Stars Set To Shine Spotlight On Five Extraordinary Students And Their Inspiring

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund–California will host its 25th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 3, 2015, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The momentous occasion will be hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.O’Brien will serve as the night’s emcee, with co-chairs Witherspoon, Abrams, Kevin Huvane, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as presenters to the night’s honorees. They will also be joined by longtime CDF supporter Jennifer Garner, and additional special guests to be announced at a later date.Each honoree’s story will be told through a special video presentation, directed by a prominent member of the entertainment community. John Cho, best known for his role in the Star Trek films, is confirmed to direct one of the reels.Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program serves to identify and reward remarkable high school students who have achieved excellence in their overall academic performance, community participation and personal goals. These impressive scholars have demonstrated the qualities necessary to become future leaders.last_img read more

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Sudan Security Council extends mandate of panel on Darfurrelated sanctions

Established in March 2005, the Panel of Experts is tasked with monitoring an arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze, and inform the Council’s sanctions committee about individuals who impede the peace process, violate international law or are responsible for offensive military flights in Darfur.The Council “expresses its intention to impose targeted sanctions against individuals and entities that meet the listing criteria,” the Council said in a resolution.It requested the panel to coordinate its activities with the operations of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID), and with international efforts to promote the political process in Darfur.The panel was also required to provide a mid-term briefing to the sanction committee on its work within 90 days of today’s extension of its mandate, and a final report not later than 30 days prior to the expiry of the new mandate on 17 February next year.The Council asked the panel to continue to investigate the role of armed, military, and political groups in attacks against UNAMID personnel, and noted that individuals and entities who plan, sponsor or participate in such attacks constitute a threat to peace in Darfur and may be listed by the sanctions committee.The Council urged all States, particularly those in the region, to report to the sanctions committee on all actions they have taken to implement measures imposed under the sanctions regime.It voiced concern that the travel ban and asset freeze on designated individuals is not being implemented by all States, and requested the committee to respond effectively to any reports of non-compliance.Darfur has since 2003 been wracked by conflict that pits Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups. Millions of civilians have been either internally displaced or forced to seek refuge in neighbouring countries. 17 February 2012The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the panel of experts monitoring sanctions imposed on Sudan in connection with the conflict in Darfur, voicing regret that some individuals affiliated with the Government have continued to commit violence against civilians and to impede the peace process. read more

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Annan in Jordan following bombings renews call for terrorism pact

Mr. Annan said that, if adopted by the end of this year, a comprehensive convention against terrorism “will be a wonderful New Year’s gift to the peoples of the world.”Deploring the recent “heinous crime [that] claimed the live of Jordanians and citizens of other nations,” he noted that many of the victims of the terrorist bombings had been at a wedding party.Mr. Annan reiterated his longstanding view that no ideology or cause can justify the killing of innocent people.Afterwards, the Secretary-General called on King Abdullah and personally expressed his condolences. The King briefed the Secretary-General on measures that Jordan is taking to combat terrorism. The Secretary-General then visited the sites of two of Wednesday’s attacks – the Grand Hyatt and Radisson Hotels. Upon arrival in Amman, Mr. Annan met with the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Farouk Kasrawi. Later, he met with the UN Country Team and Amman-based staff of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). While the Secretary-General was meeting with the King, his wife, Nane Annan, accompanied by Queen Rania, went to Amman’s Jordan Hospital, where they spoke to children and adults injured in Wednesday’s bomb blast. Many of the victims at the hospital had also lost family members. read more

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More than words ending Yemen crisis needs results UN envoy says concluding

“It is mandatory that the parties end the violence to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people and pave the way for a peacefully negotiated settlement,” said Mr. Cheikh Ahmed. In his meetings, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed urged his interlocutors to enter into detailed discussions on the withdrawal of forces and handover of medium and heavy weapons. “There is an urgent need for Ansar Allah and the General People’s congress to provide a well elaborated plan on security, withdrawal and handover of medium and heavy weapons,” he said, noting that the plan constitutes an essential part of the comprehensive peace agreement which is the UN is aiming to implement. “What we need at this stage is more than words, what we need is commitment and results. Delays in providing the plan will result in delays to achieving peace and allow for more deaths and further economic and humanitarian deterioration,” he added. Further, the UN Special Envoy called on all relevant actors to take necessary measures to lift restrictions on civilian commercial aircrafts to access Sana’a International Airport. Restrictions on travel in and out of Sana’a airport have prevented scores of Yemenis from receiving badly-needed medical treatment and have also left many others stranded outside the country. “This cannot continue,” he stressed, calling on the Government of Yemen to “allow the resumption of commercial flights to Sana’a without further delay and for all parties to ensure the safety of the airport and air traffic.” read more

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Ohio States Aaron Craft set to duel with Syracuse back court

BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet the back court of Syracuse men’s basketball. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS. read more

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Reports Jordan Sibert to transfer to Dayton

Former Ohio State guard Jordan Sibert has decided to transfer to the University of Dayton, according to multiple reports, and the final step in the process appears to be a mere formality. Sibert, who was released from his OSU scholarship April 16, told several outlets that he plans to become a member of the Flyers’ program. Douglas Hauschild, director of media relations for Dayton men’s basketball, said he read the same reports regarding Sibert’s transfer but could not comment, as the player hasn’t signed paperwork with the university. “At any school for any recruit, no one can comment until that recruit has signed with that school,” Hauschild said in an email to The Lantern. “In the case of a transfer, it is a financial aid agreement, since a student-athlete can only sign one letter of intent.” Sibert told the Dayton Daily News that he feels “Flyer Nation believes in him.” “It feels good to be able to be someplace where everyone is excited for you,” Sibert said according to the Dayton Daily News. “Everyone was excited for me at Ohio State. But when your coaches are excited for you, and you feel the love, feel the need for you, it makes you want to do better, makes you want to build upon it. Instead of being like, ‘I’m out here, I’m just another number,’ it feels better that. ‘Hey, these people believe in me.’” Sibert appeared in 24 games during the 2011-12 season for OSU and averaged more than 11 minutes and three points per game while shooting 30 percent from the floor. Sibert also took the court for 25 games during the Buckeyes’ 2010-11 run to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, and averaged 2.1 points per game. Sibert’s transfer comes after OSU’s No. 3 overall finish in the 2011-12 season, according to the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. OSU posted a 31-8 record and advanced to the Final Four where it lost to Kansas, 64-62, in a National Semifinal match. Sibert did not play in any of the Buckeyes’ five NCAA Tournament games, and is the second player this year to leave the team as forward J.D. Weatherspoon also announced his transfer plans during the off season. read more

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World chess secures sponsorship of Russian antimalware firm Kaspersky Lab

first_imgAt the time Intel said it wanted to “bring the ancient game of chess into the 21st century,” but less than two years later the IT giant pulled out after Karparov took on IBM’s Deep Blue in his much-publicised “Man Vs Machine” match. “And it is immensely gratifying to see another global brand sponsor our sport.”Meanwhile, it was also announced that Grandmaster Salem Saleh, from Sharjah, is to become first player from the UAE to take part in the Grand Prix.The series, broadcast at www.worldchess.com, will kick off in Sharjah on February 18, before moving to Moscow on May 12 and Geneva on July 6 before the final round in Palma De Mallorca, Spain, on November 16.In total, 18 players will participate in each Grand Prix and contest a prize fund of 130,000 euros.Players qualify to the Grand Prix series by rating or by being nominated by World Chess by Agon Ltd, with one addition coming from the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) or Fide. Since Fischer, Fide has struggled to attract the big names with large corporate sponsors few and far between.It is a similar story outside the governing body with independent events also struggling.While Tata Steel continue to host its own international tournament and Tradewise Insurance have been brought on board to help the English Chess Federation, BNP Paribas, the France-based bank, has pulled out of sponsoring the French national chess federation.The last giant involved in the game’s world championship – albeit a rival version – was the Intel Corporation which sponsored Garry Kasparov’s ill-fated breakaway Professional Chess Association in 1994. The 2017 Grand Prix will kick off in Sharjah on February 18Credit:World Chess Georgious Makropoulos, deputy president of Fide, said: “I am delighted that the world’s top players will have the opportunity to benefit from this partnership with one of the world’s leading cybersecurity company. Some games at the very top level are simply among the top human achievements – real masterpiecesEugene Kasperskycenter_img 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. Bobby Fischer captured the world’s imagination when he took the world chess championship from Boris Spassky in their epic 1972 encounter.But since then chess as a spectator sport has struggled to tap into the game’s commercial possibilities.Now one of the world’s biggest and most recognisable cyber security firms has stepped in to change that.Kaspersky Lab, the Russian anti-malware expert, announced on Monday it is to sponsor Fide’s flagship 2017 Grand Prix series.The new signing will be considered a major cup for World Chess by Agon, the commercial arm of the game’s governing body. Last year, in an attempt to generate new interest in its own events, Fide handed over the organisation of the Grand Prix and World Championship cycle, to Agon.Three major partnerships were secured in time for the New York world championship with asset management group EG Capital Advisors and PhosAgro, the giant phosphates group, and S.T. Dupont, the luxury goods company.Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “I’m very proud that we’re now a partner of the World Chess Championship.”The ultimate game of strategy, chess involves lots of excitement and tension too. The top chess tournaments are all about human brainpower – aided today by computer technologies.”Some games at the very top level are simply among the top human achievements – real masterpieces. And we’re happy to become a part of this.”Kaspersky also recently signed a deal to sponsor the Russian world championship challenger Sergey Karjakin while its rival Microsoft sponsor the current champion Magnus Carlsen. The 2017 Grand Prix will kick off in Sharjah on February 18last_img read more

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Employers discriminate against international students

first_imgWe may be a multicultural society but the ability to assimilate into the Australian way of living remains an integral quality that employers are seeking in prospective employees, according to a new study.The Melbourne University investigation, headed by senior education lecturer Dr Sophie Arkoudis was commissioned for the Federal Government to compare the job prospects of international university students and local students.Dr Arkoudis says that international university graduates are struggling to find a job because they often don’t have the social and language skills to fit into the Australian workplace.“If students can’t speak the language, they are out of the market,” said Dr Arkoudis. “However if they do speak the language, then what employers and what students are telling us becomes important is if the student has completed work experience, how well rounded they are in terms of their social skills and personality, and how they fit into the workplace,” she said. “So in the second scenario, English language proficiency was not the most important factor.”However Dr Arkoudis said that the international students, the majority of whom were of Indian and Chinese background felt that some employers had a prejudice towards employing them because of their ethnic sounding name. Several students had their curriculum vitae reviewed and corrected by university services yet they were still not refused an interview.“Or what tends to happen is employers rung up to check what background they were and made judgements about how well they were speaking.” A recent research study published by the Australian National University also found Australian employers were reluctant to offer jobs to applicants with ethnic names.To get the same number of interviews as an applicant with an Anglo Saxon name, a Chinese applicant had to submit 68 per cent more applications, a Middle Eastern applicant 64 percent, an Indigenous applicant 35 per cent, and an Italian applicant 12 percent. Are these figures indicative of a cultural bias, or even racism?“As a general society we are tolerant and multicultural in nature, but there is no denying that it occurs here as it does in every country,” reasoned Arkoudis.She went on to say that her study did not explore whether people of specific ethnicities had greater difficulties in job seeking than other ethnicities.“It’s a problematic way to look at it in terms of just culture,” she empasised. “Research shows that there is just as much differences as similarities within a culture and obviously not all people in one culture are going to behave in the same way.”Arkoudis added that international students were less likely to find jobs than their local student counterparts because they did not have access to as many social and corporate networks.“Universities need to be more systematic in offering international students work experience, and developing closer links with employers and social networks,” she said.“Employer groups also need to develop better equity around employing international students, and to be more responsible in assessing their skills. The Government is trying to encourage employer groups to address this issue which is one of recommendations from our study.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek PM turned down state salary

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Lucas Papademos waived his salary as interim leader when he assumed his post in November and has not received any payment for serving as Greece’s premier, a government official said on Thursday. Confirming reports that Papademos told a group of German journalists he had turned down a state salary, the official said that this had been the former technocrat’s intention from the outset. “He did not want to make an issue of it,” the official said. Other aides in the premier’s office said they had not been aware that Papademos had instructed authorities not to issue the monthly salary related to his new role. Normally the prime minister’s salary would burden the state budget by 7,500 euros per month. Last month President Karolos Papoulias, whose role is largely ceremonial, waived his annual salary of around 300,000 euros, to express solidarity with Greeks who have seen their salaries and pensions cuts.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Soy Growers Recognized with Conservation Awards

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) presented three Conservation Legacy Awards and recognized one as a national winner, during its annual banquet at Commodity Classic last week in Phoenix, Ariz.The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of U.S. soybean farmers. A national selection committee, composed of soybean farmers, conservationists and natural resource professionals, evaluated nominations based on each farmer’s environmental and economic program. Along with ASA, the program is co-sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, Corn & Soybean Digest magazine and the United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff.Videos featuring each of the regional conservation winners can be viewed online here. Bryan Perry, of BASF, (left) and ASA President Wade Cowan (right) present Steve Berger (center) with the National Conservation Legacy Award during the ASA Banquet in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy, Member Communications Manager Iowa Soybean AssociationNational Conservation Legacy Award Winner  Steve Berger, from Wellman, Iowa, received the 2015 National Conservation Legacy Award during the banquet. Prior to his recognition as the program’s national winner, Berger was named the Midwest Regional winner of the Conservation Legacy Award. The national award winner is chosen from the regional winners. Other 2015 regional winners are Mike Starkey from Brownsburg, Ind. (Northeast Region) and Jimmy Thomas from Timberlake, N.C. (South Region).One of the first conservation measures Berger remembers experiencing as a child is building terraces. He helped build 15 miles around his fourth generation farm at Dennis Berger & Son Inc., to slow down the impact of the rainfall on soil erosion. Berger farms with his mom, dad and wife on their 2,000 acre soybean and corn operation with 20,000 head swine. They’ve been heavily involved in soil conservation since the 1960s. The Bergers introduced no-till nearly 40 years ago and cover crops in the last 15 years. Berger said he approaches the farm as a business, science and an art. He believes that farmers must be shown conservation practices can work effectively and economically, so more of them will embrace conservation voluntarily.“It is important to have the farmer teaching, learning and working with cover crops in modern-day systems,” he said. “It is challenging in today’s farming environment to blend economics and esthetics, but is very rewarding.”Regional Conservation Legacy Award WinnersKurt Lawton of Corn & Soybean Digest (left) and ASA President Wade Cowan (right) present Mike Starkey (center) with the Northeast Region Conservation Legacy Award at the ASA banquet in Phoenix. Photo Credit: Joe Murphy, Member Communications Manager Iowa Soybean AssociationMike Starkey from Brownsburg, Ind. received the Conservation Legacy Award for the Northeast Region. The sixth generation Starkey family farm lies in an urban area just west of the metropolitan area of Indianapolis. In addition to a dramatic reduction of commercial fertilizer, Starkey has used no-till soybeans since 1989 and introduced cover crops in 2005. He also entered in a NRCS field grant study to monitor tile and stream water.“My legacy as a conservationist is to improve and protect the borrowed living soil that God has given us and to keep our water clean and pure as the raindrops that fall from the sky,” Starkey said.ASA President Wade Cowan (left) and Monsanto’s Mindy Whittle (right) present Jimmy Thomas (center) with the South Region Conservation Legacy Award at the ASA banquet in Phoenix.Jimmy Thomas, of Timberlake, N.C, received Conservation Legacy Award for the South Region. Thomas Family Farms Inc. is a traditional, diverse North Carolina operation incorporating corn, soybeans and wheat, tobacco and swine production. There are now three generations working together at Thomas Family Farms: Pete and Levon Thomas; their sons Jimmy and Timmy; Jimmy’s wife Janine and two grandsons. Thomas said the family incorporated a range of conservation practices into the entire operation. As they picked up new land through purchases or leases, the Thomas family implemented no-till practices on the new farms where the farmer had previously practiced conventional tillage. For the Thomas family, conservation means constant improvement.“There will always be new generations of the family, new employees, and new technologies and new knowledge about the environment, and we have to be prepared to keep up,” Thomas said. “We will never discover that we have the perfect solution so we have to learn and make continual improvements. We are providing for ourselves and making good conservation choices, and we are educating our employees and family members to continue to seek improvements and utilize new technologies for conservation and stewardship.”last_img read more

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Lego Friends set rebuilds Central Perk We were on a brick

first_img The Lego Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is one of its most realistic sets yet Now playing: Watch this: 14 Photos The Friends Lego set reveal comes a month after WarnerMedia revealed HBO Max, which will become the exclusive streaming home for the series when launches next year. For now, Friends is streaming on Netflix in various countries, and even decades after it finished is still one of the streaming service’s most-watched shows. Lego Netflix TV and Movies Toys and Tabletop Games Tags Comment Lego’s weirdest new robots are heading to schools Share your voice 1:36 So no one told you Lego was gonna be this way… Lego Box open, bricks everywhere… The Friends cast are re-created in Lego form with a Central Perk set releasing next month for the sitcom’s 25th anniversary. Could you be any more excited?Years after it aired, the show has gained a new lease on Netflix. To celebrate, the 1,070-piece Lego set features all the details of the friendly New York coffee shop. Chandler, Monica, Joey, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Central Perk manager Gunther all appear as minifigures, complete with their signature outfits and haircuts. A 360-look at the Central Perk set. Lego You can build the all-important couch and add accessories for each of the minifigures. Phoebe has her guitar ready to perform Smelly Cat; Chandler is all set to connect his laptop to a printer; and Joey doesn’t share the contents of his pizza box. There’s also a brick-built coffee machine, cookie jar, the iconic window logo and an awful lot of coffee cups. And you get two television studio lights on the fourth wall for that “filmed before a live studio audience” feel.Look closely and you’ll even see the most important prop in the entire series: the little reserved sign on the table that ensured the sofa was always open.lego-friends-1The exterior of Central Perk is also part of the set’s design. Lego The one with all the bricks doesn’t just take you inside the coffee shop. You can pivot to the exterior of Central Perk along with sidewalk space, ready to perform for change, park a Porsche or get in a fight.The Friends Lego set releases on Sept. 1 and costs $60 or £65 (roughly AU$90), but if you’re not a fan of Friends this is all a moo point. 1last_img read more

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Indian court upholds death sentences over 2012 gangrape

first_imgIndian defence lawyer AP Singh representing men accused of gang-raping and murdering a woman in 2012 talks to the media outside India’s supreme court building in New Delhi on 9 July. Photo: AFPIndia’s supreme Court on Monday upheld death sentences for three men over the infamous gang-rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi in 2012 that sparked national protests and soul-searching.Jyoti Singh, a physiotherapy student, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men and a teenager on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012.“The review petition of all the three convicts has been rejected,” AP Singh, a lawyer for the defendants, told reporters.The 23-year-old woman, on course to be the first professional in the family, was coming home from the cinema with a male friend.The six gang raped and tortured her with an iron bar as the bus drove loops through the Indian capital.Singh was dumped on the streets 45 minutes later with horrific internal injuries, and died 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.The brutality of the attack, and her determination to survive long enough to identify her attackers to police, triggered angry demonstrations by thousands of people in Delhi and nationwide.The case also put the treatment of women in the world’s largest democracy in the global spotlight and led to a stiffening of sentences for sex crimes.Four of the men were convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and “unnatural acts” after a seven-month trial in a fast-track court.Only three of them were involved in the appeal rejected on Monday.A fifth man, the suspected ringleader, was found dead in jail in a suspected suicide, while a 17-year-old was sentenced to three years in a detention centre and has since been released.Sentencing the four in 2013, Judge Yogesh Khanna said the case fell into the “rarest of rare category” which justifies capital punishment in India.But the four men have maintained innocence and have launched repeated appeals against their conviction.After Monday’s unsuccessful appeal, the convicts can still file a curative petition-the last legal challenge-to thwart their hanging and also seek a pardon from the president.Following the 2012 case and subsequent protests, some of which were violent, there were demands to overhaul the laws on sexual assaults.A panel entrusted with reviewing the legislation rejected public appeals for the death penalty for rape but boosted the jail terms to 20 years.But the government then buckled under public pressure and approved capital punishment for repeat offenders.40,000 rapesThere were some 40,000 rapes reported in India in 2016, according to the most recent official figures available.But activists say this is just the tip of the iceberg as many victims are afraid to report the crimes due to threats by perpetrators or the social stigma attached to sexual assaults.More than 1,300 people have been sentenced to death in the past decade, and India ranks 10th globally in the number of sentences handed down.More than 370 convicts were on death row as on December 2017, the last official count, down from 399 the previous year.But many were spared the noose by higher courts on appeals, including 35 who were acquitted outright.Out of the 371 death row convicts in 2017, 43 were awarded the punishment for crimes involving fatal sexual assaults.But India hardly carries out any hangings.Just four convicts have been executed in the last 25 years, including Dhananjoy Chatterjee for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. He was hanged in 2004.Three other hangings-in 2010, 2011 and 2015 — were of convicts facing terrorism charges.These included Pakistan national Ajmal Kasab, found guilty for attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 that left more than 160 dead.last_img read more

