The killing of dozens of sheep possibly by a pack of wolves in Niali and adjacent areas of Odisha’s Cuttack district has triggered panic among villagers, who have been spending sleepless nights for over two weeks now.Despite the Forest department personnel attributing these deaths to attack by wild animals, villagers suspect that a ‘mysterious creature’ is behind the killings. The Cuttack Rural Police have asked villagers to form defence committees comprising volunteers and police personnel to check such attacks.The Animal Disease Research Institute, Odisha, has collected samples of sheep carcasses for study. In most of the carcasses, intestines had bulged out while the liver was not in place, indicating attacks by wild animals. Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Minister Damodar Rout said there were reports of 150 sheep being killed by wild animals. “Wolves are present near the Vanaragarh forest patch close to Niali. Sheep has no defence mechanism. Wolves are devouring its liver because it is soft,” said Prasanta Kumar Mishra, Divisional Forest Officer of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar city division.Two traps set“To dispel doubts, we have set up two traps. From the pug marks, we have identified the animals to be wolves,” said Mr. Mishra. The forest department is now considering installing cameras.“We have advised villagers to keep the sheep in well protected sheds. As the sheep are left in the open, it becomes easy for the wolves to attack them,” the City Division DFO said.
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Virat Kohli celebrates his 29th birthday today. The Indian captain has had a sensational career so far and is now actually breaking records for fun. Since his One-Day International debut on August 18, 2008, Kohli has scored 32 ODI tons and 17 Test hundreds in his illustrious career.Kohli had a modest beginning to his ODI career where he scored only one hundred and three fifties and it was only since 2010 that the Delhi lad began flourishing.In 2010, Kohli scored three hundred and seven fifties that also earned him a Test call-up.WATCH VIDEOIn 2011, the Delhi batsman smashed a total of eight half-centuries and four centuries but failed to reach the 100-run mark in Test. In Test cricket, he only managed two fifties.Kohli has only been on the rise since 2012, scoring a total of 17 Test hundreds and 24 ODI centuries.In 2016 alone, four Test hundreds and three ODI centuries and 2017, has only brought better times for the India captain. Despite just two Test hundreds this year, Kohli has smashed six ODI centuries and seven fifties.This year, Kohli has the best score of 204 in Tests and 131 in ODIs.Such is the prowess of the India captain that everytime he steps on the pitch, it looks like he’s either creating records or breaking them.His elegance, his technique, his stance and his level-headedness, all translates into runs and it almost looks like the ball automatically connects with the peach of his bat.2009 (ODIs)Virat Kohli celebrates his first international century, which came vs Sri Lanka in Kolkata (Reuters photo) 107 vs Sri Lanka in KolkataadvertisementKohli’s first ODI hundred came against Sri Lanka at a strike rate of 93.85. Studded with 11 fours and a six, Kohli scored 107 off 114 deliveries in December at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.2010 (ODIs)102* vs Bangladesh in Dhaka118 vs Australia in Vishakhapatnam105 vs New Zealand in GuwahatiKohli scored three centuries in 2010 and all of them came at a humongous strike rate of over 95. In fact, two of these hundreds came at a strike rate of over 100.2011 (ODIs)100* vs Bangladesh in DhakaKohli celebrates winning the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Reuters photo) 107 vs England in Cardiff112* vs England in Delhi117 vs West Indies in VishakhapatnamDespite making his Test debut in the year, Kohli was unable to get going in the longest format of the game. But that didn’t stop arguably the best ODI player in the world from scoring four hundreds in his favourite format.Coming from Delhi, the 112 not out vs England was a treat for the spectators as they saw