‘Enjoy hell:’ Doctor’s sentence next for assaulting gymnasts

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City LATEST STORIES Read Next Frankie Lim tempering expectations but optimistic for Perpetual’s campaign John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which is the sport’s national governing organization and trains Olympians. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)LANSING, Mich. — After listening to the riveting pleas of more than 150 victims, a judge is set to sentence a Michigan doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse by molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes instead of solving their sports injuries.Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear from a few more victims and then send Larry Nassar to prison Wednesday, the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that has given the girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront him in court. He faces a minimum prison term of 25 to 40 years but it could go higher.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The judge is likely to be unsparing in her treatment of Nassar. Aquilina has praised the victims who have appeared in her court since Jan. 16, calling them “sister survivors,” while also assuring them that their perpetrator will pay. The women have included Olympians Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and McKayla Maroney.“Your words are vital. They are as strong as your martial arts,” Aquilina told Christina Barba, who has known Nassar for decades and practices karate. “They will take him down quicker and cleaner than any kick you’ve got.”Hutchins and Mattie Larson, a former national gymnast, talked about how Nassar won their allegiance with candy, Olympic trinkets and encouraging words while they were under constant scrutiny from their demanding coaches.Brooke Hylek, a gymnast who plans to compete in college, heaped scorn on Nassar.“I cannot believe I ever trusted you and I will never forgive you,” she said Tuesday. “I’m happy you will be spending the rest of your life in prison. Enjoy hell by the way.”ADVERTISEMENT Among those expected to speak on the last day: Rachael Denhollander, a Kentucky woman who contacted Michigan State University police in 2016 after reading reports about how USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians, mishandled complaints of sexual misconduct. Nassar worked at Michigan State and also was the national gymnastics squad’s doctor.Nassar, 54, eventually pleaded guilty to assaulting seven people in the Lansing area, including Denhollander, but the sentencing hearing has been open to anyone who said they were a victim. His accusers said he would use his ungloved hands to penetrate them, often without explanation, while they were on a table seeking help for various injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe accusers, many of whom were children, said they trusted Nassar to care for them properly, were in denial about what was happening or were afraid to speak up. He sometimes used a sheet or his body to block the view of any parent in the room.“I’d been told during my entire gymnastics career to not question authority,” a former elite gymnast, Isabell Hutchins, said Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emily Morales had a softer message.“I want you to apologize to me right here,” the 18-year-old told Nassar. “I want to forgive you, but I also want to hear you tell me that you regret all the hurting you caused.”He did. She replied with, “Thank you.”Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week on more assault convictions in Eaton County, Michigan.last_img read more

(Reopens CES6)

first_imgDas said the Tata Steel has increased its capacity to 10 to 11 million tones and likely to enhance it further to 14 to 15 million tones as indicated by the Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry during a meeting recently, Das said. Though the government has already approved the company?s proposed Eastern Corridor project in the steel city but it could not yet take off as the position of the company was not very good currently due to prevailing market conditions, he said. Besides, the road projects would help enhance steel and cement consumption, which would improve the performance of the two sectors as well, he said while appreciating the team work exhibited by the ministers, government officials etc in carrying out the development process in the state. Emphasizing the need for rural road development, the chief minister said Rs.2300 crores has been earmarked for the proposal in the budget as the government was committed to provide quality roads in the rural areas of the state. All the MLAs irrespective of the party affiliations have been asked to recommend for improvement of 35 kms of road in the rural pockets, he said. As far as Yojana Banao campaign that had been launched by the government to prepare popular budget this year, Das assured that all the proposal made by the villagers would be implemented particularly in the agriculture sector by April. The state government was focusing on Agriculture, Industry, IT and Tourism, among other sector. Speaking on the occasion, Jharkhand Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affair Minister Saryu Roy has demanded for setting up of a Park near Domuhani river and promote water sports to attract tourists. Criticizing the opposition parties move to stall the development work, Roy said the present dispensation was even ready to give credit to it but appealed them to allow the government to carry out the development process. The principal secretary of Road Construction department, Rajbala Verma said only those road and bridge projects were approved which are ready to start construction work from the next day of laying foundation stones. PTI BS SUS SUSadvertisementlast_img read more

Renesas: blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit for immediate evaluation

