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Child rights panel to frame mental health policy for Goa

first_imgPANAJI: Armed with a mandate from the Central Commission for Protection of Child Rights(CCPCR), the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has embarked on a serious exercise to draft a mental health policy for children in the State.The groundwork began earlier this week at the initiative of the GSCPCR, which got key stakeholders to discuss various aspects of the proposed policy. Sources close to GSCPCR chairperson Sushma Kirtani said the policy is expected to be completed in two years.According to representatives of the Commission, child abuse as well as mental problems related to child abuse, tobacco consumption, substance consumption, suicidal tendencies, and schizophrenia have been on the rise in Goa as reported from time to time by various child rights groups.The policy would seek to put a mechanism in place to identify the problems faced by children in educational institutions, special schools, and children identified as out of school (in 2016-17, the State had identified 463 out-of-school children, most of whom were children of migrant workers coming from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Bihar, according to an exercise done under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan).The policy will cover all children facing mental disorders, including those with substance abuse, disability-related mental disorders, disorders related to physical or sexual violence, and children in prisons rehabilitated in State children’s homes.The strategy would be to formulate guidelines forimplementation as well.The stakeholders discussed under-reporting of cases due to the stigma attached, especially in case of the girl child, as a factor that needs course correction through education and awareness. The role of media as a stakeholder in education and awareness generation, and in prevention of suicides, would be part of what could be the first such policy in a State.last_img read more

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Smoking mothers may alter the DNA of their children

first_imgPregnant women who smoke don’t just harm the health of their baby—they may actually impair their child’s DNA, according to new research. The finding may explain why the children of smokers continue to suffer health complications later in life.Babies born to smoking mothers tend to be smaller, have impaired lung function, and have a higher incidence of birth defects. Even as adults, these individuals exhibit health and behavioral problems, with those born to smokers being more likely to suffer from asthma, nicotine addiction, and substance abuse. “We have a limited understanding of the biological mechanisms for such effects,” write genetic epidemiologist Christina Markunas and perinatal epidemiologist Allen Wilcox of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, in a joint e-mail to Science. One possibility is so-called epigenetic changes. Various environmental triggers—ranging from stress to diet—can chemically modify DNA, turning certain genes on or off.The new study is one of the largest of its kind to investigate whether maternal smoking can cause such changes. Researchers analyzed blood collected from 889 infants shortly after delivery; approximately one-third of which were born to mothers who self-reported smoking during the first trimester. 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Children born to smokers showed epigenetic changes to their DNA that were not present in the children of nonsmokers, the group reported online ahead of print in Environmental Health Perspectives. Compared with infants of nonsmoking mothers, babies born to smokers had alterations in more than 100 gene regions. Among the affected genes were those linked to fetal development, nicotine addiction, and the ability to quit smoking.The work provides some of the strongest evidence to date that maternal behaviors can modulate fetal DNA during pregnancy. Moreover, the findings are supported by previous research indicating maternal smoking may alter the newborn’s DNA, says Andrea Baccarelli, director of Harvard University’s environmental epigenetics lab. The results of this large-scale investigation are consistent with the findings of previous, smaller studies, as well as research directly examining the effects of cigarette chemicals on cells, he notes. “It is a wonderful example of convergence between [lab-based] toxicology studies and human studies.”Still, several questions remain. For one, the epigenetic changes detected in newborns may not stick around. “There is no way to tell whether these epigenetic modifications are fleeting and part of regular cell development or more permanent and truly a result of smoke exposure,” says behavioral geneticist Valerie Knopik of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence and Brown University’s Alpert Medical School.Although more research is needed to understand the full implications of the DNA changes observed in infants, the findings open the door to other questions regarding children’s health. “If maternal smoking can alter the DNA methylation profile of newborns, other environmental exposures to chemicals, such as those found in the air, our homes and food, during pregnancy may also have epigenetic effects,” Markunas and Wilcox write. “We have only scratched the surface of how exposures during pregnancy might affect the baby.”last_img read more