their local favourite get his first on his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.2012116 vs Australia in Adelaide (Test)133* vs Sri Lanka in Hobart (ODI)108 vs Sri Lanka in Dhaka (ODI)183 vs Pakistan in Dhaka (ODI)106 vs Sri Lanka in Hambantota (ODI)128* vs Sri Lanka in Colombo (ODI)103 vs New Zealand in Bengaluru (Test)Kohli celebrates after scoring a hundred against New Zealand in Bengaluru (Reuters photo) 103 vs England in Nagpur (Test)This is the year when Kohli began flourishing and started showing his immense calibre. Beginning the year with a brilliant 116 off 237 balls against Austrailia in Test, Kohli scored five ODI tons from February to July. The maestro capped his excellent year with two more Test centuries against New Zealand and England in India in the months of August and December respectively.2013107 vs Australia in Chennai (Test)102 vs West Indies in Port of Spain (ODI)115 vs Zimbabwe in Harare (ODI)100* vs Australia in Jaipur (ODI)115* vs Australia in Nagpur (ODI)119 vs South Africa in Johannesburg (Test)Another year when Kohli showed how much he loved playing against Australia. Yet again in February, the Delhi batsman smashed a 107 off 206 deliveries in front of the Chennai crowd to give a roaring beginning to his year.Kohli then went on to score four ODI centuries during the year and just like the previous year, the now-India captain capped off his year smashing a 119 in Johannesburg in December.2014123 vs New Zealand in Napier (ODI)105* vs New Zealand in Wellington (Test)136 vs Bangladesh in Fatullah (ODI)127 vs West Indies in Dharamsala (ODI)139* vs Sri Lanka in Ranchi (ODI))115 vs Australia in Adelaide (Test)141 vs Australia in Adelaide (Test)169 vs Australia in Melbourne (Test)This year was the most successful year for Kohli. Only the ongoing year matches his achievements of this year.Kohli began his 2014 onslaught against New Zealand in Napier and continued his rich form into the Test series against the same opposition scoring an unbeaten 105 in February.The Delhi lad followed it up with three ODI centuries before exploding once more against Australia in their hometown.advertisement2015Kohli celebrates scoring his fourth straight hundred in four Test matches against Australia (Reuters photo) 147 vs Australia in Sydney (Test)107 vs Pakistan in Adelaide (ODI)103 vs Sri Lanka in Galle (Test)138 vs South Africa in Chennai (ODI)Kohli began the year exactly how he ended the previous and he smashed a century against Australia in each of the four Tests there.Kohli had gone through a rough patch in England before that but he came out all guns blazing in Australia and proved his prowess to the world.2016117 vs Australia in Melbourne (ODI)106 vs Australia in Canberra (ODI)200 vs West Indies in North South (Test)154* vs New Zealand in Mohali (ODI)167 vs England in Vishakhapatnam (Test)235 vs England in Mumbai (Test)Kohli says becoming the captain has only made him a better player because he looks to lead from the front and that is exactly what his runs screamed of as well.Targetting Australia once again, Kohli began 2016 smashing two ODI centuries in Australia and continued his form into his West Indies where he registered his first victory as India’s Test captain.With the advent of the home season in October, Kohli smashed a ODI century against New Zealand and went on to score another hundred and a double century against England in Test to end his stupendous year.2017122 vs England in Pune (ODI)204 vs Bangladesh in Hyderabad (Test)103* vs Sri Lanka in Galle (Test)111* vs West Indies in Kingston (ODI)131 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo (ODI)110* vs Sri Lanka in Colombo (ODI)121 vs New Zealand in Mumbai (ODI)113 vs New Zealand in Kanpur (ODI)This year has only made Kohli better. With the limited-overs captaincy handed over to him in January, the newly-appointed India captain announced himself with a 122 off 105 balls against England in his first series as the captain of the national team.Kohli hasn’t looked back since! Going on to surpass Ricky Ponting in the list of most ODI hundreds, Kohli has ushered into a new era with the sun only shining bright.
