A retired police sub-inspector was beaten to death in broad daylight in Allahabad on Monday. The incident was captured on CCTV cameras.The victim, Abdul Samad Khan, had stepped out to purchase grocery when he was attacked from behind. CCTV visuals showed three men mercilessly beating him with sticks after knocking him off his bicycle in a narrow lane in Shivkuti area. Succumbs to injuriesNone of the bystanders or commuters came to his rescue as the three rained blows on him for more than a minute and later, as he lay helpless and bleeding. He succumbed to his injuries in a private hospital in the evening.The police have registered a case of murder against the main accused, Mohammad Yusuf, and 10 others on a complaint filed by the victim’s daughter Shamida Khan. The FIR also mentions criminal conspiracy and offences under the Arms Act.“Four persons have been arrested and sent to jail,” said a police spokesperson on Tuesday. They have been identified as Yusuf, Ibne, Rajik and Shebu. The arrests came soon after the Allahabad High Court, taking cognisance of the incident, sought a report from the police explaining why the culprits had not been arrested despite the damning CCTV footage.Criminal historyAdditional Superintendent of Police, City, Brijesh Kumar Srivastava said the main accused and the victim were distant relatives and were involved in a long-standing land dispute. “The accused has a criminal history. His sons are also involved,” said Mr. Srivastava.Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar condemned the incident and said it showed how weak the rule of law had become under the Yogi Adityanath government.
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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments
Kerala Blasters rode on a strike from Kervens Belfort to defeat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of their Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal on Sunday.Belfort scored the winner in the 65th minute as Kerala registered their sixth consecutive win at their home ground.The Haiti international picked up the ball in the Kerala half, made a long run into the opponent penalty box and dribbled past a defender before unleashing a shot which took a lucky deflection off Delhi defender Anas Edathodika and went in at the near post.Kerala will thus take a slender but important advantage into the second leg to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.Kerala were on a five-match winning streak at their home ground before this match and they seemed to be in good shape for this encounter.With Mehtab Hossain returning from suspension and Josu Prieto also back in the starting XI, Kerala were at their best.Delhi Dynamos too looked good at start with all players being available and they almost silenced the huge crowd in the first minute itself.A long hopeful ball from midfield saw Delhi’s Florent Malouda take aim but a clearance saw the ball fall for Kean Lewis. Before the Delhi Dynamos winger could try his luck, Kerala defender Cedric Hengbart deflected the ball away for a corner.A minute later, it was Kerala’s turn to give Delhi a scare. From a counter attack, Belfort ran the length of the pitch and set it up for an unmarked C.K. Vineeth.advertisementThere was Duckens Nazon to his left but the in-form India striker chose to go for goal and instead ended up hitting the side netting from close range.Delhi took time to show their attacking strength and top scorer Marcelinho Pereira went close in the 35th minute. The Brazilian did well to push his way past Mehtab Hossain and Didier Kadio, but Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy proved equal to the challenge.Kerala thought they had scored their opening goal and the stadium erupted in joy just before half time when an attempted back pass by Delhi’s Marcos Tbar saw Belfort intercept the ball and put it into the net.But that celebration proved to be premature as the assistant referee ruled that Belfort had handled the ball while attempting to receive it.But Belfort was not to be denied in the second session.The 24-year-old striker picked up a pass from Cdric Hengbart near the centre line, ran quite a distance with the ball, sidestepped defender Ruben Gonzalez Rocha and unleashed a shot with only Delhi goalkeeper Antonio Doblas to beat.The attempt was not powerful enough but a deflection from the sliding Anas Edathodika was enough to catch Doblas on the wrong foot and the ball went in at the near post.Delhi’s response was strong with Malouda testing the rival goalkeeper and 10 minutes later, Kerala survived their biggest scare.A corner kick from Malouda saw the Kerala Defence head it out but the ball came back for Tebar who lobbed it into the six-yard box where Marcelinho headed it dangerously towards goal but Hengbart proved to be Kerala’s saviour by heading it off the line.The match was marred by violent scenes towards the the fag end when the referee denied Delhi what seemed to be a very strong case for a penalty.Kerala’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan brought down Marcelinho inside the hosts’ penalty box during second half injury time. But the referee did not find anything wrong with the challenge and showed a yellow card to Delhi’s Richard Gadze for protesting.That incident coupled with an off the ball foul on Marcelo Pereira by Kerala’s Didier Boris Kadio saw emotions boil over in the Delhi camp and the two sets of players indulged in a physical confrontation at the final whistle.
Keylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham open contract talks with Jan Vertonghenby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have opened talks with Jan Vertonghen over a new contract.The key central defender is out of contact at the end of the season, when he could leave for nothing.But discussions over a new deal are underway, though there is an apprehension from Spurs to offer the 32-year-old anything over a 12 month deal given his age, says the Daily Mail.However, the fact Moussa Sissoko, who turned 30 in August, signed a four-year contract last week is likely to be a key bargaining tool for Vertonghen as he looks for a longer deal.Vertonghen said yesterday: “I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me. That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this seasonby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeurelho Gomes is happy to have played on with Watford this season.The Brazilian goalkeeper claimed he was 99 per cent certain he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of last season, but that the Hornets convinced him otherwise.He told Voetbal Primeur, “Last year I was sure that I was going to stop.”Not because I was not fit anymore, but because I was mentally tired. We reached the cup final against Manchester City, but we lost it. I had it again the hunger to play. If I had to go to another club, I would have stopped. Watford said: no, we want you to stay longer.”
MONTREAL – A Quebec barber who got down on the floor to trim the hair of a young client with autism was applauded in Canada’s Senate chamber Wednesday, several weeks after a photo of him garnered worldwide attention.Francis “Franz” Jacob was invited to Ottawa by Sen. Marie-Francoise Megie for the Senate’s autism awareness day.Jacob, 45, made headlines last month for a photo that showed him lying on the floor of his Rouyn-Noranda shop as he cut the hair of a six-year-old boy named Wyatt.He explained to The Canadian Press at the time that Wyatt doesn’t usually sit still for haircuts so he bought a pair of wireless clippers in order to follow him around.Megie invited Jacob and Wyatt’s mother, Fauve Lafreniere, to meet with her and participate in a panel discussion on autism.They also visited an autism resource fair, lunched with Megie and were acknowledged in the Senate chamber.Jacob, who owns an old-fashioned barber shop in Rouyn-Noranda, about 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal, said being invited to Parliament was “a huge honour.”“I have my small shop, but receiving an invitation from your government to speak your mind about what you realize and what you did, and receiving some recognition, is quite a feeling,” he said in a phone interview.“I’ve never been that proud in my life of being Canadian.”Jacob says he’s received thousands of messages from around the world ever since the photo of him lying on the ground next to Wyatt was widely shared on social media sites.Despite having no formal training, he says he’s developed a technique that seems to work for children with autism and other special needs.That includes scheduling them at the end of the day so he can take his time and moving around the shop with them until they feel comfortable.“You can’t make decisions for those children, it has to be them who decide,” he said.Lafreniere, who accompanied Jacob to Ottawa, said she used the visit as an opportunity to discuss the need for more services for children with special needs.“What came out the most often was the amount of time it takes to get a diagnosis, and the time we lose before being able to help them because it’s really long,” she said.She describes Wyatt as a curious boy who loves to learn and play, and who sometimes needs a different approach.Lafreniere said she originally posted the picture online to thank Jacob and to let him know he made a difference in her life.“I never thought people would react to that extent,” she said.
22Mar Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee Categories: News,Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts’ legislation to give students better access to college and career counseling was approved unanimously by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee.His bill will ensure that counselors complete professional development instruction, specifically in the areas of career technical education and college preparation.“Counselors working with high school students should have all of the tools they need to guide students to post-graduation opportunities,” said Roberts, of Charlotte. “This counseling will include showing students all of their possible career paths, whether it includes college or not. Students and the families rely on this information to decide what classes to take and what opportunities to pursue after high school.”Currently, school counselors are required to get 150 hours of professional development over five years to remain certified by the state. His legislation does not call for an increase on those standards, but makes sure at least 25 hours are for career technical education and 25 hours are for college preparation.During testimony in mid-March, the committee heard comments in support of the legislation from current high school counselors and a manufacturing/pre-engineering education and training facility. Today’s vote was supported by the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Home Builders Association, Michigan Association of College Admissions Counseling, and multiple local and intermediate districts.“This bill will help our counselors know what choices exist for each individual student,” Roberts said. “The goal of every high school is to educate and prepare students for life after graduation. This will give students a better chance to know what their opportunities will be.”House Bill 4181 will advance to the House floor.#####
A quarter (24%) of 16-24s ‘TV binge,’ watching entire seasons in one sitting, while 52% say they watch at least two episodes of a show at a time, according to a new study by Voxburner. The research firm, which also organises the Youth Marketing Strategy summit, said that 44% of young people use paid for streaming services to watch or download films and TV programmes.Netflix was found to be the most popular, with 38% using the streaming service in the last month, followed by Lovefilm at 8% and Mubi at 7%.“The concept of watching one live episode of TV a week doesn’t exist to young people. The switch to content on demand has changed behaviour and the idea of ‘binge watching’ entire seasons or multiple episodes at one time is becoming the norm,” said Luke Mitchell, head of insight at Voxburner.