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Maharashtra tops in justice delivery

first_imgMaharashtra has topped the list of 18 large-medium States in the overall first-ever ranking of Indian States on justice delivery, followed by Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana. In this category, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are at the bottom, while among the list of seven smaller States, Goa leads the group.This is according to the India Justice Report 2019, released on Thursday by the Tata Trusts in collaboration with Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, among others.Public dataThe report has been prepared based on publicly available data of different government entities on the four pillars of justice delivery — police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid.Releasing the report, Justice (Retd.) Madan B. Lokur called it a pioneering study and said: “The findings establish beyond doubt very serious lacunae in our justice delivery system. It is an excellent effort to mainstream the issues concerning our justice system, which in fact affect every aspect of society, governance and the economy.” He added that judiciary and the government should take note of the significant findings, and the States too should act to urgently plug the gaps in the management of the police, prisons, forensics, justice delivery, provision of legal aid, and the filling up of vacancies.The report highlights the fact that even the best performing States scored less than 60% in their performance on capacity across the police, judiciary, prisons and legal aid.The country has about 18,200 judges with about 23% sanctioned posts vacant, notes the report, adding that women are poorly represented in these pillars, constituting just 7% of the police.“Prisons are over-occupied at 114%, where 68% are undertrials awaiting investigation, inquiry or trial. Regarding budgets, most States are not able to fully utilise the funds given to them by the Centre, while the increase in spending on the police, prisons and judiciary does not keep pace with the overall increase in State expenditure,” the report said.Budget constraintsIt added that some pillars also remain affected by low budgets. For instance, India’s per capita spend on free legal aid is 75 paise per annum, the report said.The report looked at data indicators from the four pillars, covering themes like infrastructure, human resources, diversity (gender, Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Other Backward Class), budgets, workload and trends over the last five years.‘Grim picture’“Collectively, the data paints a grim picture. It highlights that each individual sub-system is starved for budgets, manpower and infrastructure; no State is fully compliant with the standards it has set for itself. Governments are content to create ad hoc and patchwork remedies to cure deeply embedded systemic failures. Inevitably, the burden of all this falls on the public,’’ noted Maja Daruwala, chief editor, India Justice Report.last_img read more

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Pochettino reflects on early successes against Guardiola

first_imgMauricio Pochettino acknowledges he is a completely different coach to the fresh-faced tactician who enjoyed early career successes against Pep Guardiola.Pochettino’s Tottenham host Guardiola’s Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, with the Premier League champions nine games into an unbeaten start to their title defence.Despite an underwhelming Champions League campaign to date, Spurs have been similarly impressive domestically this term and victory at England’s national stadium would see them leapfrog City in the standings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A 2-0 win in the same fixture at White Hart Lane in 2016 saw Pochettino hand Guardiola his first defeat in English football but it was not the first time he had got the better of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.Taking over relegation-threatened Espanyol on the other side of town in January 2009, Pochettino’s first game in charge was a daunting Copa del Rey quarter-final against Guardiola’s Barca.They held out for a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou before losing the second leg 3-2, but the Argentine tactician’s first win arrived a month later – 2-1 away from home in the Catalan derby.”I am completely different now,” he told Sky Sports.”It was nearly 10 years ago and, to be honest, I’ve improved a lot, I’ve changed a lot.”Football is always about improving. It is about learning. Every day learn. Every day improve.”Getting set for City #COYS pic.twitter.com/RTrsV3SWQ5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 27, 2018Pochettino’s most recent encounters with Guardiola do not make for such good reading, with City running out 4-1 and 3-1 winners last season on their way to a dominant title triumph.As such, the Spurs boss understands his team’s status as underdogs looking to spring a surprise.”I think we are on a different level – but that doesn’t mean we cannot beat them in one game,” he said.”I think it is always about performance. We have to perform better than them – and, of course, have a little bit of luck in a decisive moment.”But it will be a tough game because Manchester City is one of the best teams, not only in England but in Europe.”We put our own pressure on because I think we are ambitious and we want to win all the games but if someone puts external pressure onto us, it’s difficult to understand.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli smashes career-best 243, crosses 1000-run mark in 2017

