Gangster’s death sparks violence in Nagaur, 1 dead

first_imgAn indefinite curfew was clamped on Sanvrad village of Nagaur district in Rajasthan on Thursday after large-scale violence broke out in which one person was killed and 25 others injured.Thousands of people had gathered in the village to pay tribute to gangster Anandpal Singh, who was killed in an encounter with the police on June 24.The situation in the region remained tense as the protesters demanded a CBI inquiry into Anandpal’s death.Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria rejected the demand, saying the police had followed the Supreme Court’s guidelines during the encounter at Malasar in Churu district and the gangster’s family members could go to the court if they believed that it was fake.Late on Thursday evening, members of the Rajput community who had kept Anandpal’s body in a deep freezer at his house for nearly three weeks after its post-mortem, agreed to cremate it following the arrest of some leaders.The police said curfew would be relaxed in Sanvrad for one hour to facilitate the cremation.Rajput leaders Lokendra Singh Kalvi, Ranveer Gudha and Sukhdev Singh, who were leading the agitation in the village, were arrested along with 200 persons, while Shri Rajput Sabha leaders Giriraj Singh and Mahipal Singh were arrested in Jaipur.They had given a call to the community members to stage a march to the State Capital.During Wednesday’s violence, Lalchand Sharma from Haryana was killed in the clash between the police and the crowd of protesters.The mob allegedly attacked the police with stones, snatched weapons and set a police vehicle on fire.Nine policemen and three civilians, who were seriously injured, were admitted to Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital in Jaipur.Hospital spokesperson S.S. Yadav said two of the injured were shifted to the intensive care unit after their surgery on Thursday.The administration has banned Internet services in several areas of Nagaur, Churu, Sikar and Bikaner districts in an attempt to stop the spread of rumours on the social media.Fake videos, messages and images had gone viral on web-based applications since Anandpal’s encounter.The State Roadways buses started plying in Nagaur district on Thursday evening after a gap of two days, while the railways cancelled the Ratangarh-Sardarshahar train, partially cancelled the Jodhpur-Hisar train and diverted three others after the protesters damaged the track passing through Sanvrad.last_img read more

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Nanomaterial May Be Future of Hard Drives

first_imgDENVER—Most magnets shrug off tiny temperature tweaks. But now physicists have created a new nanomaterial that dramatically changes how easily it flips its magnetic orientation when heated or cooled only slightly. The effect, never before seen in any material, could eventually lead to new types of computer memory.Materials become magnetized when their internal magnetic grains, which usually point in different directions, align in a strong enough magnetic field. How much a material’s grains resist aligning is known as its coercivity. A familiar bar magnet, for example, has high coercivity, with its typically constant north-south poles. Other substances, such as iron and nickel, have low coercivity, meaning they can change their orientations more easily.Coercivity isn’t just about a magnet’s composition: It also depends on its temperature. Usually, a magnet’s coercivity changes gradually as its temperature rises or falls. But the new nanomaterial shows this isn’t always true. To make the material, a team led by physicist Ivan Schuller at the University of California, San Diego, deposited an ultrathin 10-nanometer layer of nickel onto a 100-nanometer-thick wafer of a substance called vanadium oxide. The scientists then cooled the mixture and ramped up a magnetic field until the nickel’s grains started to flip. 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But between negative 88°C and negative 108°C, its coercivity jumped up five times, making it much more resistant to changing its magnetic orientation. Its coercivity then plummeted to half its maximum value as the scientists further lowered the temperature to negative 123°C, meaning the material’s grains again became easier to flip. The dramatic spike in coercivity—far larger than that seen in any other material over a similar temperature range—excited the researchers, who reported it at this week’s American Physical Society meeting in Denver. The work also appears in Applied Physics Letters. This is what we physicists like to do—look at things that are huge effects, that are fantastic effects,” Schuller says.Even though nickel has the flippable magnetic grains, Schuller thinks a change in vanadium oxide’s internal structure is what causes the combined material’s coercivity spike. Vanadium oxide’s atoms take on one arrangement above negative 88°C  and another below negative 123°C. Between the two temperatures, however, the material contains blocks with both arrangements. That mixed structure makes it harder for the overlying nickel’s grains to flip en masse, Schuller says.While potential applications are still a ways off, Schuller thinks his team’s finding could someday lead to a new kind of temperature-controlled computer memory. Computers encode information in tiny magnetic components, and to be stable these components must not realign easily. But the magnets must also be able to flip quickly under certain conditions, so that memory can be rewritten. Schuller envisions that a hard drive based on his finding would keep its memory elements at a high-coercivity temperature most of the time, and heat them slightly for rewriting. This would be a huge improvement over current heat-assisted magnetic recording devices, whose elements must be heated hundreds of degrees by laser.“I was a bit surprised” at the large coercivity spike the team found, says Dan Dahlberg, a physicist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. “It’s not what you would expect.” But Dahlberg is not excited enough about the material to start studying it himself. He notes that any viable heat-assisted memory technology would need to operate near room temperature, not at the frigid temperature where the coercivity of Schuller’s material spikes. (Schuller says his team has produced a material with a coercivity spike closer to room temperature and is planning to publish this result.)Still, Dahlberg says, it can be hard to predict whether a new discovery will lead to applications down the road. “To say something will never end up in technology … is a very dangerous thing.”last_img read more

