Meghalaya district withholds exam results of students who didn’t get vaccinated

first_imgThe school education officer of a Meghalaya district has been asked to withhold the annual examination results of students who did not go for measles-rubella (MR) vaccination.P.S. Dkhar, the deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district, said he issued a circular in this regard two days ago because of the poor coverage of MR vaccination across the 2,748 sq km district whose headquarters is State capital Shillong.“The decision was taken because only 63% of the schoolchildren have been covered under MR vaccination. We have kept the results on hold for some time till we decide what is to be done next,” Mr Dkhar told The Hindu from Shillong on Thursday.The parents concerned are likely to be asked to justify why their children did not participate in the vaccination, officials said.The circular has not gone down well with organisations such as Khasi Students’ Union and the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People. They said it violates the rights of students and underlines the lack of awareness about the need for children to go for the vaccination.The MR vaccination drive in most districts of the north-eastern States was launched in March. It faced resistance in minority pockets because of rumours that birth control programme was being implemented under the garb of vaccination drive.last_img read more

NDTL’s Suspension Will Hamper India’s Anti-doping Programme: Expert

first_img Dopingindian olympic associationInternational Standard for Laboratoriesioa First Published: August 23, 2019, 6:27 PM IST New Delhi: The suspension of National Dope Testing Laboratory’s accreditation by WADA will not only impact the cost and number of dope tests in the country but will also leave India’s anti-doping programme dependent on facilities abroad for at least six months.According to experts, India will also lose revenue from the testing of samples from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Other WADA-accredited laboratories in Asia are in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Doha and Bangkok. With a limited budget at its disposal, it will now be difficult for the National Anti-Doping Agency to increase the number of dope tests this year, with the Olympics just 11 months away.The NADA claimed it conducted more than 4348 dope tests in 2018-19, including 466 blood samples. This number is likely to reduce unless the ministry or the respective National Sports Federations bear the extra cost for testing outside.Sports Medicine expert PSM Chandran said the NDTL, which got WADA accreditation in 2008, has been one of the cheapest laboratories in the world for dope testing.”The NDTL, on an average charges USD 200 (Rs 14,340), if you want the result in a 10-day window. It is costlier in other laboratories, the London laboratory will charge 250 to 300 pound (Rs 21,845 to Rs 26,243) on an average for a 10-day window of the result. Sometimes, you want the result in 48 hours, then it costs more,” Chandran, who served as Sports Authority of India’s Director of Sports Medicine for 25 years, told PTI.”But there is room for negotiation and if the dope samples are more, there can be rebates or reduction in costs. India should be targeting laboratories nearer home like Bangkok which is probably slightly costlier than NDTL,” he added.But according to Chandran, the problem could be that laboratories outside the country may not accept large number of samples.”For example, say we want to send our samples in Bangkok but that particular lab may not be able to take in a large number of samples from India because it will have to test its own and for other countries also. Then, you have to send to other countries, say in Europe which are costlier.”So, you lose the freedom of testing athletes whenever necessary. You have to first find out where the samples can be sent,” he added.Chandran said NADA may go for target/select testing instead of bulk testing under the circumstances.Asked if there could be delays in dope results coming out, he said, “It depends and it will not necessarily lead to delays because of suspension of accreditation of the NDTL. If you pay more, the results of dope tests done abroad will come on time. It is all about money.”If a delay has to happen, it will happen. We have seen delays in dope cases in India earlier also,” he added.He also refused to speculate on the reason for suspension of NDTL’s accreditation.”NDTL has been up to the standards, that is why it was accredited by WADA for these many years. There must be reasons for the suspension of the accreditation. Now, it may have to do the necessary changes or improvements under the WADA.”WADA will again find out after six months whether necessary changes or improvements are made. Let us hope for the best,” he added. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more

Nerd box score: OSU and Iowa State

first_imgHere’s a look at the nerd box score from Saturday:ISU BoxThere are a few things that stand out, let’s take a look:• To put that 4.82 yards per play in perspective. If that was OSU’s total for the season it would be in 113th in this category in the NCAA, right behind Temple.• 2.55 points per drive is solid — it would have ranked in the top 30 nationally last season.• Gundy was right when he said special teams won (or helped win) this game. 14 swing points (Tyreek and the kickoff return) plus points gained on field possession. Still the -12 swing points the other way (three field goals when inside ISU’s 25) has to be better. • Gundy was also right when he said OSU was just not very good on Saturday. Iowa State’s offense stinks — it doesn’t have more than 340 yards in a single game this year — and if it wasn’t for special teams this might have been close.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 read more

