Meghalaya court seeks security for assaulted activists

first_imgThe Meghalaya High Court on Thursday directed the State government to provide security to RTI activists Agnes Kharshiing and Amita R. Sangma who were assaulted by alleged coal mafia on November 8. The court also instructed the government to bear the expenditure of their treatment at the super-speciality North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences on the outskirts of Shillong.Hearing a petition by Ms. Sangma and others, Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir said that the “threat perception looms large as they [petitioners] have the apprehension of being eliminated by people who had attacked them”. ‘Extra caution needed’Asking the State government to provide adequate security, the court noted that “keeping in view the magnitude of attack and injuries suffered”, extra caution is necessary to eliminate scope for any person to cause harm to the duo at NEIGRIHMS.Ms. Kharshiing, hit on the head, was in a more critical condition than Ms. Sangma. On Wednesday, the ventilators were taken off Ms. Kharshiing and her condition was said to be stable.The court said the two activists were attacked “while espousing social cause”, and directed the officer investigating their case to file the latest status of the probe.last_img read more

‘Missing’ rape victim could have gone for a wedding, says Carlos Ferreira

first_imgThe “missing” rape victim may not be missing at all, but could have gone for a party or a wedding, said Carlos Ferreira, Goa Congress legal cell chairman, on Tuesday. Mr. Ferreira was addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters in the city. [It might be noted that in 2016, the victim had accused Atanasio Monserrate of alleged rape. Mr. Monserrate is now the Congress candidate of Panaji bypoll.]Mr. Ferreira said the victim was a minor at the time of the alleged “rape” and is now a major. She might return to the shelter home in South Goa, from where she went missing on April 28. “Police cannot file a case of abduction because she is now a major. The case is motivated,” Mr. Ferreira said. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar also expressed suspicion if the BJP was behind the “sudden disappearance” of the rape victim. Mr. Chodankar accused the BJP of “engineering” the controversy to draw political mileage ahead of the bypoll. “The girl went missing on April 28 and the BJP, with the help of the police, is raking this controversy now for political benefit. The BJP has resorted to such unscrupulous tactics in the past. The police is helping the BJP-led coalition government to create a situation and get political mileage,” Mr. Chodankar charged. “Their plan is to create an atmosphere of confusion before the election. The victim may return to the shelter home after elections. The government and the police should provide protection to her at the earliest,” added Mr. Chodankar. Nuns who run the shelter home filed a “missing” complaint with the Verna police station in South Goa on April 28. On Monday, the police updated the complaint by adding Section 362 (Abduction) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to it. Police sources said the victim had also “disappeared” on four occasions in the past and had returned to the shelter home on each occasion. Last year, Monserrate was charge-sheeted under Section 376 of IPC and Section 506 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act for allegedly raping the then minor girl.last_img read more

Premier League: Jurgen Klopp Praises Liverpool Intensity after Crucial Win over Manchester City

first_img AnfieldFabinhojurgen kloppliverpool First Published: November 11, 2019, 8:38 AM IST Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says being nine points above Manchester City feels “completely new” and praised his side’s intensity after a 3-1 victory over their Premier League title rivals at Anfield on Sunday.Goals by Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane put Liverpool three goals up before Bernardo Silva’s 78th-minute effort provoked a late City siege. “You saw in the last 10 or 15 minutes when City scored the goal it gave them mental belief and from that moment they controlled the game,” Klopp, whose side have an eight-point lead over Leicester City and Chelsea, said.”But the other 70 minutes we controlled the game with our intensity and didn’t let them do what they wanted. If that was so easy a lot more teams would try it, but the boys put in an incredible shift again.”Klopp, whose side are now unbeaten in 29 Premier League games, said all three goals were “incredible”.”That’s what you need on a day like this. You have to score special goals against them, and you have to defend with your heads which is what we did,” he said.”I don’t know many ways to beat City but if we want to do it we have to do it with intensity and with forcing them into our game and that’s what the boys did today.”Klopp said he could understand opposite number Pep Guardiola’s frustration with the opening goal when Fabinho lashed home on the counter-attack after Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to have handled in his own area.”I didn’t see it,” he said. “People told me it hit Bernardo Silva’s hand then Trent’s. If Bernardo had scored with his hand it would have been disallowed, wherever the hand was.”I understand how disappointed they are, we would feel exactly the same, 100 percent. But on the other hand the reaction we showed seconds later in front of their box.”While admitting Liverpool were now in new territory with such a lead, Klopp said they might need every point.”Each point we have we need to go through the most intense period ever,” he said.Alexander-Arnold described the win as a “massive three points” while fellow full back Andy Robertson said the opening goal had been crucial to the outcome.”We didn’t start the best. I think they had two corners inside the first minute so it was always going to be an important factor,” he said.”Now it’s all about keeping it in perspective. We’ll see where we are after Christmas and the busy period coming up.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more