first_imgVirat Kohli struck his career-best 243 against Sri Lanka in the third and final Test on a day that was marred by poor air quality in Delhi.Kohli’s majestic knock put India in a commanding position on the second day of the Test as the Delhi dasher smacked 25 fours during his marathon 287-ball innings.In reaching his sixth double century, Kohli overtook Brian Lara as the player to score most double hundreds as Test captain. Lara scored five of his nine career Test double centuries as West Indies captain. Legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman posted 12 double centuries, but only four of those as Test captain.In the process, Kohli also completed 1000 runs in Test cricket in 2017becoming the fourth batsman to achieve the feat this year. SouthAfrica’s Dean Elgar (1097 runs) was the first while Sri Lankan DimuthKarunaratne (1018 runs) was second before Cheteshwar Pujara (1091 runs)accomplished the feat in the Nagpur Test.Back to back double ?? for King Kohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/NDMmtzbs4W- BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017He also became the third Indian player to score 1000-plus Test runs in successive years after Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.Kohli resumed Sunday on 156, with India at 371-4, and helped India add 129 in the morning session without losing a wicket until Lakshan Sandakan (3-148) had Rohit (65) caught behind off a bottom edge.The fifth-wicket pair set a hectic pace, scoring 71 runs in the first hour and another 58 in the second.After scoring 213 in Nagpur, Kohli scored his second consecutive double hundred off 238 balls. Overall, he has batted for 391 minutes, facing 266 balls and hitting 23 boundaries.advertisementIndia lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs. The first Test in Kolkata was drawn.Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree in Test cricket of late.He, earlier in this match, became the 11th India to breach the 5000-run mark in his 105th innings and the fourth quickest among Indians to achieve the feat.Former captain Sunil Gavaskar is the quickest Indian to score 5000 runs as he did it in 95 innings followed by Virender Sehwag (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (103).Kohli is also the second quickest Indian batsman to score 20 Test centuries. The 29-year-old surpassed the great Sachin Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar heads the list having reached the milestone in just 93 innings while Kohli got there in his 105th innings.He is also the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla’s record of 378 innings.In the ongoing Test, Kohli also went past 3000 Test runs as captain becoming the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat.Kohli is scoring hundreds for fun these days and this was his 11th hundred this year across formats which made him the most prolific captain, in terms of hundreds scored in a calendar year. Overall, he is the third player after Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting to score 11 tons in a calendar year.last_img read more

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India Vs Pakistan Asian Hockey Champions Trophy Final: When And Where To Watch Live Telecast on TV and Online

first_imgDefending India defeated Asian Games gold medallist Japan 3-2 in the semi-finals to meet arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament in Muscat.Gurjant Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Dilpreet Singh scored a goal each to help India beat Japan in the semi-finals.Earlier, two-time champions Pakistan defeated Malaysia 3-1 in the shootout after a 4-4 draw in regulation time.In the pool match last week, India continued their dominance over arch-rivals Pakistan with a 3-1 win.India had defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the final edition of the Champions Trophy earlier in the year before registering a close 2-1 win over the arch-rivals in the Jakarta Asian Games.What time does the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final between India vs Pakistan start?Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final between India vs Pakistan starts at 10:40 PM IST on October 28, Sunday in Muscat.What TV channel and live stream will provide the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final?Star Sports Network for English and Hindi Commentary. Hotstar and JioTV will live stream the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final match.Where will the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final be played?The Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final will be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman from 10:40 PM IST.Where can I watch the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final live?The match will be shown on Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy final?advertisementYou can follow latest updates of the match between India and Pakistan on indiatoday.in.last_img read more

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Cowboys Offer Scholarship to Kelby Wickline, Son of former OSU Coach

first_imgFormer Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline was regarded as one of the best coaches at the position during his tenure at OSU, so it should come as no surprise that his son, Kelby, has developed into a Div. I prospect at the position.According to a tweet that was shared by Kelby himself, OSU has extended a scholarship offer to Kelby this week. Kelby began his career at UTSA in 2015, and is now a 2017 prospect playing for Jones County Junior College.He has offers reported on the 247sports recruiting website from Missouri, Iowa State, Cal, Kansas, Kentucky, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, UAB, Western Kentucky, and West Virginia.Wickline originally joined the WVU program earlier in May of this year, before heading to junior college. A 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect, Kelby is a highly sought after offensive lineman and with OSU’s connections, should be an interesting recruitment to follow.His father, Joe Wickline, who is now the offensive coordinator for West Virginia, coached the offensive line at Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy. So the timing for the offer, with the Mountaineers travelling to Stillwater this weekend, is pretty interesting as well. 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