HMM Local Carriers Ink Deal to Form Alliance

first_imgzoom South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has finalized an agreement to form a consortium with its compatriots Heung-A Shipping and Sinokor Merchant Marine, according to Yonhap News Agency.On January 3 the parties entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to join forces in the HMM + K2 consortium, scheduled to start operating from March 1.HMM earlier informed that the new consortium with the two Korea Intra Asia trade carriers will cover Japan, China and South East/West Asia trades.The parties, opted for the move in an effort to “acquire competitiveness against mega shippers,” also agreed to jointly develop new shipping lines to other countries starting in May.The consortium, which includes vessel sharing, slot exchange and slot purchase, plans to develop cooperation levels to include joint investment in port infrastructure and share container equipment for the medium and long term.The deal will be effective for two years, after which it will be automatically renewed for successive two year terms.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Melmerby Beach in Pictou County Reopens

first_imgThe Department of Health and Wellness has reopened Melmerby Beach in Pictou County to swimming after receiving results of water samples that meet the recreational water guideline. The beach was closed Aug. 13. To check on the status of a beach, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit Melmerby Beach in Pictou County Reopens”>. -30-last_img

Bennett mum as chiefs call on Ottawa to replace Buller at helm

first_imgOTTAWA – Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is keeping mum on a call by First Nations chiefs for the ouster of the head of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.A special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations approved a resolution calling for the federal government to reset the inquiry by replacing the chief commissioner, Marion Buller.It also suggested a new head should be named through a process of full engagement with Indigenous survivors and families.It is now up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act, said Sheila North Wilson, the grand chief of an organization representing First Nations in northern Manitoba who has been a vocal advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women for years.“Get on with it and replace the lead commissioner and reset the inquiry,” North Wilson said in an interview.Bennett’s office would only say Thursday that the Liberal government is committed to putting an end to the ongoing tragedy and to ensuring families get the answers they have waited for.It also Ottawa has yet to receive a formal request for more time from the commission, which is tasked with examining root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“The commissioners’ mandate is clear — families must be at the centre of the commission’s work and they are committed to find culturally sensitive and trauma-informed ways to ensure this,” the office said in a statement.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he takes his direction from the chiefs that make up the assembly, adding it will be up to the federal government to determine next steps.“You have to respect the diversity (of chiefs) right across Canada,” Bellegarde said in an interview. “We support improving things because nothing is ever perfect.”The inquiry, which comprises four commissioners including Buller, is now more than a year into its two-year mandate, but says it needs more time and money to do its work. It has a current budget of $53.8 million.For her part, Buller addressed the chiefs at the AFN meeting on Thursday, where she outlined some of the challenges the commissioners have faced.North Wilson said Buller failed to acknowledge families who were loudly crying during the chief commissioner’s remarks.“I was trying hard not to be cynical but I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I would only support it (the inquiry) if a new plan was put forward.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Monkey lost since Saturday on Vancouver Island continues to evade capture

first_imgCOWICHAN LAKE, B.C. – Despite efforts to locate a small capuchin monkey in the bush of southern Vancouver Island, the little primate was still loose Thursday, almost a week after it escaped from a private facility.The male capuchin went missing Saturday from its enclosure at Primate Estates in Lake Cowichan, said Sgt. Scott Norris of the Conservation Officer Service.Capuchin moneys are native to South and Central America, weigh less than five kilograms and have brown or black bodies with cream fur around the face, neck and shoulders, the Rainforest Alliance says on its website.They are only known to descend from treetops to find water, making the search even more challenging because Norris says the bush around Lake Cowichan is dense.“The area is surrounded by forest and it’s a tiny little monkey. They’re only a couple of feet tall. It’s not like we’re looking for a giant baboon or something like that that’s going to stick out,” he said.Capuchin monkeys eat bugs and vegetation, so the forest does provide some food for the escaped primate, but Norris said there is concern about its future.“Long-term prognosis, obviously it would need to be in shelter and get high-quality food or else it won’t survive,” he said.Live traps have been set with food to entice it. Conservation officers and the owners of the facility have scoured the area, but so far there haven’t been any confirmed sightings, Norris said.He said anyone who spots the monkey should not approach it because it could bite, although the risk to the public is considered low.Sightings can be reported to the conservation service’s 24-hour hotline, which handles all calls related to wildlife-human interactions where public safety may be at risk.“We’re still hoping that it will show itself somewhere and we can catch it or the owners can catch it,” Norris said. “At the end of the day, they’re just hoping to get him back.”last_img read more