NCAA: Mapua stays alive in Final 4 race, frustrates San Sebastian

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The Cardinals notched their eighth win in 16 games to stay alive for a semifinal appearance to the disappointment of the Stags, who visibly lacked the firepower without dynamic forward Alvin Capobres in the rotation.Allyn Bulanadi came out firing with 18 points but was hounded by the Cardinals throughout the second half, forcing San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya to raise the white flag in the closing minutes as they dropped to 9-6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe Stags can still elude all possible complications once they sweep their remaining assignments opposite the Arellano Chiefs and the Perpetual Altas.The Cardinals are also hard-pressed to close out the second round with victories over the Altas and the Blazers to remain in the hunt for a semis spot. LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img MANILA, Philippines–Noah Lugo delivered 22 points, including a momentum-shifting three during the crucial moments, as Mapua secured a 90-73 win over San Sebastian on pure hustle and grit Thursday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MAPUA 90—Lugo 22, Victoria 18, Gonzales 15, Bunag 9, Gamboa 8, Garcia 6, Bonifacio 4, Salenga 2, Nieles 2, Serrano 2, Nocum 2, Aguirre 0, Dela Cruz 0.SSC 73—Ilagan 19, Bulanadi 18, Calahat 10, Villapando 9, Calma 4, Sumoda 4, Altamirano 3, Desoyo 2, Loristo 2, Suico 2, Tero 0, Isidro 0.Quarters: 23-15, 46-39, 68-60, 90-73ADVERTISEMENT PH bet Nesthy Petecio assured of bronze in Aiba world women’s boxing Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Owen Farrell escapes being cited over André Esterhuizen tackle

first_img Owen Farrell of England tackles Andre Esterhuizen. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian England rugby union team Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Topics Reuse this content ‘Bring it on’: Eddie Jones ready for All Blacks after England win ‘arm wrestle’ Owen Farrell has been cleared to face New Zealand on Saturday after escaping punishment for his controversial tackle in England’s dramatic victory over South Africa, handing Eddie Jones a major boost before his side’s long-awaited Twickenham showdown with the All Blacks.World Rugby confirmed on Sunday night Farrell has not been cited for his tackle on André Esterhuizen in the dying moments of England’s 12-11 victory as it did not meet the red card threshold in the eyes of the citing commissioner, Keith Brown. Farrell has also escaped a citing commissioner’s warning – a sanction for offences deemed to be between a yellow and a red card.At the time, the referee Angus Gardner did not consider the tackle worthy of a penalty – which would have given South Africa a shot at goal to win the match – after consulting the TMO but it has subsequently created huge debate with Farrell’s attempts to wrap his arms around Esterhuizen called into question.South Africa were believed to be privately livid with Gardner’s decision but, while it was precisely the kind of upright tackle World Rugby are attempting to outlaw, the absence of any contact with Esterhuizen’s head has worked in Farrell’s favour as a citing is only made if the incident is deemed worthy of a red card. It is not incumbent on the citing commissioner to determine whether a penalty alone was merited or not.It will come as a mighty relief to Jones who has hailed Farrell as England’s spiritual leader and who described his co-captain’s performance against South Africa as “outstanding”. Jones is convinced England can beat New Zealand in the two sides’ first meeting in four years on Saturday – “I thought we could beat the All Blacks back in 2016, nothing has changed” – but without Farrell their chances would have been drastically reduced.Asked if the England squad share Jones’s belief they can beat the All Blacks, Farrell, who kicked the winning penalty against the Springboks, said: “Of course we do. Anyone can be beaten. I don’t think any team is unbeatable. They got beat not so long ago, didn’t they? We’ve got to make sure we concentrate on what we can do and I’m sure people will talk about all different things this week. We have got to make sure we get better and that shows on the pitch at the weekend.”Ben Te’o revealed Farrell was nursing a hip injury when he made his match-winning intervention on Esterhuizen and was almost knocked out as a result of the collision but neither is likely to jeopardise England’s co-captain’s involvement on Saturday. ‘Bring it on’: Eddie Jones ready for All Blacks after England win ‘arm wrestle’ Since you’re here… Facebook Read more Rugby union Autumn internationals Owen Farrell Share via Email Twitter Pinterest South Africa rugby team Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger news “Owen was intense. He really wanted it so bad,” said Te’o. “That shot at the end was a big shot. He was banged up, he banged his hip pretty hard and he was struggling to get through that but he soldiered through and wanted that game. He’s been great all week in his co-captaincy with Dylan, he’s thriving in the role. His whole life is rugby. The guy loves rugby. It’s all he’s about. He lives, breathes it, talks about it. Look at his dad [Andy Farrell]. Nothing else but rugby. He wants it bad and he wants to be successful. He puts in a lot of work.”Jones on Sunday night named a 35-man squad to prepare to face the All Blacks with Tom Curry included despite needing crutches after hobbling off early in the second half against South Africa with an ankle injury. The Sale flanker is due to be further assessed this week. Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi are also included and both are expected to play a part against New Zealand after missing out against the Springboks. The Harlequins centre Joe Marchant has also been called up. Read morelast_img read more

