months ago, he organised a huge fundraiser and a substantial donation was made to the Asylo Aniaton Spartis He continued his relationship with the Brotherhood to his final breath.In 2012, Karavitis was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by the Governor General for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs. He lived his life for his family and the community.last_img read more

The Hosts Get Smarter on Westworld

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 This week, Westworld takes a break from Dolores’s storyline in favor of exploring more of Maeve’s, Bernard’s and Elsie’s. That turned out to be a good move, as this was one of the show’s best episodes yet. Maeve wakes up in her bed and heads to the brothel. A rough-looking newcomer walks in, and Maeve takes him upstairs. She insults him repeatedly and encourages him to choke her. When he kills her, she wakes up on the repair table with Felix working on her. She asks him to explain exactly what’s going on and he does. He tells her that she was made and he was born. He’s human, like the guests, and she is artificial. That everything she thinks was programmed by those upstairs. To prove it, he syncs a tablet to her brain and shows it to her.Finding out that everything she says and does is programmed causes her to lock up briefly. She wakes back up and asks to be taken upstairs, so she can get a clearer picture of what the world really looks like. We get a tour through the facility and see every step of the hosts being made. In the end, Maeve sees a promotional video for the park that includes images from the dream she’s been having. Felix tells her that wasn’t a dream, it was a past assignment. He tells her that when hosts are moved, their personalities are tweaked to fit their new role. Her dreams are actually memories.Bernard and Elsie try to figure out who the host with the transmitter in its arm was sending information to. Bernard mentions that older hosts like that use older GPS technology and he can access the host’s location data to find out where it was getting its signal from. Bernard takes the elevator to a disused part of the lab and uses a (modern-looking, so I’m assuming ancient) computer to track host anomalies in the park. He finds the one they’re looking for, but the computer also alerts him to five more in a restricted area of the park.Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Robert Ford, Oliver Bell as Robert, the young host (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)He investigates the area and finds a family of hosts in a small house. He asks if the father is Arnold, but the host doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He accuses Bernard of breaking into his home and tries to attack him. Bernard tries to call the host off, but it doesn’t respond to voice commands. Fortunately, Dr. Ford is there, and the hosts respond to his voice. He explains that these hosts are the last original ones in the park that were made by Arnold. He didn’t have the heart to retire them. They’re also modeled after his childhood family.Later, Ford goes to play catch with the young host version of Robert and his dog but finds the dog dead. He asks Robert what happened and Robert says he found the dog like that. In analysis mode, Ford asks if Robert was lying. He says yes. He asks why he killed the dog and Robert says a voice told him too.Meanwhile, Elsie thinks she’s discovered the source of the voices some older hosts are hearing. Using the GPS data Bernard gave her, she finds out he was being controlled by a company satellite. She also finds out that some older hosts are responding to relays that no longer should be in use. They used to be what the park used to control the hosts, but they’ve long since been replaced by a newer system. Someone has turned on one of the old relays. And it’s in a creepy old abandoned theater, because why wouldn’t it be?Shannon Woodward as Elsie in a creepy abandoned theater. (Credit: John P. Johnson)Bernard goes to Theresa’s apartment to tell her about Ford’s secret host family, but Elsie calls him and says that Theresa was the last person to use the relay she’s investigating. She also finds that Arnold has been using the relay long after his death. She hears a noise behind her and investigates. She asks if Arnold is back there before a figure grabs her from behind.Meanwhile, the Man in Black and Teddy continue their search for the maze but are waylaid by a group of Union soldiers who have some beef with Teddy. It turns out he and Wyatt massacred a bunch them a long time ago. The soldiers overpower both men, but they’re able to break free and escape. The Man in Black story isn’t really moved forward at all, but we do get to see a great, violent shootout where Teddy gets behind an old-timey machine gun and murders the entire camp.There’s also some workplace drama with Lee, who’s still butthurt over Ford’s new narrative. He’s drinking himself into a stupor at the lounge outside the park. He tries to hit on a woman and buys her a drink before being told that he’s been cut off. Theresa wants him to return to work. He steals a bottle, gets even drunker and pisses all over the map of the park. Theresa interrupts him to introduce his new supervisor. It’s the woman he was hitting on.Ptolemy Slocum as Sylvester, Leonardo Nam as Felix, Thandie Newton as Maeve (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)As the episode ends, Maeve convinces Felix and Sylvester to show her the behavior matrix that determines her personality. She takes issue with the fact that the highest overall intelligence hosts are allowed to have is still relatively low. She has them reprogram her personality and crank her intelligence all the way up. When they access her personality, they find that someone has already made a few changes. That’s too much for them to deal with right now, so they follow Maeve’s request and crank her intelligence to the max.This was a surprisingly fast-paced episode of Westworld. The stories moved along at an exciting pace, and we actually got an answer to at least one mystery. Of course, that answer raised, even more, questions, but that’s what this show does surprisingly well. It doles out its answers at a very slow pace, but they come just often enough that we don’t get frustrated. Who was in that theater with Elsie? Can some hosts actually harm humans now? The biggest question of all: What does a host do with full intelligence? Next week will probably focus more on William and Dolores since we didn’t see them at all this week, but I’m honestly more excited to see what happens with Maeve. Is it next Sunday yet?last_img read more