Sarabjot Singh and Esha Singh won the 10m Air Pistol men’s and women’s juniors events respectively, to bolster India’s overall gold haul to eight at the end of day four of the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.Sarabjot also partnered Arjun Cheema and Vijayveer Sidhu to win the junior team gold.India has so far won eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals with two days of competition left.Sarabjot topped the qualifier with a score of 579 and then shot 237.8 in the final to beat Korean Kim Woojong, who shot 236.6.Vijayveer won bronze with a score of 217.5, while Arjun Cheema, the third Indian in the final, finished fourth.The Indian trio’s combined qualification total of 1718 was way ahead of Taipei’s 1699.Esha also topped her qualifying round with a score of 576 in the junior women’s event and then shot 240.1 to win with consummate ease.Korea’s Yun Seonjeong won silver with a score of 235, 5.1 behind Esha.Other Indian women shooters also made it to the final but Harshada Nithave and Devanshi Dhama managed fifth and eighth places respectively.However, the three combined to win the team silver, behind Korea.It will be back to the senior shooters on Sunday as the Rifle exponents in the men and women categories line-up.Also Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team gold Also Read | Shooting World Cup: Saurabh Chaudhary bags first senior gold with world recordAlso Read | 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary wins 4th shooting gold in 4 monthsadvertisementAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstances
Manchester United will be striving to put a disappointing season behind them under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, whose promising start as manager fell apart into a sixth-placed league finish.The Man Utd legend was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement and while he had a successful first few weeks as interim manager, the Red Devils’ form dipped towards the end of the campaign and they missed out on Champions League football.Next season, Solskjaer will be prioritising returning the club back to Europe’s elite and they’re thrown straight into high-profile action with an opener against top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Season ticket holders can also look forward to clashes with rivals Arsenal (September 28), Liverpool (October 19), Tottenham (December 3) and Manchester City (March 7)The Red Devils’ full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.Man Utd Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 11/08/2019 16:30 Manchester United v Chelsea 17/08/2019 15:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United 24/08/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace 31/08/2019 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United 14/09/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Leicester City 21/09/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United 28/09/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Arsenal 05/10/2019 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester United 19/10/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool 26/10/2019 15:00 Norwich City v Manchester United 02/11/2019 15:00 Bournemouth v Manchester United 09/11/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Brighton 23/11/2019 15:00 Sheffield United v Manchester United 30/11/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Aston Villa 03/12/2019 20:00 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur 07/12/2019 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United 14/12/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Everton 21/12/2019 15:00 Watford v Manchester United 26/12/2019 15:00 Manchester United v Newcastle United 28/12/2019 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United 01/01/2020 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United 11/01/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Norwich City 18/01/2020 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United 21/01/2020 20:00 Manchester United v Burnley 01/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton 08/02/2020 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United 22/02/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Watford 29/02/2020 15:00 Everton v Manchester United 07/03/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City 14/03/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 21/03/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Sheffield United 04/04/2020 15:00 Brighton v Manchester United 11/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Bournemouth 18/04/2020 15:00 Aston Villa v Manchester United 25/04/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Southampton 02/05/2020 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United 09/05/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 17/05/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester United Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the first phase of the campaign was implemented in the 13 worst-affected institutions.“As an incentive, 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, will be awarded to PATH students who have achieved 100 per cent attendance rates,” she noted.She was speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4).Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to provide opportunities for young people under PATH to achieve their goals.To this end, two additional students have been presented with scholarships under PATH’s 15th anniversary tertiary award programme.They were Brittany Munroe, who received $400,000 to continue studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Technology; and Shanique Davidson, who received $600,000 towards the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of the West Indies.In celebration of its 15th anniversary, 17 beneficiaries of PATH were awarded scholarships valued at $15 million last year, to pursue studies at the tertiary level. The initiative was launched in February 2018 as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hits out at the BJP after Karnataka floor test 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition collapsed on Tuesday”One day BJP will discover everything cannot be bought,” Ms Gandhi said. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit out at the ruling BJP on Tuesday after the 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal Secular government in Karnataka collapsed and tweeted that the party would discover one day that “everything cannot be bought”. After multiple exits over the past two weeks, the HD Kumraswamy-led coalition lost a test of strength in the assembly, managing only 99 votes compared to the BJP’s 105. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted last night.”Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of institutions that protect the people’s interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build,” the 47-year-old said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa is set to become Karnataka Chief Minister for the fourth time. Twenty lawmakers did not attend the floor test in the 225-member Karnataka assembly. Among them were 16 rebels who firmly refused to back down on their resignations. The BJP called the defeat of HD Kumaraswamy government a “Game of Karma”, describing the Congress-JDS coalition as an “unholy alliance” formed solely to block the BJP in Karnataka. (With inputs from NDTV)