Mourinho pours ‘water on fire’ of Ronaldo transfer

first_imgTransfers Cristiano Ronaldo to Man Utd? Mourinho rules out Real Madrid No.7 return Chris Burton 22:32 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Manchester United José Mourinho Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Red Devils boss remains an admirer of the Real Madrid superstar, but says his fellow Portuguese is not a player he has in his transfer plans Jose Mourinho has poured “water on the fire” by refusing to entertain the idea that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo could be brought back to Manchester United.The Portuguese is still held in the highest regard at Old Trafford following a productive six-year stint in England between 2003 and 2009 that delivered three Premier League titles, a Champions League crown and the first of five Ballon d’Or triumphs.It had been suggested that the door could be opened to an emotional reunion, with Ronaldo now 32 years of age and caught up in the struggles currently being endured by Real. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There has been plenty of talk of Madrid sanctioning a move for their record-breaking frontman come the summer, but Mourinho is reluctant to be drawn on that subject and remains of the opinion that a fellow countryman will remain in Spain for the foreseeable future.”I am the last one to add some fuel to the fire,” Mourinho, who coached Ronaldo at Santiago Bernabeu between 2010 and 2013, told reporters on Thursday.”Real Madrid is on fire. The results are not good. It is a club I worked at three years and care about the club.”I am the last one to add to the fire. So [I’ll pour] water on the fire: Cristiano is the type of player everyone wants but only one can have. That is Real Madrid, that’s my feeling.”If United were to make a move for Ronaldo, then there would need to be a clearing of the decks first.The Red Devils are already well-stocked in the forward department, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among those on the books at Old Trafford since the start of the season.Mourinho also tied up a deal for Alexis Sanchez, with the highly-rated Chilean having arrived from Arsenal in a trade agreement that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction.Alexis SanchezUnited are delighted to have another proven performer on board, with the Red Devils only in the market for the best talent available.Whether that includes Ronaldo at some stage in the future remains to be seen, but for now Mourinho has welcomed Sanchez into his squad.He added on that deal: “In the Premier League he has shown already the quality he has, we got one of the best attacking players in the world.”I think he’s very important for us because we want to have the best possible players.”Sanchez is in line to make his debut for United in Friday’s FA Cup fourth round clash with Yeovil Town.last_img read more

10 months ago​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buy

first_img​Leeds boss Bielsa: I will not panic buyby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not in the mood to panic.The veteran coach believes they can get promotion with the players at his disposal.Leeds are top of the Championship by two points from Norwich City, with 26 games played.But Bielsa does admit it is tough to be without as many as seven players due to injuries and suspensions.”We are lacking players,” Bielsa is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “If the club can bring in players, it will be only if they are better than the players that we have.”In the next few weeks, we will have Dallas, Berardi, Phillips, Brown, Bamford and Douglas with us, so among the absences, we will have a reduction.”That’s why I clearly say that if nobody comes, we will solve the problems anyway.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Knutsen Charters Out Newbuildings

first_imgPress Release; September 16, 2014 zoom On September 12, 2014, Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers entered into new long-term charters with a subsidiary of BG Group plc. to provide shuttle tanker services in Brazil.The contract with BG will be serviced by two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings to be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea. The contract for two new shuttle tankers with HHI was also signed on September 12, 2014.Upon the delivery planned by the end of 2016, the vessels will commence operations under long-term time-charters.If BG declares all extension options, the vessels could operate under the charters for up to a maximum of 20 years.BG will also for a period of one year have the option to increase the number of shuttle tankers to three or four in total at similar terms.last_img read more

Selma Blair Rachel McAdams share James Toback harassment stories in Vanity Fair

first_imgSelma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of women who have come forward to allege that writer and director James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTOS) Advertisement Advertisement LOS ANGELES—Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of women who have come forward to allege that writer and director James Toback sexually harassed or assaulted them following a report Sunday in The Los Angeles Times detailing the accounts of 38 accusers.Since Sunday, the number of accusers has ballooned to over 200 alleging inappropriate encounters with Toback, an Oscar-nominee for his Bugsy screenplay. Speaking to Vanity Fair in an article published Thursday, Blair and McAdams describe encounters similar to those detailed in the L.A. Times report — many of which assert that Toback, now 72, would talk up his accomplishments and promise stardom, often referencing his friendship with Robert Downey Jr., before masturbating or simulating sex acts on the women.Blair had already filmed Cruel Intentions when her representative arranged for her to meet Toback for a possible role in his film Harvard Man. The meeting was set at a hotel restaurant, but Blair said when she arrived the hostess said that Toback wanted her to meet him in his room. Twitter READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Be prepared to slow down in North Hamilton

