BJP to celebrate Bankim Chandra

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal will celebrate Bengali author Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, who wrote the national song Vande Mataram, rather than Rabindranath Tagore. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said there is nothing new about Tagore to celebrate.“There is nothing new to celebrate about Rabindranath Tagore. Everything has been said and done and he is revered. We will rather celebrate the achievements of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay as he is not properly recognised in Bengal,” Mr. Ghosh told The Hindu on Sunday. The key reason for not engaging with Bengal’s favourite bard is however different. The Trinamool Congress has been over celebrating Tagore over the last years, he pointed out.“The Trinamool has been able to get involved in a big way in celebrating Tagore’s works. The ruling party is even utilising government funds to celebrate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore,” said Mr. Ghosh. On the other hand, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s contribution to the “rise of Indian nationalism and the freedom struggle is hardly celebrated in Bengal”, he said. In fact, the BJP will hold a conference on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay during national president Amit Shah’s Bengal visit later this month. Mr. Shah will be visiting Bengal on June 27 and 28, and he will visit Purulia district where two BJP workers died recently. The 19th century author’s novel Anandamath — which was set in the background of the Sanyashi Bidroho (rebellion of monks in late 18th century) — is considered to be one of key works on Bengal’s nationalism.Tagore and HindutvaAsked if ideological difference is the reason behind the State BJP’s decision to not celebrate Tagore, Mr. Ghosh clarified that Tagore also spoke positively of Hindutva.“Tagore also spoke of Hindutva and explained its meaning. He also said that Muslims and Christians of the country were originally Hindus who later changed their faith,” said Mr. Ghosh.A senior State BJP leader admitted that “Mamata Banerjee has found a successful way to reach out to people by celebrating Tagore. But Trinamool has largely ignored Bankim Chandra. We want to fill up that gap.”Moreover, “our Intellectual Cell has not been very active of late. Celebration of Bankim Chandra’s works will give fresh oxygen to the Cell’s effort to garner support of the civil society,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Ancient Martian Flood

first_imgPlanetary geologists have long sought to explain regions on Mars where broad areas are littered with shattered, tilted, kilometers-thick chunks of rock. In many cases, these so-called chaotic terrains also seem to be sources of fantastic floods (such as the Aram Chaos crater, upper left; relative elevations range from red [high] to low [blue]). Previously, some teams have proposed that these floods resulted when immense subterranean reservoirs of ice were suddenly melted by the rise of molten material from deep within the Red Planet, and others have suggested that the water was carried from distant regions via aquifers and then somehow abruptly released. A fresh hypothesis suggests that the chaotic terrain in and around Aram Chaos resulted when a buried ice lake trapped in the ancient impact crater suddenly collapsed. In this scenario, the 4.2-kilometer-deep crater started collecting water soon after it formed about 3.5 billion years ago. Then, after the 1.5-km-or-so-deep lake froze, windblown sediments began to accumulate upon its surface. Once that material reached a thickness of 2 kilometers, it blocked the transfer of heat from Mars’s interior, allowing it to melt a large fraction of the buried lake’s ice. Eventually, sometime about 2.5 billion years ago, the weight of the sediments caused the lake’s icy ceiling to collapse, sending immense amounts of water to the surface, the researchers propose online this month in Icarus. Then, that water broke through the crater rim (artist’s concept, lower right), possibly through a weak spot previously eroded by ground water seeping through the rocks at high pressure. Over the course of 30 days or so, possibly less, about 93,000 cubic kilometers of water—almost 80% of the volume of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth today—carved the 15-km-wide, 2.5-km-deep Aram Valley.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Muslim youth lynched in West Bengal

first_imgA Muslim youth who was beaten up by a “few of his acquaintances” in Malda district on Friday, died of his injuries later. The incident was reported on Sunday. Sanaullah Sheikh, in his early twenties, was called to the Baishnabnagar market, about a kilometre from his village Chak Meherdi.“He was asked to start a bike so that he could be framed as the one stealing it,” an official told The Hindu. “He was then thrashed by five or six persons, who could be identified from a video,” the official said.Mr. Sheikh used to live with his three children, wife and mother in Chak Meherdi and was “largely unemployed.” Locals alleged that Bappa Ghosh, associated with the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI-M] earlier and now attached to the Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP], led the mob.Swadhin Sarkar, Chief Whip of the BJP and Baishnabnagar MLA said that Mr. Ghosh “is associated with the Trinamool Congress.”“In the last election, [Bappa] Ghosh worked with the Trinamool,” he said. Mr. Sarkar claimed that the deceased was suspected of stealing a motorcycle and caught by the locals in the market area. “The beating started and very unfortunately the person died. No Hindu-Muslim colour should be given to it and the culprits should be punished,” he said.Congress MLA from the adjoining Assembly segment Isha Khan Chowdhury and Trinamool’s district president Moazzem Hossain visited the area. Local Trinamool functionary Paritosh Sarkar said the “culprits are not associated with our party.”“It is not a Trinamool-BJP thing but a law and order issue. One person has been arrested on the basis of the video. The rest will also be identified and arrested,” Mr. Paritosh said.last_img read more

