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.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll it took was a long break and some really tough defense down the stretch.All of a sudden Magnolia has transformed from the team that was nearly pushed to the edge to the squad that is now a win from making it to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Somewhere in between, Victolero urged his team to let its defense hold sway. “They won’t beat us with outside shots,” he said during a timeout huddle.True enough Rain or Shine’s shooters began firing blanks in the fourth. Ed Daquioag buried two triples almost nine minutes apart, but in between, the Painters hit just a single field goal.Rain or Shine also missed three out of eight freethrows in that stretch and muffed three chances to take the lead there. The Hotshots forced two three-point misses from Yap and a turnover on a Painters fastbreak.After Yap’s second miss, Ian Sangalang padded Magnolia’s lead to 75-71. Norwood missed a triple and Rafi Reavis completed a three-point play that put the Hotshots up, 78-71, 1:36 remaining.Rain or Shine took 41 attempts from beyond the arc—the Painters only attempted 34 inside it—and made just 12.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Hotshots, brandishing a defense that reduced Rain or Shine to a three-point tossing crew, hammered out an 82-74 victory on Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome for a 3-2 series lead over the Elasto Painters.Magnolia can ice the series with a Game 6 victory on Friday after crawling out of a 0-2 hole in the race-to-four affair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We tried to focus more on defense and limit their score under 90. Defensively I’m proud of what we’ve done,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said, adding that the Lenten break helped his team find its legs in this series.The Hotshots raced to a 49-36 lead in the third period when Gabe Norwood caught fire, knocking down triples to spur a Painters rally. James Yap and Norbert Torres joined the fray with a triple each. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ateneo clinches twice-to-beat DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “We’re number one in points allowed in defense [in the past]. As long as our defense is in good shape, we do well,” Victolero said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess
Last month, a report revealed a whole bunch of Motorola smartphones that include the Moto X5, Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, Moto G6 Play, Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play that are scheduled to be launched this year. Among them, the Moto G6 line will see a drastic change in design compared to the Moto G5-series as all the upcoming three smartphones will be sporting 18:9 displays. Some benchmark results in HTML5test now confirm the same as well as provide some additional details.As per a Wi-Fi certification, the Moto G6 Play with model number XT1922 will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset. The smartphone will be placed below the Moto G6 as far as specifications and price are concerned. As per past reports, the Moto G6 Play will sport a 5.7-inch screen with an HD+ (720×1440) resolution that is now seemingly confirmed by the certification as well. The handset will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box and is tipped to house a large 4000mAh battery.In addition to the Moto G6 Play, two other devices have also been certified with Android 8.0 Oreo along with Snapdragon 425 processors. These handsets could possibly be the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, but we cant say for sure. According to last months report, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus will come with Snapdragon 450 and Snapdragon 630 chips, respectively.ALSO READ: Moto G6, G6 Plus, G6 Play, X5, Z3 and Z3 Play leak in full gloryAccording to the HTML5 benchmark, all the Moto G6 smartphones wil sport 18:9 displays which means they will feature slimmer bezels all around. While the Moto G6 Play is tipped to sport an HD+ display, both the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Plus will have full-HD+ (1080×2160) displays with the former seeing a 5.7-inch screen and the latter getting a 5.93-inch screen. The trio are also expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo off the bat. The Moto G6 will reportedly house a 3000mAh battery and bear a 12MP + 5MP dual rear camera setup a 16-megapixel front camera. The Moto G6 Plus, on the other hand, will pack a 3200mAh battery and will get an additional 6GB of RAM variant as an option.advertisementThe Moto G6 line is expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018 later this month alongside the Moto E5-series. To recall, the Lenovo-owned company launched the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at MWC last year. Notably, the Moto G6 Play will be the first time the ‘Play’ model comes back to the Moto G lineup since the Moto G4 Play.
India and New Zealand will be battling it out in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 on Tuesday. Both teams will be facing each other for the first time in this tournament after the league game between the two sides got washed out without a ball being bowled in Birmingham last month.This will be the seventh time India will be playing in a World Cup semi-final while New Zealand will feature in their 8th last-four clash. India have won three and lost three so far while the Kiwis have lost 6 and advanced to the final just once so far, in 2015 when they lost in the World Cup final against Australia.Both these teams have a lot of experience of playing in the knockouts but this is the first time they will face each other in a World Cup semi-final match.Overall in World Cups, New Zealand hold a 4-3 advantage over India with one match being a washout.Virat Kohli’s team will be looking to level the record when they take the field at Old Trafford on Tuesday against Kane Williamson’s side.India vs New Zealand World Cup Past Results: New Zealand (4), India (3)1975 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by 4 wickets1979 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by 8 wickets1987 World Cup: India beat New Zealand by 16 runs1987 World Cup: New Zealand lost to India by 9 runs1992 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by four wickets1999 World Cup: India lost to New Zealand by five wicketsadvertisement2003 World Cup: New Zealand lost to India by seven wickets2019 World Cup: India and New Zealand share points after a washout.The Virat Kohli-led Indian team finished at the top of the table after the end of the league stage with 15 points, followed by Australia (14), England (12) and New Zealand (11), who are coming into the semi-finals after three successive defeats.INDIA’S BATSMEN vs NEW ZEALAND’S PACEMENTuesday’s game is being touted as a matchup between India’s batsmen against New Zealand’s fast bowlers. It couldn’t have been more enticing that Rohit Sharma (647runs), KL Rahul (360 runs) and Virat Kohli (442 runs) with a cumulative contribution of 1347 runs will meet their match in Lockie Ferguson (17 wickets), Trent Boult (15 wickets) and Matt Henry (10 wickets), who have shared 42 wickets between them.Not to forget that all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (11 wickets) and Colin de Grandhomme (5 wickets) take the NZ seamers’ tally to 58 wickets.WILL RAIN PLAY SPOILSPORT IN MANCHESTER?As fans await to see India clash against New Zealand for the first time in the World Cup 2019, bad weather could play a spoilsport in the much awaited clash with downpour being predicted on Tuesday.Weather forecast says, “variable cloud and light shower” are expected on July 11.However, fans can breathe a sigh of relief as unlike the league matches where rain washed out 4 games to force the teams to share the points, the ICC has policy of a reserve day for both semi-finals and the final.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India already have one foot in the final, feels Michael ClarkeAlso Read | India will be world champions if Rohit Sharma fires in next two games: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:
Sergio Agüero Man City confirm Aguero road accident as striker suffers broken rib Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 15:25 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Getty Images Sergio Agüero Manchester City Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Premier League The Premier League side will check over the forward amid reports that he could be missing for two months following the accident in the Netherlands Manchester City have confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero was involved in a car crash on Thursday.Goal can confirm that Aguero has suffered a broken rib as a result of the accident that happened in the Netherlands, with the Argentine to be assessed by City medical staff on Friday.Reports have suggested that the striker could be out for as much as eight weeks after the accident in Amsterdam, but the club have said they need to assess the state of the forward. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Aguero was in Holland attending a concert put on by Colombian singer Maluma, and posted on Instagram before the accident happened.A statement from the club reads: “Sergio Aguero will be assessed by Club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday.”The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries.”He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Chelsea.”Aguero’s former club Independiente have since sent a tweet wishing the forward well, saying: “Strength and quick recovery. All Independiente is with you in this difficult time”.¡Fuerza y pronta recuperación @aguerosergiokun! Todo @Independiente está con vos en este difícil momento. pic.twitter.com/JpVHfLYTVD— C. A. Independiente (@Independiente) September 29, 2017The 29-year-old is currently chasing City’s all-time scoring record, lying just one strike behind the mark set by Eric Brook, who netted 177 times for the club between 1927 and 1940.Aguero has made an impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign, scoring seven goals in eight games for Pep Guardiola’s men.
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.”
Above all else, the loss knocked Michigan out of the Big Ten Championship Game.Despite missing out on the title game, Michigan got an invitation to the Peach Bowl. The Wolverines would lose 41-15 to Florida.With Ohio State bringing in a new head coach and starting quarterback this season, perhaps Jim Harbaugh will finally be able to put it all together and beat the rival Buckeyes. COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines argues a call on the sideline during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)For the better part of the last 15 years, Michigan’s regular season finale against Ohio State has been the low point of the season. Having gone 0-4 against Ohio State during his tenure, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh explained how he feels about it.Per The Michigan Insider, Harbaugh explained that Michigan ’embraces’ the challenge of trying to get over the hump against Ohio State. He explained that he uses the areas where the Wolverines struggled to learn from their mistakes and ‘focus on the positive stuff.’“It’s okay, we bring it up a lot, we embrace it.“Those are the things that we’re focused on. How we came up short. I could go through a lot of the positives, but we just don’t do that, that’s not what we do. May be right, may be wrong, but we study and we learn. We take it for accountability then we strive to win our goals. That gets us started, then we focus on the positive stuff to achieve our goals.”Unfortunately for Michigan, it would seem that whatever they’ve learned from the losses to Ohio State haven’t been picked up quickly enough. Michigan has gone 1-3 in bowl games under Harbaugh.But this past year’s edition of The Game was easily the worst of Harbaugh’s tenure, and one of Michigan’s worst in series history. Michigan lost 62-39, surrendering over 500 yards of offense in the loss.
OTTAWA – The Defence Department says Canadian fighter jets in Romania have intercepted a Russian military aircraft that was approaching NATO airspace over the Black Sea.Two CF-18s were scrambled Thursday after NATO detected the Russian SU-27 Flanker operating near Romania, where Canada has had five fighter jets and 135 military personnel.A department statement says the Canadians shadowed the Russian aircraft until it left the area.The incident marks the first time Canadian fighter jets have been scrambled since arriving in Romania in August as part of a NATO-led effort to defend the alliance’s airspace.The Canadians will remain in the country until December.NATO allies have stepped up their monitoring of Russia’s military activity in Eastern Europe since Crimea was annexed in 2014, sparking fears of further Russian aggression in the region.
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), has teamed up with Eli Lilly and Company on a new colorectal cancer public service announcement (PSA) featuring actor and SU2C Ambassador Greg Kinnear.The PSA will begin airing in March during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.The PSA, entitled “You Are Your Most Powerful Advocate,” is designed to raise awareness about the importance of patient empowerment and knowledge of personalized colorectal cancer treatments matched to the genetic and molecular makeup of the patient’s tumor.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cancer killer of men and women combined, and the third most common form of cancer in the United States. In 2016, about 135,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and it will claim the lives of almost 50,000.The PSA encourages colorectal cancer patients to visit standup2cancer.org/colorectalcancer to learn more about how testing for the genetic and molecular characteristics of their own individual colorectal cancer, may help patients with their doctors select safer, more effective treatment.The PSA, featuring Kinnear looking directly at the viewer, encourages colorectal cancer patients to seek personalized information about their tumors, stating, “Research shows that knowing the genetic and molecular makeup of your colorectal tumor may lead to safer, more effective treatment, just for you.”“When my late husband Jay was diagnosed with colorectal cancer more than 18 years ago, the first-line treatment was the same drug that had been used since the 1950s, which was so frustrating,” added SU2C co-founder Katie Couric. “There are better options now, so making people aware of research-driven progress is incredibly important to me.”“I’m proud to help Stand Up To Cancer and their supporter Lilly Oncology raise awareness for colorectal cancer,” said award-winning actor Kinnear. “Through this PSA campaign, we want people to realize they are their most powerful advocates. If diagnosed with colorectal cancer, it is important to ask questions, be informed and to know the makeup of your tumor to help you and your doctor decide on the best possible treatment.”“We’re honored to have Greg Kinnear join Stand Up To Cancer and our collaborator Lilly Oncology in bringing attention to this critical initiative,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “With the progress being made in cancer research and the capability to personalize your treatment, patients have to be armed with the right information to make smart decisions regarding their treatment choices.”“Lilly Oncology is excited to be part of this important initiative, helping to educate and empower people with CRC to get their tumor tested, which can lead to a treatment plan that’s right for them,” said Newt Crenshaw, vice president of Lilly Oncology.Lilly Oncology has also teamed up with four colorectal cancer patient advocacy groups to further spread the word. They are: Colon Cancer Alliance, Fight Colorectal Cancer, Michael’s Mission and Susie’s Cause.
APTN National NewsSome are fearing total loss of their homes on the flood ravaged Siksika First Nation in Alberta.Alberta’s premier visited the area 12 days after the flood hit.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has the story.
TORONTO — The Canadian monitor for insolvent Nortel Networks is appealing last month’s US$1.01-billion court-approved interest settlement that puts most of the company’s remaining money into the hands of creditors.The appeal document was filed Wednesday with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware by the court-appointed monitor for Nortel Networks Corp., the international firm’s Canadian parent company.Reasons for the appeal were not outlined in the filings, but the Canadian monitor has complained that it had been excluded from the settlement discussions.Last month, U.S. judge Kevin Gross approved the settlement deal reached in July as a resolution to a dispute over whether bondholders holding some $4 billion of debt were entitled to post-bankruptcy interest.OSC withdraws allegations against former Nortel trio‘We gave it everything we had’: Former Nortel chief moves on, promoting Macedonia economyThe amount agreed to in the settlement was less than the US$1.6 billion that would have been owed under the bondholders’ contract rate, but well above the US$90 million suggested by the Canadian monitor.In his decision, Gross said it was a compromise that might be the “only way to efficiently bring these cases to their end.”Don Sproule, a spokesman for a group representing Canadian retirees and former employees at Nortel, said Friday that he fully supports the appeal.“We do not believe the ruling advances settlement as it proposes a totally unrealistic amount of interest,” said Sproule, president of Nortel Retirees and former employees Protection Canada.“(It) is an agreement between friendly parties in the U.S. that excludes all other major players and therefore cannot constitute a compromise.”Courts in the U.S., Europe and Canada still have yet to decide how $7.3 billion in remaining Nortel cash will be allocated among the Canadian, U.S. and European units. The money was raised primarily through the sale of patents and its former operations.Nortel’s Canadian monitor has argued that it had the legal title to patents and ownership of the subsidiaries, and has argued the U.S. court decision puts a lower priority on former Nortel retirees and pension plan members in Canada.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska has extended a no-bid contract awarded to a relative of a major financial supporter of the governor.The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that the one-year contract extension was given July 1 to Clark Penney for economic development consulting services for the administration of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy.The 34-year-old owns Penney Capital Inc., which the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority pays $8,000 monthly, with a monthly travel allowance.Clark Penney’s grandfather, Bob Penney, contributed more than $350,000 to a political group that supported Dunleavy’s 2018 election.Officials say the contract with Penney Capital can be extended through mid-2022 with additional one-year extension options and an overall cost cap of $441,000.Dunleavy, Clark Penney and authority Executive Director Tom Boutin declined to be interviewed, the newspaper reported.___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Fouad Massoum, President elect of the Republic of Iraq. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Iraq is facing an existential threat but it can be overcome through the formation of a thoroughly inclusive government – a government that can address the concerns of all communities, including security, political, social and economic matters,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the press following a meeting with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.“It must be a government in which all Iraqis, regardless of background, feel represented,” he stressed. During their meeting, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister reviewed the ongoing security crisis, the government formation process, relations between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, and relations between Iraq and Kuwait. Mr. Ban’s visit today, his sixth as United Nations Secretary-General, comes at a “difficult, challenging” time, he noted. The armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has taken control of more than a third of the country’s territory after unleashing a wave of attacks that has taken thousands of lives and displaced more than 1.2 million people.He strongly condemned the “systematic and despicable” persecution of minority populations by the Islamic State and associated armed groups, adding that any systematic attack that targets the civilian population because of their ethnic background or religious beliefs may well constitute a crime against humanity.Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), has said that ISIL aimed to establish a permanent foothold beyond the control of authorities through terror and violence. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by his Special Representative and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, on arrival in Baghdad. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the press following his meeting. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with with Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹› The Islamist forces seek to radicalize people and undermine the Government by exploiting legitimate grievances and manipulating divisions within society, Mr. Mladenov told the Security Council yesterday via video-teleconference from Baghdad.Mr. Ban called on all sides to respect human rights standards and uphold international humanitarian law. “All parties to the conflict must do their utmost to ensure the protection of civilians. Humanitarian corridors should be established and honoured by all parties,” he said.The UN and its partners are working to provide humanitarian support to those displaced by the fighting, wherever they may be, he noted, adding that the world body will use the resources provided by its generous partners to benefit all Iraqis affected by the conflict.“In this difficult time, it is important for all leaders to fully engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue with one another to successfully counter terrorism, strengthen democratic political processes and institutions, respect the rule of law and human rights, and promote inclusive development,” he stated.“Iraq’s leaders bear a clear responsibility to protect the security and welfare of all Iraqi people. They must find common ground to advance the future of this great country. I count on all the leaders to show courage, wisdom, persistence and vision for the future.”Speaking later in the day in Najaf, after meeting with Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani, Mr. Ban said he strongly welcomed the religious leader’s “crucially important” appeal for all citizens to exercise the highest degree of restraint, to work on strengthening the bonds between each other and avoid any kind of behaviour that may affect the unity of Iraq.Mr. Ban also congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as the country’s new President, and said he hoped a new government will be formed without delay and within constitutionally mandated timelines.“A new government that is truly inclusive will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division,” said the Secretary-General, who met with Mr. Massoum prior to arriving in Najaf.Mr. Ban also travelled to Erbil, where he met with President Massoud Barzani of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He thanked the Government and people of the Kurdistan Region for receiving so many of the newly-displaced, in addition to many Syrian refugees. “I highly appreciate the special role of the host families and communities who, despite their hardships, have opened their homes,” said the Secretary-General, who encouraged continued humanitarian access to those fleeing conflict. “Limited access to Iraqis stranded in areas of heavy fighting could have a disastrous impact on those who need our protection most,” he warned. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with with Grand Ayattolah Ali al-Sistani. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
4B Australia has introduced the new 4B Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches designed to detect dangerous misalignment of conveyors and belt tear damage. The switches are built to withstand harsh industrial environments. Designed as an electro-mechanical system, the belt alignment and rip detection switches can detect horizontal misalignment of belts when contact is made with the roller. The roller arm will be forced to pivot by the belt activating a switch at 15º to trigger an alarm, and initiate a shutdown procedure of the conveyor at 30º. The sensors are usually installed in pairs on opposite sides of the belt.A steel flexible wire is set below the running conveyor belt and attached by a rare earth magnet at each end. If the belt is ripped or damaged, the wire is pulled away releasing the magnet connection, which in turn will activate a switch. Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches feature a robust design for use in heavy duty applications such as quarrying and mining.Easy to install with no requirement for calibration, Bulldog belt alignment and rip detection switches are compatible with 4B’s CBS2 belt alignment monitors as well as Watchdog Elite monitoring systems.The belt alignment and rip detection switches have been approved for use in hazardous areas according to ATEX.
CARDIFF CITY HAVE sacked manager Malky Mackay, following a 3-0 defeat at home to Southampton in the Premier League yesterday.The news comes as little surprise, given the public disintegration of the relationship between himself and owner Vincent Tan in recent weeks. Just last week, the Malaysian businessman emailed Mackay informing him to resign or face the sack, while also criticising numerous aspects of the manager’s performance.That ultimatum was briefly lifted when chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Mackay would be in charge for the “forseeable future”, but the reprieve did not last long. Tan is likely to face a backlash from the Welsh club’s supporters, who had previously expressed their continuing support for Mackay. A brief statement from the club this afternoon read:The Board of Directors at Cardiff City Football Club have today relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed and announced in due course.”Cardiff are 16th in the Premier League at the midway point, having won promotion as clear winners of the Championship last season. Mackay had inspired the team to just one victory in their last eight league fixtures, although many critics argued that the Scottish boss could turn that run of form around.A win over Man City on the second weekend of the season allowed Cardiff fans to dream of a promising campaign, but victories over Fulham, Swansea and West Brom were the only three-pointers to follow. Tan was also understood to be angry over a reported £15 million overspend in the club’s transfer budget during the summer.Wenger praises returning Gunner PodolskiSherwood ‘insulted’ by stop-gap suggestions
Netflix is one of the biggest hogs of bandwidth in America right now, sucking up as much as 25% of all peak internet bandwidth thanks to its Watch Instantly streaming video service.Here’s a question, though? How does your ISP stack up when it comes to serving you up Netflix content quickly? Curious about the same thing, Netflix has just released their own findings on how fast they can deliver HD streams to customers of each US and Canadian ISP.AdChoices广告First, here’s how Netflix’s streaming video works. When you start streaming movies, Netflix starts by trying to send you the video at 4800 kilobits per second by the time the movie is actually up and running. Of course, because your computer or STB doesn’t always have the same speedy connection, the chart above is an average, as Netflix explains:As we use a number of CDNs, and our clients can adapt to changing network conditions by selecting the network path that’s currently giving them the best throughput, Netflix streaming performance ends up being an interesting way to measure sustained throughput available from a given ISP over time, and therefore the quality of Netflix streaming that ISP is providing to our subscribers. Obviously, this can vary by network technology (e.g. DSL, Cable), region, etc., but it’s a great high-level view of Netflix performance across a large number of individual streaming sessions. So who is the best American ISP? Charter, at least for Netflix. AT&T and Verizon are squarely in the middle. Dead last? Cablewire. If you use a lot of Netflix and are looking to change your providers, make your decision accordingly!Read more at Netflix
Every few months we get to see a new generation or increment of the technology we use, be that a new smartphone, tablet, e-reader, watch, or pretty much anything else that needs a battery to run. But they all have one thing in common that continues not to change: they are all rigid objects.Bending, folding, and deforming tech is something we expect to happen eventually, and have seen glimpses of it in the form of flexible displays and printed electronics. But for the moment, it seems flexibility remains a form of future tech we have yet to figure out.That’s not going to stop design students experimenting with it, though. And the video you see above is the perfect example of how technology, user interaction, and flexible materials can be used to create something interesting.The project is called TalkToMe, and it has been created by Vera Hausmann, Till Maria Jürgens, and Vitus Schuhwerk at the Köln International School of Design as part of a two week project. As you can see, a person placing their hand near the sheet of metal foil sees it begin to crumple up and deform. The movement is dynamically generated, producing new patterns all the time, which are influenced by the type of interaction the user displays with their hand movement and touch.How that movement is achieved without obviously being attached to anything is hidden below the surface the foil sheet is resting on. The three design students used an Arduino board in order to sense the interactions above. The deformation of the flat foil surface is achieved using invisible string embedded in a grid formation within the sheet and controlled using servo-motors.As a design project it’s certainly going to draw and keep your attention for a few minutes. But it also offers up a few ideas about the potential of future devices. For example, one day we will replace our rigid tablets with flexible displays you can fold away. Whose to say they won’t be able to react to hand gestures above them? Manually folding your device may be replaced with a specific gesture that sees it fold up automatically. You could even used auto-folding or crumpling as a form of privacy if your flexible device detects someone other than yourself is trying to read what’s on its display.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Next month, 130 Australian athletes will travel to Athens, Greece to compete in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. The athletes have been training hard and all their work is about to pay off as they embark on an athletic venture that will see them compete right in the heart and home of the Olympic Games. The Special Olympics are for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The organisation, Special Olympics Australia, has been running for over 33 years. A volunteer based and not-for-profit organisation, they need help to send over the talented athletes to compete internationally. Alex McNeilly, general manager – marketing, communications and relations, Special Olympics Australia, told Neos Kosmos without the help and support of volunteers and the families of the athletes, going over to Athens just wouldn’t be possible. “We have thousands of volunteers across every state and territory in Australia that provide weekly sports, health and education programs for children and adults with an intellectual disability.” The support offered by volunteers is invaluable and the end result worth it. Greek Australian athlete Peter Zapantis, told Neos Kosmos he was “over the moon about and really looking forward to representing Australia in the Special Olympics in Athens”. Being in Greece, Zapantis will not only represent Australia in the birthplace of the games but also visit family and get in touch with his roots. Zapantis, who will be representing his country in football, plans to stay with relatives in Kefalonia after the games have finished. Zapantis said that he “thinks Australia has a really good chance of bringing home the medals”. “I’ve just shown Peter his playing uniform,” said Kevin O’Byrne, state manager Victoria, Special Olympics, “that has just arrived by courier and the look on his face says it all. They are official Australian colours, the green and gold with the Australian emblem on the front of the shirt and his surname plastered on the back of the playing shirt, so it’s fantastic. “Everyone is really excited, it’s not that far away now. We have our uniform try on day next week, a reception at government house, so it’s all really building up. All the hard work, the training, the fundraising is paying off.” McNeilly said the Greek community have been supportive of the athletes in Australia and the opportunity that the athletes receive is not only benefiting them but also boosting morale for their families. “Last week a mother, the grandmother, the sister, the auntie and the cousins of one of the gymnasts came to see me and brought in lots of lovely Greek food, sweets and yummy cakes,” said McNeilly. “The whole family broke down in tears of joy because their son, who was diagnosed with down syndrome at birth, told me the doctors had said to them, prepare yourself as he won’t accomplish much in life. And now look at him representing Australia wearing the green and gold and doing his best on the world stage and they can’t believe he has been given this opportunity.” Special Olympics Australia provide weekly sports and training programs every week of the year, in local communities offering 13 sports from tennis to sailing to gymnastics. “This is to improve health, develop social awareness and social development and independent skills, improve vision, hearing, teeth and feet – we do clinical screenings every year so we can monitor the health of Australians with an intellectual disability,” explained McNeilly. “We are trying to drive awareness with people with intellectual disabilities to show with support they can achieve remarkable things.” With intellectual disability on the rise in Australia, the role the Special Olympics organisation plays is critical. “Most people with an intellectual disability are often ignored and they don’t get the opportunity to achieve their personal best in life. And we find through sport they can excel and build self-esteem and confidence, improve communication skills and social development. “The problem we have is that people think we are the Paralympics,” explained McNeilly. “The Paralympics get $27 million worth of funding a year and we get nowhere close to that. We have to raise most of our money ourselves through our families and our members across Australia every year to make it happen. “We’re working very hard with lobbying government in every state and federal to say it’s time for change; it’s time for inclusion. We cant’ continue discriminating against people with an intellectual disability who aren’t given the same opportunities as many other Australians.” If you want to support or volunteer with Special Olympics Australia, visit www.specialolympics.com.au