If you happen to drive in Hamilton’s north end, get ready to slow down.Starting next month almost all the streets near Bayfront Park will be reduced to a 30km/h speed limit, as part of the city’s plan to make it a safer neighborhood.Sean Cowan took a radar gun to the area to see just how fast people are really driving.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Soldiers accuse Belfast cabal of seeking revenge in prosecuting them for murder

first_imgIRA Commander Joe McCann IRA Commander Joe McCannCredit: Anna-Marie Bankier’s father Robert and at his wedding to CathieCredit:East News Press Agency 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. Anna-Marie Bankier holding a photograph of her father Robert, who was killed by the IRA in Belfast Anna-Marie Bankier holding a photograph of her father Robert, who was killed by the IRA in BelfastCredit:East News Press Agencycenter_img A former soldier who faces prosecution for the murder of a senior IRA gunman has accused a small cabal of seeking “revenge” against him and his colleague.The two former paratroopers face prosecution for the murder of Joe McCann in Belfast, more than 44 years after his death in April 1972.The decision to prosecute the men, known as Soldier A and Soldier C, has caused widespread anger that veterans of tours of duty in Northern Ireland, as well as soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being hounded over historic incidents.Now Soldier C has spoken out to condemn the decision to drag him and his colleague through the courts.He said: “I feel very bitter about the whole scenario. Myself and many others like me who were also doing their duty are now being hounded by a cabal residing in Belfast who say they are seeking ‘justice’. But my own opinion is that they are seeking revenge.”Soldier C, who is now 65 and has grandchildren, questioned the decision to prosecute him while some known IRA gunmen have been allowed to walk free.He told the Daily Mail: “Ordinary people in the street – not just soldiers – cannot understand the Government’s position. I believe the Prime Minister has stated that justice has to be seen to run its course. If that’s the case, then why isn’t this a level playing field? Why are they only going after soldiers?”He added: “Why are they not going after the IRA men and women who carried out their campaign of murder, bombing and maiming?”The decision to prosecute Soldier A, who is 67, and Soldier C, was taken by the Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland and followed a review of the case in 2010 by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET).In a statement prosecutors said: “The decision was reached following an objective and impartial application of the test for prosecution that was conducted in accordance with the code for prosecutors and with the benefit of advice from senior counsel.”A HET report says three soldiers fired at McCann, who was unarmed, as he tried to flee. He was hit by two or three bullets and was pronounced dead in hospital. Anna-Marie Bankier was 23 months old when her father Robert was shot dead in Belfast on May 21, 1971, becoming one of the first British soldiers to be killed in The Troubles.Miss Bankier, 47, who lives in Ipswich where she looks after her ailing mother, told The Telegraph earlier this month: “From what I have been told, there was an investigation many years ago and these men were cleared of any wrongdoing. So why after all these years are they being re-investigated?“It seems to me like they are being hounded just for doing their jobs. It is diabolical and disgusting after all this time. They are old guys now. What purpose is it serving?” The soldiers had attempted to resuscitate him but to no avail. But the report paints an incomplete picture of what happened as key participants in the events leading up to McCann’s death have not been traced.McCann, who was never prosecuted for any killings before his death, was regarded by security forces as a “dangerous terrorist and someone who would be armed and who would not hesitate to use his weapon to resist arrest”, according to the report.He was wearing a disguise, having dyed his hair, when he was spotted by two special branch officers with the Royal Ulster Constabulary. They summoned the soldiers to assist them in detaining McCann.Critically, those special branch officers remain unidentified, and authorities investigating McCann’s death, it is understood, have been unable to trace them.Sources have also suggested ballistics reports no longer exist, making it impossible to know which soldier fired the fatal shots. An initial investigation into the shooting in 1972 cleared all three soldiers of blame. They had protested that they feared McCann may have been armed and that he was leading them into an ambush.Soldier C said: “I was awarded the British Empire Medal. And yet here I am, being persecuted. I would like someone in power to explain in detail how this has been allowed to happen.”Soldier A, whose wife is suffering from cancer, said prospect of being stipped of his anyonimity as part of any trial for Mr McCann’s murder had left him anxious and depressed.“I wouldn’t feel safe probably if I was identified in court,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we’ve been thrown to the wolves – I prefer the expression, being thrown to the hyenas.“Appeasing the bloody Republicans in Northern Ireland is what this boils down to.”The daughter of one of Mr McCann’s alleged victims has said the gunman “got what he deserved”, while two former soldiers being prosecuted for his murder are being subjected to a witch hunt. Anna-Marie Bankier's father Bob and at his wedding to Cathielast_img read more

