Mother, daughter crushed to death

first_imgA woman and her daughter were crushed to death by an oncoming train near Mathura in the early hours of Saturday after they fell from the Trivandrum Express while chasing a thief who stole one of their bags, the police said.Jogender Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Railways, Agra region, said that Meena Devi, 45, and Manisha,21, who hail from Durgapur in West Bengal, jumped out of the moving train when they discovered that a thief had stolen their bag which had cash and identity cards. While the thief escaped, the mother and daughter were crushed by the Sampark Kranti Express that passed on the adjacent track.“The incident happened in S2 coach near the Vrindavan city station and it seems the thief pulled the chain before jumping off the train. Meena was found dead on the spot while Manisha died during treatment in Vrindavan.” Meena’s son Akash, 23, slept through the whole incident and was woken up by fellow passengers. “Akash told us that the family had boarded the train at Hazrat Nizamuddin. They were going to Kota to get Manisha admitted for medical coaching. He also told us that the bag that has been stolen had around ₹4000, two mobile phones, and some crucial documents,” said Mr Kumar.Inspector transferredThe SP has transferred inspector Rajesh Kumar Dubey, the GRP in-charge of the Mathura station, to the Police Lines and a departmental inquiry has been ordered for dereliction of duty.last_img read more

Ramsay hat-trick boosts Ceres demolition of Meralco

first_imgInspired by the presence of his family who flew in from Australia last week, national team standout Iain Ramsay produced a hat-trick to propel Ceres Negros past leader FC Meralco Manila, 7-0, Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Spanish striker Fernando Rodriguez also came through with a couple of goals while Stephan Schrock accounted for the other goal for the Busmen who moved up to third spot with 19 points, behind Meralco (23 points) and Global Cebu (20).ADVERTISEMENT It was Ceres’ second straight 7-0 victory after drubbing Ilocos United by the same scoreline last weekend at Panaad Stadium. What made the victory even more remarkable was the fact that the Busmen beat a Meralco side which had brothers Phil and James Younghusband starting.Meralco lost for the first time in 10 matches this seasonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“When we do it like we did it today, we should have no problems,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.The Sparks’ misery as they lost for the first time this season. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ramsay’s wife, Jodie, and one-year-old son, Oddell Jordan, arrived last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Creamline on top as Alyssa leaves FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben goals put Bayern Munich back on top

first_imgRobert Lewandowski struck twice and Arjen Robben netted with a rare diving header as champions Bayern Munich came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Mainz 05 to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga on Friday. (Latest Football stories)The Bavarians have 30 points from 13 games, ahead on goal difference of promoted RB Leipzig who host Schalke 04 on Saturday when Hertha Berlin, third on 24, travel to VfL Wolfsburg.Hot-shot Poland international Lewandowski has now scored twice in each of his last four visits to Mainz, a league record.”We have not played as good as we did in the first half for some time,” Dutch winger Robben told reporters. “We should have scored more goals.”Bayern went behind after four minutes when powerful Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba charged past Javi Martinez and drilled an unstoppable low shot past keeper Manuel Neuer.Lewandowski equalised four minutes later with a tidy finish from a fine through ball by Robben.Thomas Mueller, without a goal this season, could have put the visitors ahead but his point-blank effort was kicked away by keeper Jonas Loessl.Mueller turned provider and Robben beat Loessl with a well-timed header to put the champions ahead in the 21st minute.Lewandowski then grabbed his ninth league goal of the campaign in stoppage time at the end of the game.Bayern have now chalked up two Bundesliga wins in a row after suffering their first defeat of the season against Borussia Dortmund on Nov. 19.Mainz remained in ninth place on 17 points.advertisementlast_img read more