The Theory of Everything, the biographical romantic drama depicting the physical and emotional journey of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, has earned the 2014 Movies for Grownups Best Picture award from the editors of AARP The Magazine.Celebrating 2014’s standout filmmakers, actors, actresses and movies that bear unique relevance for the 50+ audience, AARP has announced the official winners of its 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.Top honors go to Julianne Moore as “Best Actress” for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, and to Steve Carell as “Best Actor” for his chilling depiction as wannabe wrestling coach John E. du Pont in Foxcatcher. Rene Russo snags “Best Supporting Actress” for her comeback role in Nightcrawler; and J.K. Simmons earns the title of “Best Supporting Actor” for his menacing veracity in Whiplash. Additionally, Kevin Costner will also be presented with the esteemed Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. This year’s award recipients will be celebrated at AARP’s Annual Movies for Grownups Gala, to be held in Los Angeles on February 2nd and hosted by comedian and actor John Leguizamo.“The films represented on this year’s list are a reflection of Hollywood’s increased focus on creating compelling storylines that directly appeal to the 50+ audience,” said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. “We’re thrilled to see the continued growth in the number of large, studio-driven films that focus on this important demographic and are extremely excited to recognize this year’s best writers, directors, and actors over 50 for their inspirational and exceptional work at our annual awards gala.”The 14th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award winners are: • Career Achievement: Kevin Costner • Best Picture: The Theory of Everything • Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice • Best Actor: Steve Carell, Foxcatcher • Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo, Nightcrawler • Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash • Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood • Best Screenwriter: Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed, Wild • Best Grownup Love Story: Love is Strange • Best Comedy: Chef • Best Documentary: Keep on Keepin’ On • Breakthrough Achievement: Israel Horovitz, Director, My Old Lady • Best Intergenerational Film: St. Vincent • Best Buddy Picture: Land Ho! • Best Time Capsule: Big Eyes • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: The Lego Movie • Best Foreign Film: DiplomacyThe awards gala will raise funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which works in communities across the nation to help struggling older adults meet their basic need for nutritious food, safe and affordable housing, adequate income and much-needed personal connections. With support from Chase Credit Card Services, this year’s Gala will also support the Foundation’s work to end older adult hunger.For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, click here and www.aarp.org/movies. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.Movies for Grownups, which now includes weekly reviews an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine.
With support from loyal sponsors and dedicated fitness professionals, the Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash exceeded its own expectations by raising more than $1.8 million for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) research on Friday, March 13.John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting performed at Augie’s Quest 10 Year Reunion Bash. Credit/Copyright: Steve CohnThe event is presented by IHRSA (International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association).The 10 Year Reunion Bash took place at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles, and featured headline entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw. The start of the evening also featured a special performance from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, and Natalie Morales from NBC’s Today Show served as Master of Ceremonies.“I am so grateful to my friends in the fitness industry for embracing this event every year and helping us fund this important research. Ten years ago, at the first BASH, I didn’t think I would see this day. Now I’m here watching my former peers stand by me for the 10th year in a row. It’s unbelievable,” said Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest.This year’s sponsors included: 24 Hour Fitness, The Bay Club Company, Technogym, Zumba, The Atlantic Club, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Newtown Athletic and Life Fitness, among others.The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Amanda Brugel (CNW Group/ACTRA Toronto) Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Amanda Brugel (Room) has booked a recurring role opposite Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the upcoming straight-to-series drama based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. The series from MGM Television tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States.
APTN National NewsFor the next two weeks Northern art, music, food and dance will take centre stage in venues across Ottawa.Hundreds gathered at the National Arts Centre last week to get a glimpse of what the Indigenous performers have to offer.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
By Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsLabrador – A mid-May snow and freezing rain storm hasn’t stopped voters from coming out to the ballot box in Labrador Monday.Thousands of people have already cast their votes in what is shaping up to be a tight race.A federal by-election was called in March when former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue announced he would be stepping down and seeking re-election.It was revealed Penashue received tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to his election campaign in the 2011 federal election, beating Liberal incumbent Todd Russell by 79 votes.Penashue’s biggest rival, Liberal Candidate Yvonne Jones, is looking to take back the Labrador riding, which was once regarded as a long time Liberal stronghold.Jones was previously a provincial Liberal representing Labrador’s South Coast. Research poles put Jones well ahead of Penashue, but those on the ground say it is too close to call at this point.New comer to politics, Harry Borlase has made significant inroads for the NDP in Labrador, especially in Labrador West and Inuit communities on Labrador’s North Coast. The NDP have never had much luck in Labrador, but according to research poles Borlase is at a close third.Many in Labrador are saying they cannot remember a political campaign this heated, and this close.APTN will bring you updated election coverage online and on APTN National News tonight.OMichelin@aptn.caTwitter: @osmich