IBM supercomputer sets its sights on treating brain cancer

first_imgIBM IS TEAMING up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer.The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in US adults.“Time definitely is not on your side when you have glioblastoma and that’s where Watson comes in,” Dr. Robert Darnell, New York Genome’s president, CEO and scientific director, said at a Wednesday event announcing the deal.Glioblastoma is an extremely aggressive form of cancer. The median survival rate is 12 to 14 months and the disease kills about 13,000 people each year.As part of the clinical trial, New York Genome Center, a nonprofit consortium of academic, medical and industry officials, will sequence the DNA of glioblastoma patients, then use Watson to combine that data with clinical information to help determine the best way to treat each patient.“Big data on steroids”What makes Watson unique is that it isn’t programed like most computers. Instead of relying on the information that’s put into it, Watson learns by “reading” vast amounts of information and combining it with the results of previous work to find answers to problems. Those characteristics make Watson ideal for extremely data-heavy work in fields such as health care and finance.The partnership also comes at a time when IBM is increasing its focus on Watson and other cloud-based software services, as it moves further away from its computer hardware roots. Earlier this year, IBM announced it would invest $1 billion to give Watson its own business division and headquarters in New York City.John Kelly, a senior vice president and director of IBM Research, says there’s a vast amount of data involved in DNA sequencing, which then must be combined with all of the clinical data involved in a particular patient’s case. The resulting pool of information is so big that it’s impossible for people to deal with.“This is sort of big data on steroids,” Kelly says.Darnell says the hope is that Watson will speed up the time it takes for physicians to determine a patient’s treatment plan.For instance, if Watson determines that a child’s leukemia has genetic traits similar to melanoma, a melanoma drug might be successful in shrinking that child’s tumor, he says.In addition, while a team of top physicians and researchers could do the same work, though at a slower pace, there aren’t enough resources to help everyone. But Watson has the potential to be scalable and help many more people, Darnell says.“This is the proverbial needle in the haystack and the haystack is enormous,” Kelly says. “Watson can do in seconds what would take people years. And we can get it down to a really personal level.”The doctors working on the project hope to start with 20 brain cancer patients, sequence their DNA and then run the information through Watson to figure out the best ways to treat them, Darnell says.IBM already has a partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where Watson is also used to help treat cancer.Read: Column: What does this week’s major physics breakthrough actually mean? >Read: Researchers develop smart tags which tell you when food goes off >last_img read more

John Caulfield steps down as Cork City manager following dismal league start

first_img Short URL John Caulfield before the 2018 FAI Cup final. JOHN CAULFIELD HAS stepped down as Cork City manager with immediate effect.Caulfield, who was the longest-serving manager in the SSE Airtricity League, spent over five years in charge at Turner’s Cross and guided the Leesiders to a Premier Division and FAI Cup double in 2017. But after a disappointing start to the 2019 campaign which sees Cork winless in their last eight outings and just three points above the relegation play-off spot, Caulfield and City have gone their separate ways.“I feel the time is right to part ways with the club,” Caulfield, 54, said.“I would like to thank the players and backroom team for the huge success brought to the club since 2014. I wish everyone the best for the rest of the 2019 season and look forward to attending games as a supporter in the stands.”Cork will appoint an interim manager “for the foreseeable future” before beginning their search for Caulfield’s replacement, the club said in their statement.“Everyone at the club is hugely grateful for everything John Caulfield has done for the club, the city and Cork,” club chairman Declan Carey said.“He holds every record as a player and a manager. He leaves the club with all of our best wishes and we look forward to welcoming John to Turner’s Cross in the future.”In addition to being the most successful manager in the club’s history, Caulfield is also one of Cork City’s most decorated players. The former striker won every major domestic honour during a 15-year playing career with City. He remains the club’s record appearance holder and joint-leading goalscorer.He took over as City boss following the departure of Tommy Dunne towards the end of the 2013 season, and guided the club to a top-two league finish in each of his five full seasons in charge.In addition to the 2017 double, Cork also won the FAI Cup in 2016 while Caulfield oversaw victories against Linfield, Swedish Cup holders BK Hacken and Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League qualifying rounds.– Additional reporting by Paul Dollery Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share5 Tweet Email1 John Caulfield before the 2018 FAI Cup final. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO John Caulfield steps down as Cork City manager following dismal league start Cork will appoint an interim manager ‘for the foreseeable future’ before beginning their search for Caulfield’s replacement. May 1st 2019, 9:18 AM 33 Comments 19,814 Views Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Wednesday 1 May 2019, 3:00 PM Subscribe By Niall Kelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Smithsonian representatives wrap up information meetings for Native veterans memorial