Nick Cannon Talks Lupus In New Magazine Interview

first_imgAs a multitalented entertainer and successful television personality and entrepreneur, Nick Cannon has a lot on his plate. The 32-year-old husband and father of two, who battles with lupus nephritis (kidney disease), took on another role: lupus awareness advocate.Cannon has used his voice and platform to raise awareness of lupus, an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body and affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans.The summer issue of Lupus Now magazine, published by the Lupus Foundation of America, highlights how Cannon balances his thriving careers as an entertainer and entrepreneur while living with lupus. Cannon talks openly about his diagnosis in 2012 and the toll the disease took on his work life along with the difficult decisions he made about his fast-paced lifestyle. Cannon discusses the importance for people with lupus to educate themselves and find a community of support that will help build self-esteem and confidence.“A lot of people told me that I shouldn’t share and I should keep [my lupus diagnosis] private—that it could affect my work and all that,” Cannon says. “But I feel like this happened to me so I can be an inspiration, and I can talk about it.”Additionally, Cannon explains the importance of having close family and friends surrounding him, especially his mother and wife, Mariah.“Mariah was right there with me through the whole process and kept me on the right path, so I’m forever indebted to her for that,” says Cannon.To read the complete article, or to order a subscription to Lupus Now magazine, go online to, contact your local LFA chapter, or call 866-4-THE-LFA. Published three times per year for people with lupus, their families, and health professionals, Lupus Now includes the latest information on new treatments, clinical trial updates, lifestyle and wellness features, personal stories, and more.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Farmers Advocate Office seeking participants for evaluation survey

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Farmers Advocate Office is currently seeking participants to fill out an evaluation survey.On behalf of the Peace River Regional District, MNP LLP is conducting an evaluation survey on the Farmers Advocate Office as an independent third party.The Regional District says this evaluation is to determine if the FAO is performing as expected and assess if changes and improvements to services are needed. “This evaluation requires input from all the stakeholders and landowners in the region who have interactions with the oil and gas industry are encouraged to participate in this survey.”The survey takes approximately five to ten minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you provide.All responses must be submitted by Wednesday, December 12.The survey can be accessed at the following link: read more

Boeing cutting production rate of troubled 737 Max jet

first_imgChicago: Boeing will cut production of its troubled 737 Max airliner this month, underscoring the growing financial risk it faces the longer that its best-selling plane remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can focus its attention on fixing the flight-control software that has been implicated in the crashes. The move was not a complete surprise. Boeing had already suspended deliveries of the Max last month after regulators around the world grounded the jet. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Preliminary reports into accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia found that faulty sensor readings erroneously triggered an anti-stall system that pushed the plane’s nose down. Pilots of each plane struggled in vain to regain control over the automated system. In all, 346 people died in the crashes. Boeing faces a growing number of lawsuits filed by families of the victims. Boeing also announced it is creating a special board committee to review airplane design and development. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The announcement to cut production comes after Boeing acknowledged that a second software issue has emerged that needs fixing on the Max a discovery that explained why the aircraft maker had pushed back its ambitious schedule for getting the planes back in the air. A Boeing spokesman called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works. He said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software called MCAS that Boeing has been working to upgrade since the first crash. Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg described the production cut as temporary and a response to the suspension of Max deliveries. Boeing has delivered fewer than 400 Max jets but has a backlog of more than 4,600 unfilled orders. The Chicago-based company had hoped to expand Max production this year to 57 planes a month. Indonesia’s Garuda Airlines has said it will cancel an order for 49 Max jets. Other airlines, including Lion Air, whose Max 8 crashed off the coast of Indonesia on Oct. 29, have raised the possibility of canceling. A Boeing official said Friday’s announcement about cutting production was not due to potential cancellations. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing does not publicly discuss those details. In a statement, Muilenburg said the reduction was designed to keep a healthy production system and maintain current employment in effect, slowing down production now to avoid a deeper cut later, if fixing the plane takes longer than expected. Analysts say the absence of deliveries will eat into Boeing’s cash flow because it gets most of the cost of a plane upon delivery. Boeing declined to provide figures, but undelivered Max jets have been stacking up at its Renton, Washington, assembly plant. Airlines that operate the Max will be squeezed the longer the planes are grounded, particularly if the interruption extends into the peak summer travel season. They could buy used 737s, but that would be costly because the comparably sized Boeing 737-800 was very popular and in short supply even before the Max problems, according to Jim Williams, publisher of Airfax, a newsletter that tracks transactions involving commercial aircraft. Williams said that if the Max grounding appears likely to extend into summer it will cause airlines to explore short-term leases, which could push lease rates higher, something that airline analysts say is already happening. Boeing shares closed at USD 391.93, down USD 3.93. In after-hours after news of the production cut, they slipped another USD 8.98, or 2.3%, to USD 382.85. (AP)last_img read more