Middlesex lose appeal against points deduction as relegation stands

first_imgMiddlesex have lost their appeal against the two-point penalty imposed on them by the ECB following their abandoned game against Surrey. It means their relegation stands and the 2016 County Champions will start the 2018 season in Division Two.Middlesex were relegated by a point after losing their final match of the season against Somerset. However they claimed there were grounds for an appeal against their penalty after the match against Surrey was stopped when a crossbow bolt was fired into the Oval.Initially Middlesex felt there was “no scope” for an appeal against their subsequent two-point deduction but later changed their minds and lodged one with the ECB. However, the cricket discipline commission upheld the deduction. Middlesex … 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.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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 Twitter Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest County Championship Division Two David Warner’s talk of an Ashes war takes the joy out of cricket Share on Messenger Topics Cricket The CDC chairman, Tim O’Gorman, said: “It is in the interests of the whole game that arrangements are put in place to prevent slow over rates, and it is noted that the requirement of 16 overs per hour is a minimum rate.“The rules relating to over rates are clear and understood by all teams, coaches, players, and captains. Although it may be common practice that teams will seek to make up time later in a match, even in the second innings, if they seek to do this they must also be aware that approaching their over rate in such a way carries with it an inherent risk. Middlesex have sought to argue that it was only because of the abandonment of the game that they did not make up their overs but that cannot be entirely correct. There was no guarantee that, if the game had run its normal course those overs could ever have been made up.“I do not accept that Middlesex only agreed to the abandonment of the match on condition that their slow over rate in the first innings would be overlooked. It is not within the power or gift of either the umpires or the players to make deals like that. The match was abandoned for safety reasons. Play ended accordingly and the points earned or deducted should stand with effect from that time.”The arrow, which measured around 12 to 18 inches, is thought to have been fired from outside the ground and landed within feet of the players. No one was injured but the Surrey chief executive, Richard Gould, said: “it could very easily have killed someone”. Reuse this content Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn news County Championship Division One Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

9 months agoFC Andorra coach Gabri: Ownership won’t hurt Pique’s Barcelona form

first_imgFC Andorra coach Gabri: Ownership won’t hurt Pique’s Barcelona formby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFC Andorra coach Gabri Garcia insists Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s form won’t be influenced by his club ownership.Pique quickly moved for the former Barca coach to take charge of Andorra after buying the club.”I do not think it will affect his play, Gerard is a person who handles a lot of things and this is just another one,” said Gabri. “Of course, it is not only he who is in this project, since there are more people behind him, he delegates to fully prepared people. “Gerard has never been off centre and this time he will not either.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

6 days agoLampard happy for Pulisic as he inspires Chelsea win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lampard happy for Pulisic as he inspires Chelsea winby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard praised Christian Pulisic after he came off the bench to help them to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.Pulisic replaced Mason Mount just after the hour mark, with the hosts struggling to find a way past a determined Toon defence, and played a key part in setting up Marcos Alonso’s 73rd minute winner.”I’m really pleased for him,” Lampard said. “He’s a hot topic because of the price tag. Because of his status in his national team, and his world status through that. And everyone has got a little bit carried away with the short term.“The long term is that he’s come here and he’s just turned 21 and to see him play like he did today, and there’s a lot more to come.“It’s not the end story. You can see his balance and awareness and you can see how he can play.“And there’s improvement to come as with all the young players, but delighted for him because he will feel good about that. And he should do because he was a big part of us winning that game.” last_img read more

4 days agoCrystal Palace planning swoop for Chelsea striker Giroud

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace planning swoop for Chelsea striker Giroudby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning an ambitious January swoop for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.Palace have had to make do with Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew leading the line this season, and are desperate to add a more prolific front-man to their ranks.Giroud is unsettled at Chelsea, and The Sun says Palace are keen to make the most of his uncertain future and move for his services in January.The Eagles have a good relationship with Chelsea, having previously loaned some of their players – Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi are two recent, successful examples – and the south Londoners hope they can get another over the line. last_img read more