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: 3.5” subcompact board with 10 USB and 12 COM portsNext FII Tech Growth invests in SECO Renesas Electronics announced an expansion of its healthcare solution lineup with the launch of a new blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit. The new blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit comprises hardware and software elements needed to jump start blood pressure measurement design. The kit includes a pressure sensor, arm cuff, pump, electronically controlled valve, LCD panel, and a reference board that incorporates an RL78 Microcontroller based ASSP that includes analog functions required for blood pressure measurement. Reference software and GUI development tool are also part of the new evaluation kit. Using the new evaluation kit, system manufacturers can immediately begin their system evaluations and significantly reduce their development time.Renesas has developed the new blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit to alleviate the development pain points, providing functions close to those used in actual blood pressure monitors thus accelerating blood pressure measurement system development.The new blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit comprises hardware and software elements needed to jump start blood pressure measurement design, including:A full range of hardware components, including a pressure sensor, arm cuff, pump, electronically controlled valve, LCD panel, and a reference board that incorporates the newly-developed RL78/H1D ASSP with the analog functions required for blood pressure measurement.Reference software that provides the algorithms required for blood pressure measurement and that can be easily modified, as well as access to smartphone applications, and a GUI tool.A Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module, which enables the measured data to be transmitted to a smartphone under the Continua standard blood pressure monitoring (BPM) profile is also provided in the new evaluation kit.  The pressure sensor, pump, electronically controlled valve components, and pulse width modulation control can be set from the GUI tool. If the system structure is the same, the GUI tool can also be used for system evaluation of the actual application the system manufacturer is developing.The IIR digital filter calculations required for extracting the pulse waveform from the cuff pressure output waveform during blood pressure measurement can also be simulated using the GUI tool. The digital filter constants calculated based on this simulation can be written from the GUI tool to the RL78/H1D firmware and verified in the actual application being developed. This significantly reduces the number of steps in the development process.RL78/H1D ASSP with optimized analog functions for healthcare applicationsSamples of the RL78/H1D ASSP are available now. Pricing varies depending on the memory capacity, package and number of pins.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

Morocco vs Iran: TV, stream & preview

first_img Game Morocco vs Iran Date Friday, June 15 Time 4pm BST / 11am US ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial Confirmed line-upsMorocco have some familiar names in the starting XI with Mehdi Benatia being the standout name. Hakim Ziyech has also been a star for Ajax this season.Confirmed Morocco XI: El Kajoui; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss; El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Boussoufa, Belhanda, N Amrabat, Harit; El-KaabiSubs: Bono, Mendyl, da Costa, Fajr, Boutaïb, Aït Bennasser, Dirar, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzálezAlizera Jahanbakhsh is the one to look out for in the Iran XI, the winger scored 21 goals in the Eredivisie this campaign.Confirmed Iran XI: Beiranvand; Cheshmi, Pouralganji, Rezaeian, Hajisafi; Shojaei; Ebrahimi, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh; AzmounSubs: Torabi, Mohammadi, Mazaheri, Khanzadeh, Ghoddos, Montazeri, Ghoochannejhad, Taremi, Hosseini, Dejagah, AbedzadehTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on ITV or streamed live online using ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Player Morocco v Iran Morocco vs Iran: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sardar Azmoun Iran Medhi Benatia Morocco 150618 Getty Morocco v Iran World Cup Friendlies Morocco Iran Powerade Morocco and Iran open their World Cup campaign at the Krestovsky Stadium in the first game of Group B FULL TIME: Iran secure their first World Cup win since 1998 with a late own goal. You have to feel for Bouhaddouz but Iran have given themselves a real chance ahead of games against Portugal and Spain.90+5 Mins: GOAL! IRAN LEAD 1-0! It’s a horrific own goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz as he goes to head Ehsan Haji Safi’s free-kick wide at the near post, only to steer it into his own net! Disaster for Morocco and jubilation for Iran as their players tear away in celebration and form a pile near the corner post. Iran are ahead with a minute left.90+5 Mins: GOAL! 0-1 Own goal Aziz Bouhaddouz  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move 90+2 Mins: Now Iran win themselves a free-kick out on the left wing, in line with the Moroccan box. This could be one last chance here…90+2 Mins: There’s a fracas on the pitch between Bouhaddouz and Amiri after Morocco win a free-kick. Ansarifard is the man who gets the booking for the tackle, and it takes a moment for referee Cakir to defuse it all.90 Mins: There will be an impressive six added minutes of time at the Krestovsky Stadium.87 Mins: Ziyech cuts back on himself out on the right wing and flicks a cross into the Iran box; Pouraliganji intercepts and sparks a counter-attack to halfway before Morocco can peel back to halt him in his tracks. It’s been a much more drab second half, compared with the zing of the opening 45 minutes, but there’s still time for a winner in Saint Petersburg…85 Mins: Jahanbakhsh is stretchered off and Iran throw on Saman Ghoddos to replace him. Five minutes – plus injury time – left on the clock after a rather stop-start quarter of an hour.83 Mins: More injuries now and it’s not good news for Iran; star man Jahanbakhsh is down and the stretcher is on. It doesn’t look too serious, but precautions are always a good idea in situations like these.82 Mins: Manuel da Costa is the final change for Morocco; he comes on for Amine Harit.80 Mins: Ziyech! The second shot of the half goes to Morocco as the midfielder hooks a left-footed effort from just outside the box wide by a foot or so at the bottom-left corner.80 Mins: Ebrahimi hobbles off down the tunnel, clutching his midriff; Majid Hosseini is on in his stead for Iran.78 Mins: There’s another pause for injury now, this time as Ebrahimi goes to ground. The Iranian doesn’t look in the greatest shape; signals from the medics suggest a change will be required.76 Mins: A bad fall means that Nordin Amrabat has to make way for his brother Sofyan Amrabat. Just over 15 minutes to go. El Kaabi also departs for Morocco; Aziz Bouhaddouz is the man to replace him73 Mins: Amrabat falls heavily out on the right wing in the Iranian half as he challenges for a ball and physios swarm him within seconds. The Watford man looks to have been knocked out upon landing – he staggers to his feet after a moment, looking dazed and confused.STAT: There has only been one shot at all in this half so far, way back in the 49th minute when Harit put that Amrabat cross wide. Iran are growing in confidence once more but neither look likely to snatch a winner right now.70 Mins: Iran win a corner but are unable to make the set-piece stick; Morocco can only bring it away from their own goal by 30 yards though before Azmoun takes possession.69 Mins: Ansarifard takes the free-kick and puts it long; too long, in fact, as it flies out a good few yards wide of the right post without touching the turf.Iranian captain Shojaei is off for Mehdi Taremi; perhaps a wise call given that the captain is already on a booking and has been spoken to by the referee once this half.68 Mins: Substitution Masoud Shojaei Soleimani off for Mehdi Taremi65 Mins: Boussoufa floats a cross from the left wing in looking for El Kaabi or Belhanda in the box; his effort is too long for all parties within the penalty area though and flies out for a goal-kick.64 Mins: Ziyech harks down the right wing, but can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi as he puts his own dribble just out of reach; he concedes a foul a moment later and Iran have a free-kick on the edge of their own box.62 Mins: Morocco win a corner which Harit swings in from the right; Beiranvand punches it clear and Iran create a counter-attack that ends with Belhanda cutting across Shojaei just beyond halfway. The two players get into a little tete-a-tete with each other; no cards are shown but the referee has words with both.59 Mins: El Ahmadi slides in under Jahanbakhsh on halfway and hooks the ball away, though in the process, he brings both him and his opponent to the turf.57 Mins: Play is resumed with Ebrahimi able to continue and Amiri wins a throw-in deep in his own half a moment later to help take the pressue off Iran’s defensive line55 Mins: Ebrahimi makes a somewhat bonkers leaping challenge to sweep the ball out from under the feet of Boussoufa as the latter cuts a path towards the Iranian box; in the process, he injures himself and play is paused for treatment.53 Mins: Belhanda executs a slide tackle on Jahanbakhsh now, just inside the opposition half, and tries to keep it from rolling over the touchline; he fails and Iran get a throw-in.51 Mins: Hakimi leans into Jahanbakhsh from behind to give the latter a free-kick 40 yards out on the right wing; the latter blasts it beyond the box as he looks to deliver it to Azmoun at the far post.49 Mins: Amrabat hurtles down the right wing for Morocco and flicks a square cross in to the left side for Harit; his teammate can’t keep his shot down though and volleys it well wide and over the goal under little pressure.47 Mins: Yellow card: Jahanbakhsh becomes the second Iranian to go in the book as he is given a yellow card for a tackle on Ziyech that leaves the Moroccan man on the ground clutching his foot.46 Mins: We’re back underway at the Krestovsky Stadium, with Morocco earning themselves a free-kick inside their own half almost immediately after Boussoufa is sent sprawling by a clumsy challenge. Neither side has ever won a World Cup game where they have been drawing at the interval, yet with 18 shots between them, there is the sense that something has to give. Morocco have still dominated in terms of possession; but given Iran’s late surge in the final 10 minutes of the first half, will they be able to curb their opponent’s chances of making this match a more even affair?No goals in the first half means that it’s all square at the break between Morocco and