China sets up joint research centre on SCS to assert claims

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 25 (PTI) China today launched a joint research centre on the South China Sea in a bid to consolidate its hold over the disputed waters amid mounting pressure from the US and competing claims from a host of maritime neighbours.The China-Southeast Asia Research Centre on the South China Sea (CSARC) is aimed at strengthening academic and institutional exchanges and promote countries in the region to jointly maintain peace and stability in the sea, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.The inaugural ceremony of centre was held in Boao in south Chinas Hainan Province, site of the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) attended by several world dignitaries.The CSARC involves think-tanks in China and southeast Asian nations such as Chinas National Institute for South China Sea Studies and Indonesias Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the report said.”We plan to make the CSARC a platform for discussing the South China Sea (SCS) issue and a model for maritime research cooperation among countries in the region,” Wu Shicun, president of Chinas National Institute for South China Sea Studies, said.Wu said the CSARC will invite famous scholars on the SCS from home and abroad to be researchers, and it plans to hold frequent international symposiums and academic exchanges.Todays development comes amid escalation of tensions as China continues to flex muscles over the strategic waters.The SCS is rich in natural resources and is also a major shipping lane. Over half of the worlds commercial shipping passes through the Indo-Pacific waterways ? including one-third of the worlds liquefied natural gas.advertisementChina claims almost the whole of the SCS, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.They accuse China of illegally reclaiming land in contested areas to create artificial islands with military facilities.The US has sent its ships and aircraft to assert what it claims is freedom of navigation.A tribunal constituted under UN Convention of Law of Seas (UNCLOS) is hearing the Philippines to assert its claims over the SCS. China is boycotting the hearing, saying the claim has no legal standing.Speaking at a symposium on SCS today, Chinas Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin asked all sides to heed the negative impact brought by arbitration unilaterally lodged by the Philippines, and called for a return to the right path in solving disputes to maintain peace and stability. PTI KJV SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s success mantra revealed!

first_imgVirat Kohli has been in splendid form and has taken Royal Challengers Bangalore to the brink of the playoffs. Scoring more than 800 runs in season nine of the Indian Premier League, the RCB skipper has decimated batting records. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)’FITNESS KEY TO SUCCESS’While a lot has  been said about Kohli’s consistency, RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said Kohli’s fitness was key to his unreal consistency in the shortest format of the game. Kohli has scored 1490 runs in T20 cricket since January this year and has been unfazed by fitness issues. (Also read: The Age of Virat Kohli overshadowing the Era of Sachin Tendulkar) “He is working on his fitness and spends lot of time in the gym, and also in nets. After the batting, he bats on the centre wicket to practise hitting sixes. He has worked hard and hence he has made over 800 runs this IPL,” Chahal said. ‘DON’T WANT TO BOWL AT THEM’Chahal said he felt lucky to have Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson in his team instead of bowling at them.”Yeah (I don’t want to bowl at them). The top four batsmen — Watson, Gayle, Virat and AB — are in my team. So, I feel I am lucky,” he said. (Also read – Virat Kohli on record-shattering fourth hundred: It was unbelievable!)’BOWLERS HAVE BUCKLED UP’RCB’s top-order have been on a record-breaking spree but leggie Chahal feels his side’s bowlers have also played a crucial role in the team’s turnaround in the ongoing IPL.advertisementChahal said that RCB bowlers played no small part in the team rising to number two spot in the IPL points table, especially after Chris Jordan joined the side.”In last two games, the bowlers have done really good job because in earlier games bowling was the concern and we were facing combination problems too. Now, the combination is right and bowlers are bowling in right areas. We have improved our bowling and erased the tag of having a weak bowling lineup,” Chahal said.”When Jordan came into the team, the first two matches did not go well for him. The way he bowled in Mohali and in the last match against KKR it helped the team, especially when you have Watson and Jordan it helps,” he said.FREEDOM TO FLIGHTReplying to a question, Chahal said Kohli gave him freedom to bowl, but he would insist on not giving away sixes.”When he tosses the ball to me, he tells me not to give away sixes, but bowl freely. Against KXIP, I went after wickets because we had a big total on hands. He just told me to bowl the way I bowl,” Chahal said.last_img read more