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FEU prepared to play PVL Finals game 2 sans Pons

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Armed with more experience, Amer expected to lead Meralco in Finals Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBernadeth Pons has missed five of her team’s last six games but somehow, Far Eastern University still went on to make it to the championship round of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Minus Pons, FEU fell short in the finals opener but not after going toe-to-toe against an undefeated National University side, bannered by the towering Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Santiago imposed her will and finished with a game-high 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces.The Lady Bulldogs took Game 1, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Tamaraws are likely to be without their team captain in Pons and another key player in Kyla Atienza in Game 2.The last time Pons showed up, she led FEU over Adamson in the semis decider on Saturday with 15 points. Still, FEU coach George Pascua said his team will be ready to play on Saturday regardless.“We’re prepared to play again without them,” said Pascua. “We’ve been able to perform during games that she (Pons) wasn’t there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Women shooters break into the male bastion

first_imgSeeing their cheery disposition, it is easy to think that Anisa Sayyed and Rahi Sarnobat are your average girls next door. But don’t be fooled, because behind that ever-present laughter are two talented and extremely competitive souls. Throughout the day, despite the pressure of expectations from a decent gathering of people, Anisa looked relaxed. But the real story, she said, was different.”I am naturally a very cheerful person and those who know me have been telling me all day that I’m looking different – very serious. I am prone to laughing a lot but I’ve been keeping myself under control today,” the Pune girl said with a giggle. Anisa’s coach, Syed Wazir Ali, accepted that he had told her to be serious during the competition. “Generally when we are at the range and can’t find her, all we need to do is just listen carefully for the sound of laughter, and there she is.Today, I had specifically told her to keep that under control, so that it doesn’t affect her concentration. After all, shooting is such a precise sport and one minor mistake can make a huge difference to the final outcome,” he said. The 29-year-old also had a serious message to deliver to the women of the country. “Shooting is ideal for women. It is not physically too demanding and, being an individual sport, it doesn’t really have too much scope for interference from others. I hope that with our success here, more women will be inspired to come out and play,” Anisa said, reflecting the motto of the Games. Rahi, on the other hand, was extremely pleased to finish with silver. “The first time I picked up a gun was three years ago, so my journey has been really good so far,” the 19-year-old said. Born in Kolhapur, Rahi’s inspi ration was 50m rifle prone world champion Tejaswini Sawant.advertisement”Tejaswini’s success at the previous Commonwealth Games in Melbourne (she won two gold medals) was really the reason I took up the sport. I watched the last one on TV and won the silver in this one, so I couldn’t be happier,” she said. When quizzed about why she didn’t take up rifle shooting like her idol, Rahi quipped: “I don’t really like all the things rifle shooters have to carry around, like their shooting attire and their big rifles. Pistol is much easier that way.” Asked about the pistol shooters’ complaint that there was no specialist coach for them, Rahi said it didn’t matter much. “I guess the lack of a specialist coach is actually helping the pistol shooters, because they are learning on their own and making a bigger effort to win,” she said.last_img read more

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CWG mess: Kalmadi tells Dikshit to focus on corruption in her departments

first_imgMuck-raking over alleged corruption in organising the Commonwealth Games (CWG) resulted in a face-off between the Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. A seemingly edgy Kalmadi, who bore the brunt of the public battering for the mess in the run-up to the Games, hit back at Dikshit with a vengeance on Sunday.Suresh KalmadiPulling no punches, he suggested that she should focus on “corruption in her own departments”. Kalmadi drew attention to the state government’s large CWG budget and said this must be probed. The Games organising committee (OC) could not be made a scapegoat and his “patience” should not be seen as a sign of guilt.The Games chief’s sharp attack came a day after the chief minister had said that “suspicion (of corruption) was very much on the OC”. She had said that Kalmadi failed to win the people’s confidence. But a combative Kalmadi, a veteran Congressman and MP from Pune, refused to be the fall guy – even though the portents did not look good for him after snubs by the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.He said the role of Dikshit’s government should fall within the purview of the multipronged high-level probe ordered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday. Describing Dikshit’s comments casting aspersions on the OC as “most disappointing and uncalled for”, he said the V.K. Shunglu probe committee’s investigation should also include all Games-related work undertaken by the state government.Kalmadi’s contention was that while the OC had been assigned a budget of `1,620 crore, the scope of work undertaken by the Delhi government was almost 10 times the amount at `16,000 crore. “It is not right to deflect and point fingers at others when she (Dikshit) must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments?.advertisementThe OC was constantly being criticised for delays and shoddy work when we were not at all involved in any construction activity,” he said. “Despite a series of attacks in the run-up to the Games, I was quiet as I wanted the Games to succeed. Keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Nor should patience be seen as a sign of guilt.It was more important to focus on the task of conducting the Games well,” he said. Kalmadi, evidently, was not ready to be projected as the fount of all that went awry with the Games, while allowing Dikshit to score points with a role that was much larger since it related to building infrastructure for the extravaganza.Kalmadi’s attack on Dikshit came soon after he met urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy, apparently to prepare for Monday’s meeting of the group of ministers (GoM) set up to oversee the CWG preparations. The OC chief said according to the “institutional arrangement” laid down for the Games, the sports infrastructure would be funded by the government and developed by government agencies, and the state government would develop, upgrade and improve the city infrastructure with support from the Centre.The OC’s responsibility would be the conduct and delivery of the Games. The trading of charges by the two senior Congress leaders was received with a mix of shock and amusement by the party. Sources in the Congress said Dikshit and Kalmadi should have waited for the Shunglu committee’s findings instead of “washing dirty linen in public”.A senior party leader said: “We have taken serious note of it. No amount of public posturing will bail them out if they are guilty and if they are innocent, their names will be cleared.” Kalmadi claimed that the Games had succeeded because of the efforts of “Team India”, including a large number of people and agencies and not any individual.”Mrs Dikshit’s attempt to take credit for getting the Games Village ready in time does not fit with the team concept. The L-G and the OC, who were preparing the Village for over two years, coordinated the work of a number of agencies to ensure that it was ready to welcome the athletes,” he said, in an apparent bid to play up the differences that have allegedly cropped up between Dikshit and Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna.The government is toying with the idea of assigning part of the investigations to parliamentary panels like the Public Accounts Committee and Estimates Committee since the charges of financial irregularities directly impinge on the public exchequer. The GoM on Monday is expected to discuss the loan money of over `1,600 crore spent by the OC.advertisementThere have been several allegations of overspending against the OC, which are also being looked into by the investigating agencies. According to the original agreement, the OC was to return the loan. But, it has insisted on making the CWG revenue neutral as earnings were not sufficient. The revenue to the OC was to come primarily through the sponsors, broadcasting rights and sale of tickets.Allegations of corruption and shoddy work had affected sponsorship and ticket sales.Investigations beginThe Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has directed all agencies associated with the 2010 Commonwealth Games to submit their explanations regarding alleged irregularities in projects by the end of October. A consolidated report will then be handed over to the committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The CPWD, MCD, DDA and PWD are still to furnish their explanations.New CVC P.J. Thomas has now sought point-wise replies to its queries. The CAG will start audit work pertaining to the Commonwealth Games Village from October 28. The IT department, too, has initiated a full-fledged probe into CWG irregularities.last_img
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Uttar Pradesh shames nation with five rape cases in 48 hours