TANGO Leader Urges Members To Be Transparent Accountable

first_imgBy Momodou JarjuThe Chairperson of The Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (TANGO), has called on all non-state actors to be transparent and accountable to their stakeholders.John Charles Njie made the statement last Saturday December 1st 2018, at a day-long open forum held at the University of The Gambia Law Faculty Auditorium, to mark the commemoration of National Democracy Day, under the theme: “Building and Strengthening Inclusive and Accountable Democracy and Good Governance in The Gambia.”The day marks the second year of the 2016 presidential elections that ushered in a new democratic dispensation, ending the 22-year-rule that was characterized by tranny.Njie said as non-state actors, ‘‘we must advise ourselves’’ also; “that it is good to point fingers at Government, but that it is equally fair to look inward and ensure that we right the wrongs within our rights. ‘‘We must guarantee that we are transparent and accountable to our stakeholders,” he told the gathering. Further delivering his written statement before a packed hall, Njie said their efforts in uniting all civil society actors, is slowly taking shape at bettering the country. He also urged non-state actors to work together, saying the days of running alone are over.“Let us work together, leverage on our strength and experience, and come up with a more concerted approach of engaging with our Government. Together we are stronger,” he said.He sent a staunch warming to some of their members who have partisan interest, to ensure that such interest does not jeopardize their integrity and that of their organizations.“Civil society is non-partisan,” he asserted. Njie continued to commend the Ministry of Justice for their tireless efforts in engaging non-state actors in all the transitional justice processes.“We have several engagements organized under the banner of TANGO with non-state actors, looking at various aspects of our national development. We are currently working together, to present a position paper for the Constitutional Review Process,” he said.The Special Advisor to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Hussein Thomasi, representing Abubacarr Tambedou, said he will put forward the date to his Ministry for Government to consider it as part of the calendar for the country’s most significant political activities and developments; that at their level, they are doing all it takes to ensure that what transpired in the past, will never be repeated again. He continued: “Change is not revolutionary. It has to go through an evolution process.”On his part, Madi Jobarteh of FOA Network, said at this point in Gambia’s history, people must understand the process of change; that history was made when former president Jammeh was ousted from power, through the ballot.To this he said, Gambians have to actively participate in the ‘new Gambia’, to strengthen democracy.Jobarteh urged Gambians to engage in peaceful, non-violent demonstrations, as the strongest tool of democracy.Ousman Badjie of the Victims’ Centre, implored on victims of ex-president Jammeh, to register and report their cases to the Victims’ Center. He urged Government to uphold and respond swiftly to the demands of the victims.The forum was organized by the Network on Freedom of Assembly (FOA Network) aimed at creating a space for Gambians to discuss where they came from, where they are and where they want to go as a nation.Formed in November 2018 under the auspices of TANGO, the FOA Network is an association of civil society organizations and activists committed to the protection and promotion of freedom of assembly in The Gambia. The association seeks to sensitize citizens and public institutions on the right to freedom of assembly as guaranteed by Section 25 (1) (d) of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia.last_img read more

32 unclear about Pension Wise service

first_imgAlmost a third (32%) of respondents are unclear about the service Pension Wise can provide to employees, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its survey of 700 employers found that 29% do not know who their employees are turning to for information around the pension reforms.The study also found:13% of respondents do not feel confident recommending that staff should look to Pension Wise for guidance, while 9% say Pension Wise is a huge support in offering help to staff.Almost a fifth (19%) of employees look to Pension Wise for information about the pension reforms, while 17% turn to financial advisors and 18% seek clarity from their employer. 9% of respondents believe staff are obtaining pensions advice from friends and family.37% say that the pension reforms have encouraged them to take on a bigger role in the financial education of staff. 21% of respondents are taking steps to improve their support network for employees approaching retirement. Almost a quarter (23%) of respondents feel that they do not have the right provision in place to effectively support employees. 31% of smaller organisations (with a turnover of less than £500,000) do not have the right resources in place to support staff, while 18% of large organisations (with a turnover of more then £10 million) say the same.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education services at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “Four months after the pension reforms were introduced, it’s clear that there is still some confusion.“It’s crucial that if employers are directing their staff towards Pension Wise, they really understand the support it can provide and that the guidance it gives is not advice and so should sit alongside financial advice rather than competing with it.“While it’s a positive that Pension Wise was extended, raising awareness of the service and the need to plan for retirement earlier, the lack of clarity around its purpose, and limitations, indicates that it’s not being used to its full potential.“Directing staff to Pension Wise should not be the sum of total support that employers provide to guide staff. Options at retirement have become all the more complex, and education is the key to helping employees navigate their new freedoms.“A financial education programme, whether this is through seminars, clinics or one-to-one advice, can help to build up understanding and engagement and can lead to them taking action to improve their financial wellbeing.“Employers are a vital cog in helping staff make informed decisions about their future, and both will be better off in the long-term should this be a success.”last_img read more