As soon as BJP is ousted from Centre their growth will die

first_imgKolkata: Soon after addressing an election rally in the South Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee gave a brief interview to The Wire’s founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan and its Calcutta-based contributor Himadri Ghosh.In the interview, she discussed the possible outcomes of the election on May 23, accused Narendra Modi of political vendetta and also touched upon how the BJP’s so-called growth will come down drastically once they are ousted from the Centre. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaExcerpts: SV: Well, the 2019 election, Narendra Modi has been the face, the voice, the name that has dominated the campaign. And you have been perhaps the most forthright in directly challenging him. You say no matter what happens, Narendra Modi must go. Why do you believe that this one person’s ouster is so crucial to this election? MB: He’s not only a fascist, he’s an egoist. He has tremendous political vendetta. I used some harsh words today. But they are not harsh words. They are politically strong, bold words. Because, you know, we respect our great son of the soil, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, very much. We are celebrating 200 years this year. But the goons, the BJP goons from the Amit Shah rally, they have totally destroyed Vidyasagar’s statue… These type of people must go from this country. They must go from politics. The politician should know what is politics. Politics means sacrifice. Politics means dedication, determination, devotion. But if you think politics means “goondaism”, hooliganism, fair enough… In a democracy, everybody has the right to speak. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySV: Does it worry you that in Bengal, in a very short duration of time, the BJP has emerged as your principal challenger? The Left does not seem to be in the race. MB: Not at all, somebody will be the opposition. In a democratic setup, somebody will be ruling party, somebody will be opposition. I may be number one, but they may be number two, three or four. It is the CPM’s business, that CPM’s goons, they are joining the BJP, because the BJP is giving… to them also. So it is their matter. I don’t mind who will come as the second person. I will certainly try that I must be first. HG: Madam, we have seen for some time, people from the CPM are now marching under the BJP flag. Who do you blame for this? MB: I am telling you, this is not growth. This is absolutely not growth. This happens when the BJP is in power in the Centre. They use the situation. There, they work through agencies, so there is some growth. If the BJP is not in power, then this growth will die in a second. It is temporary. SV: In the event that the BJP falls short by a significant number… how will you… MB: We will not support the BJP. SV: Under any circumstances? MB: No.last_img read more

Gang threatens BBC team in Maharagama

Following the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama the BBC team had decided to make an ‘on location’ recording regarding the convention. A BBC team covering the Bodu Bala Sena convention in Maharagama this evening were threatened by a gang following the event.The BBC team, which included Colombo Correspondent Charles Haviland, were doing a video recording opposite the ‘No Limit’ store in Maharagama when the gang approached them. A police team had later arrived at the scene but the abuse continued even in front of the police.The policemen refused to allow the BBC team to leave and some of the gang members took photographs of the journalists. However subsequently a senior police officer arrived at the scene and ordered the police to allow the BBC team to leave.Meanwhile a reporter of the Nawamani newspaper was also abused by a gang and handed over to the Maharagama police.He was released after being detained for several hours. (Colombo Gazette) However the gang which approached them hurled abuse at them using foul language in Sinhalese and refused to let them leave. read more

UNICEF horrified at cruelty against children in Central African Republic conflict

