Goa drowning tragedy: sixth body found

first_imgThe Margao police on Tuesday recovered the lone missing body of the six victims who drowned in the Karwar Chendiya waterfalls on Sunday. Fire service personnel retrieved the body of Renuka Murbutti, which was found floating in a pipeline. The body was found by family members of the deceased. The six victims, including four women, were part of a group of 50 from Goa who were picnicking at the waterfalls. The six drowned following a sudden rise in water level at the falls. All bodies have now been recovered.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 6

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementGreetings, folks! We’re back yet again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”. Today is the birthday of Senegalese defender, Kalidou Koulibaly and Iranian central defender, Majid Hosseini. Koulibaly’s team secured an outstanding victory against Poland yesterday and Majid Hosseini will be hoping for a positive outcome in their match against Spain tonight.The original tweet: Happy Birthday, @kkoulibaly26 and Majid Hosseini! More stats and facts available here 👉 https://t.co/hgBsl6QQ7A#SEN #IRN pic.twitter.com/Fv9lvz6qVv— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018Here is an excerpt from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1954 – Hungary record an impressive 8-3 win over Germany FR in Basel, with Sandor Kocsis firing in four goals. However, Germany FR would go on to defeat Hungary in the final two weeks later to become world champions.1990 – In their first-ever FIFA World Cup, Bora Milutinovic’s Costa Rica side seal their progression to the knockout stage by defeating Sweden 2-1 in Genoa in their last group-stage match.2006 – Sweden’s Markus Allback strikes the 2,000th goal in FIFA World Cup history against England in Cologne. Goal number 1,000 had been scored by Rob Rensesnbrink of the Netherlands in 1978.2010 – Didier Drogba scores the first-ever goal for an African team against Brazil in the sixth FIFA World Cup encounter between the Selecao and a CAF team.2014 – Olivier Giroud scores France’s 100th World Cup goal when he opens the scoring in France’s 5-2 victory over Switzerland.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: June 20 Also, read: Football: Rui Patricio joins Wolverhampton WanderersFootball: Bayer Leverkusen Goalkeeper Bernd Leno joins Arsenallast_img read more

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India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World Cup

first_imgRohit Sharma became only the 2nd batsman after Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara to score 4 hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup. Rohit now has 26 hundreds in one-day internationals.Rohit, who had hit hundreds against South Africa, Pakistan and England so far in World Cup 2019, scored another against Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday.Rohit Sharma is now joint second in the list of most century scorers in World Cup history with Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara. All 3 men have scored 5 World Cup hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 6 hundreds.Rohit Sharma is playing only his second World Cup. Incidentally, his first World Cup hundred had come against Bangladesh in the quarterfinals in 2015 in Melbourne.Rohit was dropped on 9 by Tamim Iqbal and he made Bangladesh pay. In fact, he was dropped on 1 against South Africa and he went on to score 122 not out in a successful chase for India.Against Australia, Rohit was dropped on 2 and he scored a fluent 57. In a steep chase against England, Joe Root dropped Rohit Sharma on 4 and he finished with 102.Rohit Sharma has been the most prolific opening batsman in world cricket for the past several years. No one has a better average than Rohit as an opener (minimum 120 innings).Rohit Sharma has taken only 15 matches to score 5 World Cup hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar scored 6 World Cup hundreds in 45 matches while Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting scored 5 hundreds in 37 and 46 matches respectively.This was also Rohit Sharma’s 3rd successive hundred against Bangladesh in an ICC tournament. After his 137 in Melbourne, Rohit hit an unbeaten 123 also in Birmingham in the semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.advertisementAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Don’t need to assess how to convert those 50s into hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Team India ahead of Bangladesh clashlast_img read more

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How to Stay Focused At Work and Avoid Distractions