first_imgOzzie Sheakley, commander of Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, welcomes The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to Southeast Alaska on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute)In 2013, Congress authorized the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to establish a national veterans memorial for Natives.Listen nowThe Alaska community consultations of that national effort wrapped last week.More than 86,000 Native Americans and Alaska Natives served in the armed forces in World War II and the Vietnam War, and about 31,000 currently are active duty, according to Department of Defense estimates.Eileen Maxwell is a spokesperson for the museum.An advisory committee and the museum have been conducting community consultations to seek input and support for the memorial, to find out what Native veterans want to see in a national tribute.Maxwell said that Native Americans have served in the U.S. military since the American Revolution.“In higher numbers than any other ethnic group per capita,” Maxwell said. “It is quite an amazing tribute to Native Americans and needs to be recognized with a national memorial in the nation’s capital.”Alaska Native veterans, community members and museum representatives met recently at the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau.Ozzie Sheakley was one of the attendees. He commands the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans and has researched and presented on Tlingit code talkers during World War II.“There wasn’t really recognition about the Indian peoples in the wars,” Sheakley said. He has researched and presented on Tlingit code talkers during World War II.The code talkers were trained Native soldiers who sent unbreakable codes based on indigenous languages.“To me, it’s like the help of our people shortened the war,” Sheahley said. “Because of that, I feel like we were a big part of, especially, World War II.”The museum estimates the budget for the memorial at $15 million, which includes long-term maintenance and associated educational programs. Construction and implementation will be about half of that.National Museum of the American Indian director Kevin Gover tells community members and area Alaska Native veterans about a proposed national memorial for Native veterans. (Photo courtesy Sealaska Heritage Institute)“There’s like 33 different tribes that are putting their ideas together,” Sheakley said. “We just want to make sure that everyone that was in the service is recognized” including the Merchant Marines and the territorial guards.Groups met in Fairbanks in October. Juneau was the penultimate stop. The last meeting was in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.Eleanor Hadden, curator of collections and exhibits at the center, says few attended, but it was an emotional meeting as families and veterans talked about the history and hardship of their Alaska Native relatives who served.Hadden, whose Native name is Aan-Kee-Naa, is Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian originally from the Ketchikan area. She said her family has a long history of serving in the military, including her father who served in Korea and her spouse, whose career in the Air Force has spanned 24 years.Hadden said at least one person asked that the memorial not portray war, but survival and life. Another idea was to include the family and community who supported the soldiers when they returned home.Sheakley said coming up with a unifying memorial could prove difficult.“We know it’s going to be hard for them to make a choice because they’re meeting with all the tribes,” Sheakley said. “It’s a small area they’re going to be using. To me, it’ll be good if they recognize every tribe that there is, but because it’s going to be a small area they can’t do that.”Sheakley said one idea is to include the various code talker medals.“What they should do is get a copy of every code talker medal and put it around the side because that’s from every tribe,” Sheakley said.Congress recognized 33 Native groups in 2013 for their efforts during world wars. Sheakley accepted a Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of Central Council of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.Five individual Tlingit men — Jeff David, Richard Bean Sr., George Lewis, and brothers Harvey Jacobs and Mark Jacobs Sr. — all deceased, were honored with silver medals.The memorial design will be selected through a juried, international competition to launch in the fall.The memorial will be on grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington. It’s expected to be dedicated in 2020.You can find out more about the museum at read more

Alaska wary of federal push for marine aquaculture

first_imgCooke Aquaculture’s Atlantic salmon farm near Bainbridge Island, Washington. (Photo courtesy Washington Department of Natural Resources)The U.S. has a seafood trade deficit. The Trump administration’s answer is to promote aquaculture in federal waters. That’s alarmed some who see this as a threat to Alaska’s longstanding ban on fish farms.Listen nowDuring a recent stop in Juneau, NOAA Fisheries chief Chris Oliver said that wild seafood harvests alone can’t keep up with rising global demand.But there’s another way.“Aquaculture is going to be where the major increases in seafood production occur whether it happens in foreign countries or in United States waters,” Oliver told a room of fishermen, seafood marketing executives and marine scientists.Aquaculture is a broad term: it’s farming in the sea. That could be shellfish like oysters or seaweed which Alaska permits. But it also includes fish farms — which Alaska does not allow.The nation’s federal waters are vast. They begin three miles offshore and extend 200 nautical miles. There isn’t any aquaculture in federal waters — yet.Acting U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Timothy Gallaudet said during a Juneau visit that streamlining regulations and boosting aquaculture production – both part of the Commerce Department’s 2018-2022 strategic plan – could help change that.“As we look to the ocean to continue to support human society, aquaculture is going to be a growing factor,” Gallaudet said.There’s a bill pending in the U.S. Senate that could decide how federal aquaculture is regulated. It’s being backed by an industry group called Stronger America Through Seafood.Campaign Manager Margaret Henderson said Alaska’s ability to ban offshore fish farms remains a sticking point on Capitol Hill.“We in no way mean to impede a state’s authority to manage their own waters,” Henderson said in an interview. “But when it comes to managing federal waters outside the state line we think that there’s a balance to be had there, that there’s there’s room for both.”The state is well aware that its ban on offshore finfish farming is at stake.“I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to fight pretty hard to maintain the state’s opt-out option and maintain the ability to prohibit finfish farming off of Alaska,” Sam Rabung, chief of Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s aquaculture division, said.There are two main arguments against finfish farming.One is environmental: farmed fish can escape, like what happened last year in Washington State, when hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon broke free from their pen and traveled miles up rivers in the Pacific NorthwestThe other argument is economic.“If you increase supply, prior to increasing demand or without the effort to increase demand, your prices drop,” Julie Decker, executive director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, said.Decker recalled how in the 1980s, Alaska was the largest salmon producer. That changed, she said, when cheap farmed salmon entered the market.“The end of the salmon story at this stage is there’s millions more people eating salmon, than they were back in 1980,” Decker said. “But it was a very painful adjustment period.”Federal commerce officials heard about that from Verner Wilson III. He grew up on Bristol Bay but now works for Friends of the Earth, which co-authored a letter to lawmakers opposing the aquaculture bill.“The flooding of farmed salmon in the 1990s created so much hurt and pain for my family and Alaska salmon fishermen throughout the state from Bristol Bay right here to Juneau,” Wilson said.Gallaudet said offshore fish farms wouldn’t be imposed on Alaska.But in his pitch for aquaculture he alluded to the elephant in the room: climate change.“Some of the changes in the environment are affecting fish stocks,” Gallaudet said. “They are either moving or they’re not thriving and so this aquaculture, done the right way and scientifically based, provides a means for employment of fishermen who are losing some of their gain through these changing conditions.”U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office said he supports Alaska’s right to opt out.“He will not support any legislation that endangers our world class fisheries or negatively impacts Alaska’s robust seafood industry,” Sullivan’s spokesman Mike Anderson wrote in a statement. “Further, any federal legislation he would support must respect Alaska’s current prohibition.”U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski hasn’t taken a position.last_img read more