On-demand OTT TV technology specialist Simplestream has tapped video intelligence outfit Nice People At Work (NPAW) to provide data analytics technology for its ‘VOD-in-a-box’ service and OTT projects.The first Simplestream customers to have access to data analytics from NPAW are those using the VOD-in-a-Box platform, for whom the analytics went live last month.The initial deployment was of Youbora by NPAW, the company’s video analytics suite, with the additional modules SmartTracking for detailed user experience metrics and SmartReports for segmented data exports, being made immediately available.Simplestream plans to launch additional features in 2018 such as SmartUsers: for churn prediction, customer behaviour and segmentation, and SmartSwitch, which automatically switches between CDNs to improve end user QoE, according to the pair.“After an intensive evaluation process, we have chosen NPAW as our data analytics partner. As we and our customers mature we are often able to provide cutting edge functionality by partnering with a best of breed technology provider. For data analytics the power and flexibility made NPAW the best choice for Simplestream and its clients. In particular its unlimited filtering and segmenting of data was a key Youbora differentiator,” said Lewis Arthur, COO, Simplestream.“The crux of this partnership is to give our customers more data on how their end users consume content. What works, what doesn’t work – what type of content is resonating with my userbase and where are they? The interface is designed to be useful for a range of skillsets, from marketing who can use the segmentation tools, technical teams who can monitor the quality and ‘happiness’ of each individual video view, to the C-level daily email reports for senior management. I’m looking forward to our bespoke and our VOD-in-a-Box customers getting access to market leading, insightful analytics from which they can derive real value.”
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 4 2019Researchers have turned a fungus into a disease-curing factory through modern genetic engineering and patience. The natural antibiotic is a promising cure for a neglected tropical disease called human African trypanosomiasis, or African sleeping sickness, that infects thousands of people in remote, rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa each year.”Our collaboration started about four years ago, and we have finally achieved our goal,” said Professor Ikuro Abe from the University of Tokyo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.”The gene cluster in the fungus is unique — through a simple genetic deletion, we have engineered a strain of the fungus that only produces high concentrations of the desired antibiotic,” explained Abe.Professor Kiyoshi Kita, who retired from the University of Tokyo in 2016, dedicated a large portion of his career to understanding and curing African sleeping sickness. Abe’s research team joined the project due to their expertise in mapping the chemical paths that lead from genes to proteins inside cells.Abe’s research team used their biosynthesis pathway expertise to genetically modify the fungus so that it produces large quantities of one specific antibiotic.The fungus Acremonium egyptiacum naturally produces two different types of antibiotic: one is toxic to humans, but the other was identified as a potential treatment for African sleeping sickness in 1996 in part by Kita, at the time working with collaborators at the Niigata College of Pharmacy.Artificially synthesizing the antibiotic would not be cost effective and the more common method of using bacteria to produce the chemical is infeasible.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyAntioxidant precursor molecule could improve dopamine levels in Parkinson’s patientsResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeAbe’s research team identified that the fungus’s two antibiotics are both made from the same precursor molecule. After the precursor is created, two separate groups of enzymes produce the two different antibiotics.Researchers can leave the precursor molecule and the genes responsible for the desired antibiotic completely unchanged by simply deleting the genes responsible for the other toxic antibiotic.In every liter of fungus that researchers grow in the lab, the engineered strain of the fungus can produce 500 milligrams of antibiotic.”We think this is an exceptionally good production system,” said Abe.Researchers have applied for a patent on the engineered strain of fungus. Collaborators at the Kikkoman Corporation, best known for making soy sauce, will pursue industrial-scale growth of the genetically engineered fungus and purification of the antibiotic.The desired antibiotic, ascofuranone, is also a candidate treatment for cancer.About human African trypanosomiasisPeople can develop African sleeping sickness by being bitten by a fly. The disease is caused by a parasite that moves from the flies, to patients’ blood streams, and then into the nerves of patients’ brains and spinal cords. The disease is often fatal within three years. The same parasite can also infect livestock animals.The World Health Organization aims to eliminate human African trypanosomiasis as a public health problem by 2020. Source:https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/