Financial Review Interim Report Released

first_imgThe findings of Phase 1 of the Province’s Independent Financial Review by Deloitte were released today, Aug. 17, showing the financial situation is worse than was presented by the previous government. The report focuses on the province’s current and future financial position with emphasis on the economic assumptions underlying the May 2009 budget, the impact of the former government’s Building for Growth infrastructure plan, and an analysis of revenue and expenditure forecasts. “The previous government was on an unsustainable path. That is going to change,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “If the province continues down this path, Nova Scotia’s deficit will soar to over $1.3 billion within three years, and the debt will climb to over $16 billion. “That is mainly because of flat or declining revenue, matched against a pattern of spending that has been rising faster than either inflation or revenue.” Mr. Steele said government’s operating principle is that it will balance the budget next fiscal year. The independent review highlights several areas of concern for the province: Nova Scotia is facing many of the same challenges as other governments in Canada, but also has the additional challenge of expiring short-term revenue sources upon which the province has become dependent. This, combined with sharp declines in offshore revenues and equalization payments, will make the next several years extremely difficult from a financial management perspective. “The report tells Nova Scotians where the province stands today,” said Mr. Steele. “This government will have a considered response to the challenges. Tomorrow, we are going to take the first of many steps down a new path.” Copies of the report are available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance/site-finance/media/finance/final_report.pdf . Nova Scotia was facing a projected annual deficit of $1.3 billion by 2012-13 If the deficit continued, provincial debt would reach $16.7 billion by 2012-13 Nova Scotia’s revenue growth is expected to remain flat as a result of external factors, including the economic recession, offshore petroleum royalties and the reduction in equalization payments Growth in expenses is expected to outpace revenue growth in the coming fiscal yearslast_img read more

Interim Report Released

first_img While the commission was not bound by county or municipal boundaries, it has used them where feasible. It has worked with, and accommodated, existing polling districts as well as geographical features such as highways and bodies of water that provide natural separation of population areas. With the help of Elections Nova Scotia, commissioners examined boundary adjustments to ensure the 48 non-protected constituencies would be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. Despite the challenges the proposed changes would have, all of province’s six geographic regions fall within 10 per cent of the average. Elector populations in 37 constituencies would be within 15 per cent of the average and 29 would fall within 10 per cent. The commission thanked Nova Scotians for their interest shown in the first phase and looks forward to more engagement in the next round of public consultations, which begin June 6 in Antigonish. The interim report can be found online at http://nselectoralboundaries.ca/. The independent Electoral Boundaries Commission is submitting and releasing its interim report, today, June 1, as mandated by the House Select Committee. Commission members were appointed at the end of December to establish not more than 52 seats and maximize parity of voting power. The commission was asked that all constituencies be within 25 per cent of the average number of electors. It was asked to provide advice on how legislators can address concerns about the size of geographic areas, community history and interests, and linguistic and cultural diversity, noting the Acadian and African-Nova Scotian populations. A wide range of views and interests were presented during the public consultations in March and April. “The key issues confronting the commission today are essentially those that challenged the two previous commissions,” said commission chair Teresa MacNeil. “They are the status of ‘protected constituencies’, achieving relative voter parity to the extent possible, and population shifts requiring adjustment.” The majority of commissioners determined that: there should continue to be 52 members in the House of Assembly the four “protected constituencies” should be retained one constituency should be removed from urban Cape Breton and another from mainland Nova Scotia two new constituencies should be added to the Halifax area to accommodate population growth on the western side of the harbor boundary adjustments in the remaining constituencies be guided by the goal of relative voter parity, to the extent possiblelast_img read more

Quebecs anticorruption unit lacking skills and training to fulfil mission report

first_imgMONTREAL — The head of the office monitoring Quebec’s anti-corruption police says the force lacks people with the necessary skills to conduct complex investigations into financial crimes.Claude Corbo recommends in his report published today that the anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, recruit investigators better equipped to fulfil the squad’s mission of maintaining the public’s faith in their institutions.His report follows a series of embarrassing scandals for the police force, which was created in 2011 following reports of widespread fraud and corruption in the public and private sectors.The unit has been criticized for its slow pace completing investigations, and there have been reports it is having trouble recruiting due to low morale. A former high-level officer reportedly told prosecutors the squad had fabricated evidence.Corbo doesn’t address the recent scandals. Instead his report uses diplomatic language to call on the government to properly equip and staff the unit so officers can investigate complex crimes.He recommends a working group identify exactly what university degrees and other skills are needed for potential recruits. Corbo adds that investigators should not be required to have experience as patrol officers, which is currently the case.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Turkish Forces Kill 18 ISIS Terrorists in Northern Syria