Iran in Saint Petersburg. Herve Renard’s side started the stronger of the two, threatening to blow away their opponents with nine shots in the opening half-hour – but Carlos Queiroz’s men are unlucky not to be ahead after Moroccan keeper Manir Mohamedi made a fantastic save to deny Sardar Azmoun five minutes from time. It’s all still to play for in this vital Group B clash; half-time at Krestovsky Stadium, it’s Morocco 0-0 Iran.Half Time: It remains 0-0 in Saint Petersburg, Morocco have had the better of the first half but Iran have looked dangerous on the break.45 Mins: Haji Safi! The Iranian defender is tasked with a free-kick from 40 yards out in centre-field and he goes close; the ball brushes the top netting as it skims over the crossbar. Two added minutes are on the way.43 Mins: Save from Munir Mohamedi! Azmoun breezes through a loose Moroccan back four and comes up one-on-one with the keeper who gets a hand to his close-range shot 10 yards out; Jahanbakhsh wastes the follow-up and puts it wide off the outside of his boot.40 Mins: Pouraliganji wins a free-kick near the edge of his own box after El Kaabi clatters into him in midair leaping for a high ball.39 Mins: Ziyech floats an inch-perfect ball in from 30 yards out on the left wing that El Kaabi drifts a shade behind as he cuts into the Iran box; Beiranvand drops to scoop it to safety.37 Mins: Azmoun goes down in a tackle and stays on the turf, necessitating a pause in play for him to receive treatment.35 Mins: Over the crossbar! It’s an ambitious, if poor effort from Jahanbakhsh who gets the angle but not the descent with his strike, elevating it way out of reach for Mohamedi to be troubled.34 Mins: Yellow card Karim El Ahmadi. The former Aston Villa midfielder gets the second booking of the game as he nips at the heels of Azmoun some 35 yards away from the Moroccan goal; Iran get a free-kick as a result. Jahanbakhsh, kept quiet so far, will take…30 Mins: Harit cuts a path down the left channel with considerable ease, and nips into the Iran box before putting a low shot straight to Beiranvand. It is Morocco who are still in control of this game for the most part; they have registered eight shots to two from their opponents.26 Mins: Boussoufa feeds a deft ball down the right to Ziyech; the Ajax man can’t keep the ball away from Haji Safi though and in challenging for possession, concedes a foul to the Iranian defender near the opposition box.23 Mins: Iran appear to have lifted themselves into second gear; Cheshmi and Amiri combine around the edge of the Morocco box as they look to find a way through. Amrabat is able to pinch the ball after a moment and he hares off down the right wing, only to lose possession himself a moment later when he squares a ball straight to Ebrahimi on halfway.20 Mins: Now it’s Morocco who are forced to race back and defend after Shoejaei cuts around Benatia as the defender slips and breaks into the opposition box for Iran. His square pass inside to find Azmoun goes awry though; Saiss is able to clear away the danger19 Mins:  How on earth did Iran keep that out? In the middle of a crowded box, Belhanda and Benatia both see strikes blocked by some frenzied defending to keep Morocco from finding the back of the net six yards out.18 Mins: Amiri brings down Belhanda as slides across the latter’s shins and Morocco have a free-kick 40 yards out16 Mins: Just over a quarter of an hour gone at the Krestovsky Stadium and it’s been all about Morocco so far. They have notched up three shots on goal in comparison to none for Iran – and have controlled a whopping 82 percent of possession so far as well.14 Mins: El Kaabit tumbles 35 yards out from the Iranian goal as he looks to take in a long ball from Boussoufa under pressure from Pouraliganji; the referee waves away any chance of a free-kick and Morocco’s attack peels back to halfway.12 Mins: Iran make a rare incursion into Moroccan territory and win themselves a throw-in 25 yards out on the left wing; from it, Amiri tips a looping pass into the box looking for Azmoun, but Mohamedi has no trouble leaping to safely claim it.10 Mins: Yellow card Masoud Shojaei Soleimani, Shojaei comes in with a rather late challenge in pursuit of Boussoufa just on halfway and the Iran midfielder has a yellow card brandished at him by Cakir.8 Mins: El Kabbi drives a half-volley from the centre of the box just wide to the left as he meets another lovely cross tipped in from the right by Amrabat again.Morocco are looking to defend a promising continental record today; African nations are unbeaten in five World Cup meetings against Asian opposition – three wins and two draws – since Japan beat Cameroon 1-0 in June 20105 Mins: Amrabat flicks a neat cross in for Belhanda from a tight angle on the right of the box; the midfielder’s header steers it just over the bar. All one-way traffic for Herve Renard’s side so far.4 Mins: Consecutive corners for Morocco now after Rezaeian blocks a run from Harit and Cheshmi puts out the second following a missed attempt to strike the ball from Ziyech on the edge of the box.2 Mins: First shot of the game goes to Morocco as Amine Harit squeezes a shot across the face of goal from the left edge of the Iranian box after he breaks through the midfield.1 Min: We’re underway in Saint Petersburg! Iran, in all white, win themselves an early free-kick inside their own half after Ziyech brings down Haji Safi chasing a ball from the start.Here we go….The national anthems have concluded and we’re moments away from kick-off. The referee today is Cuneyt Cakir of Turkey.We’re just minutes away from kick-off and the teams are preparing to take to the field at the Krestovsky Stadium ahead of the national anthems.5 Mins to KO: As for Morocco, they will be hoping that Hakim Ziyech can deliver the goods; their star attacker notched up 11 assists in qualifying, more than any other African player, and was awarded the Dutch Footballer of the Year Award for his performances with Ajax in during the 2017-18 campaign.Team news ahead of kick-off and Iran will be looking to their star winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh to help guide them to victory today. The 24-year-old, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie, finished last season as the division’s highest scorer with 21 goals, marking the first occasion that an Asian player has topped the scoring charts in an European league15 Mins to KO: Neither side offers a stellar record at the World Cup; between them, Morocco and Iran have managed three wins in 25 games across eight tournament appearances. Neither have ever won an opening game in the competition either; both have a chance to write a little bit of history on Krestovsky Island.Mirroring their opponents, Iran are making their fifth World Cup appearance and, for the first time ever, are featuring in consecutive tournaments, having competed at Brazil 2014. Manager Carlos Queiroz can go one better; he makes his third showing in a row, having guided Portugal to the knock-out stages, losing against Spain in 2010.20 Mins to KO: Morocco boss Herve Renard may be the only man to win the African Cup of Nations with two different teams – Zambia and Ivory Coast – but the Frenchman makes his bow as a World Cup manager today as his side appear at the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. The Atlas Lions have only made it past the group stage once, in Mexico 1986; could they spring a surprise progression this time around?Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Morocco and Iran meet in the opening game of Group B at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. The pair meet for only the second time in their history, and for the first time in the sport’s showpiece tournament – but in a group that includes much-fancied Portugal and Spain, can either of them boost their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages with a vital victory?last_img read more

Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

first_img Associated Press NairobiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 15:51 IST Semenya lost her case against the IAAF. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)HIGHLIGHTSMargaret Wambui calls it “wrong” for the IAAF to ask athletes to alter “our natural body function”Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, had lost her case against IAAF testosterone regulationsWambui says she is considering switching to events not affected by the IAAF rulesAnother Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and is refusing to take hormone-reducing medication.Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, says she is affected by the new rules but won’t take “any type of medication” to lower her natural testosterone. She calls it “wrong” for the IAAF to ask athletes to alter “our natural body function.”Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, lost her case against the IAAF, allowing track’s governing body to implement testosterone limits in races from 400 meters to one mile.Wambui says she is considering switching to the 100 and 200 meters, events not affected by the rules.Semenya also says she won ‘t take medication and has entered a 3,000-meter race in the United States next month.Also Read | South African government to appeal against Caster Semenya rulingAlso Read | Hell no: Defiant Caster Semenya wins, says she won’t take drugsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IAAFFollow Margaret WambuiFollow Semenya Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medicationOlympic medalist Margaret Wambui criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and said she won’t take “any type of medication” to lower her natural testosterone.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Mamata extends solidarity to Central govt employees in Bengal facing dire straits

first_imgKolkata: Extending solidarity to the Central government employees in Bengal who are staring at an uncertain future with the Centre deciding to privatise a number of companies apart from disinvestment of a number of PSUs, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that a convention will be held on September 23 to give a hearing to the suffering of Central government employees.”Members of bank unions, Air India officials and employees from other Central government organisations have come and met me. The fear of losing jobs looms large on these employees. They have launched movement against such decisions of the Central government. They are our brothers and sisters and so I extend solidarity to them. We will hold a meeting with the Central government employees on September 23 at this venue,” Banerjee said, while addressing an organisational meeting of the state government employees at Netaji Indoor Stadium. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was also vocal against the Centre’s recent decision of the merger of a number of banks, with two of them, namely Allahabad Bank and United Bank of India, having their headquarters in Kolkata. “They (the bank union) have already called a strike nationwide to protest against the Centre’s decision,” the Chief Minister added. It may be mentioned that a week ago, she had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting against the Centre’s unilateral decision to merge two public sector banks headquartered in the city, without consulting the state government. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe had expressed her concern over the future of thousands of employees of the two banks in her letter. “70,000 employees of BSNL have not been getting their salaries for the last six months. They (Centre) are constantly engaging in phone tapping but BSNL employees are suffering. They are also corporatising the Ordnance Factory Board, which has its headquarters in Kolkata. I urge my senior party leaders to organise a convention involving the suffering Central government employees of the state,” the Chief Minister added. Banerjee had written to Modi on July 23, urging him to stall and reverse the process of corporatising ordnance factories in the interest of national security and the country’s defence. The Chief Minister further expressed her concern over the Centre’s decision of disinvestment of 43 PSUs across the country that include Burns Standard and Bengal Chemicals in the state. “I will stand by them and extend my support,” she asserted.last_img read more