Jun 20 2019Researchers at Boston Medical Center initiated a statewide quality improvement imitative to increase mothers’ ability to produce and provide milk for very low birth weight infants at their discharge, as well reduce the racial/ethnic disparities in milk production and provision to these infants. A new study, published in Pediatrics, indicates that the initiative yielded positive results on improving rates of prenatal human milk education, early milk expression and skin to skin care among mothers of very low birth weight infants during initial hospitalization, but did not lead to sustained improvement in mother’s milk provision at hospital discharge.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchMother’s milk has many benefits for very low-birth-rate infants, including a reduction of necrotizing enterocolitis (infection of the intestine), sepsis, and chronic lung disease, and improvement in later childhood development. However, mothers of very low birth rate infants that are born prematurely often have challenges making milk. In addition, previous research has shown racial/ethnic disparities in mother’s milk provision at discharge or transfer, with white mothers having a higher rate of mother’s milk provision.The researchers examined three years of data from 1,670 mother-very low birth weight infant pairs from 10 level 3 neonatal intensive care units in Massachusetts. They found that the quality improvement program significantly improved hospital-based breastfeeding support practices, as well as first milk expression within six hours of birth, and any skin-to-skin care in the first month in all racial/ethnic groups. Although the researchers found no racial/ethnic disparities in provision of mother’s milk for the first three weeks of hospitalization, disparities emerged after three weeks. Although we were able to show improvement in our process measures and any mother’s milk for the first three weeks of hospitalization, these did not lead to sustained improvement in mother’s milk provision at discharge. While we did not find improvements in our main outcome, we did find several successful initiatives that can inform other hospitals looking to address this issue.”Corresponding author Margaret G. Parker, MD, MPH, a neonatologist at Boston Medical Center and assistant professor of pediatrics at BU School of Medicine The authors note that, given these results, further research is needed on the effect of factors later in hospitalization on provision of mother’s milk at discharge. This work was supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Source:Boston Medical Center
Related StoriesBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustInnovative microfluidic device simplifies study of blood cells, opens new organ-on-chip possibilitiesMenstruation and period poverty can affect girls’ schooling and women’s experience of work. They can increase disposition to urogenital infections if they use low-quality products and can even make women and girls a target for sexual violence or coercion when they don’t have the funds to buy products.The review was made up of data from medical studies and grey literature, including reports, conference abstracts and theses which were more qualitative in nature. The studies took place in low- and middle-income countries as well as high-income countries and looked at cost, availability, acceptance and waste savings, while also looking at the education materials that were available referring menstrual cups as an option. However, the authors noted that much of the data was of low quality and call for further, quality research to be carried out.First author on the paper is LSTM’s Dr Annemieke van Eijk, she said: Menstrual cups collect blood flow rather than absorbing it like other products and are inserted directly into the vagina. In 13 of the studies 70% of women wanted to continue using them when they became familiar with how to do so leading the authors to suggest that information and follow up on the correct use might need to form a part of menstrual health programs. Source:Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Despite the fact that 1.9 billion women globally are of menstruating age – spending on average 65 days a year dealing with menstrual blood flow, few good quality studies exist that compare sanitary products. We aimed to address this by summarizing current knowledge about leakage, safety, and acceptability of menstrual cups, comparing them to other products where possible.” With a general increase on initiatives aimed at tackling period poverty, in both low- and high-income settings, it is really important that menstrual cups be considered as a potential option for women and girls everywhere. Cups can last up to 10 years and the data suggests that this means that period associated costs could be significantly reduced as well as being beneficial in terms of waste saving.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 17 2019Researchers at LSTM have carried out the first scientific review about menstrual cups and found them to be safe and potentially as effective as other products, while also being beneficial in terms of cost and waste savings.The meta-analysis, the results of which are published in the journal Lancet Public Health(link is external), was led by Professor Penelope Phillips-Howard and included the data from 43 studies and 3,300 women and girls. Results suggest that menstrual cups are safe and result in similar or lower leakage than disposable pads or tampons.Professor Phillips-Howard explained: