The first transgender is set to join the police force in Rajasthan following an order of the High Court, which has directed the State government to appoint 24-year old Ganga Kumari as a constable within six weeks. Her appointment will be made with retrospective effect from 2015 for the purpose of seniority and service benefits.Ganga Kumari was denied the post in 2015, despite her selection as per the due procedure, because of her gender and the reported lack of clarity of rules. After she passed the recruitment exam for police constables, her appointment was held up following her medical test which revealed her gender.Justice Dinesh Mehta at the High Court’s principal seat in Jodhpur ruled on Monday that no citizen could be discriminated against on the basis of gender and passed an order for her appointment within six week. The court stated that the denial of appointment to Ganga Kumari was an instance of “gender bias.”Ganga Kumari, a resident of Jakhari village in Jalore district, completed her college education from Raniwara town. She was the first transgender to clear the written examination and physical test for recruitment of police constables in the State.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear the son of Rebati Phukan, a peace-negotiator between the government and separatist organisation United Liberation Front of Assam, who has been missing since April 22.A Vacation Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Mohan M. Shantanagoudar will examine the plea of Kaushik Phukan, who has filed a habeas corpus plea to know the whereabouts of his missing father.Mr. Phukan said the local police has been at best, lethargic, in their attitude towards finding his father, and sought an investigation by the CBI or a Special Investigation Team.Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Mr. Phukan, mentioned the matter for immediate hearing before the Vacation Bench.“He [Rebati] has been missing since April 22 and despite the lodging of an FIR to trace his whereabouts, no proactive steps have been taken till date … It is suspected that he may be in the custody of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, Military Intelligence or NIA as they have a rivalry among them,” the petition said. Mr. Rebati Phukan was appointed a member of the People’s Consultative Group formed by the ULFA in 2005 to mediate between the separatist outfit and the Centre.
In a setback to the prosecution, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday granted bail to Yogesh Raj, the main accused in the Bulandshahr violence of December 3, 2018, in which a police inspector was allegedly killed by a mob.The Uttar Pradesh police had accused Mr. Raj, convenor of the local Bajrang Dal unit, as one of the main conspirators for instigating violence and his presence was established at the site of violence through technical and forensic evidence.Mr. Rai’s advocate Anandpati Tripathi argued that his client had already been granted bail in several sections of the IPC on August 26. It was only Section 124 A (sedition), which was added later, that was preventing his bail. Judge Siddharth accepted his plea.On December 3, an incident of alleged cow slaughter led to a heated argument between villagers and the police in front of the Chirangwathi police station. Later, it spiralled into violence, in which Siyana SHO Subodh Kumar Singh and an alleged agitator Sumit Singh were killed.Forty-four accused were booked under the sedition charge. Of these, seven were granted bail on August 13. Videos of them getting a rousing welcome after their release had gone viral.
A court here on Saturday sentenced seven persons to life term for killing a leading lawyer here over two years ago in broad daylight. The seven sentenced by Additional District and Sessions Judge Ved Prakash Sirohi for stabbing and battering to death advocate Subhash Gupta included his son Rose Gupta’s father-in-law Pawan Bansal.Bansal’s six other accomplices who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the case are Sunil, Kuldeep, Pawan, Gulshan and Naresh of Hisar and Sanjeev of Fatehabad in Haryana.Fine of ₹55,000 each The court also ordered the seven to pay a fine of ₹55,000 each, failing which they will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month. According to the prosecution, advocate Gupta was attacked by some miscreants on January 24, 2017, minutes after he left the court premises and was heading to his residence at Urban Estates here in his SUV. As Gupta reached a petrol pump on Delhi Road in Hisar, his vehicle was intercepted by a bike-borne youth. As the advocate’s driver stopped the car, five-six other youths armed with knives and batons emerged from an adjoining vacant plot and attacked Gupta. The assailants first smashed the window panes of the car and repeatedly hit the advocate on his head with batons, while one of them stabbed him in the chest. Declared brought deadAs some other persons rushed to the scene, the assailants fled, said the prosecution. Gupta was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The police lodged a murder case and arrested the seven persons. During the investigation, the police found the estranged relations between Gupta’s son and the latter’s wife as the motive behind the crime.
India’s top luge athlete and four-time Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan has had a tough time attracting attention to his sport despite holding the record for the fastest time in Asia.The Winter Olympics veteran is slowly getting recognition for his achievements and Shiva is now gearing up to be in the top 20 in the world before the next Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.Shiva was the first Indian to win medals at the Winter Asian Championships. The 31-year-old has had a tough time looking for sponsors while infrastructure remains a constant constraint.All these aspects have been encapsulated in a documentary on the luge athlete made by senior journalist Jasvinder Sidhu. In the documentary, Shiva talks about the challenges he has faced so far and the task ahead.
Lisbon: Cristiano Ronaldo admitted on Wednesday his long-time rivalry with Lionel Messi has made him “a better player” and that he enjoys a “healthy” rivalry with the Argentine great.However, Portuguese star Ronaldo, whose influence at Real Madrid mirrored that of Messi at Barcelona before he left for Juventus, admitted that the pair have never socialised together. “I really admire the career he has had and from his side, he has already talked of the disappointment when I left Spain because it was a rivalry that he appreciated,” Ronaldo told TVI in Portugal.”It’s a good rivalry but it’s not unique — Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The thing they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries.” Ronaldo and Messi have won the coveted Ballon d’Or five times each, a factor that helps each player flourish.”I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice-versa. When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it’s the same for me when he wins,” he said.”I have an excellent professional relationship because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years. He added: “We’ve never had dinner together but I don’t see why we can’t in the future. I don’t see a problem with that.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. cristiano ronaldolionel messimessimessi vs ronaldo First Published: August 22, 2019, 10:13 AM IST
Formula One podium still a long way off for new-look HaasThe gulf between the sport’s top three — champions Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull — and the rest has become embarrassing. Red Bull finished third overall in 2018 while Haas were fifth, behind Renault.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 9, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 09:45 IST Haas finished 5th in the 2018 F1 season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe gulf between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull and the rest has become embarrassingRed Bull finished third overall in 2018 while Haas were fifth, behind RenaultRomain Grosjean said fighting for fourth was the more logical stepHaas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen welcomed the ambition of their Formula One team’s new energy drink sponsor in targeting Red Bull on Thursday but recognised the podium was still likely to be a long way off this season.The gulf between the sport’s top three — champions Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull — and the rest has become embarrassing.Only once last year, and again once the season before that, did a driver from a team outside the top three appear on the podium and both of those races involved some freak circumstances.Red Bull finished third overall in 2018 while Haas were fifth, behind Renault.William Storey, boss of new title sponsor Rich Energy, told reporters at a livery launch that he hoped to challenge Red Bull on and off the track.Grosjean, who has stood on the podium in the past as a Renault and Lotus driver, said fighting for fourth was the more logical step — at least until the rules change in 2021.”The top three teams are going to be the same ones,” the Frenchman told Reuters.”At the moment it feels like we’re doing a 100 metres race but some people are already starting 40 metres into the race, so no chance really to compete with them.”Magnussen, who started his career at McLaren with a surprise second place on his debut in Australia in 2014 — a result that once-great team has not exceeded since — sounded more optimistic.”It’s great to see that there is this massive ambition. We share that completely,” he told Reuters.advertisement”I doubt that we will be serious contenders for podium positions straight away… but last year we finished P4, P5 a couple of times, so it doesn’t take a lot.”Not a lot more has to happen and you’re on the podium,” he added. “That’s the thing with Formula One; you never really know.”Red Bull have switched to Honda engines from Renault this season, with a question mark over performance and reliability while Haas have a Ferrari power unit in the back of their car.Team principal Guenther Steiner said Rich’s presence had turned up the pressure at a team that previously focused on promoting Haas’s machine tools business.”The pressure gets higher if you have a title sponsor on board because you have got accountability to it, but we can deal with that,” he said.Haas, who have a close technical partnership with Ferrari, made their debut in 2016 and have made good progress after ending their first two seasons in eighth place.In Singapore last year, Magnussen took the team’s first fastest lap.”We wanted to get up there with the competitive teams, and now we need to hold onto it,” said the Dane. “And holding onto it means that you need to improve.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow HaasFollow Romain GrosjeanFollow Kevin Magnussen Next
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion, suspended from the party for an indefinite period, was on Wednesday expelled from the party for six years, days after a video went viral showing him dancing with two pistols and a carbine, which raised safety and security concerns. The BJP disciplinary committee in New Delhi took the expulsion decision, state BJP spokesman Divendra Bhasin said. After the video went viral, the Haridwar district authorities on Saturday suspended the licences for Champion’s three weapons. Dipendra Kumar Chaudhary, District Magistrate of Haridwar, said Champion had been asked to reply within 15 days why the licences of all the three weapons should not be cancelled for the security and safety reasons. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Uttarakhand BJP President Ajay Bhatt on last Wednesday had served the 10-day notice on Champion as the opposition launched a scathing attack on the BJP on the issue. Led by Uttarakhand party vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana, Congress leaders sought strict action against Champion on the basis of the video and called for filing an FIR against him. Dancing to the tune of “gup chup” song from the blockbuster Karan Arjun movie, Champion is seen holding a pistol in mouth and a carbine in one hand and a pistol in other. He was also seen abusing Uttarakhand. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The BJP had last month suspended Champion for three months from the party. The suspension followed a preliminary report by the state BJP disciplinary committee, which found him guilty of gross indiscipline and also took cognizance of his alleged threats to a journalist. Another video had gone viral last month in which Champion was seen threatening an electronic media journalist. He was also in the news for publicly making fun of Deshraj Karanwal, BJP legislator from Jhabreda. Later Champion also challenged Karanwal for a wrestling match to settle their long-standing disputes. Karanwal, however, did not turn up for the match. Champion, who wanted a ticket for wife from the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat, had described then sitting MP and now HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank as a “migratory bird”. Champion was among the nine Congress MLAs who had rebelled against Harish Rawat and crossed over to the BJP in 2016. Later, all the nine MLAs were disqualified by the Speaker under the anti-defection law.
Kolkata: The state Water Resources Investigation & Development (WRI&D) department is bringing in more focus realigning the various schemes in connection with the “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” project. The move comes in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressing her concern over depletion of the groundwater level and stressing on water conservation. The government is now contemplating a clear-cut delineation of roles of the various departments involved in water resource management. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe department of WRI&D will be the nodal department but departments like Irrigation, Agriculture and Public Health and Engineering will have specified functions in water conservation. The WRI& D department has taken up schemes linked to water conservation in a total area of 1,45000 acres land with an emphasis on the red laterite zone that comprises districts including Bankura, Jhargram, Purulia, West Midnapore, West Burdwan and parts of Birbhum. The water level is extremely low in these zones and water extraction is very difficult. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to sources, as many as 13,945 schemes have been taken up for the last eight years since 2011 in the red laterite zones. 900 water harvesting tanks have been set up and 287 check dams have been built for water storage. 141 of these schemes are solar-powered. There are 12,600 other types of schemes that involve river lift irrigation, tubewells etc. A total of 3,600 schemes are being run under the World Bank aid which is popularly known as West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation. The “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” project received a boost with the Chief Minister’s “Jaltirtha” project, a signature enterprise for the red laterite zone that was initiated in 2015. Water detention structures like ponds, tanks, rivulets have been created to hold water and steps have been taken so that it does not evaporate. “Till date, we have been doing comparatively simpler schemes in palpably visible areas. Now, we have started doing a detailed survey using a differential GPS system to identify locations with cent percent accuracy where we can create an infrastructure of water detention,” a senior official of the WRI&D department said. The department has created 995 structures like watersheds, check dams under “Jaltirtha” of which 176 have come up in Bankura, 57 in Birbhum, 75 in Jhargram, 427 in Purulia and 224 in West Midnapore. The project is also underway in the saline zones, particularly in pockets of the Sunderbans that involve both South and North 24-Parganas,” a senior official of the department added.
14 March 2007Although Israeli archaeological work for an access pathway in Jerusalem’s Old City does not threaten the Al-Aqsa Mosque and complies with professional standards, Israel should at once stop excavations and consult on a final plan with Muslim religious authorities and other parties, according to a United Nations experts’ report. The report, drafted by a technical mission sent by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) amid international concerns over the excavations, said Israel “should be asked to stop immediately” since work already undertaken was deemed sufficient to assess structural conditions for the pathway to the Mughrabi Gate after a partial collapse in 2004 due to heavy rain and snow.It noted that no work was being conducted inside the Haram es-Sharif area containing the mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, and excavations ended 10 metres from the Western Wall, considered a holy site by the Jews as a remnant of the Biblical temples. The Islamic Waqf (religious authorities) of Jerusalem has called the work illegal since under international law no action should be undertaken in an occupied city. Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem in the 1967 war. The Waqf asked UNESCO to intervene, saying it also feared the excavations would destroy the last vestiges of an old Muslim quarter demolished after 1967. The mission, which spent four days in Jerusalem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, said Israel should clearly define a final design which should restore the Mughrabi pathway without major change in structure or shape. Israel should be asked to engage immediately in consultations with all concerned parties, in particular the Waqf and Jordan, which has a special role in the Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem, to agree on a plan of action and refrain from any further work pending such a decision. The process should then be supervised by an international ream coordinated by UNESCO.The report called on Israel to comply with a decision taken by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee last July calling for all relevant information on new buildings planned and work in the relevant area. Israel began the work in January without communicating with UNESCO. The mission was led by UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Francesco Bandarin, the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property Mounir Bouchenaki, the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites Michael Petzel, and the World Heritage Centre’s Veronique Dauge. It stayed in Jerusalem from 27 February to 2 March.
“Abuse and waste are therefore not a mere public relations problem, but an existential threat, which must be tackled head-on,” Paul Kagame said. He urged support for Secretary General António Guterres, who is leading the reform effort, which President Kagame said would make the UN “not only effective, but transformational.” Mr. Kagame urged other world leaders to address global challenges, saying “we have the tools and the mandates but where we fall short is in getting things done.” “The essence of reform, is a mindset of constantly striving to improve performance and delivery, and holding ourselves responsible for shortcomings and results,” he stated. He also noted areas for closer cooperation between the African Union and the UN on issues related to peace and security, as well as development. Full statement available here
The Duke and Duchess hear from @ShewayBC mothers about their experiences of overcoming addiction #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/LSNBxxRMlz— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 The Duchess wore a red and white embroidered dress by Alexander McQueen, with a double tiered skirt, paired with red stilettos.After their glamorous arrival on Saturday, the Duke and Duchess got down to business with a series of visits to charities and deserving causes.The Duke said the couple were keen to gain an insight into how Canada dealt with some of the pressing issues of today during their tour, from immigration to the environment. The Prince raised a smile among admirers after arriving at the airport, shyly declining to take Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, up on his offer of a high five. The three-year-old Prince has been spotted peering eagerly out of the window of the plane as it taxied down the runway. Princess Charlotte sported a small graze on her knee, smiling and attempting a royal wave during her first moments of her debut overseas tour.At an official ceremony at the parliament in Victoria, the Duchess spoke warmly of her children, who had been left behind at Government House for bedtime. The Duchess told a group of mothers at the round table discussion: “What you’re all carrying as mothers and what you’ve all been through, is a huge, huge burden and just being able to come here and share your stories with us and each other is amazing. “You’re giving your children an amazing chance by coming here and being able to talk about your stories.”The couple spent time at charity Sheway after making a dramatic arrival in Vancouver, complete with seaplane, ear protectors and a bespoke designer dress.The Duchess of Cambridge and her husband touched down in Coal Harbour in front of a waiting crowd of thousands to begin the second day of their Canadian tour. The children, she said, had been: “Super excited about the fact they were going to sleep on a plane.”She told one first-time mother, who brought her six-month-old daughter along, that her job would “get better” as the little girl grew older.Monique Girard, a 23-year-old full time mother originally from South Africa, said the Duchess had offered her some advice for her six-month-old daughter, Scarlett, whom she was carrying in a sling.”She asked me about Scarlett and how old she was. When I said six months, she said that after this stage it will get easier. It will get better.”It was so nice.” Thandi Williams, director of operations, told the local Times Colonist newspaper: “Trust me, we’re just trying to think what might they like to do while they’re here and what would be amusing to children of that age.“Some of the trinkets, and so on, that we might have around on display on a regular basis might be removed just in case little hands want to touch.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk down the aircraft stepsCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess wore an Alexander McQueen dressCredit:Stephen Lock/ i-Images Loreen Topping added: “She [the duchess] told me she wished she had brought Prince George down tonight because he would have loved all the lights.”Aurora Vandall, a 36-year-old mother of a nine-month-old from Victoria, said she had spoken to the Duke to welcome him to Canada.”He said ‘I hope the children aren’t tearing up Government House right now’,” she disclosed. The first official event of the Canadian Royal tour was something of a family affair altogether. After a few moments to pose for photographs, the family got into waiting cars to travel in convoy to British Columbia’s Government House, where they will be based during the nine-day stay.While the military air base was closed to the public for the arrival, the main roads were lined with hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers as the cars travelled in convoy to their new temporary home. The Duchess wore a blue Jenny Packham dress and the Queen’s maple leaf brooch in honour of her surroundings. Her wardrobe will be closely studied by fans of fashion during the tour.During her 2011 visit, she was widely praised for her fashion diplomacy after wearing a bespoke red maple leaf hat by Sylvia Fletcher of Lock & co. during the Canada Day celebrations, often pinned the 11-point maple leaf brooch, first worn by the Queen’s mother during her tour of Canada in 1939. When asked about her own children, she said: “They’re doing well. “I just can’t believe how quickly they’re growing, it’s amazing how the time goes.”Hailey Cain, five, gave the royal couple a teddy each, with a customised red and black vests for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. “Thank you so much, Charlotte will love this, she loves her teddies,” said the Duchess. “George too, he’s a big fan, thank you so much,” the Duke added. “You’re all such well behaved children, I’m so impressed!” After seeing the children settled in, the Duke and Duchess then travelled to an official welcoming ceremony at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings, where they are due to attend the unveiling of a plaque at the Cenotaph, enjoy a welcome performance from traditional dancers, and meet military veterans including a competitor from the Invictus Games. It was the first day of activity for the Duke and Duchess together, after the decidedly family feel of their first day.The couple had spent much of their Saturday evening engagement speaking about their excited children, who had charmed Canadian dignitaries after landing in Victoria. The Duchess said Prince George and Princess Charlotte had been “super excited” about their trip on an airplane together, while the Duke joked he hoped they were not “tearing up” Government House in their absence. They may have a little helping hand from a nanny and more resources than most people could dream of, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not immune to the surprises of parenthood.The couple bonded with fellow mothers and fathers today, as they embarked on the serious business of their Canadian tour. Visiting Sheway, a charity which helps mothers struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in Vancouver, the Duke and Duchess spoke of their two children, their babyhood wriggling and unexpected nappy changes. 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. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie (third left) greet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte,Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Duchess was delighted to receive teddies for her childrenCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duke and Duchess chatted parenting as they visited VancouverCredit:Arthur Edwards /Reuters The Duchess was dressed in the colours of the Canadian flagCredit:Andrew Parsons /i-Images The staff of British Columbia’s Government House have also been busy child-proofing their mansion for the arrival of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Electrical sockets have been covered, ornaments and trinkets moved out of reach and wooden toys and snacks placed in the children’s guest rooms. It is rumoured a sandbox has also been installed for the children’s entertainment, with rubber ducks already floating in the ponds of the house. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport, in Victoria, CanadaCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA They had to wear earplugs on the sea planeCredit:Chris Wattie /Reuters At the tender age of 16 months, a smiling Princess Charlotte appeared already to have wrapped dignitaries and the watching world alike around her little fingers within moments of touching down on her first overseas tour.The Princess and her brother Prince George charmed a line of Canadian politicians with a shy wave, as they landed in Victoria, British Columbia, for the first moments of their much-anticipated visit. Princess Charlotte, who wore a pale blue dress, was carried down the steps by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, holding onto her for reassurance.Prince George, three, held the Duke’s hand as he carefully climbed down to the tarmac, looking a little wary and clutching his mother’s skirt before becoming absorbed with his new admirers and the military base around him. “It was very smooth flying,” said a royal aide. “They spent a lot looking out of the window and talking to the pilot. The duke was very interested in the landing and the different conditions they work in. “They spent a lot of time looking at the incredible views from both sides of the plane.”They went on to greet crowds at Jack Poole Plaza, revisiting wolf whistles and cheers as well as flowers, children’s books, a teddy bear and, unexpectedly, a book on the royal family. TRH meet @ShewayBC staff and mothers & their children benefitting from the charity’s services #RoyalVisitCanada pic.twitter.com/BtzbeK39xZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at the Victoria Airport Credit:Chris Jackson/Getty Images We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to Canada from the people of Victoria! #RoyalVisitCanada 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/OqSsWX7hcj— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 25, 2016 After a few moments greeting dignitaries including Mr Trudeau and his wife Sophie, the young Prince warmed up to wave enthusiastically at the cameras.Princess Charlotte too, with the encouragement of her mother, attempted to wave her hand before gazing around her at her new surroundings.The Duchess kept a close eye on three-year-old George, at one point asking him whether he was “okay” as she crouched down to stroke his hair. Wearing a made-to-order Alexander McQueen dress, the Duchess set out as she meant to go on in the fashion diplomacy stakes with her red and white embroidered outfit honouring the nation’s flag. The dress, from McQueen’s Resort 2017 collection, is not yet on sale, but similar styles retail for £1500-£2000.The seaplane, a new experience for the royal couple on their official engagements, saw them don earplugs for the 35-minute journey in the 18-seater Twin Otter. The Duke is also expected to make a speech, addressing Canadians in person for the first time since he and the Duchess undertook their 2011 tour as newlyweds. The couple will be greeted by Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. The nation has already promised a warm welcome for the young family of four, with local newspapers proclaiming Victoria “buzzing with excitement” over their visit.Etiquette experts have been offering members of the public guidelines about how to behave among royalty, including the safe advice to to tell “hey Kate” to the Duchess or make any jokes “ever”. The Royals have been greeted with delight in CanadaCredit:Andrew Parsons/i-Images One of the mothers arrived slightly late to the session holding her baby, telling the Duke and Duchess: “Sorry, we just had a little accident to clear up before meeting you,” she said. “No worries at all, we know all about that,” the Duke replied.The couple watched a baby weighing session, with three-month-old Jasmine Hydrochuk and her mother. The Duchess told Ms Hydrochuk: “She is so incredibly sweet and I can’t believe how good she is. Whenever we used to put George or Charlotte on the scales, they would never stay still.” The tour is the latest in a long line of successful visits from the British Royal family, and the four official trip for the Duke.In 1998, the then 15-year-old Prince William was said to have been surprised by the extent of so-called “Wills mania”, as teenage girls flocked to catch the eye of the Queen’s grandson.The Duke and Duchess last visited together in 2011 as newlyweds, with the Duke telling a crowd the trip had surpassed “all that we were promised”. Among the highlights of this tour will be a trip around the territory of Yukon, where the Duke and Duchess will go fishing, mountain biking, sightseeing and meet First Nations communities.But they will also undertake some grittier outings, learning how the country is coping with social problems like mental health issues, the refugee fallout from the Syrian conflict and drug and alcohol addiction among young mothers.
THE UN HAVE cancelled an invitation to Iran to attend a Syria peace conference this week over its refusal to back calls for a transitional government in Syria.UN leader Ban Ki-moon is “deeply disappointed” at Iran’s statements rejecting a communique adopted by international powers on ending the Syria war UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said this evening.The United States and United Nations were scrambling this afternoon to rescue the much-heralded Syrian peace talks after the were thrown into disarray by a surprise UN invite to Iran.The deeply divided Syrian opposition, which had struggled to agree to join the so-called Geneva II conference, threatened a boycott unless the invitation to Tehran is withdrawn.They have now said that they attend Geneva II talks now that Iran has been excluded.Just before the UN announcement, Iran’s UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee reaffirmed his government’s rejection of the communique adopted in Geneva in June 2012.“Iran has always been supportive of finding a political solution for this crisis,” Khazaee said in a statement.“However the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept any preconditions for its participation in Geneva II conference. If the participation of Iran is conditioned to accept Geneva I communique, Iran will not participate in Geneva II,” he said.Adding to the tensions, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bluntly ruled out a power-sharing deal and said in an exclusive AFP interview that the talks opening on Wednesday should focus on what he called his “war against terrorism”.Amjad Al-Saleh, whose family fled their home in Marea 11 days ago due to Syrian government shelling at their house. (Pic: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)UN leader Ban Ki-moon, who sparked the furor with his invitation to Tehran on Sunday, was “dismayed” by Iran’s refusal to back an international statement calling for a transitional government in Syria and by the Syrian opposition’s threat to boycott the talks.“The secretary general is currently urgently considering his options in light of the disappointing reaction of some participants,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.Nesirky said Ban is in contact with the US and Russian foreign ministers over the mounting storm just two days ahead of the start of the peace conference in the Swiss town of Montreux.A senior US State Department official had earlier said that they “expect the invitation will be rescinded”.The Geneva II conference has been nine months in the making and is the most intensive diplomatic effort yet to end the brutal three-year conflict.And a US official said Washington had received messages from members of the Damascus regime keen to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.Washington, London and Paris have said Tehran would have to clearly and publicly support the idea of a transitional government, as agreed in a communique adopted by major powers in Geneva in June 2012, if it was to join the talks.Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, which supports the Syrian rebels, also said Iran was “unqualified to attend.”The surprise invitation came as an interim deal with world powers aimed at containing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions came into effect on Monday although it was not clear if the two events were linked.Iran remained defiant, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman saying it will participate “without any preconditions.”The conference is aimed at setting up a transitional government to find a way out of the civil war that has claimed 130,000 lives and created a humanitarian disaster with million of people homeless.© – AFP 2014Read: Iran “must support transition” in order to attend Syria talks >Read: Foreign Ministers to discuss Syria crisis in Brussels >
Hands-On: Lego Hidden Side Packs Plenty of Spooky AR FunThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long Stay on target Heading out on a camping trip this summer? You probably never thought about building your own camper to do it in, but if you have a couple hundred thousand Lego bricks laying around you might be able to pull it off.It took 215,518 bricks for a team of certified Lego builders in England to build this amazing teardrop camper. This Guiness World Record build is styled after Knaus Tabbert’s delightfully retro T@B RS 320. It’s set on top of a real trailer frame with road-rated tires, and the brake and signal lights really work… so it’s ready to tow!Inside, there’s a sink with running water and a dining area with a collapsible table that converts into a bed. Perhaps not the comfiest bed you’ve ever slept on, but laying down for a snooze won’t be nearly as bad as stepping on a stray brick in the dark.Other camping necessities are included, from a chess set that you can bust out when the skies open up to a delicious (looking) breakfast spread. They opted not to build a camp toilet, but that’s probably a good thing.How long does it take to assemble a fully-functional camper out of Lego bricks? This one took a team of 12 a total of a thousand hours over a two-month span. So, ah… you’re either going to need a large Lego budget and a lot of friends or a large Lego budget and a whole lot more than two months to complete the build. Unless you can devote 20 or so hours a day to building, that is.
Ryan Giggs has warned his side to be cautious of Luka Modric as Wales will face Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.Wales were drawn in Group E alongside Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.Giggs, who became Wales manager in January, is confident of his team’s chances of qualification and was happy to be in a five-team group.The 45-year-old while happy with the draw, singled out Croatia as the biggest threat for his team as they aim qualification.Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It’s a five-team group so I think you’ve got to be relatively happy with that,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“It could have been worse, could have been better.“There are some tough teams in there, Croatia being the stand-out one. In Modric, they’ve got one of the world’s best players.“They’ve got some really, really outstanding players. A team that’s just full of character never gives up. So we’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”
KPD is currently asking boaters to try and avoid that area of the river at this time for the safety of the crews. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department with assistance from the Nikiksi Dive Team are currently searching the Kenai River off Bridge access road for evidence related to the homicide that took place over the weekend in Kenai. According to court documents, “MASONN BYRD was interviewed and denied involvement. DWIGHT DAVIS, MASONN’S grandfather, was also interviewed. DWIGHT stated that MASONN had told him, the morning after the shooting, that he shot the two women and that he was going to throw the gun into the river. MASONN also told DWIGHT that the shooting occurred over money and that he thought he would get away with it because there were no witnesses.” According to Chief Dave Ross, KPD called in the assistance of the Nikiksi Dive Team to help search the area for evidence related to the shooting deaths of Lisa Rutzebeck and her mother Rachelle Armstrong that occured on Sunday morning.Masonn Byrd was arrested on Tuesday night in connection with the double homicide. Byrd faces two charges of first-degree murder, he was arraigned in Kenai Wednesday morning. Additional details will be posted as they are made available.
Georgia fans are still riding high after clinching a spot in the college football playoff with a convincing win over Auburn in the SEC championship game, and on Sunday morning one Bulldog fan decided to give his Auburn fan neighbor a friendly reminder of the result of the game by grabbing a mic and blasting an obnoxious, trash talking wake-up call at 8 A.M.Maybe the Auburn neighbor should plan his own revenge wake up call if Georgia loses in the playoff. This guy is kind of asking for it. Still a quality troll job.My Georgia neighbor 8 a.m. this morning waking up our Auburn neighbors. #SECchampionship ? pic.twitter.com/MXvhOL4Mly— Mary Ramsaier (@MaryRamsaier) December 3, 2017
5 min read Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 17, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Creating any new product is an expensive process. That’s even more true of a physical product, especially a hardware tech product. You can expect a minimum of $10,000 in development costs to get a working prototype — for the simplest type of product.Related: The 7 Steps of Effective Product DevelopmentA moderately complex product? Expect to pay a minimum of $20,000.In most cases product development has to be funded entirely by the entrepreneur, so finding ways to save money at this stage is critical. Once you have a working prototype, it then becomes more realistic to obtain outside funding. The reason? Most investors want to see proof of a serious commitment on your part; and nothing constitutes better “proof” than a real working prototype.This is why entrepreneurs with a limited budget may find it beneficial to divide their development phase into two parts. Part one is to get a working prototype to use as a proof of concept, and a way to attract outside funding.Part two, once funding has been obtained, is to proceed with getting the design ready for production.Here are three tips to reduce your development costs for a new electronic tech product (for more, see my free eBook).1. Use existing electronic modules, especially for wireless functions.A module is an electronic circuit that has already been manufactured for integration into other products. Modules are available for various functions, from Bluetooth to GPS to video encoding. Most products still require some custom circuit design. but if you can push the more complex functions to an already designed module, you will save thousands.Another point to consider is that if your product has wireless functionality, you will have to pay considerable additional expenses to get your product FCC-certified (other countries require their own certifications). That shouldn’t be a surprise: Just about any new electronic device has to be certified by the FCC to ensure it’s not “polluting” the airways. A device that doesn’t transmit wirelessly is classified as an unintentional radiator and costs only about $1,000 to get certified. But if your product does transmit wirelessly, it is an intentional radiator. And in that case the FCC certification costs will be a minimum $10,000.For products that feature Bluetooth (which over half of the products I design do), you can expect to pay an additional fee of $8,000 to join the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). This membership is required to sell any new product using the protected Bluetooth protocol.Related: How to Turn Your Development Skills Into a Sustainable BusinessThe best way around these expenses is to use modules that have already been designed, debugged and FCC-certified. Similarly, a Bluetooth module will already be Bluetooth approved, so there’ll no need to pay the $8,000 fee.There are two major downsides to using modules. Although they lower your development costs, they also increase your product’s unit cost, so your eventual profits will be reduced. This means that by the time you reach high-volume manufacturing, you’ll need to switch to a full custom-circuit design. Secondly, if your product is ultra-small (wearable tech, for example), modules may be too large for anything other than a proof-of -oncept prototype.2) Find a co-founder who is an engineer.Having a co-founder is a huge advantage for a startup, especially when the founders have complementary skill sets. For example, a marketing expert and a design engineer make an ideal co-founder team; better yet, throw in a financing expert too.A co-founder who has the skills (or the ability to learn the required skills) to develop your product will save you the most money. I would estimate that about 85 percent of the expenses for developing a new product are engineering costs. So, getting an engineer on your team will save you tens of thousands in the long term.Another advantage of having a co-founder is that that asset will make it easier to attract investors, especially if your skills are complementary. Investors know that the odds of success are greater for startups with two or more founders. Adam Callinan of Beachwood Ventures sums it up well in his article 7 Reasons You Need a Co-Founder, writing: “If the founder burns him or herself out or gets hit by a beer truck, both the company and our investment are likely gone. Unless it’s a truly otherworldly opportunity and all the stars align, it’s just not worth the risk as an investor”.3) Hire multiple engineers, not just one.This one may sound a bit strange. Engineers are expensive, so why hire multiple engineers if you’re trying to save money? The explanation is that engineers who specialize in different areas usually charge different rates. For example, a circuit designer usually charges more than a 3D modeling engineer.Most engineers developing complete products are outsourcing some of those tasks. When outsourcing work, the lead engineer will mark-up the rates of these other engineers. This means that you pay more. If instead you hire, and oversee, the various engineers required, then you can save money. However, you then have to take on the responsibility of integrating the work of all of the various engineers to create a finished product.You need to weigh the complexity of such factors as you move toward a seamless, cost-saving product design.Related: Get Your Product Figured Out First
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News | January 13, 2010 PET/CT More Accurate than Some Routine Oncology Tests News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more January 13, 2010 – Compared to computed tomography (CT), mammography and other commonly used tests, positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) scans of the whole body may more accurately detect cancer in individuals with related neurologic disorders, according to a report posted online today that will appear in the March print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Andrew McKeon, M.B., MRCPI, and colleagues at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., found paraneoplastic neurologic disorders occur in some people with cancer, including lung, breast or ovarian cancer, and may develop when cancer-fighting antibodies mistakenly attack cells in the nervous system. The researchers found that “patients with suspected paraneoplastic neurologic disorders, routine noninvasive oncologic evaluations may be unrevealing.” The authors noted, “These standard evaluations include physical examination; computed tomography (CT) of the chest, abdomen and pelvis; mammography in women; and testicular ultrasonography and prostate-specific antigen testing in men.” Cancers underlying paraneoplastic neurologic disorders are typically small, restricted to one site and are often not detected until autopsy. The researchers studied cases of 56 patients with suspected paraneoplastic neurologic disorders whose standard evaluations (including CT) did not reveal cancer. All of them underwent PET-CT at Mayo Clinic between 2005 and 2008. Prior to undergoing PET/CT exams, the patients underwent a median of three other screening tests; the most common was CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. In 39 percent of the patients, PET/CT detected abnormalities suggestive of cancer, of whom 18 percent had cancer diagnoses confirmed by biopsy or another method. Nine of the 10 were early-stage cancers, and detection facilitated early treatment. Cancer remission was reported in seven patients and improvement in neurologic symptoms in five patients after a median (midpoint) of 11 months of follow-up. While the authors noted they recognize the limitations of PET/CT, they said, “We favor this modality for initial oncologic evaluation of patients in whom a paraneoplastic neurologic disorder is strongly suspected. 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Busabout has officially launched its 2018-2019 Europe and Asia offering with a breakfast bash at The Bucket List in Sydney’s Bondi last Friday. With media and social influencers in attendance – including Scott Tweedie, Liv Phyland, Madison Lloyd and Lana Kington (SketchShe), comedian Alan Tsibulya and actor Lincoln Younes – guests sipped on Mimosas and Bloody Marys, played with Pumpt pool toys and slapped on Sun Bum sunscreen, despite the unseasonal Sydney downpour outside. Busabout’s Tina McIntosh, GM Australasia, and Duncan Robertson, Global MDTina McIntosh, General Manager of Busabout Australasia, presented highlights of the new brochure including the fact it was designed using 95% UGC (User Generated Content), created from passionate Busabout travellers to reflect real experiences, and some of those influential Busabout advocates were present at the event including Alex Dyson, Tegan Phillipa and her partner Ned as well as Leanne Melody who had all just recently travelled with Busabout.McIntosh said: “We wanted to reveal what’s new to our travellers, who already know and love Busabout as well as introduce our amazing offering to those who don’t know us as well. We are so glad to have amazing advocates to share their amazing experiences and really bring Busabout to life.“We’re thrilled about the exciting destinations and music festivals we’re offering this season. We pride ourselves on providing travellers with complete flexibility and our Hop-on Hop-off flexible travel network is still a favourite for those wanting the freedom to explore Europe, with a little guidance along the way. Now, with our new fleet of green coaches, they can feel good about their journey too.”Olivia PhylandNew for 2018-2019 is the expansion of Busabout’s travel network which includes some new stops through Portugal and Spain, a trip to the foodie capital of Bologna for the first time, an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Eastern Europe, as well as four new Europe Winter & Festive itineraries, nine new Adventures, and a new Winter Music Festival itinerary.Alex Dyson and Scott TweedieBusabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures’ 2018-2019 program also offers travellers a range of ways to save. All travellers who book and pay before 21 December 2017 can take advantage of Early Bird Deals, receiving 15% off Hop-on Hop-off passes and Scotland and Ireland, as well as up to 12% off Sailing, Island Hopping, Adventures, Festivals and Europe Winter trips.Colin Daniels, Lifestyle.com and Sangeeta Kocharekar NOVA 96.9The 2018-2019 Europe brochure is out now. Busabout AU team with Global Brand Ambassador, Leanne MelodyTegan Phillipa and Ned Kelly with Leanne MelodyTOP IMAGE: SketchShe and Tindafella Busaboutevents