Moroccan Director Maryam Touzani Joins the Oscars Academy

Rabat – This year, the Oscar’s Academy, one of the oldest and most respected Hollywood institutions, appointed 842 new members to its ranks. Half of the newly appointed members are women.Among them is Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, whose first feature film “Adam,” was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival this year.Of the 18 categories in the Academy, Touzani has been added to the “Screenwriters” category. As part of the role, she will be responsible for selecting the nominees and winners in the category for the upcoming Academy Awards. She is joining three other Moroccans already in the Academy, actor Saïd Taghmaoui, director Nabil Ayouch and producer Khadija Alami.Touzani’s film, “Adam,” spotlighted the controversial topic of unwed mothers in Morocco. The story was inspired by a pregnant woman who was going door-to-door asking for work in Touzani’s hometown of Tangier.“In a country like mine, it’s the biggest shame for a woman to have a child out of wedlock,” said Touzani. “She doesn’t want to disappoint her parents so she cannot tell the truth.”Touzani also explained her reasoning behind featuring taboo topics: “There is a facade that everything is all right on the outside even if people are tormented inside. It is good to let in some air and light, and people are relieved and happy things are being spoken about.”Read also: Moroccan Movie “Burn Out” Makes Oscars’ 2019 Pre-selection List read more

Publicprivate partners at UN pledge to seek funding for sustainable energy for

The United Nations and the World Bank today announced a concerted effort by governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector to scale up efforts to provide sustainable energy to all, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for massive new investments in the face of a rising “global thermostat.” “Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, a stable climate and a healthy environment,” he told reporters after co-chairing with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim a meeting of the Advisory Board of his Sustainable Energy For All initiative, in which he called for action in four areas: finance, energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr. Kim stressed that financing is key, with $600 billion to $800 billion a year needed from now until 2030 to reach the goals for access to energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. “We are now starting in countries in which demand for action is most urgent,” he said. “In some of these countries, only one in 10 people has access to electricity. It is time for that to change.” Launched two years ago, the initiative seeks to achieve three inter-linked goals by 2030: universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy, thus providing services such as lighting, clean cooking and mechanical power in developing countries, as well as improved energy efficiency, especially in the world’s highest-energy consuming countries. Mr. Ban praised achievements already attained such as Brazil’s ‘Light for All’ programme that has reached 15 million people, Norway’s commitment of 2 billion kroner ($330 million) in 2014 for global renewable energy and efficiency, and Bank of America’s Green Bond that has raised $500 million for three years as part of its 10-year $50 billion environmental business commitment. He also lauded OPEC’s (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) announcement of a $1 billion fund for energy access. “Now we need others to follow and build on these commitments. Achieving the goals of Sustainable Energy For All needs massive new and additional investment,” he said, stressing the initiative’s crucial roles in achieving overall sustainable development, reducing poverty and raising opportunity, combating climate change and “laying the foundations for the future we want.”“The global thermostat is rising, threatening development goals and economies small and large,” he added. “It is clear that we need a transformation in how we produce, use and share energy.” Today’s meeting was the Advisory Board’s second, bringing together 42 representatives of business, finance, governments and civil society in a global public-private partnership.It is co-chaired by Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Chief Executive for Sustainable Energy for All, and Charles Holliday, Chairman of Bank of America. Other members include Peter Löscher, chief executive of Siemens, Ibrahim Mayaki, the chief executive of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and Petter Nore from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.Mr. Yumkella pointed to widespread support not only for Sustainable Energy for All from numerous partners but also for energy to be at the heart of the global development agenda beyond 2015, the deadline for the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Eighty-one countries are now participating in this initiative,” he said. “Their action is complemented by that of private sector companies and associations, as well as civil society groups. We will continue to work with key stakeholders to achieve sustainable energy for all, to drive action that transforms lives.” read more

UN mission continues investigation into alleged mass rape in North Darfur town

According to UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq, the Acting Joint Special Representative of UNAMID, Abiodun Bashua, was in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, today for a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the allegations as part of its ongoing inquiry into the events. “The Mission continues its efforts to shed further light on the reports of alleged rape and to receive unfettered access to potential witnesses and victims so that they can conduct a thorough investigation,” Mr. Haq told reporters. “The Mission says it is also concerned by reports in the media about the alleged detention of villagers in Tabit and is seeking to verify them.”UNAMID has expressed deep concern about the allegations of mass rapes in Tabit, which is located 45 kilometres south-west of El Fasher, in North Darfur, declaring that it would conduct a thorough investigation into the veracity of the claims. Earlier this week, the Mission announced it had initiated an investigation in Tabit but said that its team had found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts. Village community leaders reiterated to UNAMID that they “coexist peacefully” with local military authorities in the area.Nevertheless, said the Mission in a statement, “further follow-up actions on the matter” would be undertaken, including possible additional investigations and patrols, in coordination with relevant host authorities and in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.Tensions have been simmering across Darfur over the past few months. In October, an attack on UNAMID peacekeepers by armed militants claimed the lives of three peacekeepers.The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been displaced by the conflict between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur since the start of 2014. The world body has repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003.UNAMID, formally established in 2007, has been mandated to protect civilians, support humanitarian assistance, monitor and verify implementation of agreements, contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and assist in the political reconciliation following the 2003 civil war between the Government of Sudan and militias and other armed rebel groups. read more