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A luxury Massachusetts resort has been sued by a woman with a nut allergy who landed in the hospital after being served a veggie burger containing cashews.The Berkshire Eagle reports that the suit filed in federal court in Springfield this week against Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Lenox alleges negligence, breach of warranty, breach of contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified damages.Kristin Chu Smart, of New York City, says she and her mother paid $3,000 for a weekend at the resort in December 2017.Smart says she informed numerous staff at the resort, including her server, she was allergic to nuts and was assured there were none in her food.A Canyon Ranch spokeswoman said she could not comment on pending legislation.___Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.comThe Associated Press
New Delhi: People have to be tolerant if the freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Constitution has to survive, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday. The observation by the court came while hearing a plea by a man, who claims to be a descendant of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking to stop the release of a film titled ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’. “This court is of the view that whether right or not, people have to be tolerant if Article 19 (freedom of speech and expression) of the Constitution has to survive,” Justice Vibhu Bakhru said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court was hearing the petition by Prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tucy, who claims to be a descendant of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, seeking directions to the movie’s producers and the Centre to stop release of the film which is slated to hit theatres on March 29. The observation assumes significance in view of the fact that Prince Yakub has alleged that the movie contained a “personal attack” on him and his “royal” family and would also affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He has also alleged that the film could create communal tensions in the country. The court, after hearing the petitioner’s lawyers, said the petition did not mention which portions of the movie or its trailer defamed him and his family or were a threat to the nation’s sovereignty and asked him to file a transcript of the objectionable content. The judge said the petitioner appeared to have based his entire case on the title of the movie. The court directed Tucy to file an amended petition, including the transcript of the objectionable portions, and listed the matter for hearing on Thursday.
Rabat – While information regarding Friday’s ongoing attacks in Paris continues to flow, French police has announced that three terrorist were killed and the hostage taking at the Paris concert hall is over.Police officials told Aljazeera that security forces have ended their assault on the Bataclan, killing at least three terroristsAssociated Press quoted one official who described the “carnage” inside the building as saying that the attackers had tossed explosives at the hostages. Reuters, on the other hand, reported that its own reporter has been told that the operation at the Bataclan has now ended. Meanwhile, the details of what happened inside the venue are not known.Two explosions have been reported late on Friday near the Stade de France, a soccer stadium in Paris suburbs. At the time of the reported explosions, the German and French soccer teams were playing a friendly match.The attacks seemed to have planned to hit areas where many people would be gathered on a Friday night in Paris, officials said.French authorities said gunmen and bombers attacked busy restaurants, bars and a concert hall at locations around Paris on Friday, killing dozens of people.At least 43 people are confirmed dead and 60 wounded in multiple attacks across Paris, firefighters said. But French police said the toll of victims is expected to rise.
The hospital will consist of 200 beds and another 100 dialysis beds. The construction work of the hospital will commence before the end of this year.At present, around 6,500 kidney patients from the Polonnaruwa district and another 13,000 kidney patients from the Anuradhapura district undergo dialysis or require facilities for dialysis. (Colombo Gazette) The Chinese funding for the kidney hospital is a result of discussions held between Sirisena and Chinese President Xi Jinping during Sirisena’s official visit to China in 2015. The two countries had earlier signed the Memorandum of Understanding to build the hospital for kidney patients under a donation from the Government of China. Work on a 200 bed kidney hospital began in Polonnaruwa with the foundation stone being placed by President Maithripala Sirisena today.China is funding the construction of the specialised hospital to treat patients with kidney disease which recently affected rice farmers in Sri Lanka’s north central region.
The two-week UN Forum on Forests opened its second session on Monday at UN Headquarters in New York to review current trends and practices to determine what is working, what can be done differently, and how additional resources can be mobilized to stave off further deforestation and forest degradation.In opening remarks yesterday, Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the way the forest issue was handled was important for development policies. Even if the objective was only to protect a forest, environmental, agricultural and transport policies also had to be addressed, as pressure on forests came from diverse sectors.The reverse side was the recognition that development depended on protection of forests, he stressed. Forestry was a sector with long-term returns, which not always went the owners of forests.For his part, Ambassador Knut Øistad of Norway, chairman of the session, voiced his confidence that the Forum was satisfied with the progress made on policy development for forests and that such progress would make an important contribution to the World Summit on Social Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this year.In addition to the regular meetings, a high-level ministerial segment will take place from 13 to 14 March, including a dialogue session with heads of member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to determine the message ministers may wish to take to the Johannesburg Summit.