Children have not been spared in the conflict in CAR, which erupted when mainly Muslim Séléka rebels launched attacks in December 2012 and has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as mainly Christian militias known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) have taken up arms.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), recent weeks have witnessed “unprecedented” levels of violence against children in sectarian and retaliatory attacks by anti-Balaka militia and ex-Séléka combatants – acts that constitute grave violations against children.“Children are increasingly targeted because of their religion, or because of their community,” said UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director, Manuel Fontaine. “Sectarian violence in Central African Republic has intensified, both in the capital Bangui, and in the west and centre of the country.” The agency said in a news release issued yesterday that at least 133 children have been killed and maimed, some of them in horrific ways, in two months of escalating sectarian violence. UNICEF has verified cases of children intentionally beheaded and mutilated, and is aware of children wounded in the cross-fire, who have had to have limbs amputated because insecurity blocked them from getting to the hospital in time for treatment. In the town of Boali, northwest of the capital, one in four casualties has been among children, with 22 killed and 42 injured since early December. “While violence has been committed by all groups, the most recent targeting of Muslim populations has resulted in the evacuation of whole communities and a significant increase in the number of unaccompanied children, separated from their families in the upheaval. These children are particularly at risk,” said UNICEF.The agency is appealing to Government, community, religious and civil society leaders to help end the violence and to work together towards reconciliation. It is also calling for grave violations against children to be investigated, prosecuted and punished.“There is no future for a country where adults can viciously target innocent children with impunity,” Mr. Fontaine added. “All children in the Central African Republic must be protected.”According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the country has the third highest maternal death rate in the world and the sixth highest child mortality rate even before the current crisis began. “There were enormous health needs even before the current deterioration,” Rick Brennan, WHO’s Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, told reporters in Geneva after returning from a four-day visit to CAR. “There are many ongoing humanitarian crises in the world today but nowhere are the needs as pressing as they are in the Central African Republic.”An estimated 2.5 million people – well over half of the country’s 4.6 million residents – are in need of assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“There has been real devastation of the health facilities,” said Dr. Brennan. “The vast majority of the hospitals and clinics have been extensively looted and damaged. Most health workers have left their posts, leaving huge gaps in delivery of care.” He added that essential health programmes such as vaccinations have been disrupted. People have been forced into overcrowded, unsanitary camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). In one of the camps he visited, there was one latrine per 100 persons – the basic standard is one per 20 persons. Dr. Brennan said WHO and its partners have taken a number of steps to address the situation, with the first priority being extending health services to displaced persons in the camps. In addition, more than 140,000 children have been vaccinated, particularly against measles, and drugs to meet the needs of 180,000 people for the next three months have been distributed. Meanwhile, Elisabeth Byrs of the World Food Programme (WFP) told reporters that the airlift that WFP started last Tuesday is continuing and is expected to last for one month. This operation will bring a total of 1,800 metric tons of cereals to CAR, enough to feed 150,000 people for a month. Two road convoys carrying 1,200 metric tons had arrived on 8 and 13 February in Bangui, allowing WFP to replenish its stocks and increase the rations being distributed daily. So far this month, WFP has provided food assistance to 39,000 IDPs or extremely vulnerable persons in the capital of Bangui and the towns of Bouar and Bossangoa. Although the airlift of food was five times more expensive than moving the food by road, WFP is using the airlift because of insecurity, and the reluctance of truck drivers to carry food from the border with Cameroon into CAR, said Ms. Byrs. read more

Cost of feeding hungry world surging due to conflicts and instability –

“More than anything else, the world needs to wake up, and end these wars and these conflicts, so we can make real progress in ending hunger,” said David Beasley, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme in a news release today. “Around 800 million people – one in nine around the world – go to bed on an empty stomach. But man-made conflicts and other strife make it difficult to help those who need it most. Reducing these roadblocks would ease the path towards long-term solutions.” In its report, World Food Assistance 2017: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, WFP notes that its costs spiked by more than 140 per cent over a seven-year period – from $2.2 billion in 2009 to $5.3 billion in 2015. The need for additional resources come amid significant changes to the international food assistance sector since 2009. Within WFP, the share of assistance delivered as food declined from 54 per cent to less than 40 per cent. Conversely, the share of cash-based transfers surged from less than 1 per cent in 2009 to 20 per cent in 2016. In this scenario, the WFP report argues that improvements such as more accessible and safe humanitarian access could reduce costs by almost $1 billion each year. Furthermore, if the roughly 80 countries where the UN agency operates were better able to cope with climate-related, political, and economic shocks, another $2.2 billion annually could be saved. And if food systems – the networks responsible for producing food, transforming it and ensuring that it reaches hungry people – could be improved in these countries, another $440 million could be saved annually. “If solutions or improvements to these challenges were found, cost savings to WFP could be as high as $3.5 billion per year,” noted the UN agency. read more