Istanbul – The Turkish armed forces have killed 18 ISIS militants and destroyed 18 targets over the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Sunday.“Turkish air forces killed 18 Daesh terrorists and destroyed 3 armories, 4 control points, 2 tunnels and 9 buildings used as hideouts, as a result of airstrikes in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Bzagah,” the General Staff was quoted as saying.The Turkish-led Euphrates Shield Operation, aided by the Free Syrian Army (FSA), was launched in late August to improve security, support coalition forces, and eliminate the terror threat along Turkey’s border. With MAP

Annan proposes overhaul of UN to realign operations from Headquarters to field

Aiming to keep step with the shift at the United Nations from bureaucratic tasks to life-saving work in the field, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today presented proposals for a far-reaching overhaul ranging from setting up a 2,500-strong core of mobile peacekeeping professionals to multimillion dollar investments in training and technology.His far-reaching report, “Investing in the United Nations: For a Stronger Organization Worldwide,” focuses on ensuring efficiency and accountability in a way that reflects the fact that more than 70 per cent of the $10 billion annual budget now relates to peacekeeping and other field operations, up from around 50 per cent of a $4.5 billion budget ten years ago. “Our current rules and regulations were designed for an essentially static Secretariat, whose main function was to service conferences and meetings of Member States, and whose staff worked mainly at Headquarters,” the Secretary-General said as he presented the report in the General Assembly Hall. “Today, thanks to the mandates that Member States have given us, we are engaged directly in many parts of the world, working on the ground to improve the lives of people who need help.”In the 16 years since the cold war ended, the Organization has taken on more than twice as many new peacekeeping missions as in the previous 44 years and spending on peacekeeping has quadrupled. Over half of its 30,000 civilian staff now serve in the field – not only in peacekeeping, but also in humanitarian relief, criminal justice, human rights monitoring, supporting national elections, and in the battle against drugs and crime.The Secretary-General’s comprehensive reform blueprint was called for in the Outcome Document adopted by national leaders at last September’s World Summit in New York. It builds on a package of reforms Mr. Annan launched last year to enhance ethics and accountability and address weaknesses exposed by the Independent Inquiry on the Oil-for-Food Programme as well as evidence of sexual exploitation in certain peacekeeping operations.In the report, Mr. Annan urges Member States to seize the moment for change. “This is an opportunity, which may not occur again until another generation has passed, to transform the United Nations by aligning it with, and equipping it for, the substantive challenges it faces in the twenty-first century,” he writes. “It is a chance to give Member States the tools they need to provide strategic direction and hold the Secretariat fully accountable for its performance.”While the report identifies a number of areas of potential cost savings and efficiencies, the primary financial message is that it is time to reverse years of underinvestment in people, systems and information technology to address operational deficiencies and ensure that the UN can reach the level of effectiveness expected by Member States.Mr. Annan said that although the UN had made a number of major organizational changes in recent years to keep up with the increasing expectations of Member States, these efforts had only addressed the symptoms, not the causes, of the Organization’s shortcomings. “It is now time to reach for deeper, more fundamental change” he said. Along these lines, the proposals encompass a revamped version of how to recruit, contract, train, assign and compensate staff, with an emphasis on bringing conditions for field-based personnel up to par with those at other UN agencies operating in the field. This will include proposals for converting 2,500 existing short-term peacekeeping positions into a new flexible and mobile core of dedicated specialists who can be deployed rapidly in urgent peacekeeping and special political missions. “Increasingly complex mandates require staff with different skills,” the Secretary-General told the Assembly. “We need to be able to recruit and retain leaders, managers and personnel capable of handling large multidisciplinary operations, with increasingly high budgets. As things stand,” he added, “many of our staff ? especially the field staff who serve with great idealism and integrity, often in situations of hardship and danger ? are demoralized and de-motivated by lack of opportunities for promotion, and by the frustrations of dealing with a bureaucracy that can seem both excessive and remote.”The report calls for consolidating reporting to address logjams associated with the current system, where over 100 senior UN officials are directly answerable to the Secretary-General. It also proposes the formal delegation of responsibility for management policies and overall operational matters to a redefined post of Deputy Secretary-General to help free the Secretary-General to focus on political and policy issues.The report also proposes significant investment to overhaul the Organization’s information and communications infrastructure by replacing current antiquated, fragmented technology systems with an integrated global platform that should be led by a dedicated Chief Information Technology Officer.Separately, the report identifies significant opportunities to realize cost savings and efficiency gains, recommending that the Secretariat explore options for alternative service delivery, including the potential for relocating core functions from Headquarters to lower cost duty stations and possible outsourcing of less central functions such as printing.One area where investment could yield substantial savings is procurement, where the report outlines changes that would improve transparency and realize up to $400 million.A number of the proposals fall under the direct authority of the Secretary-General, who said he intends to immediately carry them out. But most of the fundamental changes, particularly with regard to budget and personnel issues, require approval from Member States.To help ensure momentum for this agenda through the end of his term and to help equip his successor to follow through, the Secretary-General also proposes creating a Change Management Office that would seek to work closely with Member States to drive the implementation of the reforms. In the report, Mr. Annan cautions against complacency, stressing that the proposals must mark the beginning of a process that will be carried over the next several years. “One of the weaknesses of the old culture is precisely the view that a report or a vote in itself represents change,” he notes. “In practice, reports and votes enable and authorize change, but change itself is the long march that follows.” read more

Restaurant Brands International wants Tim Hortons to be as ubiquitous as Burger

Restaurant Brands International wants Tim Hortons to be as ubiquitous as Burger King by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 5:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The owner of Tim Hortons says it plans on making the Canadian coffee shop as ubiquitous around the world as the American fast-food chain Burger King.“There is really no limit on how far the Tim’s brand can travel,” said Daniel Schwartz, CEO of Restaurant Brands International, the multinational parent company of both restaurant chains.Schwartz told analysts in a call Thursday that the company sees both brands have an opportunity to grow on a global basis.During the second quarter, the number of Tim Hortons locations increased about three per cent to 4,464 stores, while Burger King restaurants jumped about four per cent to 15,100 locations during the second quarter.Last month, the company announced that it was opening a Tim Hortons in the Philippines, its first foray into southeast Asia. No launch date has been set.Restaurant Brands (TSX:QSR) reported a big jump in its quarterly profit despite flat revenue compared with the same time last year, which it attributed to the negative impact of currency fluctuations.It earned net income for common shareholders of US$90.9 million or 38 cents per share in the three months ended June 30. That’s up from US$11.0 million or five cents per RBI share in the second quarter of 2015.Last year’s profit was reduced by one-time costs associated with RBI’s acquisition of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain. Excluding those and other items, RBI’s adjusted net income was $192.4 million or 41 cents per share, up from $141.0 million or 30 cents per share a year earlier.Comparable restaurant sales grew 2.7 per cent at Tim Hortons in the quarter, and Burger King sales were up by 0.6 per cent.Revenue was little changed at US$1.04 billion, including $759.8 million from Tim Hortons and $280.4 million from Burger King.Schwartz said the company is staying focused on their expansion strategy despite seeing softness in the quick-service restaurant industry in the quarter.He declined to provide a reason for the softness, but other industry executives have cited weakening consumer confidence amid political and global uncertainty. Analysts have also noted that the increasing competition over promotional deals, as well as the growth of smaller, independent players.In an interview prior to the call, chief financial officer Joshua Kobza said RBI plans on continuing to expand its lunch offerings at Tim Hortons, which recently launched new menu items such as potato wedges and salads.He said the company also wants to improve its late afternoon and evening menus, but is not looking at duplicating the business model of its competitor Starbucks, which recently began offering customers alcohol and tapas.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Newsweek to scrap print edition and go digital