Knicks Losing Streak Reaches 14

first_imgNEW YORK — Just to the left of their bench was a row of fans wearing paper bags over their heads. On the court in front of them, a New York Knicks team filled with unrecognizable faces.Only thing that mattered to the Houston Rockets is how they looked.James Harden had 25 points and nine assists in just three quarters and the Rockets beat New York 120-96 on Jan. 8 to extend the Knicks’ longest single-season losing streak to 14 games.The Rockets beat New York for the 11th straight time, though everyone is beating the Knicks these days. New York has lost 24 of its last 25 games to fall to an NBA-worst 5-34.“We’re kind of looking at the bigger picture. Bigger picture is us playing at a high level, all on the same page. No matter what team we’re playing against, we’ve got to play great,” Harden said. “So tonight was a challenge for us. The Knicks aren’t doing so well but our mindset was to come in here and play Rockets basketball.”Trevor Ariza added 18 points for the Rockets, who improved to just 4-4 in their last eight. Harden didn’t reach his NBA-leading average of 26.8 points only because he was limited to 31 minutes, sitting out the fourth quarter with Houston already leading by 24.Rookie Travis Wear scored a season-high 21 points and Langston Galloway had 19 for the Knicks in his second game since being called up from the NBA Development League. Rookie Cleanthony Early added a season-best 16.The Knicks’ overmatched lineup managed some neat fast breaks and dunks, entertaining a sold-out crowd that featured five fans wearing paper bags sitting right behind one of the baselines, easily noticeable during the nationally televised broadcast.Dwight Howard said he saw the fans, figuring they were just embarrassed about the game.“It’s an unfortunate situation, but only thing you can do is remember we’re all blessed to be able to play this sport, blessed to be alive and go from there,” Howard said.The Knicks couldn’t sustain their brief runs. Without the injured Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani, they sometimes had lineups on the floor more suited to summer league than the NBA.“It’s tough mentally, but we’ve got to be professional and just keep playing and working hard,” veteran Jose Calderon said after a scoreless performance he called one of his worst games in the NBA.They were close early in the second quarter before Harden scored or assisted on all five of Houston’s baskets during a 13-2 run that pushed it to 43-30. He finished the half with a 3-pointer that made it 56-42.Howard opened the third quarter with consecutive three-point plays to push the lead to 20, and coach Derek Fisher soon turned to his youth.“Those guys that started the half gave up 12 points in three minutes. So they didn’t deserve to be still in the game and we went to the younger guys,” Fisher said.Donatas Motiejunas finished with 17 points and Howard had 13 points and 10 rebounds.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Amrapali case SC to pronounce verdict today

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce verdict on Tuesday as to who would complete the stalled projects of embattled real estate major Amrapali Group to give respite to over 42,000 hassled home buyers. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra will pronounce the verdict in the case.The apex court reserved the verdict in the matter on May 10 after Noida and Greater Noida authorities said they don’t have the resources and expertise to construct the stalled projects of Amrapali Group. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderBoth the authorities had favoured handing over the properties to a reputed builder under the supervision of a high powered committee. The authorities had expressed inability to take any action like cancellation of lease agreements against the group, which regularly defaulted on payments, due to “bulk of home buyers” and “political weight”. Both the authorities told the apex court that they have outstanding of around Rs 5,000 crore from Amrapali towards the principal amount and interest component, besides the penal interest. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe top court on May 8 said that it may give ownership rights of all the 15 prime residential properties of Amrapali to Noida and Greater Noida Authorities as it has failed to fulfil its obligations towards 42,000 home buyers. The bench had then reserved its verdict on the question as to who will take over the management control and which builder or developer should finish the stalled projects of Amrapali. The court had asked Noida authority to explain what action it has taken against Amrapali Group which was a “chronic defaulter” in payment of lease amount. Noida authority said that under their jurisdiction they have seven projects of Amrapali and they have an outstanding of nearly Rs 2,000 crore while they had received only Rs 505 crore. It had conceded that besides issuing repetitive show cause notices to Amrapali Group for defaulting in payments to Noida, they have not done anything.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon urges ratification of international treaty banning torture

26 June 2007Marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations officials today roundly denounced the practice and called on all countries to ratify the international treaty that bans it. To commemorate the Day, “let us speak with one voice against the perpetrators of torture, and for all who suffer at their hands,” Mr. Ban said in a message. “And let us build a better, more humane world for all people everywhere.”Twenty years ago today, the Convention against Torture went into force, “yet even after two decades, this instrument falls well short of universal ratification,” he observed, urging all countries who have yet to do so to join both the treaty and its Optional Protocol.The pact currently has 174 States parties. Comoros, the Dominican Republic, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, India, Nauru, Sao Tome and Principe and Sudan have all signed but not ratified the pact. Other countries that are not party to the Convention include Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, the Central African Republic, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Fiji, Grenada, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Vanuatu, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.Mr. Ban also lauded the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which he characterized as “another milestone in the struggle to eliminate torture.”Signing on to this new treaty – which opened for signature this past year – “will prove an unequivocal expression of the international community’s determination to address not only torture but also its most egregious enabling conditions,” the Secretary-General noted.He voiced his solidarity with those who have suffered as a result of torture, thanking the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture for its efforts.Echoing Mr. Ban’s call for universal ratification of the Convention against Torture, other UN experts, led by High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, issued a joint statement condemning the use of torture.On this Day, “we pay tribute to all Governments, civil society organizations and individuals engaged in activities aimed at preventing torture, punishing it and ensuring that all victims obtain redress and have an enforceable right to fair and adequate compensation, including the means for full rehabilitation as possible,” the group said.They also expressed their appreciation for the work of the UN Voluntary Fund for Torture Victims, appealing to all States, “in particular those which have been found to be responsible for widespread or systematic practices of torture,” to contribute.Citing the “strong links” between torture and enforced disappearances, the statement also extolled the new International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforce Disappearances which “brings hope to many who have despaired of the fate of their loved ones.”The group voiced “grave” concern that some States have ignored the UN Committee against Torture’s requests to hold off on departing or removing individuals to countries where they could potentially be tortured. They also voiced concern regarding the use of the death penalty, as those on death row and those who have been executed – as well as their families – are themselves torture victims, under certain circumstances, the statement said.“Irrespective of whether the death penalty is considered lawful or not under international law, many issues regarding its application may be contrary to international norms against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the group said, calling on States to halt the use of the death penalty. In addition to Ms. Arbour, the statement was endorsed by the UN Committee against Torture, the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the Board of Trustees of the Voluntary Fund. read more