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Raheem Sterling given No10 role on England return for Slovenia qualifier

first_imgWorld Cup 2018 qualifiers Share on Facebook Read more World Cup 2018 World Cup Southgate had invited John Barnes to address his squad in May, the former Liverpool winger speaking about his experiences in the game and acknowledging there were periods when he had suffered abuse and stinging criticism from the terraces. “John came and spoke to us a few months ago,” said the England manager. “We have some very exciting talent who want to go and express themselves, and we want to give them the framework to do that.Raheem comes into that bracket. He is a tough lad. That’s one of the attributes I really like about him. He bounces back from disappointments and he goes again. I can see he is ready for tomorrow and looking forward to it. He is in a good moment with his club, he is working with a good coach there and we have huge belief in him as well.“We want the crowd to be excited with what they’re watching, and he’s a player who can do that: he can beat people; his goalscoring record is improving, which is important for him, and he works hard for the team, chasing back and tackling. He’s not just an old-fashioned winger. He’s a ’94 birthday, so he’s not old at all, but he’s at a moment where, like a lot of these guys, the next few years are very important to establish themselves as top players. He recognises that.”With Delle Ali suspended for the game Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane – the captain – will start for the first time together in an England lineup having been on the pitch for barely a minute together up to now. Oxlade-Chamberlain began the wins over Malta and Slovakia but has endured a fitful beginning to life as a Liverpool player and has yet to start a Premier League match for his new club. Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier will anchor midfield against opponents ranked No55 in the world.England (4-2-3-1, probable): Hart; Walker, Stones, Cahill, Bertrand; Dier, Henderson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Rashford; Kane.Slovenia (4-1-4-1, probable): Oblak; Aljaz Struna, Samardzic, Cesar, Jokic; Krhin; Kurtic, Rotman, Birsa, Bezjak; Ilicic. Share on WhatsApp Sam Allardyce preparing to sue FA over comments that followed England exit news Share via Email Raheem Sterling will return to England’s starting lineup for the qualifier against Slovenia on Thursday, operating in the No10 position, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retaining his place on the right flank.Sterling endured a difficult time with the national team last month and suffered the ignominy of being substituted at half-time in Malta with the game goalless and frustration mounting among the travelling support. Sterling played only the last seven minutes of the subsequent win over Slovakia but though it is almost two years since he scored for his country, he will earn his 35th cap at Wembley at the age of only 22. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Raheem Sterling England Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Madrid struggles not down to attitude – Nacho

first_imgReal Madrid ‘Real Madrid struggles not down to bad attitude’ – Nacho perplexed by another defeat Peter Hanson 02:29 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) madridvillarreal - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Real Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal Primera División Pablo Fornals chipped in a late goal to give the Yellow Submarine three points and inflict further disappointment on the European champions Nacho insists that there is nothing wrong with Real Madrid’s attitude after Los Blancos’ poor form continued with a demoralising 1-0 defeat to Villarreal.Zinedine Zidane’s men saw Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have legitimate penalty claims waved away in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu, while good work from visiting goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo kept the hosts at bay.And Villarreal caught Madrid sleeping with a rapid counter-attack with just three minutes remaining, Pablo Fornals’ clever chipped finish sealing a famous first league win for the club at the Bernabeu. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid now have just one win in five Liga games and will be 19 points off the top if Barcelona beat Real Sociedad on Sunday, but defender Nacho insists the team are giving all they have.Speaking to beIN SPORTS, he said: “I do not know [what happened] really.”I think we showed a good attitude, we have fought well, all the team. Villarreal are a team that likes possession, but we have played a good match in general.”We had a corner and they caught us out of place, it’s not a lack of attitude.”Madrid need a huge points swing to reel in Barca, but Nacho – while admitting time is fast running out – is refusing to throw in the towel.He added: “Every game we play we go out and say that there are possibilities. I keep thinking about it because there are many points left, but logically every time we do not win the chances are much lower.”We have the cup this week and we are very excited to keep fighting. It’s not a lack of attitude.”last_img read more

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24 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Prem