Customs And Border Agency Halts Many Zero Tolerance Detentions Citing Workload

first_imgDavid J. Phillip/APPresident Trump’s zero tolerance policy left the CBP struggling to process the number of people it detained — and the agency says it will temporarily stop turning immigrant parents over to prosecutors. Here, a mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child as she surrenders to border agents on Monday. The two had illegally crossed the border near McAllen, Texas.Despite pressure from President Trump for the U.S. to arrest and prosecute anyone caught crossing the border illegally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its agents will temporarily suspend the practice of detaining adults who arrive with children — something that had been a tenet of Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy.CBP agents will no longer refer migrant parents and children for prosecution when they’re caught at the U.S. southern border, Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said, telling reporters that the system — which was widely criticized for separating families, until Trump eased his policy somewhat last week — hasn’t worked out.“A much better system would be to keep families together through their immigration proceedings,” McAleenan said. “That’s what the Obama administration did in 2014. That’s what the president has asked Congress to help us do now.”The Trump policy was billed as a deterrent — using federal agents to draw a line at the border and stop illegal immigration. Instead, it spurred outrage over images and sounds of children who were forcibly taken from their parents. It also put new logistical and record-keeping burdens on the government, which is working to reunite families whose members are being held hundreds of miles away from each other.The zero tolerance policy left the CBP struggling to process the number of people it was detaining, while still fulfilling its core mission of securing the border.“It’s a huge challenge operationally for our agents,” McAleenan said.Citing a background briefing from a CBP official, NPR’s John Burnett reports that the agency’s holding facilities are now overwhelmed: “Kids are waiting in cage-like holding cells, while their moms and dads go to court in shackles.”Detained in cavernous buildings and temporary camps, parents and their kids have languished through separations that in some cases have already lasted a month or more — exceeding the 20-day limit on holding children in federal custody. That limit is part of a decades-old settlement called the Flores agreement.Several immigration experts say the government could speed up the process by adding more judges to the immigration system. But Trump disagrees, saying on Monday, “I don’t want judges. I want ICE and Border Patrol agents.”Theresa Cardinal Brown of the Bipartisan Policy Center — who also worked on immigration policy under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush — tells NPR’s Morning Edition that even before Trump took office, the U.S. was already struggling to deal with the number of immigration and asylum cases.In April, the Justice Department said that nearly 700,000 cases were pending in immigration courts — a rise from 519,000 cases in 2016. The figure has steadily risen over at least the past decade.“The backlog started in the Bush administration, but it really accelerated under Obama, because of the Central Americans arriving,” Brown said. “Most Mexicans can be deported pretty immediately; Central Americans, again, often have due process — that created the backlog. The president saying he just wants to do away with the courts, you know, obviously [he] can’t do that without Congress.”Brown says that while enforcement efforts developed a large security apparatus along the border, there was no correlating growth in the legal and justice system there.“That’s resulted in this backlog that takes two years,” Brown said. “If we were to add more judges, reduce that backlog to a couple months — that would probably help with the problem the president is trying to address.”On Monday, Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told NPR that immigration courts’ budgets have not increased along with those of law enforcement agencies:“So we’ve seen a situation where, if you imagine a one-lane highway with one exit ramp being now built out to a three- or four-lane highway, and the exit ramp remains a single lane — and then trying to blame the exit ramp for the traffic.”For now, the border agency is one of many parts of the Trump administration that is calling on the Republican-controlled Congress to solve the problem, by passing a comprehensive immigration law.When NPR asked CBP for clarification of its new approach to Trump’s policy on Tuesday, the agency sent this statement from Andrew Meehan, assistant commissioner of public affairs:“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working through implementing the President’s Executive Order in conjunction with the Department of Justice and is taking temporary action until Congress can find a lasting solution to family separation and we encourage them to act.”Copyright 2018 NPR. 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Microsoft HoloLens 2 Augments Reality Again