first_imgThe Internet is a wild, hilarious, obscene playground. If you have to choose between cruising the Internet and plugging data into spreadsheets, you’ll choose adorable kitten videos every day of the week and twice on Sunday. However, watching videos and browsing listicles won’t pay the bills — you’ll need to get some work done occasionally. Learning how to stay focused at work may not be as much fun as goofing off, but it can help improve your productivity and employment prospects.I have experience working in both an office setting and at home. I’ve found that it can be particularly challenging to stay on task at a home office, since there’s no one around to judge you and your list of 15 pug swimsuit fails. Over the years, I’ve honed these strategies for staying on task and minimizing wasted time. If you don’t mind neglecting work for just a few moments more, you might find these tips helpful.1. Get ComfortableIt’s hard to stay focused when your neck and back are killing you. Crafting an ergonomic workstation isn’t just important for comfort, but for your health. There are several schools of thought on how to make your station as ergonomic as possible — standing desk, yoga ball, treadmill, chair with lumbar support, etc. If you have the means, you might adopt all of the above and employ them at different times throughout the day.2. Set a Time LimitSetting out to work eight solid hours is a fool’s goal. Working for just one hour, however, is much more doable. If you don’t trust yourself to stay on task, you might download FocusBooster, an application that challenges you to stay on task for just 25 minutes out of 30. I don’t care who you are, you can stay focused for 25 minutes, then reward yourself with a video of Chewbacca reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.3. Break Work Into IncrementsIf breaking your workday into time increments isn’t effective, try breaking it into project-oriented increments. While it might seem daunting to fill out 19 TPS reports (or whatever), it’s definitely not daunting to fill out just one. It’s much easier to stay focused when the finish line is in view — so you might as well bring the finish line a little closer. After finishing the project, give yourself a well-deserved break and start the process over again.Related: Job Interview Tips That’ll Help You Land Your Dream Gig4. Hide Your Bookmarks BarKeeping a visible row of bookmarks on your browser makes it very difficult to stay on task. All you have to do is click a box, and boom, you’re on the on-ramp of the Internet Superhighway. A good roadblock is to simply turn off your bookmarks bar by hitting Crtl+Shift+B (if you use Google Chrome). Hiding the bookmarks bar in Firefox is a little trickier, but doable. With your bookmarks gone, you’ll need to actually type your favorite time-wasting websites into the address bar, giving you more time to think through your choices. You might also delete your browsing history, so the URL doesn’t automatically fill in when you type it (you should probably do that anyway — you know, for reasons).5. Listen to Instrumental MusicThe average workplace can be a chaotic place. Instead of boiling with anger at your coworkers’ shenanigans while trying to focus on an email to Gloria in HR, consider popping on some comfortable headphones and crafting your own personal soundscape. I would recommend sticking with instrumental music, however, as lyrics can corrode your focus. Plus, you don’t want to unwittingly include the phrase “bitch better have my money” in that email to Gloria.6. Get Your Snack OnForget coworkers and Internet — old-fashioned hunger can be the most distracting thing of all. To combat this beast within, keep an array of (preferably healthy) snacks within reach and don’t skip mealtimes. If you often get hungry during the day, odds are your coworkers do, too — you might ask your employer to provide snacks in order to boost productivity for the whole office. Pro-tip: Opt for snacks that don’t get your fingers dirty, as that could create a rough situation for your keyboard.7. Take a WalkNo matter where you work, you’re likely to get stir crazy at some point. Instead of chaining yourself to your desk until you finish, which doesn’t really work, take a few minutes to get up and get out. A bit of fresh air will help clear your mind so you can think up better ways to approach your project. Also, it’s good to get up and walk around every once in a while; according to a rather alarming study from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, sitting all day can be as unhealthy as smoking.8. Use Productivity AppsBelieve it or not, getting distracted by the Internet is a fairly common occurrence. Imagine that. In an effort to help people maintain focus, folks have developed all sorts of online productivity services. The productivity apps and add-ons that will help you the most depend on your particular productivity demons. Timeneye pays attention to exactly what you spend time on, and can supposedly shame you into staying on task. Self-Control makes it easy to block out the sites that absorb the most time. Check out this site to find the productivity apps that sound most appealing to you.9. Get Your Eyes CheckedIronically, optometrists are some of the most overlooked medical professionals out there. If you’re having difficulty focusing at work, or you get a headache after working for a few hours, it could be because your vision isn’t as clear as it could be. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to man up and visit an optometrist. A pair of reading glasses can keep your eyes in good shape and help you focus on the job.Discovering how to stay focused at work is a constant, frustrating enterprise. Though each of the above suggestions can be helpful on their own, odds are they will break down at one time or another. The best way to maintain focus is to employ all the suggestions simultaneously while discovering a few of your own. Speaking of which — if you have some additional tips for staying focused, we’d love to hear ‘em. Thanks for reading — NOW GET BACK TO WORK. Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitterslast_img read more

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Sweet verdict bittersweet emotion

first_imgThe International Court of Justice’s order paved way for consular access and review of the death sentence awarded to retired Navy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism levelled by Pakistan. Since April of 2017 when Jadhav was awarded the capital punishment, a long-drawn legal battle was initiated between India and Pakistan at the ICJ with India bringing to picture gross violation of Vienna Convention’s Article 36 on Consular Relations. Article 36 provides that ‘consular officers shall have the right to visit a national of their state in prison, custody or detention, and to arrange for his legal representation. India contended for an annulment of the bizarre death sentence awarded to Jadhav as well as his release and repatriation to India. Between March 2016–when he was captured–to March 2017, Pakistan denied as many as 13 requests from India for consular access to Jadhav. ICJ in May of 2017 passed a provisional measure to ensure a stay on Jadhav’s execution following the Court’s final order. When the final judgement did arrive after two years, it fell majorly in India’s favour with ICJ directing Pakistan to review its order and provide Jadhav with immediate consular access. Though Pakistan, who was found guilty in violation of the Vienna Convention, took the International Court’s ruling as a lukewarm response, with its domestic media citing how ICJ did not accept India’s plea for Jadhav’s acquittal. Nevertheless, ICJ’s ruling remained a massive diplomatic and legal victory for India who received the judgement in an overwhelming 15-1 majority of judges at Hague–with only Judge Jillani of Pakistan being the one who dissented. India has relentlessly pursued Jadhav’s illegal apprehension and consequential death sentence based on a coerced confession extracted in captivity. Moving to ICJ was a good move for India since the deteriorated relations between India and Pakistan would never have set the tone for a bilateral route to Jadhav’s release and repatriation. Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan asserted appreciation for ICJ decision to not acquit and return Jadhav to India and cited how Pakistan will proceed as per the law in a tweet following the judgement by ICJ. It does seem that Pakistan has overcome the loss it had to face in the International Court by replacing it with what it has up its sleeve–Jadhav’s custody. Now the main agenda hereafter largely shifts between India and Pakistan and how Pakistan proceeds with the Jadhav matter. India will still be on the lookout to affirm Jadhav’s release while Pakistan, if not adamant on executing Jadhav, would want India to submit to its allegations of Jadhav being the spy that it has contended. It need not be reiterated that India has constantly rubbished such claims and still contends that Jadhav–who was legally residing in Iran after retiring from the Navy–was abducted and falsely tried after being coerced into providing a statement in favour of Pakistan’s allegations. It also has to be duly noted that it was the gross inconsistency on display by Pakistan that actually led to the cementing of India’s case at The Hague resulting in a favourable outcome. Had Pakistan not violated the Vienna Convention, matters would have been different and maybe unspeakable. But right now, India has the upper hand which has to be extended into the cloud of uncertainty to somehow get Jadhav back. The two years and two-month-long proceeding landing in India’s favour is a sign of correct steps taken by India in bringing Jadhav back. Though India still has a long way to traverse in hopes of getting its citizen back, Pakistan has been rewarded a chance to place Jadhav on a retrial. It will require diplomatic excellence to get Jadhav back for that is the only way his homecoming can be celebrated amidst a reinvigorated Pakistani-effort to obstruct the same. It may have been hailed as a good judgement but it only induces a bittersweet feeling for an Indian is not yet home!last_img read more

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BC NDP and Green leaders watch womens rugby sevens finals together Sunday

first_imgLANGFORD, B.C. – Two British Columbia political leaders at the centre of negotiations to set the direction for the province’s immediate political future sat together Sunday at an international rugby match at Westhills Stadium near Victoria.John Horgan, leader of the New Democratic Party, and Andrew Weaver, Green party leader, said politics was far from the agenda as they cheered on Canada’s rugby squad in a final game against New Zealand.Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team ended up losing to New Zealand in the finals of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series event at Langford, just west of Victoria.“I’m a rugby guy,” said Weaver. “I’m hanging out with my rugby guys here.”Weaver said he saw Horgan in the crowd and the two decided to sit together.Both Horgan and Weaver have played rugby in the past and are fans of the sport.Political observers and the New Democrats have already said there appears to be more in common between the Greens and the NDP than the Greens and the Liberals, who are led by Christy Clark.The two leaders said they were cheering on Canada and not talking politics. Though Weaver said he was meeting with the Liberal party later in the evening.Weaver said Friday he was very close to making a deal with either the Liberals or the New Democrats on forming a new minority government in B.C.He said negotiations between the parties had intensified since Elections BC confirmed the province’s election results last week with the Liberals holding 43 seats in the legislature to the NDP’s 41 and the Greens’ three.Weaver said the parties have looked at a range of examples of minority governments in Canada and overseas to determine how to proceed, and he isn’t interested in a coalition government because that would undermine the Greens’ ability to defend their platform.Reforming the voting system to implement proportional representation remains one of the key issues for the Greens, he said.Weaver suggested Sunday he might be prepared to announce a deal with either the NDP or Liberals on Tuesday.“Go Canada go, that’s my comment,” said Horgan.last_img read more

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RCMP sitting on watchdog report into alleged spying on antioil protesters

first_imgOTTAWA — The RCMP has been sitting for two years on a watchdog report into alleged Mountie surveillance of anti-oil protesters, a civil liberties group charges.In a letter this month to RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, a lawyer for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association laments the “inordinate delay” that has effectively obstructed the report’s release.The association lodged a complaint in February 2014 with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP. It alleged the national police force improperly collected and shared information about people and groups who peacefully opposed the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project and attended National Energy Board meetings.The association said monitoring, surveillance and information sharing with other government agencies and the private sector created a chilling effect for those who might wish to take part in hearings or other public discussions on petroleum issues.The commission launched a public interest investigation and completed an interim report into the matter in June 2017, forwarding it to the RCMP for comment on the conclusions and recommendations.The commission cannot prepare a final report until the RCMP commissioner responds, which also means the findings can’t be disclosed to the civil liberties association or the public.In March, Paul Champ, a lawyer for the association, wrote commission chairwoman Michelaine Lahaie to express concern that more than five years had passed since the complaint was filed, saying the RCMP may have violated the fundamental freedoms of Canadians exercising their democratic rights.“It is our view that this interminable delay undermines the credibility of the CRCC and, more importantly, calls into question its ability to fulfil its primary function: ensuring accountability of the RCMP and fostering public trust and confidence in Canada’s national police force,” Champ’s letter said.“It is regrettable that the CRCC may not be treating this complaint with the seriousness it deserves.”After receiving no reply, he followed up with another letter in May.Nika Joncas-Bourget, the commission’s director and general counsel for reviews, told Champ in late May the watchdog shared his frustration with the Mounties.“We can assure you that we have repeatedly expressed concern to the RCMP regarding the time it is taking to receive the Commissioner’s Response,” she wrote.  Joncas-Bourget said once the commission receives Lucki’s response, it will “promptly issue” its final report, something it usually does within 30 days of getting the top Mountie’s input.The RCMP had no immediate comment on the reason for the delay or when the commissioner’s response might be coming.In his Aug. 9 letter to Lucki, Champ noted the RCMP Act imposes a legal duty to provide a response to the commission’s interim report “as soon as feasible.”“In short, the RCMP has been sitting on this report for over two years and effectively obstructing its release to my client and the public,” he wrote.“It is our view that two years for your review and response to the CRCC’s interim report is clearly an unreasonable delay not contemplated by the statute, whether the delay is due to insufficient allocation of resources or any other cause.“This delay is all the more serious when the allegations concern fundamental rights and freedoms protected by the Canadian Constitution.”The civil liberties association also complained in early 2014 about improper monitoring of anti-pipeline activists by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.The review committee that oversees CSIS dismissed the complaint in 2017, prompting the association to ask the Federal Court to revisit the outcome, a proceeding that is ongoing.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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DRAKE SUED BY FEMALE FAN FOR SUSTAINING SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY AT HIS

first_imgAmanda Giovacco claims she was “violently struck” by a beer bottle that was thrown during the rapper’s show at Madison Square Garden in New York in August 2016. READ MORE Facebook Drake (Getty Image) Advertisement DRAKE SUED BY FEMALE FAN FOR SUSTAINING SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY AT HIS NEW YORK CONCERTDrake is being dragged into a new lawsuit filed by a female fan injured at one of his shows, and she is blaming the rapper for having a history.According to court documents obtained by The Blast, A woman named Amanda Giovacco filed suit against Drake (real name: Aubrey Graham), The Madison Square Garden, an employee named Joseph Picco and Live Nation Worldwide. READ MOREDRAKE SUED BY FAN WHO CLAIMS RAPPER ‘VIOLENTLY STRUCK’ HER WITH BEER BOTTLEDrake has been sued by a female fan who was injured at one of his shows. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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CORRECTION Grande Prairie man fourth killed on BC Peace roads since January

first_imgCORRECTION: Sgt. Tim Paulmert with the RCMP’s Peace Region Traffic Services explained that the Grande Prairie man killed in Sunday’s crash on the South Taylor Hill was 29 years old, not 19 as previously reported.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A Grande Prairie man is officially the fourth person that has been killed on highways in the Peace Region since the start of 2018.According to RCMP Sgt. Tim Paulmert with Peace Region Traffic Services, the crash happened Sunday afternoon at around 4:45. A 29 year-old man from Grande Prairie was the driver and lone occupant of a late-2000’s GMC pickup truck travelling northbound on Highway 97. The pickup truck crossed the centreline just north of the new rest area near the top of the South Taylor Hill and struck a southbound semi-truck head-on. With files from Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/news/4061420/car2go-high-speed-crash-ubc/ The driver of the semi-truck was uninjured, while 29 year-old driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of next-of-kin.Sgt. Paulmert explained that police have not ruled out speed, alcohol, or distracted driving in the crash, but he said that road conditions are not considered a factor. He explained that the highway was bare and dry in a trackset pattern, with compact snow in the area. Sgt. Paulmert added that the RCMP are continuing their investigation into the crash.Sunday’s MVI is now the fourth fatal crash on highways in the B.C. Peace since the start of the year, which is twice as many fatal crashes than there have been in the City of Vancouver over the same timeframe. Vancouver’s second fatal crash of 2018 occurred early Sunday morning, when a 21 year-old man died in a single-vehicle crash while driving a Mercedes-Benz Car-2-Go.So far this year, no one over 30 years old has been killed on roads in the B.C. Peace, and two of the four fatalities were passengers. On January 25th, a 22 year-old Chetwynd man was killed when the vehicle he was riding in crossed the centreline and was t-boned on the passenger side by an oncoming semi. Eight days later, Sgt. Paulmert said that a 22 year-old woman was killed in a crash near the former Silver Sands Resort south of Chetwynd, after the vehicle she was in lost control in poor road conditions and was t-boned by an oncoming pickup truck.The most recent driver to perish at the wheel was a 17 year-old boy from Dawson Creek who died after his truck flipped when it hit the guardrail of the Taylor Bridge on January 5th. Sgt. Paulmert said that the teen was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and that according to the preliminary investigation, insufficient tire tread may have also played a factor.Sgt. Paulmert concluded by reminding motorists to drive according to conditions, put aside any potential distractions, and to make sure their vehicles are mechanically sound.last_img read more

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UN war crimes court doubles sentence of Bosnian Serb prison warden to

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) dismissed the five grounds submitted by the defence and granted six of the seven submitted by the prosecution in the case of Milorad Krnojelac, a mathematics teacher before becoming warden of Kazneno-Popravni Dom prison in 1992.The chamber quashed Mr. Krnojelac’s acquittal in March 2002 on two counts of crimes against humanity (torture and murders) and two of violations of the laws or customs of war (torture and murders), convicting him on all four.It expanded his criminal responsibility for the imprisonment of and inhumane acts against non-Serb civilians, and for cruel treatment for the detention conditions, finding him guilty as a co-perpetrator, and not only an accomplice.The chamber also found him guilty as a co-perpetrator in the forced labour, deportations and expulsions as crimes against humanity, on which he had been acquitted by the Trial Chamber. read more

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Sudan Annan vows that Darfurs displaced will not have to go home

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today promised black Africans in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region that they will not be forced to return to their homes – where they have faced murderous attacks from Arab militias – until their security can be guaranteed.Women residents of a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in North Darfur State began applauding after Mr. Annan – who sat down with senior aides to talk privately with them after asking security staff and Sudanese authorities to stay away – made his pledge that no one will have to go home unless they have adequate protection.During his first trip to Darfur, described by UN officials recently as the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, Mr. Annan visited three IDP camps to see first-hand what has happened to the victims of the militia attacks.Later Mr. Annan stressed how important it was to find a political solution to the troubles in Darfur. “Otherwise, the drama that we are now living is nothing compared to what will come next,” he said at a press conference in the capital of neighbouring Chad, N’Djamena.The civil conflict “could become a regional drama,” he warned.In the Zam Zam camp in North Darfur, currently home to about 12,000 people, Mr. Annan spoke to a group of women who recounted a series of deadly attacks on their villages by Janjaweed militias, bands of Arab fighters armed or recruited by the Sudanese Government.UN Radio producer Ben Malor, who is travelling with the Secretary-General, said hundreds of women approached the travelling party to tell them about the activities of the Janjaweed.”I was personally surrounded by more than 30 women and each one of them [was] excited to talk to us to stress the fact that their husbands had been killed,” Mr. Malor said.Earlier, while sitting under a thorn tree at Zam Zam with about a dozen elders, Mr. Annan heard the men describe why they were still too afraid to return to their homes.They also outlined the difficulties of life in Zam Zam, where residents generally have to make do with shelters built with plastic sheeting.Two UN human rights reports released in May found that the Janjaweed have committed numerous human rights abuses, including murders, rapes and the ransacking and destruction of villages.A UN spokesman said Mr. Annan also toured the IDP camp at Abu Shouk, which is considered well-organized, houses about 40,000 people and is frequently shown to international visitors.But when he arrived at another camp at Meshtel, there were only a few mules left at the camp. As recently as yesterday evening, more than 1,000 families were seen living there.A Sudanese Government official told the UN officials that the camp’s residents had been transferred to a better location. For several months Meshtel has not been considered a viable site for a camp.But the UN spokesman said that humanitarian workers operating in Darfur were stunned by the sudden disappearance of so many people.The Governor of North Darfur, Osman Yousif Kibir, also briefed the Secretary-General on the situation in the region and the efforts he said the Sudanese authorities were making to end the fighting.Later Mr. Annan was briefed by African Union military observers who are being deployed to the region to monitor a ceasefire signed in April. He then travelled to N’Djamena for talks with President Idriss Deby and a briefing by local UN staff.During a press conference with Mr. Deby, Mr. Annan said it was essential that the international community step up its humanitarian assistance to Darfur and Chad.UN agencies estimate that more than a million people have become internally displaced and at least another 150,000 others are refugees in Chad since fighting broke out early last year between Sudanese Government, allied militias and two rebel groups.Aid workers say they have hampered in their attempts to bring relief to civilians in Darfur – an arid, impoverished region which is roughly the size of France – because of obstructions from government officials and last month’s onset of the annual rainy season.Tomorrow Mr. Annan and his aides are scheduled to visit a refugee camp in Chad’s east before returning to Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, for a meeting with President Omer Al Bashir.The Secretary-General is travelling to Sudan and Chad with Jan Egeland, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs; Jan Pronk, his Special Representative for Sudan; and Mohamed Sahnoun, his Special Adviser for Africa. read more

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Burundi humanitarian crisis worsens as political tensions in country grow

Addressing journalists at a press briefing in Geneva earlier this morning, World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jašarevic voiced concern about the situation in the village of Kagunga in neighbouring Tanzania where the original population has increased from 10,000 to 90,000 due to the influx in refugees.The crisis in the village, Mr. Jašarevic added, had recently degenerated following the discovery of several cases of cholera on 13 May.Kagunga is a small village surrounded by a steep mountain range on the Tanzanian side and is best accessible by boat. Since Burundian refugees started to arrive in Kagunga in early May, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has moved them by boat to Kigoma and from there to the refugee camp in Nyarugusu.More than 20,000 refugees have either been moved to, or arrived at the refugee camp which, according to UN officials, has already reached the threshold for the maximum number of persons. Additional refugees are now being housed in local schools while awaiting temporary tents. UNHCR confirmed it is taking urgent preventative measures to improve sanitation, hygiene and early detection, as well as a hygiene promotion information campaign.In Tanzania, the number of refugees arriving in Kagunga has risen sharply over the last few days and the living conditions have become extremely dire. Local immigration authorities reported that over 50,000 Burundians were living rough in Kagunga on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.Meanwhile, responding to a question at the same briefing, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said that there were 26,000 refugees in Rwanda, and 111,000 refugees in all three neighbouring countries.In related news, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit, met today with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.“Speaking to the press after the meeting, he reiterated the Secretary-General’s condemnation of the attempt to oust an elected government and the need for political dialogue to create conditions for holding free and fair elections,” added Mr. Haq.He said that Mr. Djinnit continues to hold consultations with political parties, civil society and religious organizations, Government officials and the diplomatic community, with the view to reconvene the political dialogue as soon as possible.The Special Envoy is expected to brief the Security Council via videoconference tomorrow. read more

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Having a fat belly doubles heart attack risk

Dr Medina-Inojosa says that overweight and obese people with central obesity might also have more muscle mass which could be protective.The findings are due to be presented at the annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) in Slovenia. Researchers followed people's progress for nearly two decades Researchers followed people’s progress for nearly two decadesCredit:JUPITERIMAGES/Alamy “See your doctor if your waist is bigger than your hips,” said study author Dr Jose Medina-Inojosa, of the Mayo Clinic and The International Clinical Research Centre of St. Anne’s University Hospital in the Czech Republic. 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. Dr Medina-Inojosa continued: “People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI.”This body shape indicates a sedentary lifestyle, low muscle mass, and eating too many refined carbohydrates. “The belly is usually the first place we deposit fat, so people classified as overweight BMI but without a fat belly probably have more muscle which is good for health.”Muscle is like a metabolic storehouse and helps decrease lipid and sugar levels in the blood.” Being "obese" can be a little misleading when it comes to heart attack risks, the study found Having a fat belly doubles your heart attack risk even if you aren’t obese, a study has found.Those of normal weight but a bigger belly have more chance of heart problems than those who are obese but not carrying their excess weight round the waist.Researchers tested the hypothesis that people with normal weight and central obesity would have more heart problems than people with normal weight and normal fat distribution.It comes after body mass index (BMI), which is weight relative to height and used to categorise adults as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese, fails to account for the amount and distribution of fat and muscle.In 1997 to 2000 the study enrolled 1,692 American residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, aged 45 years or older. The sample was representative of the county population for age and sex. Participants underwent a clinical examination and measurements were taken of weight, height, waist circumference and hip circumference.They were then followed-up from 2000 to 2016 for the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, using linked medical records from the Rochester Epidemiology Project.It emerged that participants with a normal BMI and central obesity had an approximately two-fold higher long-term risk of suffering a major adverse cardiovascular event compared to participants without central obesity, regardless of their BMI. Being “obese” can be a little misleading when it comes to heart attack risks, the study foundCredit:Oote Boe 3/Alamy read more

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We are on the cusp of a government without Fianna Fáil or

first_imgSinn Féin deputy Doherty said that Ireland was unique in the western world in having no left-wing media and criticised its role in the collapse of the economy.Corruption has been “endemic and systemic” under governments of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, he said, adding that the political culture will change when these two parties are not in government.He continued: “We are on the cusp of something that has never been achieved — a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.”While not naming him, the Donegal South West deputy also hit out at Phil Hogan as “a person who embodies what is wrong with our political culture”.Sunday Business Post deputy editor Pat Leahy said that while most people would acknowledge that this government is better than the last one it has not changed the way we do politics.Follow @oconnellhugh for updates from the MacGill Summer School in Glenties First published 12.17pm Stephen Donnelly: Nobody takes the Dáil seriously… including TDsMore from MacGill: Michael McDowell doesn’t think much of the government’s plans to reform the guards Catherine Murphy: Instead of fixing the system we’re on a never ending merry go round of fixing problems #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Doherty: Many of institutional failings have only been exposed when courageous individuals have spoken out #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/7ZmwKZeAdr— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Murphy says govt controls Dáil agenda funding of politics makes it difficult to see new party emerge #macgill14 pic.twitter.com/oCPRP5DIN1— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 Lucinda Creighton: The cronyism that existed in Fianna Fáil for over a decade is as prevalent as ever in the current government. #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 22, 2014 In her contribution, independent TD Catherine Murphy said that while the country and its people have a reputation for being “the fighting Irish” we are political “a fairly passive lot” and tend to be reactive rather than proactive citing the recent medical card controversies. ‘Visionary change’The Dublin South-East deputy praised former taoisigh Sean Lemass and Garret FitzGerald for driving through “visionary change”.She praised the Green Party for pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions when no other parties were talking about climate change and the defunct Progressive Democrats for changing the debate on taxation and expenditure.On the ongoing talk of a new political party, Creighton said “the conditions for fundamental change exist”, adding: “The questions are who, when, what?”“Those people must soon stand up and be counted.  Ireland deserves better and the window of opportunity will not be there forever,” she said. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter ‘Snobbery’“We articulate the need for radical reform but want it delivered through conservative entities,” she said, pointing out that only two per cent of Irish people are members of political parties.She said the recent local election results, which saw independents get 28 per cent, demonstrated that people have a new freedom on how to vote. The Kildare North deputy criticised the “snobbery of how the independent vote was analysed” by some commentators, adding: ”It was seen as a problem.” Updated 1.25pmLUCINDA CREIGHTON HAS said that the “window of opportunity” for a new political party will not be there forever as she again hit out at the government’s failure to reform the political system in Ireland.In a speech on political culture at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties this morning, the Reform Alliance deputy claimed that the same level of “political cronyism” that once existed in Fianna Fáil remains prevalent today.Speaking to journalists after this morning’s session, Creighton said it was important that people who are involved in and have an understanding of politics get involved in any new political movement.Creighton said that “people need to start thinking about organising and preparing” for the next general election which could be sooner than 2016 and said this “maybe” could include her.Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said that Ireland is on the cusp of something that has never been achieved: a government without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.“Political culture will only change when politics changes – when we break to strangle hold of the establishment parties on the governance of the state,” Doherty told the audience in his home constituency.Creighton criticised the political culture in Ireland saying it “provides an easy and convenient means of excusing much of what characterises the very worst of Irish officialdom” saying it becomes too easy to blame “the prevailing political culture”.She said: “The link between ideas and electoral outcomes no longer seems to have any place in Irish elections.  Politics has been reduced to a game of personalities and seat numbers.”last_img read more

