Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Monday asked the BJP why its leaders were only attacking the opposition in their rallies and not highlighting their own positive achievements. In a tweet, he said the people wanted stable jobs, not a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). He attacked the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh over the plight of ‘shiksha mitras’ or contractual teachers among others and assured those unemployed of his support. “Why is the BJP targeting opposition parties in its rallies? Does it not have any positive achievements in its five-year rule. Fearing people’s wrath and defeat, BJP leaders and workers are avoiding campaigning and are making excuses that the weather is too hot,” Yadav claimed.
Morocco France Sign Agreement to Create Moroccan MOOC PlatformMorocco France Sign Agreement to Create Moroccan MOOC Platform
Rabat – The Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executives’ Training ministry, the French embassy in Morocco and “France université numérique” (FUN-French digital university) signed, on Thursday in Rabat, an agreement to create a Moroccan platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).Under this agreement, the Moroccan universities can use all functions of the FUN platform on an independent platform. This option puts at the students’ disposal an additional tool to help them pursue training and boost their knowledge.This new digital dimension between Morocco and France will enable to spread knowledge, in the absence of a tangible frontier, and disseminate science, literature, law and ideas all over the world, France’s ambassador in Rabat Jean-François Girault told the press. MOOC cooperation with France will help Moroccan colleges and universities to broadcast their courses on a large scale and enhance their image at the international level, mainly in French-speaking countries, said, for his part, minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executives’ Training Lahcen Daoudi.
Nepal UN foreign envoys call for investigation into disappearancesNepal UN foreign envoys call for investigation into disappearances
9 December 2009Foreign envoys to Nepal today called for an end to impunity for those responsible for a series of disappearances during the decade-long civil war in Nepal, one year after the United Nations issued a report calling for justice and redress. Officials representing eight nations and the European Union, along with the representative of the UN human rights office in the Asian nation, visited Bardiya District, where at least 170 people disappeared between 2001 and 2004 during the conflict, which claimed some 13,000 lives and ended in 2006 when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace deal.Victims of the disappearances in Bardiya were arrested and held without due process of law, according to the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal). They were also tortured, physically and psychologically, and many are presumed to have been executed, in clear violation of Nepali and international law.Although the cases have been well documented by both OHCHR and the National Human Rights Commission and despite a 2007 ruling by Nepal’s Supreme Court, no official investigation has taken place into these serious allegations.“Now is the time to act to account for the crimes of the past and to end impunity for those soldiers, police and Maoists implicated in these horrific crimes,” the envoys, who met with the Conflict Victims Committee and victims’ families today, said in a statement. “It is clear that their desire for truth and justice cannot go unfulfilled.”The officials also visited the notorious Bhada Bridge in Bhadapur, where it is alleged that nine people were summarily executed by the Royal Nepal Army in May 2002, with their bodies being buried in a sandbank.“The long refusal of the Army, police and Maoists to cooperate has prolonged the pain of the relatives and delayed justice,” they stressed, calling on the Unified CPN-Maoist to bring to light the fate of individuals abducted by Maoists during the conflict and to cooperate with investigations.“Similarly, we call on the Government to ensure that members of the Nepal Army and other state personnel involved in disappearances are brought to justice, and that measures are taken to protect victims and witnesses of the crimes…“Effectively dealing with the legacy of the conflict will allow Nepal’s transition to peace, democracy and development to continue on the basis of trust, truth and reconciliation.”The nine envoys represented Australia, Denmark, Finland, the EU, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Norwegian State Secretary Marianne Hagen to visit Sri LankaNorwegian State Secretary Marianne Hagen to visit Sri Lanka
In addition, she will meet with representatives from the Office of Mission Persons, Human Rights Commission, Civil Society and Business. State Secretary (State Minister) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway Ms. Marianne Hagen, will make a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from 5 to 6 March 2019.During the visit, Ms. Hagen will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera. She will be a guest at a “Kids can code” event organized jointly by SLASSCOM and their Norwegian sister organization ICT Norway. She will also be present at the signing ceremony of a Letter of Intent between the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sri Lanka and SLASSCOM about expanding their cooperation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector for sustainable employment and innovation. Her visit to Sri Lanka is expected to provide an opportunity for the two countries to discuss ways to build partnership in areas of common interest ranging from business and healthy oceans to a rules-based world order and sustainable development. They will discuss Sri Lanka’s important efforts for reconciliation and justice after the conflict. Since Norway took over the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty in 2018, Ms. Hagen will also be visiting demining sites in the North.Ms. Hagen arrives in Sri Lanka after concluding a two-day official visit to the Maldives.