first_imgNEWSWEEK MAGAZINE IS to end its print edition at the end of December and move solely online.The move comes less than two years after the 79-year-old current affairs magazine merged with the Daily Beast website in 2010, signalling an increased focus on digital as sales declined.The new digital publication will be called Newsweek Global and will be released weekly for tablet and Kindle readers. The last print edition of the magazine will be published on 31 December.In an announcement on the Daily Beast website today, editor-in-chief Tina Brown said that the new online-only publication will be targeted at a highly mobile opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events.The new publication aims to build up an audience of subscribers in order to make money. Some of the content will also be available on the Daily Beast website.Newsweek had become increasingly sensationalist since it was taken over by editor Tina Brown as part of the merger in a bid to attract and retain readers.Brown said that Newsweek had been increasingly affected by the challenging print advertising environment.“We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” she wrote. “This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalism – that is as powerful as ever. It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution”.A number of jobs will be lost as Newsweek becomes online only but the number has not yet been confirmed.Previously: Twitter erupts over ‘Diana at 50′ Newsweek cover featuring Kate Middleton > Previously: Deal finally agreed between Newsweek and the Daily Beast >last_img read more

Greek Cypriots celebrate Epiphany on north side for first time

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany Day for the first time in years on the northern side of ethnically divided Cyprus this week, believed to have a lot to do with last years peace talks between the two sides.Hundreds gathered in what is now being referred to as a ghost town, with abandoned hotels and houses guarded by barbed wire, to observe the blessing of the waters.Some 15 young men took part in the tradition, diving into the cold waters in a bid to retrieve the blessed cross.Ethnically split since the Turkish invasion of 1974, Greek Cypriots have been permitted to cross to the north since 2003. However, conducting events of a religious nature has required advanced permission.This year, for the first time since the war, Turkish Cypriot authorities approved the Epiphany celebrations to take place on a beach at Famagusta.“This is a very moving moment for me … our presence here means we haven’t forgotten, and we still believe one day we will return,” said Greek Cypriot Philippos Yiapanis.One of hundreds present to observe the ritual, now aged 59, Mr Yiapanis was 17 when he left the area, living the bulk of his life in a divided country.While there are still issues to be resolved, Wednesday’s celebrations have been seen as a positive reflection on the state of affairs as peace talks continue into 2016 between Cypriot leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci.Source: Reuters last_img read more

Les outils de pierre auraient forgé la structure de nos mains

first_imgLes outils de pierre auraient forgé la structure de nos mainsPubliée dans le Journal of Archaeological Science, une étude expérimentale britannique suggérerait, dans l’histoire humaine, une corrélation entre la manipulation précoce d’outils de pierre et l’évolution de la structure de nos mains. “Il y a 140 ans, écrivant à son domicile à Down House, dans le Kent, Darwin proposait l’idée selon laquelle l’utilisation des outils de pierre a pu influer sur l’évolution de la main de l’homme. Notre recherche suggère qu’il avait raison. Depuis un stade très précoce de leur évolution, le comportement culturel de nos ancêtres a influencé leur évolution biologique d’une manière spécifique”, explique le Dr Lycett, maître de conférences sur l’évolution humaine à l’Ecole d’anthropologie de l’Université du Kent.Dans une série d’expériences utilisant, en guise de couteaux, des éclats de pierre semblables à ceux connus en Afrique il y a environ 2,6 millions d’années, ils ont regardé si la variation de la taille de la main des utilisateurs de ces outils reflétait des différences anatomiques influant sur l’efficacité de leur manipulation (pour couper une corde, en l’occurrence).  Leurs résultats montreraient que ces variations ‘biométriques’ ont, en effet, une relation significative avec l’efficacité d’utilisation de l’outil.Le 9 mars 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Unowhy Qooq v2 la tablette à toque