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Rex Ingram Irelands forgotten Hollywood blockbuster film director

first_img Rex IngramWhy did Ingram go to the US? “He moved because he failed to get a place at Trinity, which was [seen as] a disgrace,” said Barton. “He failed to get in, and his mother had died [when he was 15] and he felt very bereft and lost at her death as he was very close to her. He emigrated for various reasons.”‘He was a complete control freak’He left Ireland in 1911, and moved to Long Island in 1913. It was there that he saw the film A Tale of Two Cities, which made Ingram fall in love with cinema. He began working in a medial job with the Edison company, and even starred in a few films.“He started mucking around in the early cinema industry and he was there really at the very beginning of film,” said Barton.But when he eventually became a director himself, he fit well into the stereotypical mould. “He was a complete control freak and kept falling out with people. He wanted films to look exactly as he wanted them to be,” said Barton.The film that made his name was The Four Horsemen – and it also made Rudolph Valentino’s name. “This gave him his name and then he made a series of films – another one with Valentino and a few others. He was really discontented in Hollywood and it was beginning to become much more controlled in terms of what you could do,” said Barton.“He moved to Nice in France and set up a studio there. He was really able to do what he wanted in Nice. He made a succession of films there.”From silent to talkiesBut as Hollywood moved into the era of the ‘talkies’, Ingram’s career suffered. “When sound came in 1928 he didn’t transition well to sound or to colour. He didn’t like it. He didn’t or couldn’t keep up with the changes in the film industry,” said Barton.He had taken to travelling to North Africa from Nice, and then converted to Islam to go travelling. “He dressed up as an Arab, speaking Arabic, and went travelling around with tribes and sheiks and had an incredible life.”But due to illness, he returned to Hollywood, where he died in his 50s.Did Ireland have interest in what he was up to in Hollywood? “For sure,” said Barton. “For my book I was doing research reading copies of the Irish Times, and there was a huge interest in him. The film Four Horsemen played here with full orchestral accompaniment. There was a lot of coverage of him and how successful he had been.”“We had somebody who was super successful and we’ve failed to celebrate him,” added Barton. “I was in touch with his family and they’d love to have him a bit more recognised.”But unless you can see his films, it’s hard to stoke that interest. Rudolph Valentino and Alice Terry.There are plans afoot for a documentary on Ingram, said Barton, which would help to increase the interest in him. One of his biggest fans is Martin Scorsese, whose editor Thelma Schoonmaker’s former husband Michael Powell (of Powell and Pressburger) did his apprenticeship with Ingram in Nice.‘We’re bringing him home’Karen Walshe, who’s artistic director of the St Patrick’s Festival, explained why they decided to bring this Rex Ingram film to a new audience.She said that Matthew Nolan, who co-created the score, was the brainchild behind the Ingram show, which was borne from his passion for silent film.“The theme of the festival this year is ‘home’ so we are going to look at all the different perspectives on home,” she explained. “We’re looking at home from a close-up narrative of Ireland today around the city – stories from homelessness to how to get a mortgage.”“What I wanted to do under the banner of home was to bring [Ingram] home.”“It was so difficult to get screening rights for the film,” she added. The cost was much more than it usually is for film screenings.Meanwhile, Nolan said that it was “quite the responsibility” to score the film. “Our ambition here is to create music and even a sound world that is more restrained, understated, yet consistently echoes the core themes of the movie as well as Ingram’s highly refined visual sensibility,” he said.“There is a painterly quality and stillness in the cinematography here as well as a melancholic ambience that continually grounds our writing process.”What makes this particularly exciting is having someone of Barry Adamson’s calibre on board. His experience working with the likes of David Lynch, Oliver Stone, Derek Jarman as well as Nick Cave will bring something quite unique to the project.Special attention has also been given to the screening of the film, with the festival working with a company that supplies a special screen suitable for this type of film, which itself will be placed up high to avoid people not being able to see properly.“Everybody will see the film really clear, at perfect height and surround sound in the cathedral,” said Walshe.As part of the festival, the entire event will also be performed in Manchester the next day.The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921): Screening & Live Score Performance, directed by Rex Ingram with live musical accompaniment by Matthew Nolan, Barry Adamson (UK), Seán Mac Erlaine, Adrian Crowley, and Kevin Murphy: Thursday 15 March, tickets €24.00, at St Patrick’s Cathedral.Read: ‘There’s nowhere to go, he’s got an AK47, and we assumed we were going to die either way’> Image: PA Archive/PA Images Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 3:30 PM Film director Rex Ingram with his wife , actress Alice Terry, as they go for a drive through Hyde Park, London. Image: PA Archive/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3850163 Share67 Tweet Email4 12,609 Views By Aoife Barry Film director Rex Ingram with his wife , actress Alice Terry, as they go for a drive through Hyde Park, London. Rex Ingram: Ireland’s forgotten Hollywood blockbuster film director A special screening of his most famous film will take place as part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival. Short URL IF YOU’RE NOT a student of film or a movie buff, chances are you haven’t heard of Rex Ingram.The Irish director was huge in early Hollywood – so big that he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and that he can count Martin Scorsese among his fans. Yet here in Ireland, he’s almost a forgotten name.But in honour of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival, his work is being brought to a new audience. The festival is set to screen his 1921 silent film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse at St Patrick’s Cathedral, with a live score written by Matthew Nolan and Barry Adamson.From Rathmines to HollywoodRex Ingram was born Reginald Ingram Montgomery Hitchcock on Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, but due to having a clergyman for a father he spent years living in Kinitty, Co Offaly. At the age of 18, he moved to the USA. It was there that he began working in the film industry and made his mark in Hollywood. A till from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.Trinity College Dublin lecturer Dr Ruth Barton has literally written the book on Ingram, called Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen.“One of the reasons for writing the book is he is the most successful Irish film director we’ve ever had probably and yet no one has ever heard of him,” Barton told TheJournal.ie. “He didn’t make any Irish films, but his film The Four Horsemen was a blockbuster by today’s terms – it made millions of dollars and that was in the 1920s. It was not his only blockbuster, and he was considered to be one of the best directors in Hollywood during the 1920s. He made these fantastically successful films.”The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was based on the Spanish novel of the same name by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and adapted for the screen by one of Hollywood’s first female screenwriters, June Mathis. The film starred Pomeroy Cannon, Josef Swickard, Bridgetta Clark, Rudolph Valentino, Wallace Beery, and Alice Terry.His other films included swashbucklers, and big historical epics. “And he was just ginormous – and yet somehow he’s gotten completely forgotten about,” said Barton.One of these reasons is because he worked during the silent era. But the second, and perhaps most important, is that his films are very hard to get hold of and to screen. When Barton was launching her book, she had to buy a laser disc copy of a film of his, and get a laser disc player so that it could be played.“If the films are not being screened, people don’t know about them,” she said.But the other thing she believes is that he made “arty films”. “In the 1920s there was perhaps less of a distinction between art cinema and commercial cinema,” said Barton. “He made commercial films that were arty.”This meant they weren’t necessarily all fast-moving, but some of them “have kept the pace of time”, she said.“He always thought the general public would go see artistic films and there shouldn’t be a difference. I find that quite interesting.”Sometimes films pop up and it goes to prove that people will go see art films and you don’t have to be arty. They will go see Guillermo Del Toro’s film The Shape of Water, for example. That is part of Ingram’s visionary quality – that film was an artform. 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Mikis Theodorakis discharged from hospital