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers: Pereira as good as any fullback in Premby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted with the form of Ricardo Pereira.Indeed, he says Pereira is as good as any fullback in the country.“He’s up there with the best fullbacks in the league,” Rodgers said.“I worked with young Trent at Liverpool and he’s been sensational since he has broken into the team.“Kyle [Walker] obviously at Manchester City. He’s certainly a boy who is up there. You see him go forward and he’s so fluent in his running.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Provincial Museums Reopen

first_imgWith only a few minor exceptions, the Nova Scotia Museum familyof provincial museums will reopen to the public today, Oct. 2,after several temporary closures due to Hurricane Juan. At Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke, the Post Road gateddriveway, which usually serves as the main entrance, will beclosed to cars and pedestrians for the remainder of the season. Visitors are asked to use the service entrance to access theparking lot. Uniacke House will reopen for regular hours, from Monday toSaturday, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sundays, from 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The walking trails, however, except for aportion of the Lake Martha Loop trail, will remain closed untilfurther notice as a safety precaution. Uniacke House closes for the season on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Lawrence House Museum in Maitland will remain closed untilfurther notice. Lawrence House also closes for the season onWednesday, Oct. 15. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is now open forbusiness, with the exception of the museum wharves and CSSAcadia, which are closed for the season. The museum’s hours are:Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8p.m.; Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; andSundays from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Museum of Natural History in Halifax reopens to visitors forregular hours today, Oct. 2. Society meetings normally scheduledfor Thursday evening are cancelled for this week only. Societymeetings resume on Friday, Oct. 3. The Nova Scotia Museum family of provincial museums includes 27sites throughout the province. Complete details on the museums,hours of operation, and events can be found on the Web site atmuseum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

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Coop workhops geared to help students succeed on work terms

The Co-op Programs office is hosting a series of co-op employment training workshops this fall to help prepare students for their upcoming work terms.The workshops are open to second-year undergraduate students and graduate students, and cover program expectations, nailing the job interview and networking with industry professionals.“The workshop series is absolutely essential in learning about the career possibilities that exist in today’s labour market,” said Julia Zhu, senior relationship manager in the Co-op Programs office. “Identifying employment and industry trends will assist students in determining the path their job search should take.”Workshop topics and dates are:• Co-op employer mock interviews, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pond Inlet.• Co-op alumni night, Oct. 29, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in AS 204.• Frequently used business applications on a co-op work term, Nov. 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., TH 247.• Brand yourself on social media, Nov. 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., AS 204.• Employer mock interviews, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pond Inlet.• Employer panel discussion: Arts, social science and science programs, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., various locations.• Co-op employer panel: How to be successful on a co-op term, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. TH 247.• Co-op employer mock interviews, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pond Inlet.For more information about the sessions, including participants and dress code, view the full schedule. read more

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KANJIZA CUP 2014 – DAY 1 Szeged VS Gorenje Vardar against Tunisia

← Previous Story Milorad Krivokapic targeted by RK Vojvodina Novi Sad Next Story → Qatar and Brazil to open WCh 2015! One of the strongest tournament in Balkan and Central Europe this summer – Kanjiza Cup 2014 begins today in beautiful Kanjiza Spa near Serbian-Hungarian border. Six teams will compete in three days for the trophy, among them some of the strongest line-ups in Europe as EHF Cup winner – Pick Szeged and Macedonian ambitious team RK Vardar Skopje.Macedonians will meet Tunisian NT in the first match of the tournament, today at 16hrs. Team, who will have the biggest fan base in Kanjiza, as Szeged is only 20 km from the place where tournament will be held, PICK will face Slovenian RK Gorenje Velenje at 18.15 hrs.Here are the groups and schedule. Kanjiza Cup 2014

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La quasitotalité des forêts tropicales sont mal gérées

first_imgLa quasi-totalité des forêts tropicales sont mal géréesSelon le rapport “Situation de la gestion des forêts tropicales 2011”, plus de 90% des forêts tropicales sont mal gérées voire pas du tout. Elles sont pourtant indispensables pour l’avenir du climat et de la biodiversité.L’Organisation internationale des bois tropicaux (OIBT) a publié hier son rapport “Situation de la gestion des forêts tropicales 2011”, qui porte sur 33 pays. Le constat est alarmant puisque 90% des forêts tropicales seraient “mal gérées, voire pas du tout”. L’organisation explique que chaque année “des millions d’hectares sont défrichés pour l’agriculture, les pâturages et autres affectations autres que forestières, ou sont dégradés en raison de l’exploitation forestière opérée à un rythme insoutenable ou de nature illicite”.À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airDe plus, les choses ne semblent pas s’arranger car il est plus rentable financièrement, à l’heure actuelle, de déboiser que de conserver les forêts. Elles sont pourtant cruciales pour l’avenir de la planète toute entière. Si 50% des espèces végétales et animales s’y trouvent, le déboisement entraîne de son côté 10 à 20% des émissions de gaz à effet de serre mondiales rappelle Sciences et Avenir.Toutefois, l’étude indique que certains progrès ont eu lieu avec la mise en place de programmes de “gestion durable”. Ces pratiques ont progressé avec 50% de superficie supplémentaire qu’il y a cinq ans. Aujourd’hui, 53 millions d’hectares (l’équivalent de la surface de la Thaïlande) sont mieux gérés contre 36 millions en 2006. Les meilleurs élèves en la matière sont le Brésil, le Gabon, le Guyane, la Malaisie et le Pérou. Le Brésil, notamment, a réussi à ralentir le rythme de la déforestation de la forêt amazonienne. Celle si n’est “que” de 6.500 kilomètres carrés contre 27.000 kilomètres carrés en 2004.Mais, comme l’explique à l’AFP le directeur adjoint de la Fondation suisse pour le développement et la coopération internationale, Jürgen Blaser, “la certification, label d’excellence environnementale et sociale en échange de bonnes pratiques pour préserver la forêt, est un acte volontaire, qui coûte cher”. Cet auteur du rapport précise que “sur le marché du bois, beaucoup de pays parmi les grands consommateurs comme la Chine ou l’Inde ne demandent pas de bois certifié. C’est la grande limite de ce dispositif”.Le 12 juin 2011 à 16:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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8 Insane Moments on Tumblr That Will Go Down in History