Internal oversight office ends probe into police misconduct in UN Bosnia missionInternal oversight office ends probe into police misconduct in UN Bosnia mission
The UN Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS) found that investigators of the Mission’s International Police Task Force have improved their inquiries into allegations of improper behaviour by police monitors, although the results of these investigations have not always been adequately communicated to the public, the spokesman said.The OIOS also found that the mission’s internal communications needed strengthening in order to satisfy the requirement for full transparency and accountability that is expected in all peacekeeping missions.
With some 1000 refugees arriving daily Greek islands under severe strain warnsWith some 1000 refugees arriving daily Greek islands under severe strain warns
Close to 1,000 refugees are now arriving on the Greek islands every day, creating an unprecedented emergency for Greece and other countries, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday. “Greece’s volatile economic situation, combined with the increasing numbers of new arrivals, is putting severe strain on small island communities, which lack the basic infrastructure and services to adequately respond to the growing humanitarian needs,” William Spindler , a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said during a press briefing in Geneva. Since the beginning of the year, a “staggering” 77,100 people had arrived in Greece by sea, many on flimsy and unsafe vessels. Almost 60 per cent of the new arrivals are from Syria while others come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia. A boat leaving Turkey on Tuesday loaded with up to 40 refugees capsized between the Greek islands of Agathonisi and Farmakonisi, said Mr. Spindler. Authorities say 19 people were rescued, but five bodies were retrieved and up to 16 people are still missing. UNHCR said that the number of people arriving is now so high that, despite all efforts, the authorities and local communities can no longer cope. A majority of the refugees arriving in Greece are moving onward, trying to reach countries in western and northern Europe through the western Balkans region. Countries in this region such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, have witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of refugees. In the first half of this year, some 45,000 people sought asylum in the region, almost a ninefold increase of asylum applications compared with the same period in 2014. However, these are only some of the refugees entering the two countries, with most continuing directly on their way to Hungary and further north. It is estimated that half of all refugees who are actually passing through the region do so without being registered by the authorities, and are exposed to violence and abuse by smugglers and criminal gangs. “An urgent response from Europe is needed before the situation deteriorates further,” Mr. Spindler stressed. “Tightening borders is not the solution, including the plans of the Hungarian government to build a fence along the Serbian border.” Expressing concerns for the well-being of refugees, including pregnant women and children, the spokesperson stressed that, despite the precarious situation facing the livelihoods of many Greek people, their response towards refugees has for the most part been “welcoming and generous.” In the face of such situation, more UNHCR staffers have already been deployed to five locations in the eastern Aegean, to provide advice and assistance to new arrivals and care for unaccompanied children and people with specific needs.
Distinguished alumna Mary Ann Edwards honoured by provinceDistinguished alumna Mary Ann Edwards honoured by province
Volunteering is just a way of life for Mary Ann Edwards.Well known in Niagara for her volunteer work and dedication to the community, Edwards, a Brock alumna (BPhed ’76, BEd ’77) and founder of the Rankin Cancer Run, was recently awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for her local contributions.The Rankin Cancer Run draws thousands of participants each year. The 2016 edition drew 13,200 community members, raising a record-setting $1 million.In 2014, Edwards was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award by the Brock University Alumni Association. She is also an alumni board member.Read more: stcatharinesstandard.ca/2016/12/05/rankin-run-creator-honoured-by-province
Softball No 21 Ohio State sweeps Texas Invitational improves to 111Softball No 21 Ohio State sweeps Texas Invitational improves to 111
Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe No. 21 Ohio State softball team (11-1) dominated this weekend at the Texas Invitational winning all three games, moving its win streak to six games.The Buckeyes were originally set to play Virginia Tech at 10 a.m. Friday, but that game was cancelled due to weather.Wichita State vs. Ohio StateTrailing by three halfway through the game and down a run with one out left, it looked as if Ohio State would open the weekend with a surprising defeat. However, junior shortstop Lilli Piper blasted a two-run shot over the fence in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 4-3 victory.Ohio State senior pitcher Shelby McComb’s two-run home run in the fourth brought the game to within one run after the Buckeyes had trailed by three.The Shockers got on the board when freshman catcher Madison Perrigan scored on a passed ball in the top of the second.They extended their lead in the top of the third, scoring twice thanks to a sacrifice fly to