first_imgFive fresh cases of rape were reported in Uttar Pradesh in the past 48 hours. The sudden spurt in crime against women in the state has shocked the country.The incidents triggered angry outbursts from the Opposition, with the Samajwadi Party (SP) dubbing the state a “Balatkari (rapist) Pradesh”. The attacks come just days after a gruesome incident in Kannauj district where a 13-year-old girl’s eyes were gouged out by two men when she resisted their attempt to rape her.The newest victims included a 35-year-old Etah resident who was burnt alive after her rapists were through with her.On Sunday, five persons barged into the house of Meena (name changed) in Etah district’s Sabhapur village and gang-raped her.However, Meena recognised three of her rapists.Following this, they drew petrol from their motorcycles, doused her with it and then set the woman ablaze. She died in hospital on Monday morning.What outraged Meena’s family and activists alike was the absolute brazenness of the rapists. After they set Meena on fire, they did not run away from the spot but instead stayed there for about 30 minutes to ensure that she was burnt more than 90 per cent and almost dead.The state government found Narendra Pal, SHO of the Nidhauli Kalan police station under which Sabhapur falls, guilty of diverting the case and delaying action against the culprits. Pal had initially registered a case of loot and said the woman committed suicide.But it was converted to a case of rape and murder after the victim succumbed to her burn injuries.advertisementThree of the five men who killed Meena have now been arrested.In another incident, the decomposed body of a 13-year-old Dalit girl was found on Monday in a sugarcane field in Kithauli village. The police said the girl, who was missing since Friday, was kidnapped, raped and killed by three men. Two suspects have been arrested and one is on the run, Special director general of police Brij Lal said.Additional superintendent of police Sanjay Kumar said the girl’s body has been sent for a postmortem examination. “The police in Gonda didn’t react in time. We will take action against them,” Kumar said.Then, a 45-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two policemen in the Akrabad area of Aligarh on Sunday night. Superintendent of police (rural) Prem Chand said: “The woman claims she can recognise the policemen who raped her. We are conducting an inquiry.” In Farrukhabad, two persons were arrested after they raped an 11-year-old girl late on Saturday.Another 20-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by one Satti Singh in Ranipur village of the Basti district on Friday. But the police recorded the victim’s statement only on Sunday.The alleged rapist, who is on the run, belongs to the same village and is known to the woman.Rajesh Modak, Basti’s police superintendent, met her on Sunday and assured her that action will be taken against the culprit.Information secretary Prashant Trivedi denied that crime against women was on the rise in the state.”UP is a populous state and we consider such cases as random incidents. It will be wrong to say that such incidents reflect on the ability of the administration,” he said.But the SP bayed for CM Mayawati’s blood and called for her resignation. “Law and order in the state is pitiable. UP is known as Balatkari Pradesh under her rule,” the SP’s Shivpal Singh Yadav said.The Congress on Monday said Mayawati has lost her moral authority to continue in office as she has failed to protect the disadvantaged sections of the society.AICC spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said: “The state government and the CM are not showing even an iota of seriousness. The CM should ensure that speedy justice is delivered in the cases. Otherwise, she will cease to have the moral authority to continue in office.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Tata-owned JLR to expand dealership network in India

first_imgTata Motors-owned British luxury brands Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR), which opened its 15th dealership and the first in Pune on Saturday in association with Ace Perkins, is planning to expand its dealership network from 15 to 20, targeting tier-II cities like Bangalore, Surat and Aurangabad.Besides, the JLR has also decided to launch two new cars next year to take on top selling German luxury car maker in India.Commenting on dealership expansion, Rohit Suri, Head, Premier Car Division, Jaguar Land Rover India, said, “The luxury car market in the tier-II cities is growing rapidly. This expansion programme will continue to improve accessibility to our products through further new dealerships across India.” “This forms part of the Jaguar Land Rover strategy to increase market share in India. We want to maintain this momentum by heightening the awareness of our brands,” he added.He further added, “The company will launch the Jaguar XJ Ultimate and Jaguar F-Type two-seater sports car in India in 2013 to compete with German luxury car manufactures like Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. The models, which will be launched first in the UK and Europe and then in India through completely built unit (CBU) route.”The two new cars will be imported from its Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham, UK.The JLR has sold over 2300 units in India in the year 2011-12 and has achieved a sales growth of 157 per cent in the Indian market.It assembles Freelander 2, sports utility vehicle at Chakan plant in Pune has sold 800 units during the last fiscal. The company does not disclose quarterly sales for the June quarter.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Neymar Out for Four Weeks Say PSG After Injury During Brazil Friendly

first_img BrazilfriendlyinjuryNeymar First Published: October 14, 2019, 11:49 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar will be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for Brazil, the French club said on Monday.Neymar limped off in the 12th minute on Sunday as Brazil drew 1-1 against Nigeria in a friendly in Singapore. PSG said that an MRI scan showed that their star player had suffered “a grade two lesion” in his left hamstring.If he is out until November 11, Neymar will miss four French league matches, including a trip to Marseille on October 27, and home and away Champions League games against Bruges.The world’s most expensive player had been due to make his champions League return against Bruges next Tuesday after serving a two-match suspension.This latest in a catalogue of injuries since joining PSG in 2017 came after a promising start to the season with four goals in five Ligue 1 matches. last_img read more

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HAQQANI 2

first_imgAsked about it, he says, “Being smaller than India,Asked about it, he says, “Being smaller than India, Pakistan cannot succeed in a conventional military offensive but it hopes to force Indias hand by disrupting life in its cities and creating fear all round. This deep-rooted desire for military competition even by unconventional means is the reason why terrorism endures.”Pakistans current army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has mobilised the military against jihadi groups that attack inside Pakistan and that is a positive thing. But the policy of tolerating and supporting jihadis attacking Afghanistan and India remains unchanged.”Uncontrolled armed militias, which is what the anti-India jihadi groups are, are a danger to any society and Pakistan has to act against all jihadi groups for the sake of its own people, he says and rues that the “temptation to persist with irregular warfare and the alliance between Islamist militants and the Pakistani security apparatus still remains strong”.He suggests that Pakistan needs to “shut down the jihadi groups and India needs to reassure Pakistans establishment that it is not out to gobble up Pakistan and the paranoid support of terrorism is unnecessary”.He alleges that Indias approach to Pakistan has been inconsistent. “It neither sustains dialogue for long enough for it to bear fruit nor does it stay away from talks consistently to convey the message that talks and terrorism cannot go together.”Asked whether Sharif needs to reciprocate gestures like the one made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he went to Lahore and attended the wedding of the formers grand-daughter, Haqqani replies, “Gestures only go so far in ending mistrust and changing entrenched security policies. I think it is time for substantive actions, not just gestures that look great for a few days but have no lasting impact on the relationship.”advertisementHaqqani also terms as a “self-defeating strategy”, the militarys view that irregular warfare with the help of Islamists is a cheap and easy option.On Kashmir issue, he says Pakistan never had a strategy to press its claim and always approached the issue emotionally.”Over the years at regular intervals, India has called for normalisation first while Pakistan has insisted on resolving Kashmir first without offering alternative intermediate solutions. This encapsulates the predicament of India-Pakistan discussions.”He is of the view that normalisation of relations with India is far more important for Pakistan today than it was in the early years of its life as an independent state.”The problem for Pakistan?s ruling elite is that after 69 years of describing Kashmir as Pakistan?s primary national cause it is not easy, especially for an overbearing military, to effectively manage a major shift in national priorities.” PTI ZMN ANSlast_img read more

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Justin Gilbert makes Case McCoy sad

first_imgI cannot describe how much I love this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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‘All guilty’: Marseille fans spell out their anger at players, coach and club

first_imgShare on Twitter 13Bordeaux18-122 Share on WhatsApp Things were the same in Marseille’s attack, where Lucas Ocampos, who has played most often as a left-sided wingback this season, was selected to lead the line while three recognised strikers (Kostas Mitroglou, Valére Germain and Clinton N’Jie) were all left on the bench. N’Jie and Germain did come on, but Garcia’s principled stance seemed increasingly imprudent as it forced other players into unfamiliar roles. Morgan Sanson, the club’s exciting box-to-box midfielder and perhaps the only sensible purchase made in the McCourt era, cut a forlorn figure wide on the left of a 4-2-3-1, while Maxime Lopez, who scored the hosts’ opener, is never a defensive midfielder, especially when forced to work alongside the static Kevin Strootman.Whatever the message Garcia may have been trying to send, it was poorly received by the club’s fans. They were apoplectic that their team failed to beat a struggling Monaco side who were missing an entire XI through injury. Even the return of Rony Lopes was tempered by the late withdrawal of Radamel Falcao through illness. Failing to beat a rival is frustrating, but to do so at home while that rival is at their weakest is unforgivable for the Vélodrome crowd.That crowd, such as it was (the stadium was roughly 10,000 short of capacity), became the main story after the match. The result taken in isolation was far from disastrous – especially with Monaco looking reinvigorated by the arrivals of Fàbregas and new centre-back Naldo – but Marseille are without a win in eight matches so their fans can hardly be blamed.Frustration over a Florian Thauvin goal being ruled out by VAR fanned the flames of their discontent, but a pointed banner in the stands that read “Humiliated in Europe, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de La Ligue – directors, players, manager, you are the shame of Marseille,” made clear that fans were infuriated by more than the evening’s display. Marseille are well known for their vociferous support; the Vélodrome is frequently marked as one of France’s most intimidating atmospheres, but that same passion that runs so deep in supporting the club was clearly being brought to bear on the fans’ frustrations as well. 15Angers18-220 14Toulouse19-1121 Marseille humbled by fourth-tier amateurs in Coupe de France Twitter After the match, fans remonstrated with the players, who, to their credit, went over to the base of the stands to hear their grievances. Steve Mandanda and Gustavo were front and centre for these exchanges, but more telling was the distance kept by Garcia, who seemed reluctant to be even outside of the tunnel at full-time as calls for his dismissal had been chanted at various points during the match. Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the club’s president, who made headlines with a display of frustration in the dressing room following last weekend’s elimination from the Coupe de France at the hands of amateur side Andrézieux remained safely ensconced in his box, even as rumours swirled about him potentially being replaced given the club’s form.Eyraud’s fiery dissatisfaction last Sunday was meant to be a call to arms but it increasingly reeks of desperation. It is difficult to see how the situation can be resolved, at least without a changing of the guard. Whether that means an exit for Eyraud, Garcia or players remains to be seen, but Marseille’s paralysing stasis must have an end, and soon, if the “Champions Project” is to survive.Ligue 1 talking points• After Olivier Dall’Oglio’s sacking over Christmas, Antoine Kombouaré’s reign at Dijon began with a creditable draw with Montpellier. Having clung to the freewheeling style that produced Ligue 1’s fifth best home record last term, Dall’Oglio’s Dijon slumped to a sole victory in 15 league games after three opening wins. With relegation lurking, the club acted. Dall’Oglio’s seven years in charge should still be seen as a success though. He guided the small Burgundy club to Ligue 1 for just the second time, playing attractive football in the process. Hopefully his stock will have risen sufficiently for a Ligue 1 return. Kombouaré, who was himself sacked by Guingamp last month, could very well save Dijon, but it will not be nearly as much fun to watch. • With investment to come, Bordeaux’s future seems bright, but their present remains in doubt. An early European exit, Gustavo Poyet’s bizarre sacking and fluctuating league form have left Les Girondins adrift and fans frustrated. Compounding their malaise, key forward François Kamano, 22, has attracted significant interest from Monaco this week and his head has undoubtedly been turned. A little too desperate to impress, his wayward display played into the hands of Le Havre, who knocked Bordeaux out of the Coupe de France last weekend. When the sides met again in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals on Wednesday night, manager Éric Bedouet decided to leave him out as he had “a lot on his mind”. With Bordeaux demanding a €30m fee, a deal remains distant. Kamano, who started their 1-0 defeat to Nice on the bench, has put Les Girondins in a difficult position. They are inconsistent when Komano is at his unfocused worst yet they are unable to replace the Guinean at his sparkling best.• After last weekend’s Coupe de France shocks, the midweek league Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals proved equally unpredictable. A complacent PSG lost their first domestic cup game since 2014, exiting to Ligue 1 bottom club Guingamp. Although Thomas Tuchel complained that Guingamp only entered the PSG box three times, the visitors won three penalties, scoring two for a shock 2-1 win that will affect Ligue 1’s European race. Due to PSG winning the last nine domestic cups, fifth and sixth have become concrete Europa League spots but, with none of the last four clubs in the league cup expected to finish that high, Ligue 1’s continental race just got tighter. 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The game not only underscored issues in terms of their squad building, but also their fans’ heightened level of dissatisfaction. Marseille’s failure to invest in the summer has left the club lacking depth, at least in the opinion of their manager Rudi Garcia.Not for the first time this season, Garcia picked Luiz Gustavo in central defence. This had been a matter of necessity in the past, as Rolando had been unavailable, but on Sunday Adil Rami sat on the bench while Luiz Gustavo partnered Rolando. Quite apart from what that says about Garcia’s confidence in his defenders, it also robbed the hosts of having their best midfielder playing in his preferred position.With Cesc Fàbregas proving influential in central midfield for Monaco on his debut, the decision to install Gustavo as a makeshift centre-back was either a marked riposte to Frank McCourt’s tight purse-strings (and the failure of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta to bring in players of any quality with the money that was spent) or the ultimate in quixotic foolhardiness on the manager’s part. 1PSG184350 Read more Thank you for your feedback. Show Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Open Letter to the Global Fund Board on MNCH