first_img It was always hard to define exactly what Tumblr was. You could write blogs on there, but it wasn’t really good for blogging. You could link up with other people like a social network, but it wasn’t really that either. It was — and is, I guess, although the latest news about the platform banning adult content seems like a nail in the coffin — something truly unique.Tumblr was founded by David Karp in 2007 as a method for people to post “tumblelogs” — essentially short-form blogs — featuring links, short paragraphs and a stream of consciousness style. It rapidly grew a wild and fractious user base, split into dozens if not hundreds of communities united by niche interests. The site was acquired by Yahoo in 2013 and declined along with the rest of that corporate entity, and is now owned by Verizon’s Oath division. But in its prime, Tumblr was a hotbed for Weird Internet, generating unforgettable memes, crazy stories, and legendary posts. Here are some of the most notorious. Thanks to tumblr memedocumentation and Twitter user 3liza for research help.BoneghaziTumblr was a home for all kinds of subcultures, including religious ones. It also was a home for “call-out posts,” where one user would put another on blast for a crime real or imaginary. One of the most epic call-outs of all time came in December of 2015 when user pastel-prouvaire issued a warning about a woman named Ender Darling for… wait for it… stealing human bones from a flooded cemetery in Louisiana. This was allegedly for use in witchcraft ceremonies, but the moral repercussions of just grabbing another human’s remains were very explicitly explained to them.This whole debacle was one of the few Internet phenomenons to result in actual criminal charges, with the police raiding Darling’s home and seizing bones and teeth. She was brought to court on a charge of simple burglary, which she pled guilty to.MishapocalypseNiche fandoms were the lifeblood of Tumblr, as the seriously dedicated followers of TV shows like Sherlock and Dr. Who used the platform for fanfic, art and roleplaying. One show that has a demonstrably outsized online fandom is the CW’s Supernatural, and in 2013 fans of that show managed to make Tumblr almost unusable for a day with a single photograph. The event was called “Mishapocalypse.”In March of that year, a user named lokisleathersuit floated the idea of multiple people changing their user icons to a specific picture of Supernatural actor Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on the show. The date was set for April 1st, and like many things on Tumblr it rapidly spiraled out of control. Thousands of users made the switch, and followed up by posting the picture to their feed, creating memes and more. It then spawned a wave of complaint posts as non-participating users complained that their dash was nothing but the same photo no matter how far they scrolled.Dragonkin Eating JewelryThe “otherkin” subculture found a home on Tumblr pretty early. If you’re not familiar, these are people who believe that their spirit is actually that of an animal or some other creature. It’s kind of like being a furry, only mentally. People go to different lengths with it, and the above post is pretty spectacular. Dragonkin, obviously, think that they’re actually dragons, and because this poor kid has spent too much time with the old AD&D Monster Manual, they think that as a dragon they’re supposed to eat jewelry.That was just the tip of the iceberg with otherkin on Tumblr, but it’s a great example of how even the most absurd thing somebody posted could be believable on there.DashConThere comes a point in the life cycle of every online community when it reaches a critical mass and users make the leap into congregating online. This is always a mistake. Case in point: DashCon, created in 2014 to allow Tumblr users to meet some of their favorite content creators and enjoy special programming and performances. That… did not happen.The event’s organizers were in way over their heads, unable to pay guests, provide them accommodations or even pay for the hotel venue itself. Things got so bad that during the first day they were frantically soliciting donations from the less than 1,000 people who showed up to try and pay the $20,000 facility fee. The iconic moment of DashCon came when they offered to reimburse people who were upset at the cancellation of the Welcome To Night Vale panel with “an extra hour” in the convention’s tiny ball pit. It was classic Tumblr – earnest, inept and completely unable to see how ridiculous it was being.The Severed Toe NecklaceOne thing that Tumblr did very well is allow people to form surprisingly deep bonds with each other. Bonds deep enough to, say, send amputated body parts through the mail. In 2017, a Tumblr user named cummy-eyelids posted a pair of pictures of a severed pinky toe in a medical waste container that had been mailed to her by another user named royallyoily. The plan was to drain the fluid out, put the toe in a different housing and then send it back to her to wear as a pendant.This… is wild. The toe had been cut off all the way back in 2011 and royallyoily (a young woman named Hayley) had just sort of kept it around for sentimental reasons before meeting cummy-eyelids on Tumblr, seeing her other sculptural work that used bones, skulls and “wet specimens” and approaching her about mailing her a severed body part. Completely normal and sanitary thing to do in every way.Homestuck Skin DyeOf all the fandoms that ravaged the trenches of Tumblr, Andrew Hussie’s Homestuck might have been the most intense and disorienting. The convoluted tale of an online game leaking into the real world, human kids and trolls, and a million billion in-jokes sprawls to 8,000 pages and inspired slavish devotion both on Tumblr and in the real world. There are plenty of shipping battles and canon wars, but the 100% best Homestuck-related Tumblr post came in 2012, when a user shared a story from Anime Expo that will blow your mind.Apparently the story’s subject crashed a room at Anime Expo and to prepare for her cosplaying as the troll Terezi attempted to dye her skin gray by submerging herself in a bathtub filled with sharpies dissolved in denatured alcohol. Needless to say, she not only trashed the bathroom but also gave herself a serious skin condition in the process. The post about it went mega-viral and colored (no pun intended) the Homestuck fandom as irrational lunatics for years.The HIV+ Hamilton Fanfic FracasOne of the most purely, truly Tumblr things of all time came with the blog hivliving, run by a pair of HIV-positive female writers, Israa and Naj. The duo were known for their 170,000 word fanfic of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton that recast the Founding Father as a high school student in the 1980s, also with HIV. Pretty normal (for Tumblr) so far, until the whole thing came crashing down in 2017. Israa and Naj, both of whom claimed to live in India, were exposed as a white American college student who had been faking the whole thing to get attention for the fanfic.Now for the bigger twist: the user who exposed them, digoxin-purpurpea, didn’t do so out of any great desire for social justice. Instead, it turned out that the person behind Israa and Naj had reported on their own Hamilton fanfic, this time about Hamilton as a cannibal mermaid, and they were just out for revenge.Female Presenting NipplesIt’s only appropriate that Tumblr’s latest meme came as a consequence of the company’s own actions. When they released their new content policy prohibiting adult or sexually explicit images, it contained a turn of phrase so awkward that it instantly rocketed into the memeosphere. That phrase? “Female presenting nipples.”While we can appreciate the general intent here to include both cis and trans women in the same bucket — even if it’s to say “you can’t be on this website” — it’s just such a bizarre, faux-woke use of the English language to set a policy that has no real basis in the world. What makes a male presenting nipple as opposed to a female presenting one? How can you tell by looking at the nipple itself? Posts started to fly hot and heavy mocking the concept, which might end up being the last truly great meme Tumblr ever makes.More on Geek.com:Tumblr Says Goodbye to NSFW ContentApple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps of 2018Study: College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food Pornhub Maybe Wants To Buy TumblrThe Weirdest And Worst Simpsons Fan Art Stay on targetlast_img read more