New Queensferry Crossing hit by second delay

first_imgThe new landmark crossing over the Firth of Forth has been delayed for a second time, the Scottish Government has admitted.Keith Brown, the economy minister, told MSPs the date for completion of the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crosinsg had been pushed back again due to “adverse weather conditions”.He is expected to give further details on when the 1.7-mile bridge is expected to open when he appears before a Holyrood committee today(weds).He would not be drawn on reports that contractors had asked for the completion date to be extended to September.He also said the seven-year project was around a quarter of a billion pounds below budget “and that won’t change”. He added: “For example, it has taken 65 days to actually take down one of the cranes which would normally have taken 15 days because of the consistently high winds.”As soon as the wind speed goes above 25mph, it’s not possible to work on that, so that has contributed to this.”Meanwhile, it emerged yesterday that there are plans to install average speed cameras on the A90 route between Dundee and Stonehaven in a bid to improve road safety.Humza Yousaf, the transport minister, said average speed cameras on the A9, the main route to the north of Scotland, had improved driver behaviour and cut the number of fatalities by over 37 per cent. 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. Keith Browncenter_img Economy minister Keith Brown confirmed the delayCredit:PA The structure, which is replacing the ageing Forth Road Bridge, was initially due to open in December, but the date was then put back until the end of May after poor weather allegedly affected work.Mr Brown said he had been told that strong winds had now affected the removal of cranes used in the construction and had hit the estimated completion date.Murdo Fraser, the Conservative MSP, asked: “Does he recognise that this is now the second delay there has been in the completion of the bridge?”We were promised by the First Minister previously it would be completed by the end of last year, we were then told by the cabinet secretary it would be completed by the end of May, we are now looking at a further delay.”The minister said the bridge would be there for 120 years and it was “important that we both get it right and that we do it safely”.last_img read more

2017 Hero CPL makes close to US100M impact on regions economy

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced the tournament’s economic impact across the region.After the 2017 final at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinbago Knight Riders became the first team to win two CPL championshipsThe 2017 event, which took place between August 4 and September 9, 2017, created a total economic impact of US$ 95,122,465 across six nations in the Caribbean and in the USA.This figure has been arrived at by using organiser spend, visitor spend and media value and was calculated for Hero CPL by world-renowned researchers, SMG Insight.In addition to that economic impact figure, Hero CPL in a release posited that it directly involved 2710 local personnel in the seven countries where the tournament took place and filled 33,503 hotel rooms during the 2017 event.“The amount of money that was spent by visitors who came to watch Hero CPL matches has increased 161% since 2014” said the League.This publication was informed that the value for the seven tournament locations in terms of media exposure was US$ 22,890,940, while the global audience for the tournament has increased by 12 per cent compared to those that watched the event in 2016.According to Hero CPL, they spent “US$ 12,690,910 across the seven tournament locations. This organiser spend represents an 84% increase from what was invested for the tournament in 2014 and the amount of money that the Hero CPL spends across the region continues to increase year-on-year.”Damien O’Donohoe, the Chief Executive Officer of Hero CPLSpeaking about the report from SMG Insight the Hero CPL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Damien O’Donohoe, said “this is a really strong set of economic impact results for the region and we are delighted with how we continue to grow as a tournament. We are hugely proud of how much the Hero CPL puts back into the countries that we visit and we are very grateful to the governments and fans that help us make that happen. While 2017 has been fantastic we are firmly committed to increasing our economic impact in 2018.”From a financial perspective, Guyana recorded some US$14 million or 2.8 billion Guyana dollars in turnovers from last year’s CPL, prompting the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the CPL, Pete Russell, to hail the tournament’s value as a marketable product which has been slowly reshaping the landscape of the sport regionally.This year’s CPL is set to bowl off early in August and will run up until September the same window period that was used in 2017.Trinbago Knight Riders are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Jamaica Tallawahs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHero CPL makes over US$25M impact on Guyana’s economyJanuary 29, 2019In “latest news”Hero CPL 2017 makes massive economic impact in GuyanaJanuary 8, 2018In “Business”T&T’s economic impact from CPL 2017 totals US$23.6MJanuary 10, 2018In “Sports” read more