first_img <> 1/7Windows 10 apps appear as flat holographic windows, either floating in the air or fixed to surfaces. 1/7You can Skype on the HoloLens, which projects a window of whoever you’re calling in front of you, and shows the other person your augmented view. 1/7One app, HoloPlanner, lets you see how furniture would look in your workspace. It’s very limited. 1/7HoloStudio lets you build your own holographic dioramas. 1/7Fragments is a detective game that uses the HoloLens like the augmented reality glasses in Heavy Rain. 1/7Galaxy Explorer projects a simple view of the galaxy and the Solar System in the middle of you room. 1/7RIP Holorambe Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountMicrosoft Releases Retro Windows App as ‘Stranger Things’ Tie-In VR gets most of the attention when it comes to strapping futuristic displays to your face, but I still think AR, augmented reality, is actually the future for this kind of tech. And not just because of Pokemon Go. Creating an entire virtual world from scratch requires a lot of potentially sickening heavy lifting. But adding some artificial enhancements to the world you’re already looking at sounds way more feasible. Plus you can still actually see where you are going!Three years ago we got a taste of how potentially cool that kind of AR could be with Microsoft HoloLens, a headset the filled your field of view with all sorts of holograms and windows. It was the real mixed reality product (at least for developers) that Google Glass wanted to be. And now it’s back with HoloLens 2.Announced at Mobile World Congress, the $3,500 Microsoft HoloLens 2 is still more of a niche enterprise product than something for consumers. But the upgrades it offers seem so cool that you may want to bug your business about it. The wider field of view allows you to see more holograms at once. So if you’re working on an assembly line you can pull up more instructions or even video conferencing windows in your peripheral vision. It’s more physically varied too, comfortably fitting different head (and hair) shapes along with providing optional hard hat protection.AdChoices广告Unlike high-end VR headsets connected to PCs, HoloLens 2 has to be a powerful standalone Windows product. It gets there with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, connections over USB-C and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, two 2K 3:2 Microsoft MEMS screens, an 8-megapixel camera, and a space-scanning Kinect sensor. Finally, Microsoft hardware not ruined by Kinect.But the hardware is only useful if there’s a robust AR software library for users to enjoy. At MWC Tim Sweeney of Epic Games suggested AR support for the Unreal Engine (AR Fortnite?) while Microsoft itself is keeping the API open to encourage free experimentation from developers. They just want you to get jazzed about their Microsoft Azure cloud services, which HoloLens 2 uses to “stream high-polygon content” and collaborate across devices.That said, there is a dark side to improved augmented reality. Apparently HoloLens 2 is just one of the perks Microsoft is offering the United States Army as part of  a recent contract worth nearly half a billion dollars. And some of Microsoft’s own employees are now protesting the weapons partnership. This was disappointing when Microsoft worked with ICE and it’s disappointing now. HoloLens shouldn’t be used to aid the business of perpetual war.Harambe may be dead but augmented reality lives with Microsoft HoloLens 2. Look back on the original HoloLens to see how it can both give you some dignity and make you look like a creepy dork. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pause a while to play with your imagination

first_imgA solo exhibition Pause and Play, by Puja Kshatriya is all about the inner strength and the complexities and dual nature of relationships. This exhibition is a series comprising of 11 canvases, is an unique interplay of monochromatic figures, emphasising the dual nature and complexities of our relationships. Headless figures, amputated or shifted limbs add an element of surrealism and deconstruction and repetition of images has produced some interesting works. It is almost like looking through a kaleidoscope, where forms join together and then melt away. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Strength and power are often wrongly perceived. Those who appear frail, may in fact be resolutely strong. Wars, as it is has been said, are not always won or lost on the battlefield, but often in the mind. This series called Pause and Play explores the power of mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ said the artist Puja.’There is no single factor that has inspired me to paint this series. I think, as one  evolves and grows spiritually one realises the power of the mind and how we can we achieve inner strength by detaching ourselves,’ added the artist. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer series Pause and Play emphasises the importance of detachment and the need to build our inner strength. She added, ‘If we can learn to distance ourselves from the immediate surrounding, we can review our perceptions and transform our lives.”I am having an exhibition in Delhi after a hiatus of almost 12 years, my last three solo shows in 2003, 2005 and 2007 being in Mumbai. Since I am from Delhi, this is a special show for me; it’s almost like a homecoming exhibition,’ said the artist. ‘With the objective of creating an interface between Indian contemporary art and its various interpretations, Puja Kshatriya’s work is a vision, an interpretation, allowing the viewer to indulge in their imagination,’ said Ashwini Bahadur, founder of the Artspeaks India.Trying to innovate from the traditional style of painting, Puja uses blade scraping technique, where in two-three layers, oil colours are applied and then blade is used, to bring out the forms. The pressure while scraping is varied, bringing a sculptural effect to the figures.DETAILAt: Shridharani Gallery,Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg On till: 12 November Timings: 11am to 7pm Phone: 23718833last_img read more