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Extra police patrol at UK mosques after NZ attack

first_imgBritish MPs in the House of Commons standing for a minutes silence in memory to those who died in the New Zealand terror attack on 15 March, 2019. Photo: AFPBritish police were providing “reassurance patrols” around mosques following the deadly gun rampage in New Zealand on Friday.London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan and Britain’s top counter-terror officer said the police presence would be stepped up as people went to Friday prayers.”I want to reassure the Muslim communities in London,” said Khan.”I have been in touch with the Met Police. There will be highly visible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray.”Neil Basu, the Met’s national policing chief for counter-terrorism, said: “We will be stepping up reassurance patrols around mosques and increasing engagement with communities of all faith, giving advice on how people and places can protect themselves.”Together with our intelligence partners we continually monitor the varied threats we face, including to and around places of worship and specific communities across the country,” he said.Harun Khan, head of the Muslim Council of Britain said British Muslims preparing for Friday prayers “do so with the anxiety as to whether our mosques and communities are safe in the face of unabated Islamophobia and hostility against Muslims”.The MCB said two mosques in Newcastle and Manchester had been targeted by vandals who spray-painted Nazi swastika symbols in the past two months.London has previously heightened security measures around mosques following terror attacks.Extra patrols were deployed after the Finsbury Park attack on 19 June, 2017.Attacker Darren Osborne drove a van into pedestrians leaving a Muslim welfare centre near the well-known Finsbury Park Mosque in north London.One person was killed and several others were injured.Osborne was arrested at the scene and sentenced to life imprisonment.Basu said British counter-terror officers were ready to support their colleagues in New Zealand in responding to and investigating Friday’s attack.An extremist armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more.Basu said places of worship could use an online training package for advice on protective security and how to respond in case of an incident.last_img read more

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State Rep Helen Giddings Not Running For ReElection

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneState Rep. Helen Giddings, D-De Soto, speaks during a press conference regarding the “lunch shaming” bill on May 23, 2017.State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, is retiring from the Texas House after 13 terms. “After much prayer, combined with careful and thoughtful deliberation with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election,” Giddings said in a statement Tuesday. “This is obviously a difficult decision and one that tugs at my heart.”First elected in 1992, Giddings is vice chairwoman of the powerful House State Affairs Committee. She also is chairwoman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Giddings’ announcement comes over halfway through the candidate filing period for the 2018 primaries. The deadline is Dec. 11.Giddings’ House District 109, which wraps around Dallas to the south, is expected to stay in the Democratic column. One Republican, Casey Littlejohn, was running for the Seat before Giddings’ retirement announcement. last_img read more

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EN ESPAÑOL Qué hay detrás de la polémica de LULAC y la

first_img Share Cuando el texano Roger Rocha,  presidente nacional de LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens),  alabó a través de una carta en nombre de la organización el plan de inmigración del presidente Donald Trump, que incluye el camino a la ciudadanía para casi 2 millones de dreamers pero también la construcción de un muro fronterizo, la propia organización se mostró indignada y varias voces han pedido su renuncia.Pero ¿qué es lo que ha provocado que unas simples palabras de conformidad levanten tanta polvareda? Y ¿qué impacto tendría esto en el voto latino?Jerónimo Cortina te lo explica En Pocas Palabras.last_img read more

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FDA Clears Carestreams 3D Extremity Cone Beam CT Imaging System

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Carestream’s OnSight 3D Extremity System captures 3D imaging studies for use by orthopedic and sports medicine practices, hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care facilities and other healthcare providers.September 8, 2016 — The Carestream OnSight 3D Extremity System that uses cone beam CT (CBCT) technology to capture weight-bearing and other types of extremity exams has received FDA 510(k) clearance and is available for order in the United States.This affordable, compact system offers high-quality, lower-dose 3-D imaging studies for use by orthopedic and sports medicine practices, hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care facilities and other healthcare providers.“Our extremity imaging system can help in treating a host of orthopedic conditions that affect the biomechanical behavior of the joints such as arthritis, meniscus loss, instability and malalignment syndromes,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s worldwide marketing director for ultrasound and CT solutions. “This new system offers less radiation than traditional CT systems while delivering excellent image quality.”Orthopaedic imaging is a major focus for Carestream because of the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions among people of all ages. “Youth and adults often suffer sports-related injuries to their knees, ankles and feet while older adults experience arthritis, joint instability, meniscus loss and other conditions,” Titus explained.Carestream’s new extremity imaging system enables healthcare providers to capture high-quality 3-D images and conduct a patient consultation in a single visit—which helps improve productivity and convenience for both specialists and patients. An additional benefit is the ability for patients to view a 3-D image that illustrates their condition or injury to help them understand the reason for a treatment or surgical procedure.Read the article “Carestream Cone Beam CT Technology Examined in RSNA Case Studies.” Technology | Orthopedic Imaging | September 08, 2016 FDA Clears Carestream’s 3-D Extremity Cone Beam CT Imaging System OnSight 3D Extremity System available for order by U.S. hospitals, orthopedic and sports medicine specialists News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more Related Content Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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