first_imgGreat Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis was discharged from hospital on Thursday after undergoing surgery to install a pacemaker last week.The 94-year-old composer of “Zorba the Greek”, “Axion Esti” and many more iconic music works was admitted to a private hospital in Athens on 26 February after suffering from heart problems.The composer has suffered from heart problems in recent years, however he has continued to engage in public affairs. He has been particularly vocal on the Prespes Agreement and addressed a January rally opposing the solution found for the name dispute with Greece’s neighbouring country that is now officially known as North MacedoniaMr Theodorakis enjoyed great respect as a composer and political figure for his activities during the 1967-1974 military dictatorship in Greece.READ MORE: Mikis Theodorakis recuperates after pacemaker installed Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry lied to the press about Royal baby

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are proud parents to baby Archie Harrison. But everything might not be fine for long.Reportedly Prince Harry has been warned he is “in danger” of shutting out the press after Buckingham Palace delayed reporting Meghan Markle was in Labour by seven hours after she had given birth, and royal commentator Duncan Larcombe warned the Palace “cannot issue lies.”Secrecy from the press has been a bone of contention between the media and the Royal couple. Meghan Markle even went as far as to notoriously break tradition and refused to pose for photos on hospital steps after the birth of her child. And there was so much secrecy surrounding the birth of baby Archie that even senior Royals were kept in the dark when Meghan went into labour.Speaking on Yahoo’s the Royal Box, he said: “I think with the press that Harry probably doesn’t ever like the press. But I think there is a danger that by shutting them out time and time again.”Now, the expert may be right on the dangers of alienating the press, especially when it looks like Meghan may not have many fans in the Royal Palace.  Meghan MarkleGetty Images”We saw it in the wedding in comparison to William and Kate, we have seen it again with this royal birth. And then there was the email announcing that she had gone into labour and it turned out seven hours earlier the baby had been born…..The Palace cannot issue lies, they cannot do that,” Larcombe added.Meghan Markle had opted for a homebirth since she wanted privacy, but the plans were abandoned once she went into labour. But it does look like the Royal couple is trying to mend fences with the press. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry introduced baby Archie to the world in adorable snaps. Meghan Markle might be opening up to the press, but it looks like she might have to be a little more transparent going forward. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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The Lunchbox stumped not Indias Oscar choice

first_imgIn a decision that is likely to break many hearts, The Lunchbox, the film that won over critics and your average film buffs alike, has not been picked as India’s official pick for the Oscar. Instead, debut feature filmmaker Gyan Correa’s Gujarati film The Good Road has been chosen to represent India in the best foreign film category at the Academy Awards. It is said to be the first Gujarati film to have made it.‘It was a unanimous decision to select The Good Road, which is a movie produced by the National Film Development Corporation,’ renowned filmmaker Goutam Ghose, who headed the selection committee appointed by the Film Federation of India, said. The movie left behind 21 other Oscar contenders, including strong films like The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, English Vinglish, Vishwaroopam, among others.last_img read more

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