Ban deplores deadly series of bombings in Iraqi capital

25 January 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s apparently coordinated series of bomb attacks against hotels in Baghdad that have killed dozens of people and injured scores more. “No cause can justify these attacks on civilian targets,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson, offering his condolences to the Iraqi Government and to the victims of the bombings and their families.Media reports indicate that at least 36 people have died so far as a result of three large explosions in the Iraqi capital, each caused by a suicide bomber and aimed at a hotel frequented by Western business figures and the media. Some 70 others have been injured.“The Secretary-General appeals to the people of Iraq to remain committed to a path of reconciliation despite such attacks, including through the ongoing election preparations,” the statement noted. “The United Nations remains committed to supporting them in that process.”The bomb attacks have taken place less than six weeks before millions of Iraqis are slated to go to the polls on 7 March to vote in nationwide parliamentary elections. read more

Police to file case on protest

The Fort police is to go to court over the opposition protest staged yesterday which had violated a court ruling.Police spokesman SP Budhika Siriwardena said that the police will file the case with the Colombo Additional Magistrate. The Magistrate had yesterday issued an order allowing the protest opposite the Fort railway station to go ahead but to be confined to the railway station pavement. The Magistrate had told the police to ensure the protesters do no block the normal flow of traffic. However the opposition protesters had gone onto the street and staged a sit-down protest and disrupted traffic.The protest was organized by the opposition against the Weliweriya incident. (Colombo Gazette)

Annan briefs Security Council on concept of multinational force in Middle East

“The force must be impartial and capable of taking decisive action,” Mr. Annan told the closed-door session of the Council, according to a copy of his remarks made available to the press. “It must have a robust mandate, credible strength and be large enough to carry it out.”The Secretary-General stressed that he contemplated not a United Nations contingent, but rather “a multinational force formed by a coalition of the willing” that was authorized by the Council under the UN Charter’s Chapter VII, which provides for the use of force. Such an operation would not be risk-free, he added. “However, the situation is so dangerous, that the international community has an obligation to provide this assistance.”According to Mr. Annan, the force would have four key objectives. Firstly, it would work with the parties to end the violence, in part through monitoring the withdrawal and redeployment of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) to positions held before 28 September 2000, in accordance with a plan put forward by CIA Director George Tenet.The second goal would be to gradually create secure conditions in the occupied territories for the resumption of normal economic activity and the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian and development assistance. The force, working with the international donor community, would also create conditions to allow the Palestinian Authority to rebuild its institutions, including those dealing with law and order, which have been damaged or destroyed in the current military campaign. Finally, the multinational force would work to create a stable environment to permit the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a political settlement.”It is time for the international community to pursue such an option in a pro-active way, rather than waiting for the parties to arrive at this conclusion on their own,” Mr. Annan said. “A multinational force is essential to a gradual restoration of trust between the two sides, which is so vital if further steps toward a broad framework for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace are to be taken.”Before briefing the Council on the force, the Secretary-General told the 15-member body that he was deeply disturbed by the information he had just received from Terje Roed-Larsen, his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and Peter Hansen, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), who had visited the Jenin refugee camp today and described the situation there as “horrific.” read more

UN Humanitarian Envoy tours Palestinian relief projects

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Humanitarian Envoy travelled today to the West Bank, where she held discussions with the Palestinian leadership and gained a first-hand look at a number of relief projects in the area.Catherine Bertini spent the morning in Ramallah, where she met with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, a UN spokesperson said in New York. During their nearly hour-long talks, which were also attended by Palestinian Minister for Local Government Saeb Erakat, President Arafat outlined the humanitarian problems faced by Palestinians as a result of the current situation.While in Ramallah, Ms. Bertini toured humanitarian projects run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Amari refugee camp. She spoke with humanitarian workers as well the beneficiaries of various programmes, including a summer camp and health centre, spokesperson Hua Jiang told a news briefing. In the afternoon, Ms. Bertini continued her meetings with other Palestinians, including Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Mustapha Barghouti, the head of the Palestinian Medical Relief Organization, as well as a number of local business people. She was also briefed on the economic situation by Maher Masri, the Palestinian Minister of Economy and Trade. read more