first_imgPosted on December 14, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Written by: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFOver the past 12-18 months, a dedicated group of advocates have been pushing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to expand its mandate to include maternal, newborn and child health programs. (The Global Fund was created in 2001 by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to galvanize and coordinate global funding for HIV/AIDS and two of its major co-infections.) The movement to add MNCH to the Fund’s thus far successful vertical programming will face a deciding moment at the upcoming Global Fund Board Meeting being held in Sofia, Bulgaria today through Wednesday. The Board has received the following letter showing broad popular support for the shift and they will be discussing if and how to implement it. We will be tracking the progress of this movement and reporting more here. Stay tuned!Read the letterShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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10 days agoFrance great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say France great Fernandez: Giroud must leave Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance great Luis Fernandez says Olivier Giroud needs to leave Chelsea.Giroud has struck in both of France’s games this week, but Fernandez feels he could be doing much more for the Les Bleus if he was playing consistently at club level.He explained: “I think he will leave Chelsea this winter, he has to leave. “If he does not find a new club, it may be complicated. You have to play and have rhythm. “There will certainly be a discussion with Didier (Deschamps, France coach).” last_img read more

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Buffon undergoing medical ahead of Juve return

first_imgGianluigi Buffon has arrived at Juventus’ medical facility ahead of his stunning return to the Serie A champions.Sources close to a remarkable move revealed to Goal back in June that a deal to take the Bianconeri legend back to Turin was being considered .Just 12 months have passed since Buffon bid an emotional farewell to Juve when the decision was taken to move on at the end of his contract after spending 17 memorable years with the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Paris Saint-Germain seized the opportunity to snap up a modern-day icon on a short-term deal in the summer of 2018, however, Buffon spent just one season with the Ligue 1 title holders.He is now 41 years of age, but has no desire to hang up his gloves and is ready to retrace his steps back to Italy.It is understood that the World Cup-winning goalkeeper will sign a one-year contract with Juve once he has completed all of the necessary physical assessments.📍 Time to check into JMedical pic.twitter.com/hmmC6P9yud — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 4, 2019 If, as expected, an agreement with Buffon goes through, then he will become the latest addition of a productive summer for Juventus.Despite having secured an eighth successive Serie A crown in 2018-19, the Bianconeri are not resting on their laurels and they are making every effort to ensure that they are even stronger next term.Massimiliano Allegri has departed the dugout, but Maurizio Sarri is expected to slip seamlessly into a high-profile coaching post and he is set to have a wealth of international talent at his disposal.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the charge once more, but will be aided by a star-studded supporting cast.Aaron Ramsey has completed his move to Turin from Arsenal as a free agent.Adrien Rabiot has also been acquired to bolster the midfield ranks , with the France international linking up with Juve after running down his deal at PSG.Matthijs de Ligt could become the next notable addition to the ranks at the Allianz Stadium, with the Bianconeri leading the chase for Ajax’s much sought-after teenage centre-half .Plenty of other moves are also being mooted, with it suggested that efforts could be made to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin from a testing three-year spell at Manchester United.last_img read more

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Analyst Puts 4 Major College Football Coaches On The Hot Seat

first_imgA general view of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 13: Fans watch the USC Trojans and the Ohio State Buckeyes compete at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans defeated the Buckeyes 35-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)This year has been quiet, relative to those before it, in terms of early college football coach firings. So far, only Mike Jinks of Bowling Green has been let go.There will be plenty of other names falling as we get closer to season’s end. A few coaches are pretty much guaranteed to be let go, while some other big names’ seats are extremely hot.Bobby Petrino has been one of the names generating much of the hot seat buzz. His Louisville Cardinals are off to a rough 2-5 start, and are 0-4 in ACC play.ESPN’s FPI projects the Cardinals to finish 3-9, with the only “likely” win (53.9-percent) coming this weekend at home against Wake Forest. S&P+ comes to a similar conclusion; it gives Louisville a 56-percent chance to beat Wake Forest, but the next most likely win is just 27-percent chance against NC State. That metric gives Louisville a 90-percent chance to finish between 2-10 and 4-8, with just a 1-percent chance at recovering to go 6-6 and make a bowl.Bobby Petrino is one of four Power Five college football coaches that Sports Illustrated‘s Andy Staples names to the hot seat in his latest column.Petrino has been pretty successful to this point during his second stint at UL, and has mostly stayed above the fray in terms of controversy.The school recently overhauled the athletic department after the men’s basketball program’s involvement in the FBI probe into the sport. It wouldn’t be shocking for new full-time athletic director Vince Tyra to try and make his mark on the football program.If Petrino is fired, the name everyone will run to is Louisville alumnus Jeff Brohm, Purdue’s head coach. It was already a legitimate question if he would head to Louisville from Purdue. After Saturday’s Boilermakers rout of Ohio State, he will likely have his pick of jobs this off-season.The other three coaches on the hot seat, per Staples: USC’s Clay Helton, Rutgers’ Chris Ash, and Kansas’ David Beaty.Ash is almost definitely going to be gone. Rutgers has looked completely helpless this season, with Saturday’s close loss to Northwestern serving as a high-water mark.Beaty’s Jayhawks are definitely improved, but are well below the level it takes to compete in the Big 12 on a weekly basis. Meager improvement was never going to be enough in year four.Helton is an interesting one. He’s done a nice job in bringing talent to the Trojans, but that program largely recruits for itself. Playing freshman quarterback JT Daniels right off the bat this year could help him make a “growing pains” argument. Still, finishing middle of the pack in a very weak Pac-12 South won’t look great.[Sports Illustrated]last_img read more