right field from shortstop Laurie Derrico and an RBI single up the middle from pitcher Caitlin Bingham.It was Piper’s fourth home run this season and McCombs’ third. McCombs improved to 5-0 in the circle, pitching five innings, giving up one unearned run. Ohio State vs. TexasOhio State had another comeback in the final inning, this time scoring four runs off a grand slam from junior second baseman Emily Clark in the top of the seventh to beat Texas 8-5 Saturday.The Buckeyes kicked off the scoring early, taking an early 2-0 lead when senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin homered to drive in a pair. It was quiet for a few innings until the top of the third, when Texas scored five times, with only one being earned due to four Ohio State errors in the inning. The inning was capped off by a RBI-infield single from freshman center fielder Tuesday DerMargosian, leaving the Buckeyes with substantial ground to gain in just four innings.However, they responded with a homer from Piper in the top of the fifth inning that scored freshman left fielder Megan McMenemy and brought Ohio State to within one.In the bottom of the seventh, the Buckeyes completed a second comeback in as many days, when junior second baseman Emily Clark took a full-count pitch and sent it soaring for a grand slam that brought in Piper, senior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon and senior catcher Becca Gavin for a decisive 8-5 lead.Junior pitcher Morgan Ray allowed just one hit in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game and earn her sixth win of the season.All eight runs on the board for the Buckeyes came from home runs.Ohio State vs Wichita StateThe third and final game of the weekend didn’t have as much drama as the first two, with the Buckeyes taking a first-inning lead and adding on the rest of the game.Goodwin singled in the first inning to bring home Piper and give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.Piper scored again in the third inning on a wild pitch after she had tripled, but it was in the very next inning that the Buckeyes were on fire, recording seven runs in the fourth.Ohio State broke away from the Shockers in the fourth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on six hits. McCombs delivered a two-RBI single to put the Buckeyes up 9-0, while reaching base twice in the inning.Ohio State’s seven-run inning in its meeting with Wichita State was its largest outpouring of runs in a single inning this season.The Buckeyes have a week off, and will be back in action on March 9 for the Louisville Slugger Invitational in Fullerton, California.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece responsible for the Hellenic diaspora, Akis Gerontopoulos, last Sunday met, in the heart of Athens at Syntagma Square, students and teachers of Sydney’s St Spyridon College who are currently visiting Greece on holidays.The students and Minister laid a wreath at the Shrine of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square as agreed earlier in the year during the Greek Minister’s visit at St Spyridon’s College in Sydney in March. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
PETA une campagne contre les cosmétiques testés sur les animauxPETA une campagne contre les cosmétiques testés sur les animaux
PETA : une campagne contre les cosmétiques testés sur les animauxL’association PETA qui milite pour la défense des droits des animaux lance une nouvelle campagne. Celle-ci vise à convaincre la Commission européenne de ne pas repousser l’interdiction de vente de tout produit cosmétique contenant des ingrédients testés sur les animaux.”Cosmétiques testés sur les animaux : le côté moche de la beauté. Ne repoussez pas l’interdiction de l’UE”. Ceci est le slogan de la nouvelle campagne que vient tout juste de lancer l’association PETA qui défend les droits des animaux et milite contre toute forme de cruauté qui peut leur être infligés. Mais pour cette campagne, l’association a concentré ces efforts sur une cause bien particulière : l’expérimentation sur les animaux de certains ingrédients contenus dans les cosmétiques. À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuPlus précisément, la PETA demande à la Commission Européenne de ne pas repousser l’échéance de 2013 pour interdire la vente de tout produit cosmétique contenant de tels ingrédients. En effet, en 2003, le Parlement Européen a voté la fin de ventes de tous les articles cosmétiques et de toilette contenant des ingrédients testés sur les animaux d’ici 2013. Mais sous la pression de l’industrie des cosmétiques, la Commission Européenne réfléchit aujourd’hui à repousser cette échéance.L’association a donc décidé de frapper fort. L’affiche montre Kimberly Wyatt, juge de l’émission britannique “Got to Dance” et fondatrice de BM Beauty, les yeux injectés de sang et le visage incrustés de plaies censées rappeler les effets produits par les tests chimiques sur les animaux. “Cela me rend malade de penser que les lapins et d’autres animaux sont toujours gavés de substances chimiques toxiques pour du rouge à lèvre ou du shampoing. Cette interdiction est mise en œuvre depuis 10 ans maintenant. La Commission Européenne ne devrait pas laisser durer cette cruauté une seule année de plus”, a estimé Kimberly Wyatt citée par 20minutes.fr.Ajouté à cette campagne, plusieurs milliers de militants des associations européennes affiliées à PETA ont directement contacté la Commission pour lui demander que l’échéance ne soit pas repoussée. En décembre dernier, les sympathisants de PETA Etats-Unis ont même livré plus de 50.000 lettres et e-mails au Commissaire Européen John Dalli, qui doit prendre une décision concernant cette interdiction dans les semaines à venir.Le 15 janvier 2012 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambert
Firefox 14 disponible en bêta sur AndroidLe navigateur Firefox vient de sortir sa version 14 en bêta. Disponible sous Android, elle dispose de quelques nouveautés.En développement depuis le mois de novembre, Firefox 14 est téléchargeable depuis hier. Pour l’instant seulement en version bêta pour Android, elle sera disponible dans onze semaines pour les autres systèmes d’exploitation. Cet opus est la première version native pour smartphone, ce qui lui permet d’avoir une plus grande fluidité.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’interface a été totalement repensée et devient plus intuitive. Un nouvel écran d’accueil, proche de iGoogle, dénommé Awesome Screen a été ajouté avec une liste de sites favoris. De plus, le module Firefox Sync, qui permet la synchronisation des données personnelles, a été ajouté. Il est désormais possible de transférer favoris et mots de passe directement sur son smartphone. Plus rapide au démarrage, Firefox 14 intègre désormais le lecteur Flash et une nouvelle architecture plus réactive. Pour finir, la sécurisation des données changent et les recherches Google passeront désormais par une connexion HTTPS, plus sécurisée.Cette version 14 de Firefox est disponible en téléchargement depuis Google Play, elle est compatible avec toutes les versions d’Android à partir d’Android 2.2 Froyo.Le 17 mai 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambert
Burton Albion manager Brian Clough has credited his team for restoring their pride after limiting Manchester City to just a goal in their second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final tie.With City already securing a place in next month’s final after their 9-0 victory in the first leg two weeks ago, it was damage limitation for Burton as they looked to avoid the biggest losing margin in League Cup history.But an impressive display limited Pep Guardiola’s men to few chances, while Burton caused the Premier League champions problems in the other direction.“We were close two or three times but I’m very pleased with how we played,” Clough told Sky Sports.“We got our pride back. We did everything we could. Being at home, the pressure was off as the tie was over but we put in a good performance against top players.”“We were brave on the ball, played it when we could and we caused them problems.”Remembering Brian Clough and his most memorable quotes Boro Tanchev – March 10, 2019 “Rome wasn’t built in a day. But I wasn’t on that particular job.” – a quote from one of the most controversial and self-confident managers in English football, Brian Clough.“I watched the last few Premier League games and we caused them as many problems as Wolves and Huddersfield did.”“The youngsters will learn so much from being on the same pitch as these magnificent players. Their attitude, everything.”“Hopefully we have made a few quid from the run but it’s more about the experience.”
Child struck by car in Hialeah airlifted with head injuryChild struck by car in Hialeah airlifted with head injury
Paramedics airlifted a child who was struck by a car, Wednesday.The 11-year-old suffered a head injury and had to be taken to Ryder Trauma Center.The driver stayed on the scene, near West 16th Avenue and 59th Street.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Osmosis This new Netflix show about AI will remind you of BlackOsmosis This new Netflix show about AI will remind you of Black
Netflix After a bit of a dry spell, Netflix feels like it’s on a roll. Sex Education ruled, Russian Doll ruled, Roma took home a bunch of Oscars.Now it’s about to launch Osmosis, a Black Mirror-esque show about the strange future of online dating. Osmosis is a show about what happens when you cross Tinder with biometric data and artificial intelligence. As you might expect with a show of this nature, the story appears to get dark real quick. I’m keen. Netflix has a good history of supporting super-high quality shows from Europe. One of my favourite seasons of TV from the last couple of years was Dark, which was awesome and you should watch it. Hopefully Osmosis can hit those same heights.Osmosis arrives on Netflix March 29. Post a comment Culture TV and Movies Tags Share your voice 0 Netflix
kidnapingA Dhaka tribunal on Thursday sentenced two people to death and eight others to life term imprisonment in a case filed for kidnapping a minor child.The convicts are Md Moshiur Rahman Montu, 40, of Kathalia upazila of Jhalakati district and Mizanur Rahman, 35, of Amtoli upazila in Bogura. Both are residents of Pallabi area of the city.The lifers were – Md Rezaul Karim, 36, Nazrul Islam, 32, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, 38, Md Iqbal Hossain Shuvo, 28, Sajib Ahmed Kamal, 47, Md Alim Hossain Chandan, 27, Kawsar Mridha, 25, and Reza Mridha, 30.Among the convicts, Mizanur, Kawsar and Reza are on the run.The court also fined each of the lifers Tk 20,000 each, in default, to suffer two months RI.According to the case statement, in 2015, the convicts kidnapped Abir from Banani area and demanded Tk 100 million ransom from the victim’s family.Abir’s family also paid them Tk 20 million and later informed the matter to Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).RAB rescued the boy arrested the convicts and also recovered Tk 1,80,00,000.Abir’a uncle filed a case with Cantonment police station in this regard.Dhaka Women and Children Tribunal- 7 Judge Md Khadem Ul Kayes handed down the verdict acquitting two other accused.