Independent review will probe U of C Centre for Corporate Sustainability

The University of Calgary’s Board of Governors is launching an independent review into allegations surrounding the school’s Centre for Corporate Sustainability.A CBC report this week raised questions about Enbridge’s role in the centre and questions about the academic freedom of professors involved.Board member Mark Starrat says academic freedom is a fundamental value of all universities and they are taking action by hiring an external, third party.“We’re going to take direction from them in terms of how they want their process to unfurl. That’s what makes it independent, that’s the transparency because we’re going to be fully committed to sharing all the information about who this is and what they’re going to be doing. And the eventual end report, that’s where the transparency will come from.The third-party carrying out the report has yet to be selected. Independent review will probe U of C Centre for Corporate Sustainability by Craig Lester Posted Nov 6, 2015 4:24 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Student mural encourages a Compassionate Brock

There’s an eye-catching new piece of artwork on display at Brock’s main campus that is meant to do more than just draw stares.The colourful creation, found in the hallway where Welch Hall and South Block meet, aims to help normalize death and grief — heavy topics for most people who attempt to broach them.The mural was the work of a group of recent Brock University Public Health graduates, who made it their final task before saying goodbye to their alma mater. They began work on the project in January and made sure to have it completed in time to see it hung before students returned in September for the new academic year.A new mural meant to normalize conversations of death and grief now hangs in the hallway of Brock’s main campus where Welch Hall and South Block meet.“It has been quite a journey,” says Public Health alumna Aiman Ali (BPH ’18). “What started out as the creation of a product intended to provide the Brock community with something to reflect on and socialize about their experiences with death, dying and caregiving, also brought together those who work in the sciences and arts.”Through Together We Rise (TWR), an Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program (I-EQUIP) initiative, Ali and fellow Public Health grads Alex Munro (BPH ’18), Sarah Perryman (BPH ’18), Gina Del Fabbro (BPH ’18) and Anisha Balaji (BPH ’18) spent their last term at Brock working alongside community partners and various facets of the University to create the 12-foot mural.The project is part of Compassionate Brock, a student-led group that aims to nurture a compassionate environment on campus.“Having a student-created mural that draws attention to something we all deal with helps make it easier to have conversations about what someone might be struggling with,” says Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Director of I-EQUIP Madelyn Law.The TWR team worked with partners from Pallium Canada and Hospice Niagara to ensure their goal was community-based and inclusive. The engagement with Hospice Niagara also allowed them to modify and revise their initial concepts to be more reflective of community needs and practices.“Our meetings with Hospice Niagara changed our original ideas drastically between phases,” Balaji says.Through this reciprocal relationship, Hospice Niagara staff were pleased to get involved and support the students in their vision.“Together We Rise seeks to make Brock and Niagara a stronger, more compassionate community,” says Hospice Niagara Marketing and Communications Manager Shari Willerton. “It’s often not easy for people to talk about dying and death, and community involvement is crucial to help break down social attitudes.”TWR approached their goals with the premise that in today’s society, death and death-related topics are taboo.“Unfortunately, most people are not comfortable asking those who may be struggling with caregiving or bereavement how they are doing,” Perryman explains. “Many individuals are unsure how to offer support. This mural is a reminder of the shared inevitability of the entire human experience and that no one should ever feel alone.”The mural consists of many layered concepts and is easily recognizable for its main overarching theme of butterflies, which symbolize change and renewal.Other concepts include:A central figure as a silhouette to allow individuals to better identify themselves within the portrait.Six scenes which depict various life events and vines connecting each of them.Faith symbols to acknowledge various communities that practice religion.Indigenous images that pay tribute to the fact that Brock is located on traditional Indigenous territories with rich cultures that are alive and well.A nod to London, England where the Compassionate City Charter and the Compassionate Communities movement originated. “An important message of the mural is that all of these life events are natural and not separate from each other but rather they can exist simultaneously or out of order,” explains Ali. “It is also a reminder that moving on does not mean you have to forget, and that moving forward is possible.”Painting of the mural took place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) with support from the Department of Visual Arts and MIWSFPA’s faculty and staff.“When people passed by us painting the mural at the Marilyn I. Walker campus, many thought we were Visual Arts students,” Munro says. “This was both surprising and encouraging to hear because we’re not art students or professionals and we wanted to ensure this was done well.”Completion of the mural was accomplished with the help of numerous student volunteers from the Department of Health Sciences.“As Public Health students, we were able to add a critical health lens that considers loss and caregiving matters in a way that needs to be acknowledged and addressed as a compassionate university,” added Del Fabbro. “It has been an honour and a privilege to be leaders within the Brock community and we are proud to leave behind this meaningful art piece.”The TWR team thanked the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, Office of the Vice President — Administration, Department of Visual Arts, and Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for their internal support of this initiative. read more

Mens Hockey No 16 Ohio State welcomes No 10 Notre Dame to

Ohio State redhshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo during the game against Ryerson on Sep. 30. Ohio State lost 7-4. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Lantern ReporterNo. 16 Ohio State (5-1-2, 1-1-0-0 in Big Ten) will square off against a conference opponent for the first time in three weeks as No. 10 Notre Dame (4-3-1, 0-0-0-0 in Big Ten) comes to town Friday and Saturday for the Fighting Irish’s first-ever conference series as a Big Ten team.After a pair of wins against Robert Morris, the Buckeyes ranked in the USCHO Division I Men’s Poll for the first time since the opening weekend of the season. Ohio State holds a four-game win streak and six-game unbeaten streak coming into its clash with Notre Dame this weekend.“Any time you can put a streak together I think that’s important,” head coach Steve Rohlik said. “We certainly haven’t played our best hockey, which is exciting for me, and we know we are going to have to be at our best Friday.”The Fighting Irish enter this series after splitting a pair of games against Nebraska-Omaha last week. Both games featured high-powered offenses battling it out, with 19 goals scored between the two teams in the series.Notre Dame ranks No. 10 in the NCAA with 3.62 goals per game. Ohio State’s defense ranks third, having only allowed 1.5 goals per game through the team’s first eight games.On the battle between one of the best offenses against one of the best defenses, junior defenseman Sasha Larocque said no matter the opponent, Ohio State’s defense needs to play the same way.“Treat them like anyone else,” Larocque said. “They’re going to come hard, they’re a fast team, obviously super skilled, so we have to go out there and play our game and respect them, but make sure we’re on top of what we need to do to be successful.”Notre Dame’s offensive firepower comes largely from senior forward Jake Evans, who leads the NCAA with 15 points.  Following just behind Evans are two high-scoring defensemen in senior Jordan Gross and junior Bobby Nardella. Gross leads all NCAA defensemen with 11 points, and Nardella is tied for second with 10.Rohlik said the team has not strategized specifically to defend those players, but knows the team must always be aware of them.“It’s about us and how we play,” Rohlik said. “We know we have to play five-man defense, five-man offense and we can’t really single out one guy and prepare for that other than knowing where they’re at on the ice.”This series is a battle of opposites in many ways, as the two teams could not be more different when it comes to style of play this season.  Aside from the top offense against the top defense, Notre Dame ranks seventh in the NCAA on the power play but is middle of the road for penalty kill. Ohio State is sixth while down a man, but is the third-worst team in college hockey while on the power play. Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo ranks in the top 10 in both save percentage and goals against average, while neither Fighting Irish goaltender ranks in the top 30.This is Ohio State’s most important series since opening the year against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes’ offense appears to be clicking at the right time, after scoring a season-high eight goals this past weekend.  The defense has been there every game for Ohio State, but it will face its toughest match yet with Evans and company this weekend.“They’re probably going to be the best team we’ve played so far,” senior forward Matthew Weis said. “We’re all looking forward to it, it’s their first game in the Big Ten and we want to welcome them the right way.” read more

Villagers defeat Historic England and parish council in row about poppy wreath

first_imgHistoric England also argued the design may be “overly functional in appearance and of insufficient artistic merit” unless it was a commemorative piece of art, the judgement revealed.The council added that it was unnecessary or inappropriate for the wreaths to remain in place for so long. Now, the Chancellor of the Diocese, Stephen Eyre QC, in his role as a judge of the Church of England’s Consistory Court, has over-ridden the objections and ruled that such a long term tribute to the ward heroes is appropriate.Granting permission for the scheme he dismissed the parish council’s suggestion that the wreaths did not need to remain in place for so long and said: “I am satisfied that it is appropriate for the wreaths to remain in the vicinity of the memorial for an extended period.” “The nearby parish church is listed at Grade I and the war memorial at Grade II.”   I am satisfied that it is appropriate for the wreaths to remain in the vicinity of the memorial for an extended periodChancellor of the Diocese, Stephen Eyre QC Turning to the design of the wreath holders he said he was satisfied that what had been proposed was “of an appropriate quality”. “The wreath holders may very well not be of the high artistic quality which would result from commissioning a top flight designer and saying to such a designer that money is no object,” he said. “They are nonetheless of an appropriate standard. The appearance of the churchyard and in particular of the area around the memorial will be improved by the introduction of the wreath holders because the wreaths will be kept in an orderly manner.”It may not be as great an improvement as Historic England might have wished but it is an improvement nonetheless and as such is to be welcomed.”A spokesman for Tutbury Parish Council said the dispute is with the Tutbury War Memorial Preservation Committee.She added: “Tutbury Parish Council are concerned of how these wreath holders will deteriorate and interfere with the view of the church. Furthermore, we are concerned about what change in behaviour this structure may cause.”It is the Parish Council who has a responsibility to ensure that the closed churchyard remains safe for all to use and would not want young people congregating or climbing on this structure.”A spokesman for Historic England said: “When asked for our views on the proposal to erect a metal frame for the display of wreathes close to the war memorial at Tutbury Historic England believed that the design was ‘overly functional in appearance and of insufficient artistic merit’ in this sensitive context. He continued: “This means that the introduction of wreath holders is a proper measure in the process of improving and restoring the memorial.” Villagers have defeated Historic England following a row about honouring their war dead, as a Church judge ruled they can use a wreath holder to display poppies all year round. Residents in Tutbury, Staffordshire, put forward a proposal to buy two holders so they could display poppies and other wreaths at the Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church. The plan, which was put forward by local vicar, the Rev Ian Whitehead, church warden Jocelyn Hickman, and the chairman of the local war memorial’s preservation committee, won the support of the Parochial Church Council.But it ran into opposition from conservation group Historic England and the local parish council, who raised concerns the displays may be too prominent in the curtilage of the church and may not be in keeping with the listed building.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