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Minnesota WR’s Spectacular One-Handed TD Grab Is Early ‘Catch Of The Year’

first_imgA general view of Michigan's stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Michigan Stadium during the first quarter of the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)We haven’t even gotten through a full weekend of college football yet, and we already have an early “Catch of the Year” candidate.Just before the end of the first half of tonight’s Minnesota-South Dakota State game, Golden Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman hauled in an incredible one-handed touchdown grab.On a 3rd-and-13 from the SDSU 42, Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan lofted a ball down the left sideline, where Bateman had beaten his defender. The safety help was late getting over, but the throw seemed to be just out of Bateman’s reach.Then this happened. Minnesota’s Rashad Bateman just made one of the best catches you’ll see all season. pic.twitter.com/1qEeZ8UaRP— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) August 30, 2019I mean, that is just tremendous concentration and hand-eye coordination on a dead sprint. You aren’t going to see too many grabs better than that this year.Minnesota missed the extra point, but maintains a 13-7 lead over the Jackrabbits at intermission. We’ll see if chasing that point comes back to haunt them later.For now, just watch that Bateman catch as many times as possible.last_img read more

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Les adolescents reçoivent de linformation pour les aider à trouver de laide

first_imgLa Province aide les adolescents de la Nouvelle-Écosse en leur fournissant de l’information sur les endroits où trouver de l’aide s’ils vivent une situation de crise. À compter d’aujourd’hui, 15 avril, la Province distribuera une fiche d’information à tous les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année. La fiche d’information contient des numéros de téléphone à composer et d’autres ressources pour aider ces élèves ou quelqu’un qu’ils connaissent si jamais ils ont besoin d’aide, souligne Marilyn More, ministre responsable du Conseil consultatif sur la condition féminine. Mme More coordonne les efforts de la Province en réponse à des événements tragiques survenus récemment. « Je veux que tous nos jeunes sachent qu’il y a des endroits où ils peuvent se tourner s’ils ont besoin d’aide, indique Mme More. De grâce, demandez de l’aide si vous vivez une situation traumatique ou une crise, ou si vous connaissez un ami ou un membre de votre famille qui a besoin d’aide. Parlez à quelqu’un que vous connaissez, comme à un membre de votre famille, un parent, un ami ou un enseignant, ou appelez une ligne d’aide. « J’espère que cette ressource incitera les parents à parler avec leurs enfants au sujet des ressources et des outils à leur disposition. » Les jeunes peuvent téléphoner à Jeunesse, j’écoute au 1-800-668-6868 et n’importe qui peut utiliser les services d’urgence en santé mentale en appelant la ligne d’aide, soit le 1-888-429-8167. Les gens peuvent aussi obtenir de l’aide en composant le 211, le 811 ou en allant à l’urgence ou en consultant leur médecin de famille. Pour voir toute la gamme des lignes d’écoute et des sites Web qui pourraient aider les gens, consulter le site http://novascotia.ca/help/. (Site en anglais mais certains organismes offrent des services en français.) La Province a aussi lancé une campagne, à la télévision et en ligne, afin de sensibiliser le public aux ressources qui existent en cas de besoin. La campagne s’appelle If You Need Help. Elle est offerte en anglais seulement.last_img read more

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Province Marks HIVAIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day

first_imgA red-ribbon flag was raised today, Nov. 24, to honour those living with HIV and AIDS and those lives that have been lost. The flag raising was a public ceremony at Province House, commencing HIV/AIDS Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. “In order to move forward with prevention and treatment, it’s important we increase public awareness and break down barriers like social stigma,” said Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage MLA Joyce Treen, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “HIV-related stigma can affect access and a person’s willingness to seek testing and treatment.” HIV/AIDS Awareness week ends on Dec. 1, which is international World AIDS Day and the first day of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. The global campaign theme for World AIDS Day is Hands Up for #HIVPREVENTION. It explores different aspects of HIV prevention, such as harm reduction and testing, and how they relate to specific groups of people, key populations, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that approximately 21 per cent of the estimated 75,500 Canadians living with HIV do not know they are infected. Early testing and treatment is key to a longer life expectancy for those affected, and helps prevent the spread of new cases. In 2014 there was a review of Nova Scotia’s strategy on HIV/AIDS. The Nova Scotia advisory commission on AIDS has implemented a plan to engage stakeholders to help improve access to services and supports, including HIV screening and harm reduction services. To assist with discussion with stakeholders, the commission developed backgrounders on key issues that highlight the need for coordinated action. “Despite advances in prevention, testing and treatment, more work is needed to increase early screening and diagnosis, and services that reduce the spread of HIV and other sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections,” said Michelle Proctor-Simms, director of the Nova Scotia advisory commission on AIDS. “We are looking at opportunities to improve access to critical services and supports such as testing and needle exchange.” About 17 people tested positive for HIV in Nova Scotia 2015, and 828 people developed AIDS in Nova Scotia since testing began in 1983. The Nova Scotia advisory commission on AIDS advises government on HIV/AIDS issues and coordinates the implementation of the provincial HIV/AIDS strategy. For a full list of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day events across the province, visit www.novascotia.ca/AIDS.last_img read more