first_imgUnowhy Qooq v2, la tablette à toqueLa tablette Qooq v2 se démarque de ses concurrentes de bien des manières : une fabrication totalement française, de la fabrication à la distribution, et une utilisation orientée vers…La cuisine. Sortez les couverts !Malgré un nom à consonance anglo-saxonne, Qooq v2 est une tablette revendiquant fièrement sa fabrication française. Construite par la société Unowhy, l’élaboration de ce modèle a d’abord été délocalisée avant d’être recentralisée en France, les coûts d’importation devenant prohibitifs et la tablette est désormais produite à Montceau-les-Mines, en plein cœur de la Saône-et-Loire selon Gizmodo. Cette tablette tactile a un usage bien particulier. Son format la destine à la cuisine. En effet, elle est vendue couplée à un abonnement à un magasine interactif culinaire. L’appareil est d’ailleurs proposé avec un support qui ne dépareillera pas sur votre plan de travail. Elle est de plus armée pour vos premiers pas aux fourneaux et parfaitement étanche en cas de catastrophe. L’intérieur de la Qooq est aussi robuste, avec un processeur ARM 9 double-cœur cadencé à 1 GHz, 8 Go de stockage, des hauts-parleurs stéréo et une connectivité Ethernet ou WiFi. Son système d’exploitation est une variation mobile de Linux, un vent de fraicheur par rapport aux traditionnels Android ou iOS. À lire aussiMicrosoft : une tablette Xbox Surface de 7 pouces ? Elle sera vendue dès le 10 novembre pour un prix de 350 euros, avec 500 recettes pré-installées et un mois d’abonnement à la plateforme de contenus culinaires. Une belle opération pour devenir un chef malin et à la pointe de la technologie.Découvrez ce nouveau guide de cuisine high-tech en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 11:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Barcelona at risk of being expelled from the Copa del Rey

first_imgBarcelona could be expelled from the Copa del Rey after allegedly choosing to play an ineligible player in Juan Brandariz “Chumi”19-year-old Chumi was named as a starter in Barcelona’s first leg against Levante last week in the Copa del Rey, which they surprisingly lost 2-1.But El Mundo broke the story that the young defender had in fact been suspended by the Spanish FA (RFEF) for receiving a fifth booking in a second division game against Castellón on Sunday for the B team.Now Barcelona could be kicked out of the Copa del Rey as a result of playing Chumi at Levante.“To the club that sets an ineligible line-up with a footballer who does not comply with the regulations to be able to participate in a game, this will be given as a defeat, declaring the opponent the winner by a score of three goals to zero, unless the winning margin was greater,” reads Article 76 of the RFEF’s disciplinary code.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“In the case of a knockout tie, it will be resolved in favour of the opponent.”Barcelona won the second leg of their last-16 tie against Levante 3-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals, which could turn out to have been a pointless effort.Real Madrid had in fact been eliminated from the competition themselves for similar circumstances after playing the suspended Denis Cheryshev in 2015.Barcelona have defended their actions on the matter based on a memo entitled circular 28, which states that the suspension was not relevant.last_img read more

Long lines for Registration Department ready for influx

first_img Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Exams rescheduled because of Election Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #LetsvoteBahamas, #longregistrationlines, #magneticmedianews Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Lines continue to be long at voter registration centres across the Bahamas today, as persons try to get in on last minute registration.  Speaking with Magnetic Media today, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says as of Sunday 2nd April, the total number of persons registered stood at 155,000.  Mr. Hall anticipates this to exceed the voter registration number in 2012, which recorded 172, 128.The Parliamentary Commissioner added eight of the twelve centres were open for registration from 10am to 9pm daily until April 10th, while the twelve centres will facilitate distribution from 10am to 8pm. He assured the departments capacity in handling the rush.  The influx of voters at various registration centres comes after Prime Minster Perry Christie announced that parliament will be dissolved on April 11th to make way for the 2017 General Elections.#MagneticMediaNews#longregistrationlines#letsvoteBahamas#BahamasGeneralElections Recommended for youlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Cabinet Office Release – Update – PMs Surgery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 4, 2018 – Nassau – The Cabinet Office informs the general public that the Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Hubert A. Minnis’ surgery yesterday, 3rd January, 2018, at the Princess Margaret Hospital was successful.  The Prime Minister thanks Dr. Jeffrey Sweeting who removed a cataract from his eye as well as the anesthetist, Dr. Mark Weech for their professional care and attention.  The Prime Minister tolerated the procedure well and was sent home 2 hours later to convalesce and follow the doctor’s orders.The Prime Minister’s post operation visit today, 4 January, was also successful and he has been cleared to return to work on Monday, 8 January, 2018.The Cabinet Officer conveys the Prime Minister’s thanks for the many well wishers and for the outpouring of love and prayer for his safe surgery and speedy recovery.CABINET OFFICE4 January, 2018last_img read more