DIY Nerf Blaster Breaks Sound Barrier

first_imgStay on target Never challenge Giaco Whatever to a Nerf Blaster fight.The Italian YouTuber has designed what he calls the “fastest Nerf dart ever shot.”Faster, even, than the speed of sound.“How fast is the fastest Nerf dart? Will it break the sound barrier?” he teased in a recent video description.Apparently so: Watch below as the foam ammunition travels “2.3 times the speed of sound at standard conditions,” according to Giaco, who goes all Mythbusters on Nerf’s ass to create what is essentially a lethal toy gun.Giaco made headlines late last month when he published a four-minute behind-the-scenes video of his construction process—which includes a repurposed oxygen tank and unwitting Red Bull can.He recently tested the powerhouse compressed air-powered prototype on a number of other things, including an air duster, can, apples, ballistic gel, a friend who lost at ping pong (the shot was fired from 1.5 meters away and at one-fourth of the power—and it still left a mark).In his latest video, Giaco calculates that the Nerf dart travels at 800 meters per second, or Mach 2.351. That’s 2.3 times the speed of sound (Mach 1).“That dart… It’s pretty fast,” he boasted.Most children of the ’90s remember having Nerf Blaster fights with siblings and friends. The plastic toy guns, made by Hasbro, have never gone out of style; some variations now feature Velcro tips, the ability to whistle in flight, and even glow-in-the-dark coloring.Hasbro did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. But the firm’s website warns folks to “Never modify any Nerf blasters or other Nerf products.”Oops.“I’m planning to make a version two of this cannon,” Giaco said. “I have a couple of ideas to make it even faster.”Last week, the hobbyist inventor began work on a long-term project: I’m going to make my personal X-ray generator!” he announced on Facebook. Exclusive: Nerf Ups Its Game With New Kid-Friendly ‘Fortnite’…Geek Pick: Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 last_img read more

Downtown highrise building evacuated after suspicious packages found

first_imgSuspicious package outside the @sdut building this morning. #journalism pic.twitter.com/KV7ovOEW5f— Kate Morrissey (@bgirledukate) October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:00 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The downtown San Diego building that houses the San Diego Union-Tribune and an office of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., was evacuated Wednesday for about an hour after a cluster of suspicious packages was found on top of a patio table near a corner of the building.Officers responded to 600 B Street about 8:15 a.m. and ordered the evacuations of the 24-floor building as well as several businesses in the area, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said. Police also closed Sixth Avenue between A and B streets to traffic during the evacuations.About an hour later, police determined the boxes were filled with everyday items.Officers scanned the boxes and determined they were filled with various items including shoes, children’s books, a football and bags of potato chips, Lt. Kevin Wadhams said.The boxes, which were on top of a patio table next to an orange air pump, were not addressed to anyone in particular, Wadhams said.Surveillance video showed a person dropping off the boxes around 1:45 a.m., but officers were unable to identify the person from video, Wadhams said.The buildings nearby the location were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Wadhams said.Augie Lopez, 27, who works at the front desk of the building as a security guard said it was the first time the building has been evacuated in the three years he has worked there.The evacuations in downtown San Diego came on the same morning several suspicious packages were discovered across the country.The Secret Service intercepted a series of suspicious packages containing potential explosives that were sent to Hilary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. CNN also reported a suspicious package was sent to its building in Manhattan. Packages were also sent to former CIA chief John Brennan and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz.The fact that Harris — an outspoken Democratic critic of President Donald Trump — has an office in the San Diego building raised concerns that the suspicious packages might be linked to the other cases.“Our office was evacuated today after suspicious packages were found near the building,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said on Twitter. “The packages were not addressed to the senator or our office. We are grateful to the San Diego Police Department for their work to swiftly investigate this issue.” SDPD Lieutenant Kevin Wadhams updated us on the evacuation of the WeWork building in downtown San Diego. He said the building was evacuated and the streets shut down out of an abundance of caution. The boxes were filled with children’s books, a football, a shoe, and an empty bag of potato chips.San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kate Morrissey tweeted out the following picture and information after evacuating. Downtown high-rise building evacuated after suspicious packages found Categories: Local San Diego News October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Food Service Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Food Service Specialist at SpeedwayFull-Tme Solar Installer at Vivnt SolarFull-Time Grill Cook at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Deli Attendant at Cafe Services, Inc.Part-Time Dietary Aide at Cafe Services, Inc.Full-Time Chef Manager (Senior Dining) at Cafe Services, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at UPSPart-Time Afternoon Loader/Backup Driver at OptimaPart-Time Delivery Driver at Optima(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Screening test held for free civils coaching

first_imgNampally: Telangana State Minorities Study Circle held a screening test for sponsoring 100 candidates from the minority community for the All India services examinations coaching. Under this scheme, candidates are selected through a screening test which was conducted throughout Telangana State on Sunday. A K Khan IPS (Retd) Advisor to Govt Minorities Welfare and B Shafiullah Director, Telangana State Minorities Study Circle visited the examination centre at the Nizam College in Abids and expressed satisfaction over arrangements and smooth conduct of the test and was delighted to see more number of girls were coming forward to participate in such competitive examinations.A K Khan said the empowerment of minorities was only possible through education and the recent trend of enhanced awareness among girls and their interest in education was a positive sign of community development and empowerment.last_img read more