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Medical users fear legalized recreational pot may leave them behind in puff

first_imgFor Mandy McKnight, the benefits of cannabis oil to treat her son Liam’s debilitating seizures seem almost miraculous — the nine-year-old has gone from being wracked daily by dozens of the life-threatening episodes to having days now when he experiences none.But like many Canadians authorized by doctors to use marijuana to treat a wide range of medical disorders, McKnight is worried what will happen when recreational pot for adults becomes legally available through government-sanctioned retail outlets in July.Will there be enough product to supply both markets? And how will medical users manage the cost, which will be subject to the same excise tax levied on consumers merely looking to get high?“I’m worried about how are they going to guarantee that his medicine is in stock every month and it’s not going to all be bought up by the recreational users,” says McKnight of Constance Bay, Ont., near Ottawa, whose son has dramatically improved since he began taking oral doses of an oil high in CBD (cannabidiol) but low in marijuana’s psychoactive component THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).“Before we started the cannabis oil, he was having upwards on a bad day of maybe 80 seizures a day,” the mother of four says of Liam, who has Dravet syndrome. “There were times when we were calling an ambulance a lot, and he was actually even airlifted into the children’s hospital quite a few times.“It hasn’t freed Liam from disease, but it has certainly improved his quality of life by 1,000 per cent,” she says of cannabis oil, which the family purchases through a licensed producer for $60 per bottle plus GST/HST and shipping costs.Liam’s pediatrician has prescribed 22 bottles per month to treat his seizures, but McKnight admits that she and her husband Dave can afford only half that number.And when the excise tax comes into force once recreational marijuana is legalized, that will add to the financial burden of providing a medicine for their son that isn’t covered under private or provincial insurance.“We’re not low-income,” she says, “and we cannot even come close to affording Liam’s medicine.”Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana, or CFAMM, has been lobbying the federal government to nip the idea of taxing therapeutic cannabis in the bud, arguing that no other prescription pharmaceutical is subject to taxation.“Affordability is the No. 1 barrier to access for medical cannabis patients and any kind of taxation or price increases will affect patients’ health and fundamentally isn’t how we treat medications from a tax policy perspective in Canada,” argues Jonathan Zaid, founder and executive director of CFAMM.The federal plan would add $1 of excise tax per gram of cannabis or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher.MP Bill Blair, the Liberals’ point man on legalizing marijuana, has said his government is committed to maintaining a functional medical marijuana system. But “at the same time, we do not want the taxation levels to be an incentive for people to utilize that system inappropriately and so we propose that the taxation levels for both non-medical and medical will be aligned.”Zaid, who began using medicinal marijuana about four years ago to treat a condition called daily persistent headache, says the government seems to think some people may fake illness to get access to cheaper pot.“While we acknowledge that price differential could be a potential concern, we don’t see that as a reason to disadvantage the 200,000-plus Canadians who legitimately access cannabis for medical purposes,” says Zaid.Health Canada predicts medicinal marijuana users will grow in numbers to 400,000 by 2024. At a time when Canada is battling an opioid dependency and overdose crisis, CFAMM maintains Ottawa shouldn’t be financially penalizing patients who are using a safer alternative to treat their pain — an alternative the organization also believes should be distributed through pharmacies.For Daphnee Elisma of Montreal, cannabis is the only drug that has helped relieve her suffering.A 2010 operation for a brain aneurysm left her with incapacitating migraines, while the removal of lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery in 2014 resulted in the development of complex regional pain syndrome in her right arm.“We’ve tried so many drugs, including opioids,” says Elisma, 42, who spends about $500 a month on oil and dried cannabis, which she primarily ingests through vaping.Unlike recreational users, “I’m not using cannabis on the weekend just for fun and mixing it with alcohol,” she says, balking at the idea that she and other therapeutic users should be hit with the excise duty, which she calls essentially another “sin” tax like that levied on alcohol and tobacco.“I use it out of medical necessity, and that’s what we need the government to understand, to make that clear distinction.”Medicinal users are also concerned about supply, given that many of the country’s licensed producers have indicated they plan to grow and distribute weed for both patients and the recreational market.“Patient groups have expressed concerns that some companies might pivot away from the medical system and focus solely on the consumer system,” says Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Edmonton-based producer Aurora Cannabis Inc.“So we’ve made a commitment that our medical patients come first,” he says, noting that Aurora is part of the industry organization Cannabis Canada, which also wants to see the double taxation on medicinal pot go up in smoke.“It’s morally wrong in our view to tax people who already have a chronic illness and many of whom are already in income-constrained situations.”Minimal insurance coverage — by both private and provincial drug plans — also has medical cannabis users fuming.With the exception of limited coverage for veterans and patients with health spending accounts — discretionary funding that covers such services as chiropractic and massage therapy, for example — most private insurance plans don’t reimburse the cost of medical cannabis. And no province or territory covers the drug under public plans.“There’s less coverage in terms of public-sector coverage, which is extremely unfortunate, given that most patients eligible for coverage by provincial formularies are generally people who have low incomes or are on disability,” observes Zaid.“So these are people who really need coverage the most and they’re getting the least support right now.”McKnight says since Liam started taking cannabis oil, he’s been weaned off all other anti-epileptic medications and has not once been rushed to hospital or admitted due to seizures.“So I think overall we are saving the health-care system thousands of dollars,” she says. “It feels to me as if we’re being punished.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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