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SPOILERS: 2/16 WWE Main Event tapings from Ontario

first_img Google+ SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown Live TV taping results from Fresno to air on Christmas Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California The following was taped on Tuesday from Ontario, California. WWE Main Event taping results for February 16, 2016:* Neville & Zack Ryder def. Tyler Breeze & Stardust* Paige def. Summer Rae* WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Social OutcastsSource: PWInsider.com Facebooklast_img read more

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Council President Georgette Gomez on new affordable housing policy

Council President Georgette Gomez on new affordable housing policy

first_img August 13, 2019 Posted: August 13, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council recently approved a change to the city’s affordable housing policy that requires developers to pay a larger share of the costs to build homes for low-income people.The update raises the fee developers pay to avoid including affordable housing in their projects. In projects where developers do include affordable units, they would have to reserve them for slightly lower-income households and charge cheaper rents.This change to the “inclusionary housing” policy was proposed by Council President Georgette Gomez and was narrowly approved by the City Council on a 5-4 vote on first reading. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Council President Georgette Gomez on new affordable housing policylast_img read more

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ASA Registers Significant Concern Following Withdrawal from TPP

first_imgThe nation’s soybean farmers expressed significant concern Monday, following an executive order from President Donald Trump that withdraws the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore pointed out the high stakes for soybean farmers, and urged the Trump Administration to immediately announce how it intends to engage and expand market access in the Asia-Pacific region.”Trade is something soybean farmers take very seriously. We export more than half the soy we grow here in the United States, and still more in the form of meat and other products that are produced with our meal and oil,” said Moore, who farms in Roseville, Ill. “The TPP held great promise for us, and has been a key priority for several years now. We’re very disappointed to see the withdrawal today.”Soybeans are the nation’s largest agricultural export, and markets in Southeast Asia and Latin America continue to grow in their potential as buyers of U.S. soy. The biggest beneficiary from TPP, however, was the American livestock industry–in the form of increased meat and dairy exports–which represents the largest domestic market for soybean meal.The TPP represents 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), and according to the Peterson Institute, would have increased overall U.S. exports by $357 billion by 2030. Specifically for U.S. farmers, TPP would have increased annual net farm income by $4.4 billion according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Additionally, TPP was the first regional trade agreement to address the need to coordinate international policy on trade in the products of agricultural biotechnology, a benefit that ASA will push to see in any future agreements with TPP partner nations.”Moving forward, we expect to see a plan in place as soon as possible to engage the TPP partner nations and capture the value that we lose with the withdrawal today. With net farm income down by over 40 percent from levels just a few years ago, we need trade deals with the Asia-Pacific countries to make up for the $4.4 billion in annual net farm income being lost by farmers from not moving forward with the TPP. Also, we expect a seat at the table to help ensure these agreements in whatever form they take are crafted to capture their full value for soybean farmers,” added Moore. “Trade is too important for us to support anything less.”last_img read more

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New highway patterns continue to cause confusion in SW MiamiDade

New highway patterns continue to cause confusion in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – For the second day, a new highway pattern in Southwest Miami-Dade has led to some traffic trouble.The new route requires drivers to stay on the left lanes for the Turnpike and the right lane for the Don Shula Expressway.The driver of a van could be seen in video accidentally exiting at the Don Shula Expressway and then stopping to put their blinkers on, Tuesday.The motorist then decided to reverse but was promptly stopped by an officer, who flashed his lights.Most drivers were unaware of the change, which caused confusion as motorists nearly collided with one another while trying to switch sides.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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