In a statement read out at a formal meeting by its President, Emyr Parry Jones of the United Kingdom, the Council said that the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) intends, however, to maintain a military presence while it determines its future strategies, including “the different military options available.”“The Security Council strongly condemns Eritrea’s unacceptable actions and restrictions on UNMEE, which have drastically reduced any meaningful operational capacity for the mission and will have, if they are sustained, implications for UNMEE’s future,” Mr. Jones Parry said.The Council recalled its demand that Eritrea reverse those restrictions and provide the mission with the access assistance, support and protection required for the performance of its duties.The Council’s statement followed a closed-door briefing on the situation by Jane Holl-Lute, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan present.Following recent deliberations on the issue, the UN had conveyed a message to the Eritrean authorities that it could not accept their request for a pullout, within 10 days, by staff of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) who originate from the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia.Both the Secretary-General and the Security Council said the request is inconsistent with the fundamental principle of the universality of the peacekeeping operation representing the whole of the international community.At that time, both the Council and the Secretary-General also demanded that Eritrea reverse its ban on air flights and lift all restrictions imposed on UNMEE’s operations as called for by the Council’s 23 November resolution on the matter.That resolution threatened actions, possibly including sanctions, against Eritrea and Ethiopia if, in the case of Eritrea, it does not immediately rescind its flight ban, and against both parties if they do not reverse their military build up.The military situation in the Temporary Security Zone and adjacent areas remains tense and potentially volatile, UNMEE reported Monday. Troop movements have been noticed on both sides of the border.UNMEE also said that about 180 people would be affected by Eritrea’s request for the pullout of the nationalities specified, which would encompass 91 military observers, about 10 UN Volunteers and 70 international civilian staff members.The UNMEE Force Commander noted that that out of a total of 44 troop contributing countries, 18 have been asked to go.Tensions remain between Ethiopia and Eritrea due to an unresolved border dispute that erupted in war between 1998 and 2000.In today’s resolution, the Security Council reiterated its support for the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission’s delimitation decision, urging its implementation.
1973, quand Martin Cooper utilisait le premier téléphone mobileEn 2010, la planète comptait cinq milliards d’abonnés aux réseaux de téléphonie mobile. Martin Cooper, qui en 1973 testait le tout premier téléphone portable de l’histoire, se souvient des débuts de cette invention qui a révolutionné le monde des télécommunications.Le Daily Mail s’est intéressé à l’histoire de la téléphonie mobile, et a interrogé l’un des pionniers de cette technologie devenue aujourd’hui indispensable pour des milliards de consommateurs à travers le monde. En 1973, Martin Cooper était à la tête d’un département de recherche au sein du groupe Motorola. Celui qui est aujourd’hui âgé de 82 ans se souvient de la première fois qu’il a utilisé en public un téléphone portable.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on “allô” quand on répond au téléphone ?”Je marchais dans la rue avec mon téléphone et les New-Yorkais, pourtant déjà à la page, n’en revenaient pas… N’oubliez pas que les téléphones sans fil n’existaient même pas, à l’époque. Alors, vous pensez, le téléphone mobile, c’était de la science-fiction. J’ai effectué plusieurs appels, dont un à un présentateur de radio new-yorkais, en traversant la rue. L’un des moments les plus dangereux de ma vie !”, s’amuse Martin Cooper. Ce téléphone mobile pesait alors un kilo, et ce n’est que dix ans plus tard que Motorola commercialisait son premier modèle, le DynaTAC 8000X. Allégé, il pesait 783 grammes et mesurait 25 centimètres. Un bijou de technologie qui amuse aujourd’hui, mais qui coûtait alors la modique somme de 3.995 dollars, soit près de 2.800 euros.En vidéo sur Maxisciences, l’évolution du téléphone portable depuis 1985 :https://www.maxisciences.com/t%e9l%e9phone-mobile/le-telephone-mobile-de-1985-a-nos-jours_art13805.html Le 7 avril 2011 à 17:46 • Emmanuel Perrin
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