Football Ohio State wide receivers remain a priority for the offense into

OSU redshirt junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) jukes a Scarlet player during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen the wide receivers met with their position coach, Zach Smith, and the rest of the offensive coaching staff in the offseason between the Fiesta Bowl and the start of spring camp, they knew things had to change.Following Saturday’s spring game where the top five wideouts reeled in 24 catches for 327 yards and four touchdowns, it appears that the unit has been resurrected for the time being.But it remains a priority for the offense moving into summer workouts and fall camp.“I saw some guys, some receivers really step up and make some nice plays,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Saturday postgame.Redshirt junior Parris Campbell grabbed five receptions for 46 yards in one quarter of play, redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill had six receptions for 62 yards, redshirt junior Terry McLaurin scored twice with 80 yards on four catches, and redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon led the team with six catches for 108 yards and two scores.OSU’s passing struggles last season were most evident when the lights were brightest, throwing for an average of 112 yards in the final three games. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett ranked 55th in passing efficiency in 2016, while the team was 81st in passing yards per game with 213.9. Barrett said after the spring game that with a group of experienced receivers this coming season, the mindset has changed.“Now, I think we’re at the point where we have older guys in that room now just understanding what we’re trying to do offensively,” he said. “I think a lot of times … you’re just like, ‘I have my route, I see my coverage and then that’s it.’ But now really understanding what we’re trying to do on offense with certain plays and who’s going to get open and be able to help those guys — help each other in that room — not just saying (it’s) just me getting the ball.”OSU’s new offensive coordinators, Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day, unleashed the passing game in Saturday’s annual Scarlet-Gray spring game. The quarterbacks threw for 654 yards with seven touchdowns to one interception. While that’s the start the two wanted, the receiving unit had a similarly strong showing in the 2016 annual team scrimmage that didn’t carry over to the real stage and often floundered even more in crucial moments. Now that the receiving corps has its base to build on, the rest of the offseason up until Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana, will be dedicated to continuing to return to the electrifying offense OSU had in 2014, when the Buckeyes averaged nearly 250 yards per game through the air.Barrett said now that the receivers have displayed their potential, it’s time for he and the receivers to polish the details.“I remember, for example, me and Noah (Brown) last year, we worked on back-shoulder fades all the time,” he said. “And then it came up in the game several times whether it be Oklahoma or it came up against Wisconsin (in) overtime. So those are the little things that you work on. Red-zone timing, because that’s when you really have time for that, but also too, that’s the little details that you need, especially in the red-zone area.”Dixon finally had his breakout game after missing nearly the entirety of the past three seasons, so his confidence in the wide receivers being showstoppers in 2017 might seem a bit skewed. However, Meyer will be looking closely at the unit to make that leap before August.“I think the unit, Zone 6, we can make a big impact,” Dixon said. “Right now, we just know we have to enhance everything because we felt like this spring, we’ve done so good. What we do, we just have to enhance it and keep going and get better.” read more

This Car Climbed Pikes Peak Without a Driver

first_imgA 900-hp race car can climb Pikes Peak in 10 minutes, a sports car such as the Audi TTS can make it in 17 minutes in the hands of an expert driver, and Audi’s self-driving TTS completed the 12.42 miles to the summit in 27 minutes. With nobody driving. In less than a decade we’ve gone from self-driving DARPA Challenge vehicles having trouble navigating the desert to a modified production car with autonomous driving tweaks that averaged almost 30 mph climbing one of America’s most treacherous roads.AdChoices广告In late summer, the robotic Audi TTS made six runs on the Pikes Peak course. The project was marred by a Sept. 17 Audi helicopter crash that injured four people on board who were trailing and filming the TTS as it neared the top of the 14,100-foot mountain. The runs were made official just this week by the organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They certified the time to complete the run, the speed on various segments (including an average of 45 mph on the only unpaved part of the course), and also that no drivers were on board. In addition to the record-setting run, the Audi TTS made it to the top on its five other runs, “only pausing briefly on its own to confirm its reading of route data,” not a bad thing since there are places where there’s no guardrails protecting against the drop-offs on Pikes Peak. The Autonomomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car was a joint project of Audi, academic researchers, and private companies. The yearlong project involved the Volkswagen Group’s Electronic Research Lab in Palo Alto, Calif.; Stanford University; and Oracle. Oracle provided its Java real-Time System (Java RTS) and Oracle Solaris. While there are GPS antennas and vision systems onboard unlike anything in passenger cars, Audi made it a point to retain the safety and navigation systems in a stock Audi TTS. Audi’s Goal: Smarter and Safer Drivers, not Driverless Cars For many automakers and university researchers, the car the drives itself is a goal on par with the once-and-future flying car. Except that isn’t really the goal or Audi – or other German automakers who can’t, so far, envision life without a driver involved in controlling their fine pieces of machinery. But they love the idea of technology that makes car and driver smarter. Dr. Burkhard Huhnke, director of the Electronic Research Lab, said, “The goal is to improve driver safety and save lives by creating extremely robust electronics.” Others point out that self-driving cars in reserved lines on limited access roads could tailgate, safely, and at least double the capacity of urban interstates at rush hour. All without building a single new road. Next Step: The Need for Speed Audi says its next step is to make self-driving cars go faster on paved surfaces. For that work, Audi is scoping out racetracks where it can conduct its testing.last_img read more

Government offers €30000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion

first_img Share581 Tweet Email (File photo) 102 Comments (File photo) Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock 27,669 Views Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock By Rónán Duffycenter_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 3:17 PM Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion Amanda Mellet was told the child she was carrying would die in the womb or shortly after birth. Nov 30th 2016, 3:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE GOVERNMENT HAS offered a woman €30,000 in compensation because she was forced to travel abroad to have an abortion.Amanda Mellet was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she was told the foetus had congenital defects meaning it would die in the womb or shortly after birth.Mellet chose to travel to the UK to have a termination, staying there for only 12 hours because that was all she could afford.In June, the UN’s Human Rights Commission ruled that Ireland had subjected Mellet to “discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” because of its laws against abortion.It found that the State was obliged to provide compensation to Mellet, who has spoken previously about the “heartbreaking” loss she felt losing the child she named Aoife. Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTubeMinister for Health Simon Harris met with Mellet and her husband yesterday evening to outline Ireland’s response to the UN ruling.Harris has confirmed today that the State has offered her “an ex gratia sum of €30,000″.An ex gratia payment describes a payment made that is not legally obligated.Harris also said that he will direct the HSE to ensure that Mellet has access to “all appropriate psychological services.”The UN had also told Ireland it was obliged to provide Mellet with psychological treatment.Ireland has until next Tuesday to respond to the UN committee and detail the steps it intends to take to ensure it is complaint under human rights law.In his statement, Harris says that Ireland’s response to the committee will outline the constitutional protection of the unborn under Irish law and the establishment of the Citizens’ Assembly to consider whether this should be changed.The Health Minister previously outlined his view that his is in favour of a referendum so that people who have never voted on the Eighth Amendment have an opportunity to do so.The minister also said that he found Mellet’s particular case “deeply upsetting”. Health Minister Simon Harris met with Amanda Mellet and her husband yesterday evening. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIn a statement this afternoon, Mellet said that the minister offered her a personal apology and that she is “immensely grateful”:I am immensely grateful to Minister Harris for his personal apology to me last night and offer of compensation and counselling. It goes a long way towards closure for what was the most painful chapter of my life.I am hopeful that ensuring the legal change outlined by the UN Committee will now be the government’s next step“I personally will not feel able to move on while knowing that other women continue to have to leave this country to access reproductive health services,” she added.HeartenedAmnesty International has welcomed the offer made to Mellet saying that it showed the government “accepted the UN committee’s findings”. (From L to R) Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International, Evelyn Geraghty, Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, Centre for Reproductive Rights and Katrine Thomasen, legal advisor. Source: Leah Farrell/“This response acknowledges the harm caused to women by the current law,”said Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman.The government must now comply with the committee’s ruling that Ireland reform its laws to ensure that no woman or girl will ever face similar human rights violations.“We have tentatively welcomed the Citizens’ Assembly process,” he added.The Centre for Reproductive Rights has represented Mellet as part of her case and has described the government’s offer as “a symbolic step”.“The government’s promise of compensation to Ms Mellet is a hugely important and symbolic step towards recognising the pain she suffered,” said Europe director at the centre Leah Hoctor.“Women’s health and well-being are put in jeopardy when they have to travel to another country for abortion services,” she added.Hoctor has also said that the government must “repair the wrongs” Hoctor experienced by “ensuring effective law reform takes place”.TFMR Ireland, a group that works with people bereaved by fatal foetal anomalies, has welcomed Harris’ apology and compensation offer but criticised the timeframe being set aside to consider to recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.“There is no appreciation of the urgency with which this solution is required by all of the women and their families who continue to suffer these tragedies,” said TMFR Ireland’s Gerry Edwards.Read: Simon Harris has apologised to Amanda Mellet in the Dáil >Read: UN: Ireland must compensate woman forced to travel abroad for abortion > Short URLlast_img read more

Forage en Arctique des écologistes sattaquent à Shell

first_imgForage en Arctique : des écologistes s’attaquent à ShellLe groupe pétrolier Shell a vu son site internet imité et de fausses vidéo visant à dénoncer les forages qu’il pratique dans l’Arctique ont été mises en ligne.Un site internet contrefait fait aujourd’hui énormément parler de lui. En effet, s’en prend directement à la compagnie pétrolière Royal Dutch Shell en diffusant une vidéo dans laquelle on voit une pseudo-fête de lancement d’un forage de Shell dans l’Arctique. Ayant supposément eu lieu mercredi à Seattle, on y voit une femme tenter de se servir un verre avec une pompe en forme de tour de forage et se faire éclabousser. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un faux communiqué de presse à même été adressé aux médias soi-disant “au nom de Shell” dans lequel les militants écologistes affirment que le groupe pétrolier va les poursuivre pour diffamation. Si plusieurs médias ont pris la vidéo au sérieux, une porte-parole de Shell jointe par l’AFP, Kayla Mackee, a fermement démenti la participation de son groupe à un quelconque évènement de ce genre. Elle indique dans un communiqué que ce sont “des groupes s’opposant aux projets de forage de Shell au large de l’Alaska” qui sont à l’origine de cette vidéo. “Shell n’a ni organisé ni participé à un tel événement [ … ]. Nous continuons de nous préparer à une saison 2012 d’exploration [pétrolière] sûre”, a-t-elle ajouté. Elle a également indiqué que le communiqué de presse était un faux. Les militants ont aussi contrefait le site de Shell USA ( avec un écran au sigle du groupe pétrolier. “Nous avons tous entendu parler du changement climatique planétaire et des difficultés qu’il entraîne, principalement pour les plus vulnérables d’entre nous”, indique le pseudo-site.  “Chez Shell, nous sommes inquiets comme tout le monde. Mais nous reconnaissons aussi que même les plus vulnérables ont un besoin croissant d’énergie fossile pour leurs voyages, leurs loisirs, leurs besoins scientifiques ou d’accroissement d’infrastructures”, ajoute le faux site.Mieux encore, dans une rubrique “pour les enfants”, on peut lire que “la calotte glacière de notre planète fond”, et que “c’est mal mais c’est bien aussi”. En effet grâce à ça, “Shell peut aller chercher plus de pétrole”, ce qui permet à “papa et maman de vous conduire au magasin pour vous acheter plus de jouets”.Le 9 juin 2012 à 09:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shayna Baszler talks Ronda Rousey in WWE Videos after RAW last night

first_img Google+ Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Shayna Baszler talks Ronda Rousey in WWEWWE has posted an interview with NXT star Shayna Baszler talking about her friend Ronda Rousey signing with WWE and debuting at the Royal Rumble last weekend.You can check out the quick interview below.Videos after RAW last night in Des MoinesWWE posted these video clips after last night’s RAW in Des Moines. Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV ShowVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 74.24%0:03Remaining Time -1:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Travis Browne 1 COMMENT Ronda Rousey nearly loses finger filming TV Show Facebook So Matt Hardy, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, Apollo Crews & Kane are in fatal 4way? Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jamie Stidifordcenter_img Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest February 6, 2018 at 4:58 pm Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Ronda Rousey Videos Articles WhatsApp Comments are closed.last_img read more

Riptide Music Festival draws big names large crowds

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Riptide Music Festival’s two-day beach bash concluded Sunday with its biggest lineup to date.More than 20 bands performed on Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend at the event. Fans danced in the sand to bands like Boyz II Men, Weezer and KC and the Sunshine Band.Concertgoer Marc Reina said he had so much fun last year that he had to come back for more. “OK, well, my first time was actually last year at Riptide, and today’s another day and another lineup of fantastic artists,” he said. “Everyone I remember from the ’80s and ’90s and from my parents’ era also, so it’s a fantastic time to see all the artists come together and make this festival really, really fun.”Festival organizers said they expected a crowd larger than last year, which drew over 25,000 people.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more