McKinnon hits target in PP Insurance practical shoot

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related,The 2017 season for the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation (GSSF) got underway with the practical pistol match last Saturday January 21 at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Timehri Range with Ryan McKinnon prevailing with as the top shooter.The event which was sponsored by P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants, saw McKinnon scoring 243.74 to ascend to the top of the point standing in the four stage event. Arafat Qualander with 177.38 placed second while Harold Hopkinson 169.47 filled the third position.The event saw local practical shooters testing their skills in four dynamic stages setup by the GSSF Match Committee competing for the top three prizes.Prior to competition, President of the Federation, Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon in her opening remarks, welcomed the shooters and encouraged all to follow the strict safety rules set out by the discipline and introduced the Match Director David Dharry. Members then commenced the afternoon with a shoot-off as a mark of respect to fellow sport shooting colleague, Eon Caesar who passed during December 2016.The Match was then declared open. Four stages were set up side by side, and included paper targets, steel plates, and falling steel “poppers.” Shooters participated in the match, all under the Limited Division, USPSA Rules, with two persons shooting under the “Major” category (shooting higher than 9mm calibre). USPSA provides Minor and Major scoring based on power factor. Targets are divided into the scoring areas A, C and D with Minor and Major points 5-3-1 and 5-4-2 respectively. Scoring for practical shooting is done by recording the competitor’s time with an electronic device which ‘hears’ the shots and records the time from the audible beep which signals the start to the sound of the last shot fired. The targets are then scored and the total score gained is divided by the time recorded for that competitor the result of which is termed a Hit Factor. Thehighest HF will win that stage. Ultimately a balance of short times and accurate shooting is required.Scores were computed shortly after the last shot was fired by Stats Officer, Dr. Pravesh Harry, and the prize order was as follows: first – Ryan McKinnon – 243.74 (MINOR), second– Arafat Qualander – 177.38 (MAJOR), third – Harold Hopkinson – 169.47 (MAJOR).P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants branded Trophies for the Overall 1-3 Winners in the Limited Division were presented by Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, President of the GSSF.Prizewinners of GSSF’s Practical Pistol Match sponsored by P&P Insurance Brokers. Winner Ryan McKinnon in centre, flanked on the left by Mohamed Qualander (2nd) and on the right by Harold Hopkinson (3rd)Vikash Panday representing the sponsor company, P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Ltd. located at Lot 35 North and King Streets, Georgetown, reiterated his support for theFederation and for this Match which for the second year has been kindly sponsored and will be an annual event on the GSSF’s shooting calendar.The Board of Directors wishes to commend the Match Director, Range Master, Stats Officer, Range Officers and the shooters for ensuring an efficient event. Special thanks also to Lt. Col. Doodnauth, the Guyana Defence Force, Commissioner of Police Mr. Seelal Persaud, Asst. Commissioner Mr. David Ramnarine, the ranks of TSU and the Guyana Police Force, the Media and GSSF members for their support in promoting sport shooting amongst all Guyanese. Sincere thanks were extended to CEO, Mr. Bishwa Panday of P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Ltd. The 2017 season for the Guyana Sport Shooting Federation (GSSF) got underway with the practical pistol match last Saturday January 21 at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Timehri Range with Ryan McKinnon prevailing with as the top shooter.The event which was sponsored by P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants, saw McKinnon scoring 243.74 to ascend to the top of the point standing in the four stage event. Arafat Qualander with 177.38 placed second while Harold Hopkinson 169.47 filled the third position.The event saw local practical shooters testing their skills in four dynamic stages setup by the GSSF Match Committee competing for the top three prizes.Prior to competition, President of the Federation, Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon in her opening remarks, welcomed the shooters and encouraged all to follow the strict safety rules set out by the discipline and introduced the Match Director David Dharry. Members then commenced the afternoon with a shoot-off as a mark of respect to fellow sport shooting colleague, Eon Caesar who passed during December 2016.The Match was then declared open. Four stages were set up side by side, and included paper targets, steel plates, and falling steel “poppers.” Shooters participated in the match, all under the Limited Division, USPSA Rules, with two persons shooting under the “Major” category (shooting higher than 9mm calibre). USPSA provides Minor and Major scoring based on power factor. Targets are divided into the scoring areas A, C and D with Minor and Major points 5-3-1 and 5-4-2 respectively. Scoring for practical shooting is done by recording the competitor’s time with an electronic device which ‘hears’ the shots and records the time from the audible beep which signals the start to the sound of the last shot fired. The targets are then scored and the total score gained is divided by the time recorded for that competitor the result of which is termed a Hit Factor. Thehighest HF will win that stage. Ultimately a balance of short times and accurate shooting is required.Scores were computed shortly after the last shot was fired by Stats Officer, Dr. Pravesh Harry, and the prize order was as follows: first – Ryan McKinnon – 243.74 (MINOR), second– Arafat Qualander – 177.38 (MAJOR), third – Harold Hopkinson – 169.47 (MAJOR).P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants branded Trophies for the Overall 1-3 Winners in the Limited Division were presented by Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, President of the GSSF.Prizewinners of GSSF’s Practical Pistol Match sponsored by P&P Insurance Brokers. Winner Ryan McKinnon in centre, flanked on the left by Mohamed Qualander (2nd) and on the right by Harold Hopkinson (3rd)Vikash Panday representing the sponsor company, P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Ltd. located at Lot 35 North and King Streets, Georgetown, reiterated his support for theFederation and for this Match which for the second year has been kindly sponsored and will be an annual event on the GSSF’s shooting calendar.The Board of Directors wishes to commend the Match Director, Range Master, Stats Officer, Range Officers and the shooters for ensuring an efficient event. Special thanks also to Lt. Col. Doodnauth, the Guyana Defence Force, Commissioner of Police Mr. Seelal Persaud, Asst. Commissioner Mr. David Ramnarine, the ranks of TSU and the Guyana Police Force, the Media and GSSF members for their support in promoting sport shooting amongst all Guyanese. Sincere thanks were extended to CEO, Mr. Bishwa Panday of P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultants Ltd. read more

HLA PLAY OFF Bregenz and Hard to fight for the final

Alpla HardAustrian handballBregenz Handball ← Previous Story DKB BUNDESLIGA: Angry Lions five steps to the finish line! Next Story → The Men’s Handball World Championship Trophy to conquer Mont Blanc The reigning Austrian champions HC Alpla Hard will meet “old rival” Bregenz Handball at HLA PLay Off semi-final! Two teams will try to reach final series starts from May 12 (BEST OF 3). The best team in the regular part of the season, Aon Fivers will wait until May 6 when Leoben and Krems (27:30 and 35:24) will play decisive third match to catch last train for semis…Three TOP teams won their quarter-final series with 2:0.Bregenz – WEST Wien 31:25 and 30:22Alpla Hard – Schwacz 26:25 and 27:22Aon Fivers – Linz 38:25 and 37:29PHOTO: Walter Zaponig, Bregenz Handball

Got 2013 county fair photos We want em

first_imgThe Clark County Fair got off to a roaring start Friday. The Columbian would like to share our readers’ favorite parts of the fair with the community through photos. The photos will be published on columbian.com throughout the fair. And we will publish a selection of our favorite photos in the Neighbors section in the weeks after the fair. Potential subjects for fair photos include:o Animals.o Carnival rides and the midway.o Monster trucks, concerts and shows.o Blue ribbon photos.o Your favorite fair food.o Your kids at the fair.o Your favorite fair photo.Upload your photos at columbian.com/newstip or use the link in The Columbian app.Check out www.columbian.com/photos/galleries/ for photos taken by Columbian staff photographers, too.last_img

Subaru teases its new Genevabound concept the Viziv Adrenaline

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Viziv Adrenaline concept from Subaru is giving us strong crossover vibes. Subaru Subaru announced on Tuesday its plan to release the next in its Viziv line of concept vehicles at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.This latest Viziv is called the Adrenaline, and while Subaru isn’t giving us much to go on with this dark little teaser image, it does look like it might be sportier than previous Viziv concepts.Last year’s Viziv Tourer concept was teased in much the same way and ended up being a handsome and aggressive wagon that made everyone here at Roadshow pine for the days of the WRX STi wagon.The Viziv Adrenaline teaser smacks of crossover, but if it’s half as aggressive a crossover as the Tourer was a wagon, then maybe it’s a peek at the faster Forester of our dreams (and dreams only, until they stop selling so well, according to Subaru).In any case, Subaru says that we can expect to see the Viziv Adrenaline concept in all of its glory on March 5 at 10:45 a.m. Central European Time, or 4:45 a.m. ET. Until then, you Subaru fans will have to satiate yourselves by feverishly commenting on speculative NASIOC threads. Post a comment Subaru Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US reading • Subaru teases its new Geneva-bound concept, the Viziv Adrenaline Geneva Motor Show 2019 Subaru 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refreshcenter_img Concept Cars Car Industry More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 0 2019 Subaru Forester Touring: Granola never looked so good Geneva Motor Show 2019 56 Photos Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuelast_img read more